We’d like to introduce you to something a little different from our usual vein of album and single reviews today! The Bongo Boy Rock n Roll TV Series is an indie-music-focused production that’s distributed on over 72 TV channels in the US. Now in its tenth season, Bongo Boy TV has proven itself to be a bastion of support for indie artists across the globe. Bongo Boy TV kicked off its 10th season in early 2021 with this first episode, featuring videos from seven different artists, featuring hip hop, hard rock, alternative, acoustic songs, and more.
The episode opens with the video for Communion from Makes My Blood Dance. Living up to their name in its entirety, this hard rock number is driving and edgy, combining the band’s dark and powerful performance with high-energy club shots alongside foreboding artistic moments. But if hard rock tunes aren’t your cup of tea, no worries – we switch directions with the second track, Blue Gene by ADIV. This hip-hop / R&B track is exceedingly sleek with a pop-driven melody and exquisite vocals driving the track. The video offers a captivating contrast between futuristic, out-of-this-world fashion against decades-old cars and 70’s style videography.
Lucky 7 is next, a rock track released by Phoenix, AZ-based group Jane N’ The Jungle. Featuring a lead singer with Janis Joplin-esque vocals combined with a dynamite rhythm section, this track is incredibly catchy without veering into pop territory. The video showcases the band in every environment from individual studio sessions to live performances, giving the viewer a full picture of the band’s journey. Then we’re treated to the smooth rap stylings of Chad Rico in New Level. The video for this track is practically a movie, with stunning special effects and a complex story that features the artist inside the fantasy world of a video game. This sci-fi element is mirrored in the video that follows – AV Super Sunshine‘s alt-rock track X File 8675309. Reminiscent of the TV show by the same name, this cinematic adventure explores classified files and alien abduction stories, set to music that brings to mind a modern, indie take on the sounds of Pink Floyd (and a nod to Tommy Tutone for good measure).
Before We Fall is the sole ballad in this episode, released by German artist Udo Hoelscher. Lead by a bright acoustic guitar and tight vocal harmonies, this black and white studio video highlights the emotion in this song and is topped off by a tastefully simple acoustic guitar solo. Closing this episode is Clay Melton with a live video for his track Say That You Love Me. This performance is as authentic as rock ‘n roll can get, with a rich and gravelly vocal, bluesy guitar riffs, and an overall retro feel that makes this group feel like they walked right out of the ’70s (in the best way).
Well curated, full of quality indie music and captivating videography to go along with it – it’s clear why the Bongo Boy Rock n Roll TV Series has been going strong for ten seasons. For fans of indie music looking to discover their next new favorite artists, this is a must-watch. With new episodes premiering regularly, be sure to tune in on one of the many channels this show is available on, or check it out and subscribe on Vimeo so you never miss an episode. And artists – check below for contact information on how to submit a music video of your own!
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