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Buying Into The Greed: White Collar Grunge remind us of what can happen if you take too much on the feast-filled ‘Capitulation’

After a long hiatus from the music world and released off his recently dropped ten-track album with a real bite to it, White Collar Grunge grabs our attention truthfully with the real-life story of how the world came to a money-related stop on ‘Capitulation‘.

White Collar Grunge is a brand new alt-rock band formed by the wildly creative father-of-two Cory Joseph Williams of Oshawa, Ontario. A massive 90’s music fan who was playing piano before being blown away by the quality of Nirvana’s classic second album called ‘Nevermind‘, he makes music for the love and will never ever compromise his morals for success.

Drawing on influences from the golden ages of rock, White Collar Grunge delivers powerful tunes on a self-titled debut album that feels both fresh and familiar.” – White Collar Grunge

The idea for the song Capitulation came about when the stock market tanked in March 2020. I was hearing the word a lot in the media and my father-in-law kept saying it as well. It seemed like an original lyric idea.” – White Collar Grunge

His voice is so tremendously exciting and the guitar riffs have you grooving like it was the 90’s again. with smartly penned lyrics that strikes right at the core of your body, soul and mind. In a lost world, this is exactly the insight that we all need to make better decisions next time, to avoid our hard-earned money getting wiped out underwater forever.

Capitulation‘ from Canadian alt-rockers White Collar Grunge, shows us an edge that is mostly lacking with lots of modern day releases. This is a true story about how things can come crashing so fast if you trust in the wrong people. The gamble of life can really take everything and destroy you, leaving you to wonder what really happened.

Stream this top new single on Spotify and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Nicolaas Walle And Friends show us what it means to be human in their latest release, Human Nature.

Scuzzy keys, theatrical crescendos and doom-laden vocals are just a few of the components in the latest release, ‘Human Nature’, by Ireland-based alternative artist Nicolaas Walle And Friends. The progressive two-track release will allow you to imagine what the War of the Worlds soundtrack would sound like if Depeche Mode and King Crimson lent their deft hands to the production.

Human Nature, Pt. 1 is a cosmonautical adventure through the avant-garde; after ominous male vocals and progressive instrumental alchemy that will be a hit with any fans of Rush or Genesis, female vocals bring a sense of fragility and mortality into the spacey mix that will set your imagination alight.

After making their debut in 2018, the self-produced multi-instrumentalist has enamoured plenty of the Emerald isle but discernibly, his sound boasts an international commercial potential that we can’t wait to see come into fruition in 2021 and beyond.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get your nostalgia hit with Smooth Retsina Glow’s funk-pop jazz-fusion single, Memories Made

‘Memories Made’ is just one of the singles that alt-rock outfit, Smooth Retsina Glow, has toured the US with since making their debut in 2020; with international airplay and 60 shows under their belt, they’re well on their way to shedding their ‘up and coming’ status.

With enough funk to give Nile Rogers a run for his money and sticky-sweet pop sensibilities to the female vocals, Memories Made is a tranquil yet equally enlivening track. There are serious melodic grooves in the rhythm section but with the choppy staccato guitar chords, there’s plenty of upbeat energy pouring from the heart and soul of this nostalgia-inducing track.

You can check out the official video to Memories Made by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

California’s most profound alternative artist Zpextre has released his spacey indie psych-pop earworm, Save it for the Kids.

Hit play on Oakland, California-based alternative artist, Zpextre’s latest single, Save it for the Kids and end the self-obsessive cycle of naval-gazing.

Save it for the Kids is an infectiously feel-good track that serves the awakening reminder that the world is bigger than you’ll ever know, but no matter how small you feel, you still have a part to play. Rather than sending you down an existential hole while imparting that wisdom, Zpextre laced the indie psych-pop earworm with plenty of funk and soulfully distorted grooves.

Zpextre may always run unapologetically with his eccentricity but the commercial potential of his sound never takes a hit. Even with avant-garde defiance of constraint and ideas of aural perfection, the single that was produced by Kool Kojak has all the marks of a summer high-vibe playlist staple.

Here’s what Zpextre had to say about the single:

“The innocence of a child allows them to discover themselves both physically and mentally. It is paramount to the development of love, compassion and humanity. For, in the end, humanity made this world. We have to save this innocence; we have to leave this world better than we found it. Save it for the Kids!”

Save it for the Kids is now available via SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple music.

Connect with Zpextre via Facebook or Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Bangkok’s most enticing alt-rock outfit Stay Awake welcome us to the ‘Brave New Normal’

Fans of Alexisonfire, Rise Against, and Bad Religion will want to make the same amount of time for the Bangkok-based alt-rock powerhouse, Stay Awake, after the release of their sophomore EP, ‘Portraits’.

Track 1, Brave New Normal, is the perfect introduction to Stay Awake’s hardcore sound and even harder-hitting lyrics. After forming in 2018, they’ve garnered plenty of international acclaim and sharpened their sound to a piercing precision.

With catchy choruses that could easily captivate main stage festival crowds and simple yet efficaciously clever lyrics, “we face each day behind a mask, 2020 vision is useless”, Brave New Normal is a nuanced matured take on hardcore that will undoubtedly take Stay Awake to even greater heights.

Check out the latest EP from Stay Awake on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

WE ARE MONROE – BABY LOVE: euphorically dark indie post-punk. 

‘BABY LOVE’ is just one of the three tracks that feature on the latest EP, ‘MOVEMENTS’, from WE ARE MONROE, a Canadian-based alt-rock powerhouse making waves by showing the softer, more affable side to post-punk.
With Kessler-style cuttingly angular guitar notes over danceable beats and shimmering synths, BABY LOVE is an enliveningly authentic track that proves why WE ARE MONROE hasn’t failed to gain plenty of momentum with their euphorically dark indie sound. With Gus Van Go (Arkells) on production, it comes as no surprise that BABY LOVE boasts an anthemically absorbing feel that you’ll want to delve into time and time again. BABY LOVE will undoubtedly be a hit with any fans of Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Spector, Bloc Party and Kasabian.
BABY LOVE is now available to stream via SoundCloud.
Review by Amelia Vandergast

Crimson Spirit – Poor Little Boy: The Darkest Alt-Rock Earworm You Will Hear This Year

Crimson Spirit

German-based rock revivalists Crimson Spirit are set to release their most absorbing single to date. After a Post Punk-Esque intro, Violet’s vocals creep into the soundscape with a timbre that haunts with the same phantasmal presence as Sophe Lux and Angel Olsen.

Poor Little Boy is an epic alt-rock track that teases empathy while allowing a sardonic undertone to run under the compassion. The instrumentals artfully and progressively mimick slips of patience in the realistically hard-hitting release that tackles tendencies to turn to self-destructive vices.

The founding members, Alexander Stieben and Jana Krieger (aka Violet Rigby), are experienced musicians; before assembling Crimson Spirit, they were part of black metal and psych bands, but Crimson Spirit captures both of their work at its most experimental. Their sound is inspired by the 80s and 90s alternative eras, stylistically, they dabble with elements of classic rock, hard rock, avant-garde rock, grunge and metal to forge their own alchemically immersive signature sound.

Poor Little Boy will be available to stream on all platforms, including SoundCloud, from June 18th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Cam Schnell sings the Movin’ On Blues in his latest decade-spanning hit

‘Movin On Blues’ is the latest scuzzed-up blues-rock single released by the archaically-inspired artist Cam Schnell who pulls inspiration from different genres and decades to create contemporary hits that make our modern existence one a little less disconnected.

With Movin’ On Blues, you get the ultimate redemption story told through whiskey-soaked vocals that groove along with the rockabilly walking rhythms and hints of 70s psych-rock. The single offers the anthemic furore that you’d expect from any self-respecting rock n roll artist in 2021. If you find space on your playlists for the Black Keys and the Jim Jones Revue with their revivalist sounds, you’ll also want to make room for Cam Schnell’s retro magnetism.

Movin’ On Blues is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Pull Me Way Down Under: Elizabeth II walks away from the past on ‘All My Failures’

With an electrifying start that shakes you by the heart and vibrates into your excited soul, Elizabeth II rocks in hot with a terrific new single that sees her in top form with ‘All My Failures‘.

Elizabeth Cannon aka Elizabeth II, is a compellingly stirring indie alt-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. She makes that epic music soundtrack that should be in movies, with stories about life, love, and making use of your opportunities in life.

You feel the shake of the brittle speakers as they shudder under the might of this full-paced song with grit, as she is clearly a master at her chosen craft and we are treated to a forceful song, that catches you unawares at first. Each riff is so riveting and has you feeling like you need to turn the volume up, which is always a good sign of a world class song.

All My Failures‘ from the wildly talented Washington D.C. alt-rock artist with strikingly beautiful blue hair and with superior guitar skills plus an outstanding voice Elizabeth II, sings with such heart about her journey up until this point. Her consistency is so impressive as she lets us into her life, and looks to brush off the past and only focus on being successful.

Elizabeth II has that extra determination and heartfelt desire – that sets her apart from the rest and is a modern day rock sensation – who will surely light up many a music festival in 2022.

Hear this top single on Spotify and see more via her IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Real Blood: The Very Reverend wants to forget that face on electric new single ‘HOLYGHOST’

With a dark edge that has a rather ominous tone attached inside each second, The Very Reverend looks deeply for a new religion after getting let down before on this sharp new single ‘HOLYGHOST‘.

The Very Reverend is a fiery California-based alternative artist. He somehow warps bleeding alt-pop/rock, electronic, and also adds in a horror soundtrack influence, to baffle those innocent minds and has such a striking music style.

My music sways with a subdued energy that seduces his audience, before giving way to the snarling chaos lurking just below the surface.” – The Very Reverend

As you slowly open the creaking door to poke your eye out to see if its safe to go out again, we are flooded in with an intense track that certainly catches your attention rather quickly. His vocals shred in and cut your ears open with that rampaging vigor, as this is one of those tracks you either love or hate, just the way he likes it.

HOLYGHOST‘ from California’s alt-rock/horror artist The Very Reverend, creepily opens the dusty window to where so many wouldn’t even think about going through, even during the sun-lit daytime. This is a craftily created song that features lots of distorted sounds -with fully ravaging riffs that smash hard through your mindset – and has you looking around rather nervously, to find your true path to redemption.

Hear this fast-paced single on Spotify and check out his IG for more info.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen