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Dreams Come True: Alabama-based country artist Josiah Rodda puts the hard work in on Blue Collar

Sung with poise and love to teach us about his real story of grit no matter the challenges placed in his path, Josiah Rodda is the kind of role model from which we can take inspiration in his new single Blue Collar.

Josiah Rodda is a hard-working Alabama-based indie country singer-songwriter who has a truly humble nature which will calm the hearts of many who have grown tiresome of boastful fakeness.

Showing his true professionalism and with profound lyrics to match, Josiah Rodda is the kind of underground hero millions can relate to. He’s real and appears to be down to earth whilst being truly sincere about his craft.

Blue Collar from Alabama-based indie country singer-songwriter Josiah Rodda is such a feet-tapping single which might relax the stressed souls amongst us who needed something to ease into. His vocals are stress-relieving and you feel like you’re inside the room with him.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Interview: Tuscaloosa’s Homebody helps us see the Hindsight

After impressing our team with a quality sound that lifts all cloudy moods, we sliced it up musically with Alabama alt-rockers Homebody. Chatting to us about the latest single Hindsight, chasing the kids around, and finding that ideal place, we find a self-enlightened interview with so much to gain value from.

Hello there, Homebody. Where in the world do we find you today and how did you get into music?

Homebody: Hi! We’re currently all at our day jobs or chasing our kids around our houses in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Music has always been at the forefront for all of us. Most of us are self-taught and got into playing to keep up with our friend groups and bands that were forming around us during our teenage years.

Who is in the band and how did the connection begin?

Homebody: Austin McQueen (vocals & guitar) and Jonathan Lollar (guitar) started Homebody during the Pandemic. We’ve always had a connection through friends and local shows, so it felt only natural to reach out to Jonathan when things shut down and I got the itch to start writing again. It had been almost a decade since we had seen or talked to one another, but we hit it off again and wrote our first EP, “Letting Go,” in a matter of weeks.

Following the release of our debut LP, “Stranger to Yourself,” our friends Jordan Humphries (guitar) and Lucas LeSeuer (bass) joined in to make playing shows a possibility for us.

Please tell us more about your latest release Hindsight.

Homebody: Jordan brought us the idea for Hindsight. The lead riff heard in the intro and outro of the song came first, and the rest of the song kind of snowballed from there. After a writing session or two, the song was complete and ready for vocals. Jordan tracked, mixed, & mastered the song, and our friend, Kevin Langley (All In Recordings), tracked the vocals.

Hindsight stands out from the rest of the songs in our collection. It’s a little more on the heavy side for us, but it maintains our signature sound and still has a catchy hook that people can sing along to. It’s definitely one of our new favorites.

When you close your eyes and imagine your ideal place to create, what does it look like?

Homebody: We have a pretty ideal space. Most of our songs are written in Jonathan’s home studio. We both grab a guitar and track as we go, which means there’s never a shortage of ideas.

Who or what inspires you most in this rather odd world?

Homebody: We’ve been inspired lately by our local music scene. There have been tons of reunion shows lately – lots of bands getting back together. If you’ve ever written music or played in a band, you understand how empty you can feel without that outlet. I think we’ve just been inspired lately to get back in, be involved, and fill that void.

What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Homebody: For me, there’s nothing better than turning a small idea in your head into a song you can share with other people. Listening to the finished product after a long day in the studio is a good feeling. Jonathan likes playing live shows the most, though he plays most of them with his other band, Penny Circus.

What’s the most important piece of advice you’ve ever received in your life?

Homebody: As far as music goes, the most important advice we’ve heard and can give to others is to stay authentic to who you are and never feel like getting older means you have to give up the things that make you happy.

Last, if you could create a music festival in your local area, what would the vibe be and who would be there?

Homebody: There’s not much of a music scene in Tuscaloosa, but 50 miles north in Birmingham, there’s a newly-resurrected music scene that’s thriving. If we created a music festival there, we’d have the staple Birmingham bands and our other favorite locals play. Bands like Qualifier, All In, Penny Circus, & too many more to list.

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Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Andrew Ramey sips on the good stuff with a special heart in marbella

With a reenergized intro right out of a Fast & Furious movie, Andrew Ramey drops the most romantic single likely to enter any awaiting ears this year with the sultry new single to hold hands with called marbella.

Andrew Ramey is a 26-year-old self-taught Birmingham, Alabama-based indie hip-hop artist, sound engineer and music producer.

His music career began in 2017 when his cover of Post Malone’s ” ’92 explorer” and blackbear’s “I miss the old you” blew up, gaining almost half a million views on SoundCloud. In 2021, Ramey built a home studio and began to apply pressure to his music career.” ~ Andrew Ramey

Showing us where the class is, Andrew Ramey reminds many of his undoubted brilliance with a truly exceptional performance to savour for all its brilliance at every turn.

marbella from Birmingham, Alabama-based multi-talented Andrew Ramey is a crisp track which will calm many thirsty lips. Loaded with an incredibly romantic vibrancy which will fill the glass all night, this is the kind of song to put on when the memories of a heart-soaring romantic float into the mind late at night.

When you have a good memory, it’s best to keep it.

Hear this new tune on Spotify. Check out the IG page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

They Depending On Me: Christopher The Grey drops an all-pro track called Can You Hustle

Can You Hustle by Christopher the Grey

Wondering where the true hard-working cats are in this rather peculiar world, Christopher The Grey slams those doubters away with a truly enormous effort called Can You Hustle.

Christopher The Grey is a Birmingham, Alabama-based indie hip-hop artist who shows us that proper work is the only way to provide for those who mean the most.

Christopher has witnessed all manner of artistic waves within the ever-changing music scene. As a result, his versatility and ability to adapt consistently allow him to break through with style and authenticity.” ~ Christopher The Grey

Palpitating with assertiveness and brimming with so much confidence while never letting go for a second, Christopher The Grey soars with much muscle and teaches us the real meaning of hustle. Never buckling and always raising the standard, we find a speaker buster to knock those cobwebs off.

Can You Hustle from Birmingham, Alabama-based indie hip-hop artist Christopher The Grey is an influential single which will take many on an old-school train of real might. Lyrically dominant and soaked in so many hardcore bars, this is a study effort to get our ears in tune again.

If you want it enough, anything is possible.

Hear this top song on Bandcamp. View more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Less Miserable – The Dentist: Meet the Icons of Self-Depreciating Post-Emo Pop-Punk

43 Chinook by Less Miserable

Post-emo pop-punk outfit, Less Miserable took expression to the next level in their 2022 standout single, The Dentist. The visceral track explores the intricacies of depression by making a series of proclamations that everyone who has ever felt inadequacy loom along with the bark of the black dog will relate to.

With killer lines “the sun on my face feels like a cheap insult that I can’t ignore” and the chorus hook “If you want me to see a dentist, you’ll have to kick me in the teeth, I can’t ask for help unless it is an emergency” to a backdrop of progressively off-kilter post-hardcore rancour, The Dentist will break your heart through resonance. Before mending it through the affirmation that you’re not alone in the insecurities you feel in loving relationships and the tendency to neglect self-care when you don’t see yourself as something worth investing in

Without a hint of hyperbole, I’ve just found a new favourite artist in the Alberta-based outfit who specialises in self-deprecating anthems made to drink cheap beer to and shout along to in sweaty basements. It’s almost enough to make me buy a plane ticket to Calgary to party with the candour-gifted lyrical visionaries.

The Dentist is now available to stream and purchase via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Alabama EDM hip hop artist Cashies is looking fly in his urban dance track, My Money

One of Alabama’s hottest urban dance artists, Cashies, dropped the ultimate feel-good Afrobeat pop track with his seminal 2021 release, My Money.

The warm and saturated hip hop-influenced instrumentals around the dancey BPM and the funk in the grooves makes My Money the ultimate track to listen to while you’re on your grind or on your daily commute. The simple yet infectiously efficacious lyrics bring a sense of optimism and positive determinism that is scarcely seen in the airwaves in 2022. Whether you’re balling or scratching a living, there are no limits on who can derive euphoria from this fly release, which exhibits the soul in Cashies’ playful RnB pop vocal timbre.

Any fans of Playboy Carti, Travis Scott and Kanye, won’t want to miss out on this dance-worthy track that puts you in the best headspace to live your life to the fullest.

My Money is available to stream on SoundCloud and purchase and download from Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Collie Wattz asks us to honk if you love Jesus on the Lo-fi single to turn up loud, ‘John Brown’

Released via his debut 5-track EP named ‘Down South‘, Collie Wattz tells us the story that so many understand rather deeply right now as the world appears to burn down but the Preacher man keeps trying to teach no matter what on, ‘John Brown‘.

Collie Wattz is a Birmingham, Alabama-born indie Lo-fi-Folk/Electronica Swamp-Pop solo singer-songwriter who is a creative soul who loves to push the boundaries on what is possible.

He spent his youth living all across the United States. From Southern California to the crystal clear beaches of Destin, Florida. He spent his teens and 20’s exploring his musical roots creating resulting in his own unique sound.” ~ Collie Wattz

Reminding us that no good comes out of watching television all day and catching up on all the madness unfolding, Collie Wattz depicts that vital belief that shall help us all come through with a big smile, no matter what carnage is brewing like a percolated volcano.

John Brown‘ from Birmingham, Alabama-born indie Lo-fi-Folk/Electronica Swamp-Pop solo singer-songwriter Collie Wattz is a funky track that should entertain and also get you into a present headspace, to conquer whatever fears you have inside your head right now. Performed with a terrific style and oozing introspection, this is a single to lather all your senses inside and take heed of.

The world is falling over but if you keep your faith strong, anything is possible.

Stream the track on Spotify and check out the IG page for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Dana feels the love flowing again in his delighted soul with ‘Rejuvenation’

Sensing that their powerful touch has changed his whole perspective and provided a deep feeling that has somehow cleansed his whole body, Dana sends us into a tranquil location of hope with his latest release, ‘Rejuvenation‘.

Dana E White aka Dana is a Huntsville, Alabama-born, North Carolina-based indie RnB singer-songwriter, music producer and design artist who has reinvented himself after previously questioning his own talents.

He comes from a musical family, but because of self-identity issues was very reserved and shy about everything.” ~ Dana

With a vocal performance that has sent him on a new voyage that shall inspire so many to reach for a better life away from all negative vibes, Dana shows that a true mental comeback is possible if you believe in yourself enough and have the support of that special human who is undoubtedly in your corner.

Later in life, he experienced love from all different areas of his life and was devoted to church and music after trying to find himself. However, people and the pressures of image and it not being the right timing for him mentally.” ~ Dana

Rejuvenation‘ from the North Carolina-based indie RnB singer-songwriter, music producer and design artist Dana, is an experience that so many need to listen to. He sings with an inspired mentality that sweeps you off your feet and takes you to a place that renews your hope in love. After sliding away for a while from his true self and having his confidence snapped in half, you hear the tenderness and care in his vocals that have taken him into a happy world where he can thrive.

Finding that lover who can help you regain your strength, is the key for anyone who feels lost in life.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see his movements develop on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Alabama rapper LF Nosha only wants to wrap up his bag on ‘No Company’

Following on from his debut project ‘L.v.M‘ that dropped in 2021, LF Nosha raps to the ladies about not being interested in anything romantic that isn’t on his own terms with, ‘No Company‘.

LF Nosha is an underground Birmingham, Alabama-based indie Hip hop artist who has been steadily building a loyal following since he first emerged in the rap scene last year.

Cruising in with a quick-fire flow that shows you into his life in the hardcore streets as a motivated entrepreneur, LF Nosha is hiding the bag from anyone who wishes to get their claws on the treasure that he has been carefully growing. There is a menace in his rhymes that shows the lengths he will go to protect what is his, in a world where your jewels can get swiped if you close your eyes at the wrong time.

No Company‘ from Birmingham, Alabama-based indie Hip hop artist LF Nosha, is a paper stacked music video from a hungry young man who isn’t going to be tied up in the romantic drama that can sap his strength and your bank balance. The rugged raps and big smiles tell you everything, as he slams down hard with the truth about his current mentality. Gaining those riches with his crew is the only thing on his mind, as he looks to carve out his piece of the very big pie available.

See this humming video on YouTube and find out more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen