Candy Hearts
Bridge Nine Records
Candy Hearts

When it comes to Candy Hearts' open-book policy, that book is essentially a diary. Since conceiving the band while attending college in upstate New York in 2010, frontwoman Mariel Loveland has used the band as an outlet to vent her feelings and frustrations in honest and relatable ways by way of familiar imagery and revealing, recognizable failings of short-term romance, empathetic tragedies channeled through '90s alternative-soaked pop-rock. It's a maneuver fully realized on their sophomore full-length,All The Ways You Let Me Down.

"This album really spans the whole spectrum of a relationship," says Loveland, "from being single and looking for somebody, to finding someone and then breaking up." All The Ways You Let Me Downdetails the trek, pinpointing the highs like building emotional bonds during car rides ("The Dream's Not Dead", "Brooklyn Bridge") as well as the lows of unsureness and/or desperation that comes with any escalating relationship ("Michigan", "Coffee With My Friends", "Playing With Fire"). "Coffee With My Friends" and "Playing With Fire" also highlight the relationship one develops with themselves, a theme that subtly inflects "The One To Get Me Out" and other moments on the album.

While coming off emotionally wounded, occasionally downtrodden and heavily introspective, Candy Hearts - currently filled out by bassist John Clifford and drummer Matthew Ferraro - have always bundled these sentiments with hook-filled, bubbly, poppy inclinations. "It's a cool vibe for me," Loveland says of All The Ways. "It definitely has a more alternative and pop vibe than our last EP [2012's The Best Ways To Disappear]. It feels like Taylor Swift meets the Breeders, and that's something we were always going for. It's a lot less pop-punk; it's just like a straight-up pop-rock record."

New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, who took on the band a couple years ago after overhearing their music from a bandmate on NFG's tour bus, has helped polish these intentions as producer for All The Ways You Let Me Down (as well as The Best Ways). He's also helped expose the band to broader audiences, handpicking them as the first act on his Bridge Nine imprint, Violently Happy Records, and taking them on a couple tours, including the upcoming UK Pop Punk's Not Dead run in the fall.

"It's always really great when we work with him," Loveland says. "We have a good vibe together. He really understands what we're going for, musically. There are no arguments, and he definitely helps bring out the best parts of songs and shape them to be something that is definitely more catchy."

A cameo from Jordan Pundik on "Something's Missing" also provides a pleasant collaboration between the bands, especially with the NFG frontman acting as an influence on Loveland's musical upbringing. "I was psyched," Loveland says of Pundik's vignette. "There are only a couple singers—the Beatles, Alanis Morissette—when I was younger where I was like, 'Man, that is something amazing.'"

Although Loveland says she would love for millions of people the world over to hear and buy All The Ways You Let Me Down, she does so with a laugh, aware of the struggle it takes to gain as much fame as Candy Hearts' pop-rock predecessors and peers. However many people hear it, though, she'll ensure that the message is still as clear and honest as possible—to both fans and themselves. "I've always wanted this band to be completely true to ourselves," Loveland says, "That's just what our band has always been about."

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Einstellung
Einstellung
Einstellung

Einstellung formed in 2003 as an outlet for it's members to blend their record collections, with a nod to Spiritualized, Neu, My Bloody Valentine and Black Sabbath amongst others. Not attempting to reinvent the wheel, Einstellung's manifesto is to enjoy each other's company, produce music that makes them laugh/cry and through the use of dynamics and texture, create an all-engulfing sense of now.

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Jet Trash
Position Music
Jet Trash

Playing their distinctive brand of reverb drenched garage, Jet Trash was named one of San Francisco's best up and coming bands of 2014 by Deli Magazine. Combining vintage sounds of Sixties Pop, Surf, and Lo-Fi with a modern D.I.Y. aesthetic, Jet Trash has begun to attract a fervent crowd in the City of Fog. “There’s about a million garage bands running around San Francisco these days, which makes it really difficult to separate the cream from the crop at times. Luckily, San Francisco’s Jet Trash somehow showed some promise and rose to the top of the mountain.” says Russell Jelinik, editor of The Bay Bridged. With spirited live performances throughout the Bay Area, Jet Trash has quickly generated a buzz culminating with a performance at this year’s Noise Pop festival in San Francisco.

The group was spawned from their desire to re-create raw & wild sounds like legendary west coast stalwarts The Sonics. Keith Shughrou (lead guitar) and Paul Kemp (rhythm guitar & vocals) provide a lively twin guitar attack that at times feels like a tidal wave crashing down on the beach. Marshall Fassino (bass & vocals) and Robby Justesen (drums) smooth out the sands beneath with their solid and infectious rhythm section grooves, all the while the vocals striking a perfect balance between sweet and razor-sharp.

After posting a handful of self-recorded demos online, Jet Trash caught the attention of veteran producer and engineer Andy Freeman (Eisley, Max Bemis of Say Anything) who was impressed with their unabashed use of melody and pop hooks. “They have well crafted songs; a lot of strong musical themes which I don’t typically hear in many garage acts.” Soon, the band and Freeman found themselves encamped at San Francisco’s legendary Coast Recorders. The result is a debut EP both unique in its approach to retro rock and decidedly confident as a first artistic statement, one that the band plans to take on the road for their first West Coast tour this summer in support of the new record.

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Corners
RIVI Music
Corners

Originally from the San Fernando Valley and eventually relocating to Echo Park, CA, Corners began playing high-energy shows around Los Angeles in 2011. Influenced by late 1970s punk and 1980s post-punk, Maxed Out On Distractions, is a synth-inspired album in the Internet age. The album title itself is a reflection of living in the Internet age and literally not having any room in your life for more distractions. Singer Tracy Bryant explains, “The album title relates to the music in the way we approached making the album itself…blocking out everything else and focusing on making pure music, not being distracted with the constant addiction that social networking sites have become.”

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Spires
401K Music, Inc.
Spires

The New York based Spires seemingly came out of nowhere last year, the rock band burst onto the scene last Summer with a Residency at Pianos on the Lower East Side. After winning over audiences and media alike with this stunning entrance and highly praised live sets at the Northside Festival and CMJ they followed it up with shows with Temples, The Horrors, Toy, Noah and the Whale, Allah-Las, Widowspeak, Caveman and Hookworms.

Their debut single "Candy Flip"(b/w "Comic Book) was released by 401K Music in the US and on the Too Pure Singles Club in the UK to great critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic. BBC 6 Music made it their single of the week, KEXP championed the band and featured them in session, the NME, The New York Times, Brooklyn Vegan, all raved about the band and the single which was produced by Connor Hanwick of The Drums and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Muse, Johnny Marr, Alberta Cross, Temples).

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Caspian
The Greater Goods Co.
Caspian

Caspian is a rock band from Beverly, Massachusetts, a seaside town 20 minutes north of Boston. Nobody sings. Most of the time we play heavy, other times quite soft. We always try to play with heart. So far we have recorded three albums. The process is always evolving - Thanks for exploring it with us.

Since 2004, CASPIAN have performed over 650 concerts, bringing their music to 40+ countries stretching over 4 continents. They released their fourth studio album, "Waking Season" in 2012, and a companion EP "Hymn For The Greatest Generation" in November 2013.

The band are currently writing their 4th full-length album in Beverly, MA, set for release in 2015.

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Hooded Fang
The Greater Goods Co.
Hooded Fang

In the winter of 2008, seven friends, roommates, and lovers decided to start playing music together. Inspired by Canadian literary genius Mordecai Richler – and undeterred by their lack of formal training or the fact that “Barney’s Version” is a shitty name for a band – they settled on Hooded Fang. Since then, they have played opening slots for The Born Ruffians, Malajube and Bishop Allen.

Hooded Fang´s songs shamelessly plunder all musical genres in the service of crafting the perfect pop tune. With full harmonies, rotating singers, and changing instrumentation, Hooded Fang can sound like The Cure at their least gloomy and Herman Düne armed with synths and a trombone.

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Triptides
The Greater Goods Co.
Triptides

Triptides is a sunshine warped psychedelic group from Los Angeles, California. Their music can be visual; a fuzzy haze suddenly gives way to a dream sequence.

The Shh
Minty Fresh
The Shh

The Shh’s music emerges, in secret, from a place in between the city of Paris & the Island of Malta. Their debut EP, The Burning Love, evokes surf-rock sounds with warm ‘Summer of Love’ vocal melodies. This 2-piece’s influences range from The Jesus & Mary Chain to The Modern Lovers to PJ Harvey to Slow Club.

Music Band
Infinity Cat/ Plastic 350
Music Band

Music Band seeped out of a broken sewage line in an upstate New York domitory, and somehow it's Nashville's problem now. Brothers-in-dirt Harry Kagan (guitar), Duncan Shea (bass), and Lee Putney (drums) have been both room- and bandmates for over three years, and a single experience of seeing them on stage makes it clear that they just can't get rid of each other. Music Band's demeanor in everything they do shouts their apparent mantra: "Always be nice, always try to look cool in pictures, and and rock and roll forever."

These boys seem to have it all - save, perhaps, access to Heaven - and they want to give it to everyone: yelling, softness, debauchery, tall trees, three-part harmonies, dirt-thunder, trill beats, backbeats, big hearts, nice teeth, thug moves, sensitivity, positivity, gravity, big ole styrofoam cups, boxed wine, shadow-doubles, power crystals, sacred talismans, and straight-up love, to name a few. They are always laughing. Music Band wakes up laughing every day. Has that happened to you? It's the best.

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