Cardiff’s most visceral powerhouse, Columbia, created the ultimate embrace-the-chaos indie rock track with their latest single, Glory People. As sonically powerful as the high-octane psych-tinged rock hit is, that scarcely comes close to the stadium-filling energy that transpires through Columbia’s advocation of making the best of what we have.
So often, people get stuck in lament because their imagination can create better lives than the one reality puts before them; Columbia broke that negative feedback loop by serving the anthemic reminder that adversity isn’t the end of the world; it is a given. Just as the Stone Roses were a sign of the times, as are Columbia with their indie rock sound that aspires to unify through dystopic 2021 ennui.
Glory People was officially released on December 3rd, 2021. You can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.
The Star Prairie Project – named as a portmanteau of the village of Star Prairie in Minneapolis and the Alan Parsons Project – is the project of songwriter Nolen R. Chew Jr along with a collective of musicians and producers from around the US and Europe.
‘Sea Of Change’ is the first single from the project’s second album ‘Surreal’, released on the 18th December. The Star Prairie Project’s first album, released in July, has already ratcheted up over 1,000,000 streams on Spotify, with the single ‘Frantic Mind’ reaching #36 on the iTunes Top 100 Rock Chart.
Fresh, light, americana-meets-rock, ‘Sea Of Change’ is part-Lemonheads, part-Jayhawks, with a touch of Tom Petty guitar jangliness thrown in for good measure. It’s catchy, poppy without being disposable, with a nicely wah-driven guitar solo and a cute little middle-eight before the sing-along chorus carries you away once more.
Check out The Star Prairie Project’s latest release via Spotify.
The LA-based Fastride impress yet again with a power rock anthem called ”Tire Slayer” that is polished and catches their irrepressible energy perfectly. This is an excellent act that are on the forefront of rock music that is current but also carries with it, that stunning old-school rock sound.
Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is the leader and the powerful guitarist/songwriter. He is active with his band Fastride and also as a solo blues musician that performs nationally. Ty’s work as a touring musician has led him to share the stage with so many quality artists. He has also pursued teaching since leaving school, but does not limit his lessons to only the classroom. Ty leads ensembles, week long camps, and hosts clinics/seminars at School of Rock locations in the Los Angeles Area. This is a true music fan that wants and does give back to the music community.
”Tire Slayer’‘ slides in with much gusto and is one of the standout rock tracks of 2020. The up-tempo power and splendid riffs shows the quality of this fine band. Fastride just want to rock out and must be itching to jam for their fans live again.