Friday, November 12, 2010

Song of the Week!

Waitng for the End...

Hey everyone.  Thanks for visiting the official SamMountz Music blog.  This week is gonna be a little different.  Instead of my regular "Artist of the Week," I decided to mix things up a bit and highlight a great song I heard on the Internet.  

The song is called "Waiting for the End," by Linking Park.  Now I know exactly what you're thinking.  "Linkin Park?  Cmon Sam... you can do better than that."  But to be honest...this is one of the most original songs I've heard in a long time.  The song starts out with what we would all expect from Linkin Park.  A solo guitar riff with a sick effect on it.  But then comes in an amazing beat.  This beat is my favorite and I like to call it the "Street Beat."  The band by the name of Crash Kings uses this beat a lot and it sounds amazing.  On top of this beat, Linkin Park also adds power chords with the guitar and a repeating piano rhythm.  I was really impressed at this point, but I thought that this was all I was gonna like.  Then the band comes in with vocals.  These vocals were not only good, but they sang the best part of the song.  This intro including the vocals had a good feel to it, and it sounded full.  Kind of like a big crowd was singing along.  At the end of this intro, everything cuts out and the lead singer comes in with some major U2/Bono styles.  He owned it too.  While the verse is being played, slowly the "Street Beat" is layered on top of everything to create a great song.  You really have to listen to the song to know what I'm talking about.  So take a listen!  Check it out!  

Once again, the song is called "Waiting for the End," by Linkin Park. 

Thanks for reading!  
Here are some links to help you find the song... 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The "Sunday Obsession" Obsession!

  Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by the SamMountz Music blog for this week's "Artist of the Week."  This spotlight is to give great artists exposure.  The "Artist of the Week" post is updated every Thursday night.  So please tune in each week!  And feel free to visit throughout the week before the post for special extras on some of my impulsive posts.  

  We're going outside of the Pennsylvania borders this week for a West Virginia group by the name of Sunday Obsession.  It's no question that these guys are making a name for themselves online as well as in their local music industry.

Quick Description?  

Sunday Obsession can be described in one word.  Energetic.  These guys bring a great live show to the playing field.  The vocals are extremely good, and everything falls together in a great mix ('the musical elements blend well' for anyone who didn't know what that meant.  As for recordings, they not only sound professional, but different.  The vibe from their live show compared to the vibe coming from their recordings show two different elements of their passion.  Basically, they have different ways of getting their message across to fans.


Q:  What is the sole purpose of your music?
A:   I have to say that the sole purpose in our music is to target people that think Christians are just bible reading, church going, bible thumpers. We aim to show them that in our music that it's not always about straight up saying "I love you Jesus" in each and every song. We want to show people that our music is just as good as any secular bands music, but we try to bring a positive influence and songs that everyday people can compare to

Q:  What are some pros and cons of being a Christian rock band?
When we chose to become a Christian band we knew it would come with its pros and cons. On the positive side, through the ministry that God has given us we have the opportunity to reach a diverse group of people. I feel that because of our age we have a larger influence on the teenage crowd, which is about the time where they are going through changes spiritually and mentally. So I'm thankful that we are able to kind of put our foot in the door and spread the seeds that God has given us to sow. I cant say there are any negatives more like challenges to overcome. Because we are a Christian band we have a reputation to uphold, not only our reputation but that of our Savior. We have to be extra careful of what we say, what we do, how we act etc. These challenges and opportunities have molded us into the band we are today!

Q:  How would you describe your live show?
We've seen a lot of bands get on the stage, play there music, get off the stage and not say a word. For the people watching its kind of uncomfortable. So when we play we like to make the audience feel like they're a part of the family. Also at the start and end of every show we always invite the audience to come and hang out with us.

What's it like working out of West Virginia?
We've seen a lot of bands get on the stage, play there music, get off the stage and not say a word. For the people watching its kind of uncomfortable. So when we play we like to make the audience feel like they're a part of the family. Also at the start and end of every show we always invite the audience to come and hang out with us.

Q:  What did you guys want to be when you were kids?
3/4 of us we're home schooled since middle school so we actually aspired to be musicians since we we're in like 8th grade. Jeremiah wanted to be a music engineer while in high school and actually chased that dream right out of high school. But now we all follow the same dream, to be poor musicians that one day wish to hit it big! haha

Q:  What are some of your influences?
Paramore, Switchfoot, Needtobreathe, Run Kid Run, Stellar Kart, Anberlin, David Crowder, Skillet, etc..

Q:  What is one message that you would want to get across to your fans?
Hard work always pays off! Keeps your eyes fixed on Christ and Christ alone!! Be thankful for what God has given you and remember who you are and where you came from! Don't let egos get in the way!

There ya have it Everyone
Sunday Obsession is an amazing group of musicians.  Definately find them everywhere you can on the Internet.  Thanks for checking out this weeks "Artist of the Week!"  Tune in next week for a real surprise;)

Links!  (so you can find these guys later:p)


Special thanks to Sunday Obsession and for the interview and the sweet designs.

SamMountz Music

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The New House Projects

"Music isn't just made up of one genre..."
Hey there readers!  Welcome to the very first post of the SamMountz Music's artist of the week pick.  Every Friday at 7 PM, I'm bringing you guys new information on bands you may or may not know, and this week we have a real treat.  I recently had a chance to talk to a kid by the name of Tyler Newhouse who is a part of The New House Projects.  This group is filled with excitement.  Bringing different genres together, and working with different artists, you'll be sure to find variety within anything they do.  


What we have here is an interview folks...

Q: How did you get started in music?
A:  I first got started in music at age thirteen when I started playing bass guitar. However, I only really became interested in the performance and recording aspects a year later when I joined the band Thunderhawk Jackson. Being a part of that band was certainly opened my eyes to the whole music industry but when the group split about two years later I had lost all interest in performing or recording music for whatever reason. This sort of hiatus lasted until about five months ago when I began to record "One Day" and from there I began enthralled with the whole industry once again.

Q:  What's your favorite aspect of music?
A:  I would have to say my favorite aspect of music is the mysterious randomness of it all. It's so much fun because I never know for sure what is going to happen going into a recording session or show, but it's this randomness I enjoy the most; I don't think it would be near as enjoyable without it.

Q:  What artists do you look up to in the music industry?
A:  By far the artist that is most influential for me is Matisyahu. However, I would include Xavier Rudd, John Butler and Kid Cudi towards the list of most influential artists for me because I enjoy the creativeness of their music.

Q:  What is your favorite genre?  Band?  Song?
A:  Well actually I don't have a single favorite genre, as seen with the New House Projects. I really enjoy all types of music but right now I'm really getting into rap/ hip-hop music and am listening to artists like the Notorious B.I.G and Kid Cudi. I would say my favorite artist is by far Matisyahu. I love his unique take on music and the sort of rock/ reggae sound he brings to the table.

Q:  How would you describe The New House Projects?
A:  I would describe the New House Projects as a chameleon because it isn't just one thing. The New House Projects are a series of projects from multiple music genres (i.e jazz fusion, electroacoustic, and rap/ hip-hop) and it really changes based on what I feel like doing at that very moment.

Q:  What was your favorite project so far?
A:  By far my favorite project so far was recording "One Day". The song was very challenging because it was already in a very difficult key but also because it was very difficult to coordinate schedules and get everyone (there were four people singing throughout the track) to get in to record. However, it was definitely the most rewarding because the song has a wonderful meaning and it felt great to put my own spin on the song.

Q:  Who is your favorite artist to work with so far in your career?
A:  My favorite artist to work with so far is Ian Taraschi because, in addition to being a great musician, he has been very reliable throughout all of the recording sessions providing invaluable insight and making things easier for everyone.

Q:  If you could open for any artist in the music industry, who would it be?
A:  If I could open for any artist it would have to the Avett Brothers because their shows are so crazy and enjoyable to watch.

Q:  What kind of message are you trying to relate to your listeners?
A:  I guess I am really trying to say, in a very indirect way, that music isn't just made up of one genre. All genres are interdependent upon each other to make up "music" and without one it is incomplete. You must look upon all genres to see the whole picture is what I am trying to say I guess.

Q:  What are your future plans for The New House Projects?
A:  Hmm.. Well actually I really don't have any immediate plans. Somewhere in the relatively near future the New House Projects will be playing some shows at to-be-determined locations, and we are planning to record a new NFS song whenever everyone is available. A lot of the stuff we do is spur of the moment so you really have to check out the New House Projects' Facebook or Reverbnation/Twitter pages to see what we are doing.

There Ya Have It!
There's a lot to find out about The Newhouse Projects, but one thing is certain, the group has a passion for what it does.  I recommend doing whatever you can to support this group such as adding them on any social network available, or even just following Newhouse Projects on Twitter (what a great site Twitter...gotta love the tweetin...).  

Thanks for reading everyone!  Be sure to visit next week at 7 PM.  Comment for some band suggestions!
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New House Projects 

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Special thanks to The New House Projects for providing the information needed to complete this post.

SamMountz Music