WELCOME TO HOMEGROWN!
Your new music fix from our own backyard every Mon through Thursday at 11p!
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Vote which band deserves The Song Of The Week at the bottom of the page.
Supported by our friends at Illegal Pete’s: Burritos, Buddies and Beer! Mission Style Food with a Full Bar!
Monday: Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers – Icarus
Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers is a new art rock / psychedelic indie-pop band from Phoenix, AZ. Jon Gengle, Sam Bohlman, and Tyler Matock began meeting in late 2017 to bounce some musical ideas around at Jon’s home studio. Jon and Sam had been recording and performing with another local band ‘War Admiral’ that had recently broken up. Before the breakup, ‘War Admiral’ had performed with Tyler’s Phoenix-based band Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold, and thought it would be interesting to see what sort of creative synthesis could come from mixing their different songwriting styles. Once they started meeting regularly to write, they discovered that they had attended the same elementary school, St. Jerome’s Catholic School (talk about a small world).
The three musicians continued to meet, write and record many different song demos during the final months of 2017. Everything began to flow naturally until there was a large catalog of potential compositions. In January of 2018, they began discussing the best way to focus their creativity into an official musical project that would allow them to explore various styles and genres of music while maintaining a distinctive sound. Jon had had a crazy idea to create a semi-anonymous band that would provoke mystery and curiosity in potential listeners.
It soon became clear that the direction of the band would be to embrace the fusion of different styles. Most of Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers’ songs are structured around a pop sensibility but utilize various soundscapes such as synth pop, acoustic rock, funk and soul to add diversity. In order to fully execute this broad palette of soundscapes, it became apparent that additional musicians were needed with a similar mindset of dynamic composition. Ian Kelman and Connor Pritchard were the perfect fit.
Ian had recently come off the breakup of his band ‘Huckleberry’ and Connor had been looking for a creative outlet for his skills on the drums. They both joined the band in the Summer of 2018 and went straight to work on bringing their distinctive flare to the project. Throughout the remainder of 2018, the now fully-formed band began writing, recording, and producing their first full-length LP (Set to be released in mid-2019) at Jon’s home studio ‘Lemon Studios’ under their own label ‘Wy Records.’
In the midst of finishing the record a number of live performance opportunities were presented based on the increasing positive online reception of the band’s songs and features on some prominent YouTube channels. Catch Gus D Wynns & The Breakers at The Valley Bar May 4th w/ Broncho. Preview their song Icarus below, you can even vote to hear it again for Song of the Week at the bottom of the page.
Tuesday: Courtesy Call – Anything You Say
Courtesy Call is a rock band located in Mesa, Arizona that consists of Stephen Gygi, Dallin Pear and Evan Wolfgramm. They released their first EP Screamed the Dust Speck in late 2016 and released their second EP, Sides on November 1 2017. Both EPs were produced, mixed and mastered by Ken Dudley at Cottenwood Studios.
Later in mid 2018 they released a two song EP entitled Not Giving You Up. In January 2019 the band released Original Glaze, a full album comprised of songs from all of the previously released EP.
Courtesy Call is known for their lively rock shows and songs that range from poignant to humorous to songs about food. Yo can catch Courtesy Call at Pub Rock this Saturday and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Preview their song “Anything You Say” below, if ya dig it, vote to hear it again for song of the week at the bottom of the page.
Wednesday: Staarghost – Eyes
Staarghost is an Arizona based independent Hip Hop/R&B singer/songwriter and music producer. He also has a deep love for graphic design and CGI animation.
Aside from writing, recording, and producing his first single release “Eyes”, he also filmed and edited his own animated music video for it using a $10 green screen, a Nikon D3200 camera, and his imagination.
“I want there to be sense of weirdness to my art” says Staarghost. “I wanted the music video for ‘Eyes’ to feel like a dark Sci-Fi film, almost like an episode from Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror.’ “
With Radiohead being his favorite band growing up, Staarghost is a huge fan of blending contemporary art with pop culture and looks for interesting ways to inject compelling and creative visuals into his music.
Preview Staarghost’s new single “Eyes” below, it’s also available now on Spotify and Apple Music. If ya dig it, vote to hear it again for Song of the Week at the bottom of the page.
Thursday: Divided Minds – Let You Down
Divided Minds is a three piece pop band from Phoenix, AZ, who has performed with numerous national acts such as Wage War, The Summer Set , Doll Skin and Best Ex (Formerly Candy Hearts). Divided Minds has proven time and time again that their music connects well, and their sound continues to be fresh. Their music has often been played on radio stations across Arizona, along with interviews and morning TV guest appearances. In April of 2018 they released their first EP under We Are Triumphant titled Mood Swings
Divided Minds has an unwavering commitment to create the best music possible and to bring their live audiences closer to the music experience as a whole. Having opened in 2017 for BØRNS in front of a crowd of over 1500 enthusiastic fans, it became quite evident that Divided Minds was creating quite the stir as a band to be noticed. Since ‘Mood Swings’, Divided Minds has continued to grow both in their music and performances. Working with Producer Jon Lundin of Point North , Divided Minds have re focused their style to bring a fresh new sound to the world. With the release of their new single ‘Let You Down’, Divided Minds’ fans are eager to hear what comes next from this powerful pop trio. You can catch Divided Minds at The Nile this Friday and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Preview “Let You Down” below, if you love it, vote to hear it again for Song of the Week at the bottom of the page.
Song of the Week:
Courtesy Call – Anything You Say