Hooray for Wednesday! It's once again time to showcase some local talent in this week's edition of Featured Listens. We've got a special treat this week with a new release from a band we love as well as a couple submissions from local acts. Check them out below:
P.S. If you'd like to have your music featured on the site, don't forget to come over to our upload page and submit a track.
Octopus Jones "Johnny Carson"
This brand-new track (released on the band's Myspace page at midnight) is the first single off the new-wavey rock band's upcoming album "Treat Yourself." The album, which is set set be released in the next few weeks, was recorded at Archer Avenue Studios in Columbia over 10 days this winter.
“We’ve finally got a group of songs that we’re really happy with,” said vocalist Danny Martin in our earlier interview with the band. “It’s like we’ve finally reached the point where we have something that we’re proud to give out and let people experience.”
Octopus Jones will perform next Wednesday, March 30, with Atlatnta's Today the Moon, Tommorow The Sun and Nashville's The Winter Sounds at Mr. Fish, 3401 North Kings Highway.
Eddie Ate Dynamite "Crazy Daisy" & "Take Me"
Keeping with the brand-new theme comes two songs submitted to us from one of the area's most recent gatherings of musicians. Known as Eddie Ate Dynamite, the band takes the pieces of popular cover band Willhite — guitarist Matt Doda, bassist Chris Willhite and drummer Zack Webster — and adds vocalist/guitarist Chris Alley (Keystone Coyote, Papaya Brothers.)
The result so far is two well-produced tracks with very different vibes.
One, "Crazy Daisy" is an upbeat, breezy tune that verges on powerpop at times with a catchy hook. The other, "Take Me" is a bit more intense, moody effort with some great driving guitar work, tempo shifts and soaring vocals that sound a little like a less theatrical version of 30 Seconds to Mars.
But regardless of which vibe they decide to roll with, both tracks are intriguing enough to catch our attention and leave us eager to see what develops.
N.FilTr8 "Complex Vibes"
Submitted to us by self-described "mild mannered computer technician" James Hurley, "Complex Vibes" is the latest creation from the Murrells Inlet resident's alter-ego N.FilTr8.
What started out as a young man making hip-hop beats through trial and error on a Casio keyboard, drum samplers and his computer became N.FilTr8, an project "fueled By 'Dirty' & 'Filthy' Beats Laced with Ear Piercing, Chest Crushing Bass Lines."
Operating within the break beat niche, N.FilTr8 has been producing demos since 2009 and trying to get them out all over the world online. Last summer, he and an online colleague Stefan Roussin started Breakz R Boss Records, releasing a song called "Track It Down" and a slew of other originals and remixes that he's been working to distribute through Beatport, Juno Downloads and getting played online at NSBRadio (NuSkool Breaks) and other online Break Beat stations.
You can check out more of his work online at Soundcloud.