Week 45 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Bloody Motherfucking Asshole by Your SmithArtist: Your Smith
Track: “Bloody Mother F*cking A**hole”
Independent Artist Your Smith delivers a compelling uncomplicated rendition of Martha Wainwright’s, “Bloody Mother F*cking A**hole” .

Performed on acoustic guitar with accompanying piano, the instrumentation of Your Smith’s latest release is not dissimilar from that of the 2005 original. And whereas many Artists may have been tempted to add, Your Smith has in fact taken away; Wainwright’s original consisting of a bass guitar too. Despite the apparent similarities, Your Smith’s 2019 release has a rawer, more soulful and straightforward feel. The acoustic is heavier, fuller in tone with a rasping, metallic edge that punctuates the rhythm of the track with almost tangible texture and taste. The piano deeper, more solid and with a weight that punches into the mix and adds to the percussive energy of acoustic.

There is a disquieten oddness to Wainwright’s wistful yet embittered performance; an overt complexity of emotion, as she works through a strikingly contrasted array of delivery, tone, and timbre. Unlike the willfully disjointed original, Your Smith’s vocal builds in engaging surges, the talented vocalist singing within herself for much of the song; preferring to allow the emotion to well up from beneath, only allowing herself to demonstrate the impressive quality her voice at the very final moments of the track.

Both a loving and respectful homage and, at the same time, very much a stand-alone rendition with unique qualities in its own right, Your Smith’s take on ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole’ is a deceptive simple cover song; crafted with sincerity and insight, framed by tastefully understated and well-judged production. At the heart of which, Your Smith’s unassuming and unguarded emotional performance echos that of the original. The undeniable and disarming force of honesty.

Twitter: @yoursmith
IG: yoursmith

Sugar Mama COLORS by Dua SalehArtist: Dua Saleh
Track: “Sugar Mama – A COLORS SHOW”
Minneapolis-based Independent Artist and Producer Dua Saleh delivers a smart dose of de-constructed percussion and fierce word, with new single, “Sugar Mama – A COLORS SHOW”.

The opening track of her 2019 EP, Nur and tracked for Artist platform ‘COLORS’, ‘Sugar Mama’ is anchored throughout by a metronome-like wood-block; 808 kick and bass stab double landing on and about the 4-count ‘click-track style’ willfully unrefined beat. Short snatches of strings snap percussive left to right across the stereo field. Bass and synth riff arriving in deftly syncopated timings, the compelling odd and quietly cool ‘n’ low-fi instrumentation dancing around the unrelenting wood-block in a gleeful and stubborn refusal to conform and yet, never compromising a beat.

Saleh sneers, snarls, and slings an ever-shifting series of smartly structured soliloquy; taunting and teasing the listener with imaginatively crafted image and surprising contrast of idea and language. Intelligently and unapologetically provocative in tone and meaning, Saleh’s words capture the ear throughout. Saleh working the beats with accomplished finesse and a striking musicality to her performance.

A track a singular identity; both challenging and engaging in equal measure. They are few Artists who possess the required skill, talent, and judgment necessary to say something via their music; in a way in which, people are compelled to listen and able to understand; fewer still, are the number who actually have something to say. Dua Saleh is one of these rare Artists.

Twitter: @doitlikedua
IG: doitlikedua

Hold On (Wild Culture Remix) by Caezar + Wild CultureArtist: CAEZAR + Wild Culture
Track: “Hold On” (Wild Culture Remix)

UK-based Indie-pop three-piece CAEZAR and Austrian producers Wild Culture deliver a storming slice of dance-pop with new single, “Hold On” (Wild Culture Remix).

Arriving in quickly shifting dabs of understated synth-sonic, the 3-minute 4-second track grooves with quiet menace; bass tones grinding in background, bit-crushed beats drawing ever closer; a rising shimmer of cinematic strings and beats erupt; snare lands smashed, obnoxious and awesome; vocal hook filtered like liquid.

The track moves between beautifully understated passage and great explosions of sound and emotion. Vocal performance and lyric working in tandem with instrumentation and production; smart use of sonic space employed to ensure definition and depth within the arrangement. A high level of creativity is present throughout; individual musical elements are tastefully tweaked, teased, and textured by inspired use of distortion, filter, and modulation; restrained use of reverb and delay add size, width, depth while respecting the clarity and fidelity of the overall production.

An impressively accomplished production from start to finish; drawing upon the worlds of pop, dance, and film soundtrack, “Hold On” (Wild Culture Remix) succeeds in both delivering a sonic and emotional experience to the listener. Further proof that the much-maligned art of remixing is very much a serious art form in its own right and has deserves far greater critical attention and respect.

Twitter: @hailcaezar1
IG: hailcaezar

Twitter: @wild_culture_at
IG: wildculture.official

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

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Music Message | “Traffic” by Del Pelson

Del Pelson dive deep with a catchy yet immersive single “Traffic”

FL indie-pop band deliver another infectious single, with an underlying important message

Traffic by Del Pelson Boca Raton, FL  – Hot on the heels of their last two singles, Florida’s indie-pop band Del Pelson share another stunning and immersive track titled “Traffic” today. Gorgeously rich, dreamy guitar melodies, and layered harmonics introduce the track, cresting into an upbeat and groovy single, perfect for the coming summer months. A bright, care-free melody gives way to sobering lyrics that introduce the difficult subject of addiction.

As with their previous tracks, a closer listen to the lyrics gives way to a serious message. “Traffic empathetically looks at how substances can be appealing at first, but a delirious realization reveals how abuse and addiction can derail a life. To put it simply, Traffic is about alcoholism,” shared vocalist Cal Nelson. “There was a point in college when I realized I was drinking more often than what would be sustainable lifestyle, but that short time in my life gave me a glimpse into how somebody might fall into a cycle of addiction.”

The lyrics reveal the dark spiral of addiction, with various examples of a life slowly becoming unraveled. “Cause I’ve been walking out in to traffic, and eating breakfast for dinner when it’s lunchtime / Picking up the bottle from the floor, you know.” Layers of lucid guitar, cerebral synthesizers and persuasive percussion blend for a dreamy yet hook-laden melody.

As Substream Magazine, who premiered the single, said, “An upbeat or a catchy song can help give new perspective on an issue or introduce it to an entirely new crowd,” creating awareness, conversation, and most importantly, potential change for listeners to recognize and address unhealthy habits. The outlet noted how the track “does an amazing job of providing a downright charming sound to background the difficult truths” that are revealed.

“Traffic”, as well as previous singles “Heather Lou” and “Oak” are out everywhere today including SpotifyBandcamp, and Apple Music. With a series of infectious summer anthems, their music comes not only to entertain, but also to share important reflections of the world. Del Pelson has a number of upcoming shows across southern Florida, with more to be announced over the summer.

Indie pop band, Del Pelson

About Del Pelson
A little bit pop, a little bit indie/alternative rock, Del Pelson’s catchy style can’t be pigeon-holed. The band’s sound is somehow both laid back and energetic, thanks to the diverse personalities and styles of its four members. Front man Cal Nelson is a rare songwriting talent with innate creativity and a unique way of seeing and hearing the world; Garrett Kealer’s drumming ranges with incredible subtleness to virtuosic grooves; Nathaniel Spiner brings melodic yet driving bass lines to the frontline, and Patrick Montanari acts as the band’s secret weapon with impressive saxophone skills, foundational keyboard layers, ands lick guitar leads. Together, Del Pelson breaks age and gender barriers with its catchy indie-pop melodies and powerful alternative rockbeats, exploring love, life, and irony with musical undercurrents of jazz, blues, roots, folk, reggae, and surf. With two EP’s under their belt, Del Pelson is gearing up for the release of a series of new single in early 2019.

The band is well known for their live chemistry and their obvious enjoyment is infectious. Del Pelson performed in the 2016 UndertowJam, featuring Young the Giant and Bear Hands. They have since opened for other national acts including Kurt Travis, Brent Walsh, and more. Formed in 2015, Del Pelson has since been featured in 104.3 The Shark’s Open Swim Podcast Series with Erin Lee, Miami New Times, PureHoney Magazine, Soundbite Magazine,York Calling, Mystic Sons, and more.

Twitter: @delpelson
IG: delpelson

New Release!! | Illuminations EP by Luke Underhill

Piano Driven Singer-Songwriter Luke Underhill Radiates in Sophomore EP, Illuminations

Illuminations EP by Luke Underhill - BRASH! Magazine BlogNashville, TN – Piano driven singer-songwriter and pianist Luke Underhill has found his sound in sophomore studio EP, Illuminations. The multi-faceted musician penned every track on the new project and it is produced by Warren Huart (The Fray, Marc Broussard, Korn, Aerosmith, Better Than Ezra).

Parade.com exclusively premiered Underhill’s debut radio single “Long Way Home” this week calling it a ‘spirited and triumphant song.’ “Chicago native Luke Underhill brings us along for one amazing ride on “Long Way Home.” Rolling piano erupting into full-on energy and inspiring lyrics expertly delivered by Underhill make this song a must listen.” Read the exclusive. TBK Magazine also premiered “Yet Again” and Vents Magazine premiered “Rooftops”.

Underhill is staged to perform “Long Way Home” on NBC’s Today in Nashville on April 19th and Chicago’s WGN on May 10th.

Illuminations Track Listing
“Long Way Home” | Written by: Luke Underhill, Andrew Capra
“Yet Again” | Written by: Luke Underhill
“She May Be” | Written by: Luke Underhill
“Rooftops” | Written by: Luke Underhill
“Katie’s Song” | Written by: Luke Underhill

“When I first heard Luke’s voice and read his lyrics I knew I had to work with him,” said producer Warren Huart. “Luke is the artist I’ve been waiting for ever since I first heard The Fray’s demo of “Cable Car” sitting in a Studio Car Park in a Ford F150 Truck. Luke reminds me of everything we want in an artist. I’m so excited for people to hear his music.”

Illuminations EP is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and all other digital retailers!

singer, songwriter, musician, Luke UnderhillAbout Luke Underhill
Earning a reputation as the contemporary ‘piano man,’ the Chicago native’s emotional renditions of his songs have already earned him comparisons to a young John Mayer – while some more upbeat arrangements inspire exciting flashes of early Bryan Adams. Since the release of his debut studio EP The Left Side in 2017, Underhill has worked diligently to hone his skills as a songwriter, musician and artist. The 5-song EP embodies Underhill’s vision for his music and portrays how much the versatile artist has come into his own in the past year.

With diverse influences ranging from Gavin DeGraw and Bruce Springsteen to Ed Sheeran and Ben Folds, the multi-talented 23-year-old singer/songwriter, Luke Underhill, is making his mark in the format.

As an independent artist, Underhill’s fanbase has grown significantly since his debut. With more than 113K streams on Spotify, 816K YouTube views and more than 20K followers on social media, the singer-songwriter has certainly struck a chord with his story telling ability and unique sound.

Twitter: @lukeunderhill_
IG: lukeunderhillofficial

Hard Rock Debut! | KOKOWERK Debut Album

Norwegian Rock ‘N Roll Band, KOKOWERK, Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

Kokowerk Album - BRASH! Magazine BlogKOKOWERK has finally released their self-titled debut album. The album has 9 hard-rockin’ tracks, including the singles “Gasoline”, “Red, White & Blue” and “Friend”, which was released earlier this year. At their slbum release concert this Wednesday, October 17th, they’re visited by their friends Vincent Flatt’s Easily Led (UK). Vincent Flatt was actually chosen and ready as new vocalist after Bon Scott in AC/DC, but could’nt because of some personal problems at the time.


Kokowerk Album is Available Now!



The Norwegian band KOKOWERK is a hard-hitting rock and roll band, considered a fresh breath in their genre. After their first single “Gasoline” in January this year, they was listed to Rock and Roll Music blog’s (UK) Best New Music 2018. Next year KOKOWERK is attending support tour with Sass Jordan (CA) as well as ready for some of the largest Classic Rock festivals in Norway.

Kokowerk logo

Twitter: @kokowerk
IG: kokowerk

New Debut | A Look of Fear, a Lack of Feeling EP by Overjoyed

Swedish Pop Trio, Overjoyed, Releases Debut EP A Look of Fear, a Lack of Feeling

A Look of Fear, a Lack of Feeling EP by Overjoyed - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Swedish sad pop trio Overjoyed, a young band from the next generation of outstanding export from the Gothenburg indie scene, release their debut EP A Look of Fear, a Lack of Feeling.

Overjoyed build hook-heavy riffs and unfiltered lyrics that helps your diagnose your current emotional state. Their indie music contains everything from full throttle blast of electricity to sensitive piano pieces.

During their short existence Overjoyed have already played on relevant stages in their home country, and will tour through Poland, Slovakia and Czech in September 2018.

A Look of Fear, a Lack of Feeling EP is produced by Erik Bjarnar (The Sun Days) and is mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes at Svenska Grammofonstudion.

Stream A Look of Fear, a Lack of Feeling EP Now on Spotify!

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Overjoyed Band Members
Guitar/vocals – Tobias Ringsten
Guitar – Hampus Högdahl
Drums – Einar Thörn

Twitter: @OverjoyedBand
Instagram: OverjoyedBand

NEW MUSIC! | “Tha Misery We Love” by Tracy Healingmoon

HealingMoon Song Addresses America’s Obsession With Toxic Behaviors!

Tha Misery We Love by Tracy Healing MoonAtlanta, crossover artist, Tracy HealingMoon, releases her new single, Tha Misery We Love”. The song was inspired by the high rates of opioid addiction, obesity and infidelity that America is currently experiencing. Tha Misery, an urban yet jazzy tune, laden with live guitar, strings and beatbox, was written and co-produced by Tracy HealingMoon. Logic meets insanity and falsettos tango with contralto notes that will give you goosebumps! Her hope is to convey a message of self-love and self-control. Some say Lauryn Hill meets Portishead, vocally, on this track, yet her clever and thought provoking lyrics may remind you of a merger of Dolly Pardon and Stevie Wonder!

Her winning charisma…..sultry tone and ability to turn her audience into singers, during her live shows have (and will) won over the listeners. – Performer Magazine

“Tha Misery We Love” is Available Now on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon!

About Tracy HealingMoon
Tracy HealingMoon is an Atlanta native whose talents have taken her all over the world, including Egypt, Czech Republic, Spain, Ethiopia, England, France and Germany. She desires to be known as the artist that tackles the issues going on around us and yearns to use her talents and being, to heal. She’s had the pleasure to open up for and/or work with such artist as Estelle, Snow Patrol, Ken Ford, Nappy Roots, Collective Soul, R. Kelly, Helen and Dallas Austin. Tracy HealingMoon placed runner up in OpenMic Atlanta, where she competed completely A Capella with over 120 bands! HealingMoon has fine-tuned her craft beautifully and holds a voice and presence that will lift you up, not only spiritually, but up out of your seat! She sings and writes across the genres but all tracks are naturally laden with soul. Don’t sleep on this versatile artist. Add some healing to your day. STAY WOKE!


Twitter: @TraeSkhillz
Instagram: TracyHealingMoon

Hip Hop Artist, Cool Nutz, Heats Up SXSW

Cool Nutz Ready to Heat Up TX Along with New Single ft. Nipsey Hussle

West Coast artist Cool Nutz hits Austin, Texas as an Official Artist for 2018’s SXSW Music Festival. Performing Friday night, March 16th at Buffalo Billiards with Dave East, Rexx Life Raj and more, Cool Nutz will be performing selected cuts from his recent release “Terrance”. With over 14 official projects under his belt, “Terrance” has been receiving praise as one of Cool Nutz’s best album’s to date flexing an all-star cast of appearances including Nipsey Hussle, E-40, Slum Villageand more. From helping cultivate the Portland hip-hop scene to touring overseas in Europe, Cool Nutz is a 15+ year veteran of the rap game and continues to age like a fine wine, getting better with every release.
Cool Nutz also recently released his latest single “Up” featuring the critically acclaimed, Nipsey Hussle, Available Now!
Check out the flyer below for performance details!
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“Terrance” is Available Now on Apple Music, Spotify, and Bandcamp!


Twitter: @CoolNutz
Instagram: CoolNutz