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The Velvet Face


Many people know Zac Farro as the incredibly talented drummer for Paramore, but he is also in another band called HalfNoise.

The Velvet Face is the newest release from HalfNoise and it is for sure something you should listen to. As a follow up to the 2016 album Sudden Feeling, this combines previous heard elements along with a surprise.

The EP has 5 tracks total and begins with “Scooby’s In The Back”. The song starts out slowly and quietly with a guitar and Zac Farro singing and then becomes upbeat and exciting. The song stays thrilling the whole way through and features a lot of different instruments which makes it a really interesting listen.

As U Wave” comes in full force, as Hayley Williams is featured on this track. This song is catchy right from the beginning. Farro sounds really awesome with all the instruments in the song. Williams jumps in around the 1 minute 30 second mark and sings a verse. She sings one of the coolest lyrics on the EP, which is “Dreaming was easier with you, but sometimes this life leaves you blue”.

The last two songs on the EP are “Someday” and the title track “Velvet Face”. “Someday” really draws you in as it has a really funky keyboard at the beginning. The funkiness keeps going through the whole song. “Velvet Face” starts out with a chill guitar part and a tambourine. Farro comes in singing really softly and he stays singing like that throughout the whole song. New instruments come in throughout the song which keeps it appealing and makes you keep listening all the way through to the end.

If you’re going to compare this to the past works of HalfNoise, The Velvet Face is one of the best. From the first track to the last track it keeps you listening and hearing Hayley Williams and Zac Farro sing together is probably something you didn’t know you needed in your life.

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Do you ever feel like real life imitates infomercials, with the constant reminder that “wait, there’s more”?

That’s how we felt when we heard that Bleached was releasing not only a new EP, but a zine as well. Both share the title Can You Deal? and the release date of March 3rd.

The zine features contributions from Hayley Williams, Tegan Quinn, Liz Phair, Julien Baker, Alice Glass, Mish Way, Sadie Dupuis, EMA…the list goes on. There will only be 500 copies printed, and net proceeds will be benefiting Planned Parenthood.

The EP…well, it’s four songs long and we’ve already got one to tide us over for the next 30 days. You can check out the title track below while you daydream about the day journalists stop generically referring to bands as “female fronted” or “girl bands”.


Will you be ordering yourself a Can You Deal? zine?

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