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GRAZE – Ven a Volar: A Viscerally Chilling Shoegaze Revival

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Shoegaze fans who are always scouting for brand-new evolutions in the genre will find a smorgasbord of reverb-soaked authenticity in Pennsylvania-based artist GRAZE’s latest single.

Ven a Volar was released on August 11th, hit play and prepare for the cutting cold tones to tear through you. The slight vibrato on the Indie vocals gives the sonic soundscape a potently evocative sting while the complexity in the melodies will leave you utterly captivated as you try and navigate the walls of masterfully-orchestrated noise.

GRAZE may not be able to tour with this release, but I can imagine that when they can, they’ll leave the audience with chills.

You can stream or download Ven a Volar via Bandcamp, or you can check it out on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Play Center – 2020: The Ultimate Scuzzy Indie Punk Rock Sign of the Times

Atlanta GA-based Alt-Rock trailblazers Play Center released the official video to their latest single 2020 on June 29th, any fans of the Alt 90s sound will want the scuzzy and absorbingly vitriolic Indie Punk Rock hit in their ears.

There may be reminiscences to the likes of Sonic Youth and Mud Honey in 2020 but Play Center revived their distorted friction-soaked sound with brand-new all too relatable angst and raw energy which would have the capacity to lead the crowd into a frenzy. Gigs may not be happening right now, but when they are, you’ll want the misleadingly-titled powerhouse on your radar.

You can check out the official video to Play Center’s single 2020 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

There will be plenty more to come from Play Centre in 2020 and beyond. Follow them via Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tough on Fridays have returned with their resonantly visceral modernistic take on Alt 90s with the release of “Simplicity III”

Georgetown, TX Alt-Rock powerhouse Tough on Fridays blew us away when they appeared on our radar with their 2-track release “Simplicity II”.

On July 3rd they dropped “Simplicity III” in the style of 7” release with A side and B side singles. Yet, you’ll find that both tracks are equally as evocative and artfully intense. Tough on Fridays brought Alt 90s nuances right into the 21st century with their melodically resolving, lyrically lacerating style.

Track 1, “Lonely Eyes/Pines” may be a piercingly emotional aural experience, but you can’t hold it against Tough on Fridays for hitting you with undiluted apathetic resonance. Seeing as the whole globe has gone through extensive isolation prior to the release, I can only imagine how many people will find themselves in the candidly connectable track.

Track 2, “Out of the Blue (The Deep End)” perfectly follows on from Lonely/Eyes with a slightly amplified sound and an even more visceral angsty bite. There aren’t many tracks which could simultaneously appease fans of L7 and contemporary ennui-laden Pop Punk, but Tough on Fridays discernably succeeded.

You can check out Simplicity III for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Keep up to date with Tough on Fridays’ latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sky Changes – New Shoes: An Instantly Engorging Melting Pot of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Shoegaze

From the first angular notes in the latest track “New Shoes” from Chicago Alt-Rock outfit Sky Changes, we were hooked. Their unique amalgamation of Art Rock, Dream Pop and Indie Shoegaze will leave fans of Radiohead and Slowdive alike enamoured.

Not only did the dreamy soundscape allow Sky Changes to assert their distinction and ingenuity on the airwaves. New Shoes is also an instantly engorging melodic masterpiece where every evolution will leave you with an even more potent dose of awe.

With every progression, the tight yet chorally accordant instrumentals seem to gain intricacy and amass alchemy while the hazily-blissful vocals remain a beguilingly soft constant. The muted vocals magnetically draw you deeper into the track to extract the meaning behind the New Shoes metaphor.

It isn’t every day we hear such a fresh revival of Alt 90s sounds. We’d recommend getting Sky Changes on your radar sooner than later.

You can check out Sky Changes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rotaries – Smart Ones: Anthemically Charged, Melodically Sweet Alt Rock

With melodies which will stick to your synapses like superglue and overwhelming anthemic appeal, it’s safe to say that Rotaries’ new Indie Alt Rock single “Smart Ones” is a radio-ready hit.

Fans of Manic Street Preachers, Mansun, Stereophonics and Supergrass will definitely want to give the deftly-crafted single some attention.

The Portsmouth, UK-based rhythmically-gifted 5-piece band achieve their dynamic sound by borrowing influences from a multitude of genres and styles. From 60s Psych Pop to 90s Britpop, you’ll find all that and more in Smart Ones. It’s easily one of the most absorbing Rock hits from an up and coming artist we’ve heard this year.

The guitar riffs are sweet enough to send you to a higher plateau while there’s plenty of sweet accordances to soak up thanks to the vocals too.

You can check out Rotaries’ indulgently sweet single Smart Ones via Spotify now.

You can keep up to date with the latest releases from Rotaries via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Irish Indie Rock Duo Mute The TV have made their debut with their unique Brit Pop revival track “With You”

Up and coming Indie Duo Mute The TV’s debut single “With You” invites you to delve back into the nostalgia of Brit Pop whilst putting a brand-new sticky-sweet psychedelic spin on the iconic 90s sound.

With the increments of symphonic melodicism, the Irish duo’s dynamic approach to production and their tongue-in-cheek romantically enamouring lyrics, it’s impossible not to warm to this accordant tonally cathartic track. Any fans of Blur will definitely want Mute The TV on their radar.

We’re already stoked to hear what comes next. It’s not all too often that we get to hear debut tracks which are expressive as they are infectious.

You can check out Mute The TV’s debut single With You which was released on April 17th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – Pushing You Under: A Vivaciously Sonic New Trajectory in the Evolution of Folk Rock

https://soundcloud.com/william-orpen/pushing-you-under/s-5GSEYxSb3Pm

8udDha bl0od created a brand-new super-charged trajectory in the evolution of Folk Rock with their recently released single “Pushing You Under”.

The Brighton-based artist’s vivaciously sonic approach to Folk-Rock is absorbing from the first verse in Pushing You Under which kicks off as an energetically electric feat of melodic Alt Folk before amping up the intensity of the chaos in the soundscape. The unpredictable progressions lead you through walls of heavily distorted guitar until the whole track fades into static with plenty more inventive distinction in between.

Pushing You Under serves as the perfect introduction to 8udDha bl0od’s constantly evolving sound. It’s impossible to predict what will come next, yet, one thing which remains as a constant is the palpable sense that the artist has thrown themselves entirely into the soundscape with no thought to stylistic constraints. It’s certainly not every day you will hear a track which allows you to share the artist’s pure creative catharsis.

You’ll be able to check out Pushing You Under along with the rest of 8udDha bl0od’s Folk Rock EP from May 3rd via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Punk Meets 90s Grunge in Tough on Fridays’ Latest Single “Party Scene”

Fans of Alt 90s, Grunge and Pop Punk alike are going to want to make time for the absorbingly angsty latest single “Party Scene” from Texan Alt-Rock trailblazers Tough on Fridays.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if L7 and Green Day collaborated on a single, you’ll get a good idea of what is in store for you when you hit play on Party Scene.

Ennui may drip from the lyrical nihilism which is lyrically reminiscent to bands such as Fidlar. But thanks to the energetic momentum in the short and sweet track, Party Scene is a dynamic hit which you’ll be all too happy to give repeat attention.

Party Scene is due for release on May 1st, and you can catch the live stream release show via Facebook. In the meantime, you can check out Tough on Fridays’ earlier Pop-infused raucous hits via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Music Supergroup – Unrequited: Bitter-Sweet Grunge-Soaked Alt Rock

Confusingly, the up and coming artist Pop Music Supergroup’s sound is nothing like what it says on the tin. Instead, it’s a witty subversion which leaves you pleasantly surprised when you delve into the Indie Alt Rock artist’s eccentric addition to the airwaves.

As I hit play on the standout track “Unrequited” in their 2019 album, I braced myself for some polished, contrived euphoria, only to hear indulgently bitter-sweet Grunge-soaked Alt Rock.

With Sonic Youth-style fuzz on the guitars, friendly synth lines and the naturally captivating Indie Pop vocals, it is practically impossible to let this track draw to a close without becoming enamoured by Pop Music Supergroup’s sound.

Pop Music Supergroup’s latest album “Tragically Tedious” is sure to be plenty of appeal to fans of Big Thief, Dinosaur Jr, and Japanese Breakfast.

You can check out Unrequited along with the rest of Pop Music Supergroup’s album by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast