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Memories by Asymmetrical

RADIO KSCR

I like this song.  It is light and catchy. Very reminiscent of high school pop rock.  I would definitely play it on my station.  

Angela Mastrogiacomo

Really enjoying the pop-punk vibe of this, and it's obviously incredibly reminiscent of Blink-182 and that era of bands, but something about the vocals is a little off for me—I can't quite pinpoint it, but I think it's that it sounds a little TOO much like it's trying to sound like Blink-182 and I'd like to see a bit more of your own uniqueness there. I think there's a lot of potential here!

Nate Maingard

Overall this sounds like a well-produced song within its genre, somewhere between Green Day and Brand New. 

From my perspective, it's not my kind of music, so I can't really give much more feedback than that :).

Happy to give it a share, perhaps others will enjoy it (as I said, nothing personal, just not a genre that I generally listen to).

Wishing you well
Nate

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Unreliable by Asymmetrical

Scott Cohen

Quirky.  Catchy.  Cool.  Great recording.

SD Hox

This song has a strong pop sensibility. Solid vocals and guitar work. Can definitely see this one getting some radio airplay. Nice job and thanks for the share!

Hugh McIntyre

I got really into this. It's fun and easy to like. Well done guys! It doesn't sound super high-production, but I don't think that's the point!

Alan Cross

Another good one. Same notes as the last song, too.  Spreading this one via my social media.

You've got something happening here. I wish you guys all the luck in the world!

Bob Lugowe

I will echo what I said in the last submission which I've included again here: 

Reminds me of a poppy / alt-rock version of Blink 182. I dig the cover art and color scheme. I would definitely suggest including a brief bio about the band, links to hear more music and perhaps a description about the track along with lyrics. This is your chance to get important ears and eyes on your project so you need to pitch it in the best way possible. If you're looking to take the next step, make sure you have good promo photos and a cohesive visual aspect to your music including artwork (on the right track there), logo and music videos or motion graphics vids. Consider hiring a publicist to get your name out there more and most importantly since you're a rock band, you need to be playing live in front of people as much as possible. Try getting on shows with bands in your world that are bigger then you and don't discount building a local / regional fanbase as that's the key to building a buzz. Best of luck! 

Also, I checked you out on Spotify and it looks like these two songs you submitted on Fluence have a good amount of plays each but the rest of the album all have under 1k plays and you only have 50 followers which leads me to believe you may have paid for those plays. That strategy definitely doesn't work so I'd advise against that. You need to connect with people from the ground up, not pay to play so work on building your own audience from your live shows and grinding it out. 

Brian Hazard

Super catchy! Love the distinctive vocal style, and the guitar hook (especially over the moving bassline in the second verse).

I mostly listen to electronic, but to my ears, this falls somewhere between Smashing Pumpkins and Jimmy Eat World.

Great structure! It backs off right when it needs to and builds right back up.

Technically, I've got nothing. The mix and master sound as fantastic as they could through YouTube's encoding.

Oh hey, there's a click at 2:12. 🤔

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them)

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

Even though it's not a perfect fit for my Depeche-loving following, it's got enough of a retro feel that I think we'll get some traction. I'll go ahead and share it! Thanks for sharing it with me.

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Take Me Over by Asymmetrical

Benjamin Groff

Hey Asymetrical.  I dig the song!  I just dropped it in our We Are: The Guard Weekly Spotify Chart so hope you get some streams there. https://open.spotify.com/user/wearetheguard/playlist/10S981NoNhgn9tdUq9jNFE?si=Z0QP9p_UTR6L8YUfhRaKKA 
I'll check out your other songs too.  Not much more I can say other than Nice Job!  

Scott Cohen

You are writing really slick memorable tracks.  Keep it up.  There is an audience for this.  Don't chase the normal path.  Find the people (not radio and press).

Alan Cross

Ooo. I like this. First impression: Death Cab crossed with softer blink-182. Very well done. 

No notes from me on songwriting, performance or production. This sounds pretty radio-ready to me.

Now some questions.

1.  What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? Income from a publishing deal? Soundtracks? All these paths need to be investigated. That being said, there's no way this shouldn't be considered for radio airplay with the proper marketing and promotion.

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word.  

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement. 

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations and public radio. 

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. Wanna know if your material is great? (1) Are you friends and family raving about your stuff? (2) Are people actively seeking you out? If the answer to both those questions is "yes." You may have something on your hands. If not, then maybe what you're offering just isn't good enough to cut through all the noise. Remember that no one has a RIGHT to have their music heard. Your music has to demand people's attention on its own.

7. How often do you play live? Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. I suspect you already know that, though.

8. Record labels are weird these days. They're all about pop and hip-hop. How do you want to market this? As pop? Alt-pop? Alternative? That decision may impact what kind of uptake the song has.

9. If the budget allows, do what you can to get something on YouTube, even if it's just a lyric video. That's still the biggest source of music discovery.

Let me spread this to my social networks. That'll be good for at least 100,000 people. And if you send me a bio and a high-quality MP3 (alan@alancross.ca) MP3, lemme see what I can do about getting it on my Toronto radio show.

Bob Lugowe

Reminds me of a poppy / alt-rock version of Blink 182. I dig the cover art and color scheme. I would definitely suggest including a brief bio about the band, links to hear more music and perhaps a description about the track along with lyrics. This is your chance to get important ears and eyes on your project so you need to pitch it in the best way possible. If you're looking to take the next step, make sure you have good promo photos and a cohesive visual aspect to your music including artwork (on the right track there), logo and music videos or motion graphics vids. Consider hiring a publicist to get your name out there more and most importantly since you're a rock band, you need to be playing live in front of people as much as possible. Try getting on shows with bands in your world that are bigger then you and don't discount building a local / regional fanbase as that's the key to building a buzz. Best of luck! 


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