Alternative rock band, Blue October are preparing to release their ninth studio album, "I Hope You're Happy" on August 17th. The band are currently taking up residency at the Hotel Cafe (An Open Book) in LA, before heading out on a tour this fall. Their new 12-song release begins with the thumping rhythm of "Daylight" and the smooth vocals and pop beats of "Your Love Is Like A Car Crash." The band pick the tempo up with the album's lead single "I Hope You're Happy," which is as addictive as anything on today's radio and will get the energy flowing through your body. The album continues with the raw buzz of "Colors Collide," before reaching the solo piano instrumental "Remission In Cmaj." Blue October wrap up their new album with the Peter Gabriel-like, up-lifting rock piece "King," the wonderful acoustics of "Let Forever Mean Forever" and the nine-minute epic "Further Dive (The House That Dylan Built)." To find out more about Blue October and their latest release "I Hope You're Happy," please visit blueoctober.com.
Arriving last week was the latest release from Illinois rockers, Real Friends. Their new album titled "Composure" features ten new tracks, beginning with the punk-like energy of "Me First" and "Stand Steady." You can feel the band's youthfulness in tracks like "From The Outside" and "Composure," as they have the perfect blend of pop lyrics and edgy rock riffs to make their presence known on alternative rock radio. They finish up their new album with the post punk appeal of "Get By" and the last blast of energy supplied by "Take A Hint." To find out more about Real Friends and their latest release "Composure," please visit realfriendsband.com.