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Heads Up!, just another pop/punk band out of southern California, I think not!  This power pop band is c0mposed of two musical masterminds named Max Hilton and Louis Ewing.  After their start in January of 2009, Heads Up! started playing numerous shows throughout the city of Los Angeles.  This band has rocked countless legendary musical venues such as The World Famous Whisky A Go Go all the way to the San Fernando Valley’s very own Guitar Merchant.  After sharing the stage with the illustrious rock band L.A. Guns, Heads Up! went into the studio where they recorded an acoustic EP entitled, So Long….

Lets be realistic here, Heads Up!’s So Long… wasn’t much of a hit as predicted by the band.  Although I personally fell in love with the dynamic duo after hearing this, not too many shared this feeling.  Heads Up! knew this and felt as if they weren’t giving fans the most they could offer.  During the summer of 2011, Hilton and Ewing went back into the studio again to give it another shot.  After long, treacherous hours of recording Heads Up! was left with loads of copies of what became their debut EP, later named Smile.

Heads Up! released their single, titled “Smile”, to help promote their EP.  Personally I love this song as well as the others.  I was lucky enough to sit down with Heads Up! during their days in the studio.  During the interview I asked Max Hilton (Vocals/Guitar) about the future plans for Heads Up!.  “Since we were children, Louis and I have dreamed of going on tour and getting signed,” replied Hilton.  “Did you ever pick up a guitar and rock out to the mirror pretending you were in front of 10,000 people? Well, we don’t want to pretend anymore.  We want to live that ‘rockstar’ dream!” said Louis Ewing (Drums).

Heads Up! is definitely a band to look into.  Although they struggle with the promotional side of being in a band, they definitely have the heart.  Having filled in on bass for the duo, I have been able to take a close look into how hard they work to perfect each and every song.  Heads Up! has all the traits any record company is looking for in a band: Motivation, dedication, “the Look”, and most of all the undying passion for doing what they do.  This band has amazing potential and I would love to see them take off.  It may take a lot longer than they predict, but I’m almost sure it will happen.

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Only Regret The Summer is a post-hardcore band from The San Fernando Valley taking the L.A. music scene by storm and have no intentions of stopping any time in the near future.  Only Regret The Summer, or ORTS as fans call them, is composed of six teenage guys who dream of nothing else but to become stars.

For those who know of this band, odds are you know about them through one or two of the members.  Luckily for me, I have a personal connection with all six and I consider myself lucky to be as close as I am with these guys.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Only Regret The Summer you best introduce yourselves quickly to any of the six members:

Fabi Behnam – Lead Vocals
John Lee – Sceams
Adam Gendler – Guitar/Vocals
Garrett Winn – Guitar
Ryan Krouse – Bass
Stuart Wong – Drums

If you have ever been to an Only Regret The Summer show then you already know what the feeling is likeFrom the moment they appear on stage you are engulfed within their music.  I’ve had people come up to myself who don’t even like “screamo” music and tell me that they had the time of their lives.  Although the music may be tough, Fabi’s soft, yet powerful vocas soothes and comforts whomever is in the audience.  One of the many things I enjoy within the depths of what is known as Only Regret The Summer is their unwavering ability to surprise you.  I don’t just mean with promo videos or clips of new songs….No, I am talking about the way they comfort you with their music, and just as you begin to let your guard down they scare the crap out of you with a breakdown >:D  I am unsure of whether or not they do this on purpose, but it surely keeps me wanting more.

ORTS has recently put out a new single to get their fans buzzing again.  “The First Time (Since The Last Time)” is the name.  Any listener soon discovers the imminent influence of A Day To Remember within the song.  Using popular easycore techniques such as the group vocal chant and lead in to the breakdown, Only Regret The Summer masters their genre (whatever that may be).

All in all, I would definitely recommend Only Regret The Summer to anyone who enjoys music.  They are going places and I hope that one day I can hear someone mention their name and be able to say, “We played our first show together!”

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