Jason Blackmore (guitar, bass, vox) from Molly McGuire and Mario Quintero (drums, guitar, vox) from Spotlights have combined forces with their new band SISTERS, whose debut album Leecheater was released on Aug. 25.
SISTERS (/”Sisters”) “bring the best elements of their respective previous projects together to create something new and menacing,” the band says. Leecheater “is an amalgamation of brooding nuances, driving rhythms, and distorted guitar riffs that distinctly showcase the stylistic fingerprints of both Blackmore and Quintero. Self-described as sonically resembling an old Minor Threat album that was recorded through a Queens of the Stone Age machine, Leecheater is a gripping and immersive listening experience that showcases the band’s ability to create massive sonic landscapes that press the limits of modern rock.”
The first single “Born Again” consists of Quintero’s strong drums and the band’s heavy rock guitar that establishes their distinct sound and style within the rock world. Blackmore says, “’Born Again’ is a song about sinful evil corrupt people that commit crimes or are just plain bad people that think they can turn to religion and be excused or forgiven for their actions. Just like every other song that I write, the music always comes first and the lyrics, vocal melodies, and harmonies are the last piece of the puzzle. Musically I just wanted this song to be a short, catchy, in your face rocker.” Some of the lyrics read, “The way of the world / The weight of the world is on you again / Make it all just go away / Redeem validation / Born again, it never begins / Born again, it never ends / Born again you’ll never win.” Definitely listen to this song with headphones to get the split sound experience! This would also be a great song to hear live!
“Born Again” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify, and Apple Music.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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