WELCOME TO HOMEGROWN!
A Local Music Segment airing every Monday through Friday at 11pm w/ Mo!
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Founded in fall of 2013, the band WESLYNN was formed when three Arizona State University schoolmates and long-time friends Jared Geyer, Greg Olin, and Kevin Holmes decided to start making music together in a bedroom in Ahwatukee, a suburb of Phoenix, AZ. They quickly gained a fan base in their hometown while playing coffee shops, cover gigs, and releasing original home recordings online for free. The following year, WESLYNN’s first professionally produced five-track EP titled Dark Days garnered a positive response from faithful fans and new listeners alike. The album was engineered and produced by Nashville recording artist, David Dreas (Aliza Carter Band, Fides, Sam Pinkerton).
In February 2015, WESLYNN released the single “What Went Wrong”. In a statement to Cronkite News at ASU they said, “Everything we have been through has brought us closer together. We have individually had so many personal trials, but when we start playing music, it all fades away. The world is constantly changing and throwing tragedy into our lives, but WESLYNN has given us the opportunity to rally around each other and made us even closer friends. This music is a direct response to those hard times of love and loss.”
WESLYNN’s sophomore five-song EP, Black & Champagne, was recorded with producer and engineer Dan Parker (Kenny Holland, The Summer Set, Wild Earth) in spring of 2016, followed by a new single “Here To Stay” in September of 2017. The band draws their inspiration from musicians like Augustana, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, The Beatles, and Queen; blending their fresh sound and classic rock style. With smooth vocals, haunting harmonies and grooving guitar vibes, WESLYNN’s music reaches people of all ages. The band continues to focus on writing new material and is excited to keep sharing their music with fans all over the world. You can follow Weslynn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram then preview their song “Stop The World” below. Let us know what you think of the song at the bottom of the page, by voting for them to get a Friday replay.
Wednesday: Angel Station
Angel Station is a power trio based in Tempe, AZ that is Tyler Gaston, Jake Lightle, and Matt Hernandez.
Originally a solo project of Tyler’s, the creation of the first studio album was overseen by audio production guru Dan Parker (A Change of Pace). Angel Station as a live act was spawned with the addition of friends Jake and Matt.
Angel Station’s broad sonic pallet was first manifested by its eponymous debut EP, released in March 2014. From the pop punk-influenced ‘True Story’, to the reggae-tinged ‘December 32nd’, the first studio effort is derivative of various musical genres, making it impossible to dismiss AS as a group with a catalog of material that all sounds the same. The album features the singles ‘Home’ and ‘Pendulum’, in which AS is joined by good friends/musical co-conspirators Carl Perera and Riley Rae, respectively. In June 2014, the band released the energetic follow-up single ‘Without a Trace’.
Angel Station’ is named after a London tube station that Tyler and his close friend as well as band manager, Ty Adams, discovered while on a trip to the UK. They decided to find inspiration for a new project while on vacation, and narrowed it down to 2 of London’s train stations. The other option was ‘Cockfosters.’ Angel Station was probably the right choice.
Although live performances are rare now – largely due to Tyler’s “day job” as an airline pilot – new music is in the works and AS is sure to return to the Phoenix music scene again.
Download ‘Without a Trace’ and the entire discography today – half of all sales are donated to World Vision, a charity focused on helping children living in extreme poverty around the globe. You can give Angel Station a follow on Facebook and Youtube then preview their song “Without A Trace” below before their radio debut on Wednesday. If you dig it, vote to have their song played again for the Friday Replay at the bottom of the page.
Thursday: Fairy Bones
2016 was a big year for alternative/pop/rock quartet Fairy Bones. Touted by the press for their debut album, they then went on a short hiatus to record – only to return to debut their new material and sound as direct support for thrice Grammy-nominated trio Highly Suspect on their west coast tour.
After being named “Best Local Band” of 2015 by Phoenix New Times, the group of colorful misfits has been lighting up the stage as support for KONGOS, St Lucia, Mother Mother, Marcy Playground, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, and Kyle Gass Band. Paste declared Fairy Bones a “four-piece art/glam/rock monster” while praising lead singer Chelsey Louise’s “incomparable pipes,” which they noted, “Few rock voices today can compare, of any gender.”
Imagine epic, dramatic alternative-pop songs sent out to the back rows of a stadium by a charismatic force of nature who could more than hold her own against whatever Florence Welch could throw her way, sharing space on a stunning debut with songs that filter lofty art-rock sensibilities through the reckless abandon of punk.
That was “Dramabot,” the debut album with which Fairy Bones confirmed their standing on the front ranks of the Phoenix music scene. Together with Bob Hoag (The Format, Scary Kids Scaring Kids), tucked away at the infamous Flying Blanket Studio, Fairy Bones managed to craft an album that surpassed all of their wildest expectations.
They are now coming back into the proverbial spotlight with the release of their single “No One Can Suffer Like I Can” and giving fans a taste of what to expect in 2018 with their sophomore album, “0% Fun.” Preview their new song “Kill Me” below, pre-order their new album 0% Fun HERE and fully support FB by voting for them for the Friday Replay at the bottom of the page.