Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog, I am going to introduce you all to an amazing new punk rock band that y’all are going to FREAK OUT over. This new band has a very energetic and fun sound that will become the background music to all of your favorite spring/summer memories. Who is this amazing band!?! Never Let This Go! Personally I really love bands that I have music that I can turn on in the morning and jump around too…this band has definitely made me jump around like a maniac A LOT. This band has already performed with numerous outstanding bands, and I know that it’s just a matter of time before they join the rock elite. I am so excited to share this band with y’all, and I know that your playlist will thank me once you hear their music. So…let’s go!
Never Let This Go is a pop/punk band from Tempe, AZ. They were formed in January of 2012 by lead vocalist David Kleinebreil. In July of 2012, bassist Alex Gilbertson and drummer Jordan Auge joined the band, and the magic was solidified when they brought in guitarist Austin Jones in summer of 2013. Never Let This Go began to build up their fan base, and released their debut self-titled EP, released in May 2012. This amazing band has had the opportunity to share the stage with phenomenal bands such as: Go Radio, This Providence, and Set It Off. The band continued to work hard and meticulously on new material (and much to the delight of their fans) released their sophomore EP ‘Remember’ on August 23rd, 2013. Over the years Never Let This Go has steadily grown a fiercely loyal fan base, and as of April 11th, 2014 has 46,700 followers on Twitter, 7,900 ‘likes’ on Facebook, 1,606 subscribers on YouTube, and 4,654 followers on Instagram.
On December 6th, 2013, Never Let This Go released a cover of Mariah Carey’s hit Christmas song ‘All I want for Christmas is You’ Never Let This Go – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Cover) . I really love how the band didn’t try to imitate Mariah’s version, and instead created a completely new rendition that sounded like a track that the band would release. This really showed how much artistry Never Let This Go has, which is a quality that is an essential asset for a band in order for them to establish their own identity. I really admire that the band seems to have been able to pinpoint their particular sound so early in their career, and have been able to cultivate this sound. It seems that many artists and bands tend to imitate whatever is popular at that particular time, and because of this they get lost in the ever changing shuffle of pop culture. Never Let This Go has been able to identify what makes their music unique, and used this knowledge to create music that will certainly stand out on any radio station’s rotation list.
Never Let This Go released their self-titled debut EP on August 23rd, 2013. I really love this EP because the songs are very high energy and ideal for parties, road trips, or just rocking out to. I felt that this was a very good introductory EP for the band, because it allowed their fans to get to know the band, but the songs are not super serious, which makes them relatable to a wide range of people. All of the songs were single quality, and very reminiscent of early ‘Blink-182’ tracks. The band’s sophomore EP ‘Remember’ was released on August 23rd, 2013. On September 6th, 2013, Never Let This Go released their music video for the track ‘Thin Red Line’. What I really love about this video is that it is entirely made up of clips of the band performing, and meeting fans. This video definitely shows that the band’s live performance is as energetic as their music, and also allows new fans to feel as if they really know the band. It’s really interesting to see them actually react with their fans in the video, and their high level of stage presence was very impressive. The video definitely left me wanting to learn more about Never Let This Go and their music. ‘Remember’ definitely shows a more mature direction for the band, but keeps their roots intact. In my opinion, this album definitely had undertones of an edgier ‘Yellowcard’ influence. The sound of the album contains a very interesting fusion of pop, rock, and punk, and has a young party vibe to it. This EP also shows that the band members have gone through personal growth and change, due to tracks such as ‘Ravine’, which speak of loss, angst, and confusion. I felt that although the band’s debut EP was amazing, ‘Remember’ definitely showed that if Never Let This Go can grow this extensively in 1 year, then I can only imagine what a phenomenal band they will be in 5 or even 10 years.
I am so excited about where this band so headed musically. Their sound just continues to grow and become more amazing. I certainly see a bright future for Never Let This Go (and A LOT of time on my iPhone’s ’favorite music’ list). Often times in music you hear a lot of bands that are amazing, but do not release albums that you can listen to from start to finish. My favorite bands are always the ones that do not release “filler tracks”, because I feel like these bands really care more about the music than the business. Never Let This Go is one of those special bands that release album where every track is amazing, and something that you will never grow tired of. I am SO happy that this band decided to follow me on Twitter and thus introduced me to one of my favorite new bands. I know soon these guys will be selling out huge venues everywhere, but until then download their music, turn it up, and let enjoy a private rock show, right in your room (and if you have neighbors you don’t like…turn it up a little louder after midnight…trust me it’s funny).
Stay Connected with Never Let This Go:
YouTube: Never Let This Go
Instagram: nltgaz on Instagram
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Hello people of the internet, for today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog I am going to introduce you all to your newest pop-punk obsession…7 Minutes in Heaven. The mastermind behind 7 Minutes in Heaven is the amazingly talented Timmy Rasmussen. This pop-punk band is very close to exploding all over your radio, so if you want to be ahead of the curve, continue reading. Ok are you ready?! Then let’s get started.
Timmy Rasmussen is a 20 year old musician (as of 2013) from Battle Ground, WA (I know that is such a cool name for a town!). He began 7 Minutes in Heaven in December of 2011, and the music originally had a very acoustic tone. Timmy initially released a Christmas EP through PureVolume (a website where aspiring musicians can showcase their work…here’s a link to 7 Minutes in Heaven’s page: 7 Minutes in Heaven on PureVolume). The Christmas EP received a lot positive feedback, and this inspired Timmy to move to Des Plaines, IL in order to seek more opportunities to share his music. After relocating, he released a track titled ‘Undercover Lovers’, which according to 7 Minutes in Heaven’s Facebook page had an unintentional “rad 80’s” feel to it. I completely agree with this statement due to the fact that this song has a touch of a synthesizer sound to it, which is certainly reminiscent of the early to mid 1980’s. I like this track because it not only has a cool throwback element to it, but it instantly grabs the listener’s attention, and leads you wanted to hear more. The next track he released was a fun tune entitled ‘Strike Three’. This song (which was an old track that was remastered for fans), certainly shows 7 Minutes in Heaven’s roots. Although the remastered version of this song has numerous instruments and very good production on it, you can certainly hear the original acoustic tone of the song, which shows how Timmy was able to flawlessly transition 7 Minutes in Heaven’s original sound into a more pop-punk sound (which is the musical direction Timmy eventually wanted to go in).
The first true pop-punk track that 7 Minutes in Heaven released was the infectious song ‘California’, which was released digitally on July 16th, 2012 (7 Minutes in Heaven – California – YouTube). This song is the perfect tune to add to your summer road trip playlist, or to remind you of that special summer love. I have been playing this song non-stop for the past few weeks, and I have to say that it becomes more addicted each time you play it. On March 8th, 2013, the band’s first original record ‘Get in the Van!’ was released, and I have to say that it is honestly one of my favorite albums of 2013. The songs are all super catchy, and the sound is very reminiscent of late 90’s-early 2000’s punk/alternative rock. If you’re a fan of Blink-182 or Simple Plan, then you will definitely like this record. One aspect of this album that I found particularly interesting was the name of track # 2 entitled #SorryNotSorry. I really loved the use of a hashtag (the name of this symbol: #) in the track’s title, because it is a play on this popular twitter feature, which I believe will really resonate with 7 Minutes in Heaven’ younger fans. Every song on this record is good enough to currently be on the radio, so I would suggest buying the entire album, because you will not regret it. Although this band is currently unsigned, I see big things on the horizon for 7 Minutes in Heaven. I can certainly see this band’s songs on constant radio rotation and with fans worldwide. If you haven’t already heard of this emerging super band, become familiar with them now, so you can say that you knew about them first!
Here are some links so you can connect and stay informed with what’s going on with 7 Minutes in Heaven.
7 Minutes in Heaven:
Facebook: 7 Minutes in Heaven
YouTube: 7 Minutes in Heaven – YouTube
Instagram: 7mihband on Instagram
*All photos and information used in this blog belong to 7 Minutes in Heaven, PureVolume, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Timmy Rasmussen, ITunes, and all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended