Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
Dallas TX-based singer Larry g(EE), who earned the opportunity on OurStage to appear as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2012, is back with a brand new single, “Losing You.” After a few tumultuous years, during which he signed to a boutique label with a major distribution deal (ADA/Warner), only to see the label collapse amidst accusations of mismanagement and bad faith, Larry g(EE) did the only thing he could − get back to making music. In this case, however, he took the unforeseen misfortune and turned into an opportunity to shift directions, reevaluating his sound and ultimately trading the high-energy, anthemic soul/rock that had been his trademark for a pop/R&B vibe. That sound is apparent on the new single, which also marks a lyrical shift, finding the singer getting introspective and touching on a wounded past that informs the dissolution of a love affair. Listen below:
The Wallies have returned with their rollicking, drawling, punch-drunk, fuzzed-out, catchy-as-hell, pure rock and roll on a new LP called Things I’ll Never Tell Anyone. In fact, hard as it is for this writer to believe, this is their debut LP. After all, the band has been kicking around for a few years, steadily dropping a stream of impressive covers, singles, EPs, and videos. All of the promise of those releases is wrapped up in Things I’ll Never Tell Anyone, with the high/low contrast between the music and the vocal delivery, the disaffected romanticism of the lyrics, the surf-pop elements, the modern indie rock aesthetic inside the Wallies’ overall vintage vibe. This is great stuff.
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Co-singer and songwriter for The Figgs, Pete Donnelly has a brand new LP out called Phases of the Moon, and he’s released a video for the first single, “Dr. Richard.” The black and white clip, directed by Geoffray Barbier, has Donnelly and band performing inside and out, and generally looking cool, intercut with the singer yelling agitatedly into one of the world’s last payphones at the eponymous doctor. The song is short and sweet at 2:50, and is very much in line with the kind of tight pop The Figgs are known for. Check it out:
If the Rolling Stones had recorded their classic “Dead Flowers” in 1965 instead of 1971, it might go…a little something…like…this. As a chaser to their recent single, “Falling Out Of Love,” Aloud have released a great cover of the Stones song, along with a video. They’ve upped the beat and subtracted the twang of the original, and singer Jen de la Osa has gone in the opposite direction of Mick Jagger’s lazy drawl with a soulful belt. The Stones themselves released an alternate and more driving version of the song a few years ago, but it still retains the country vibe and the loose swing inherent to most early-’70s Stones music. Aloud’s version goes full mod and stomp, as you’ll hear below. (Check out the Stones’ alternate take at the bottom.) Aloud is currently working their way around the Northeast surrounding the debut of All These Small Things, which features some of their music. See dates here.
We have the premiere of “Fierce,” the brand new single from Manchester duo KAZE (say that like KAH-zay). This exciting and inventive band first came to our attention by way of their first single and video, the startlingly original “Pinned On You,” which became our video of the month in August last year. “Fierce” is just as inventive. Though it begins with a conventional, piano-driven verse, it quickly builds to dramatic chorus, displaying shades of some of KAZE’s chief influences, including Steely Dan and Radiohead.
As the title hints, “Fierce” is an anthem of empowerment. Songwriters Graham McCusker and Amy Webber tell us, “‘Fierce’ is about finding your inner strength to finally stand up to people who intimidate and bully you. It’s about finding your power and your confidence to stand up to injustices.” Fortunately, the song does not fall victim to cliché, reiterating worn sentiments. It is one of KAZE’s great strengths that they can say something new about such a universal subject, just as they had a new approach to what, at its core, was a breakup diatribe in “Pinned On You.”
Despite a compelling flair for the dramatic, KAZE’s songs are streamlined and economical, filtering weighty prog into thrilling pop. Following up the debut EP No Filter, “Fierce” is further evidence of a promising artistic force.