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Johnny Football Hero - Sister Hellen

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  “Break up, break out the cycle again!” Emo band Johnny Football Hero cries out in their latest single, “Sister Hellen.” The song takes us straight back to those punk basement shows with torn couches and beer-stained carpets. It’s true nostalgia for the rowdy scene kids of the early 2000’s with enough influence from 2021 to keep it relevant.  The song starts off with a choppy guitar lead going straight into a clearly defined melody. Already upbeat and energetic, the song is off to a great start even before the first lyric. When the verse does come in, the lines alternate between rhythmic chants and a simple but infectious tune that just fits the slightly chaotic punk vibe. The band pulls back on the stamina and zeal for a minute to showcase a calmer, filtered tone.  There is restlessness in the lead singer’s voice as he perpetuates the uncertainty of transitioning to adulthood. Lyrics like, “I’m twenty-five, I’m burning out, I’m running empty on bliss and laughing at the thought of li

Cal Veatch - Bad Guy

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It’s that time of year when it starts getting warmer and, guys, we have some springtime ear candy for you! Virginia musician Cal Veatch is dropping the first single titled “Bad Guy” off his upcoming EP, “Love Me Like I’m Dying” on April 16, and it is just the whimsicality that 2021 ordered.  The track begins very simply with some plucked strings playing in a steady but contagiously melodic rhythm before introducing the vocals. The lyrics contradict the innocence of the music ten seconds in with the opening line, “I’d like to feel like I can wash all of my pain away, through my veins, not my skin, down the drain.” Gang chants saying “hey!” come repeatedly after the first line, adding something new and interesting and keeping listeners’ attention.  Adding to the theme of the song, Cal sings lyrics that further the notion of not being able to find a place to belong using vivid imagery. “My head’s a thunderstorm, got ice inside my core, a killer scared of shooting guns/and everything I tou

21 Grams More - Soul Has Weight

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  Happy new year oregafam! How you living? We hope you enjoyed your holiday season this year, and here at Oregano Entertainment Network we would like to wish everyone the best year of your lives yet, especially after the worst year of many of our lives! Goodbye 2020, hello 2021, and welcome prosperity in a new decade! Now that we’ve all drank ourselves under the table, slept off the hangover, popped a few excedrins, and gotten back up on the horse to a fresh new start, let me deliver my holiday present to you… an EP review from a group that is currently giving a beautiful facelift to a traditional American genre. A band from South Shore Boston Massachusetts that is bringing the blues, as well as the reds and whites to go with it! The group is called 21 Grams More, and their new album “Soul Has Weight” is a heavy mixture of blues, soul, gospel, and rock that takes the cake AND eats it too! It’s got all the right nodes your noggin needs for a nice musical blend, features some household n

Jesus Ayala Jr. - Self-Titled Debut

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OregaRockers! What’s up? Happy Holiday weekend! Are you ready to read the fruits of my Labor Day!? Well let me drop a hint, it’s about a release from a mid west USA artist who is singing his heart out and laying the hooks down like Ed Sheeran on a fishing boat. Jesus Ayala Jr. from Chicago, Illinois has just recently dropped his debut solo EP and it is an alternative emo Brit-rock mish-mosh of gratitude, attitude, and chart topping latitude! It powerfully boasts 4 smash hit songs that cover uniquely different, yet fully complimentary topics for a well-rounded playlist, and is proudly named “Self-Titled Debut.” So grab your headphones, sink into the couch with some green tea, and let’s open up our hearts and minds to Jesus! We lose our shoes and kick things off with “Michael“ - a driving guitar ballad about love and passion. The tune initiates with a time-keeping, chord stabbing guitar effect that directs the rhythm of the groove and creates a sense of curiosity. Jesus begins softly cro

Cheer Up Dusty - Randy Savage Would Be Disappointed

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  Oregafam! Happy September! Can you feel the changing of the seasons yet? Well, before you start feeling the post-summertime sadness and begin your fall cleanup just yet, hang on to your brooms for a minute! This week's review is about a group who’s new single is sweeping the charts and lifting heavy hearts like Taylor Swift on a Zamboni! I’m talking about a band called Cheer Up Dusty and their new song hits like a 1-2 kick to the gut that will get you hopping, skipping, and throwing punches in the air to forget all about your quarantine boredom for a good 3 minutes and 18 seconds. The song is cleverly titled “Randy Savage Would Be Disappointed” - and if you give it a spin, I can promise that YOU definitely won’t be. “Randy Savage…” straps us in with an anxiously amusing intro like something out of a 90’s game show theme. We are met with a bright beeping metronome clicking over a forecast of the guitars we will hear later in the song, complete with an eerie wind sweeping effect li

C?NDY - Da Real One

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  OregaMates! How the hell are ya? Is it hot enough yet? Well, just when you thought the heatwave was over, I would like to cordially welcome you to the outback! And no, I’m not talking about steak! But get ready for some sweet seasoning, because this week’s review is about a hip, uniquely authentic female artist from Sydney, Australia named C?NDY and she is totally Aussome... if you know what I mean. ;) She recently dropped a new single entitled “Da Real One” - and it’s a straight addictive banger that will blow up your boom box and get you boppin’ like a kangaroo on codeine. So strap on your boots, grab your canteen, and let’s tune to the dunes! “Da Real One” kicks off, no pun intended, with a fat, thick, voluptuous bass drum that grabs your heart beat and pulls you in like a shot of morphine to the chest. And if you thought that hit was strong enough, it comes laced with a tight, crispy snare that’s sure to rock you in and out of a trance. Throw in a gut deep, bumpin’ bass guitar me

Trevor Daniel & The Reef

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Waa Gwaan Oregafam?! How you livin’? Hope everyone is enjoying this maad sick heatwave lately. Fear not mi bruddas an’ sistas, ‘cuz I’ve got some cool tracks for you to simmer down with this week. Oregano Records’ artist, Virginia Beach’s own Trevor Daniel & The REEF recently released a new album and it’s a dash of sweet water jams for all the kettle heads and hippie hitters out there. The new album is a calm wave of red, gold, and green that will lift you up and coat your senses like Herb and Mary’s special sauce! As a reggae-lovin’, knotty haired naturalist myself, this release excites me like an 8 year old kid on Christmas morning. But this ain’t no mistletoe we’re burning… it’s way sweeter! And better yet, the album is so delightful it doesn’t even need a name. That’s right, it’s a self-titled splash of reefer madness bound to give your ears a tickle and pop your palette like a fat juicy pickle! So without further introduction, step ‘pon mi yaad, and let’s hold a vibe wit some