In 2021, Mike Masser released an album that initially gained traction but lost momentum due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and unforeseen circumstances within the label. Determined to breathe new life into his work, Masser reflects on his musical journey, which began as the guitarist for Hand Over Fist in the early 2000s, contributing to the release of two full-length albums and an EP, namely “Night Creature,” “Diablo Del Sol,” and “Die Trying.”
Experiencing burnout after his stint with Hand Over Fist, Masser took a hiatus from the music scene. However, encouraged by friends and family a decade later, he reemerged, this time as a solo artist and frontman. His solo debut, “Desert Sun,” marked an experimental phase, showcasing Masser’s versatility as a vocalist and guitarist, exploring a mellower sound outside his usual repertoire. Building on this newfound creative energy, Masser embarked on his sophomore solo record, “One More Shot,” drawing inspiration from rock legends Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne. Concurrently, he collaborated with Jeff Watson on the side project “Rictus of Rage,” promising a harder and darker EP.
Following the success of the “Rictus of Rage” EP, Masser continued his musical journey, crafting the Hard Rock album “Let it Ride,” a return to his classic sound. Undeterred, he kept the momentum going, working on new music for both “Rictus of Rage” and his solo projects. His latest album, “True Grit,” maintains the hard rock essence, featuring standout tracks like “The Phoenix” and “True Grit,” showcasing Masser’s unwavering commitment to his hard rock roots. With the release of “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars,” the latest single from “Rictus of Rage,” Mike Masser demonstrates that his recent works might be some of his best yet, solidifying his place in the hard rock scene.
In the vast landscape of Synthwave and Electronic music with an 80’s vibe, artist J Coubz stands out as a unique and original force. With influences deeply rooted in the captivating soundtracks of 80’s movies, J Coubz’s music, notably lacking in comparable artists, is a refreshing and distinct addition to the genre. Despite the challenges of finding the right playlist fit, feedback from curators has praised the originality of J Coubz’s work.
The brain behind the operation, J Coubz, takes on the role of sole band member, showcasing a remarkable commitment to the craft. Drawing inspiration from 80’s movie soundtracks, especially those of Michael Mann, the artist has crafted a sonic experience reminiscent of childhood memories and the mesmerizing night scenes from the past. While not having ventured onto stages or festivals yet, J Coubz’s musical journey is a solo endeavor recorded in Paris. The focus is on a singular ethos—immersing listeners in the atmospheric nostalgia of 80’s films, akin to the scores of Michael Mann and the cinematic universe of Terminator and John Carpenter.
The latest song, a vivid recollection of childhood nights spent with a parent, driving through towering cityscapes illuminated by apartment lights, serves as a testament to this inspiration. The artist dives into the essence of 80’s aesthetics, drawing parallels with iconic TV shows like “Knight Rider” and an Offspring song, infusing each note with a sense of nostalgia and wonder. J Coubz encapsulates this musical journey with a profound personal quote, stating, “Cities never sleep.” A statement that echoes the perpetual vibrancy and timeless allure of the urban landscapes that inspire the artist’s sonic creations. As J Coubz strives to find the perfect auditory niche for these evocative compositions, listeners are invited to immerse themselves in a musical realm that bridges the gap between past and present, offering a unique experience in the world of Synthwave.
Rob Giles makes a triumphant return to the music scene with his fifth studio album, “MEDITATION DRIVE-THRU,” delivering a soul-stirring collection that resonates with resilience and creativity. Released on November 10, 2023, this album marks a significant milestone in Giles’ career, and it’s evident from the first note that he’s back with a renewed passion.
Guided by Grammy-winning producer Rich Jacques, the album is a journey through 11 eclectic tracks, each a testament to life’s challenges and the relentless pursuit of artistic expression. The lead single, “Some Stars,” sets the tone with its emotional depth and melodic brilliance, offering a glimpse into the artistic maturity Giles has achieved during his hiatus. “Show Me The Way To The Ocean” and “Tears Into Art” further showcase Giles’ ability to craft thought-provoking lyrics that resonate with authenticity. The songs weave together seamlessly, creating an enthralling musical narrative that explores the complexities of existence. Giles, known for his solo work and collaborations with industry legends, brings a unique authenticity to “MEDITATION DRIVE-THRU.” Having ventured into film and television writing, his return to music is a welcome one, demonstrating his versatility and depth as an artist.
As the album’s release date approaches, listeners can anticipate a captivating musical experience. Giles invites us to embrace life’s fleeting moments, much like holding grains of sand, and his ability to translate these sentiments into music is truly commendable. “MEDITATION DRIVE-THRU” is a testament to the enduring power of creativity and the indomitable spirit of an artist who has found his voice once again.
Prepare for a sonic journey with the Fat Bottomed Boys as they unleash “La la la,” the first single from their highly anticipated album, “Haters Gonna Hate.” This dynamic duo, paying homage to the legendary Queen, seamlessly blends retro-rock vibes with a contemporary edge, promising an unforgettable musical experience. Having garnered acclaim through three albums since 2020, the Fat Bottomed Boys embark on a new chapter with “La la la,” a track that channels the spirit of Queen’s iconic drummer, Roger Taylor. The song, a perfect fusion of classic songwriting and modern flair, sets the stage for what promises to be a gem within their upcoming album.
Beyond the catchy melodies and infectious beats, “La la la” delves into the world of ephemeral singers, exploring the stories of those who vanish after creating unforgettable hits. The Fat Bottomed Boys deliver a poignant narrative through compelling lyrics and a passionate performance that resonates with audiences on a profound level. The backstory of the Fat Bottomed Boys adds an intriguing layer to their musical journey. Originally members of the Queen tribute band Rock You!, The Sgt. and Elash decided to create original songs inspired by their idols during the COVID lockdown. Their debut album, “Let’s Do It!” released on Freddie Mercury’s birthday in 2020, showcased their deep admiration for Queen’s legacy.
In their second album, “Too Much Is Not Enough,” the duo collaborates with Australian oncologist and author Craig Mulhall for the prog-rock masterpiece, “A Tale of Rhye.” This collaboration and their contribution to actor Alan Delabie’s movie soundtrack, “Stronger Than Life,” demonstrate the Fat Bottomed Boys’ versatility and artistic reach. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Boys adapted by organizing the “Rock the Casa Festival” in 2021, a live-streamed event on YouTube. Their commitment to creating music that transcends boundaries and captivates audiences is evident, culminating in the release of their third album on September 5th, 2021. As they gear up for live performances in Paris, Lambersart, and London in November, the Fat Bottomed Boys continue to captivate audiences with their unique blend of homage to Queen and original musicality. Keep an eye out for these maestros as they make waves in the music scene, promising an exhilarating experience that bridges the past and present.