The Mid-Week Pickup for April 20, 2022
“Simulator” by Creature Canyon
Formed in San Diego, CA, Creature Canyon encapsulates the fiery energy of indie/alternative rock with waves of modern psychedelia. The band consists of members Austin Steele, Ryan Amyot, Kyle Victoria, Aaron Lund, and Luc Fralic. Known for their thrilling and captivating live performances, Creature Canyon has received nods from Billboard, Paste, and many other industry tastemakers.
“Brooklyn” by Erique Zion
“Just My Luck” by Panic is Perfect
“I wrote this song at the end of our last album cycle when everything seemed to be falling apart for Panic is Perfect. Our label went out of business, our manager retired from the music industry, and I had a huge falling out with the other founding member of the band. This song is basically my response to a situation I couldn’t control.
Inside I felt like: “Shit is all falling apart and I’m just going to say ‘fuck you’ to everything. I can eat all my pain and just spit it back out as art… Screw everyone else! I’m going to keep going no matter what.” I don’t feel that sense of vitriol around it now, but that was the defiant energy that got me through a very difficult moment in my life – and this is the song that came out of it.” — Panic is Perfect
“Talk to Me” by Polyplastic
“Talk to Me” is a post-punk-inspired New Order style danceable song featuring guitars and bass and minimal synths as well. The song dwells on what isolation feels like when everyone has to experience it yet you still enjoy its darkness.” — Polyplastic
“Must I Always” by Vincent Coomans
In “Must I Always” musician Vincent Coomans explores the friction that looms when you want to step away from a tumultuous youth only to find yourself feeling attracted to the toxic possibility of staying. In this moving piano ballad, the darkness is always appealing and in great contrast to the freedom the artist seeks.
“Flatlined” by Lerocque
“Do you know that feeling? You met someone and you think you two are the best fit the world has ever seen. Well, it can go wrong though. And as life’s a ride you can only ride once, time is quite precious. “Flatlined” is about not sticking to something that is obviously lost. A happy electro-pop song with a deeper meaning.” — Lerocque
“Couldn’t Say Goodbye” by Lonely Singles
Their latest song, “Couldn’t Say Goodbye” wrestles with a universal desire—for stability in a world that is constantly changing. Inspired by his five years living in Hong Kong, the music and lyrics came together quickly.
It’s that mix of nostalgia, happiness, and world-weary regret that underlies Lonely Singles’ work, and what makes it so compelling. Like his freelance work for National Geographic and The New York Times, Alex’s songs are non-fiction, but in a fundamentally different way than prose can be.
“NAMELESS” by Mishell Ivon
“We imagined a magazine cover sound with this song. Glam, Fierce, Funky and Fresh. UK/ GERMAN production. The idea behind the song is, that we all are famous in our own world we create, drop the mask and be who we are! Playlist Nu funk, Night out, party, groove theory, Driving list. It’s super flexible. The message is fierce and meant for everyone. Random fact Stiletto heel clicks are incorporated into the beatscape. Much love!” — Mishell Ivon
“Goodbye” by Steve Pointmeier
“A song was written for a family member who turned their back on their own brother and believed others over him.” — Steve Pointmeier
“Whatever You Are” by Big Things
“”Whatever You Are” is a journey through self-reflection and identity set to a feel-good beat with rich harmonies and lush guitar reminiscent of melodic classic rock.” — Big Things