Submission Accomplished | 9 Swell Offerings From The Virtual Mailbag

Meet Shook Planet, Paper Parachutes, Sam Miller, West on Colfax and more.


It’s a lazy holiday Monday here at the Tinnitist compound. So I’m using the down time to catch up on some of the indie videos and singles that have been sent my way via the Submit Music page. I’ve included whatever details the artists sent me (or what I could glean from their social media and previous appearances in these pages). Enjoy.

1 | Shook Planet | Not Your Kinda Type (ft. Audio Vanguard)

THE PRESS RELEASE:Shook Planet is a a brand new rock/hip-hop/punk project from Meringues co-founder Ted Evans. The Kingston outfit’s debut single and music video Not Your Kinda Type dropped on Valentine’s Day. The video is colourful and fun with some humourous moments woven throughout.”

2 | Paper Parachutes | Desert Rose

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Toronto’s up and coming funk collective Paper Parachutes have release a light-hearted music video for Desert Rose off their brand new EP, Above the Clouds. The female-fronted group of five plays with elements of soul, hip-hop, and latin funk to showcase something entirely fresh and undeniably addictive. Reminiscent of The Brand New Heavies and No Doubt, Desert Rose puts Paper Parachutes on the map as a force to be reckoned with. Producer/bassist Brian Bonner drives the groove under fast paced guitars played by Simon Chow. The bobbing and weaving of Harley Vanselow’s lush saxophone breaks overtop of Wesley Small’s tight rhythms leads to a melodic trip for front-woman, Sabre’s vocals to soar. “The lyrics take you on a journey that is fast, furious and passionate. Since the song is so big instrumentally, we thought a memorable visual and compelling narrative would help our fans see the personalities of each member. It set the tone that would stay upbeat and spontaneous through our various collaborations and inspirations,” Sabre explains. “We’re a very diverse group in terms of backgrounds, musicality, and influences. We wanted to show that off in the context of our home town of Toronto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.”

3 | Sam Miller | Bloodmoon Honeymoon

THE PRESS RELEASE:Sam Miller is a man of unique talents. A rare musical soul who thrives in our modern day of synthesizers and microchips, but who would be equally content playing Bach fugues in a cathedral filled with orangutans. His musical output is driven by curiosity and exploration, noticeably lacking the self-aggrandizing spirit of so much pop music. With his most recent album, In One Place at a Time, Miller slyly sings the voice of your inner thoughts. No paradox is safe. He reflects on regret, lost opportunities, and love, but does not dwell on any one idea too long. Bloodmoon Honeymoon was written and recorded in one night in a Seattle basement by Chris Cunningham, Lizzy Rose and Sam Miller.”

4 | West On Colfax | Choke Hold

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Exciting new Americana band West On Colfax are a four-piece from Lancashire. Their North Western blend of alt-country rock has a warmth to it, borne from the road-worn voice of Alan Hay and their tales of love, life and hard-lived lives with hope. They have been pulling them in to their Americana nights at the New Continental in Preston and supporting bands in various venues in Manchester. 2020 will see the release of their debut LP Barfly Flew By. They have been described fairly as sounding like Teenage Fanclub meets Stone Roses, Son Volt with bits of Big Star.”

5 | Little Us | You’ll Be Fine

THE PRESS RELEASE:Little Us are an alt-rock band from Connecticut. They recently released the three-song concept EP Don’t Let Go Of Something Real, You’ll Be Fine, which expresses the struggles of depression, anxiety and a loss to suicide. “The emotions in these songs are widely experienced but consistently overlooked. Writing these songs is what lifted us out of a dark place in our lives and we intend to help others do the same.”

6 | Fantasy 15 | The Menace

THE PRESS RELEASE: “In a land far, far away, in a not-so-distant future lies Zoltandia, a city defenseless against the automation of all human experience. Inhabitants of the once-sprawling ecological wonder have for the past 100 years slowly and unwittingly submitted themselves to a cold and merciless digital government, a monolith who’s sole purpose is to replace the soulful expression of life with a pre-programmed robotic reality. Fantasy 15 are the band of mortal fighters striving to prevent such evils from destroying the entire galaxy. Armed only with their analog synthesizers and a seemingly never ending supply of undeniable primordial rhythms reminiscent of Nigerian Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and New York City New Wave, the rebel group works diligently day and night to save all of humanity from the horrors of digital automation.”

7 | Poli | On The Line

THE PRESS RELEASE:On The Line is the debut single of LA-based singer/songwriter Poli, and is a blend of pop, modern R&B and jazz melody over deep funky dance production. This record will have your body moving while also touching on themes of healing and empowerment. Originally hailing from Moscow, Poli began her career growing up in a musical family and becoming a semi-finalist in Russia’s The Voice. Following years of touring internationally, Poli has settled in Los Angeles where she has developed her creative voice alongside producer Ajae, and co-writers Josh Jacobson and Satarra. Through her music she touches on themes of self-discovery, questions life’s nuances and relationships, embodying the journey of a young creative woman finding her way in the modern world, while making these themes accessible and musically infectious.”

8 | Stress Dolls | Nashville

THE PRESS RELEASE:Stress Dolls is a singer-songwriter from Buffalo, NY whose music has been described as Joni Mitchell meets Nirvana. Her latest single Nashville was just released. “Lyrically the song deals with an ordeal that I went through nearly a couple of years ago when I moved to Nashville and then had to leave due to health concerns that led to a hospitalization and move back to Buffalo. Thankfully I’m feeling better since then, but the experience threw me– however, the song itself is pretty upbeat. It was produced by my friend Jay Milton, who plays in a band called The Demos.”

9 | Mason Summit | Doomed From the Start

THE PRESS RELEASE:Mason Summit is a 23-year-old musician from Santa Monica. His new single Doomed from the Start arrived on Valentine’s Day. His previous releases have received acclaim and garnered comparisons to Elliott Smith, Elvis Costello & Wilco.”