All you fans of solid underground music don’t forget to check out the Indie Vision Music Webstore for a ton of great deals. New Small Wars 7″ Vinyl is now only $5ea. Plus new and recent albums from the likes of Light The Way, Mainframe, Must Build Jacuzzi, At The Wayside, and The Prettybads. Continued →
Author: Brandon J.
July 15, 2018
All of you California punk rock fans get excited because the mighty Slick Shoes and legendary Craig’s Brother are joining forces to play an epic night of melodic punk bliss together under one roof for one night only. Slick Shoes will be recording a live record this night. You don’t want to miss it. Show is on August 18th in The Parrish at House of Blues Anaheim. I wish I could be there but I’ll be camping around that time (dang it!). Tickets and info right here. Both bands are celebrating epic 20th anniversaries for their albums “Burn Out” and “Homecoming” respectively. Wow, has it been that long?
Beautiful songs are one in a million and not so easy to come by regardless of what websites/radio/media throw in your face. Simple songs like this one can be just as powerful as next year’s big chart topping artist. Forum Blue is the new project of Ray Torres of Ray Torres & The Mercy (an artist I wrote about quite a bit over 5 years ago). This song is titled “A Precious Place” and is an honest love letter to his Father who has long since passed. Give this touching song a listen and hug those closest to you.
I really have to draw attention to one of the most excellent acoustic pop-punk “cover” tracks done in recent memory. Sef Idle has been playing for years fronting and playing guitar for bands like uniSEF and False Idle but has recently come forward as a skilled acoustic-punk singer/songwriter. Sef Idle just released “Someday, Today” back in May and it is a fitting reminder of how raw, natural talent can captivate the listener. It’s not that often that you hear a Christian singer/songwriter in this genre be so overwhelmingly effective with honesty and conviction, letting the music do the talking through words and song. Check out this new cover song of the Hangnail classic “At Arm’s Length” done only the way Sef could do and let the music speak to you. It’s raw, melodic, and still pleasing to the ears. It’s just a real and honest rendition of a song most people probably wouldn’t even be familiar with. If you would like to purchase this song, it is a part of the new compilation “ZAP-O-MATIC No.2” available right here. All sales go to support Skip and his Cancer treatment/recovery.
July 11, 2018
I am really pumped to announce that the Small Wars 7″ Vinyl is finally here! Vinyl Record Pressing out of Florida did a fantastic job and they look beautiful. All pre-orders will begin shipping tomorrow and will finish up in to next week. I will be including some freebies with orders so look for those. Check out pics of this vinyl, below. If you haven’t purchased one yet, they are now $5 in the webstore here and will begin shipping once the orders roll in. The band will also have a bunch of these to sell at shows and such. Thanks again for supporting IVM this past year and for checking out out all the label bands. There will be another digital label release from Grandpa Loves Rhinos and possibly Mainframe then a break will take place for any physical albums. I am also going to begin work on “Family & Friends Sampler 4” because they are just so dang fun to do.
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Benjamin Daniel is a new artist i’d like to introduce you all to. His music beautiful new song “Shaping Season” and purely magnificent in every mention of the word, is now streaming below. Benjamin is currently working on new recordings and this is one of his first to feature. This 5 minute and 30 sec epic song takes the listener on a journey through unshakable emotion, piercing sadness, unmistakable hope, and the redemption that shines through it all. I’m a tough one to be swayed by new solo independent music but there is something truly amazing about this debut track and something awe inspiring. You might remember Benjamin as a contributor here at IVM and an avid listener of great music. Check out the song “Shaping Season”, below.
In honor of our great country’s independence and the 18th Birthday of Indie Vision Music, I have released both of the new “Family & Friends Samplers” through all digital networks and streaming sites. Plus it is up on bandcamp as well, right here. These compilations are jam packed with awesome new and unreleased music from a variety of bands spanning on sorts of genres and musical styles. There is literally something for EVERYONE! Check out the IVM Spotify Playlist below featuring all 3 samplers. You can also purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play where I would hope you might write a nice review? That would be cool ;). The CD versions of the two new samplers will be shipped to me on July 11th so all of you with current orders in the storenvy webstore will have them shipped out shortly after. Thanks again everyone for supporting what I have done for the past 18 years here at this website. I know the site has gone through countless changes, alterations, logo swaps, staff member changes, on and off label releases, entertaining comments, but most of all a beautiful community and one that I treasure deeply. I have seen so many trials, errors, personal struggles, professional mistakes and mishaps, sadness and stress, but there has always been a heavy dose of perseverance on my part. I haven’t give much thought to the negativity or anyone who has put down what I’ve attempted to accomplish these past 18 years. It didn’t matter then and doesn’t matter now. I do what I do because I love this music we share and the passion I have for sharing this Faith I’ve grown to embrace regardless of my shortcomings. I’ll never give up the fight even long after this site retires someday and I hope in some small trivial way that IVM has touched a few people across the globe and hopefully for the better. We are all so different and from unique backgrounds but inside, we’re all the same. No matter where you’re at or where you’ve come from, there is a God who loves you and cares for you. Let this music speak to you and Don’t give up the fight! #IVMFOREVER Also, in celebration of our 18th Birthday there are a handful of new/old tshirts, hoodies, kid’s tees, and women’s tees over here in our Storefrontier site. Please pick some up and help support Indie Vision Music
July 2, 2018
I’d like to shine a spotlight on a new artist by the name of Collington. Collington are releasing their new single “Here We Go” today. Check out the music video and song, below. If you dig the sounds of Switchfoot, Band of Horses, Future of Forestry, My Epic, or Lifehouse then you’re going to love this new music. [Website]
Smalltown Poets have released an excellent new album titled “Say Hello”. We are offering a special full album stream below. I would encourage you to check this out and purchase online at your digital store of choice. This album is full of passionate praise and radio friendly rock n’ roll sure to please fans of Jars of Clay, Matchbox Twenty, Gin Blossoms, Mae, and Mercy Me.
June 30, 2018
MxPx have finally unveiled the first new song from their upcoming new 10th studio album, “MxPx”. This beautifully filmed music video and extremely catchy new song can be heard below. Mid-Life punk rock takes on new meaning and brings to the forefront all those fresh memories from years ago that were bubbling just beneath the surface. The nostalgia runs deep in this song and video and I think us as fans couldn’t have asked for a better first single. “Let’s Ride” is not only the perfect introduction to a band who have had so many trials during their run but also a reintroduction to a band you might have gave up on after their first decade. Seriously, check this out and run through the past with your arms wide open. Let’s ride.
for KING & COUNTRY have just revealed their music video for the new song/single titled “Pioneers”. The song features Joel & Luke Smallbone alongside their wives Moriah and Courtney, filmed against the volcanic backdrop of an otherworldly Icelandic landscape. This professionally filmed video truly captures the heart and soul of the song and showcases their vocal talents in an unprecedented manner. I have always been a fan of for KING & COUNTRY and I really enjoy this new song. I wish this group all the success in the world and I believe their new album with take them to new heights above what we’ve seen from them thus far. “Pioneers” is available now through all digital networks. The group’s new album is out October 5th 2018.
June 28, 2018
Some awesome people have come together to make an awesome movie and dare I say, it looks AWESOME! Seriously, a lot of us here in Southern California grew up with this Ska stuff and these influential bands truly had something remarkable to say not to mention the actual music that set a precedent for what was to come. This new film called “Pick it Up – Ska in the 90’s” is currently being filmed and will document everything cool that took place during the heyday of Third Wave Ska in the 90’s across the country. There will be interviews with all the big ones like Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, Save Ferris, Dance Hall Crashers, Hepcat, Buck O Nine, The Toasters, Fishbone, as well as members of Five Iron Frenzy and The O.C. Supertones. The makers of this film have launched a kickstarter to fund the process and make it something HUGE. Heck, maybe even a theater premiere could happen if enough people contribute to this campaign. Click here for the campaign. You can watch a few clips below. SKA SKA SKA! #SkaLives
June 27, 2018
Skip Brooks who is a long time member of our little music scene has unfortunately received devastating news, that he has stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma. On top of the cancer treatments, he is having to deal with heart related issues as well. Continued →
The new IVM compilation “Family & Friends Sampler 3” is up now for pre-order (Digitally) right here on Bandcamp. In advance of the July 4th release date I am dropping a special full sampler reveal stream below. Check it out and let us know what you think about that new 7-10 Split jam. These two samplers serve not only as a special 18th anniversary celebration for Indie Vision Music but also as one of the final IVM compilations for the foreseeable future. Read more below.
June 22, 2018
I am excited to bring you the 1st of 2 new samplers from Indie Vision Music. “Family & Friends Sampler 2” is now available for pre-order via bandcamp here for just $2. All pre-orders will receive download of 5 songs instantly. The full compilation drops on July 4th 2018. Sampler 2 will go up for Digital pre-order this coming week. Listen to the songs available, below. If you prefer a CD version, preorders are up on Storenvy here. *CDs probably wont ship until the week following July 4th due to delays on my end. Exclusive first listen to the sampler, below. All our samplers have been mastered by Sef at Simpul Studio and they sound amazing.
Another exciting signing to Facedown Records called “Weathered“, have just dropped their debut song “There Is One” via Facedown Records which you can listen to below. This is yet again another exciting addition to the growing “rock” roster of Facedown. Following bands like Everything In Slow Motion, My Epic, DENS, Comrades, Attalus, Withered seeks to connect with your soul through their shoe-gaze, mood mesmerizing new tunes. This is one of the finest new songs I’ve heard in recent memory and I am positive the rest of their full length will follow suit. Get pumped people because this is definitely the next exciting band to keep your eyes on. Pre-orders for the LP up here. “Stranger Here” drops on August 17th via Facedown Records.
After the past decade of just a few new songs here and there or a few re-releases (on vinyl) of their past catalog, the band MAE as a collective unit is BACK! Check out “5 Light Years” below via spotify. The song is available on all digital networks courtesy of Tooth & Nail Records. This reminds me of “Singularity” meets The Postal Service meets Sparta and Modest Mouse served in a bowl of Jimmy Eat World. It is electrifying, experimental, post-whatever everyone else is doing, and simply aggressive. It’s kind of like the Mae we’ve always wanted to hear that was bubbling just beneath the surface. It’ll be interesting to hear what everyone thinks. Comment below with your thoughts.
Following up their “Be The Change” full length debut (under the name LIV.), the band is back as Living In Victory and with an even more engaging new set of songs. This is hardcore lit by the match of passion and movement. You haven’t heard a band of Christians playing music this explosive in years. Check out the album on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Apple Music, Spotify, and more. Purchase from On The Attack Records right here. Listen below.
June 19, 2018
Check out this ep stream from new metallic hardcore band – Dreaded Dale. The band just released “Wayward Ep” today. It is available on their bandcamp here and through digital networks in a few days. Ep stream and a little background on the ep, below. The band plans to release 3 eps in 2018 so keep your eyes peeled and ears ready. Dreaded Dale has set out to bring Christ to a generation that has all but given up on typical Christianity
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Check out the interview with Grandpa Loves Rhinos courtesy of The Christian Rock 20 this weekend. The band discuss a variety of topics including their time in the military (yes they are active duty), Family, Music, and the most Un Rock n’ Roll thing about them. The band’s new song “If Death Rolls Dice” will be on the IVM “Family & Friends Sampler 2” due out on July 4th!
In case you were living under a rock, classic alternative rock band (man, it feels weird to say that) – The Prayer Chain, have reunited and are making preparations for their upcoming 25th anniversary shows for their album “Shawl”. There are still some tickets available for the House of Blues Anaheim show so click here to get yours. Check out some practice preview video clips below.
A very special vinyl pressing of the influential 1989 album “Wakin’ Up The Dead” by the now classic Mike Knott led post-punk/alternative rock band – L.S. Underground otherwise known as Lifesavers or LSU for short. A kickstarter has been launched to pay for the release of this classic in classic vinyl/CD formats. Check it out here.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of groundbreaking and highly influential debut album from Starflyer 59, “Silver” has now been pressed to Vinyl. The record along with a few bundle options is available right here and shipping now. This is a limited edition and once Velvet Blue sells out, that’ll be it. Don’t sleep on this fabulous vinyl pressing. I received my bundle yesterday and it is truly amazing, check out a picture below. Brings back so many memories and nostalgic feelings.