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the ear-p 2

Well, we said we wanted to do it again, and the day has finally come for Earbuddy to reveal its second compilation, The EAR-P 2. Consisting of artist submissions, Earbuddy hopes to introduce you to your new favorite artist or artists. The EAR-P 2 brings together 10 songs from 10 different artists, featuring a variety of musical influences. There’s really something for everyone. Oh, and the download doesn’t cost you a thing (unless you just want to make a donation). So why wait? Get to downloading HERE and be sure to listen and read further coverage about this release below.

Get to know the artists behind The EAR-P 2:

carnival youth

Carnival Youth:

Tell us what your song is about?

The song is about unfinished relationships, not giving up and Octopus from the stars is made up metaphor to describe indescribable feeling of Love.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

Edgars: Devendra Banhart Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Aleksis: The Dead Weather Sea of Cowards
Emils: Dodos Career
Roberts: everything Spencer Krug has been involved with.

While all of us can say for recording our own debut album, Arcade Fire influenced us quite a lot.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

Well. High school finally is behind (we graduated this spring), and it feels really great to do the things we like the most — play gigs and travel. And it is great there are people out there who like and support what we do.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Find a manager. Make service rider 🙂

What can listeners expect next from you?

The debut album No Clouds Allowed will be released outside of Latvia next year! But we are already in process of writing the next album.

Follow Carnival Youth: Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud

leggy

Leggy

Tell us what your song is about?

“Sweet Teeth” is a love song about one of those relationships that drags on indefinitely without ever really coming to fruition. It’s also about knowing that something isn’t good for you and going through with it anyway. There’s something strangely thrilling about giving into to something you know is bad for ya.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

Veronique: Marry Me by St. Vincent, Born to Die by Lana Del Rey, and Winning Days by The Vines.

Kerstin : Spiderland by Slint.

Chris : Demonstration Tapes by Dolly Mixture, Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, and Night For Day by Quix*o*Tic.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

We’ve met a ton of amazing people, been to a bunch of exciting places, and had a lot of fun. As friends, we’ve grown closer. Being roommates as well as bandmates means lots and lots of bonding time.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Be stoked on what you do, have fun, tour, record your jams and don’t worry about breaking into the industry 😉 Be considerate and laid back when you’re on the road, realize how luck you are to be playing music, traveling, and partying with your best friends <3 What can listeners expect next from you?

We have a new EP in the works! It’s been recorded and mixed by the same dream team responsible for Cavity Castle — John Hoffman and Jerri Queen — and we’re super stoked about it. Also people can expect more shows, more touring, more ~~ chillin’ ~~~, and of course more sugarcoated dream punk.

Follow Leggy: Website / Facebook / Bandcamp / Twitter / Soundcloud

meenk

Meenk

Tell us what your song is about?

Some summers ago, a few friends and I got in trouble for underage drinking at a river float in San Marcos. It was a terrible, terrible day.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

It’s hard for me to see the influence when it’s not something I’m consciously channeling. That said, I’ve been listening to Terror Twilight (Pavement) a lot recently. If I were to zoom out it would probably be a Kinks album — Something Else or the Village Green Preservation Society. I tend to like albums that are sad, but also funny. D-Sides (Gorillaz). Ok, I’ll stop there.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

For me, it’s changed a lot, but that’s partly because the formation of this project coincided with my graduating. Living in a newish city, so that of course is a different experience. It’s good.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

I should probably be on the other end of that question. Good advice for anyone would be to drink more water. Almost no one drinks enough. I don’t drink enough either.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Lots! We’ve got a bunch of new songs we’re excited about. Playing fun shows with fun bands in the New Year, come see.

Follow Meenk: Facebook / Bandcamp / YouTube / Soundcloud

Fat Heaven

Fat Heaven

Tell us what your song is about?

Despite sounding fun and lighthearted, “Liar and a Thief” is actually about a fairly serious issue. It’s our attempt at mocking the media’s obsession with victim blaming. We kept it as vague as possible, but in reality, the song refers to a girl escaping a rapist only to be referred to as a dumb, deceitful, bitch by the wonderful news anchors that saturate TV networks.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

Pretty much all of the Misfits albums until Famous Monsters. Yes, we dig the Graves era too but Danzig will always be #1 in our hearts (or where our hearts should be). If we had to pick a favorite its probably Walk Among Us, which influenced us a stupid amount.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

Other than all the private jets, cocaine, and parties on P. Diddy’s yacht? Meh, its pretty much the same.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Quit being a bunch of fuckboiiis.

What can listeners expect next from you?

We got a four song self-titled EP coming out in January and we are stoked as hell to be putting it out on 7″ vinyls with the help of Canada’s finest, Chisel Records. We also will be playing all over New York City in the coming months so come find us at a show and say “Yo.”

Follow Fat Heaven: Web / Facebook / Bandcamp / Soundcloud

sleepy dreamers

Sleepy Dreamers

Questions answered by band member Shannon Carpenter.

Tell us what your song is about?

“Hunk” is really just about four boys (hunks) who formed a band and released an EP. Then one of the boys was doing an interview with a cool website and got asked what one of the songs was about but he didn’t actually write the song so he just came up with a dumb answer. Nah but if I had to guess, I’m pretty sure it’s about this one time when Ed and I robbed a petrol station.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

I honestly don’t think I could narrow it down to one album. When we first started being a band, the vibe we were going for was really inspired by a mutual love we all had for albums like Fleet Foxes’ Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago… Anything with harmonies really! We all like different bands these days really, but thinking back to when we started, that’s what we were all into at the time. Since then our sounds gotten a lot heavier but those influences really helped lay down the foundations.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

It’s improved dramatically because I get to see the beautiful faces of Ed, Cal and Matt on a regular basis.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Play fun tunes. Keep on keepin on.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Our second EP Local Football was released in November and we’re in the kitchen cooking up plans for a 2015 release.

Follow Sleepy Dreamers: Facebook / Bandcamp / Twitter / Soundcloud

ArtClassSink

ArtClassSink

Tell us what your song is about?

“Someone To Try For (Die)” was the final track from our EP. I wrote about a tough break up, each track followed a stage of the typical break up process — anger, misery, loneliness and finally hopefulness.
Cliche I know but we always write about what we know whether it be our love lives or our cars breaking down. “Someone” was the last track and so was about being hopeful for the future and finding someone so special you would give your own life to be with them.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

We have so many influences on this record, but we were listening to Yuck, Daughter and Now, Now. I was obsessed with how the last two could conjure up such a spacious yet powerful sound and even aggressive at times and it’s something I would hope people could hear in this record.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

Stress! This band has had so much blood (literally our drummers hands have been torn open at a few shows), sweat, money, love, more money and even vomit on one occasion put into it, ironically one of the reasons my relationship the EP is based on broke down was because my all my time was in the band, just like all the guys. It’s a hard life style, but it’s something we all want and will give our all for.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Be true to who you are, find your sound and expect thousands of no’s before you get a yes. Networking with other local bands when you are first starting out is our biggest advice!

What can listeners expect next from you?

Honesty, eclectic sounds and songs that people can relate to from all walks of life, that’s all we ever want. To hear our music moved someone or made them think about things is something really special and we really apriciate that!

Follow ArtClassSink: Facebook / Bandcamp

We Will Be Lions

We Will Be Lions

Tell us what your song is about?

The song is about ecstasy. When you take ecstasy, you are like a space capsule that opens up to let in oxygen, at which point all the forces of love are channeling through you and opening you up. We are all like planets floating around in an imaginary solar system. We are self contained but completely sterile. It’s not until we allow others in that things get an opportunity to grow.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

Tame Impala’s “Lonerism”. Before that album was released, we were a glam rock band mostly influenced by artists such as T. Rex, David Bowie, and Prince. Tame Impala inspired a collective consensus to explore a much more “psychedelic” approach to the music we create. Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and Foxygen’s “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” are two other recent albums that have heavily influenced the way we compose music.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

Being a part of a band means focusing all of your creative energy to contribute towards its growth. It’s like having a child or being in a relationship. The beauty is in the process. You get to watch something grow from inception to fruition, and work towards a common goal together.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Your audience is as important to the music as you are. Their response to what you create says a lot about whether you are tapping into the right parts of yourself. People respond to genuine expression. There’s always going to be a line you walk between you and them. It is never one or the other. Also, you should play live constantly. It keeps you honest.

What can listeners expect next from you?

We just finished filming a music video for “When Your Skirt Hits The Floor” which we will be releasing mid December 2014. We are regularly playing shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles, and we are currently planning a 2 month national tour for Spring 2015. We have also been working on several collaborative releases with other artists, including a psychedelic hip hop project, as well as continuing work on an upcoming full-length We Will Be Lions album.

Follow We Will Be Lions: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud

tim bick

Tim Bick

Tell us what your song is about?

Clinging to the past so as to make yourself utterly miserable, while holding up a sign that says “am I tragic enough yet?”

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

It’s a photo finish between the first Only Ones album and Music To Suffer By by Leona Anderson.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

I have become more handsome, a better lover, and receive regular dinner invitations from David Cameron, all of which I send back with a drawing of some genitalia on the envelope.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Become a plumber instead, you meet lots of interesting people and the money’s better.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Even more singles in 2015 starting in the spring. I am also planning my first nervous breakdown, which I hope to develop into a series of harrowing spoken word albums with acapella backing from ex-members of 90s boy bands.

Follow Tim Bick: Web / Bandcamp / Facebook

the crytearions

The Crytearions

Tell us what your song is about.

The rise of the machines. The way in which we as humans are becoming more and more dependent on them for our survival, what will happen when we become fully dependent on them, and what will happen when artificial intelligence allows them to become more autonomous beings.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist?

Choosing one is difficult. Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs really inspired me. So did Grouper’s Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill and Minutemen’s Double Nickels On The Dime.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

Hard to say.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

Don’t break into it, break it.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Everything.

Follow The Crytearions: Bandcamp

malka

Malka

Tell us what your song is about?

The music was written first, the guitar melody conjured imagery of the ocean and the night, both of which reminded David Ciauro (bass and vocals) of a poem he wrote a long time ago during a summer semester abroad in Ireland. The poem was about momentary love, and the intensity that exists when you know that it’s inevitably fleeting…not because it wasn’t real, but because sometimes that how life plays out.

What album would you say has influenced you the most as an artist/band?

It would be impossible to pick any one record as being the most influential. Every note/beat/word is amalgamated not only from everything we’ve ever seen, done, and heard, but from a place within that makes us who we are as musicians, artists, and people.

How would you say your life has changed since becoming an artist/band?

It hasn’t yet, but I think the our collective experience coming into this band allows us to appreciate being able to create and play music with people that share an equal respect for one another. We don’t have any delusions of grandeur. Outselling Taylor Swift is not on our agenda.

What’s your advice for any new band or artist breaking into the industry?

We haven’t broken into the industry, but for us, keeping your expectations based in reality and keep your voice genuine is the only way to go.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Being a new band, We can only hope that the more we play together, and the more we learn to understand each other as musicians, that the music will mature and follow a natural progression of sorts.

Follow Malka: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud / YouTube


Thank you to all the artists who submitted songs for our second compilation. If you’re an artist or are in a band and would like to appear on a forthcoming Earbuddy compilation, stay locked on our site or LIKE us on Facebook for future updates.

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