Since the release of their first EP, Fools Like Me has been really active in the local music scene. They have become a frontera staple in a sense. Although it's been a while since they released new material, they recently blessed our ears with three new singles. I talked to Eric over the phone and we discussed the new EP as well as some of the themes present within.
The new EP is set to come out on October 18 of this year. There will not only be a digital version of it, but a vinyl as well. The EP will consist of seven songs, four of which include: "The Charmer", "No Safari", "I Still Belong To You" and "No Genius." The EP was all produced and arranged by Eric unlike last time which included the help of Manu from The Chamanas. Additionally, there will four live session videos being released as well.
"We basically made these three singles in the same week which makes them different to the rest." Eric added that it all stems from a theme regarding a "crisis of loneliness". He also added there is a mysticism and psychedelia around it. I agree with the description after listening to the singles.
"I Still Belong To You" involves a character who thought that everything was going good, but that is not the case. Just as the cover depicts, the shower of stars falling on him (in a sense) is a metaphor for the way he feels: the sensation of the world coming down on him.
On the other side, "The Charmer" is a song based on desperation. "It's cathartic and painful". Eric emphasized, "this person is talking to a Shaman who is draining their pain. He has a "oh wait" moment during that and he no longer knows whether it's a dream or reality.
Eric also talked about "No Safari" who he marked as his favorite. It's about falling out of love. To add to that, "No Genius" will be released in two weeks. Eric said that it's his first comedic take on a song and it's about the time four different guys hit on him and he kindly declined. Just a light-hearted song.
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After coming to Las Vegas for the 2014 Latin Grammy's, Allison finally makes a return to the Sin City and they are scheduled to play at the Bunkhouse Saloon. After touring for a bit and even doing a "Sold Out" show in El Paso, it is almost time for Vegas to experience the energy of Allison.
Allison formed in 2002 and has maintained a steady career throughout the years, including five albums and several tours. The band is made up of Erik Canales (lead singer/guitar), Alfie Perstacegi (bass/backing vocals), "Fear" Jarquin (lead guitar) and Diego Stommel (drums). Luckily, I got to talk to Erik the other day. Being that they are about to start another leg of the U.S tour, I asked Erik if the band had a particular superstition or "thing" they did before shows to which he responded with exercise and meditation. "It's about being thankful for the opportunity of being on-stage and being able to do this." Considering that they have been doing this for a while, I followed up by asking "what has been the best thing that a career in music had left you?"
"Personal construction. Being able to try so many things, being to be able to eat so many things, and seeing new places. Creating new things." Erik answered this and casually added that he is not only a musician, but a chef.
In regards to the evolution of the band, when Allison started back in the day they had a more punk- rock sound and now they have "heavier" sound. I asked how he would would describe this maturity in sound and he said that they used to listen o a lot of punk-rock as teenagers but lately they have been into "heavier" music. Erick then went into how this transition has reflected on the new album. They hope that old fans of Allison and new ones tune into this new project.
"We want to make more sincere music. We want to take off the mask per se and be real. We are passionate. I just left a relationship and I have a lot to write about." He added that being older he realized that heartbreak is still hurtful, but it leaves something in return.
As a final thought he added that he is thank full for sixteen years making music. Allison is a band that leaves their heart and soul on stage. "We want this to be nostalgic and full of love." There is no doubt about that.
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Greetings to all those reading. Whale House is mainly made up of Clayton Brice and Caleb Price. Surprisingly, this pair met while in Music Composition class and that lead to the band forming in 2007. It was an instant connection and bonding over rock music, 60's counter-culture and 90's alternative rock that they grew up with. "Between 2009 and 2012 they have released 3 Eps and 2 singles. They have played all across the Midwest, opening for acclaimed bands such as Retribution Gospel Choir and The Bad Bad Hats."
This Wisconsin-based band recently released their single "Milk", which is featured below. The song itself makes you want to listen to it on repeat (I know I did). It took me to that early 2000's rock that really made feel me good. A sort of melancholic reality. It's truly "been so long and the world moves on". Although it takes me back, there is a modern touch to it that makes it fitting to 2019. However, not only is the song very well executed, but the visuals for the video are pretty good too. The vibrant colors are a nice contrast to the rock sound of the song.
The good news is that on September 7th, Whale House music is set to release their first full length album, "Clowder", which was recorded at Drum Farm Studios. "Clowder" was made by a talented team of individuals who have worked with bands such as Green Day and MGMT and it will be available both digitally and on vinyl.
For those of you listening to Whale House for the first time, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
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New York duo, Phantogram, made up of John Carter and Sarah Barthel recently released a new single called "Mister Impossible". A single that truly sounds like it belongs in an action blockbuster movie. This is a follow up from their previous single, "Into Happiness", which is a song about learning to find happiness after being in a dark place and that also seems to be the consensus by Phantogram fans commenting beneath the song on YouTube video. I get chills every time I hear "wish you could be here." Lots of people have found it as a way to deal whether it's listening to a song or writing one. That brings me to the fact that the band has actually made it their mission to donate one dollar from every ticket sale to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This decision stems after the loss of Sarah's sister. It is about creating a consciousness and helping. There is always a silver lining.
Phantogram whose sound is a nice mix of rock, pop, and electronic psychedelic grooves, is currently touring and one of the dates include El Paso on September 15th at the Lowbrow Palace. The Lowbrow Palace is a great venue that has been graced by bands like Le Butcherettes, The Marias and many more. I really recommend that you see Phantogram in this setting, it is pretty intimate. Phantogram is one of those bands that has the ability to transport me in a certain time and place in my life no matter which song it is. It's so nostalgic and comforting. Even if you don't know who Phantogram is, you would be supporting a great band and a great cause. Plus, Bob Moses will be opening up for the band. It will be such a special night!
Don't forget to catch Phantogram during this headlining tour and buy your tickets for the Lowbrow either online or at the door! For more tour information click here: www.phantogram.com/tour
The Lowbrow Palace (Outdoors)
1101 Texas Ave, El Paso, TX 79901
"Pero que Dios bendiga el SabHop, amen" - Sabino's Ying Yang.
None other than Mexico's Sabino, does a new era for SabHop come in the form of a brand new album, Yin. SabHop is a mixture of light, relaxing, and seductive music. It's the type of music you want to pump up to before going to the party and or the after party. The best thing about this sexy mix of genres is that you can't strictly categorize it as reggaeton or hip-hop or "typical" for the party scene.
Sabino has been in the music scene since 2012. Throughout that time, he released hit singles like "Me Puse Pedo", "Los Raros de la Clase", and. "Nueve Quince". That led to his rise in the Mexican music scene. Now fast forward to 2018, Sabino gifted us with more funny party anthems like "Ya le Bajo", "Los Enamorados", and "Jalo".
2019, Sabino blessed us with the eight-track list, Yin. This new vibe that Sabino has taken on this new album is so fun. I remember when I listened to "Los Enamorados" for the first time, I was like "Wow, this is totally giving me Santana vibes", but then I hear a song like "Tu" and I swear I feel pumped for the day.
Sabino not only has the ability to deliver musically, but lyrically too. I really takes craftsmanship to deliver such smart and funny lyrics that make so many references to pop culture. Not only that, but it is nostalgic. Just look at the video below for "Ying Yang", it has all the 80's kung fu vibes. Plus, it's so good. This album will have you hitting the repeat button.
Just take a peak of the Ying Yang lyrics below:
"Tocaron la de calle 13: Atrévete-te-te
Y me sentí bien Molotov: Mátate Teté
También pusieron a J Balvin, men
Pero que Dios bendiga el SabHop, amen"
Those four lines really sum up the reference master that Sabino is. The best part is that it is fun to sing and dance along to.
If you want to have fun listening to this album like I did, the album is now available on all digital platforms. Check out some links below:
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