Star Persona emerges as a force to be reckoned with. Their latest track, “All Is Forgiven,” resonates with a captivating narrative that strikes a chord in every listener’s heart. Led by the creative genius of Claude Malette, the band’s main songwriter, the song weaves intricate melodies that blend seamlessly with heartfelt lyrics. With a lineup that encompasses diverse talents, Star Persona crafts magic through collaborative expertise. While Claude takes charge of guitars, bass, lyrics, and melody, the band’s synergy truly shines with contributions from friends who bring their unique skills to the table—be it the rhythmic allure of drums, the soaring vocals, or the electrifying solos.
Hailing from humble beginnings, Star Persona thrives on jam sessions and brainstorming within the walls of Claude’s own sanctuary. Channeling inspiration from iconic legends like Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Queen, and Led Zeppelin, their music transcends time, infusing classic rock with a contemporary touch.
Despite gracing stages of local bars like the Brass Monkey and the Rainbow, one standout memory involves a serendipitous encounter with Geoff Tate from Queensrÿche. Sharing the stage with a legend not only added a chapter to their journey but also fueled their passion to forge ahead.
Recorded at Ottawa Valley Recording Studios under the meticulous guidance of Steve Foley, “All Is Forgiven” embodies a deeper ethos—forgiveness. The song poetically captures the struggle to liberate oneself from the shackles of resentment. Claude reveals, “The act that hurt or offended you might always be with you. But working on forgiveness can lessen that act’s grip on you. It’s also unhealthy for you.”
The recording process wasn’t without its twists. Claude’s guitar solo faced skepticism from the producer, leading to an unexpected yet serendipitous evolution, resulting in a solo that surpassed expectations. As the drummer chimed in with a characteristic touch of humor, “I could do better,” he jestingly overlooked his integral contribution to the track.
Star Persona’s “All Is Forgiven” emerges as a symphony of redemption, testament to their resilience and creative evolution. As the drummer playfully sums up, “Forgiveness isn’t just for the soul; it’s for the music too.” In a world craving both harmony and understanding, Star Persona’s musical odyssey brings solace and sonic satisfaction.
In the symphonic realm of music, where emotions echo with mellifluous resonance, emerges a composition that transcends the ordinary, encapsulating the multifaceted journey of love. “Bird of Happiness,” the latest offering from 9 o’clock Nasty, isn’t merely a rendition of love’s tribulations; it is an opus that artfully captures the paradox of yearning and fulfillment. The melody unfolds like a narrative, chronicling the evolution from self-sufficiency to the poignant ache of missing the vital element that completes life’s puzzle. A dichotomy is at play—experiencing the euphoria of love’s embrace, juxtaposed with the raw pang of realizing its impermanence.
Departing from their customary themes, 9 o’clock Nasty delves deep into the raw purity of lovesick melancholy. “Perfection is rare,” they muse, acknowledging the rarity of their creation. The song finds its zenith in the collaboration with Meg Cratty from the Margaret Hooligans, whose ethereal vocals imbue the composition with an enigmatic depth.
Breaking free from genre constraints, 9 o’clock Nasty approaches each song as a distinct entity, sculpting it in harmony with its essence. “Bird of Happiness” defied their expectations, revealing itself as an authentic outpouring of emotion. This track stands as the crowning jewel of their forthcoming LP, “Culture War 2023,” set to unfurl its wings in late September. A fusion of singles and novel compositions, it will grace digital platforms, CDs, and vinyl records.
Marking its debut on August 26th, “Bird of Happiness” arrives alongside a poignant music video—a testament to the devotion invested. The Margaret Hooligans embarked on a thousand-mile journey to manifest the visual representation of the song, a dedication that epitomizes the ethos of art.
The horizon beckons with promises of tours, and 9 o’clock Nasty extends an invitation to European allies who can assist in forging connections with venues and promoters. Their aspirations extend to the United States in 2024, contingent upon the doors of opportunity remaining ajar. The sincerity poured into their music reflects a fervent commitment to resonate with global audiences. As “Bird of Happiness” takes flight, it carries with it the universal symphony of love’s longing and the unwavering quest for completeness.
Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of artists ranging from The Neighbourhood to Stevie Wonder, Alfie Templeman, and The 1975, the artist behind “Blue” orchestrates an ambient masterpiece. The song encapsulates a timeless narrative within the queer culture—a heart’s plunge into love for a straight friend. It’s a delicate exploration of the choice between revealing emotions or keeping them hidden, even when the odds are stacked against reciprocation. The track resonates with the bittersweet journey of clinging to hope until it’s consumed by the fire of reality.
Hailing from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s vibrant music scene, Ethan Russell’s journey began early, nurturing a deep affection for music creation. His passion for inspiring and entertaining led him to dive into songwriting and production. His debut single “Circles” marked the inception, followed by the album “Not So Flawless.” Now, almost half a decade later, Russell embarks on a musical metamorphosis, teasing a remastered edition of the album.
“Not So Flawless” is a tapestry of emotions, weaving together singles like the indie pop anthem “Circles,” delving into the cyclical nature of a small-town life. “Someone Like U” captivates with synth-pop brilliance, celebrating the bond of friendship. “Blte” paints an intricate portrait of unrequited queer love, while “Drive” crafts an ambient soundscape that encapsulates the unwavering unity of best friends against the odds.
Ethan Russell’s evolution as an artist mirrors the very essence of his music—layered, heartfelt, and captivating. As “Blue” and the remastered “Not So Flawless” redefines his musical trajectory, audiences can expect a journey through emotion, time, and sonic exploration.
“GLOCK” emerges as a pulsating fusion of trap metal and hard-hitting Latin rap, evoking the gritty styles of Scarlxrd, Ghostemane, and City Morgue. A dynamic collaboration between Mexican Rapper Dan Garcia and Love Ghost’s Finnegan Bell, the track is an unbridled unleashing of inner primal energy often confined within.
The creative impetus stems from the shared ardor for competitive combat; Dan Garcia’s wrestling background and Finnegan Bell’s lifelong martial arts practice are evident influences. The affinity for MMA and boxing further fuels their synergy.
Eipi, a frequent partner of Dan Garcia, masterfully produces the song, recorded in the heart of Mexico. The accompanying music video captures the visceral essence. Currently stationed in Mexico, Finnegan Bell of Love Ghost is immersed in a creative odyssey, collaborating with an array of Latin artists including Ritorukai, Go Golden Junk, Phyzh Eye, Jozue, Young Dupe, Blnko, among others. The production lineup boasts luminaries like Shantra, BrunOG, and SAGA, promising an exciting year ahead. Anticipate forthcoming tracks, notably “Dopeman” featuring Ghanaian afrobeat sensation Camidoh and “Do You Like Me Now” alongside Nu Metal artist Cinnamon Babe.
Some tales are whispered through strings and melodies, and then there’s Sophia Stephens’ musical journey—an uncharted symphony resonating with heart and resilience. As the father of this emerging talent, I stand as a witness to a narrative that defies the norms of the industry.
“Sophia Stephens’ debut EP, ‘Remnantal,’ is more than just an assemblage of tracks; it’s a testament to raw passion and authenticity. Delving into her music was like opening a door to an emotional landscape, painted with experiences that belie her age. Through poignant lyrics and soul-stirring melodies, Sophia captures the essence of life’s trials and triumphs—a journey punctuated by loss, faith, and an unyielding spirit. Her youthful yet wise-beyond-years expression takes root in a childhood marked by personal battles and shared sorrows. The EP, borne from collaboration even with her younger brother, Jackson, resonates with a rare depth, like ancient souls conversing through chords.
‘Sophia Stephens is not just a singer; she’s a storyteller, channeling her emotions into verses that tug at heartstrings. The EP is a harbinger of greater things, hinting at the three full albums she’s already penned. Sophia’s path, encompassing a future dual major in music and business, promises a journey that defies categorization—whether through spotlights or moonlit jam sessions.
So, delve into ‘Remnantal,’ not just for its captivating soundscape, but to partake in Sophia’s profound narrative, a testament to the power of music as a vessel of connection, solace, and enduring expression.”