RIP Brandon Carlisle

  The music world lost a great man today who was also a brother and a friend to so many.  What is unknown is how it happened and many of us involved in the music scene are wondering why it had to happen.

Brandon lived the dream playing in Teenage Bottlerocket with family and friends. I was lucky enough to have seen him beat on the drums live. I never met him face to face, but my friends who have said he was straight up the nicest guy.  One of my pals even mentioned how Brandon remembered him from a previous band that opened for TB. 

Perhaps the biggest testament to the importance of this man was how much money was raised to help pal for his medical expenses. It was amazing to see so many contribute so quickly. 

Facebook has been flooded with memories of Brandon and I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I spent some time reading them today. 

My conclusion?  He was a seriously good human. 

Everything will be ok. It’s just going to be sad around the scene for a bit. 

I hope Brandon’s family finds peace in his passing and moves on without forgetting a single memory. 

RIP Brandon. 

RIP Mikey Herrera (The Blackout Pact, Tin Horn Prayer, SleeperHorse)

I am a little late to talk on this, but I still felt it necessary to post something.  As many of you know, Mikey Herrera passed away last week.

Although I did not know him personally, some of my pals did and one of them even played in SleeperHorse with him.  I have always appreciated what Mikey did and was really bummed to see the bad news.


Mikey’s Facebook page has flooded with comments, memories, and photos showcasing the love that surrounded him.  I found myself spending some time on there the other night just looking through endless posts of love and support.

As this website is dedicated to sharing music that I like, I wanted to post material from some of the bands Mikey was in to pay my respects to him and anyone who ever knew him.

RIP Mikey.


Album Review: Seafair – The Querencia

SeafairCleveland’s Seafair is about to turn some heads this year.

I know I have talked about a lot of Cleveland acts on my site, but this is the first time I have spoken on a band that is this incredibly multi-genred.

Seafair has been doing their thing since 2012 and is comprised of six amazing musicians whose roots  dip into an impressive and diverse dynamic of musical styles including everything from classical to punk rock.  The Querencia is the band’s debut release and is dropping next month.

Lead vocalist Chayla Hope has a voice that demands to be heard by anyone willing to open their ears.  Its deeper, powerful style is more Juliana Hatfield over Adele/Lorde (from what I have heard via mainstream radio, honestly I can’t stand either of those two).  Seriously, it is a bit fierce and a whole ton of passionate.

SeafairSide note: Having been good pals with Seafair’s drummer Ryan Kelly for at least 10 years now, there was no way I was not going to talk about this new band.  On another side note, I used to work with Andrea Bleding Elson’s husband at an EB Games back in the day.  Small world…

A classical intro to the album set me back for a moment as I became enthralled in the peaceful composure that morphed into “Vultures”.  I am not going to lie, I was not terribly impressed with this track and although Chayla Hope had a forceful and beautiful singing voice, the track itself did nothing for me.

“DIM”, however, was the complete opposite.  I adored this track on so many levels.  From the string playing to the infectious drumming of Sir Kelly, everything about this track was likable.  Perhaps it was the Björk-like melodies and singing towards the end that grasped me.  I almost hate myself for admitting I did not like the prior track, but then again, I am one one of millions of opinions out there.  This track though was a solid jam and everyone needs to check it out.

“Inferno” followed with a bellowing Hope singing her heart out.  This was one of the tracks I could image sounds so much better live on a hot summer night.

Hearing the “The Score” was like hearing an orchestrated indie rock track like none other.  This song built up so nicely and once the guitar playing picked up at the peak of the track, I was quietly rocking out here to it.  It was like one of those songs that is a story that builds with excitement.  My only quarrel with this track, is I wish the story lasted a little longer.

I am fairly certain “Ohio” was written about me and my return back to my favorite state in the world.  I am also positive that is not the case at all, but I’m ok with thinking that.  Honestly, this track about love growing distant was amazing to listen to.  I loved the breakdown at the end that changed things up.  This was one of the best tracks on the album in my opinion.

“Discovery” was another fantastic track.  I am sure this may be misconstrued in a sense, but this track was like listening to Foxy Shazam with a female singer.  Hope’s range on this track was just all over the place and perfect throughout.  I also got a kick out of the back up vocals that interjected throughout.  The more and more I listened to it, the more I loved it.

Quick props need to be given to the Ween-like guitar solo in “Not A Cure”.  The track overall was intense to listen to and it just erupted at the end.

Seafair to me is festival music, you know, the kind is best heard live during warm summer nights.  I know they were trying to play Bonnaroo but sadly did not win a voting competition.  That’s the voters loss, I think this band would kill it at the ‘Roo.  Regardless, they will play shows and they will turn heads.  I know it.

The Querencia is a beautifully put together album that is not over produced and spans over so many genres that I feel it will be difficult for anyone to not enjoy some part of it.  The album really grasps your attention throughout and treats it to a fine listen.

I was not expecting Seafair to sound the way they did, and that’s ok.  Surprises in music are one of my favorite things in life and I really hope others experience that feeling too.

Still Here…

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know that I am still around.  I would like nothing more than to post things on my site for you all to check out but have some changes in ordinary life I must attend to:

  • I reenrolled in school and am now studying hard almost every night.  I anticipate to graduate in July 2016.
  • I landed a new role at the paying gig in an area I have been wanting to get into for years now.
  • Most importantly, my pre-wife and I are expecting a baby boy in June.  We have been scurrying around trying to get things ready the the arrival of our first-born.

I promise I will try and post things here when I have some quiet time, but I know that is not going to be nearly as easy as it was a couple months ago.

To the bands and labels that continue to send me material to check out, keep them coming please.  I promise to share when I can.

Until then, I need to get back to my 7-page paper.  It is not too terrible, I have Ninja Gun acting as my soundtrack right now…

Enjoy the day.

Song Premiere: Borders – Holiday

I’m very stoked to be able to premiere a track by a band called Borders for you all to enjoy.

Featuring Dustin Andrews, formerly of Of Us Giants, this alt rock band has put out one hell of a single and I was asked to showcase it on my site.  After I listened to it, I could not wait to share it.

Check it out:


Download Link: Borders – “Holiday”

Last year around this time, I was talking up Of Us Giants and was more or less shocked when the band called it quits before they even got to tour.  Things happen for a reason I suppose.

Borders pretty much carries the torch that was prematurely dropped by Of Us Giants.  I am looking forward to hearing their full-length titled Wandering Youth that should drop in May.