Alex Johnston – “Daylight Fooldream”

In the gritty streets of North Everett, a musical machine by the name of Alex Johnston has been forging a path of his own. At the ripe age of 31, this folktronica luminary has etched their name into the stone of sonic history, with a career spanning seven years and counting.

A virtual portal where the muses of creativity collide. But it’s with the imminent release of his 11th studio album, “Daylight Fooldream,” that Alex Johnston truly ascends, and it’s a cosmic ascent worth chronicling.

This project, clocking in at 37 minutes of pure auditory revelation, is a tapestry woven from threads of deja vu, spun with the ethereal yarn of confusion and confidence. Shot entirely on an iPhone 14—a testament to modern DIY artistry—it’s a visual odyssey that stretches the boundaries of imagination.

The essence of “Daylight Fooldream” lies in a profound narrative—a journey that traverses the chasm between two realities, masterfully rendered by Alex. It’s a tale of inner conflict, of being pursued by one’s own fanciful thoughts, yet ultimately finding salvation in the crucible of clarity. The music beckons, pulling us into its dreamlike embrace, guiding us back to a place called home.

This auditory soothsayer is no mere musician; they’re a sonic shaman, a maestro of the abstract, and they’re unleashing their creative magic on 9.15.23. But the true revelation awaits on 9.23.23, when “Daylight Fooldream” unfurls its visual splendor at Narrative Coffee.

Prepare for an encounter that transcends the ordinary; lose yourself in the kaleidoscopic tapestry of Alex Johnston’s sound. It’s a musical pilgrimage into the unknown, a journey that will leave you longing for more.

Alex Johnston is an artist who will be known for his captivating video album that seamlessly merge music and storytelling through a cinematic lens. His work involves crafting visually stunning narratives that complement and enhance the emotional depth of his album. With a unique blend of musical talent and visual artistry, Alex Johnston creates a mesmerizing experience for his audience, where each track on his album comes to life through intricately designed music video or segments of his storytelling film. His ability to interweave the auditory and visual aspects of his artistry makes Alex Johnston a trailblazer in the realm of multimedia music experience, leaving a lasting impression on his listeners and viewers alike.

In the world of music, where creativity knows no bounds, I envision a remarkable approach to crafting a music video for an entire album. This endeavor transcends the conventional, inviting audiences to embark on an interactive journey of sound and visuals, a narrative woven delicately through every note and lyric.

The central theme for this ambitious project delves deep into the essence of the album, be it a story, a metaphor, or an abstract concept. It’s the thread that binds the songs together, providing coherence and meaning to the music.

Within this visionary world, he sculpted breathtaking virtual landscapes, each segment representing a unique song. From enchanted realms to enigmatic dreamscapes, every environment pulses with life and emotion.

“I don’t remember where I heard this from but songwriting is like waiting for a bus. The bus will come, you don’t quite know when or where but the only way to get on it is to show up at the bus stop”


The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: Can you walk us through your songwriting process?

A: Some albums like “Death on the Ground” and “Colder Love” were inspired by seasons and written in a time crunch I imposed on myself. It involved focusing on an image, scene, or concept in my mind and just rolling with it musically, trying to emphasize the text through the chords, pacing, and melody.

My album “Little Impulses” was written on acoustic after pressing record and forcing myself to sing words that came to mind and that had a lot of vague, yet deeply intimate songs.

Other albums like “Spinning Jewel”, “No Room For Form”, and “Upspiral” were written during chapters of my life. Writing songs begins with lyrics a lot of the time which could be singing something in the car or at home or on a walk and extrapolating on that feeling. Then the melody and music come from the lyrics.

This album involved a massive document of lines that starting combining together and centered around this concept of jumping between your past and potential futures. As I scrolled through the document I look for patterns that form between entries and mash them together and then start seeing what music could be like. With this album I liked incorporating old lyrics into songs so the worlds collided.

With production I love to make a world that feels impossible with loads of layers and especially chopping things up, parts of the song or older songs of mine or random sounds related to the lyrics and splicing them around to create a world unique to the song and album. I feel like this brings out the imaginative and reflective side of my music and pulls people in. Everyone hears and discovers something different and that’s a bit like life and it’s fun and expressive for me to make music like this!

Q: What or who inspired you to pursue a career in music?

A: Picked up guitar in 7th grade and piano after high school. Since I started I’d record on the 8 track my dad got me one Christmas. It just felt natural to write songs. I was big into Pink Floyd and their conceptual work like Dark Side and The Wall as a visual album enchanted me and was infused into my artistic side, definitely inspiring this project.

I almost studied English in college and then in a random turn of doors opening I was offered a scholarship to study music and that’s where I met my then teacher, now mentor and friend Lacey Brown. I remember when I made my first EPs I was skeptical if I should release them. Lacey told me I should just release them and work on whatever’s next. She said I can always make more and grow and expand and to make as much music as I can. That has stuck with me and it’s wild to me to think that was only 7 years ago. So much life has happened and so many songs have been made and have yet to be made!

Q: What challenges have you faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?

A: The challenges I’ve faced have mainly been my own. I have not put a lot of work into the business side of promoting myself and gigging over the years and probably missed out on lots of good opportunities and connections so I am having to build that up now and it can feel discouraging having been making music for a while, knowing I have what it takes to put on a good show but feeling like a nobody.

But at the same time, I feel steady in myself as an artist regardless. I’ve released a lot of music from the cave of my bedroom that I am proud of. Most importantly I feel like I’ve grown a lot of love for ordinary joy of making music and producing it without the big gratification or busy work of playing lots of shows. But I’m looking to play a lot more!

Q: Do you have any dream collaborations with other artists?

A: I’d really love to connect with folks in the Seattle scene. I got to make a music video for Jul!et recently after she saw my video for my song Dizzy. It was really fun to craft a story and bring her vision to life. I would love to have more opportunities like that with Seattle artists in addition to leaving my atmospheric touch or even doing guest vocals in others’ music and having them.

Or even doing weird performance art type shows that are different than just 3 bands with 40 minute sets. I think there’s a lot happening in the Seattle scene right now that’s cool but I’ve always loved the idea of making shows more memorable than just doing our sets. I don’t quite know what that looks like but it’s an idea that’s been floating around in my head. But a long term big dream of mine is doing a soundtrack or landing a song on a tv show or a movie.

Q: Are there any upcoming projects, tours, or exciting plans you can share with your fans?

A: For those who didn’t catch my first premiere at Narrative in Everett, I’m excited about performing and premiering my visual album again at the Fremont Abbey on Sunday October 8th!

This album was recorded a lot at night so I had a lot of mellow vocals. Whatever I make next, I want to take my voice to the next level. I love singing songs like Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen at karaoke.

Whatever I do next I want to tap into more intensity and energy!

Q: So far what’s been your favorite show you have performed? Why?

A: One of the last shows I did involve removing layers of my outfits, playing keys, guitar, my synthesizer, painting while singing my last song while I set up a loop and walked off and exited the room while it played to end my set. There weren’t a lot of people in the room and it felt nice to be commuted to and immersed in the show regardless. but one of my musical role models was there and thought it was amazing and that honestly meant the world to me! And it was just so fun!

Q: What has been the most rewarding experience as a musician so far?

A: One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had is being able to work and record with Damien Jurado. Damien is an amazing person, a brilliant artist, prolifically imaginative, wise, and kind. I’ve loved his music for a while for it’s conceptual nature and down to earth-ness. I never thought I’d get to work with an artist that has inspired me and have him support me in my music endeavors and even come to my shows. Getting to on his albums was a richly collaborative, joyful experience that made me appreciate and consider what matters making music in the long run.

But also being able to connect with people who I know genuinely resonate with my music. I even had a residency doing live ambient music at a yoga studio and that was really special. It’s an honor to create and share and I feel deeply grateful to share my music and myself with others and for whoever takes the time to dive into my world with me!

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English Budgies

Hatched from the creative minds of multi-instrumentalists Jen and Joe Vickrey back in 2019, English Budgies took flight as Utah’s indie-alt rebels. Their musical prowess, impeccable studio wizardry, and electrifying stage presence have catapulted them into the limelight.

In 2022, the band welcomed the percussive force of nature, Sam Tucker, and the six-string sorcerer, Matthew Minich, into their ranks. With this formidable quartet, they embarked on a rampage through the untamed landscapes of the West leaving audiences awestruck in their wake.

As if that wasn’t enough, this year, English Budgies have unleashed a sonic onslaught, dropping two singles that are nothing short of anthems for the disenchanted. Brace yourselves, for the English Budgies are the storm on the horizon, and they’re here to shake the indie-alt world to its core.

Dropping like a musical bombshell on August 4th, 2023, ‘She Reporter’ is a raw, electrifying creation that traces its origins back to a gritty jam session between the enigmatic duo, Joe and Jen. However, just when the world was about to bear witness to their sonic revelation, drummer Sam Tucker entered the scene, demanding the single be reshaped with his thunderous beats. This audacious move injected newfound vitality, propelling the track into a realm of unapologetic edginess. The metamorphosis didn’t just elevate the song; it forged an unbreakable bond, solidifying the trio’s chemistry as they stormed into their groove with a relentless energy that reverberates through every note of ‘She Reporter.’

“On the 25th of May in 2023, the music landscape witnessed a seismic event with the release of ‘Had Enough.’ This latest opus from English Budgies is a testament to the enduring influence of legends like Pixies and Modest Mouse, yet it transcends mere emulation, marking a zenith in the band’s creative journey.

Matthew Minich, a virtuoso in his own right, weaves lead guitar lines that are nothing short of transcendent. His fretwork, like the steady hand of a seasoned artist, paints vivid aural landscapes that command our rapt attention. Meanwhile, Joe Vickrey’s vocal prowess carries an air of authority, delivering hooks that are as sharp as they are evocative.

In ‘Had Enough,’ English Budgies embark on a quest for evolution. It’s not an album content to dwell on past glories; instead, it surges forward with unwavering resolve. This is the hallmark of a band that has spent a lifetime in the crucible of musical creation, one that understands the importance of constant reinvention.

It’s not a simple collection of songs; it’s a profound statement. ‘Had Enough’ encapsulates the essence of a matured band, one that has traversed the ever-changing tides of the music industry. It’s an eloquent testament to their enduring artistry, inviting listeners to join them on a journey that transcends time and trends.”

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The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: What’s the story behind your latest album or single?

A: Jen and I (Joe) had this jam we recorded and one day we were just scrolling through old ideas (mostly for a laugh), and then we got excited about the main riff to what became She Reporter. We sat there playing it for ages trying to figure out a melody. Eventually I blurted out the line “if there’s something in your eyes” and I could see Jen give this nod of approval. We didn’t talk about it for a couple of days so I thought it was going to die again but then Jen came up to me and said, “okay I’ve got it.” And had the whole song written. It’s definitely a band favorite to play live!

Q: Are there any specific themes or messages you try to convey through your music?

A: Typically either Jen or I have an idea and we’ll bring it to the band to see if anything magic happens with all four of us. It might just be a riff or it may be something more put together, but we’ll gauge everyone’s excitement on the piece and goof on it for a few minutes each rehearsal until we have something that starts to resemble a song.

Q: Out of all of you, who’s the one to show up late to a practice or show?

A: People let you down.

Q: When and where is the next show(s)?

A: We’re playing this Friday at the Marmalade Jam Fest in SLC which will be fun!

Q: Your band finds a $100 bill on the ground, what do you do with it?

A: Junk food. Almost guaranteed. Maybe a pizza and a few drinks, but probably post-show dessert!

Q: How do you feel your music has evolved over the years?

A: In the first couple of years, English Budgies was very much just Jen and I stretching to do everything we could. Certain ideas got passed on because they were outside of our wheelhouse and things we’d just have to learn to make something work. Now we’re in a situation where we have a very competent drummer and lead guitarist which allows us all to sort of just focus on what we need to do individually. The songs are better because we can focus on writing more than producing and juggling.

Q: Out of all of you, who’s the one to show up late to a practice or show?

A: For home shows it’s quite the toss up! We all live in different cities, so it depends who has the furthest commute and who gets off work when. Whoever is first typically sends the group a text about parking and if the sound person has arrived yet though which I love. Haha.

Medejin – “The Garden”

“The Garden”

Hailing from the vibrant musical scene of Seattle, Medejin emerges as an artistic virtuoso, conjuring a mesmerizing sonic landscape that effortlessly melds elements of dreamwave into a tapestry of unparalleled richness. With a deft touch, Medejin invites us to journey through a musical realm that is nothing short of euphoric, yet at the same time, delicately and disarmingly intimate.

Each note and melody, carefully crafted by this gifted group of musicians, serves as a brushstroke on a canvas of sound, painting a vivid portrait of sonic beauty. The music conjures a dreamscape where listeners are enveloped by waves of lush, otherworldly sound, evoking emotions that resonate deep within the soul.

Medejin‘s ability to seamlessly blend euphoria with an intimacy that feels like a secret shared between artist and audience is nothing short of captivating. It’s as if the listener is invited to peer into the artist’s soul, where vulnerability and passion intertwine to create a musical experience that transcends mere entertainment, leaving an indelible mark on the heart and mind. In the hands of Medejin, dreamwave becomes a portal to a realm of exquisite beauty and emotional depth.

Medejin, an artist forged in the fires of dream wave and rebellion. The architects of this sonic revolution, craft otherworldly soundscapes that defy the norm. With a fusion of dream pop, shoegaze, and indie rock, their music is a hypnotic journey through the shadows.

In their dark, reverb-soaked symphony, you’ll encounter ethereal synths and Taranto’s haunting vocals that pierce through the chaos. Medejin doesn’t create music; they conjure a visceral experience that’s part dream, part reality. It’s a rebellion against the mundane, and it’s earned them a cult-like following in the underground world of dream wave.”

In “Sea Stacking”, the soundscape unfolds with the gentle sway of drizzly synths that mirror the city’s moody skies. The bassline pulses like the city’s heartbeat, a subtle reminder of the ever-present energy. The drums, crafted with electronic finesse, mimic the distant patter of rain on a windowpane, lulling the listener into a trance.

The vocals, delivered by a soulful Seattle songstress, are enigmatic and wrapped in layers of reverb, akin to voices reverberating across the city’s valleys and hills. The lyrics, infused with the spirit of the Emerald City, delve into introspection and the complexities of urban life, often touching on themes of reflection, yearning, and the surreal experiences of city living.

Within “Sea Stacking,” you’ll discover fleeting moments of sonic magic; Shimmering guitar riff reminiscent of city lights reflecting on the Puget Sound, or an ambient swell akin to the ebb and flow of the Pacific Ocean. These sonic embellishments enrich the dreamlike quality of the music.

In the heart of Seattle, “Sea Stacking” by our dream wave band captures the essence of the city’s soul. It invites listeners to a contemplative dreamscape where the boundaries between the city’s urban realities and its ethereal dreams blur, and emotions flow like the tides of Elliott Bay.

“It is not your business to determine how good it (your work) is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

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On October 20, 2023 the record will be out to the masses. “The Garden” the highly anticipated project from Medejin has been a passionate process making music and collaborating with other individuals. “The Garden” is coming out on Icy Cold Records, Paris and Den Tapes on October 20th. The first single, “Sea Stacking” has been released since September 8th.

Be present at The Sunset Tavern on November 11. Medejin will be sharing the stage with Tomo Nakayama and Rub!

Experience the heartbeat of their band like never before! Delve into the rhythmic pulse of their music and the backstage stories that make our journey unique. social media channels are your backstage pass to exclusive content, live performances, and a front-row seat to their musical adventures. Join us in this melodic odyssey – a single click on those social media icons, and you’re in for a harmonious ride with Medejin!”

The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: What or who inspired you to pursue a career in music?

A: “I was always singing from the time I was really young and also played piano. When I was a teenager I was hugely inspired by Tori Amos and thought if I ever were to pursue a career in music, it would only be if I wrote my own songs. But I was convinced I wasn’t able to do that so I never saw myself pursuing music even though I loved it more than anything (I also really loved ballet at that time too). I remember it was the summer before I graduated college I met with this guy who owned a studio and we collaborated on a song together. I came home and tried to play it on piano and couldn’t remember it at all and ended up writing another song that was all mine. It wasn’t amazing but it was the beginning of something and I knew that. I remember crying when I sitting at my piano writing it I think because I was finally releasing something that I let hold me back for years, this false belief and it just broke. And that was it.”

Q: What’s the story behind your latest album?

A: “Most of the songs revolve around themes of love and loss, the beauty of the present, death, motherhood, feelings of self doubt, being stuck in your head.”

Q: What do you think sets you apart from other musicians in your genre?

A: “I feel like I float between different genres from one song to another, although the essence of our sound remains and I think that’s pretty neat.”

Q: What do you hope listeners take away from your music? Are there any specific messages or emotions you aim to convey?

A: “I’d say the message is to be real. For me that’s being really sensitive and emotional and very nostalgic. Whatever the listener feels, as long as they’re feeling something, then that’s a win for me.”

Q: Can you share a time when you pushed the boundaries of your comfort zone to create something truly groundbreaking?

A: “A few years ago I participated in “Rock Lottery” where the premise is a bunch of musicians from different bands and projects around Seattle get together and form a band on the spot by names getting chosen out of a hat. Most of the people don’t know each other and you have to create like 3 to 5 songs in the matter of hours and perform them in front of an audience that same night. I’ve never done anything remotely like this before and I was terrified. I’m someone who likes to be super prepared and practiced and I also usually write alone. So I pretty much forced myself to do this, to face the fear of being put on the spot and of feeling out of control. I’m so glad I did though because at the end of the night, going through that experience together, there was such a feeling of support and comradary we had as a band. It also showed me that it’s ok to be uncomfortable because you can push through it and still have an awesome time and create something really wonderful.”

Q: Describe a moment when you felt a deep emotional connection with your audience during a live performance, and how did it impact you?

A: “Just this summer we had a really memorable time playing at The Central Saloon. It somehow felt like we were on tour and out of town so the energy from the audience was different. There was this real engagement and involvement from the audience and us that was palpable. A genuine back and forth, like a conversation that came naturally and made you feel comfortable in sharing. That doesn’t always happen so when it does, it feels special.”

Music by Tinsley

Hailing from Seattle’s underground, Tinsley is an indie pop provocateur. With rain-soaked lyrics and defiant melodies, her music echoes love’s battles and irreparable loss. From the shadows emerges Tinsley, an electrifying blend of vulnerability and edge, a heart on the brink.

In Seattle’s music jungle, where survival is for the fierce, Tinsley roared onto the scene. With a gutsy blend of emotion and rebellion, she carved a niche amidst authenticity’s reign. Her breakthrough wasn’t a whisper; it was a thunderclap, defying odds and owning the spotlight in a dog-eat-dog arena.

Introducing Tinsley, a rising star in the indie pop realm. Her music is a rebellious fusion of captivating melodies and gritty, unapologetic lyrics that hit like a punch to the gut. Her distinctively raw vocals exude attitude and confidence, drawing listeners into a world where vulnerability meets empowerment. One thing about Tinsley, she will wear her heart on her sleeve and make sure you see it.

Diving deep into her own experiences, Tinsley fearlessly explores themes of heartbreak, resilience, and the thrill of breaking free from conformity. The lyrics read like pages torn from a diary, giving an unfiltered glimpse into her journey. Backed by a dynamic blend of electric guitar riffs and pulsating synths, Her sound is an adrenaline-fueled cocktail that’s equal parts angsty and anthemic.

Production-wise, the music boasts a polished grittiness, embracing a DIY ethos while still delivering a professional punch. With influences ranging from alt-rock to synth-pop, Tinsleys’ music refuses to be confined to a single genre. As they carve out a unique space in the indie pop scene, She is set to electrify audiences with a rebellious sound that challenges norms and invites listeners to embrace their own unapologetic authenticity.

Seriously you’ve gotta check out more of Tinsley’s music! Get ready to vibe with her edgy melodies and take a ride on the wild side. Just hit up the links below.

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The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: Can you walk us through your songwriting process?

A: For this EP, I first came up with song ideas on my own and recorded them as voice notes. I usually start with very basic chords on my acoustic guitar and let the melodies and lyrics come. Then, I share the voice notes with the producers I work with (in this case Andrew Vait and Timothy Robert Graham) and they help me expand on and strengthen the song idea. We workshop the song together until we have a full song that we’re both excited about.

Q: Are there any specific themes or messages you try to convey through your music?

A: I always tend to write about love and romance, and that’s why I named the EP Love Songs. They are my favorite and most natural kind of songs to write.

Q: How do you feel your music has evolved over the years?

A: I first started out releasing more electronic dance/pop leaning music due to the producers who approached me, but my sound has evolved to a more organic, instrument led sound. The addition of having a full band while performing has made the switch even more fun.

Q: What has been the most rewarding experience as a musician so far?

A: I’d have to say playing the Neumos stage at Capitol Hill Block Party 2022. It was a dream come true!

Q: Do you have any pre-performance rituals or routines?

A: I listen to my set list on loop.

Q: How do you handle creative blocks or challenges in your music career?

A: By taking breaks when I need them and not forcing myself to always be working on music. Music is a sacred joy to me, so I stop doing it when it no longer feels that way.

Q: Are there any artists or bands that have had a significant influence on your music?

A: I grew up on 80s new wave music that my parents would play in the car, and Taylor Swift is the reason I taught myself to play guitar and started writing songs.

Q: What do you think sets you apart from other musicians in your genre?

A: I try not to compare myself to other artists, but I’d have to say my lived experience since every song I write comes from a very personal place.

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Emerging from Seattle’s gritty underbelly, Walldrugs fuses electronic with edgy pop-rock, echoing the city’s streets. With haunting melodies and raw lyrics, they explore love, addiction, and urban longing, becoming a refuge for rebels. Fronted by a fearless vocalist, their electrifying performances and unapologetic stage presence capture the essence of late-night thrill-seekers. Walldrugs: where beauty thrives in chaos, and music dances to its own defiance.

“Blind,” a captivating track from Walldrugs’ EP, unleashes a vibrant fusion of retro pop and pulsating electronic elements. With an infectious and upbeat sound, the song ignites an energetic dance between nostalgia and modernity. Spirited and lively, “Blind” transports listeners to an era where neon lights shimmered alongside the birth of electronic music, all while maintaining an unmistakable contemporary edge. The seamless blending of these influences creates an auditory journey that invigorates the senses and beckons you to hit the dance floor, capturing the essence of unbridled joy and musical evolution.

Walldrugs’ audio recording captures their raw passion and authentic essence. Their DIY approach emphasizes an unfiltered sound that blends electronic pop and rock elements, creating an intimate atmosphere. This unpolished quality lets listeners connect intimately with the band’s unique artistic vision, offering a sincere and compelling musical experience.

The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: Art can be a powerful tool for social change. Is there a specific message you’re trying to convey through your work, and how do you hope it will impact viewers?

A: A lot of our songs deal with social anxiety in some form or fashion, be it the Seattle freeze or nervousness about talking to someone you have feelings for, and even the sense of fear in seeing an ex in public. I think the need to be accepted, be it by a romantic partner or a community is very evident in our songs, and any message would be that it’s okay to feel that need, it’s okay to be wanted and accepted by a community or another individual in spite of your perceived inability to do so.

Q: In a world saturated with music, what unique quality or perspective do you believe your music brings to the table?

A: Diversity and a desire to make people dance. We’re truly very different musicians from very different backgrounds both from a musical and regional standpoint. Our collective resume includes punk rock from SLC, Tacoma garage rock, touring shoegaze bands, a Cure cover band, a Dead Moon cover band, juke joints in rural Mississippi, an actual degree in music, and music that sounds like it came straight out of a Twin Peaks episode. Somehow we’ve come together as musicians and created this project that’s dancy as hell. We’ve always joked our main goal is just to make Seattle dance again.

Q: What’s the story behind your latest album or single?

A: Our latest single “Blind” actually came about after we were compared to The Sundays following a gig. After revisiting some of their stuff, we started jamming on this new song our singer Beatrix had written and subconsciously wrote a song that sonically is very similar to The Sundays. The title itself actually accidentally became a nod to the album also titled “Blind” by The Sundays.

Q: How was Walldrugs formed?

A: Our bass player Jacob frequented a coffee shop that our synth player Aaron worked at and they’d talk about music and that led to them jamming.

Q: When’s the next show?

A: 8/29 at the Sunset Tavern.

“Gifted Child” – Grace DeVine

Step into the ethereal world of Grace DeVine, a mesmerizing indie artist hailing from the enchanting city of Miami, FL. Now she is currently based in Denver, CO and drawing inspiration from the mystical allure of the crescent moon and the mysticism of the mountains. DeVine weaves a magical tapestry of sound that blends haunting blues melodies with dreamy synth-pop undertones. Her music transports listeners to a realm where folklore and modernity dance hand in hand, creating a harmonious fusion of bluestronica and indie-pop. Embark on a celestial journey with Grace DeVine as she invites you to explore the wondrous cosmos of her sonically enigmatic creations. catchy melodies, introspective lyrics, and a blend of electronic sounds, synthesizers, and production techniques. The music typically has a laid-back and atmospheric vibe, with a focus on introspective ideas.

“Gifted Child” envelops listeners in its laid-back, atmospheric vibe, drawing them into a world of introspection and emotional expression. Grace DeVine’s captivating indie pop artistry effortlessly merges acoustic and electronic elements, crafting a dynamic sound that feels both familiar and refreshing. Her distinctive vocal tone adds an ethereal quality to each track, leaving an indelible mark on the listener’s ears.

A true wordsmith, Grace’s songwriting delves into themes of self-discovery, love, and personal growth, resonating deeply with a diverse audience. With every note, she weaves a tapestry of relatable experiences, making her music a cathartic journey for all who listen. Her ability to infuse her songs with raw emotion sets her apart in the indie pop scene, promising a future brimming with artistic evolution and heartfelt resonance. “Gifted Child” isn’t just a song – it’s a glimpse into Grace DeVine’s promising and enthralling musical odyssey.

This kick-ass alternative pop rock band, led by a badass female vocalist, unleashes a raw and electrifying fusion of gritty melodies and fierce instrumentals. Their music exudes an intoxicating vibe, as the vocalist’s soul-piercing voice seamlessly melds with the band’s wickedly talented instrumentation. Guitars churn out a wicked blend of searing chords and relentless riffs, laying down a rock-solid foundation for the vocals to dominate. The rhythm section delivers gut-punching basslines and precision-guided drum beats that inject an irresistible pulse, cranking up the band’s in-your-face attitude. Synthesizers and keyboards inject a dose of sonic rebellion, creating a rebellious backdrop that perfectly complements the singer’s gutsy delivery. The interplay between the instruments and vocals is pure dynamite, a sonic explosion that propels each track into the stratosphere. This band’s audacious fusion of alternative pop rock elements creates an immersive experience that lingers long after the final note, leaving a gloriously gritty imprint on your damn soul.

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The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: Can you tell us about your musical background and how you got started in music?

A: I’ve been singing forever! Ever since I was a kid; I just can’t keep my mouth shut.

Q: What do you hope listeners take away from your music? Are there any specific messages or emotions you aim to convey?

A: It’s okay to feel a huge range of emotions, keep your head up, and don’t be afraid to get silly!

Q: Are there any upcoming projects, tours, or exciting plans you can share with your fans?

A: I have an EP, “Taste of Heaven”, coming out September 15th along with a release show at Globe Hall in Denver! Get your tickets while they’re hot!

Q: What are your favorite aspects of being a musician and performing live?

A: I’m kind of addicted to creativity. Songwriting lights me up. I love making characters who have their own stories and complex emotions and just bringing the most drama out of them as possible. I also love pulling from my own experiences but that gets a little too real sometimes. There’s such a thrill in the flow of it all.

Q: When and Where’s the next show?

A: Globe Hall, Denver CO! September 15th!

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians trying to break into the industry?

A: Remember why you love music and stay close to whatever reminds you of that.

Iffin the Band

Introducing Seattle’s badass indie rebel, the fierce and unapologetic force of nature known as Iffin. With a voice that’ll make your heart ache and lyrics that cut through bullshit like a knife, she’s a goddamn powerhouse. Born and bred in the rainy streets of Seattle, she’s a no-nonsense, don’t-give-a-f*ck kind of artist who’s unafraid to challenge the status quo.

Infusing her music with a perfect blend of indie-pop and punk-rock grit, Iffin will take you on a wild ride through the depths of emotion and self-discovery. She’s not just another cookie-cutter musician; she’s a rebel with a cause, breaking free from society’s expectations and daring you to do the same.

When she’s not tearing up the stage, you can catch Iffin exploring the underground scene, throwing up her middle finger at the mainstream, or sipping whiskey like it’s water. So, buckle up, motherfckers, and join Iffin on this kickass journey of raw authenticity and unbridled passion. Get ready to have your mind blown and your soul awakened by this fierce indie queen. She’s not here to play nice – she’s here to leave a mark that’ll echo through the ages. Let’s fcking rock! 🤘😈🎸

Embracing the city’s iconic grunge heritage while infusing it with folk storytelling, her music takes listeners on a powerful journey through emotions and experiences. With a guitar in hand and a voice that carries the weight of the world, Iffin is a true embodiment of Seattle’s alternative spirit, forging a path that’s entirely her own in the vibrant indie music scene.

Her music is a captivating fusion of grunge and folk, weaving together the raw and rebellious energy of ’90s Seattle grunge with the heartfelt storytelling and acoustic elements of folk. Picture a raspy and hauntingly emotive voice, reminiscent of the grunge greats, evoking feelings of both vulnerability and defiance.

Her guitar playing is equally expressive, alternating between hard-hitting power chords and delicate fingerpicking patterns that accentuate the introspective and introspective nature of her lyrics. The sound is raw and unfiltered, capturing the essence of the gritty streets of Seattle.

In her grunge-inspired tracks, you’ll find that signature distorted guitar sound, coupled with driving rhythms that transport you back to the heyday of the grunge movement. The lyrics, often delving into themes of alienation, inner turmoil, and societal discontent, resonate with a generation seeking to make sense of their place in the world.

On the other hand, her folk-infused compositions take a gentler approach, revealing a more vulnerable side to her artistry. The acoustic melodies flow gracefully, providing a perfect canvas for her introspective storytelling. Her folk sound embraces themes of personal growth, love, and the beauty of nature, creating moments of solace and reflection.

In both grunge and folk songs, Iffin seamlessly blends her influences, crafting a sound that’s uniquely her own. It’s a raw and soulful journey, where every note and lyric bears the weight of her experiences and emotions, leaving audiences with an unforgettable and deeply resonant musical experience that pays homage to Seattle’s musical legacy while carving a path for the future.

The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: Can you tell us about your musical background and how you got started in music?

A: Oh dear. I’ll try to keep this brief. I grew up in Boston where my dad was active in the indie rock scene throughout the 80s with a band called men and volts (my mom later joined too). He’s always been in bands and hung out with other guys in bands from that period, always taking gigs where they can find them and throwing big parties where they all got together and played for each other. So my brother and I were going to gigs since before we were born, and naturally we started a band as soon as possible, which for me was at age 10. We got our first gig when i was 11; My dad had let my brother and me jump on stage between sets and i guess we made enough of an impression on Rick Berlin (formerly of Orchestra Luna) that he booked us on the spot. that’ll be 22 years ago this December!

Q: What or who inspired you to pursue a career in music?

A: This is a funny question for me because it never felt like there was a choice involved. our family life always revolved around music and our many gigs. Summertime in our family was always about the big parties my dad’s music friends would throw where we all got to play for each other. Etc.

Q: How would you describe your music style or genre?

A: Oh God, I would love to know. I am recovering rock critic and since leaving those ambitions behind I’ve developed a strong distaste for the idea of genre altogether. Not to say i haven’t had my fun with it. In previous projects i usually tried to subvert genre with silly neologisms like “dandy punk” and “heavy petal” which still feel applicable to me. But since I’ve mellowed a bit with age, i try to be at least a little bit useful. the current term I’m using is “lesbian chambergaze” but i still feel like that’s missing the experimental elements that i feel set me apart. Just think of it as pop music where the song itself is the instrument.

Q: What’s the story behind your latest album or single?

A: I call it my “gay polemic.” I mean, Seattle is weird, man. Nothing makes that clearer than coming out as trans here. I was deeply involved in the north Seattle music community until i came out, and then practically all of those people just straight up chased me out. Since then I’ve had to start pretty much all over. Thankfully I’ve found a much stronger and more supportive community that doesn’t chill with my rapist so it’s gotten better. But you can imagine what a traumatic break that was, especially given how much socalled DIY bands supposedly stand on principle. So a lot of the songs I’ve been writing have documented the process of reckoning with that. This most recent EP, PICARO I, reflect several stages in that process, but i feel they express most clearly how far I’ve come since leaving all my cis normative bullshit behind, both as a songwriter/producer and as a person. This is basically the first thing I’ve released since i figured what it is i actually have to say, and whom i am saying it to. Not much of a story to the release itself. I had the songs ready and i wanted to put something out that was more up to date than the old stuff.

Q: Can you walk us through your songwriting process?

A: Usually it starts on guitar – I’ll stumble upon a chord progression or something, lay down a scratch track and then start fleshing it out. Lyrics generally come last – I can’t write without a melody, and I can’t settle on a melody if i haven’t figured out what the rhythm section is doing. Usually the bass takes the longest – it’s my first and best instrument, and generally winds up doing most of the heavy lifting in the finished arrangement.

Q: Are there any specific themes or messages you try to convey through your music?

A: I don’t want this to sound like a weasel answer, but I think the theme I return to most often is the political consequences of emotional ambivalence. usually I’m imagining some kind of conflict in which both parties feel aggrieved, and then deliberately creating confusion around which one is speaking from line to line in the song. Not to harp on this, but when my friendships were all blowing up after my transition, I couldn’t help being struck by how I was totally polarized from those people emotionally, but our emotional logic seemed identical. and once i noticed it there i was seeing it everywhere – we’ve relied so long on this charged, moralistic language to navigate conflict that we’ve forgotten how to actually make honest judgments and hold one another accountable for things. But what we have become great at is performing the desired response instead, in the interest of maintaining our social position, well past the point where it would align with morality or even logic. This is easy enough to recognize in say, electoral politics, where the idea of meaningful morality seems to have been abandoned altogether in favor of placating Nazis – yes, I’m looking at you Mayor Harrell and your murderous contingent – but I wanted to draw attention to the fact that the same forces are at work in socalled “punk” and leftist spaces like the ones I was in too. I guess you could call it the aestheticization of politics – aesthetics are morality, or they’re supposed to be, and we need to get on board while we still can. The first track on the EP articulates this the most clearly – “don’t act like it’s never crossed your mind/there has to be such a thing as crime.” It’s sarcasm – the speaker, a contemporary fascist in all but name – demands the performance of crime and punishment not out of moral rectitude but rather the desire to complete their emotional aesthetic, which is to say, blind spite. But the intention is hopeful. the solution to any problem the song presents is always to swallow your pride, face the truth, say the true thing even when it hurts to do it. The end of the song I talked about above ends on a turn into sincerity – “there must be something more to life/than crimes and what punishments suffice.” I believe in human imagination, but only inasmuch as we’re willing to use it y’know? I work with children and I tell them all the time, when you can choose to do something even when you don’t want to, THAT is the meaning of freedom. That’s my gay polemic in a nutshell I suppose.

Q: How do you feel your music has evolved over the years?

A: It would be difficult to think of a way in which it hasn’t! Luckily it’s all very well documented, for better or for worse. It’s funny, cause when I first got started writing songs I just wanted to write jangly shoegaze pop songs (tho i had sidelines in maudlin folk and rudimentary drone). Then I spent my twenties making cerebral art rock music. Now I’ve come around to doing all those things at once and I think I’ve finally got this figured out. It’s all been a matter of refining my technique and letting go of my fear of being judged for what I like and what moves I want to make. So I guess what’s different now is that I’ve become fully unstoppable.

Gwen Good – “Fifth St”

Gwen Good comes back to it like she never left. With her newly released song “Fifth St.”. She definitely isn’t missing any opportunities grabbing new listeners with this track. The softness and emotions left into the recording is concrete and won’t be leaving. In a previous write up on The MusicManiac Blog she mentioned that she draws her inspiration from artists such as Clairo, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lorde. Go listen for yourself!

A love song that displays loss; It lyrically discusses the internal monologue of an old love. A long time ago there might have been a once fond feeling of love. However listening into the lyrics…it sounds like reminiscing the good times.

“5th Street” by Gwen Good

So much brightness to such a dark song. You hear an abundance of melancholy in all her work, but there is something with “Fifth St.” that is exposing her emotions a little bit deeper than usual.

The acoustic guitar lays down a railway for the song. It allows a lasting cadence for the vocals to shine through. Although they are in opposition of one another I might add; The brightness to the song is hit by all the right notes on the guitar. With heavy and heartfelt lyrics and vocals to grab the attention of the listeners ears. You are dragged into this song as if it was an undercurrent. When “Fifth St.” starts you are teased with innocence of a young artist, you will get very matured sounds and emotions throughout the entirety of the song.

Yes, Gwen Good outdid herself again. At this trajectory who knows how far she can go in music. At a young age this artist has such a strong foundation to make and market music as the best in the industry do.

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The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: What’s the story behind your latest album or single?

A: I wrote Fifth St, my latest single about the feeling when you are no longer in someone else’s life and the pain that can come from it.

Q: What do you think sets you apart from other musicians in your genre?

A: One thing that might set me apart from other musicians is I’m very much a DIY person, making my own cover art (like the painting I made for Fifth St) and doing all of my own marketing for my music, although I think that’s pretty common with smaller artists!

Q: How do you feel your music has evolved over the years?

A: When I wrote my first EP, Horizon, I was still learning how to put a song together. And now with my newer music I’m really focusing on creating more developed stories with my songs. I think my vocals have gotten better as well, the more songs I make.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians trying to break into the industry?

A: I would tell aspiring musicians to focus on making the music really good first. Once you’ve done that you can work on growing an audience, but the music should always come first.

Q: What are your goals and aspirations for your music career in the future?

A: I’m starting to record a second EP and my goal is to really step outside of my comfort zone and create something unique and authentic to me.

The Sleepy Haunts – “Peter Parker”

The Sleepy Haunts are an alternative indie pop/rock band. Offering “Bubble Grunge” influences from artists like Beabadoobee and Beach Bunny.; while drawing inspiration from artists of the 1990s like The Cranberries and Alanis Morissette. This group is based in Seattle, WA, The Sleepy Haunts makes music that celebrates comic book pop culture while exploring the insecurities and struggles of adolescence.

“Peter Parker” by The Sleepy Haunts is a fanfare as far as I am concerned. An instant ear worm. The nostalgia I received goes back to the summer of 2002. The pop punk music was at an all time high through out the movies and television. Hollywood still idolized those punk groups. The Sleepy Haunts are now reviving a new rendition of pop punk music with an influence based off of a classic superhero.

The tones from the band are perfectly matched. Sharply distorted guitars riff throughout the track. Bright high end notes lighten up the sound like lightening strikes through a thunderstorm. Vocally you can hear an explosion of angst as punk music demands.

I hear influence pour in and overflow with this group of artists. The Sleepy Haunts have sounds similar to Paramore, Tonight Alive, and even The Regrettes.

Energetic and catchy would be the best ways to describe this new track. “Peter Parker” has a blend of rawness which is stemmed from the punk rock tones and songs structure. Also aligned in tandem with a more melodic hook provided by the vocals and lyrical content that we can all relate to…A friendly neighborhood superhero.

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Rad Max

Rad Max is a rad wave dance punk band from Portland, OR. They were voted most likely to play the training montage song in a straight-to-video b-movie. In between so-bad-it’s-rad movie nights, this band blasts out ridiculous songs about alien radios, convenience stores, and magical shutter shades.

“Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”

– Ted “Theodore” Logan

Rad Max is a band that is as down to earth as it comes. Just like the convenient store they frequent, the group has a rigid punk exterior and an inside filled with sweet treats and items to make your house a home. This four piece dance punk band offers music with glorified tones and riffs. Mastering the punk sound, and then displaying it before their audience via social media platforms through posts and videos. Rad Max also finished up a tour of the country where they were spreading their Rad Max seed throughout the land.

“So Convenient” has a pretty badass drum track on it. Not going to lie, it goes hard as hell for dance punk. With heavy high hat patterns wether if it’s an opened note accented or just the thunderous 32nd note beat. The drums are leading the way into the chorus. Which I need to express is a fanfare. Such an ear worm. I have literally been singing along all day. Somehow I ended up making time for a Slurpee break. Yes, I did stop by a convenient store and pick up a tiny 64oz blue raspberry Slurpee.

I mentioned glorified tones and riffs previously and the why is simple. The stringed instruments add that punk aspect. It’s dirty in the best way. The combination of instrumentation is classic. Every member owns their instrument. The vocals tracked were done so well. Lyrically the song is describing a walk through a mini mart. But the way the lyrics get sang out and portrayed is anything but mini. Loudly and proudly Rad Max stands out of the music scene with their latest smash hit “So Convenient”.

Go support, follow, and indulge in the finest dance punk music on this side of the Mississippi River. Rad Max social media links are labeled below. Enjoy their lyric video of “So Convenient”.

The MusicManiac Finds Out

Q: When and Where’s the next show?

A: We’re taking a little time off to do some more recording for the next album, but we’re back playing live again on September 23 at The Firkin Tavern with Tragic Lovers and Radio Weekend (SEA).

Q: So far what’s been your favorite show? Why?

A: We just got back from tour and had an awesome time at the Golden Bull in Oakland. Great sound, great staff, and there are stairs at the back of the stage so you can make a rock star entrance.

Q: How does the group feel like so convenient was received?

A: We’ve had a lot of great feedback around it. It’s gotten a little radio play and we always have a fun time playing it at shows.

Q: What would you do if you found $100 at band practice?

A: We’d all get monogrammed, day-glo hip packs.

Q: Other than being so convenient, why are convenient stores better than grocery stores?

A: Where else can you get beef jerky, a tiny rose in glass, and a brain freeze at the same time? Plus, if you’re lucky, maybe some guy will be practicing his kung-fu moves in the candy aisle.