What’s Next – hot up and coming artists on your new NOW album
One listen to Basic Vacation’s debut single “I Believe,” with its chanty, sing-along chorus and uplifting lyrics, and this up-and-coming trio’s mission is clear: to make emotionally charged, alternative pop-rock that burrows its way deep into your brain. The song is an anthemic foot-stomper that Neon Gold has called “a straight-ahead summertime smash.”
Basic Vacation’s music pulses with the dynamic chemistry between the band’s three members, vocalist-guitarist Chris Greatti, bassist Jon Paul, and drummer Mike Montalbano, who have played in nearly a dozen previous bands between them. Chris (who grew up playing guitar and writing songs in Morrisville, PA) met Wellington, FL, native Jon (who took up bass in eighth grade and joined his school’s jazz band) when the two got hired to perform with a New York solo artist.
“After I moved to New York, I pretty much hounded Chris into starting a band,” Jon says. The two began to jam together on their own in early 2012 and by Spring, Chris was taking a bus from Philly to Manhattan twice a week and sleeping on Jon’s floor. “Actually, I slept on his roommate’s dog’s bed on the floor because there was nowhere else for me to crash,” Chris explains. A few months later they asked Saddle Brook, NJ, native Mike (who began playing drums at five after falling in love with Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like A Lady”) to join.
Brooklyn-based threesome New Politics (named one of Alternative Press’ “100 Bands You Need To Know”) have had a big year with their sophomore album “A Bad Girl In Harlem”, released on RCA Records.
Their lead single “Harlem” was dubbed “a potent slice of pop-rock with a stomping groove, subtle guitar riff and an anthemic chorus…that is instantly catchy (and totally fun)” by Arjan Writes – the song can be heard on America’s Got Talent and in EA’s NHL 2014 video game. The band will be touring with P!nk and Panic! At the Disco through 2013 along with their own headlining dates.
Led by Oakland, California native Ricky Reed, Wallpaper. fuses hip-hop, pop, and dance music in a carefree, occasionally pointed fashion. After a pair of EPs in 2006 and in 2008, the first Wallpaper. album, Doodoo Face, was released in 2009 on Eenie Meenie. Reed dished out lighthearted and Auto-Tune-treated lyrics about partying over productions that seemed equally inspired by ‘80s electro- pop and contemporary mainstream rap.
#STUPiDFACEDD (2011) followed on Hype Music in a similar manner. It featured one of Reed’s goofiest and most outlandish songs yet in “F*****g Best Song Everr,” which was licensed by Epic and re-released in 2012. The song reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s club chart. By May 2013, its animated video had close to four-million YouTube views. The album Ricky Reed Is Real followed in 2013 and featured the singles “Good 4 It” and “Drunken Hearts.”
THE ROYAL CONCEPT
Sweden’s irresistible indie rock group The Royal Concept recently released their new Royal EP via Lava Records. Forming in 2010, the band quickly earned worldwide critical acclaim thanks to their catchy songs like “Gimme Twice” and “D-D-D-Dance,” both of which skyrocketed on Hype Machine and gained the attention of fans and the media alike.
Their 2013 summer anthem “On Our Way” has been tearing up radio charts ever since, and soon, the band will be embarking on a massive tou