Introducing: Touch Somebody

Touch-Somebody

Allow me to introduce Sterling Heights-based Touch Somebody; a pop-infused quartet with an attitude. If you’re a fan of Blink-182 or Say Anything, you’ll definitely want to stay tuned.

After some less than successful experiments, the guys of Touch Somebody finally came together for the purpose of writing what they really feel, rather than conforming to a particular style. Last year Touch Somebody recorded and released a DIY album entitled Is it Wrong to Say I Love You?  and begun to play shows around the Metro Detroit area.

Lead singer and guitarist, Thomas Dameron, spent his fair share of hours behind the board before heading off the recording and producing the band’s debut album. Previously, he spent many years writing and recording electro-pop tunes under the moniker, Audio Summer, while he was only in high school. Now working with a full band, he upped the home-studio ante to produce the first Touch Somebody album. Dameron explained that the greatest challenges in producing a record in his basement came from recording live drums with his brother, Jon. Through a number of technical issues, delays, and unfortunate mishaps, the guys were finally able to release the album approximately 1 year ago via Bandcamp. The album is free, and I encourage you to check it out right away.

In more recent history, the group has recorded a few singles with legendary producer, Rob Freeman, of Hidden in Plain View- who is know best by his work with Gym Class Heroes, Hit The Lights and Armor for Sleep. We’ll have to wait to see when those singles appear, but in the meantime the boys are making some additions to the home studio as they prepare to hunker down and record a wealth of new tracks that have been written since the release of the first album.

Get to know the band by checking out the first video from a two-part series about the band, produced by Habitat Media Group:

 


Bands You Need to Know: The Native Howl

The Native Howl

Folk-rock bandits, The Native Howl formed less than 2 years ago when singer-songwriters Jake Sawicki and Alex Holycross finally joined forces after years of making music in close proximity to one another. Since coming together the duo have self-released The Revolution’s Dead EP, and used their combined business acumen to launch Clean As Dirt Records, out of Leonard Michigan’s CAD Studios.

In the year that followed, the group proceeded to play stages throughout Michigan and began writing and recording their debut full-length album, Inukshuk, due for release by early October. An Inukshuk is an Inuit cultural symbol made up of a pile of unworked stones often used to designate safe travel passages.

This Wednesday, June 30, you’ll be able to see The Native Howl perform two 50-minute sets at Detroit’s Campus Martius as part of the Lunchtime Concert Series hosted by 93.9 The River. The guys will be handing out demos of Inukshuk with purchase of anything from their merch table.

You can get your hands on The Revolution’s Dead at The Native Howl’s bandcamp, and stream the music video No Chance (For My Soul), below: