Mindwalk Blvd., a promising, young rock trio based in Boston, MA, has won the SongwriterUniverse ‘Best Song Of The Month’ Contest for April, for their song ‘Crimson Sunset.’ This song is included on the group’s first EP Paint The Seconds, which they released independently in 2008. Mindwalk Blvd. has also recently released a second EP, called The Art Crime.
‘Crimson Sunset’ is a contemporary pop/rock ballad, which is more melodic and understated than the group’s harder-edged rock cuts. This song starts with an acoustic guitar-based intro & verse, then builds to a very hooky, memorable chorus section, highlighted by the group’s rich, three-part vocal harmonies. “Crimson Sunset” was expertly produced by John Ellis (who has worked with American Hi-Fi and Godsmack), and features an appealing string arrangement by Anthony J. Resta (Duran Duran).
Mindwalk Blvd. consist of three members – Jordan Ferrera, 18, lead vocals & guitar; Mike Avakian, 18, bass, keyboards, guitar & backing vocals; and Tyler Hudson, 15, drums & backing vocals. The trio grew up in the Boston area, and they formed the band about five years ago. The group cites Tool, King’s X, and the Mike Marshall Experience as three of their main influences. Notably, Mindwalk Blvd. in 2009 was voted “Best Unsigned Band In Boston” by fans who voted online in the Pick The Band contest.
Winning the Pick The Band contest led to the group working in the studio with L.A-based producer Mudrock (Godsmack and Avenged Sevenfold). Mindwalk Blvd. also caught the attention of Pick The Bank founder Roie Avin, who subsequently signed the band to his indie Pick The Band label. “We’re excited to be rhe first band signed to the Pick The Band label,” said Avakian.
During the past couple years, the group has steadily built a fanbase by playing several clubs in the Boston area, and touring throughout New England. “We play a lot of shows locally, such as Harper’s Ferry, the Hard Rock Cafe, The Church, and the Sad Cafe in New Hampshire,” said Avakian. “We’ve also played a showcase at a music festival in Miami, and we played at the ASCAP Expo in Los Angeles last year. And later this montj we’re playing a show at the Webster Theatre in New York City.”
Mindwalk Blvd. has also received extensive exposure via YouTube – their video for “Crimson Sunset” has received several hundred-thousand views. In addition, group also had a song featured on a CMJ compilation CD, and “Crimson Sunset” has received significant radio airplay. Lastly, “Crimson Sunset” was selected by a panel of VH1 judges (including Yes leader Jon Anderson) to be one of the the three finalists in their “Your Move With Yes” competition.