FayRoy – Life and Death [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

It shouldn’t take you long to fall in love with this Indian Rocks Beach-based four-piece. With a tasteful blend of psych and garage rock, New England occult, and 1960’s surf culture, they have a brand and sound that stands out above the noise that clutters pages of blogs and publications on a day-to-day basis.

FayRoy Members Zachary Hoag, Kyle Fournier, Greyson Charnock (Someday River), and Dallas Eubanks (The Jackettes) accomplish this through highly engaging lyrics, clean, spacey guitar work, and well-pronounced basslines. “Life and Death,” which is dropping on their upcoming debut LP, is a perfect example of that. Smooth riffs give a laidback beach vibe, yet the expansive soundscape complete with epic instrumental breakdowns are perfect for getting blissfully lost. Instrumentally, the track does have somewhat of a somber mood, which ties in perfectly to it’s underlying meaning.

This song pretty much stems from a proverbial slap in the face of perspective we had before a show. We were with a big group of friends outside of the venue and all witnessed a group of teenagers get into a fight across the street. The scuffle appeared to just be another Friday night for these kids until we heard a gunshot and watched one of them fall to the ground as everyone else scattered. It happened so quickly that many people in the surrounding bars had no idea that it even happened. Life and Death is about a realization that the world has billion of situations constantly happening at the same moment, and for the most part, you are just one of them. We all share that. It’s a scary thought, but also incredibly liberating, depending on your perspective, of course.

Sit back and enjoy the official music video for this stellar track, then head over to their Facebook to keep up with news on the release, upcoming shows, and pictures of the always gorgeous Gulf Coast.

Directed by Michael Joseph Azcui

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[Mp3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #2)

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There’s nothing really too cool about Tuesday, other than it’s not Monday and we are that much closer to Friday. But what if we just go ahead and throw an Indie Dojo in the mix? That might just step it up a couple notches.

’Sasha & the Bear – See Me As I Am’
’Graeme James – Alive’
’Keston Cobblers Club – Almost Home’
’Alfie – Over Our Heads’
’Kyle Morton – Survivalist Fantasy’
’Black Oak – The Clearmountain Pause’
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #1)

indie-dojo-music-ninja Music can be oh so many things in our lives. A party starter, a travel buddy, a sleep soother, a workout spotter, a motivational speaker, a love proclaimer and a distraction provider. In almost any time of need, music’s got our back. And the indie dojo is here to bring us all together.

’Cattle & Cane – 7 Hours’
’Glassio – The Weight Of The World On The Girl’
’Greyface – Delilah’
’Ocean Flaws – Silver Screen’
’THE WATANABES – An Insult To The Present’
’Gold Star – Sonny’s Blues’
’Son of the Velvet Rat – Blood Red Shoes’
’Sea Girls – Daisy Daisy’
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Montoneros – Not Now, Not Never [TMN Premiere]

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As a self-described obsessed music hobbyist, being able to draw inspiration amidst one of the country’s most diverse, and burgeoning music scenes manifests in some amazingly fortuitous moments of discovery.The latest batch of apples to this writer’s eye (or ear for that matter) to arrive to these revered online pages of TMN is Montoneros, a Denver-based synthesis of space, indie & math-rock formed in 2014, fronted by Argentinian-born singer Gaston Leone. Most recently, Montoneros released the Heat Horse EP, signaling their place front and center in their home city’s bustling indie scene, while also landing them direct support for the likes of  Jimmy Eat World & Lydia. Now with a bit more rumble inside of their engine, Montoneros is gearing up for a breakthrough 2017.

In the midst of their recent ascent, the four-piece recorded a new extended-play to pace the year, Good Bones, set to release on Washington-based indie imprint Ronald Records, and they’ve shared the lead single “Not Now, Not Never” with our Ninja faithful first. The tune falls on elegant math-rock guitar noodling to establish its foundation; letting its melodies rise and fall like the breath of a lover slumbering beside you. Leone’s subtle reverberations float atop Montoneros’ dynamic instrumentation akin to a Griottines cherry on an ice-cold Manhattan; making all those slippery time-signature shifts feel as effortless as any established indie act could.

As Montoneros continues to develop their sound with every passing release, they’ve managed to draw us in just a little bit closer. So without any further prompting, do yourself a solid, hit the play button above and be on the lookout for more from Montoneros in the near future.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2017 Round #4)

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Looking for something other than the madness? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Indie Dojo, take us away.

’Mt. Joy – Sheep’
’The New Mystics – Sparrows’
’Madeleine Mayi Meyere – You Want More’
’Grown Ocean – Like I Do’
’Bell The Band – Isn’t That Life’
’Emily Donohue – Saturday Night (Misfits Cover)’
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[Announcement] The Music Ninja Spotify Dojo Has Launched!

Over the past couple of years, Spotify has cemented themselves as the premiere place for music streaming. We strive to be one of the premiere places on the web, but we felt it was time to branch out a bit. So, we went ahead and put together The Music Ninja Spotify account.

Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. You can still catch what we have to share on the website, however the dojo has grown and we want to offer you even more music. We’ve already created thirteen playlists for you to enjoy, with music ranging from future bass, to dubstep, to pop, trap, rock and even moombahton. We’ll continuously be updating each playlist, as well as creating more. Some of our current playlists include Back That Bass Up, House, Sweet House and Pretty Poppin’.

We want to thank you all for your continued support of the ninjas. We wouldn’t still be sharing music if there was nobody to share it with! In 2017, we’re looking to do some big things for you all. Stay tuned and make sure to follow the Spotify account if you are a user! Want a taste of what we’ve got going? Check out our Dive Deep playlist below, complete with our favorite deep house records.

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[Indie] Hollow Coats – Fold

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Neatly nestled in-between Alex Clare and Patrick Watson, you’ll find the emerging, Austin-based act known as Hollow Coats. With an emotional combination of painfully beautiful and delicate falsetto hums juxtaposed against booming basslines and soaring synths, “Fold” will have more than enough to hook you in, just as it did with us.

This act came to be when composer Michael Wisdom (formerly of The Digital Wild) found himself on the hunt for a new musical adventure. Not too soon after starting out on this epic quest, he came across singer/songwriter Adam Diener, who’s known for his inspiring lyrics and soaring vocals. Shortly thereafter, the two linked up with long time friend, multi-instrumentalist, and well-respected producer Bryan Ray, who you might recognize from previous posts here on TMN, under the moniker Lonely Child.

The end result is what you’re delving into right now. Americana-rich guitar and vocal harmony pairings should welcome you in instantly, giving you those warm-n-fuzzies you’ve become used to with your favorite singer/songwriters. From there, an electronic twist is added to traditional instrumentation, showcasing a unique blend of influences from this impressive trio. Our favorite part comes in much later, though, where a curious, yet infectious vocal cadence adds a layer of intrigue you won’t find anywhere else.

Our advice? Follow these cats on Facebook. This is just their first offering and we’re pretty damn sure there’s more on the way.

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