I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting a band under the moniker The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors to sound like, but as sexy as Deftones & Kyuss wasn’t high on the list.
Fresh from the release of their MU-TH-UR EP, they sucked us into the atmosphere of the title single, which catapulted us across the spectrum of human emotion with the tightly tumultuous post-rock gravitas.
There is something endlessly sweet about the melancholy-tinged harmonies, which run in the same vein as Incubus, creating a bridge over the proggy furore that can’t be pinned down with any discernable accuracy. MU-TH-ER was the result of pure unbridled experimentation. Yet, with the stellar songwriting talent, The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors makes it easy to enjoy going along with the ride that hits you with crescendo after curveball after breakdown. Considering that gas prices are at an all-time high, you may as well expand your horizons with the hypnotic propensities in the progressions in MU-TH-ER. We know we will. Repeatedly.
If it’s been a while since you’ve discovered an alt-rock track that tugs on the heartstrings as heavily as the rabid bass strings, prepare yourselves for the emotionally subjugating melodies in Die Tired’s latest single, Play, and leave the misery of responsibility behind.
With none of the pretension of a powerhouse and all of the talent, getting suckered into the anthemic soul of Play is non-optional. There are some serious virtuosic stripes through the hard-rock solos. But the filthy grungey distortion in the bass and Mathew DeAngelis’ vocals, which could send EVERY grown-up The All-American Rejects fan into swoon mode, the gravity of Play lingers in the giddying catharsis.
And if anyone is handing out awards for alluding-ly-clever monikers, it should be in Die Tired’s hands.
You can hear Play for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
With reminiscences of My Chemical Romance’s theatrically explosive antagonism, it almost beggars belief that Elizabeth II didn’t hit the same heights with her seminal single, All My Failures. Searing riffs? Check. Hooky choruses? Check. Avant-Garde ingenuity spliced with instantly infectious personality? Check.
The multi-award-winning artist allowed the single to ensue with a wobbly lo-fi prelude before bursting into a blister of frenetic rock with Jeckyl and Hyde vibes through the dizzying bounce from pop vocal lines to hell hath no mercy screams.
The Washington DC-born, Nashville-based artist’s boisterous infusion of punk, pop, and rock which has never tasted another artist’s flavour has seen her performing at the city’s most infamous venues, opening for William DuVall and playing for Slash since she emerged on the scene in 2017. It’s only a matter of time before she’s a rock legend in her own right.
All My Failures is available to stream on Spotify.
Pulsating us with a song that might give you a comprehensive rush that will take your breath away, Fastride knows they need to get the speed on full to stay away from that dark force that can take your mind away from where you need to be focused on with, ‘Devil in Your Rearview‘.
Fastride is a Los Angeles, California-based 4-piece indie hard rock band formed by Ty Asoudegan who is also a session guitarist at Gemini Musiq.
”Ty, who is an alumni of Berklee College of Music, started his musical journey in Philadelphia. Ty’s skills have been recognized early on in his career. He was the grand prize winner of a nationwide contest hosted by Slash and Guitar.” ~ Ty Asoudegan
Slashing the tires and getting us into a formidable headspace that is only focused on the here and now, Fastride sends us a picture of that race that we are all playing against ourselves in this rather strange world.
”Since relocating to Southern California, Fastride has performed at many clubs in the LA area, such as The Whisky A Go Go, The Viper Room, & Molly Malone’s.” ~ Ty Asoudegan
‘Devil in Your Rearview‘ from Los Angeles, California-based indie hard rock band Fastride is a heavy single that slams right into your face and takes you into a geared-up mentality. With ferocious riffs that send you into a hair-raising psyche, this is a pacey new single that will have you revving up your engine – as you imagine getting away from something evil – that you want no connection with.
Sometimes you just need to get far away from those thoughts that you know will ultimately break you.
See this speedy new music video on YouTube and see more via IG.
Scottish post-grunge outfit, The Breathing Method, are set to release their vehemently distorted evolution of the 90s Seattle sound, Burden, which will throw you right back to the simpler times when Layne Staley reigned vocal supreme before pulling you into the angst of modernity with frenetic no-wavey guitars that make a juggernaut out of the release.
After the Mudhoney-Esque intro, The Breathing Method career into their own take on the post-grunge textures and don’t take their foot off the fuzz pedal until the outro of a primal scream, which compels you to envy the larynx they came from. Or maybe that’s just me.
Burden will officially release on June 17th; you can check it out for yourselves via Bandcamp.
Showing us where the grim reapers are and what is needed to survive these vein-tingling forces, Dark Capricorn Rising rattle the cages and delivers a vigorous song to get a reaction from our whole body with, ‘Blood of Kings‘.
Dark Capricorn Rising is a 3-piece Canton, Michigan-based indie hard rock band who takes a sledgehammer to our speakers with gleeful joy on each one of their tracks.
Formed in 2018, Dark Capricorn Rising cause a rampage on the streets to occur with a thunderously vicious vocal experience that will shake your entire core and shatter your nerves into tiny pieces. With a fierce guitar force on offer too, this is a powerful performance from a band who shows us that vital hunger required for greatness during this new single.
‘Blood of Kings‘ from Canton, Michigan-based indie hard rock band Dark Capricorn Rising is a heavy song for all those who love it raw and to the max. They seem to attack the mic and forcefully delve into our earlobes with devastating effect, which is quite marvellous to experience as you get lost in their world.
If you like it loud and with much intent, this is a track that will get you blowing your amp into tiny smithereens.
Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via their website.
With a touch of Oasis to the choral vocals to anchor the anthem in its melodicism, the alt-90s Seattle sound doesn’t asphyxiate any originality out of the revivalist nature of BLUEBOO’s latest single, Cherry Woman. It teases just the right amount of nostalgia for Screaming Trees, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam as your synapses fire to the tune of the Chicago-based artist’s off-kilter hook-filled sonic signature.
Notably, we aren’t the only ones finding addictive propensities in the effortlessly original sound of BLUEBOO. They’ve garnered acclaim from across the globe, especially on their strikingly ethereal seminal single, You Win Abigail, which has amassed over 260k streams on Spotify alone.
Cherry Woman is now available to stream on Spotify.
Austin’s scuzz rock troubadours Dr Todd got intoxicatingly punch drunk in their latest off-kilter hit, Give Me a Shot. The riotously clever cocktail of no wave and blues-rock is potent enough to rival the frenetic fever of the Cramps and the Legendary Shack Shakers, but all reminiscences are extremely fleeting in the hedonistic anthem, which unravels to the tune of heavy distortion, resonator guitars, rock n roll attitude and whiskey fumes.
Based on Give Me a Shot alone, if you have the chance to see Dr Todd live; take it. Or at the very least, imbibe in the high energy catharsis.
Give Me a Shot hit the airwaves in May 2022 through Romgod Records. It is now available to stream on SoundCloud.
With enough filth in his guitar licks and enough vitriol in his vocal lines, the US rock artist, Danny Vash has exactly what it takes to draw in fans of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Metallica with his standout single, Judgement Day.
The multi-award-winning single delivers exactly the kind of life-affirming vindication that rock and metal fans can only ascertain through sonic means. Yet, this is no average vintage rock revival. Danny Vash’s signature intellectual lyrics instantly broadside you with their resonance as they reflect on the inescapable nature of our mortal coil, which will inevitably lead us all to judgement day. We may scrutinise ourselves every day, giving little thought to our capacity for redemption, but if any track can empower you through your own free will while you still have sand to spare, it’s Judgement Day.
The Manchester music scene became infinitely richer for the latest release from the funk-rock pioneers, Flying Oceans. If you can imagine what it would have sounded like if Incubus abstracted their plaintiveness and implanted unbridled soul, you will get an idea of the stirring alchemy that Circles delivered.
With the guitars consistently transitioning between roots-deep funk chops and jangly Marr-Esque rhythm and the seductively low basslines bringing just as much gravitas as Mr Bungle’s, Circles has all the makings of a playlist staple for anyone that wants to find a slice of aural solace in our disjointing times where it’s all but impossible to find rhyme or reason away from the airwaves.