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90s Alt Rock

E.L. Davis gave us a ‘Window to the World’ that we want to look through with their latest alt indie rock single

E. L. Davis

Ahead of the release of their 6-track EP, Stars We’ve Never Seen, E.L. Davis has given a taste of their elevated existential angst with the standout single, Window to the World.

With the nuanced 90s indie rock vibes mixed in with the post-rock atmosphere of the single that proves how far we’ve come since Bono reigned supreme, Window to the World is simultaneously a nostalgia hit and a way to find contemporary resonance in a time of scarcity of it.

From the very first lyric, the all too relatable disillusionment and cynicism take hold before Window to the World turns into a stormer of an alt-indie rock hit that could easily fill a stadium and command the audience.

Window to the World will officially release on April 29th. Check out E.L. Davis here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

West Coast vibes meet Latin urban rhythm in Victor Josue’s latest single, Ad Maiora

The up and coming San Diego born and raised artist Victor Josue’s music spans Latin urban and west coast vibes. His latest single, Ad Maiora, is the perfect introduction to his smooth soul-driven sound that is garnering plenty of international hype for its hazy melodies and evocative punches.

Ad Maiora was the third single released by Josue; his upcoming debut album promises to be a dynamic smorgasbord of multi-genre ingenuity that breaks the monocultural mould. For any urban music fans that appreciate fresh vision and talent, Josue’s sun-soaked contemporary urban sound isn’t to be overlooked.

Ad Maiora is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Daily Spreadsheets take us on a trip through the alt-90s with their indie alt-rock hit, ‘I Walk Alone’.

The Brazilian indie alt-rock outfit, The Daily Spreadsheets, created a time capsule back to the iconic era of indie with the release of their latest single, I Walk Alone.

The energetic earworm merges 90s Britpop with sonic US pop-punk to create a frenetically infectious hit that will enamour fans of Oasis and Weezer alike. The lo-fi garage rock production gives you all of the old school alt-rock authenticity. Yet, the unique revival hits the spot like no other as it spans across oceans to pull in international stylistic elements.

You can check out the indie alt-rock hit for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Finding a way through the storm: Dorothy Harris are at their grungy best on ‘No Prediction’

With the obvious pain firmly entrenched into his honest voice, Dorothy Harris sends us a gripping story about how fighting a losing battle is supremely exhausting on ‘No Prediction‘.

Dorothy Harris is a fast-emerging four-piece Spanish indie alt grunge-rock band, with that special 90’s feel interwoven into their smoking guitars, who enthusiastically formulate that truthful music to help you deal with issues that are plaguing your mind, body and soul.

Their exciting sound is so vibrant and highly confident, while his deep lyrics transmits an energy of fighting through the troubled times to make sense of it all. The Spanish band have a pleasing spark inside their creative bones and the head nods in approval throughout the different layers that become alive, as the fuse-lit track fires into life.

No Prediction‘ from the promising Spanish act Dorothy Harris, sends you into a washing wave of thoughtfulness and sadness mixed with frustration, as you vividly remember when you loved someone so much with all your heart, but they didn’t put in as much effort as you.

Sometimes life can be very confusing and is tough to predict, so staying patient and listening to your gut is perhaps the only way to stay afloat, when the waters are choppy in life.

Hear this rocking tune on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

¥ANG delivers laconically laidback Alt Rock with ‘Satin Blue’  

Born in London and now resident in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter ¥ang is now onto his sixth single in just twelve months. ‘Satin Blue’ starts off with a Patti Smith-esque acoustic guitar part before instantly becoming something much, much more as ¥ang’s laconic, laid-back vocal delivery kicks in.

Mixing equal parts Beck, REM, and the quieter parts of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ album, hitting every ‘right’ bit of Cobain and Stipe on the way, ‘Satin Blue’ is a catchy, upbeat number with a surprisingly hooky, mainstream college-radio middle eight breakdown before kicking back into its final ‘this is your lesson’ chorus refrain, which – like the best of Seattle and Athens, Georgia – will stay very, very firmly lodged in your head for hours after the final, ringing chord has decayed to nothingness.

Hear ‘Satin Blue’ on Spotify, and check out ¥ang on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Johnny Rock Band rock out with a fun party vibe on ‘Hotdog on a Stick Song’

Johnny Rock Band rocks in with the summer special ‘Hotdog on a Stick Song‘.

Growing up in Encinitas raised on music, art, surfing and avocados. Tate Sanderson aka Johnny Rock loves being with his trusty guitar and also never cutting his hair. Life is too short to care about that. He would attend surf P.E. in the morning then turn in a song he wrote for credit in English class later in the day.

A dream, a guitar and a lot of ambition tossed Johnny onto the highway of life, touring the U.S, Mexico and over in Japan. He had been dreaming of playing all over the world and this has turned into a reality.

Johnny Rock Band rolls in with his new song Hotdog on a Stick Song‘ and this is a fun story. This is all about having a good time and not worrying too much. This is a great message and an ode to making 2020 better. Music and life should be enjoyed. I love the cruising vibe here and the solos are fantastic. I could imagine watching this band at a sweaty festival and rocking out to them.

Stream here on Spotify to hear more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Alt 90s Britpop & Folk Rock Converge in 8udDha bl0od’s Latest Single “Wasn’t Enough”

8udDha bl0od

Wasn’t Enough is just one of the singles which feature on Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od’s latest EP which will appease fans of Folk-Rock and Alt 90s Brit Pop alike.

Wasn’t Enough may be one of the more stripped-back tracks on the EP, yet, despite the slower pace, the track possesses the same intensity that you’d find in one of 8udDha bl0od’s more experimental Alt Rock tracks.

As Wasn’t Enough progresses, the tone moves away from organic absorbing warmth as the acoustic instrumentals are replaced by distorted guitars and plenty of sonic aural curveballs are thrown in for good measure.

No matter what kind of guise 8udDha bl0od’s creativity falls under, it’s always a pleasure to lose yourself within it.

You’ll be able to check out Wasn’t Enough along with the rest of 8udDha bl0od’s Folk-Rock EP from May 3rd via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

8udDha bl0od – N3<3rm!nD: Sensually Serpentine Alt Grunge Rock

N3<3rm!nD is just one of the recently released tracks by 8udDha bl0od, an artist who consistently finds new trajectories for the evolution of their sound and ensures each is as distinctively captivating as the last.

N3<3rm!nD is an indulgently sensual feat of Alt Grunge which spills grinding friction from the tightly rhythmic instrumentals creating the perfect platform for 8udDha bl0od’s vocals which exude a potent mix of antagonism, ennui, and pure magnetism.

Even though there’s plenty of weighted emotion to drink in while you listen to the serpentine track unwind, 8udDha bl0od still found room to infuse playful doses of experimentalism. Choosing a favourite track by 8udDha bl0od is no easy feat, but N3<3rm!nD is definitely up there with the best of them.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single N3<3rm!nD for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Too Soon Jokes – Breathe: Accordingly Absorbing Indie Rock

For their latest track, Indie trailblazers Too Soon Jokes borrowed a few stylistic influences from the 90s Alt Rock and Pop Punk and created a punchy genre-mashing Indie Rock earworm which definitely won’t overstay its welcome.

Breathe” was released on March 6th, and the airwaves became infinitely sweeter for it. There may be some monster guitar solos in the deftly crafted track. But Breathe is all about the personable, connectable charm which spills from the accordant vocals.

Too Soon Jokes first appeared on our radars with their Christmas song “Santy Don’t Visit the Funeral Homes Little Buddy”. Naturally, we quickly found admiration for the band’s unapologetic daringness which seeps beyond their track titles and into their soundscapes.

If you’re always on the lookout for tracks which will make your heart feel full, it will be fully charged in 2:52 minutes after hitting play on Breathe.

You can check out the official video for Too Soon Jokes’ latest single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast