One Ok Rock: Japanese Band

My friend Jade spent Christmas Eve with me a few days ago. She’s a big fan of Japanese bands. She introduced this band called One Ok Rock to me. I think they are impressive. The sound is very mainstream. No wonder they harvested more than twenty million views in youtube.

New Music Video from Alternative Rock artist Joey Smokes!

I think what separates greatness from mediocrity is not just a matter of opinion. It’s all about filling the plate by making the whole experience memorable. This is the kind of consistency I found in the music of Joey Smokes. He puts so much detail in his work. “Don’t FxxK With Me (I Will Find You)(Official w/ Explicit Lyrics) has already zapped more than 60,000 views in just three days! That’s quite a feat.

His style grows in you in a light speed. This is because of the clever hooks and dynamic structure in the music. Between splashes of guitar- driven choruses enters the quieter instrumental parts that convey atmosphere and thoughtful playing. He reminds me of Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and actor C. Thomas Howell. His energy as a performer is like a force of nature. He exhibits strong vocals with impressive range.

His other music video ”No Ending” (Our Night) attracted more than 474,000 views already. His songs are rooted in the Hard/ Alternative Metal/ Indie/ Punk category. The lyrics deal with revenge and falling into hard times. I think his appeal lies in his ability to captivate listeners in an audio-visual level. His renditions  have that magnetic core drawing listeners into the heart of his sentiments without being too ingratiating. During the last part of the song I’m Not Ready , he punches off that overwhelming vocal catharsis that you don’t really hear these days among other artists.

In this track, his voice has that slight quiver that displays sensitivity in the midst of the raging chorus. A song that really resonates these universal sentiments inside us. Joey Smokes is the real deal. He won’t take bullsh*t so you better not f**k with him!

You can buy this track from itunes.

Joey Smokes Newest Music Video Release "Don't FxxK With Me (I Will Find You)(Official w/ Explicit Lyrics).


Microlove EP by Summa


Songs by Jake O’Neal except where noted 
Produced by Jake O’Neal and Max Grossman 
Engineered/Mixed by Colin Bricker 
Featuring Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident 
Album art by Megan McGrain

Jake O’Neal – Vocals, Guitars 
Max Grossman – Drums, Bass, Vocals on There There 
Michael Kang – Electric mandolin on Forces; Electric guitar and electric mandolin on Sex Gun

Yesterday was hectic so I slept early and didn’t even realized I slept with the lights on which I consider a bad habit. I scanned my email upon waking up and found a message from Jake O’Neal of Summa inviting me to listen to the new EP. Yeah it’s fresh from the sonic oven folks. I always find this huge analogy between music and food.  I was humming in the shower, few minutes later listening to the songs in the Microlove EP. I got a smile stretched from ear to ear. This is a sweet EP. Full of musical delights that is comparable to a box of dark chocolate. Yum.

The tracks are amazing. They sound fresh and intelligent. The vocals are warm and Mr O’Neal has a good range. I have great respect for singers who sound that way. I describe his voice as having a bit of Glen Phillips with an echo of Nick Drake especially when he starts singing softly. The title track has been out for a while. It’s the carrier single. I think it is also a perfect choice because it is a kind of song that pulls listeners with its warmth and intimate lyrics. So it is definitely a personal favorite. 

There are five tracks in the Microlove EP.  I will name my second favorite. It’s called There There. The rhythm reminds me  Patti Smith and Iggy Pop. This is one of the most beautiful alternative rock tracks I heard this year. If I have a radio show of my own, this EP would occupy the top of the charts because it works! The singing, the melody and the instrumental arrangement all work!

Check out the album cover art. It rocks!

Summa: Jake O'Neal



Aron Lyrd: Aron Lyrd (self titled)

Aron Lyrd

Hometown: Shippensburg, PA, USA
Style of music: Rock

Aron Lyrd redefines alternative rock. The melodic guitars and easy to remember melodies are what make his music a must have for those who miss the kind of alternative music made in the 90s. He’s also got amazing pipes as he croons on the sensual Wasted. The track begins softly before exploding into the visceral force of the chorus.

I admire his approach to rock music. There is a friendly vibe that runs all over his album. My favorite tracks are Day Dreams, Time Goes Forward, Wasted  and Hey Hey. It is hard to describe his music using prose alone so you got to experience it to KNOW.

One of the reasons why I lost the desire to listen to the radio is the lack of real music. Everything sounds manufactured. And to have artists like Aron Lyrd creating music like that makes me glad we have the internet. So enjoy the amazing self-titled album from this Shippensburg, PA native and spread the word!