New: Music from Burl

The band, Burl, recently added two new singles, “Taking the Heat” and “Everything You Ever Ate,” to their catalog.

From the OKC area, Burl is a self-described indie/soft rock band. Their latest singles that came out today, October 31, bring their songs on Spotify up to three. Despite their limited recordings, the band has already begun to grow a steady fan base – if their numerous mentions in Instagram stories and an upcoming interview with Lovers Spit Magazine are any indication, that is.

“Taking the Heat” is quintessentially a soft rock song. A steady, almost somber beat is paired with lyrics that beg someone to “take the heat” for them. Simple in concept, the song seems to highlight stress and anxiety, describing the moment where the weight on your shoulders grows too heavy for you to carry alone.

The second track, “Everything You Ever Ate,” seems to be some sort of parody. Beginning with a dark, “everything you ever ate lives inside of you,” and warbled music, the song makes the perfect Halloween track. While it sticks with the soft rock elements in “Taking the Heat,” the song has seriously spooky vibes.

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Cicadia “Sheds” Their Rough Start to Release Incredible New Music

On October 24, OKC band Cicadia released their EP, Exuviate. The five-track collection is the first for the band – both under this name and with these members.

Cicadia consists of Dylan McBride (vocals and lyrical composition), Jeremy Dolezel (guitar), Caleb Klusmeyer (guitar and lead songwriter), Ethan Bybee (bass), and Dylan Brooks (drums). Dolezel and Klusmeyer are the only two original members, having begun the project about two years ago under the name “Øver Cast.”

The group underwent a series of changes at the beginning of this year that led to them recruiting new people – including borrowing McBride from Lilac Kings for vocals (to trade, Klusmeyer joined Lilac Kings as their bassist).

The band cites the genre “swancore” as their main influence. (“Swancore” is defined as a type of post-hardcore music that is “melodic” and “mathy.”) Their main inspirations come from Dance Gavin Dance, Hail the Sun, Royal Coda, Body Thief, Circa Survive, and Sianvar.

Their debut EP, Exuviate, consists of five songs – beginning with “Last Laugh” and ending with “Obsessive Composure.” Each one is expertly crafted and beautifully played.

First on the list is “Last Laugh;” a haunting melody is paired with dark lyrics to create this deeply disturbed song. According to McBride, “Last Laugh” is about “sucking it up” and “going through with something you may or may not feel is morally correct.” All of this is evident by the depressed resignation in the lyrics. The song picks up towards the end, topping it off with angry cries.

With swirling, layered music, the next song, “Troubleshoot Protocol” achieves an anxiety-filled sound. Desperation, frustration, and fear shine through every note. The song, McBride claims, is about someone “struggling with … feeling relevant in life… and how to deal with… the emotions that come with thinking they’re not.” This thought is emphasized by the line,”we’re all just dying to get by.”

The next track is the instrumental “Emergence Theory.” Something of an interlude, the piece breaks the high-emotion songs in half, serving as relief from the heaviness.

Following it is “Interrelation,” a ballad of being “afraid to fall in love.” The song denotes one-half of couple in a close, friends-with-benefits sort of relationship fearing the possibility of it developing into more.

“Obsessive Composure” is about “fighting yourself for who you want to be as a person – and how it affects you and your relationships.” This one is very clearly the fight song of the collection. Battle music scores lines dripping in inner conflict.

Every bit of Exuviate is well-worth the listen. It’s the kind of music you can get angry with and the kind that prompts inner exploration. Packed with a plethora of one-liners and quote-worthy material and combined with tunes that perfectly embody inner strife, Cicadia’s new music come highly recommended.

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Spotless Mind Releases “Part-Time Burnout”

On October 25, Spotless Mind released their third EP, Part-Time Burnout.

This being the last few songs before a dramatic style change, the music is clearly influenced by 2000’s rock music like Fall Out Boy and Weezer. With a flurry of instruments, shouting vocals, and lyrics denoting angry ballads, the EP is an emo-kid’s anthem.

The first song is “Lame Brain.” From the start, droning guitar sets the mood; angry words bemoaning angry thoughts. Sad lyrics plead the listener to stay through the bad. The song seems to tie together sadness and anger while the score prompts listeners to jump and yell along.

“Fakerrrs” follows the beginning track, calling out “fakers.” It attacks people for not saying what they mean. With vocals inspired by the wailing of Patrick Stump, the song achieves a fury-filled sound.

The next song, “Little Cracks in the Wall,” describes a meltdown caused by the words of others. Lyrics like “drinking all your words like poison” and “no one is on my team” bring to mind visions of pity parties; the song goes on to denote the process of a depressed implosion.

Next is “Backseat Driver.” Filled with harmonies and reverberating guitar, the song is probably the most pop punk of all of the EP – complete with falsetto in the bridge. Fast-paced and accusing, the song goes in circles with harmonies.

If “Little Cracks in the Wall” is a pity party, “part-time burnout” is a full parade of self-pity and inner hatred. Dark thoughts come to light as the song describes a person down on their luck and struggling through hard times.

As was mentioned in the interview we did recently with the band, the lyrics were inspired by the hardships the band faced earlier this year. Each song, to some extent, launches into a tirade of ways in which the members were either wronged – or where they wronged themselves. A series of ballads that could serve as an anthem for teens wrapped in their own self-destructive thoughts, the EP is definitely a great way to wrap up the band’s teenage angst before they switch gears towards a more mature sound.

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Schat and the Skeleton Trees Debut “There’s Nowhere to Go”

On October 24, Schat and the Skeleton Trees is set to debut their single, “There’s Nowhere to Go.”

The Norman band is comprised of Chris Schat and Derek Mehl – both long-time band mates in a different project, Walking Relic. Their music is composed mainly by Schat. He started the project as an outlet for songs he had written that didn’t quite fit with the group’s style. The band cites their genre as indie rock.

No other songs precede this single, but the duo has played multiple performances. The band will be showcasing their track tonight in Norman.

Their brand new single,”There’s Nowhere to Go,” is both urgent and emotional. With the repeated insistence of “there’s nowhere to go” and “don’t lose me,” the singer reiterates his plea.

Simple in lyrics, the song focuses mainly on riveting music. With a sound that seems to be influenced by bands like U2, the score contains a rhythm that is as desperate as it is familiar. Rather than telling a story, the song discusses existentialist feelings and themes in the form of tunes only.

It’s the kind of song that carries the listener through the sky – light, almost transparent on the surface, but as dense and capable as the wind.

“There’s Nowhere to Go” is the perfect song for a cool fall day. It brings to mind gray skies and chilly winds. The ending – an echoing, fading conclusion – only reinforces that image.

Check out a teaser trailer of the lyric video for the track below:

Schat and the Skeleton Trees will be performing tonight at Bison Witches & Deli in Norman at 8 pm with Tribesmen and Bobby Chill & the Wave. Be sure to listen to their new track, and follow them on all social media and music streaming sites.

(Click the link below to listen!)

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Spotless Mind Discusses New Music and Their Future as a Band

I sat down with Jacob Bosch and Trent Smothermon of Spotless Mind to discuss their upcoming EP, Part-Time Burnout.

Part-Time Burnout is their second EP of the year, following their February release, A Matter of Opinion. The collection keeps with the tradition of five songs and will mark a change for the band. This is the first group of songs that the band wrote together- (if you check back to our first interview with Spotless Mind, you can read about their former songwriting tactics) – and it will be the last containing heavy pop punk influences.

Spotless Mind has been a self-described pop punk band for about four years now. They drew inspiration from the bands they had listened to as teenagers; bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, and Weezer were their high school favorites, and it showed in their past records.

However, the band feels that it is time for an artistic shift.

The songs off of the EP aren’t new. One of them was even written back when the band first began, four years ago; all of them have just been stewing in their catalog, waiting for a chance to be released.

As Bosch revealed to me, “They just didn’t fit in the last two EPs.”

Since the band is looking to shift their style, this EP gives them the opportunity to let loose all of that old material and start with a completely blank slate. This new slate will apparently be infused with classic and New Age rock elements.

Some of these changes can be heard in Part-Time Burnout, but most of them won’t make an appearance until next year when their new material comes out (they already have a couple of singles lined up for 2020).

Moving back to the EP itself, both Bosch and Smothermon are pretty proud. They feel that this collection is more “fleshed out” and that, while the songs aren’t necessarily cohesive (meaning, the songs don’t follow a specific theme), their sound has improved.

The band has struggled some in the last year, and this EP does encapsulate those experiences. With a revolving slew of band mates and a small identity crisis stemming from their seemingly lack of a spot in the Tulsa music scene, the year has not been kind to Spotless Mind.

Instead of letting this negativity win, however, the band is working to overcome all of their issues – beginning with simply “borrowing” people for performances and focusing mainly on finding their new sound. They also have used this “lost year” as lyrical inspiration.

Spotless Mind’s latest EP, Part-Time Burnout, will be available everywhere on October 25. The band will not be hosting a release party but will be performing on October 26 at DixieFest. Check out Spotless Mind on all social media and music streaming sites, and be sure to listen to their new music.

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