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Why You Bitter: Pretty Killer spikes our veins with something rather special on Blood Sugar

Recently signed to We Are Triumphant and gliding us far from any previous discomfort, Pretty Killer takes a naughty nibble out of a few alluring romantic rainbow-sprinkled doughnuts on the saucy Blood Sugar.

Pretty Killer is a Worcester, Massachusetts-based fusion of nu-punk, electro-pop, hip-hop, grunge, and punk coated with lots of tasty treats to munch on.

Influenced by a wide array of artists such as Nirvana, Blink-182, Mac Miller, and Linkin Park, Pretty Killer sees the death of genres on the horizon and heads straight towards it. They believe in letting go of the rigid, outdated idea that bands must stay in their genre lane and are carving a new path.” ~ Pretty Killer

Striking a deep emotion from within, Pretty Killer crosses that blurry line and sends our emotions into shark-infested waters via this multi-genre gem of magnetic proportions. This is a venom-drinking boost of a track to sip on rather excitedly when that night out gets a bit dirty and turns into a rollercoaster where stories will be told for generations.

Blood Sugar from Worcester, Massachusetts-based indie electro-pop/rap/punk band Pretty Killer is the kind of track so many will smile with. This is that moment when you know you’re totally hooked on someone, and can’t seem to shake off the scent no matter what the time of day.

Burning out another bottle and swaying almost horizontally, we are treated rather exponentially on this ripper of a soundtrack.

Sometimes when two lips sync together, not even science can explain the connection.

Feed on something mood-boosting on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The News: David Wakeling grows furiously frustrated with humanity on I Hate Everybody

With massive dislikes for racists and cottage cheese, David Wakeling slams the door shut forever on dodgy dentists and anyone who could be a sneaky stinging wasp on the statement track I Hate Everybody.

David Wakeling is a Brockton, Massachusetts-born indie singer-songwriter who is a revered name in the game and performs with expert skill and timing.

Between global warming, continued mass shootings, politicians holding on to power for power’s sake, dictators killing innocents..yeah, kinda hate everybody.” ~ David Wakeling

After releasing his 13th and most likely last full-length album called Oddities and Curios, David Wakeling is the pinnacle of experience personified and guides us into exactly what his thoughts are. Fed up with the evil deeds of those in invisible suits, this is a song all about telling it how it really is in reality.

I Hate Everybody from Brockton, Massachusetts-born indie singer-songwriter David Wakeling is a rather exemplary effort from a truly well-respected figure in the underground. Loaded with so much insight and a real flow which can’t be taught, as he ravages into the poor performance of so many who were supposed to help humanity, not destroy it.

Hear this honest track on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Interview: Vincent Tesoro processes and accepts the traumas on Too Close For Comfort

Sounding in rejuvenated form and showing such gutsy openness throughout, the A&R Factory Team sat down with the likeable Massachusetts local Vincent Tesoro. He manages to somehow help us through the trauma, telling us where the best underground music is, while also explaining what the latest release Too Close For Comfort is all about.

Too Close For Comfort” is a follow-up EP from my last Album Shooting Stars & Broken Halos.” ~ Vincent Tesoro

Good day Vincent. We truly appreciate your time today. Please let us know which city we find you in as we speak and what is your favourite meal/recipe of all time.

Vincent: Hey, It’s a pleasure! Currently, I reside in the town of Middleboro Massachusetts. When I was a child nothing was better than a plate of my grandmother’s city and homemade meatballs but if you eat 15 plates of it a week you tend to get overweight (which I did). I try my best to take a healthier alternative and it’s a toss-up between 2 appetizer dishes: jalapeno poppers and low-carb buffalo chicken dip (extra spicy).

How is the local underground music scene in your local area doing after the horrific lockdown and which venues would you recommend we check out?

Vincent: There is a bittersweet answer to that question. I think the underground scene is thriving in some respects due to new promoters grabbing the torch for independent artists as others went into early retirement. Also, I have noticed sold-out shows on a large scale with very expensive tickets. That can be good for the venues and artist management but obviously not so much for the fans. I’ve found myself turning down events to watch because it’s difficult to justify the prices even as a serious music consumer and influencer. I try to look at the bright side but the truth is that the scene has taken a significant loss but it’s in a transition period and some of the most creative music is being made.

The middle east in Cambridge has been a staple in the Boston area but it is rumoured to be closing down unfortunately. I personally like The Paradise Rock Club and The House Of Blues in Boston. The Jungle in Somerville Ma is a cool underground spot and The Met, Fete Music Hall and The Alchemy are good choices. On a larger scale, any of the major stadiums that hold sporting events are always incredible.

You have fused many different genres in the upcoming 3-track release Too Close For Comfort. Please lead us into the vision and creative process.

Vincent: 4 Songs: the world hates me, numb, broken hearts and silent treatment. The songs were executed as a solo project except for the opener “ The World Hates Me”. The song features Dying Star, Hate Incarnate, and Natalie Abigail on backing vocals with additional production by Nick Lovn. This song stands out to me because it’s about the stigma of mental health and struggling with self-love. The word “love” is thrown around by friends and family often but without acceptance of your own self worth your only hiding in the shadows of your own ignorance. The energy on this song is thrashing and hardcore but also very nostalgic. It feels like something to play at a party in the early 2000s.

Another heartfelt single that inspired the cover art is “ Broken Hearts”. It talks about having a deep empathy for mankind, a type of love that most lack in this world. Experiencing others’ pain as if it were your own is a burden and a gift. I always feel misunderstood and it’s a terrible feeling so I would hate for others to feel the same. We never know what people are going through and if we remain compassionate through active listening we evolve emotionally and educate ourselves intellectually.

The theme of this record is to simply accept your feelings, work through your trauma and celebrate the gift of life no matter how chaotic and dark it can be sometimes. Too close for comfort was written as I was trying to find myself as an artist and a person. Honestly, I found a greater awareness of who I am where the two intersected. These songs were organized in a state of isolation, reminiscing over all the tears and heartbreak that I’ve allowed to build up overtime. Clocking in under 15 minutes it’s not even a therapy session, closer to a meditation, either way the same results apply. This record is the behind the scenes insider look of how I view my own identity and process my thoughts and emotions. Too Close For Comfort was produced by Balloon Beats and engineered by Don Ziglioni and Loud House Audio.

How would you describe your sound to a novice listener?

Vincent: I would label myself an emo/ alternative/ pop punk and hip-hop artist. My music can be dark & aggressive, melodic and unique and energetic and hyped. When I create art I become multi-dimensional and if you go through my discography you might recognize my wild personality. I structure songs that spill from my heart, real, meaningful and beyond the darkness typically very uplifting. I have a heightened awareness of the world and tend to portray an uplifting message through heartbreaking circumstances. The majority of my music revolves around the cycle of addiction, mental health and damaged relationships.

If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Vincent: I’m sure this answer has changed throughout my career. It used to be Warped Tour (RIP), today it would be the “When We Were Young” festival in Las Vegas Nevada surrounded by my favorite punk bands.

What’s the most valuable advice you’ve ever received before?

Vincent: If you want to stay original be yourself because there will never be another you. Reflect on artists you have always cherished and follow in their footsteps, take it a step further and steal their next generations fans.

Last, do you have any live shows/tours lined up or a new release on the cards later this year?

Vincent: I plan to release new music every 2-3 months this year of variations of the different genres I fall under. One of my main goals is to start a band and show my versatility. I have been on hiatus for the past year but I have 2 shows as of now both hosted by Bars Over Bars. Friday, January 27th 8 PM @ Revibed 15 N Main st Middleboro Ma 02346 ($10 admission) all ages & Friday, February 24th for Demons Disciples headliner show ($10 admission) 18+ @ Selfie In HD 101 Kingston Collection Way Plymouth Ma 02360.

Thank you so much for having me! Hope you enjoy the new record and are anxious to hear more!

Listen up to this fine track on Spotify. Find Vincent on Facebook.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Sitting In Bed Folding Laundry: Dune Dogs Band grows tired of being pushed away on Higher Ground

With a sublime style which shall see many merry faces around the world dancing with joy, Dune Dogs Band feels like the loving energy is subsiding rather quickly via the top echelon new single Higher Ground.

Dune Dogs Band is a Newburyport, Massachusetts-based alternative beach-rock band who pulsates the airwaves with mellow vibes to light up with.

Polished by the talented producer Josh Gold, both songs hold a catchy nature, and experiment with other sounds from around the world.” ~ Dune Dogs Band

Opening up our eyes to a romance which has faded away for unknown reasons, Dune Dogs Band draws out organic emotions which might send so many into a reflective state of regret inside a past love.

Higher Ground from Newburyport, Massachusetts-based alternative beach-rock band Dune Dogs Band is a song for anyone who has dealt with a companion who has decided to close their heart. With a catchy atmosphere to dance with, this is a rather honest effort which will stir many emotions.

When you get pushed away too many times, it’s best to think about what the future holds.

Listen up on Spotify. See more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Boston pop duo Blue Doll feels like the time is now to escape this broken love permanently on None The Wiser

Fellow EP by Blue Doll

After keeping their music hidden from the world and only available if you were one of their inner circle of friends, Blue Doll guides us inside a poignant story that will give you goosebumps all over your body on None The Wiser.

Blue Doll is a Boston, Massachusetts-based indie-pop duo who are close friends and have decided that now is the time to show the world their intimate creations.

Kendall and Steve first crossed paths at college orientation in 2007… but the inspiration to collaborate wouldn’t fully strike until they were about to graduate with their degrees in Music Business in 2011.” ~ Blue Doll

Guiding us into an emotional story that shows us a body-shaking moment when you suddenly realized you were alone in keeping a relationship alive, Blue Doll is supremely sincere and embraces our hearts with an affectionately made release that is laden with serene beauty at every corner.

Showing us deeply inside that precise realization when you knew you needed to get out before your soul was crushed forever, this is an honest song that so many shall unfortunately relate to.

None The Wiser from Boston, Massachusetts-based indie-pop duo Blue Doll is a tenderly made story from the heart. With a superb vocal ambience and a lovely production that will strike you deep inside your soul, this is an anthem for anyone who knew that it was time to walk away from something once so joyous, but now so shattered.

When you feel you’re being used for your kindness, it’s time to close the door for good.

Listen up to this new single on Bandcamp and see more via their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Dead Of Night: Boston-based rockers Canyons and Locusts shows us inside the Night of the Locust

Roll The Dice by Canyons and Locusts

Steaming through the airwaves with a high-speed release from their recent 10-track album Roll The Dice, Canyons and Locusts return with a raw display to mosh with all evening on their latest single Night of the Locust.

Canyons and Locusts are a Boston, Massachusetts-based alternative noise-rock duo who seem to have rocket fuel simmering inside their veins.

Their recording process took formative conversations between two cities to one studio in Boston where they dug in, found the essence of each song, and then brought it loudly to life.” ~ Canyons and Locusts

Brimming with a confident edge to tell your mates about, Canyons and Locusts are in formidable form and shake our souls awake with an authoritative performance that is quite superb and rather menacing at times.

Night of the Locust from Boston, Massachusetts-based alternative noise-rock duo Canyons and Locusts is a supreme production that is filled with intensity, a real drive, and a hugely desirable output. They are an electric outfit and show us that underground music is certainly where it’s at on this dynamic release. Laced with an ear-tingling vocal effort to turn your head and a delightful energy, this is a track to get excited about.

You will want to turn this one on loud. Neighbors beware.

Listen up to this vibrant tune on Bandcamp and see more via the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

So Strong: Massachusetts-based rapper Poppa King Oats urges us to join Together

After showing us his hustling Biggie Smalls mentality on his previous release from May 2022 called Throne, Poppa King Oats knows he just needs that one hit song so that he can live like Nas on Together.

Poppa King Oats aka Carlos Carela is a Massachusetts-based indie trap solo artist and is known for his catchy songs that will get the heart pumping.

With a huge smile, a positive mindset, and expertise in droves, Poppa King Oats returns to our consciousness with a terrific single that sets him apart from others in this oft-selfish game. Showing us he is ready for anything as he knows that talent isn’t an issue, as we are reminded of his smooth style that will make many nod their heads all night.

Together from Massachusetts-based indie trap artist Poppa King Oats is a faith-filled soundtrack to those who believe that without God, they don’t feel great at all. Rapped with his signature charm and skilled lyrical projection, this is a fine single from an artist who knows what is most important in life.

Oozing with underground quality and a message for all those who have perhaps forgotten to pray for a while, this is a song that leads the way to that guiding light.

See this new music video on YouTube and find out more on his Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Massachusetts Bellevide takes us higher and higher on the soul-shaker ‘Featherweight’

Showing us that party pooper who has ruined his mood for too long, Bellevide throws serious shade in his chill-to-the-bone style that shall urge your volume to go to into maximum instantly on ‘Featherweight‘.

Bellevide aka Daniel Duran is an experimental alt-pop solo singer-songwriter who is based in Massachusetts, USA.

Themes of Bellevide include psychological darkness, personal transformation, death and rebirth, and healing. Despite the seriousness, Bellevide attempts to communicate with a light-heartedness.” ~ Bellevide

Bellevide is a storyteller like no other. He brews confidence and shows us that underground music is the core of our identity, no matter what anyone else thinks. Brooding with a real self-assured technique, this might catch you off guard if you aren’t ready for its piercing energy.

Featherweight‘ from Massachusetts, USA-based experimental alt-pop solo singer-songwriter Bellevide is a spooky performance that has underdog written all over it. Featuring his signature vocal style that is striking, calm, and crammed with a message, you have to look deep inside. With a smokey disposition that shall get you off your feet, this is a sizzling track that might burn your hand if you aren’t too careful.

See this new music video on YouTube and see his movements on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Northern Texas Fantasy is in the zone with the spectacularly sizzling **U&I&Me&U**

With an intense scenery that could take your mind hastily and twist it as far as you can could imagine, Northern Texas Fantasy takes us on a real quest-like ride via this heart-quickening psychedelic track which is intriguingly named **U&I&Me&U**.

Northern Texas Fantasy is a Boston, Massachusetts-based indie dance act who blends in sensational shoegaze and ear-bending vaporwave.

Taken from the new 12-track experience to behold called ‘It Girl‘, Northern Texas Fantasy shows us their birth from the internet with a pulsating single to get rather rowdy with. Stuffed with a thrill-a-second and thoughtfully projected song with raw vocals to burst your eardrums with. This is a quite fantastic anthem to get electrified inside that shocks you sharply if you touch it too closely and is a song that is impossible to forget.

**U&I&Me&U** from the hugely promising Boston, Massachusetts-based indie dance project Northern Texas Fantasy is a brilliant performance from a quality artist who sends us into a merrier world than before. Packed with a punch bowl filled with flavoursome beats to get lathered inside, this is a quality track to enhance your speakers with all night long.

Feeling the groove is all that matters.

Listen up to this magnificent new single on Spotify and see more via their Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

laceleaf slows everything down to satisfying levels of common sense on ‘Stay’

Released from LA/NYC indie label I’m Into Life Records, laceleaf is in enticing form with a single from their 10-track debut full album ‘Richie‘ with a song that will appease the heart called, ‘Stay‘.

laceleaf is a Boston, Massachusetts-born, Los Angeles, California-based indie alternative pop duo who performs a nostalgic sound that has you visualizing about a different time altogether.

While frequenting the Allston DIY scene, Adam and Ethan moved into an apartment of their own where they began making music of their own- a mellow fusion of pop melodies from the early 2000s’ juxtaposed with the patience of 90s’ slowcore.” ~ laceleaf

Dailing down the excess of extra thoughts that make planning life so hard to stomach when your belly is so anxious, laceleaf leads us down the cosy path that might set you free from any stress that is so unnecessary for your precious soul.

Stay‘ from Boston, Massachusetts-born Los Angeles, California-based indie alternative pop duo laceleaf is a glorious love letter that simmers down the mad rush of life to a tranquil splash into the river. The vocals are so mellow and seem to brush off the heavy thoughts that certainly need to be less, with such an expert style that you might need to listen twice. Constructed with a supremely likeable production to cuddle with, this is a single to remember affectionately for its peaceful message of unity with your chosen partner.

Listen up to this new creation on Spotify and see the moves made on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen