Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. This edition is packed with different flavors of rock. My personal favorite this week is The Undeserving’s Almost Alive, which is followed by punk and harder rock albums, before slowly easing into more poppy rock.
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The Undeserving – Almost Alive
Genre: alternative, rock, piano rock, pop
From their Facebook page: “Since their formation in 2005, The Undeserving’s music has taken them far beyond the boundaries of their quaint NW Ohio town. Shortly after they signed to Warner Bros. Records the band joined Secondhand Serenade on part of their American tour. In 2010 The Undeserving released their first single.
The small town band experienced huge success in the media with their hit single Something to Hope For. The song has been heard across television sets: on the ad campaign for Season 9 of American Idol and throughout its season, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser, and the CNN Red Cross special for the Haiti Relief Effort. (…) Something To Hope For and There For You are featured on The Undeserving’s debut album, Almost Alive, which released on September 6th, 2011. The album was mixed by Michael Brauer (previous clientele include: Coldplay, John Mayer and The Fray). Almost Alive has a euphonic and melodious pop/rock feel that nods to bands like Keane, Snow Patrol and early Coldplay.”
Almost Alive is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Non Ultra Joy – Disclaimer
Genre: alternative, indie, rock, AOR, classic rock
From their Facebook page: “(…) basically, Non Ultra Joy is what happened when John Girgus (Aberdeen, Spider Problem), Chris McRitchie (Flupejac, Big Stone City) and Dave McKay (Driveblind) decided to get together and play in the early part of 2010 in Los Angeles. Initial beer-fueled rehearsals saw the trio covering Bad Motor Scooter by Sammy Hagar’s Montrose, Game of Pricks by indie-rock heroes Guided By Voices and Midnight to Six Man by 60′s garage rockers the Pretty Things.
With such stellar musical signposts to lead the way, the band quickly honed their sound while co-songwriters Girgus and McRitchie swapped instruments as well as lead vocal duties. By March, after a few live outings to test the waters, Non Ultra Joy called upon producer Dave Newton (The Little Ones, the Soft Pack, the Henry Clay People) to record the band’s debut EP. You should be listening to the results right now.”
Disclaimer is a free download from Bandcamp.
Antillectual – Start From Scratch!
Genre: punk melodic, hardcore, rock
From their Bandcamp profile: “We’re a punkrock trio from Nijmegen, the Netherlands, touring and releasing albums worldwide since 2005. We like our punkrock political and melodic, combining the best of ’90’s skatepunk, ’00’s emo and ’10’s orgcore.”
Start From Scratch! is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Take Us To Vegas – The Road Ahead
Genre: rock, stadium rock, punk
From their Bandcamp profile: “TUTV is a young, five piece band hailing from the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Blending equal measure of hope, despair, aggression and passion – reflective in their sound through soaring vocals, catchy melodies and jolting beatdowns, the music shines with sincerity and conviction, and as a result has drawn a loyal fanbase. TUTV is a must for fans of A7X, Foo Fighters,ADTR, Paramore.”
The Road Ahead is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Allison Weiss – The Teenage Years
Genre: indie, rock, antifolk, folk, pop
From the album page: “The Teenage Years is a monthly song series running through January 2013. Each of the 12 total songs was written between 2004-2007. With every track featuring different producers and musicians, old forgotten songs are finally seeing the light of day in this new project from Allison Weiss.”
Allison Weiss was previously featured on Sound Sunday with her album Georges Perec: The Page.
The Teenage Years is a free song by song download from Bandcamp.
Mesita – Free Sampler EP
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Mesita is the solo project of 24-year-old American musician James Cooley from Denver, Colorado.
Free Sampler EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Tuna – Tuna EP
Genre: instrumental, progressive, rock, math rock, jazz
I discovered an announcement for this EP on Twitter many weeks ago. All that was available was the track listing and one song (Blossom). With promises to be released in August, I keep checking back week after week until finally, the album was released in September.
Tuna EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Ladyhips – Best Friends
Genre: experimental, indie, rock, pop, funk, jazz
From their Bandcamp profile: “Ladyhips are a band out of Hartford, CT. We combine influences ranging from all over, as the members of the group perform in such ensembles as combos and orchestras. From Bach to Bird. Be on the lookout for some new materials in the near future. Thank you!”
Best Friends is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Canary Swing – Three Cord Rope
Genre: indie, acoustic, pop, rock
From their Facebook page: “This Gloucestershire based band started off life as an acoustic power pop three piece under the name “Funky Horse Milk”, hitting their local scene with a catchy, upbeat sound and a live show that got people dancing with a smile on their faces.
Canary Swing became an instant hit. Probably one of the band’s greatest aspects is the ability to be accessible to any age or gender. crossing multiple genres and quickly becoming many peoples guilty pleasure.
The band manage to create a sound that is not only loveable but genuinely unique with a strong sense of considered musicianship!”
Three Cord Rope is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Watchbear – Demo 2012
Genre: experimental, independent, rock, mat rock, post rock
From their Facebook page: “Three guys decided they should jam. Then they wanted to make a band and ghost ride the whip on a regular basis. we met nahum at a halloween party. he was wearing a dope penguin suit.”
Demo 2012 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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