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Hip hop and indie-rock go pop-punk in Lewis Shepperd’s latest single, Take My Hand

Lewis Shepperd showed us the true extent of his versatility with the release of his latest single, Take My Hand, which obliterates the boundaries between indie, pop, rock and hip hop. The breaking artist hasn’t idled since we heard his last single, Follow You, which delivered a Kings of Leon style of cool and proved that his soulfully resonant talent should be as revered as Winehouse’s. Since then, he’s performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2021, received plenty of BBC airplay and garnered critical acclaim from across the board.

With rap bars mixed with his energised indie-rock vocals atop the instrumentals that continually shift through melodic grooves, tension-fraught build-ups and pop-punk style breaks, Take My Hand is a gift that keeps on giving.

As the garagey distorted rock licks towards the outro prove the value in the perpetual solidarity by depicting the chaotic state of the world, the lyrics remind you how sweet it is to have stunning souls around you. If that doesn’t hit the spot, you may want to check if you’ve still got a pulse.

Take My Hand is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Legends In The Making: LA’s rockers Left Of The Slash ride just right on ‘With Patience Along’

With their debut EP ‘Won‘ on the way in the next few months, Left Of The Slash tantalise us with their phenomenal new single which was written in 2003 that will unquestionably have your feet tapping called ‘With Patience Along‘.

Left Of The Slash is a magnificent alt-rock act from busy Los Angeles, California. After imprinting our eardrums with the catchy-riff gem ‘Between The Lines‘ in October 2021, there is much to commend about such a pulsatingly vibrant sound from an outfit that appears to only get better after each release.

Left Of The Slash sound truly motivated here and this might be their best release yet. There is a real razor edge here that sharpens your mind and has you feeling fully alert in the moment, as your bones just rattle in that unexplained excitement. This is the type of track to wake up with – as you jump up and down to feel alive again – with a top echelon act that unquestionably knows how to satisfy our broken hearts.

With Patience Along‘ from the high-tempo Los Angeles, California-based indie alt-rock band Left Of The Slash, is such a pure sound and shall shake your woke speakers awake with some aplomb. Featuring that trademark vocal sound that has you balancing the volume to get another listen, plus a stunning melody that grips you suddenly and never let’s go. This is that old school rock mentality that seems to be making a much-awaited comeback to the masses, due to its engaging soundscape that just feels so good on the soul.

Hear this powerful act on Spotify and see more news on their IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Just Wanna Be With You Tonight: Clifford leads us into his mind on ‘I’m So Bored’

With his trusty electric guitar, silky cello, spark-filled electronic synths turned up to the maximum and featuring a catchy chorus that was highly influenced by T-Rex, Clifford wonders why he can’t be with his lover tonight as he really needs to hold them close on ‘I’m So Bored‘.

Clifford is a dual USA/UK citizen, fluent English, French and Arabic speaker, who is based in busy Maryland and expertly composes a well-crafted compound of alt-rock and electronic music.

I’ve always thought to write a good song you have to tell a story through lyrics. But with this song, I realized it would be better told using mostly instrumentals instead.” ~ Clifford

After previously teasing us on ‘Renaissance Fam’ from April 2021, Clifford has our thoughtful minds in a complete flurry of thoughtfulness with a vocally-impressive performance. The bass-booming production has you feeling alive and ready for anything, as you wrap your mind into the story about a highly creative soul – who just wants to express himself with his partner for tonight – as he feels rather lonely and heartily craves that sweet touch.

I’m So Bored‘ from the Maryland-based alt-rock/electronic solo artist Clifford, is a track that evokes memories of another time in the world that you just can’t place. He sings with such a surging and potent swarm of electricity that has your heart beating like no other moment you can remember. This is the type of release to play on full blast when you just need to dance around by yourself, as you miss your lover terribly.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see his progression on Twitter.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Columbia harnesses the dystopic 2021 ennui in their latest indie-rock hit, Glory People.

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Cardiff’s most visceral powerhouse, Columbia, created the ultimate embrace-the-chaos indie rock track with their latest single, Glory People. As sonically powerful as the high-octane psych-tinged rock hit is, that scarcely comes close to the stadium-filling energy that transpires through Columbia’s advocation of making the best of what we have.

So often, people get stuck in lament because their imagination can create better lives than the one reality puts before them; Columbia broke that negative feedback loop by serving the anthemic reminder that adversity isn’t the end of the world; it is a given. Just as the Stone Roses were a sign of the times, as are Columbia with their indie rock sound that aspires to unify through dystopic 2021 ennui.

Glory People was officially released on December 3rd, 2021. You can check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Italian singer-songwriter, Flame set souls alight with her soulfully-composed, orchestrally-scored single, Anyway.

‘Anyway’ is the latest orchestrally scored single from the Italian singer-songwriter, Flame. With a vocal timbre that more than justifies Flame being put in the same league as Amy Winehouse and the stunning instrumentals that bring a cinematic edge to the release, you’re left with little option when it comes to surrendering to the artistic intensity. It is enough to make Adele sound pedestrian.

Anyway unravels as a candid open letter to the sorrow imparted through torrid passion; it runs through relatable and witty notions that are rarely voiced, but Flame’s boldness lends itself to her sonic style as much as her lyricism.

The official video for Anyway premiered on November 26th; you can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

UK Pop Punk Bites Back in Her Burden’s latest single, Way Too Good for Me

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Way Too Good for Me is the latest punchy, alt-rock track from the prodigal pop-punk artist, Her Burden. Any fans of On the Rope by Rocket from the Crypt will undoubtedly find themselves equally as energised by the tumultuously choppy rhythms and snarled lyricism.

With the vocals bordering on pop-punk theatrics and the sweet humility in the lyrics, it is impossible not to get wrapped up in this high-octane hit which will officially release on December 3rd. Way Too Good for Me is one of the rare tracks that is actually worthy of being called an earworm. By default, Her Burden is easily one of the best pop-punk powerhouses the UK has heard in the last decade. Get them on your radar.

The single will be available to stream via SoundCloud. For more info on the unreckonable alt-rock rogues, head over to their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

New Rock City – Da Ratman!: Bop-Worthy Dark Punk Rock from NYC with Scuzz

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With a scuzzy punk rock viciousness that could only have ever come from NYC, New Rock City’s latest single, Da Ratman!, is a blackened bop-worthy hit that could single-handedly and simultaneously restart the New Romantic and Horror Punk scenes.

With no two singles from the duo ever the same, they keep their fanbase guessing what revivalist tones they will deliver next. Based on Da Ratman! It’s safe to say that they know just how to pull different stylistic elements together to energetically complement each other. It’s as hooky as any Misfits track, jangly as Johnny Marr’s licks and comes with devilishly macabre undertones in the same vein as The Creepshow. Da Ratman! is a firecracker of a track that no one will regret hitting play on.

Da Datman! Is now available to stream and purchase via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

the Rec show us the English way in their hypnotic psych-tinged rock track, ‘nettles and dock leaves’.

If you thought you’d heard it all when it comes to post-punk revivals, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the latest EP, ep3: The English Way, from the Rec. Syd Barrett aside, rock-inclined textures are rarely as hypnotically arcane as the transcendental tones in the EP, especially in the lead single, nettles and dock leaves.

In 1981, the Shropshire-based founders of the Rec pioneered their original band, the Assassins, who got a taste of fame and found John Peel’s favour before calling it quits. 30 years later, the duo is split between London and LA, but their transatlantic distance didn’t dilute the chemistry between their melodies. With their freshly formed sound, sonic snapshots of the past tie into the present while colliding with Britishly bleak musical landscapes. It’s so much more than a personal nostalgia-fest. It’s an indulgent time capsule to an era that will be forever revered in musical history.

nettles and dock leaves is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Can’t Let Go: Brilliant Seattle alt-rock band Romantic Relevance bravely overcome those dark demons on ‘Kingface’

Through an outstanding and surely memorable soundscape that compels you into the picture projected and a subject that is highly relevant in this overly stimulated world, Romantic Relevance takes charge and set their valuable minds free from any uncertainty on ‘Kingface‘.

Romantic Relevance is a Seattle, Washington-based indie alt-rock 3-piece band that sing about small-town stigmas that are all-too-common, that scary boredom that can grip you excruciatingly tight, and religious upbringing topics from their past.

Romantic Relevance shows us why it’s ROMREL season with a fantastic display that leaves you quite breathless at times. They are a tight-knit group that belt out marvellous melodies –  with ravishing riffs to truly cherish –  that have your whole consciousness on the edge of your seat as their spirit is quite remarkably compelling the whole way through.

Kingface‘ from the thoroughly enjoyable Seattle, Washington-based indie alt-rock outfit Romantic Relevance, is one of the most notable tracks of the year so far. With incredible vocals that remind you of some of the prime acts from the ’90s and a barrage of thunderous vocals from this electrifying act, there is so much to love about a band that is certainly only headed upwards. They lead us into this darkly-lit story and emerge victorious, winning over the evil force that threatened to break down their souls forever. Winning through your mind first seems to always set you on the right path in life.

Immerse yourself in this well-made music video on YouTube and see their development on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Raw emotion becomes anthemic in Alexis Perry’s high-octane rock track, Memory of a Car Wreck.

Memory of a Car Wreck is the latest rock n roll hit from the 20-year-old US singer-songwriter Alexis Perry, who has garnered plenty of hype since her visceral debut. Despite the offer of a major label deal, she has held onto her indie status and expressively lacerating style. You would be hard-pressed to find such piercing lyricism from any other up and coming artist.

The single starts with crashing symbols and crunching guitars; as the basslines start to grind, Alexis Perry’s effortlessly evocative vocal timbre starts to intensify until the track works up to a stadium-ready anthem. It stands as a testament to Alexis Perry’s songwriting ability that she was able to create such a massive track that sparked from something as raw and intimate as suicide. Memory of a Car Wreck finds a raucous way to depict the mercurial nature of our minds that can be on the brink in one moment and consoled the next.

Memory of a Car Wreck is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast