Q&A w/ Glamour Assassins

1.     What inspired your song “Ain’t So Young”?

The entire album Ain’t So Young is about the complicated and often turbulent relationship with music and its creation. The title track is central to examining that relationship through themes of loss and acceptance of mortality – whether it be literal or figurative.

2.     What direction do you see your music going?

Our first album has a strong new wave-indie rock vibe, and while it’s likely that our future music will continue to draw from these influences, we refuse to pigeonhole ourselves in this regard. Our music will undoubtedly evolve and being able to experience that evolution firsthand is one of the most significant thrills of the creative process

3.     What message do you want your fans to understand about your music?

That we write music not for fame or money but simply for the sake of creating something people can relate to. That we all share similar emotions and experiences. And that we write good songs.

4.     What is the most memorable show you’ve played?

Probably our album release show in August. The album was a long time in the making so this was a satisfying moment for us, and we were fortunate to be joined by some truly remarkable bands in Mission Zero, If Jesus Had Machine Guns and Brighter Than A Thousand Suns.

5.     What matters most to you?


6.     What is your favorite part about being a band?

Creating something that wasn’t there previously and the vulnerability that comes with putting that music in front of people. The emotion of performing. The knowledge your music has touched or inspired someone else.

7.     Can you tell me what makes your band stick out from the rest?

Our combination of raw emotion with subtlety and nuance. We bring this to our recordings as well as our live performances, and it’s a key element of what sets us apart. The emotion brings an energy and urgency to the music, while nuance brings a sense of artistry and refinement. Both are crucial for the kinds of songs we seek to create.

8.     If you could collaborate with any famous musician, alive or dead, who would it be? 

Personally it would be Joe Strummer from The Clash. I wouldn’t be doing this without his influence.

9.     What is your favorite song to play off of your new album Ain’t So Young?

I think we all might have varied answers to that question and we get enjoyment from playing all of them. Personally, I enjoy “The Day Rock & Roll Died” because it sets the tone for the remaining songs both musically and thematically.

10.  What are you doing when song ideas pop in your head? 

It’s not very sexy - usually while playing guitar or synthesizer. There are lots of ideas but usually you can tell when a good one appears. One that could become a great song.

Posted on October 1, 2015 .

New Haven’s Glamour Assassins Teams Up With Indie Label Independent Ear.


This week New Haven, CT based Indie Rock band Glamour Assassins inks a new deal with burgeoning midwest based label & music company Independent Ear.

Coming off the heels of the release of their debut release “Ain’t So Young,” the indie rockers were looking for a partner that would help take their career to the next level, and they found that partner in Independent Ear.


Their album was released back in August via digital music portals, and this coming Friday, the 25th of September, their album will be available for physical pre-order as well as digitally through Independent Ear’s website. IE is home to artists such as James Rawson, London has Fallen, and Impending Lies, so Glamour Assassins will be in good company.

“We were completely impressed with Glamour Assassins from the time we first heard their music, and we look forward to developing them into one of the top of the bands in indie rock today ” - Phillip Ryan Block Founder & President of Independent Ear Records.

Independent Ear Releases US issue of "Abstract Ritual" from Omega Diatribe

Available NOW everywhere digital music is sold! The latest US issue of "Abstract Ritual" from Omega Diatribe!

PHYSICAL CD w/ Digital Download:
Google Play:

"Not being terribly familiar with much from this realm, Omega Diatribe doesn't immediately bring to mind any other bands, which is probably a good sign. I'm really looking forward to hearing more, and would already cite them as a favorite from this swath of modern extreme metal. An excellent EP: the blunt heaviness sucks you in, the creativity and quality keep you engaged. Hell, I'd probably even go so far as to say that this will be a likely contender for one of the best of 2015 in my book." - Andrew Aversionline of NoEcho.net
Posted on September 11, 2015 .

Quick Blog Update

Hey everybody!!!!

We hope you all are doing awesome! 
We have been BUSY behind the scenes making some big changes & even bigger moves to solidify the #IndependentEar brand as one of the best independent music companies in the industry today! 

We are getting ready put on bigger events, awesome new tours, new artists to the family, key partnerships, stronger street team efforts, even higher quality product (merch) & oh so much more. 

With all that being said, we want to hear from YOU!


What do you want to see next from #TeamIndependentEar?

Posted on September 10, 2015 .

Jive In Your Ear 2015 | Festival

9/4/2015 | 5pm - 10pm

9/5/2015 | 10am - 10pm


2 Days & 2 Stages of LIVE MUSIC & FUN!!

We Are Excited To Be Bringing A LIVE MUSIC Festival Back To Downtown Rockford, IL. Our Founders Include Independent Ear Records As Well As 815 Local Jive.

We Are Even More Excited To Be Bringing You This Event To You To Support In This Moment Organization, An Organization That Raises Funds For Families Impacted By Suicide. 

This Event Will Be FREE, ALL AGES & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We Want All Who Can Attend To Attend

Our Goal Is To Be Able To Help Our Community & Those In It Who Are Struggling With Depression & Suicidal Thoughts. We Want To Show Them That They Are Not Alone & That We Care For Them. 

Posted on August 24, 2015 .

Importance of Independent Music

Take a moment and imagine ... what would your world be like, if music never existed? How about if all music disappeared tomorrow?

I was recently asked to write about my thoughts. I was to write about the importance of independent music. This led my mind to many different things.

In truth, independent music is a difficult thing to pinpoint. It means a lot of different things, depending on who you ask.

Music, at the heart of it, is about expression. When you see a ukulele on a street corner, or a bagpiper playing in the fields. These people are expressing something in a way that may come easier to them than words. And just like with books, not every person will like what you have to say.

Independent music has the ability to break free from rules. Rules about what instruments you can use, or what material you can sing about. I know musicians who walked out on rich record labels. They were being told what they could and could not sing about.

Miles Davis. Thelonious Monk. Frank Zappa. Elvis Presley. The Beatles. These are just some of the musicians who have challenged what music should be. And we should thank them for that.

You and I may not agree on who the better artist is. Though where would music be, if these people were never given a chance?

Some of the most amazing music ever accomplished was with unusual pairings. Jazz has been home to some of the most beautiful, and some of the most bizarre riffs I have ever heard. Aggro1 had a mashup between Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Gorillaz. And how about mongolian throat singing paired with a banjo?

There are people that believe these groups should have never met. Yet if you look up "ah sho dekio," by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, I challenge you not to tap your feet!

Independent music is a lot of things, because it CAN be. And we need to make sure that it stays that way. We need to make sure that there is a platform for the unusual. Without the independent musicians,  the music scene would be one-dimensional. The music world often overlooks the effect that independents can have on it. 

This is why there needs to be the independent. To remind not just the music world, but the world at large: there are more options out there.

by Patrick M.

Posted on July 24, 2015 and filed under Blog, Music.

WHY IN THE WORLD IS VINYL STILL IMPORTANT TODAY? A Discussion on the the Vinyl Revival | Sponsored by Barnes & Noble and "Get Pop Cultured"

We are excited to announce this upcoming special event set to take place on July 25th at Barnes & Noble inside of the CherryVale Mall
James Rawson will be joined by ‪#‎IndependentEar‬ Founder Ryan Block & some special guests for a roundtable discussion on the ‪#‎VinylRevival‬!

For more information visit


Posted on July 3, 2015 .

An Idiot Proof Way to Find Your Band's Perfect Demographic | James Rawson - Guest Blog

I believe in the musictrepreneur: treating your music as a small business. And I know, you probably just cringed a little. Mixing business and music sounds so icky. But trust me it’s not. In fact, it will transform your music because sound business theories and practices are completely different than any other type of theories and practices.

Posted on April 1, 2015 and filed under Blog, Independent Ear.