21Mar/17

Cutter Fangirling with Bring Me the Horizon

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 9.56.13 AMAs Cutter sits down backstage with Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish from Bring Me the Horizon the subject of “fangirling” comes up. You know, having that moment with your favorite band or artist where you are such a huge fan that you just can’t even bring yourself to talk to them or you if you do you make a fool of yourself? We’ve all had those moments and those who haven’t, wish they had. Time to get in touch with our inner fangirl and an in depth conversation with Bring Me The Horizon about writing, doing things your own way, That’s the Spirit and much more.

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04Aug/16

For Better Or Worse – Citizen Zero

Tommy DeBenedictis and co-manager Rick Smith of Wild Justice Management, (guiding last year’s sales break-out band I Prevail), have a great thing going with Detroit’s Citizen Zero.  But if you’re within earshot of the enthusiastic Tommy D, then you’ve already heard the news. The band really brings it live as I saw for myself at Rock on the Range.  If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with the single, “Go (let me save you).”  The band’s first major release (Wind-Up/Concord) “State of Mind” is in stores August 12.  Stand out tracks include current single “Go (Let Me Save You),” “Lure and Persuade,” and “When the Rain Comes.”  Check them out on tour, see when when they are coming to your market and bring the band into your studio for an acoustic or plugged in performance….. (more…)

21Jul/16

Scratching the Surface with Through Fire

TFBANDPIClowresThe Through Fire single “Stronger” is one of those records from an emerging new artist that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of core artists’ releases to the Active Rock format. The track has been on the Active Rock chart for 22 weeks and has been a top ten best selling single at the format for the last 6 of those weeks. Sales this week top 1600. Those who are playing the record are driving the sales along with great word of mouth from their live performances and the band had a great reception at the Chicago Open Air Festival. They will be playing a show for WJJO at the Dane County Fair on July 22. New supporting stations are KXXR Minneapolis, WZOR Appleton Wisconsin, and KDOT Reno. The band will begin touring with Nonpoint on July 30, then join Sick Puppies on September 18. KLAQ’s Kevin Vargas had the band to the station for an acoustic lunch and was so impressed that he asked them to play a station function three days later; the official station add followed. Something is cooking here and it’s time to revisit the single in your meeting this week. Enjoy our Artist Profile of the band.Robert England (more…)

07Jul/16

Twists, Turns and Musical Convocations with GEMINI SYNDROME

Gemini SyndromepiclogoWe are so excited that Gemini Syndrome is now part of the Another Century family. Our friend Mark Abramson a man of such passion now has the reins of a speeding horse.  The band’s debut release (Lux) came out through Warner/ADA and went on to scan over 35,000 units
“Stardust” went Top 20 at Active Rock and also downloaded over 63,000 times and has just about 2 million Spotify listens and close to 3 million views on a simple lyric video

Now they have joined the Century Label Group and are rolling strong on their 2nd release Memento Mori. The first track released to the world is a song called “Anonymous” and came with a bad-ass 360 degree video… (more…)

23Jun/16

The Eagle Has Landed – Avatar

AVATAR_PRESS“Yeah, we agree, there are so many bands coming from Sweden, ever since Abba, you know.” – Henrik Sandelin, bassist Avatar

By Carl C. Sundberg

Avatar is the kind of band you just have to see and hear to fully appreciate. And even after seeing or hearing them, it takes some time to process what you just saw or heard. Imagine The Crow fronting a quintet of ancient Swedish nationalists and you’re close. Well, not even close.

To be perfectly honest, trying to pin a description to this band does it more injustice than simply saying, “You’ve got to check this band out.”

And many people are. Avatar’s popularity is right on the cusp of glory. They’re currently touring the world, hitting many of the major festivals, including Rock on the Range, where RadioContraband caught up with them for a quick interview. Their latest single, “The Eagle Has Landed” from their sixth full length album, “Feathers & Flesh” is in the top 20 on the Mediabase Active Rock Charts, being played on rock stations all over the country. (more…)

09Jun/16

Hellyeah Leaves the Party Behind to Get Down and Dirty on Their New Album “Unden!able”

Hellyeah“Now, no, it’s full on…you know musically, I want to go in to a gun fight with a fucking razor blade and win. And with Chad [Grey, vocalist] it was time for him to be Chad. ‘Who are you? There’s a lot of fucked up shit in that head of yours. Let it out’.” -Tom Maxwell, guitarist/co-founder Hellyeah

By Carl C. Sundberg

There was a time when the band Hellyeah, the supergroup of sorts featuring Vinnie Paul, drummer of Pantera and Damageplan and Chad Grey, vocalist of Mudvayne, conjured up visions of partying, getting tore up on a Saturday night, getting a little ass, a little alcohol, a little weed, hell, maybe a fight, who knows. Basic “Hell Yeah!” Behavior.

But what happens when a band sheds that good times mentality and goes a little deeper, a little darker? You get one of the most powerful albums of the band’s career. For Hellyeah that’s just what went down on their latest release, “Unden!able”. The album features, in addition to some of the most powerful songs the band has ever written, a cover of Phil Collin’s “I Don’t Care Anymore” that also happens to have the guitar work of Vinnie Paul’s brother – the late, great “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. (more…)

27May/16

The Ascent of Red Sun Rising

rsrlive“You know, it’s always better when you’re growing as a band and you’re seeing success. We’re still in it though.” – Ryan Williams, guitarist Red Sun Rising

By Carl C. Sundberg

When Red Sun Rising hit the stage at Rock on the Range 2016, the crowd was already seething and surging forward to the stage. Throughout the performance, the crowd swayed and sang along, pumped their fists, packing tighter and tighter, and some fans took crowd surfing to the next level, with a young lady literally standing on a shirtless guy, as if he were an actual surfboard, cruising over the top of the crowd toward the stage. Red Sun Rising’s live show is wild, reckless and full of passion. (more…)

12May/16

From the Darkness to the Light with Stitched Up Heart

SUH-1-15“The music takes you from a dark place to a more positive uplifting atmosphere. I would suggest the best setting for the record to listen to for the first time would be riding along the coast on a motorcycle with the wind through your hair.” – Mixi, Stitched Up Heart

By Carl C. Sundberg

Sometimes life can get you down. Sometimes things simply fall apart. The lessons that come from collapse are the lessons you take with you into the future and you can either let them dominate and destroy you or you can learn from them and start again, stronger and wiser. Stitched Up Heart, the hard-working, hard-rocking California metal band took the second path. In fact, that is how their story begins. (more…)

28Apr/16

The Dirty But Not Unclean Grooves of Holy White Hounds

HWH-Photo-1-Lindsey-Brynes-smaller-size-980x654We’re dirty but we’re not unclean. We’re mangy, but you’d still let us sleep in your bed.” -Brenton Dean, Holy White Hounds

By Carl C. Sundberg

Holy White Hounds are one of those bands you might want to look into now. If they were a stock, you’d invest. So many bands come out and get tagged with the “buzz-worthy” label, but this time…this time it’s different. Holy White Hounds deserve it. Their feral name best described in their bio by singer and guitarist Brenton Dean: “We’re dirty but we’re not unclean. We’re mangy, but you’d still let us sleep in your bed.” With their unique look, their peculiar vibe and infectious grooves, the quartet from Iowa are about to launch into the stratosphere of the rock world like a magnificent laser beam of glory. Why? Songwriting! Take a listen to their wild, quirky single, “Switchblade” from their upcoming debut album, “Sparkle Sparkle”, which has whiffs of Beck, the swagger of Beastie Boys, the fuzzy punk thunder of Queens of the Stone Age and an epic guitar solo that would turn Jimmy Page’s head. And that’s just one song. Every other song is completely different, utterly surprising, refreshing and fun and just as hard to explain. And every single song even more infectious as the last. (more…)

14Apr/16

The Gritty Thunder and Whiskey Howls of Hounds of Jezebel

Hounds+Of+Jezebel“Sometimes what happens in Vegas, makes it’s way the internet.” -John Curry, Hounds of Jezebel

By Carl C. Sundberg

When The Hounds of Jezebel get the party started, they get the party started right.

As the Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas began to fill for the Awards Ceremony on the final night of the 2016 RadioContraband Convention, something unimaginable to any other awards show was about to happen. A song was about to be played. We’re not talking some auto-tuned diva in a ball gown, no princess chart-topper squeezing out some putrid glitter hit to a bunch of suits checking their smart phones.

No. This was not how the night would proceed.

This night was for rock. And the song, well it was a song so vulgar, so off the charts profane, that it could never be played on the radio without heavy editing and near constant beeps. It was raw. Fast. Loud. And no one was prepared for it. (more…)