When asked what type of music he produces, Mike Birch tells people “electric acoustic folk rock” – a span of styles as broad as his music. From simple folky acoustic guitar songs to all-out rock and roll and piano ballads, there is something for almost every music lover.
So who are The Facades? It’s a good question. Even though I play all four members of the group, and they all come from and live in my head, I still have a little trouble clearly defining them. Zyote, the serious executive producer with a heart of lead and a painted smile. Aces Wild, the androgynous rock star/party angel who borrows Bowie’s vision and runs amok with it. Glitchtech, the anxiety-driven machine made man with an ear to the subway walls and an eye on the truth. The Thin Man, the pure diamond of barely-repressed spite with a literal cult following. How do I play them all, and how do they all play me?
Joined by a Brazilian-born guitarist Gabriel de Mattia, and New Hampshire native, Adam Soucy, Andrey & Sasha (now known as Major Moment) were on the mission to create the sound that is almost extinct these days, that good old alt.rock of the early 2000s, but keeping it unique and fresh.
In addition to music, Major Moment is very active in issues including mental health, depression, and substance abuse. Our first EP “one small stEP” is dedicated to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who took his own life due to depression.
Major Moment is a fairly new band, but already has plenty of stories to be told. Uniting members born on four different continents, and speaking different languages, in Boston, MA in early 2017, coming from different backgrounds, the band is disrupting the steadily declining rock music scene with their heavy guitar riffs, emotional lyrics, melodic vocals, and multi-layered synth pads.
photo by Elle DioGuardi (http://elledioguardi.com/)
One of my favorite things about science fiction is how a creator can project their vision of the future. However, as it is a projection, and we only have our own experience to draw from, often we color this future vision with bits and pieces from our now. Like having characters that exist 200 years from now conversing in vernacular from our time. Or having an alien race appear humanoid. One of the best examples of this is the famous “Cantina Band” from Star Wars playing “alien” music that sounds a lot like jazz.
Wep One, our 24th Artist of the Week, is an American Hip Hop artist and producer residing in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Combining elements of Rap, Hip Hop, Metal and Electronica, he writes intense music that resonates in the spaces between genres, rather than strictly adhering to them. The results are heavy sonic playgrounds where his aggressive vocals can thrive.
This week’s featured Artist (#13) is the Boston based band Winona and the Riders. The four friends bring a new, fresh sound made up of hip hop, electronic, funky, indie origins, straight from the speakers to your ears! They draw their influences from all over the music world with the goal of creating music that transcends tastes and generations, creating happy ears and even happier feet.