Last last year, A-Sides welcomed back Colony House, the Nashville quartet of Park Cotrell, Scott Mills, and Caleb and Will Chapman, and had them sit down for an interview and perform their hit alt-rock single "You & I" off their then-forthcoming Only the Lonely record. Since then, the band has blown up like Violet Beauregarde. They've played Seth Meyers, Today, and have been singled out twice in Entertainment Weekly - most recently as one of the "10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017." Pretty spiffy. Considering how awesome the alt-pop band is and the fact they filmed another song last November, they're back. Watch the hitmakers perform "This Beautiful Life" at the Gibson Showroom in New York City (by shootmepeter.com) below.
Like Colony House, NYC-based band The Heydaze are getting plenty of alt radio play with their debut single "Hurt Like Hell." The track is the first off the band's upcoming debut EP, and if it's any indication, they'll fall in the alt-pop-rock category of the featured band above. Anyway, late last year we sat down for a quick chat with vocalist Jesse Fink, guitarist Andrew Spelman, drummer Tyler Matte, and bassist Alexander Glantz and asked them a few questions. Watch it below you will.
Backpack. Fancy Backpack.
Now you can listen to Colony House and The Heydaze without worrying about your MP3 device or phone going dead. Udee recently sent me their brand spankin' new backpack, which comes with 19 features including a charging port, earphone jack, portable cooler, and a pocket for your phone. It's also waterproof and contains a photography bag within it. For more, check out their Kickstarter campaign here. The bag literally has everything. It almost makes me wish I was back in high school. Actually, it doesn't but it's so cool.
Jon Chattman's music series typically features talent (established or not) from all genres performing a track or two, and discussing their latest news, songs, and everything in-between. A-Sides focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. From time to time, the series also features humor columns, film/TV personality interviews, and a kid-centric spin-off called "Lowercase A-Sides." Artists featured on the series have included Elle King, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, James Bay, Jimmy Eat World, Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille. Theme song written and performed by Blondfire.