Author: Reflektor

Chattanooga’s electro-crooner ‘Dirty Blonde’ d…

Chattanooga’s electro-crooner ‘Dirty Blonde’ debuts new video, ‘Hands Off’

Maxwell Denari

February 26, 2019

Tennessee has a lot of history with music and people across the world know it. Nashville is known as “Music City”, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock and Roll and the home of legendary ‘Stax Records’… a label credited with helping popularize the brilliance of Southern Soul and Gospel sounds. Yet, Chattanooga is no outlier… having produced the iconic Soul group, The Impressions, prior to their relocation to Chicago. The sentiment of music heritage is still alive and well in Tennessee… and Chad Caroland contributes to this sentiment in a modern-day sense with Dirty Blonde.

Dirty Blonde comes by way of Chad incorporating Alternative R&B style lyricism and Synthpop influenced production. However; Dirty Blonde comes around with a much more textured and sleeker sound on the new single/music video, “Hands Off”. The production of the music video and the song come along with the help of two fellow Chattanooga Residents, videographer ‘Davy Granberry’ and producer ‘Summer Dregs’.

The new track is from Dirty Blonde’s upcoming EP, “BLUEBLOOD, Vol. 2”, which will be available on all platforms come April 19th. The song itself promotes a gradual shift into a darker, more emotive sound in comparison to Dirty Blonde’s synthy debut project, ‘Chasing Skies’. The music video for “Hands Off” provides a fragile ambiance surrounding the pressures of uncertainty as a young person. The anxieties of self-doubt as a whole. All of these aspects showcase a musician trying to expand their craft sonically whilst developing wholly as an artist.

Be sure to stream “Hands Off” on Friday March 1st on all platforms and check out the music video via the link below. Dirty Blonde’s debut LP ‘Chasing Skies’ is provided below as well.

Photo Gallery: Houndmouth at Motorco in Durham…

Photo Gallery: Houndmouth at Motorco in Durham, NC

Madelyn Matthews

February 25, 2018

Photo Gallery: Deerhoof at Motorco in Durham, …

Photo Gallery: Deerhoof at Motorco in Durham, NC

Madelyn Matthews

February 25, 2018

Photo Gallery: John Maus at Cat’s Cradle in Ra…

Photo Gallery: John Maus at Cat’s Cradle in Raleigh, NC 

Madelyn Matthews

February 25, 2018

Cool Boy talks influences, beginnings, his deb…

Cool Boy talks influences, beginnings, his debut EP, and more

January 31, 2018

Photos by William Sheepskin

Zachary Zonomessis has just launched his solo project in which he goes by the name Cool Boy. We previously got to know Zach as one-third of the indie rock band Youth Gallery. This time around he’s Cool Boy and just a few days ago he shared his debut EP ‘Midnight Gentleman’ via Zonosphere Records. The EP features 5 songs that carry catchy pop melodies, dreamy guitar riffs, and a collection of teenage narratives. The project first emerged after Zach made a move from his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa to London, England. We caught up with Zach and talked about the EP, his influences, future plans, and more.

To start off I’d just like to ask, how did the name ‘Cool Boy’ come about for this project?

The name Cool Boy came from a fan, yeah a fan that blows wind haha. About 6 months ago when I came across to London, the place I was staying at had a fan in the room, an old retro one. It was silver and blue and said big on it Cool Boy. So when I started coming across this new sound I had, I just looked at the fan and thought might as well call it Cool Boy. The orange circle came from the London Overground and oranges. I’m trying hard to keep the theme of Cool Boy high so whenever someone sees an orange circle they think of Cool Boy. 


You just recently moved from Cape Town to London, did this project start in London? If so has the move influenced your music?

Yeah, 100%. Cool Boy started in London and the move defiantly brought this new sound out of me. 

Can you tell me a little about the music scene in South Africa and how it differs from the scene in England?

The music scene in South Africa is very small, its much harder to make it and stand out, it’s also very clicky. So everyone knows everyone haha. London music is on the next level, so many places to gig and people to meet, also the connections are everywhere, you kind of just need to put yourself out there.

Why is this EP titled Midnight Gentleman? 

I had so many names for this EP,  that I left naming it to the last minute and when it came around to naming it I actually just put all the names I had into a Wu-Tang name generator and got Midnight Gentleman. It fit so perfectly and described the EP as a whole the best way possible. 


Musically who would you say your influences are on this EP, what was the recording process like, and how would you describe your sound?

I take influence from almost every artist I listen to. But I can say that I was listening to some Toro Y Moi, Matt Corby, and Frank Ocean. I try not to listen to that much music leading up to recording, I feel it helps me come up with melodies. I recorded all the demos in my room in London and then did the final recordings in Cape Town. I like to bounce between places, adds some texture haha. Describing the Cool Boy sound is a hard one, Its like a bedroom party with heartbreak and indie hit playlists on in the background haha.

On this EP what inspired you the most lyrically? Are the songs connected in any way in terms of their theme?

I feel like the EP does have a theme throughout it, I refer to some stuff in more than one song. Also when writing, I plan to write an EP or album and then go from there, I’d not really just write one song, I have way more fun building a project.

Can you tell me a little about the video for London Room? How did it come about and what is the idea you had behind it?

I worked with two artists (Albert Riera Galceran & Reuben Beren James) and there production team (Adeo Studios) to do the video. We worked a lot on the theme and idea and made sure there was a story to it. The whole video was based about the song and the lyrics and meaning behind it. I don’t really want to give everything away, I really enjoy people finding there own meaning in the song and video.

Where would you like to take this project next? Will there be any upcoming releases, shows?

This is just the start of Cool Boy. There are new releases coming and shows. I can’t say when because of all the logistics, but sooner then you think.

Anything else you’d like to mention?  

My band Youth Gallery is also still working on new releases and shows. We have new music and content coming soon. I’m working hard on keeping the two projects separate and making sure they can stand on there own. I get different levels of joy working on different projects. With Cool Boy I do everything, the music is 100% what I want it to be and with Youth Gallery, there are 3 minds working together to make something everyone likes which has its fun in it too. But yeah 2019 is going to be a big year!

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Cage The Elephant just dropped a new song titl…

Cage The Elephant just dropped a new song titled ‘Ready To Let Go’

January 31, 2018

Our favorite Kentucky rockers have just released a new song titled, ‘Ready To Let Go’. Additionally, the band has shared a video directed by frontman Matt Shultz. The band has also announced that their upcoming album will be titled ‘Social Cues’ and will be released on April 19th. The very anticipated record will be the follow-up to their Grammy-winning 2015 album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’. One of the tracks on the album titled ‘Night Running’ will feature Beck. Watch the video and stream the song below. 

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Interpol release additional tour dates and a n…

Interpol release additional tour dates and a new song

January 30, 2018

‘Fine Mess’ is the title of the new track by New York rockers Interpol. The song is the bands first release of 2019 and a follow-up track to their album ‘Marauder’ that was released in 2018. All the new tour dates can be found below.

01-31 Vancouver, British Columbia – Queen Elizabeth Theatre !
02-01 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium !
02-02 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre !
02-05 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre !
02-07 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre !
02-08 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater !
02-09 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant !
02-11 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works !
02-12 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club !
02-14 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz !
02-15 Washington, D.C. – The Anthem !
02-16 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden ^%
03-28 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Teatro Vorterix
03-29 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza
03-30 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza
04-02 Asuncion, Paraguay – Asuncionico
04-05 Bogotá, Colombia – Estereo Picnic
04-07 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza
04-09 Lima, Peru – Domos Art
05-01 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ! ^
05-02 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland $
05-04 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05-05 Charleston, SC – North Charleston PAC
05-07 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
05-08 St Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
05-10 Miami, FL – Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre
05-11 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
05-25 London, England – All Points East Festival
05-30 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-01 Kværndrup, Denmark – Heartland Festival
06-02 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret
06-04 Cologne, Germany – Palladium
06-05 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
06-07 Porto, Portugal – NOS Primavera Sound Festival
06-10 Moscow, Russia – Adrenaline Stadium
06-12 Kiev, Ukraine – Green Theatre
06-21 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
06-23 Scheeßel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06-25 Leeds, England – O2 Academy
06-26 Brighton, England – Brighton Dome
06-30 Marmande, France – Garorock
07-02 Paris, France – L’Olympia
07-04 Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennes de Belfort
07-07 Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France – Beauregard Festival

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The Beatles announce a new collaboration with …

The Beatles announce a new collaboration with filmmaker Peter Jackson

January 30, 2018

The Beatles have just announced that they will be working with Acadamy Award-winning director Peter Jackson on a new film. The movie will be based around 55 hours of never before seen footage from the making of the band’s album ‘Let It Be’. The footage was shot between January 2nd and January 31st of 1969. However, the album was released in May of 1970, just after The Beatles had made the decision to break up. In a press release Peter Jackson said the following, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about—it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.” Jackson continues to say, “It’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate. I’m thrilled and honored to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”