Review: “Get Loose” by The Old Adage

Detroit pop duo The Old Adage (@TheOldAdage) look to dance their way up the charts with their newest single.  24 seconds into the video for “Get Loose”, the party gets popping and craziness ensues. It is a trippy video with the cocaine scene from ‘Scarface’ re-enacted, people in animal outfits living it up, a live dog wearing a shirt, and glitter everywhere. Directed by the tandem of Justin Collins and Randy Williams, “Get Loose” is a very wild wide for approximately four minutes and it appeared everyone making the video had a blast.

Siblings Mimi and Nino Chavez express a great deal of charisma in the video and show this is not their first rodeo. The group has been around the block several times having formed the band nearly five years ago under a different name and with lineup changes along the way. They have started to find their groove, though, with two records under their belt. The first being the EP Matches and last year’s full-length Cycles, the latter of which contains “Get Loose”. Both albums are available at the band’s website and major streaming outlets everywhere.

On “Get Loose”, Mimi’s vocals are on par with the other pop divas invading Ryan Seacrest’s Top 40 each week. The beats are on point with the vocals making for a dance track sure to get clubs worldwide jumping and bumping. Although the album containing this gem has been released without label support, if it gets in the right hands or heard by the right ears, there is no reason “Get Loose” cannot become a bonafide smash. The chops and professionalism are certainly there to make it happen.

Ultimately, this single and accompanying video are about escapism and letting it all hang out. Those who hear and see it will surely get that vibe real quick and have themselves an awesome time.  The Old Adage will do their part in making sure they bring the party at their live shows and hopefully, dance pop fans will show their support by viewing the video, buying the record, and spreading the word to make it the hit it ought to be.

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Artist To Watch: The Last City

@thelastcityband  is an American pop duo who now call Hiroshima, Japan home. Musical and life partners Adam and Lizbet Palmer began their pairings in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Columbia is also the origin of legendary quartet Hootie & The Blowfish. The Palmers are fluent with multiple instruments and take pride in the DIY-approach to their music videos and their original tunes. If they continue to crank out quality sounds, The Last City will not be without some kind of record deal for too much longer.

The group formed two years ago and consider their brand of music to be a fusion of pop, jazz, and rock. The uplifting and catchy “Erasing the Ending” (included above) is an example of this brilliance. Although not radio friendly in length (clocking in at 5:30), The Last City are the type of band to do their own thing and not worry about the haters. If people like what they hear from them, then that is great for their brand. If it is not someone’s cup of tea, that is not going to deter the duo from writing, composing, and performing songs on their terms.

The Last City shows just how talented they are with the wide range of tunes they perform. They have their own thing going strong, however, they have quite the array of covers available at their official YouTube page. Some tracks given a new flair by the pair include “Love Runs Out”, a OneRepublic hit, and Marc Cohn’s smash “Walking In Memphis”. From the videos, it is easy to tell the Adam and Lizbet are having a great time breathing new life into these songs.

The Last City’s main goal is to drop a proper EP in the near future. Once that occurs, the sky is the limit for the band. They already have marketable music and can clearly put their own tremendous spin on established hit tracks. It’s only a matter of time before The Last City have a hit on their own, either through movie/commercial licensing or radio airplay once that well-deserved recording contract comes.

Artist on the Rise: The Receiver

@thereceiver  is an American alternative band from Columbus, Ohio that has two full-length records and nine years under their belt. This year, they intend to drop another album and it is sure to match the quality of their previous efforts. The band has been signed to independent label deals and has performed gigs with the likes of Tel Aviv and St. Vincent. Given the critical acclaim of the group, this looks to be a huge year that could open even more doors for them.

The group consists of brothers Casey Cooper (vocals, keyboards, and bass), Jesse Cooper (drums), and sometimes Sean Gardner, who does a bit of everything. Their sound can best be described as sophisticated alternative music that is definitely digitally influenced. With the proper label support and marketing, “Visitor” could have easily been a Top 20 hit on the modern rock charts. “Length of Arms”, the title track to their second record, is more synthesizer-laden but still has a radio-friendly element to it. In addition, The Receiver has had music featured on the now-defunct cable series “Dirt” along with numerous independent films.

In 2009, The Receiver was declared the Best Local Band by the highly regarded ColumbusUnderground.com and for a time was a Band on The Rise on MTV2. Given what the Coopers have displayed thus far, the anticipation for the third record is high. The expectations for the album should be high as well. The group has created some unique and remarkable tunes thus far and a make-or-break record like this one can not disappoint.

They have played over 200 gigs in the last five years, which is a lot for a group on small labels. They continue to play around town to avoid rust and they have three shows in their hometown lined up for next month. Due up on Friday, May 2 is a performance at the soon-to-close Kobo with critically acclaimed Mount Carmel. Indie music lovers should enjoy The Receiver while they can because there is no reason they can not be a huge as fellow local duo Twenty One Pilots and take off touring all over the place. All it takes is one break and given what they have put out thus far, The Receiver have definitely earned a chance to make it big.

Can-Am Connection 2.0 Should Have A Giant Year

Big Little Lions (@BigLittleLions) are a duo made up of a native Canadian and an Ohioan and expectations are high in 2014. Helen Austin and Paul Otten have displayed a mere taste of what is to come in the next several months and it is pure radio gold. If record companies and Music Directors know what is good for them, they will strongly consider giving this tandem the spotlight they have earned.

For instance, the song “This Road With You” demonstrates the group’s ability to pull off a Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros vibe with significantly less personnel. This twosome’s folksy pop tune would fit right in with other Adult Top 40 acts such as Boy, Walk Off The Earth, Rusted Root, among others. One ought to really take notice of the song featured in the above video as “The Way Home” is a brilliant track that, with the right kind of promotion, has the legs to breakthrough as a Hot AC smash.

Big Little Lions are off to a great start with over 16,000 Twitter followers and a #1 ranking in Canada on ReverbNation. Look for their record Paper Cage featuring both masterpieces and then some. This team of Otten and Austin is bound for some huge things and listeners will be grateful for being part of the ride.

The Bloody Nerve Have The Bloody Nerve To Break Music City Stereotypes

Nashville-based duo The Bloody Nerve (@thebloodynerve) is not your typical group coming from Music City, U.S.A.. When people think of Nashville, they think of honky tonks, country line dancing, cowboy hats, and yeehaws. Guitarist Stacey Blood and vocalist Laurie Ann Layne shatter the image that outsiders have of their hub. Curious minds can read about the band on their Facebook page and will learn that both members were not even born in Tennessee. They do, however, know that to make a splash, going to the music capital of America was a smart route to go. An even smarter route: not trying to be a typical Country & Western act, which helps them stand out even more. In this current scene, originality is a breath of fresh air.

Speaking of which, on the tune “Find Ya Love” (the featured video), Layne’s haunting vocals match up beautifully with Blood’s guitar playing. The video’s budget is not huge, but it did not need to be. It features Layne’s luscious blood red lips in a near-embrace with the microphone with shots of Blood on guitar and walking around town. The video and song tell a good story without the bells and whistles of other videos, which often distract from the songs.

Is there a touch of country in The Bloody Nerve’s music? Sure, being in Tennessee has its influence on some of the group’s tracks. “Place To Hide” is a track that sees Blood handle the majority of the vocals and it definitely has some state roots, but it is a Blues-influenced track versus Country. “Local Honey” is the group’s most Country-influenced tune, but it a fun-sounding track that is atypical of their brand.

The Bloody Nerve have an EP titled ‘Red’ available that can be downloaded at their Bandcamp page with a free tee shirt for the purchase. Not only will indie music lovers get some great songs to listen to, they will receive an early Christmas present. The EP is a brilliant demonstration of the variety within the band’s music. With the holiday season among us and even in this questionable economy, consumers of the alternative to the mainstream are best served in investing their dollars in this band. There is a curiosity about what this group can pull off next.

Substance Over Style: Why Kerosintini Should Surpass t.A.T.u

Rodion and Marina, better known as Kerosintini (@KerosintinI), is a Russian electronica duo who show Top 40 Pop potential with “You Are Going Insane”. Back in the mid-1990s and last decade, this would have been a surefire hit with mainstream radio programmers. In this social media era, to be a hit a song does not necessarily need to be overplayed on the radio. Millions of views of a single video can generate revenue and increase downloads and CD sales.

This tandem is the ultimate DIY group, as they handle all of the production themselves right down to the video featured here. It is shy of a million views now, but with the proper awareness nothing is going to hold Kerosintini back from international success.

t.A.T.u, a one-time global sensation, made it big with “All The Things She Said”, a highly regarded pop rock track with a controversial music video in tow. The video’s theme and the band’s “gimmick” were off-putting to some music consumers and Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova’s popularity waned. Rodion and Marina are a nice looking pair, but they are going to let the music they produce and perform speak for itself.

Song By Midwestern Duo Could Be The Soundtrack To One’s Life

Clemency (@ClemencyMusic on Twitter) is an American two-piece outfit consisting of the brothers Watkins, Paul and Jason. The track “My Heart Is the Eastern Horizon” is easily a brilliant piece of art (musically and vocally) that could be heard on AC and Adult Rock stations. Per the band’s Facebook page, the Watkins’ faith is very important to them. Could some airplay on non-profit entity Radio U be in the cards?

“My Heart Is the Eastern Horizon” could easily be in the background of heartwarming TV show or movie scenes (think of a couple’s breakup on “Grey’s Anatomy”). Coincidentally, a YouTube user wants to use the band’s music for a film. Hopefully, the band will give their consent and be handsomely rewarded for it in the end. This is one of many tunes from Clemency due to be exposed to the buying public.

This band is ready for prime time, with their music available on national online retailers Amazon and iTunes. They currently call Nashville home, but starting on Wednesday, October 16, Clemency will embark on a U.S. tour with highly regarded indie rockers Abandon Kansas and (for select dates) Seabird. Please check the group’s social media platforms for details. If they are half as good live as they are recorded, the music world should be hearing from Clemency for years to come.

Similar artists: Jars Of Clay, Turin Brakes

Quirky Song Is #44 On Adult Rock Charts And Climbing

The ironically-named female duo known as Boy have over a million hits for this video. Interestingly, the song is only now garnering attention at some radio stations. Perhaps it will cross over, but for now it bubbles under America’s Music Charts’ Top 40.