Fruit Punch Music (A Spotify for Kids)

Los Angeles-based company Fruit Punch, Inc. announces the world’s first family-focused music streaming service built just for kids. The biography section of their LinkedIn page shares that the platform was “created and programmed for children ages 0–8, Fruit Punch has the music children love, while providing peace of mind for parents – knowing every song is safe” (Fruit Punch, Inc.). The app gives families access to a wide variety of songs, all subjected to an industry-first multipoint approval process to ensure children never hear inappropriate language or subject matter.

Fruit Punch Music is completely ad-free which means that, unlike other streaming services, users will never have to see or hear advertisements. The company says they value families’ privacy. According to the press release for the app, Fruit Punch states:

“[Fruit Punch Music was designed] to collect as little personal information as possible. Any collected data is used solely to improve the service within our strict privacy policy and is never sold to any third party. The app does not integrate with any social network or use any advertising platform, and is fully compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)” (Announcing).

This privacy feature is a huge selling point, especially today where nobody really knows who or what is collecting their data. Fruit Punch Music is trying their best to be a safe haven for children and parents who want to enjoy music together. Hopefully, we will see other companies follow suit.

  1. Announcing Fruit Punch Music — Spotify for Kids. (2018, April 12). Retrieved April 19, 2018, from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/announcing-fruit-punch-music—-spotify-for-kids-300628783.html
  2. Fruit Punch, Inc. (n.d.). Retrieved April 19, 2018, from https://www.linkedin.com/company/fruit-punch-inc/
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Sorority Noise Announces Hiatus

Cameron Boucher, frontman of the Connecticut emo group Sorority Noise, went to social media earlier this week to announce that his band will be going on hiatus after their next tour.

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Boucher, who has been very open with fans about his struggle with mental health, mentions that he “think it’s in [his] heart and mind’s best interest to take a break from the band for a while.”

It is not unheard-of for bands to take a break to focus on their personal well-beings. Last year, Philly group Modern Baseball announced their hiatus for the same reasons.

In his off time, Boucher will most likely be focusing on his new recording studio, The Metal Shop, in Philadelphia which he runs with Jake Ewald and Ian Farmer of Modern Baseball. He is also involved with a few side projects such as Old Grey and Small Circle.

It would be unfair to be upset with Sorority Noise for making this decision, especially since they are giving fans fair warning before their next tour and releasing new material later this month.

On March 16th, Sorority Noise will be releasing a full-length alternate version of their most recent studio album, Your Not As _____ As You Think. The reworked record will include new, stripped-down arrangements and added strings. It is simply titled YNAAYT.

Sorority Noise heads on their final tour for the foreseeable future on March 8th with Remo Drive, Foxx Bodies, and Jelani Sei.

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  1. Gaca, A. (2018, March 2). Sorority Noise Announce Hiatus. Retrieved March 8, 2018, from https://www.spin.com/2018/03/sorority-noise-hiatus/
  2. Gaca, A. (2018, February 21). Sorority Noise Announce YNAAYT Rework Album, Cover “Chelsea Hotel No. 2”. Retrieved March 8, 2018, from https://www.spin.com/2018/02/sorority-noise-ynaayt-rework-album-chelsea-hotel-no-2-cover/
  3. Modern Baseball Cancels Upcoming Spring US Tour. (2017, February 23). Retrieved March 8, 2018, from https://thetriplescoophawktv.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/modern-baseball-cancels-upcoming-spring-us-tour/

Runaway Brother – “New Pocket” (Review)

Cleveland indie-rockers Runaway Brother released their highly-praised sophomore album New Pocket earlier this month through Tiny Engines. Give it a listen in the player below.

 

Allow me to start off this review with a quick story:

Admittedly, I have never heard of Runaway Brother up until a few months ago when my band was asked to play a show with them. After further research, I noticed that they were signed by the stellar label Tiny Engines. Eager to open for a band of such stature, I could not wait to listen to their music.

On the 16th when they released New Pocket, my Twitter timeline was covered in Runaway Brother praise. People were literally going out of their way to promote the new record and saying how fantastic it was.

As soon as I had the opportunity to, I popped on New Pocket and gave it a listen for myself.

To be completely blunt, I found this record to be underwhelming. I look for a beginning, a middle, and an end in a record and this one did not have any. It just started and then 44 minutes later it finished. The album was also very poorly mixed. The drum sound specifically was disappointing.

It was difficult, but after looking past the poor sound quality, I was able to notice how smart the songwriting was. New Pocket is riddled with random time changes (which I am always a fan of) and even venture into measures of 5/8. That being said, I honestly do not see myself returning to this record for any specific song. Nothing really jumped out to me and I could not really find anything within the tracks to connect with.

Even though I was not the biggest fan of this record, I was still excited to be on the same bill as a band that has so much buzz around them. A lot of people really love this new Runaway Brother album.

At the show I met Runaway Brother’s bassist and drummer. They were young guys who were extremely happy to be there. We talked about the release of New Pocket and their current tour. These dudes were very humble and just trying their best to enjoy the journey they are on and I respected that. They were super friendly and our conversation led into funny stories about cops putting a stop to the basement shows we’ve played.

Their set was incredible. Runaway Brother is a great live band. They live sound is better than their studio stuff and that is really hard to do, especially today. I was particularly impressed with their vocal harmonies. Their whacky time signatures were also executed to perfection.

Runaway Brother’s set included a lot of songs from New Pocket, but also featured songs off of their first full-length Mother which I had not listened to yet.

Mother, released in 2015, is an awesome record featuring killer songs like “Harvest”, “Moth”, and “Catch”. Check it out below:

 

My all-time favorite Runaway Brother tune would have to be a song called “Summer/Autumn” from 2014.

 

I met Runaway Brother during the first week of their 40+ day tour and they were great. We wish them the best on the rest of tour and congratulate them on their newfound success. It could not be happening to a nicer group of guys. Their live performance definitely made me reevaluate my initial perception of their new record.

If you liked New Pocket, tell me why I’m an idiot in the comments. For now, we’re giving it 2/5 Scoops.

 

  1. Brooks, M. (2018, February 27). Review: Runaway Brother – New Pocket. Retrieved February 27, 2018, from http://www.getalternative.com/review-runaway-brother-new-pocket/
  2. Runaway Brother. (2018, February 16). New Pocket. Retrieved February 27, 2018, from https://runawaybrother.bandcamp.com/album/new-pocket
  3. Runaway Brother. (2015, March 31). Mother. Retrieved February 27, 2018, from https://runawaybrother.bandcamp.com/album/mother-2

Cameron Boucher // Field Medic – Split Review

On Valentine’s Day, a split was released by Cameron Boucher of Sorority Noise and Field Medic on Flower Girl Records. Check it out in the player below and know that all proceeds from the split go to Covenant House, a charity that provides shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth.

This split was a fun surprise. As a fan of both artists I was eager to give these songs a listen. Field Medic, a new favorite of mine, starts off the split with their signature loft drum machine beats in “everydayz 2moro”. The distorted guitar lick that follows transports me to the clouds and Kevin Patrick’s honest lyrics about eating Taco Bell and practically being homeless proceed to keep me afloat. This track was easily my favorite. It has everything I want in a Field Medic song and more. I’m still singing “let’s live like everyday’s tomorrow”.

Cam’s half of the split sounded more like material one would hear from his side project Old Gray, very quiet and somber. The string arrangements in “of alaska” were a beautiful compliment to the song. The layered vocal tracks was something new for Boucher that I hope he continues to experiment with.

Overall, this is a pretty solid split. As mentioned before, it was a pleasant surprise and the fact that all the proceeds go to charity is an added bonus. Will I being returning to this track often? Honestly, if I do it’s just so I can keep listening to “everydayz 2moro” until Field Medic finally releases a real studio LP. 3/5 Scoops.

  1. Flower Girl Records. (2018, February 14). Cameron Boucher // Field Medic, by Flower Girl Records. Retrieved February 23, 2018, from https://flowergirlrecords.bandcamp.com/album/cameron-boucher-field-medic
  2. Rapid Fire Reviews: Cam Boucher/Field Medic, Step Brother/moving away from people. (2018, February 22). Retrieved February 23, 2018, from http://www.getalternative.com/rapid-fire-reviews-cam-boucherfield-medic-step-brothermoving-away-ppl/

“You Don’t Need Expensive Gear to Make Great Music”

In a recent interview with Motörhead’s legendary guitarist, Phil Campbell, he shared that “you don’t need expensive gear to make great music.” He further explained that “if you know what you’re doing, and you string it up right, you can make a great racket on a $30 guitar as long as you’ve got the insight and direction.”

As a musician myself, I completely agree with this statement. I always say that it is not about that equipment you use, it is about the person using it. Just as Campbell said, with the right intuition you can take a cheap piece of equipment and make it sound professional.

I think back to some of my favorite albums that have been recorded in crummy basements or with old 8-tracks that have went on to skyrocket artists’ careers. The first example that pops into mind is a record called “QUARTERBACKS” by QUARTERBACKS. QUARTERBACKS are a two-piece punk band from New Paltz, NY. Their guitarist uses an old, beat up Squier Telecaster with the top E string cut off. When I listen to the music, however, the recording quality does not even cross my mind. The message this band sends with their music and their ability to send that message with the equipment they have is truly mesmerizing.

Another record that comes to mind is “Songs From The Sunroom” by Field Medic. This one-piece from San Fransisco is fronted by guitarist Kevin Patrick who self-recorded these songs in his sunroom with an old acoustic guitar. The success of these songs has led him to a record deal with a label out of Boston called Run For Cover Records.

One final example would be any Mac DeMarco release. DeMarco is a musician who writes and records all of his own music in his Brooklyn apartment on an old tape machine (which is totally out of style. Nowadays, it is far easier to record digitally on your laptop). In his documentary, “Pepperoni Playboy”, DeMarco says good pop music is made out of “pure human feeling” and not all of the fancy, expensive equipment you use to make it with.

Each of these artists remind me that I have the power to make something magical as long as I try hard enough. I can list plenty of examples of musicians who had real expensive equipment and didn’t know how to properly use it, but The Triple Scoop is not about bashing people, it is about celebrating the things we cherish.

 

  1. Beckner, J. (2018, February 1). Motorhead’s Phil Campbell: You Don’t Need Expensive Gear to Make Great Music. Retrieved February 1, 2018, from https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/motorheads_phil_campbell_you_dont_need_expensive_gear_to_make_great_music.html
  2. P. (2014, May 12). Retrieved February 01, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JStLz_vkEm8

Halogens Recording New EP & Music Video

New Jersey-based rockers Halogens are currently in the studio recording their sophomore EP. This comes after a split release with Staten back in 2016. The EP will feature 6 tracks including their latest single, “Pretty Enough”.

Halogens have been eager to get in the studio and write new music for a while now, teasing new material at some of their shows over the past few months. They will be recording on weekends throughout the month of January. An intended release date is still TBA.

The band has also been working on a new music video with Sharp Angle Media. The video is for “Pretty Enough” and is currently in the editing phase. Halogens have posted photos from their time on set of the video. One picture features frontman Zach Henry covered in make-up and another with drummer George Saives standing in front of a white wall covered in purple post-it notes that say “I love you”. Although we are not sure what they mean, we can’t help but feel extremely excited to see the song come to life.

New Sorority Noise Music Video Details

Connecticut emo band Sorority Noise has been filming a new music video with director Kyle Thrash all week. How do we know this? One of the guys on our Triple Scoop team was an extra in the video! Here is everything we know:

The music video is for their new song “No Halo” which is the first single off of their upcoming record, “You’re Not As ___ As You Think”, due to release March 17th. The video release date is uncertain, but it is rumored to also be on March 17th.

We don’t know too much about the concept, but our inside guy was an extra for the band’s performance scene. The scene was shot at The Thrifty Irishman, a thrift shop in Port Richmond. It was shot on the second floor which looked like a long and empty warehouse.

Extras were instructed to come wearing nude/neutral colored clothing. Art Directors draped every extra with a clear tarp. Extras surrounded the band and slowly swayed back and forth during their performance. While it all looked confusing and weird in real life, a crew member was coming around showing everyone how it looked in the monitor and it was stunning. Our guy was not aloud to have his phone on him, so we are unfortunately low on pictures. This single scene shot from 6pm to midnight (set up started before 4pm).

The band was very nice and excited to complete their first big-budget music video. The atmosphere they create is wonderful. They were constantly checking in and making sure the extras were comfortable and having a good time while cracking jokes amongst themselves. In between each take, a new friend of theirs would run up and give them a hug. The camera crew worked hard, but there was little to no yelling.

All in all, we’re in for a super cool new video.

Until its release, give “No Halo” a listen in the player below.