Sink In to release “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things” on Sep. 29th

Sink In are currently gearing up for the release of their new album Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things, due out on September 29th via Standby Records. This will be their first full-length as well as their label debut and believe me, they brought their A-game, and have no intention of slowing down. With extensive touring experience under their belt, a new partnership with Standby Records, and one of the best pop-rock albums that will be released this year, you don’t want to miss out on this band.

Newly released single Higher is the perfect showcase of the talent and incredible musicianship that exists within the band. This song is characterized by the most powerful and catchy chorus of the year, smooth technical guitar riffs that drive the song, and the soulful and dynamic voice of frontman Tighe Eshleman. The track sets the tone for the whole album giving listeners only a taste of what’s to come. Other notable tracks include Get Out!, a song that will instantly grab you with its striking chorus and delicate but entrancing guitar riff, and Love Lust, striking listeners with its robust energy and compelling dynamics

All in all, this album is the perfect introduction to this band as they begin to move forward into the next chapter of their career. Characterized by powerful guitar riffs, soaring choruses, and unmatched musicianship, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things will easily be your favorite album of the year, making Sink In the new face of pop-rock. Read a brief interview below with the band as they discuss some of the specifics of their new album and check out Higher, the newly released single.

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For those who may not know, tell me a little bit about Sink In and the history of the band.

Tighe: “Sink In started after my former band split up. I knew that I wasn’t done with music, and I had no choice but to fully “Sink In” to this dream of playing music by basically selling everything I owned and hitting the road. The band was pieced together fairly quickly from guys that I had met while on the road. Its pretty awesome that because of that, this band is made up of members from all around the country.”

Cobrette: “I was actually at college at the time with Brett and decided it was time to drop out and pursue this career 100 percent.”

You guys just released “Higher”, the first single from your debut full-length “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things”. What made you guys decide that “Higher” should be the first single released?

Cobrette: “Higher was the first song we wrote for the new record and it was really the start of defining our sound and the sound of the record.”

The band also just wrapped up the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things extensive summer tour…what was the overall experience like for you guys?

Cobrette: “The tour was incredible and it has been amazing watching our band grow across the country. We hit a few sold out shows for the first time which has been very exciting.”

Moving on to the new album, tell me what the significance of the album title is and what it means to the band.

Tighe: “O.P.E.T. is actually a bit of a concept album. The songs are written from the eyes of many different characters. I wanted to be able to write from the vision of these different minds, kind of like an animated film. I didn’t want to write within the confines of my own life for this record. There’s a recurring theme where even though each of these characters live fairly ordinary lives, they are presented with an opportunity to do something extraordinary.”

Are there any specific tracks that have special meaning to you as a band or any member in particular?

Tighe: “Tell The Kids is an emotionally draining song. It touches on the topic of drug abuse, but from the eyes of the drug abuser’s child. Every time I read a news article about someone overdosing, I can’t help but think about the other people in their lives. What if there is a wife? A husband? A child? What is running through their mind right now? This song explores that thought, and I really hope it can help someone who has gone through that scenario.”

What are you guys most nervous/excited about as you prepare to release the album?

Cobrette: “Since this record is our first release on Standby Records we are both excited and nervous to see how that partnership will go. We have certain goals set on our end for this record and are very excited to see what Standby Records does with it.”

Does the band or anyone individually have a favorite track from the album?

Tighe: “Higher”

Cobrette: “Get Out!” for sure…it has a fun, high energy guitar riff”.

If you could pick one thing that you want people to take away from this album, what would it be?

Tighe: “Be great at what you do. An ordinary person can do extraordinary things, if they fully sink in and devote themselves to whatever is necessary.”

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Be sure to check out the official music video, and pre-order the new record before it drops on September 29th!

Featured Artist: From Dust To Beating Hearts

Welcome everyone to another artist feature! Today, I introduce to you McPherson, Kansas natives, From Dust To Beating Hearts, an indie/post-rock band that formed in September 2014. They recently released their new album Consume Me on June 19th, an album that the band describes as a narrative of self-discovery and doubt that comes from their own struggle and questions in life.

For fans of Foxing, From Indian Lakes, and A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, the album aims to carve out its own niche in the indie-rock genre, characterized by swelling dynamics, somber guitars, and powerful, emotional vocals that aim to not only make the listener understand the lyrics, but also understand the feeling behind them. The most powerful of this collection of songs is the title track, Consume Me, that builds up to the biggest moment on the album, started by lead vocalist Kole Waters screaming some of the defining lyrics on the album:

Is there something more satisfying? 
Is there something great on other side? 
I’m killing myself every night.

Other notable tracks on the album include Come Back, one of the more upbeat tracks featuring intricate guitar riffs and an underlying pulsing drum beat that explains the feeling of abandonment and loneliness, as well as Doubt Reassured. The perfect bookend on the album, this spoken-word track showcases spacey guitar riffs and some of the most honest and heartfelt lyrics on the album:

Then I can’t help but taste every lie and curse, 
Every inclination to run or bury myself in the earth. 
Despite everything I have and haven’t heard, 
You are my doubt reassured.

Stream the album below as well as read a brief interview with the band:

Tell me about the history of the band and how you guys came together.

We all met while attending Central Christian College of Kansas. We we’re all part of the music department, and some of us were roommates. Finding five guys who wanted to play the same music was pretty rare in a music department of only 20 people or so. After our fast jam session, we knew that we could make something good together.

What’s the meaning behind your band name?

Kole (lead singer/rhythm guitarist) and Jake K. (bassist) came up with the name. “From Dust To Beating Hearts” is basically a symbol of our growth as people and how life changes us.

You guys recently wrapped up a tour with my friends in Boys Home…what was the experience like?

Kole: “Our tour was a roller coaster of ups and downs. On the third day of tour, the van broke down. We missed to dates in Arkansas while it was getting fixed. The first show after getting our van back was in Shreveport, LA. That was by far the most energetic show we played. The whole crowd was making the floor shake. It was definitely what we need after a discouraging few days. While we were in Oklahoma City, we set up to play a show. I strummed two chords and the the power went out. We had to tear the stage down without playing anything. The timing was just uncanny. It was really great to be with our dudes in Boys Home for a couple weeks, though. We never got tired of their set. If anyone reading this hasn’t peeped their album Wishbone, they need to as soon as possible. It’s so good.”

Moving on to your new album, tell me a little bit about the story behind it and what kinds of lyrical topics are explored on the album?

Kole: “I wrote all of the lyrics on the album. The album was written over a year and half of time, so it covers some diverse topics. The central theme to our album is doubting what we know to be true and trying to become better people than we were yesterday. We covered topics from lost love to self-worth. It’s a pretty vague description, but I could write on our lyrics for hours.”

What has the response been like so far?

Silent Film has been our favorite song to perform. Even though the song is lengthy, it seems to connect with the audience the best. There’s something about large dynamics that people can really get into. It’s been amazing to see people on tour jam out to songs they haven’t heard before.

Do you guys have a personal favorite from the album, and if so, why is that particular track your favorite?

Everything is our all around favorite. I think it just connects to us and the doubts we have about what we believe. There is something cathartic about shouting, “Could you be everything we are not?”

Check out our website and links:

fromdusttobeatinghearts.com

fromdusttobeatinghearts.bandcamp.com

instagram.com/fdtbhofficial/

twitter.com/FDTBHMusic

facebook.com/fromdusttobeatinghearts

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Thanks everyone for reading!

 

ALBUM PREMIERE: Rain Check release debut EP “Things Change”

This is truly an exciting day for my friends in Rain Check. I did an artist feature on them a few months ago when they first mentioned they were getting ready to record their debut EP and I knew it was going to be awesome, but it really blew me away when I finally got the chance to listen to it. Hailing from Abilene, TX, Rain Check have been quickly building a name for themselves in Texas, bringing listeners a modern pop-punk sound, but with their own influences and different musical perspectives to create their own twist on the genre.

The album is characterized by a familiar sound of energetic pop-punk but has twist and turns that make the listener really hone in on the lyrics that are the driving force behind these songs. The main idea of this EP is what it’s like to experience the feeling of growing up and realizing what comes with that, talking about topics such as realizing the effects of a bad relationship, understanding the feeling of being alone no matter where you are, and learning how to move on after being abandoned by someone you truly cared about.

This EP is really going to set the stage for the future of this band and I’m excited to see where it takes them. Check out the full stream of the EP below and a brief interview with the band.

Tell me a little bit about the story behind your debut EP Things Change and what the writing process was like.

We feel the EP speaks a lot to what we want this band to be. We are all in our 20’s and with getting older you have a little more life experience to draw on. We wanna bring those experiences to the music we write. The writing process was very collaborative. We all pitched in with different ideas not only musically but lyrically as well. We just kind of wrote whatever we felt like. It was really nice to write that way and just let ideas flow.

What have you guys been most nervous/excited about leading up to the release of the EP?

I guess the main thing would be just seeing what people think. We really feel we bring something a little different to what most people know modern pop-punk to be and we hope its something refreshing for people to hear. A good friends of ours said that after seeing us and hearing the songs that he could tell the bands we are influenced by but that we don’t really sound like any of them specifically. We take that as a huge compliment because thats exactly what we want. We want to cut out our own little sonic space.

Do you guys have a personal favorite from the EP? If so, why?

To be honest, I don’t know if we have just one favorite. The second song “Stuck” has been a favorite from the beginning but as we have played the songs and listened to them more some of the others have really started to stand on their own.

How was the overall recording process for this EP? Did the final product meet your guys’ expectations?

The recording process was really smooth. We went and recorded with Luke Garrigus at Black Room Studios. He was great to work with and we knocked out the songs pretty quickly. We had spent a lot of time working on them before we went so we didn’t have to do a lot of tweaking in the studio. We are really happy with the way it came out. It’s always a surreal thing to listen to something you created when its done. We think people will enjoy the final product and hopefully look forward to what we do in the near future.

With the release of this EP, do you guys have any other plans in the future such as touring or playing new shows?

We are always playing shows. We like to stay busy. We have some plans for touring here in the near future but there is still some details that need to be worked out. We feel like we have a good group of songs and we wanna get out there and show them to people.

If you could pick one thing you want people to take away from this EP, what would it be?

We want people to connect with it. The reason we love the bands we love is because in some way we connect to what they are saying or what they have been through and we want to people to be able to connect with our music in the same way. Lyrically we feel there is plenty for people to relate to and musically we feel our songs cover enough ground that most people can find something to jam.

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Thank you so much for reading, and buy this album! If you can’t buy it, follow this band on Spotify and show them some love.