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NYC band Lower Power are fully-charged on ‘All About Me’

Lower Power charge in with the politically aware new Rock banger called ‘All About Me‘.

New York City band Lower Power rages with fire and self-confessed wild and honest abandon. They speak on the important topics that usually get brushed under the carpet. Issues like gun violence, mental health, war, status of women, the rise to power of evil people that take over with their greedy style are all mentioned here. This is a video that cuts into the real problems that modern day society face, both in the USA and the world.

The story goes that the band came together when Pat met Jon and Ben playing at an 80’s Karaoke gig. Singing at the top of the lungs I’m sure as they are all passionate music fans, first and foremost. Pat asked them if they’d like to play in a punk rock band. they said yes. Pat met Konrad at a bar where he was playing a country gig and asked him if he wanted to play in a punk band. He said yes and the rest as they say, is history. They had two 2 hour rehearsals a month apart. The band went into Konrad’s and recorded the basic tracks in just 4 hours. This shows how energetic the band is and they wanted their music out there as soon as possible to spread their message, far and wide.

Lower Power rock out with the best intentions on their new single ‘All About Me‘. Their video and song strikes a topic that we all need to be aware about.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Hellwaffles has dropped their quaintly angsty Indie Punk Folk single “Audrey Hepburn”  

After hearing Hellwaffles’ resonantly candid debut single “Training Wheels”, there was little chance we’d forget the Indie Punk Folk artist’s instantly endearing style. Upon hearing of the release of their second single “Audrey Hepburn”, we couldn’t help but dive right in and embrace the angsty quaint alchemy one more. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

The short and bitter-sweet track is as uncomplicated as they come. The frill-free Garage Lo-Fi-style guitar give the lyrics and vocals plenty of room to leave you transfixed by them as they playfully allude to Hellwaffles’ complicated relationship with the ultimate on-screen icon. It’s pointed, it’s playful, and it’s utterly ingenious.

We’re already stoked to hear what Hellawaffles serves up next with their unpredictably refreshing style.

You can check out Hellwaffles’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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As a pretty obsessive fan of Sonic Youth’s Confusion is Sex album, soaking up the discordant noisy angst in 8udDha bl0od’s immersively abrasive latest single was an aural trip which I’ll definitely be taking again.

Despite the harsh, almost guttural vocals and the arsenal of caustic experimentalism which was poured into Untitled 1123; J.:.22 15 jU57 .:.n 3XcU53:7h3 7R0U8l3 3XPl.:.n!ng 7H3 !n3vi7.:.8l3, there was still an adrenalizing sense of resilience and optimism which resonated within the deep bends of the Post Punk basslines and the cutting energy which spilt from the No-Wave guitars.

You can check out Untitled 1123; J.:.22 15 jU57 .:.n 3XcU53:7h3 7R0U8l3 3XPl.:.n!ng 7H3 !n3vi7.:.8l3 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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District 13 – Soma: Transfixingly Dark Evocatively Visceral Heavy Alt Rock

We’re always on the lookout for breaking bands who bring brand-new energy to Rock. And District 13 certainly didn’t disappoint with their transfixingly dark, evocatively visceral offering of Alt Rock “Soma”.

The instrumentals may be heavy, but there’s a striking amount of melodicism to ingest as the progressive hit unravels. Each new evolution in sound leaves you with yet another affirmation of District 13’s talent when it comes to fusing elements of Punk and Heavy Metal. You get the snappy riotous energy of Punk, orgasmically sweet guitar riffs, and harsh heavy tones all wrapped up in one sublime aural package.

That’s all without mentioning the vocals. If Jesus himself wept, it wouldn’t be as emotive as what guitarist and vocalist Jon Hartz Wild brought to Soma. The guttural drawn-out jagged whiskey-soaked screams will stay with me quite some time. But despite all of the raw emotion forcibly thrown into Soma, there was still plenty of upbeat energy to ensure that the track comes to a close without leaving you feeling like you’ve been put into an existential hole.

I’d be willing to put money on the London-based trio’s taking the scene by storm in 2020.

You can check out the official music video to District 13’s latest single Soma via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Punk artist Karl Meyer has made their debut with the explosively caustic album “Career Ending Move”

https://karlmeyer.bandcamp.com/track/detractors

Punk fans of all inclinations are going to want to check out the debut solo “Career Ending Move” album from artist Karl Meyer.

While each of the tracks is a high-octane blast of magnetic angst, the best introduction to their sound is the single “Detractors”. If you find yourself constantly in search for the most chaotic soundscapes on the airwaves, Detractors is definitely a single for you. There are elements of No Wave, Post Punk and Old School Anarcho-Punk all weaved into the mix allowing it to resonate as fresh, but familiarly accessible.

Thankfully, unlike 70s Punk artists, Karl Meyer is more than instrumentally proficient which is palpable from the Oh Sees-style caustic riffs which carve out infectious electronically-charged rhythm creating the perfect platform for their biting vocals.

You can check out Karl Meyer’s single Detractors along with their debut album Career Ending Move for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast