I love to discover new music, and one band I came across this past summer was the fashion-rock trio, Palaye Royale. I found them through the Vans Warped Tour Instagram account which I follow avidly because they constantly post and promote bands. Palaye performed throughout the entire summer at Warped and have been touring for most of the year. This group composed of Remington Leith (vocals), Emerson Barrett (drums), and Sebastian Danzig (guitar/organs) are an extremely talented group of young men who have combined many different rock sounds to create their own unique twist on fashion-rock. Their debut album, Boom Boom Room, released this past June was a lot of fun to listen to. Each song sounds different but keeps a constant rock theme throughout the album. The lyrics are thoughtful and well-written, which I feel is very important, and combined with Leith’s vocals, you are left with raspy, haunting, chords and raw sounds which make you want to keep listening. When I listen to Palaye’s songs, I feel that I am being told a story and the album leaves you wanting to hear more. The entire Boom Boom Room album is worth listening to, but some songs that stand out to me are “Mr. Doctor Man”, “Ma Cherie”(ft. Kellin Quinn), “Where is the Boom” and “Warhol”. This album perfectly displays the diverse sounds and talents of each member of the trio. Another song, released from a previous EP that is also worth listening to is “Die For Something Beautiful”. This song captures many different emotions and is written beautifully as well and it is one my favorite songs by Palaye. Music videos have been released for “Mr. Doctor Man” and “Don’t Feel Quite Right” which display their passion for music. There is nothing more inspiring and motivating than to see a band that truly embodies rock and roll vibes and truly enjoy what they are doing, all while putting their own distinctive qualities into the music as well. Palaye knows exactly how to do this and they do exactly that. They have their own distinctive look and certainly know how to grab attention and pull in an audience. Their live performances also exhibit their passion and fashion-rock vibes. For fans of anyone that listens to Sumerian Records, check them out if you haven’t already and fans of Kellin Quinn should listen to Palaye too. *Side Note-Sumerian Records have had an awesome and very successful year between the records and new artists they debuted.* Palaye is certainly a band to watch and I am eager to see what they will create in the future. Palaye will soon be recording Boom Boom Room, Side B, which I am very excited to hear and in February will be touring with Andy Black and William Control.
I have recently discovered a new band, Night Riots, who just released their debut album, Love Gloom, in October, and I am very happy I came across this band. I love hearing new sounds and diversity in music but while still keeping a rock tone. Night Riots perfectly capture diverse sounds while still keeping rock vibes. I found this band through other bands I listen to from the same record label, Sumerian Records. Sumerian is known for creating and producing bands with diverse sounds such as I See Stars, Palaye Royale, and many more. Night Riots is composed of five members; Travis Hawley (vocals), Rico Rodriguez (drums), Matt DePauw (guitar), Mikel van Kranenburg (Bass), and Nick Fotinakes (guitar). The best way to describe their sound is dance-rock. Each instrument played creates chords that are fun, catchy, and gripping and you want to keep listening to them, even when the album ends. The unique vocals of Hawley are strong and at times even haunting and accompanied with the sound of the instruments, they masterfully craft a unique sound that all fits perfectly together. I recommend listening to their entire album, but some songs that stand out to me are “Work It”, “Nothing Personal”, and “Contagious”. Night Riots have also released music videos for “Contagious” and “Nothing Personal” which exhibit their showmanship. It is clear that they are passionate about music and about creating unique sounds. For people who are looking for a rock band that has a twist with modern dance beats should absolutely check out Night Riots. Download their album from iTunes, stream it off Spotify…whatever source you use to get music from, check them out. I am so happy to have discovered this band and their musical talent and I look forward to seeing what they have in store for the future. For their first album, they did a great job and their talent should be shared. Go check them out and even give them a follow on Instagram or a like on Facebook.