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Werewolves prove punk does have a place in 2021 with their frenetically fierce debut album, ‘Enjoy Your Fat Self’.

‘Enjoy Your Fat Self’ is the iniquitously confrontational debut album from Flint-based alt-rock outfit Werewolves that shakes the mindlessness out of consumerism and compliance.

The title track is a frenetic feat of high-octane sleaze rock that will be a hit with fans of the Cramps and Motley Crüe alike. With rock rhythms distorted into tumultuous discord under the whiskey-soaked brash vocals, it is adrenalizing from the intro. The release proves just how far Werewolves have taken their sound since establishing their line-up in 2017. In their current formation, Werewolves is Bruce Horn (guitar & lead vocals), Paul Owsinski (guitar & backing vocals), Aaron Reinhard (drums & backing vocals), Doug Wilson (bass & backing vocals (on album)) and Nick Baker (bass & backing vocals (current & live)).

Through the rest of the album, you’ll find plenty of exhibitions of Werewolves’ versatility. With some tracks oozing the stylish despondence of Dinosaur Jr. and others being experimental with psych-laden prog structures; there isn’t a skippable track.

The debut release shatters Danzig’s claim that ‘punk can’t happen in our woke generation’, punk tears through this release with sharper teeth than ever, and discernibly, far better musicianship.

With their next LP already in the works and their motivation to release a constant stream of high energy, angsty life-affirming tracks, Werewolves are worth getting acquainted with as they take the scene by storm in 2021 and beyond.

Enjoy Your Fat Self is now available to stream via Spotify & Bandcamp.

Connect with Werewolves via Facebook & Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Lost Dolls revives the radio star with their 70s punk track, ‘RadioGirl’.

Video may have killed the radio star, but she’s been revived in feminine form in the latest single, ‘RadioGirl’, from the Denver, Colorado-based alt-rock artist, The Lost Dolls. The smitten feat of sugar-coated sleaze is made infinitely sweeter with the virtuosic guitars that will win over even the most hard-to-please fans of ‘70s punk rock.

The modernity in the track comes via the nuanced 90s grunge infusion and the pop-punk edge that brings RadioGirl right into the 21st-century while evoking a fair amount of nostalgia with vintage melodies that are just as infectiously catchy as Video Called the Radio Star.

It comes as no surprise that the Lost Dolls are racking up the streams and taking America by storm with their affectionately raunchy sound since making their debut in 2020. They’re definitely ones to watch.

You can check out RadioGirl for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Be Honest: New Jersey’s Last Minet just wants to know what’s going on deep inside with ‘Don’t Hold Back’

After taking some time off to reinvent themselves after a near-death experience, Last Minet are in the right mindset of really going for it at 100% and rock in with their latest quality effort called ‘Don’t Hold Back‘.

Last Minet is a passionate two-piece indie pop/punk/rock act from New Jersey in the USA, featuring two passionate women who make that powerful music from the soul, that speaks on real issues and feelings that needs to be spoken about.

”After a life threatening car accident in June 2017, the band took a hiatus to focus on the recovery and well being of drummer, Jovanna, who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury.” – Last Minet 

This is the story about wondering what is really happening behind the curtains, as you wish that they would just tell you but you are sticking around to really work out this mystery. With spectacular vocals and tremendous drums that lift the ceiling off the house, you feel energized with this marvelous single.

Don’t Hold Back‘ from New Jersey pop/punk/rock duo Last Minet, is a top quality track that has you thinking about those moments when you should of spoken up, to make sure that you make yourself clear to avoid any grey areas and doubts. At the end of the day, communicating with those that we love is so vitally important, so that they can help out when times are tough.

Stream this new single on Soundcloud and check out the IG for more release news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Biz-ARD invites you to get into ‘The Vibe’ with his dopamine-boosting alt-pop playlist staple.

If there is an up and coming pop artist worth paying attention to in 2021, it’s Liverpool-born high-vibe alchemist Biz-ARD. His latest single is a stylish funk-filled invitation to shake off the apathy and to ‘step in the vibe’. You’ll be putty in his hands before the first verse runs through.

With choppy guitars akin to the ones in Bowie’s Let’s Dance paired with Biz-ARD’s indie and post-punk tendencies, The Vibe is accessible from the first hit while still unravelling as a brand-new sonic experience. Mostly because you’ve never encountered an artist like Biz-ZARD before.

To truly appreciate The Vibe, you’ll need to check out the official video that documents Biz-ARD’s greenscreen-enabled globe-hopping and vibe sharing. It is available to view via YouTube.

The Vibe is also available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Last Second Save takes us back to the golden era of pop-punk with ‘I Remember’.

‘I Remember’ is the latest single to be released by The Last Second Save; an alt-pop artist that wears his pop-punk influences on his sleeve while marrying elements of hip hop and alt-rock.

After I Remember hit the airwaves, staying in the 21st-century became optional. Hit play, and you’ll be thrown back to the golden era of pop-punk; when Blink-182 were king and life seemed infinitely simpler.

The track may join a host of other urban singles which paint with the darker and colder end of the tonal spectrum; but with I Remember, the Maryland-based solo artist allowed his multifaceted personality to shine through, making it practically impossible not to become enamoured by his optimism – in spite of existentialism.

I Remember is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Trash n Privilege brought 80s hardcore punk back to the airwaves with The Pain I Like the Most.

Trash n Privilege reintroduced hardcore punk to the airwaves with their anthemically-charged EP, One More Round, featuring the standout stormer, ‘The Pain I Like the Most’. The intensity of the instrumental aggression is enough to give Melvins a run for their money.

The American punk outfit fronted by Steve Shepard takes plenty of influence from the Californian and DC hardcore scenes in the 80s. Lyrically, they’re even more of a visceral force to be reckoned with. The Pain I Like the Most is packed with the abrasive emotions that usually come with negative connotations, but Trash n Privilege proved how necessary they are for endurance.

With their curveball melodic breakdown that leads to a wall of punk discord before the outro in their nuanced track, Trash n Privilege succeeded in affirming that they’re one to watch. Anyone who likes to vent through music that doesn’t buy into the ironically toxic woke culture which manifests on Twitter through very different kinds of breakdowns will want them on their radar.

The Pain I Like the Most is available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Vex Message slams the surveillance state with their darkwave earworm, ‘Data Regime’

Vex Message

If you share Vex Message’s hatred of our surveillance state, you’ll definitely want to introduce yourself to the earworm which resides in their latest darkwave post-punk release, ‘Data Regime’.

Vex Message may be fresh on the scene, but founding member, Derek Meins, was formerly part of Rough Trade-signed Eastern Lane, The Famous Poet and The Agitator. They brought all of their rhythmically astute professionalism to Data Regime; an unforgettably catchy hit that allows their enigmatic personality to shine through.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Peter Murphy embraced his playful side and brought funky gothy grooves into his sound, you’ll get an idea of what is on offer in the danceable mix that will be a hit with any fans of Talking Heads and The Wire.

Data Regime officially released on April 9th. It is available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

IN Peril deliver high-calibre catharsis in their thrashy garage rock track, ‘Your Decision’

UK-based hard rock outfit IN Peril made their debut in 2020 with their stormer of a single, ‘Your Decision’, with their visceral mix of garage rock and punk, they made it impossible not to pay attention.

While many people potentially won’t like the reminder that every life problem bemoaned about is a consequence of their decisions, there’s plenty of high-calibre catharsis within the punchy, thrashy hit that is screaming to be played live.

IN Peril may carry newcomer status presently, but the synergy within this sniping earworm wouldn’t allow you to believe it. Now that ‘normal’ life is threatening to make a return, they’re definitely one for the radar.

Your Decision is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

A Better Future: Galvanizing Argentinian rock musician Lautaro De Gobbi leads the way for environmental rights on ‘El Valle’

As he sings from the heart to the save The Valley that seems to be getting destroyed more and more, day by day, Lautaro De Gobbi shows us the way to help what matters to you on ‘El Valle‘.

Lautaro De Gobbi is an Argentinian punk rock artist, music graduate and music producer from Patagonia, who sings with a deep look inside the soul of his beloved country, as he performs with an edge to draw attention to various issues in society.

“These songs are born in the search for self expression and the fight against the powers that are trying to destroy our world and futures.” – Lautaro De Gobbi

With a groovy start that feels like its out of a movie, he sparks up the sky with a catchy and packed guitar-filled experience that has you hooked immediately. Soon, we are introduced to a deep vocal ability that is sung so passionately, the chorus has you captivated and this feels like a call to action, for something greater than we can possibly imagine.

El Valle‘ from Patagonia’s self-aware punk rocker Lautaro De Gobbi, is a track that deeply expresses the wholehearted anger of seeing his local areas cultural heritage land, shockingly being sold at a such a low price for mining and deforestation. This is a call for change and for it to happen as soon as possible to keep the soul of his homeland alive.

Stream this inspiring new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Judge Silver is coming off the bench with ‘Angeline’

‘Angeline’ is taken from Judge Silver’s debut album ‘Still On The Bench’, nine tracks of relatively gentle alt-flavoured-rock with a lyrical bent and a certain nod to football-related metaphors here and there. There’s some synth and dancey bass across the album, along with the more ‘rock’ flavoured guitars – think Orange Juice and Edwin Collins, a little of the Presidents of the USA, and maybe a touch of Tin Machine-era Bowie, and a little of Amigo The Devil in the vocal delivery.

It’s perhaps a little self-consciously ‘self-effacing’ when it comes to the lyrics, but in between the tongue-in-cheek there are some killer couplets, and in ‘Angeline’ an albeit unconventional love-song.

You can check out ‘Angeline’, and the rest of Judge Silver’s debut, on Soundcloud. Follow Judge Silver on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes