Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Taken By Trees – Other Worlds

REVIEW: Taken By Trees – Other Worlds

Like waking up from a psychadelic dream to the sound of rain drops lazily dripping into puddles formed overnight, this album starts off whimsically.  Echos, affected clean guitars, slides and bends transition you with the sound of waves crashing into the next track.  Calling to memory some of the sounds Phil Collins tapped into for […]

 Eric Schackne

INTERVIEW: Ryan Neff, bassist for Miss May I

INTERVIEW: Ryan Neff, bassist for Miss May I

SoCalMusicToday.com recently talked with Ryan Neff, bassist and clean singer for the politely-named metal band Miss May I.  We talked about their upcoming South American tour and their latest record, as well as a round of answering some of my rather personal “this or that” questions.  You can catch Miss May I on tour as […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Further Seems Forever – Penny Black

REVIEW: Further Seems Forever – Penny Black

Further Seems Forever absolutely did not disappoint the world with their post-reunion effort.  Penny Black proves to be an appropriately-matured return to form for these emo-alt-rock indie favorites.  Being a Florida native and long-time unabashed Dashboard Confessional fan(in addition to FSF) I was excited to hit play and hear Chris Carrabba front this band for […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Pebaluna – Carny Life

REVIEW: Pebaluna – Carny Life

Pebaluna is a hodge podge of seasoned musicians and artists that came together to create a pretty ecclectic debut release.  Carny Life spans various genres, with style clearly plucked from soul, folk, surf, rock and more.   As a long-time listener to RxBandits, I was  also anxious to hear their front man Matt Embree in a […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: State Champs – Overslept EP

REVIEW: State Champs – Overslept EP

I have a soft spot for pop punk, missing my alarm, and regional tournament winners.  So it only makes sense that I’d be stoked to listen to Overslept, the debut EP from Albany’s own State Champs.  Right off the bat, I like the first track “Tonsil Hockey.”  It’s a theatrical way to intro a (hopefully) […]

 Eric Schackne

Review: Imagine Dragons: ‘Night Visions’

Review: Imagine Dragons: ‘Night Visions’

Imagine Dragons is a band that sparks my curiousity for the future of pop music.  Their first full-length release, Night Visions sporadically delivers the rich and distinct voice of frontman, Dan Reynolds with some tasty swells of gang vocals and intense electronic-infused beats.  There were more than a few moments throughout Night Visions that made […]