September 5, 2017 - California Rock/Metal Band Heat of Damage has released the Official Music Video for "The Gift," the debut single off of their upcoming sophomore LP, due out next year. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, "The Gift" was shot and directed by Ethan Parilla of Atrocious Works Productions.
The Gift" is a new direction for Heat Of Damage. We wanted to take a heavier approach to our music after our previous release, 'Open Fire', and 'The Gift' is a perfect beginning for that. - David Haug We're very proud of this one. We hope our listeners enjoy the song and the new video! - Julian Bohland Heat Of Damage consists of four talented young musicians who write, produce, and perform an edgy and eclectic mix of hard rock and metal music. Their self-produced EP, Orenda, debuted in 2013.
Since then, the band has performed at numerous venues in the Northern California area. The group released their second EP, Lifestyle, in September 2014. The title track was featured on 98 Rock's Local Licks program for three weeks running. Lifestyle's "Apocalypse" was released soon after and earned a spot on 98 Rock's Local Licks Most Liked Song of 2014 Countdown Show. The song came in at #2 for the year!
Following the successes of Lifestyle, the band entered the studio with Sacramento engineer and producer Matt Thomas to record their first full-length album, Open Fire, which was released in October of 2015.
Open Fire was well received following its release, garnering overwhelmingly positive reviews from a wide variety of writers and music critics. The song "Heaven" was the #6 Most Liked Song of 2015 for 98 Rock's Local Licks, despite only having two months of airplay during the year.
The group is well known for their musicality and showmanship. Shows are high-energy, engaging, and memorable. Their musical range is impressive, with an ability to provide anything from an incredible rock show to an unforgettable metal experience, for any venue's style and crowd. Heat Of Damage never disappoints!
September 5, 2017 - Sacramento based Rock/Metal Band Dark Signal are setting out to challenge expectations with their bold, debut single and lyric video, "Build You Back." Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, "Build You Back" produced by Drew Fulk and mixed by Taylor Larson; the video was directed/edited by guitarist Matt Thomas.
"This song is the embodiment of what our band has been through these last two years as we stepped back from our former band and brand to break the walls down that we built and create something new. This, as our first song, leads the way for Dark Signal, describing exactly how we have felt these last two years. Now we are here to build back what we once had, only better." - Matt Thomas
Dark Signal is elegant, and destructive. The best of us, at the worst of times. Dark Signal is everything we wanted it to be, and nothing we imagined. In the end we’re all looking for a story, something to connect to. Dark Signal is a choice. The choice to be our true selves, and create music we connect to in the same way we connect with others.
Dark Signal, hailing from Sacramento California, comes with a new rock sound. Powerful and dynamic rock, rooted in the origins of a driving foundation. Dark Signal formed in 2017 by Sammy Karlin, Anthony Grant, Matt Thomas, David Gorman, and Isaiah Adbul-Rahman. 5 members taking 10 years of writing, recording, performing and growing together to craft a refined sound in the image of their take on modern music; Dark Signal is tasteful as it is heavy, aggressive as it is beautiful. Absorbing the influence of new artists like Nothing More and Stone Sour creating a new sound for music that can translate into performance. Make no mistake this is a performing group, with a vision for the stage as strong as the studio; working to deliver an experience worthy of their fans support.
September 5, 2017 - Barnsley band Hands Off Gretel has been invited to present a live music video showcase at Música Mundo 2017 (September 6 to 10th) an international music conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
“It’s amazing that a group of students over 5,000 miles away have been working on our game and listening to our music. We have a fantastic international fan base and we are so proud that they chose Hands Off Gretel out of all the bands they could have chosen around the world.” Lauren Tate (Singer/songwriter Hands Off Gretel)
The bands video performance at the conference on September 9th will mark the launch of a free web browser game, developed by a group of Brazilian students, The Mad Freaks Studio at the University of Fumec in Brazil. The gaming students, who are avid fans of the band, were inspired by the music video "One Eyed Girl", a colorful carnival video that the band produced themselves. The students were inspired by characters from the video to create the online game, which includes music from Hands Off Gretel and has a string of anti-bullying messages.
The students and the band have worked collaboratively over the last few months to tweak the game and will now work together to promote each other through a dedicated Facebook page for the game and a showcase presentation at Music Mundo. Episodes 1 and 2 will be released at Música Mundo 2017, which is promoting interaction between music and games, fostering business innovation and entrepreneurship. The game will be available to play online on September 15th with further episodes planned for October and December. The game is designed to entertain, but also warn about bullying and its dangerous consequences.
"The sound we make is raw, influenced strongly by 90s female fronted grunge bands, we get loud and shouty and soft and pretty, it’s frustration music from a girl in her room shouting out at the real world. "
Hands Off Gretel are making a name for themselves in their brief two-year history as a band. They have fast secured a promising live reputation with their visually stunning and compelling live performances, including; 2 full UK tours, Download, Isle of Wight, Rebellion and a capacity crowd at the Underground, as part of this years Camden Rocks Festival.
The South Yorkshire based band, described by some, as new wave grunge, bring a welcome dose of originality to the UK music scene. Louder than War describe them as “One of the most exciting bands in the UK’. Following release of their debut album Burn The Beauty Queen in Sept 2016, they secured airplay on Team Rock Radio, Kerrang radio and BBC Sheffield introducing and a video premiere with Alternative Press.
Epitomising what a DIY band can achieve Hands Off Gretel are arguably one of the most creative artists around, building on an impressive online following from around the world. Lead singer Lauren Tate produces the bands music videos, designs the website,and creates all the bands merchandise and tour posters. Original artwork, clay models, jewellery and a self produced demo album were just some of the things created by Lauren and sold via the bands website to crowd fund the album.
2017 see them touring the UK and heading to Germany on their first European tour, before heading back into the studio at the end of the year for album number 2.