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Ruby Sue told her coming of age story in her bitter-sweet triumph of a debut LP, the Need

With the sweetness of Taylor Swift, the soul of Brandi Carlile, and the bite of Courtney Love, the 19-year-old Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ruby Sue released her coming-of-age debut album, The Need.

Although pitch-perfection and instrumental distinction are a constant through the 12 singles, special attention should be paid to I Remember September, which mellifluously exhibits just how fleeting youth is, and how inclined we are to cling to it through fear of the future. I can only imagine how terrifying the transition into adulthood is in this era, but everyone going through it now has a confidant in this soul-stirring debut LP.

With lyrics such as, “who will I be when I’m not young and free?” Ruby Sue proves that despite her age, she’s got more self-awareness than most lyricists. Get her on your radar.

I Remember September is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

British Quintessentialism meets riotous pop-punk and post-hardcore in DEFS’ latest single, No Worries If Not

DEFS is a one-man mission to create groove-saturated raucous pop bangers; based on the Sheffield, UK-based songwriter and producer’s latest riotously off-kilter single, No Worries If Not, his endeavour is a resounding success. If you could imagine how Liam Lynch’s United States of Whatever would have unfolded if he was quintessentially British, you’ll get an idea of the animated exuberance.

With his influences ranging from punk rock to nu-metal to 90s indie, DEFS constructed a genre-fluid rancorous mockery of our awkward over-polite tendencies. Through catchy pop-punk choruses, hammering post-hardcore breakdowns (literally and metaphorically), schizophrenic vocal transitions and psychedelically anthemic mayhem, No Worries If Not became the ultimate alt-indie playlist staple. Half-Man Half-Biscuit has nothing on DEFS.

No Worries If Not is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Michigan-based artist Anthony J Fink returns with a breakup song to relate with on Road Trip

Released from his well-received recent 5-track EP called Feel The Rain, Anthony J Fink shows us that painful moment when he just couldn’t shake off that unforgettable feeling he dreads on Road Trip.

Anthony J Fink is a Detroit, Michigan-based indie rock singer-songwriter who is progressing so brightly with his introspectively brilliant music.

Seeing that familiar car with a new friend for company parked right next to it, Anthony J Fink takes a quick trip back to see a former flame and is rather sad by what he sees. Sung with a tremendously honest style, soaring vocals and a message that so many of us have felt in our lives unless we have been rather lucky in love-this is a single to close your eyes with-and remember a beautiful time in the past.

Road Trip from Detroit, Michigan-based indie rock singer-songwriter Anthony J Fink is a song you will find unable to shake off your mind. Placing a picture on this memory rather than going inside it again, as the breakup changed everything. With a vocal armoury that seems to shine brightly, this is a stunning single when you feel like going down the road of nostalgia. Not for too long, however.

Check out this new video on YouTube and see more via the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jarrett Beeler shows us into the divine life of the party with Hurricane

Taken off his brilliant 10-track album called The Easy Way, Jarrett Beeler tells us the legend about the one who drank rather untidily on the bar-filled new single all about that loveable human who did things her own way on Hurricane.

Jarrett Beeler is an indie rock n roll artist with a difference who certainly does not need the approval of the masses to keep this journey alive.

While his friends were flocking to their local music stores to exchange their Vanilla Ice records for Nevermind, Beeler was busy cursing Classic Rock radio DJs for talking over the endings of the Neil Young, Elvis Costello, and Beatles tunes he was trying to commit to tape.” ~ Jarrett Beeler

Produced by Jarrett Randazzo, Jarrett Beeler performs with so much gusto that flows through into our veins with a passionate abandon. This is a proper song here, stuffed with real-life issues and romances, a dynamic texture wrapped inside, with inviting vocals from someone who has actually felt this hugely memorable moment before.

Hurricane from the underground indie rock solo singer-songwriter Jarrett Beeler is a cinematically expressive single from a massively underrated performer who sings from the heart. Featuring an authentic story that many will recognize and hold on tightly to despite the broken hearts, this is a delightful effort that might be stuck in your head all day.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Don Pedigo darkened the roots of rock n roll with his dusky track, Messenger

‘Messenger’ is the latest dusky feat of roots-deep rock n roll from the Nashville artist Don Pedigo. From an intro of surfy, swaggy, Gretschy tones, the single opens up through narrative lyrics, which follow the same revelatory path as the likes of Dylan & Tom Petty, reeling you into the depths of Pedigo’s candour and originality.

Each new verse is a testament to the solo artist’s proclivity to pour out his heart lyrically instead of dotting together the usual rock cliches, and there is just as much distinction in the dark production, which puts Messenger on the same level as Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand.

Messenger will officially release on August 5th. You can hear it for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Michigan’s Club Stets urges the dark road to vanish forever on ‘Guns’

Inspired by Modest Mouse, Radiohead and Pink Floyd, Club Stets shows us his progression to being a much-respected solo artist with a striking new single to ponder deeply called ‘Guns‘.

Club Stets is a Detroit, Michigan-based multi-talented musician who started out as a drummer around 20 years ago and is now a music producer and singer-songwriter.

While the foundations of the album began at Steve’s home studio, the majority of the tracking was done at Detroit’s Rustbelt Studios with the help of Steve Lehane.” ~ Club Stets 

Taken off his debut 5-track release that was dropped on his birthday, Club Stets shows us his world class quality with supreme vocals and honest lyrics to be impressive by. Brushing the dark thoughts away as a new journey unfolds for the better-this is a spiritual experience to truly learn from-as we are taken on a glorious journey of renewed focus.

Guns‘ from the multi-talented Detroit, Michigan-based indie artist Club Stets is a nostalgic gem of the very highest condition imaginable. This is the deep story of making sure that your light is always bright, no matter what has occurred in the past. Sung with a calming voice that will take you into a hugely reflective place, this is a track that will have you gazing outside for a while as you ponder your next move.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Royal Leisure – Pastries: Get Your Indie Funk Pop Sugar Rush

Connoisseur of melodic indie funk pop hooks, The Royal Leisure has tackled the human tendency of indecision with his latest nostalgically sweet single, Pastries. It will groove you right back to the synth-driven culture of the 80s, only after taking a pitstop in 90s noise rock.

The Hong Kong-based singer-songwriter (AKA Horace Tam), started the project with the inclination to offer a reflection point to listeners looking for a sense of perspective on themselves, the world, and all the connections we make along the way.

One thing is for sure; Pastries is a refreshing reprieve from the contemporary sonic trends. Its playful approach to aural nostalgia and even more affable inclination to drip some colour into your psyche while it forces you to question your tendency to want your cake and eat it won’t fail to stir your soul. The reprise of “this could be the only thing I want” around the endlessly ascending melodies makes for one hell of an oxytocin rush.

Take a bite for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Conor Alexander soars high like a bird on the courageous new release ‘Kamikaze Pilot’

Taken off the 10-track album ‘The Magnetic People‘, Conor Alexander might just go for it anyway despite the risks involved with a supreme single to ascend freely while flying high on ‘Kamikaze Pilot‘.

Conor Alexander is a London, UK-based indie alternative rock solo artist who makes that raw sounding road-trip strumming music to jam with all night.

Gliding through rather fondly and into our warm embrace that has needed a song with a bite like this, Conor Alexander is in a bullish mood with a forceful display to remember. Always grippingly passionate and with an adventurous mood that will urge you upwards, this is an experience to throw your arms high with.

Kamikaze Pilot‘ from London, UK-based indie alternative rock musician Conor Alexander is a potent track that urges us to go for it no matter what the challenges are. From the deep depths of a creative mind who has gone for this wild mission despite the risks, showing great bravery when there is much coldness outside.

When you believe you can achieve, each day really means something.

Hear this fine song on Spotify and see more via the Twitter page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

downers took us down ‘twenty thousand streets’ in their feat of power pop perfection

After launching their debut single, Messages, earlier this year, downers have released another feat of power pop perfection in the form of their EP, twenty thousand streets. The title single carries the same infectiously melodic punch as Placebo while simultaneously throwing nuances of post-punk and proto-punk down your ears; the earworm will undoubtedly linger.

The UK-based outfit didn’t break the wheel with twenty thousand streets; they perceptibly milked out of it an exhilarated sonic signature that won’t fail to get the adrenaline coursing to the tune of their punk nostalgia rousing energy.

I knew the chances of my jaded soul gelling with an artist under the moniker downers was high. What I failed to anticipate was the sticky sweet vocal affability as the witty lyrics are made larger than life around the rhythms, which any fans of The Buzzcocks will undoubtedly get a buzz from.

twenty thousand streets is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Scottish alt-rock pioneers her picture showed us ‘The Nature of It’ with their debut single.

Scotland’s freshest 4-piece alt-rock ensemble, her picture showed us what originality sounds like in 2022 with their debut single, The Nature of It. Their citation of Ben Howard and Pink Floyd as their influences barely scratches the riff-powered surface of their blend of colourful reverb-dripping ambience and intensely overdriven rock.

Just as the records from My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and The House of Love demand to be listened to at maximum volume, the hauntedly beckoning vocals over the artfully proggy instrumentals that throw cataclysmic breakdowns at you at the drop of a hat were built for complete audiophilic immersion. I’m yet to hear another more visceral alt rock debut this year.

The Nature of It is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast