Saloon

An Album By

The Ongoing Concept

Review by

Listen now

The Ongoing Concept is a four-piece rock and roll band you want to hear first, so you can be the ones to tell your friends about them. Saloon is their first release, and it’s a blast; it’s a record you hope comes across your desk. The band sounds like they’re having fun with their craft, and it gives birth to an innovative spin on southern rock, metalcore and even ballads.

Their first single, “Cover Girl,” is personal statement for the band, attacking any complacency to be unoriginal, screaming out “Stop being a print of someone else’s painting.” It’s not just a band motto, it’s written for accountability, their fans and peers alike, holding them to their words.

And, so far, it’s working. The album blasts off with the title track “Saloon,” drunkenly stumbles through “You are the One,” and then sobers up to fight halfway through the same jam. It’s full of banjo, vaudeville and a Western storyline. It’s got elements of Southern rock, tinged with a little Panic! at the Disco and is all tied up together with a metalcore foundation. Highly recommended.

Features

Payable on Death – P.O.D.

A Voice of Life

Almost 27 years after the band's first studio album, P.O.D.'s message is arguably more important than ever. "I believe (our message) is even more relevant now than it was then. If you really listen to 'Youth of the Nation,' we still have these tragedies going on. There’s a lot of searching still going on out there."

By

Full Feature
Seaway

Seaway's Big Fall

Planned for the summer, 'Big Vibe' was moved to the Fall as COVID swept the nation. It turns out, the vibes were exactly the breath of fresh air we needed. HM contributing writer Danielle Martin talks with Seaway vocalist Ryan Locke about the band's new era, how they formed their sound for 2020, and why Harry Styles belongs in their lives.

By

Full Feature
All Features