Posted: March 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

To my beloved readers,

Due to unfortunate circumstances, I have to go on a bit of a hiatus from updating on Alternative Rebel.

I cannot begin to express the support I have seen from all of my wonderful friends and everyone I’ve met along the way. I hope you all continue to enjoy the reviews, tour information, opinion articles and band interviews I have posted so far, and that it helps you to broaden your musical palate.

Before I sign off officially until the unforeseeable future, I ask one simple thing from you: always support the underdogs. There are fantastic unlabeled bands out there that fly under the radar. A few of them I have had the unparalleled pleasure to get to know, and those are experiences I will always cherish. Support those guys. Oftentimes their biggest influence is their fan base, so make sure you help them out. Go to their tiny shows, hang out with them afterwards, and buy their merchandise. Hell, buy them a good meal after the show if you can, or at least give their driver a tip. For unlabeled bands, their expenses come out of their own pockets. Half of the time they go hungry just to give you a better night out on the town. Don’t ever forget that.

With that, I bid my farewell. Keep on rockin’, and don’t forget to always be a part of it – whatever your ‘it’ is!

Alternative Rebel

Anyone with an ounce of humanity in them was affected by the horrific disaster still unfolding in Japan. Thousands are now without homes, food and clean water, and many have lost their families.

What are you doing to help them? We’d love to know! Send us a message through email, comments or reach us on Twitter. Tell us your story and we’ll post it on here!

For more information on what you can do to help Japan, we’ll be posting additional links to donation sites, etc. Do what you can to help your fellow humans. Even the smallest bit matters!

“Everything is a system.”

Michael Rowley, lead singer for the metal/hardcore band Systems, couldn’t have said it plainer. Based out of Tulsa, OK, this five-piece unit focuses on exactly what their name portrays – the systems of life.

“Our lives are based on systems, whether that’s just like driving down the street or how we act in public, or what belief systems we hold,” said Rowley. “The world is organized in an interesting way – sometimes healthy, sometimes unhealthy – and that would be the point behind Systems…just an observation of the world in a broad sense.”

Rowley formed Systems in 2010 with college friends Brennan Schaeuble and Danny Barnett. The trio, according to Rowley, then searched for additional members to combine creative energies.

Although, like any other new band, the group soon realized creative energy isn’t something so easily harnessed.

“We’ve been through a year of lineup changes. We’ve usually had one member who’s been in or out, because we couldn’t click creatively together. We’ve finally found a lineup that works pretty well,” said Rowley, adding that over the past year, the band struggled to find who they are as a group.

With the anticipated drop of their debut EP at a release show on March 4, Rowley said Systems hopes to artistically enrich their fans and listeners. That mindset, he said, carries throughout every aspect of their music – where they would rather carry listeners through a spiritual guidance than show off their talents.

“We don’t want to put a breakdown or sweeping guitars in a spot just to show that we can do it. We’re more interested in approaching our music as if it were a message or a painting, adding details when necessary,” he said.

That music, of course, comes from inspiration – not only from other bands, but through life experiences, according to Rowley. Each experience the group had since their creation, he said, only gives them further inspiration.

Compared with the likes of Between The Buried And Me by some of their fans, Systems draws influences from a wide range of genres, including metalcore, indie, electronic, and ambient music. Rowley said that on a more personal level, he finds influence from outfits Me Without You and The Chariot.

“We bring in stuff that we find inspiring and try and put it all together into one new form,” said Rowley. “We try and stay ahead of the times on what’s new and upcoming so we can incorporate it into our own stuff as well.”

For everything Systems, check them out on their MySpace, Twitter and Facebook pages.

We Need Your Help!

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

We know you enjoy Alternative Rebel – otherwise, you wouldn’t keep coming back!

But would you like to see A.R. get even bigger?? Here’s your chance to help out!

Spread the word about us to everyone you know. Check out our About Me section for all of our contact info. Send us to your favorite unsigned bands (please be sure they are without a label first!), send us information about bands we should check out, or just spread the word about our blog to your friends.

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Here it is, folks! Another RAD , also known as Random Announcement Day. As we’ve done in the past, the goal of this is to keep you informed with random happenings in the alternative music world. Enjoy!


By now we all know Paramore guitarist Josh Farro and his drumming brother Zac left the band a while back. Here’s something you may not have known – Josh recently began a new band called Novel American. Influenced by the alternative groups like Jimmy Eat World and Radiohead, Josh created the group with old friends from high school. You can find out more here.

It looks like Jack and Meg White will need to find a new hobby. In an official announcement from Third Man Records released on February 2, 2011, the world learned The White Stripes will no longer be recording or playing live.

Here at Alternative Rebel, we love ourselves some Robot Chicken. Well, let’s add some Patrick Stump to it. Read this for more info on how to hear his new song, “Blue Rabbits F**king”.

Talk about dedicated! Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn fell off the stage during a recent performance in Holland, knocking out several teeth. He then climbed back on stage and completed the song, all while soaked in his own blood. Someone get this guy a dentist!


My lovely readers, we hope you sincerely enjoyed this week’s RAD. Come back soon to see more random fun from the world of alternative music!


Posted: January 29, 2011 in Opinion

It’s general knowledge that California pumps out countless alternative bands, ranging from indie to pop-punk to emo/screamo and everything in between. Unforgettable acts such as Social Distortion, The Offspring, Stone Temple Pilots, and even metal deities Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer all grew to fame on the west coast.

To find true success in Cali these days takes a lot of hard work, persistence, and dedication. It also doesn’t help to have something that’ll make you stand out above the rest. Any band can roll out of bed unwashed, throw on some flannel, and try to be the next Nirvana, but it takes something else to get beyond the oil-stained floors of your mom’s garage and stand in the spotlight.

One such band hoping to do just that is The Early Strike. They came to me out to the blue via a fan of theirs on Twitter who alerted me to their music. The second I listened to their song “Real Man Show”, I immediately thought of Cassadee Pope.

Now, before I continue with this, I’d like to point out that I’m not considering The Early Strike a copycat band by any means. They certainly have their own style and it clearly works for them. It’s fun, it’s upbeat, it’s exciting; it’s definitely SoCal punk.

For some reason, however, I heard the voice of Brit Joyce sneering out her lyrics, all I could picture in my head was an angrier version of Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope. Granted, that was my very first impression of her. I knew absolutely nothing about Joyce or the band prior to that split second introduction, and as I continued to listen I knew this was mostly untrue. I say mostly, because first impressions tend to stick.

Backed with old-school riffs and classic punk drum beats, Joyce and her mates are gearing up for a fun trip through the music industry. It’s obvious to me that no matter how far they get or not, they’re going to have a good time doing it. The Early Strike adds their own flavor to the nostalgia of 90s punk bands – something I haven’t heard in years. Skaters rejoice, punk is back!