Artist Profile: The Rift

Revolution 91.7 welcomes The Rift to the 15th annual Mayhem lineup!

The Rift are an experimental punk rock group hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky and Brooksfield, Ohio. The four-piece made up of Kai Rogers (guitar, vocals, drums), Spencer Woods (keyboard, vocals), Colton Turley (bass), and Yan Garza (drums) met through WKU’s music program.

If you bring expectations to a Rift show, be prepared to throw them out the door. Although their influences (Morning Teleportation, Cage The Elephant, Red Hot Chili Peppers) are obvious, these guys will take you on a journey that transcends genre and weaves music together in strange and exciting ways.

The Rift released their single “Bird on a Lightpost” in December 2017, followed by the release of their debut album “Wasteland Flaming Sun,” which is available on Bandcamp and most streaming platforms.

The Rift joined Hot Donna on Local Shots a few weeks ago. Listen in here:

Artist Profile: Solar Disco Force

Revolution 91.7 is excited to welcome Solar Disco Force, the self-proclaimed “funkiest band from this side of the galaxy,” to kick off the 15th annual Mayhem music festival this Saturday! These intergalactic spreaders of funk entered our dimension last year, and have been hard at work to thwart the lizard menace of Top 40 radio ever since.

The group is led by talkbox maestro Professor Eclipse, who is accompanied by Sentinel Zohm on saxophone, Comrade Contra on bass, and SAM on guitar and synth. Their robot companion Groove Machine joins them on drums when he isn’t busy recharging. Each member of Solar Disco Force has an impressive musical background from their respective home planets. The band cites the music of outer space as a primary influence, but also takes cues from earthlings such as Daft Punk, Parliament-Funkadelic and Ninja Sex Party.

Solar Disco Force’s debut single “Pelvic Thrust” is an upbeat, other-worldly dance number that combines all the funkiest ingredients for keeping the lizard people at bay. This weekend, the Professor and his loyal recruits will grace the humans of Bowling Green with their presence, spreading their message of dance in support of Rainhill Equine Facility. Join Revolution 91.7 at SoKY Marketplace this Saturday, and dance to save the world!

Artist Profile: Internet Boyfriend

Revolution 91.7 is thrilled to welcome Internet Boyfriend to its 15th annual Mayhem lineup! Originating in Bowling Green and now based in Nashville, this synthy rap project is returning home for an exciting performance to benefit Rainhill Equine Facility.

At the core of Internet Boyfriend is the talented and charismatic Kahlo, who boasts an in-your-face delivery and a commanding on-stage presence. He and his DJ introduced a whole-new live experience for their recent tour in March. In the studio, Internet Boyfriend has used beats produced by tourmates Lambda Celsius, and the six-minute opus “Memories” is a perfect example of their collaboration.

Internet Boyfriend is gearing up for its debut mixtape release, which will follow three singles released through Soundcloud. One of these singles, “New Bachelors,” was given a video in late 2017 and another video is planned for later this year.

Internet Boyfriend will take the stage Saturday for one of six unmissable performances! Stay tuned for more exciting festival updates, and remember to join Revolution 91.7 at SoKY Marketplace for our 15th annual Mayhem. Doors open at 5pm, with the first band starting at 6!

We sat down with Internet Boyfriend last week to learn more about the project:

The Fratellis Release New Music Video “Starcrossed Losers”

by Ford Parson

In the mid-2000s, there was no shortage of guitar-based indie bands coming out of Britain. In the wake of the Arctic Monkeys and the Libertines came a slew of similar-sounding bands, the sheer volume of which led the UK press to adopt the term “landfill indie.”

Out of the many British bands lumped into this category, Scotland’s the Fratellis were among the most influential. Their debut album Costello Music charted high on the UK charts, and the stadium-friendly single “Chelsea Dagger” gained the band some traction in the States. Today, the Fratellis are still going strong, boosted by a steady following in their native Britain.

This week, the Fratellis released a video for their new single “Starcrossed Losers.” The track will appear on the band’s upcoming fifth album, In Your Own Sweet Time, which drops March 16. The video depicts daily interactions between a couple at various stages of life, all shot in reverse. Meanwhile, the lyrics invoke Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to craft a tragic love story set to music.

The video for “Starcrossed Losers” is streaming now via Billboard, alongside a new interview in which frontman Jon Fratelli talks about its creation. In support of In Your Own Sweet Time, the Fratellis will tour the UK and North America later this Spring. The tour includes a stop at Nashville’s Exit/In on May 21st. Tickets are on sale now at the band’s website.

Starcrossed Losers by The Fratellis on VEVO.

Shannon and the Clams Rock a Modern Sock Hop

by Sarah Schulte

Shannon and the Clams are the surf rock band that the world didn’t know it needed.

Shannon Shaw (lead vocals and bass), Cody Blanchard (guitar), Nate Mahan (drums), and Will Sprott (keyboard), came together as Shannon and the Clams after Shaw and Blanchard met at the California College of the Arts and began performing together. Hailing from Oakland, California, the indie garage-punk group fuses doo-wop, R&B, and psychedelia into a nostalgic dreamscape.

The group debuted in 2009 with their album I Wanna Go Home, which featured such tracks as the pulsing Troublemaker that exemplify their raw energy. Their debut album was followed by Sleeptalk (2011), Dreams in the Rat House (2013), and Gone by the Dawn (2015).

The Clams released their fourth LP Onion on February 16th. The Clams take their listeners on a journey through youth and love with this album. Shaw’s gritty rasp is complemented well by Blanchard’s crisp guitar throughout the record.

Even with the simplest melodies, Shaw’s lyrics rip themselves into the hearts of listeners in an amazing display of honest songwriting. There’s just something about them that transports the world back to the Buddy Holly era, so throw on your Sunday best and head on over to the high-school hop.

Shannon and the Clams have kicked off a tour with Dan Auerbach, and they will be at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday, February 25th. You can listen to their new album Onion on Spotify.

 

Muse Reveals Details About Upcoming Album, 2019 World Tour

by DJ Jazzy John

Up until this past Thursday, “Dig Down” was the only glimpse of Muse’s eighth studio album we could get. Now, with the release of their new single, “Thought Contagion,” Muse has been more outspoken about their forthcoming project.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Matt Bellamy was not shy about revealing the band’s aspirations for their latest record. He stated that they actually have quite a bit more recording to do before the album is finished, and that he doesn’t expect everything to be completed until this fall.

Because of the prolonged completion, we may not see this record get released until early 2019. However, Bellamy also says that the band plans on releasing at least two more singles leading up to the album’s release date.

Although Muse has never really approached an album in this fashion (releasing several singles before the full length album), Bellamy believes that this will be Muse’s “greatest album in terms of the quality of individual songs.” The lead singer also stated that this format has been “really refreshing to just work on one song at a time and take each song to completion.”

In addition to revealing details about their new album, Muse also spoke about a 2019 headlining world tour while being interviewed at the NME Awards. Matt Bellamy claims:

“We’re going to do the biggest tour and just blow people’s minds with stuff they’ve never seen before. We’re always interested in the latest technology and what’s cutting edge, so we’re always thinking of the new thing that nobody’s ever used before in a concert. And we found something and we’re going to use that.”

On Muse’s previous Drones World Tour, the band performed on an in-the-round type of stage that featured floating “drones” that came out from the ceiling throughout the show. It will be interesting to see what they will have in store for fans in the next couple of years.

Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Tour Sans Bassist: Why?

by Ryan “The Lion” Henning

Smashing Pumpkins is going on a reunion tour. However, not everyone is included.

The tour was introduced quite a few months ago, but it wasn’t until recently that SP, according to Entertainment Weekly, announced the Shiny and Oh So Bright tour on would feature “singer/guitarist/guru Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who are the other three original members, along with guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who has been with the band since 2007.”

The original bass player, D’Arcy Wretzky, was left in the dark. “I only just found about it yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player,” the original bassist said.

New player Jack Bates is playing for Smashing Pumpkins instead. To add more to the secrecy, lead singer Billy Corgan noted, “I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years.”

If this is a reunion tour, why isn’t everybody here? Normally the reason for new members is that an old member splits off or passes away, but in an interview, Wretzky says she wanted to join in despite a shoulder injury. She was upset that Corgan locked her out.

What do you think? Does Corgan have permission to pick up a new bass player? Or should D’Arcy stand her ground as the original? After all, the tour will consist of songs from the group’s beginnings. Will Bates hold up to the legacy, or be unable to fill the spot once held by Wretzky?

Interested in the tour? Find more info on Smashing Pumpkins’s official site.

What BØRNS’s “Electric Love” Says About Romance

by Ryan “The Lion” Henning

In the era of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift hits about hooking up in bars and breaking up with crappy people (or not? Make up your mind, Tay-tay!), it’s nice to have a refreshing take on what makes love truly special. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, leave it to Garrett Borns (AKA BØRNS) to give us a foot-tapping, mesmerizing song about the girl who has a grip on his heart.

Electricity contracts your muscles, making it impossible to let go. His baby’s love is like “lightning in a bottle,” and he can’t let go now that he’s got it. Ignoring the risk of cardiac arrest, it takes a special kind of love to pull you in and course through you at the thought of someone special like that.

The drums are like a heartbeat, further emphasizing the feelings of his mind running around her and getting “louder and louder and louder” as the snare picks up into the chorus in a release of all that energy. The vocals swell, just like his heart pumping electrical dopamine through his veins.

“Electric Love” says, “If they have a grip on your heart, you’ll be able to feel it like electricity.” So this season, ignore the weather that would make Katy Perry write another song about opposites, and turn “Electric Love” into the special tune you can dance all night to with your SO. It’ll help burn some of the calories from the heart-shaped chocolate you paid too much for.

Still “The Man?” The Killers Wonderful Wonderful Tour Without Founding Members

by Madi Martin

I’ve been a victim since high school: The Killers’ music helped me get through teen angst and Brandon Flower’s lyrics were soothing to my soul. As such, it was a priority to see them in concert, and see them I did at Lollapalooza 2013 and Hangout Fest 2014.

College has happened and music tastes change and (hopefully) refine. The band’s tracks are no longer the only tracks I turn to when I need a pick-me-up, but even so, here I am, going to see them a third time at the United Center in January as they promote their new album, Wonderful, Wonderful.

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A lot has changed for the band, something any casual fan without prior knowledge could see during this particular tour. Unfamiliar faces sprinkled the stage, to make up for the two that were sorely lacking: Dave Keuning, the lead guitarist from day one, dropped the band to spend time with family; and bassist Mark Stoermer decided to go back to school.

Of course, the stars of the show were always whimsical singer Brandon Flowers and the energetic Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. drumming in the background. No longer is Flower’s synthesizer obscured by their classic retro-bulbed lightning bolt; instead, a fluorescent-pink Mars symbol stands centered on the stage. Three new female background singers similarly chime in to tracks while standing behind three Venus symbols.

Even so, Brandon was as vibrant as ever. Fun costume changes, short knowing asides to the audience – the man is a natural performer. Ronnie gave it his all in the background, those same soldiering-through facial expressions I’d delighted in during their hard sets in the past. I sang their music from previous albums with fervor all the way through by myself. Hey Brandon, put me up on that stage – I’ll be another Venus.

The main single from the 2017 album, “The Man”, was outrageously fantastic, and felt like it’d been a part of the show all along. The other new and strangely slower material, though? Unfortunately, not so much. I think much of it is going to be something even loyal fans will need to get used to.

It was different, and unfortunately not in a good way, but I’m glad I had a notion of this coming in. It seems that the days of anthems and bangers from Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town may be spent for the boys.

Wonderful, Wonderful and its tour may not be as wonderful as I would have wanted for the band at this stage in their career, but I still hold out hope that whatever may come up in their unsure future, they move with magic and dignity, and not fizzle out like their iconic bolt.

Review: Franz Ferdinand’s Always Ascendin

by DJ Jazzy John

In early February of 2018, Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand released their fifth full length studio album, Always Ascending. This record is the group’s first complete project in nearly five years. It is also the first album to feature new member Julian Corrie.

The album opens up with the title track, which also serves as the lead single for the record. Compared to the some of the other songs on the album, this one definitely stands out as one of the more catchy tunes. Most popular singles often end up that way, so that wasn’t too much of a surprise. It was also one of the more enjoyable songs to listen to.

Following the title track comes “Lazy Boy,” “Paper Cages,” and “Finally,” which were a little harder for me to appreciate. I don’t know if it was because I was expecting something different, but the awkward undanceable beat as well as the lyricism in “Lazy Boy” was a huge turnoff for me.

The other two tracks left much to be desired as well.

However, the following song, “The Academy Award,” stood out in a good way. As I played this track while driving down the expressway in the middle of the night, I found myself enjoying it simply because it was the only song on the album that gave me a good reason to think about what I was listening to. The music was ominous, and the vocals were slightly haunting, which coupled nicely with the band’s lyrics in this particular song.

Unfortunately, much of the rest of the album was like pulling teeth to listen to, save a fairly enjoyable funk track titled “Huck and Jim,” and the extended outro found in “Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow.”

Overall, I would recommend this album only to those of you who enjoy the current style of Franz Ferdinand. Personally, I wish the band would go back to their roots. Specifically, I feel like I would be more satisfied with similar to that of “Take Me Out,” as opposed to the techno-oriented tunes they’ve been rolling out more recently.
Highlights: “Always Ascending,” “The Academy Award,” “Huck and Jim”Low Points: “Lazy Boy”, “Lois Lane”Overall

Rating: 2.5 out of 5