Have you ever thought of starting a band…on Spotify? It’s not as far out an idea as it sounds, and these days it can be a smart and convenient way to find talented people in your area and collaborate with other musicians. Not only can social media help you put your crew together, you can also use it as a tool to help your band reach the spotlight. Here are some ways to help your band get discovered.
Rock band Automatic Loveletter is a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, this sounds like one of those Warped Tour, Fuse-era bands that winds up on those tween TV shows. But on the other, this female-fronted outfit is just a damn good rock band with a singer that is clearly gifted. That singer is Juliet Simms, who has one of those voices you just can’t peg – it’s equal parts Janis Joplin and a female Butch Walker. Sound interesting? It is. But it’s more, because this young band has some killer songs on Truth or Dare, their debut album on Sony’s SIN (Sony Independent Network). That said, Simms’ voice can be shouty and one-dimensional at times, and that can distract a bit. But for the most part, this one is worth checking out. Among a solid set of 12 tracks, the best of the bunch are the opening anthem “Heart Song,” which is like one of those Pink/Butch Walker hybrids; “Fade Away,” which sounds like one of those teen summer romance songs; and “Day They Saved Us,” which is a combo power ballad/balls-out rocker. Yes, at times Automatic Loveletter defies description – you just have to hear it for yourself. But it’s all good. (Sony Independent Network 2010)
Paul McCartney will be the first Beatle to have his solo work featured in Rock Band. Earlier this year, McCartney released a live album, Good Evening New York, to favorable reviews. On January 5th, three tracks from that album will be available for download on the Rock Band and LEGO Rock Band marketplace. Billed as the “New York Pack 01,” the songs include “Band on the Run,” “Jet,” and “Sing the Changes.”
I generally avoid video games, but a Rock Band purchase seems inevitable.
Following the success of “The Beatles: Rock Band”, Harmonix announced they were developing a version for The Who. But why stop there? Harmonix and publisher MTV Games will unveil “Green Day: Rock Band” in 2010.
A specific release date and the game’s track list are unknown. They should just take the songs from International Superhits! and the singles from the last two albums. Better yet, “Green Day: Rock Band Dookie” is good enough.
Given the success of The Beatles: Rock Band, it’s logical to think other prominent bands could get their own version of the game in the near future. Thankfully, we haven’t heard anything along the lines of Fall Out Boy: Rock Band or Paramore: Rock Band, but anything is possible these days.
The people behind Rock Band must have some serious musical taste. They are supposedly working with The Who. Roger Daultrey, the band’s frontman, confirmed the rumors:
It seems appropriate that the legendary band would go with Rock Band over Guitar Hero.
A release date hasn’t been announced.