Lost Dog Street Band: The Burning Embodiment of Americana

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The Lost Dog Street Band has become known for their astounding American folk music which expresses the beauty of life, even if it is through dark shrouded turmoil. Creating their own unique sound utilizing traditional instruments, most notably fiddle and guitar, the Lost Dog Street Band produces bouncy rhythms and soothing melodies topped off with soul aching lyrics that leave the listener not only satisfied, but cleansed with a lingering sense of reassurance. Songs such as “September Doves”, “Fall From Grace”, and “The War Inside of Me” best express the feelings of longing and the hopes of making one’s life slightly less tarnished. The talented musicians have a plethora of self-discovered wisdom to share, acquired through their past lives of hardship. The lyrics take a front seat as the artists lend a bit of their souls to the listener, so that they may spread their stories and experiences to all those who have an ear to listen; a tranquil fiddle lends to the perfect flowing harmony. The gracefully smithed verses and dexterous instrumentation gift those that take the time to listen with an insatiable thirst for more.

This review was written by MuzicNotez writer Samuel Weber

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Brother Eustace Interview and Review of New EP ‘Dividing Lines’

The first thing you notice is their diversity. The second thing is their musicianship.

The four members of Lexington, Ky.-based Brother Eustace all agree it is that said musicianship that makes the band mesh despite their different backgrounds and ages, which range from early 20s to early 50s.

“We all have different styles but the musicianship in this band allows us to make it work,” said John Bacon, who cofounded the band with Burton Joyner in 2014. Bacon plays guitar and lap steel, while Joyner handles lead vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboards. He is also the main lyricist. Drummer Sean McCormick and bassist Aaron Gosper round out the quartet. They use guest keyboardists from time to time.

Four different personalities. Four different musical backgrounds. Yet when they get together, magic happens.

“We blend well together both personality-wise and musically,” McCormick said.

McCormick grew up listening to everything from classic rock to classical music, and cites Steely Dan, The Grateful Dead, Kiss, Rush and Led Zeppelin as his influences. Joyner draws inspiration from the Beatles, The Grateful Dead, the Doors and Billy Joel.

“Basically any classic rock,” he said.

Gosper learned to lay down the groove listening to bass legends such as James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius, Flea and Paul McCartney. Bacon was heavily influenced by The Beatles and The Cars. In fact, when he first picked up a guitar, he wanted to be (Cars’ guitarist) Elliott Easton.

“He doesn’t get the love he deserves,” Bacon said.

Brother Eustace plays a combination of R&B, Soul, Rock and Pop, with a touch of Jazz and the Blues thrown in for good measure. The band recorded its first EP last year, a 5-song effort titled “Dividing Lines,” with the majority of sales being from overseas.

“People really seem to like our music,” Gosper said. “I see a lot of heads bobbing in the audience.” The band has built a dedicated following in central Kentucky and are looking to branch out so more people can hear their tunes.

Bacon and Joyner used to play in a band called Corduroy Sedan. After that band broke up, the two went their separate ways, but kept in touch. One day, Bacon called Joyner to ask him about playing together again.

“I was actually on my way to my mother’s funeral when John called,” Joyner said. “But I was certainly interested in playing with John again.” And so the seeds were sown.

They originally were going to call themselves the Gemini Project or something with Gemini in it since that was both Bacon and Joyner’s astrological sign. In fact, they share the same birthday.

“How freaky is that?” Gosper, the youngest member of the band (24) asked.

The name “Brother Eustace” came by accident.

“Eustace” means fruitful. At first Bacon thought that Joyner had said “Fustace” or something like that. It was a typo on a text that led to “Eustace. “A lot of people still try to figure out what the name means,” Bacon said. They added “Brother” to fill out the name and make it more complete. While Joyner handles the lyrics, the other members have input into the songs, both lyrically and musically.

“We all have our say in the songs,” Bacon said.

“Sometimes John will come up with something and I will think, ‘what the hell is that’,” Joyner said. “But we make it work. John comes out of left field with some of his ideas. Me, I’m a perfectionist. I’m not happy with anything.”

“Things just keep evolving,” McCormick said.

The four all agree their difference in music taste is what makes Brother Eustace special.

“A lot of bands all they listen to is one type of music and that’s what their music sounds like, which is OK,” Gosper said. “We have a definitive sound but it’s based on a lot of different things,” McCormick added.

Review of their EP ‘Dividing Lines’

Brother Eustace’s first EP, Dividing Lines, showcases the band’s versatility and depth of musicianship.

“Mona Lisa” kicks things off in the right direction and draws the listener in with Burton Joyner’s smooth vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Guitarist John Bacon reminds us that it’s the notes you don’t play that can make or break a song, while the rhythm section of Aaron Gosper (bass) and Sean McCormick (drums) keeps the groove going.

“I Got Soul” has a taste of the late 60s-early 70s sounds and has a heavier sound, featuring a groovy keyboard, crunching guitar, booming bass and thunderous drums. The band then switches eras with “Same Old Lies,” which harkens back to the 90s, all the while never becoming boring.

The lyrics to “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” offers us hope in a time when it’s needed most with a smooth, jazzy feel. “So” closes out the EP and ends things with a bang with this pop-influenced love song.

When all is said and done, this 5-song EP leaves the listener wanting more.

Download the EP ‘Dividing Lines’ on iTunes here »

This review and interview was written by MuzicNotez Magazine writer Denis House

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UK Pop Artist Elizmi Haze New Single ‘Champagne’

Elizmi Haze is a talented recording artist, songwriter, and rising star that hails from the United Kingdom. Her music has gained quite the attention being featured on BBC Radio, as well being featured internationally on stations in Europe, the USA, and Canada. With a unique blend of soulful R&B, upbeat pop, and energetic raps, the 21 year old Elizmi definitely has created a style of her own.

Website: www.Elizmi.co.uk
Twitter: @ElizmiHaze
Instagram: @elizmiofficial

Growing up in Kent, the rising entertainer always had a passion to entertain despite some hardships during her childhood. She was not only a talented singer and songwriter, but was also talented at dancing and acting as well. Haze studied and lived in Spain from the ages of six to fourteen, and is able to speak and sing fluently in Spanish. At 19, she finished studying Music and Musical Theatre at Canterbury college in Ontario, from there on she began performing gigs and began writing music full-time.

With a spontaneous voice that hits multiple ranges, Elizmi’s music can definitely touch the soul. With a multi-genre of influences such as Ella Fitzgerald, Jessie J, Drake, and Ariana Grande, the singer took her pain from past experiences such as bullying and abuse, and turned it into energizing music. Her music is lustful, uplifting, and even sometimes painful.

Elizmi recently dropped her lasted single Champagne, and is currently prepared to go on tour in the UK beginning this year on July 27th and will last until December 24th. Blessed with a natural voice and a mean pen game, we can assure this is only the beginning for the UK Native.

This review was written by MuzicNotez Magazine writer Adrienne Davis

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Jay Elle New EP ‘Ease Up (Into Love)’

The singer-songwriter Jay Elle is based in New York City. His latest release is the EP ‘Ease Up (Into Love)’. In these turbulent times, and a sometimes mixed up world, it’s always nice to hear something so uplifting and positive as the music Jay Elle creates.

The music Jay Elle creates is smooth and chill. It’s all about positive vibes, which are always welcome. Hard not to think about sitting on a beach soaking up the sun, with a drink in hand, when you hear the Jay Elle sound. The new EP features 6 tracks, beginning with the title track. Each one totally unique, but yet all perfectly suited together. The melodic flow throughout is extremely catchy. If you’re looking for a boost in your day, have a listen through Spotify below and go to his website to download!

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The Afro Nick New Music Video for ‘Before Noon’

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There is a distinct sensation of the bold, a beckoning for depth that couldn’t be felt more seriously than is on the track “Before Noon” by The Afro Nick. This song is two boots to the ground & two eyes on the sunset. An irresistible charm associated with the allure of anything mysterious, This could easily be played gun on hip, a calling to venture out forth, into the unknown. No, that isn’t a ghost behind you, that’s the cool confident vibe reminiscent of Psychedelic & yet certain, Doom. Anything is seemingly possible with such a powerful soundtrack. “Before Noon” is a cerebral track, metaphorically as art can express it just may be the waking dog, ready to bark & just as alert as ever. Taking a bold stance is power, especially before noon.

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This review is written by MuzicNotez writer Dez White, follow him on Twitter

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