The third week in and these podcast just keep getting better. In this episode we talk about prom, A Haunted House 2, if Batman or Spiderman is better, the girls from Random Radio stop by and much more. While we had to make some changes due to studio problems, not all the guys will be able to make it on air all the time, but they will all be in the future podcasts. Keep up the great support!
Wednesday, April 23rd was National High School Radio Day and The Point 91fm opened its doors to the public so they could celebrate with us. Promotional items were given away, CD’s and Shirts were for sale, student DJ’s were available to talk to, and tours of the studio were aplenty. We even let anyone record their voice to play in future spots on the station. All of it combined made the day a success. We wanted to thank all of those who showed up and say “we’ll see you again next year!”
Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s have been around for nearly a decade now, and it seems like almost yesterday I heard their music. A few years ago before I got into any sort of independent music I had a friend mention something about this small band from Indianapolis that was stirring up some noise. I can’t fathom the amount of times I’ve gone through their entire discography and just embraced the pulsating aura that vibrates the soul with every chord in each of their songs. Slingshot To Heaven is no different from their other albums, and definitely follows the persona the band tries to fulfill.
Margot has not made any changes to their core composition over the past decade, and it shows in every song they produce. Slingshot To Heaven is a little bit lighter than their other productions, but it comes across as more conceptual in nature. It reminisces of not just life on the West Coast, but ultimately life anywhere except for “here”. Every song conveys an idea of being alone or living in another place that is not the present. “Hello San Francisco”, “Los Angeles”, and “Long Legged Blonde Memphis” are all direct references to famous cities located around the United States, and all fantasize about being there in the moment rather than stuck in the current life. The concept of growing up and wanting to be someone different in another place is a new idea from the group, and it sets a hopeful precedent for future albums.
Woods is a group that really does not have their name out there at all. From a few searches around the net it seems their folk rock style drives their music, and that really does ring true based off their new album “With Light And With Love” out now on their very own label Woodist. The group seems to combine best elements of folk and rock in one album, leaving a lasting impression on the ear that doesn’t seem to go away.
The album starts off quite folkie and twangy in nature, but delves further into the elements of rock as it further develops as a full song. The prominent guitar sound in the song stays the same the whole time, setting a wholesome mood for the song, with a violin coming in to compliment the sounds even further. Once the lyrics come in it becomes a more progressive folk, seemingly overly-synthesized vocals drive the soul of the song, and often is not something that is considered usual in a folk styled piece, but creates a unique style that is pleasant to the ear in this song. The next song does a complete 180, starting off more rock oriented with a larger array of instruments to drive it forward, with a less prominent guitar, and more prominent drum and piano. These contrasting songs do a great deal for the album and set the precedent for the rest to come on the album.
The high-spirited indie alternative band U.S. Royalty’s “Blue Sunshine” incorporates an older feel in its instrumentals and mixes that old-time ambiance with an updated and more modern take on vocals. The mostly upbeat songs on the record emulate more retro-sounding songs by integrating a few instruments not commonly used in modern alternative such as the mellotron and organ.The band also included various synthesizers to create a different sound and personalize their music. Songs on the album that most evidently display this infatuation with older instrumentals are “Slow Dancing,” which puts out a bit of an 80s feel and “Valley of the Sun” which is slightly reminiscent of the 60s. Some of the sounds are even comical to an extent; in “South Paradiso” the song begins with a trailing guitar sound usually found in songs associated with the beach, much like the opening in the song “Wipeout.” This excursion from the typical sounds of alternative music exhibits the band’s playful affinity for deviating from normalcy and creating their own, blended sound.
The compilation of dated and modern instruments is accompanied by a powerful and confident voice. John Thornley, the lead singer, emits a self-assured tone when he is performing; he gradually raises his voice higher and louder like he is extending his voice and himself to the audience to emphasize his lyrics and his forward emotions. There is something slightly immature in the way Thornley sounds; his bold outbursts are resonant of teenage expression. Alongside these tracks of intrepid vocals and musical flashbacks, is the song “De Profundis,” which infuses the album with a strictly instrumental track. The gripping guitar played by Paul Thornley, vibrates with dark, daring, and suspenseful undertones. After the unusual, but intriguing guitar break, the album delves right back into the hard-hitting and assured vocals. This catchy and rhythmic album takes a few chances by imitating an older sound, switching up instruments and synthesizers with background vocals, and putting forth uninhibited and brazen vocals. U.S. Royalty’s album is distinctive and definitely something to move to. -Rhianna Slager