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By Devices Make their Debut with the Alt-Rock Indie Anthem “Police the Police”  

By Devices

Up and coming 5-piece Birmingham-based Alt Rock artist By Devices are almost ready to drop their debut track “Police the Police”.  We’ve been lucky enough to have our faith in guitar music restored with a sneak preview of the single which is due for official release on September 27th.

It’s tracks such as Police the Police that remind you how music should always captivate you. It’s catchy, it’s fierce, and it actually compels you to feel actual human emotion.

Using siren-like guitar riffs in a track which serves as an aural attack at the police was an utterly ingenious move.  Throughout the track the guitars remain absorbingly angular whilst feeding in plenty of energy to this palpably raw sign of the times. But don’t worry, under the radio-ready mix each evolution of the dexterously orchestrated sound has been polished to perfection, so it reaches your ears with nothing but euphoric concordance. The cherry on the cake has to be the gritty Northern Indie vocals, there’s no fancy frills, no self-indulgent harmonies, just unadulterated resonance.

I definitely won’t be passing up any chances that I get to see By Devices live.

Give By Devices a follow on Facebook to keep up with the release of Police the Police and future delights which the artist are sure to throw your way!

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Miranda Journey Takes Experimental Indie Rock to the Next Level with “Oh My!”

Anyone who has had to deal with insipidly passive-aggressive people should find plenty of powerful resonance in Miranda Journey’s latest Indie Folk Rock single “Oh My!”

The up and coming Ontario-based singer-songwriter created high-tempo hit which may flirt with elements of Pop, but the Synth-infused chaos in Oh My! allows the track to remain firmly in the Alt Rock arena. And with Surf Rock guitars thrown into the mix, I can guarantee you’ve never heard anything like the rhythmic frenzy in Oh My!

Miranda Journey may be fresh from her inception after releasing her debut EP earlier in 2019, but her eccentric and electrifying artistic charisma already allows her to stand out with distinction. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see what comes next from Miranda Journey.

You can check out Miranda Journey’s latest single Oh My! for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.


Alt Rock Artist WTVR WNVR make their debut with “The Way You Are”

“The Way You Are” is the debut single from up and coming Alt Rock artist WTVR WNVR. They may have done away with vowels in their artist title, but in their debut lies all the makings of a punchy anthemic perennial Pop Punk earworm.

The technical guitar progressions and electronic effect feed into a high-octane mix of dynamic energy which should be of appeal to artists such as Enter Shikari. Yet with The Way You Are, WTVR WNVR they’ve made their sound infinitely more melodious in the verses and allowed the chorus to resonate as sticky sweet Pop Punk euphoria.

You can check out WTVR WNVR’s debut single The Way You Are for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hitlist has unleashed another captivatingly strange soundscape onto the airwaves with “Clothes”

The eccentrically endearing Brighton-based Alt Rock artist Hitlist has been responsible for some questionably indulgent singles in 2019. Their latest release “Clothes” may be the most captivatingly strange single which they have released so far.

With each new release, Hitlist perceptibly switches up their style, and this time, they’ve created a hit which would go down well with fans of Fidlar, Wavves, and Cage the Elephant. Complete with caustic vocals and lyrics which prove that Hitlist don’t take themselves all too seriously, Clothes will undoubtedly meet all of your Emo Rock needs.

You may not find sugared harmonies through the vocals, but Hitlist has still ensured that the instrumental arrangement bleeds contrasting concordance through punchy Indie Rock rhythms.

You can check out Hitlist’s latest single Clothes for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Adjacent Cruise – Woolves: Arrestive Acoustic Alt Rock

“Woolves” is just one of the singles which you will find on the up and coming artist Adjacent Cruise’s debut album “Light as a Feather, Heavy like the Sun”.

The acoustic alt rock album which was released on September 8th unravels as a concordant aural smorgasbord of Folk, Indie, and unadulterated Americana.

If you can imagine a hybrid soundscape with elements of Bowie, the White Stripes, and Elliot Smith, you’d almost get an idea of the mesmerism which lies in tracks such as Woolves.

Thanks to the colourful lyrics which spill plenty of imagery and the authentic bluesy Rock n Roll rhythms, it’s fairly difficult not to fall into this melodious track and allow it to fade out without experiencing adoration for the nostalgically inclined single.

You can check out the standout single from Adjacent Cruise for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


AXIOM – Slumber: Because There’s More to Prog Rock than Tool

Instrumental Prog Rock artist AXIOM are set to release their debut EP “Metathesis” at the end of 2019. The demo recording of the standout single “Slumber” is going to get you sharing in the same anticipation as those who have been blown away by AXIOM’s melodically momentous energy live.

On record the progressions are mesmeric, I can only imagine how transfixing the tight rhythms become when they’re blasting out of monitors in venues such as Birmingham’s O2 Institute and HRH Prog Festival’s main stage. Clearly, the release of their debut EP is just the beginning for the Birmingham-based Alt Rock artist. Get them on your radar before your mates ask you if you’ve checked them out and you’ll have to feel a little bit stupid.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out the EP which will drop later this year. In the meantime, you can head on over to AXIOM’s YouTube channel and delve into the demo recording of Slumber.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


| HORLA |Follow Up Their Debut Single with the Cinematic Hit “Lifeblood”

With their second single “Lifeblood”, up and coming Manchester-based powerhouse | HORLA | has made my job feel slightly redundant. There’s simply no alluding to the deftly rhythmic ferocity which is included in the follow-up to their debut single “Into the Void”.

Lifeblood kicks off with an intensely cinematic prelude which Ramin Djawadi himself may as well have composed. Lifeblood then evolves into overwhelmingly dynamic Alt Rock which will throw you right back to the 00s when Indie Rock still had teeth which would clamp down on you and compel you to scream the lyrics in whichever sticky venue you happened to find yourself in. But despite the raw, unadulterated power of Lifeblood, | HORLA | has still allowed the single to run through under captivating, melodious choruses.

You can check out | HORLA |’s single Lifeblood for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Kaprica Make their Prog Rock Debut with “Play with Fire”

There’s melodicism, and there’s the mellifluous synth-infused alchemy which up and coming Alt Rock artist Kaprica have poured into their debut single “Play with Fire”.

The track allows the tentative progressions in the prelude and subsequent verses amp up the immersivity as the instrumental arrangement prepares to leave you arrested by the sheer momentum poured into the poised single.

Instead of allowing the soundscape to seamlessly evolve, with Play with Fire you’ll get a sudden shock of high-octane Rock and you’ll get to hear the raw power of Alex Tower’s vocals which forcibly shift into Thrash Metal style wails. Then there’s the riffs, my god the riffs, if Tool played like Kaprica, I could understand what all the hype was about.

You can check out Kaprica’s single Play with Fire for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast




CASE – Time Out: A Feat of Progressive Alt Rock Catharsis

Chicago-based Alt Rock artist CASE has recently released their debut album “A Place We Belong”; and it’s not one which we’ll be forgetting in a hurry. While each of the tracks is a feat of progressive catharsis, there’s no better introduction to the up and coming artist’s emotive style than the soul-piercingly pensive single “Time Out”.

Any fans of Radiohead and the National are sure to appreciate the palpable pain which has been poured into this poised and polished track where the production ensures that the concordance will resonate with maximum potency.

Straight from the prelude, the restorative nature of Time Out washes over you as the soundscape throws in plenty of surprises including Jazz arrangements which offer plenty of nostalgic comfort and soul. It’s not often we can say that an Alt Rock artist has Soul, but we’re definitely here for it.

You can check out CASE’s single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


LAKE ACACIA – Any Day Now: A Punchy Aural Alt Rock Juggernaut

“Any Day Now” is just one of the hook-filled Alt Rock hits which you’ll find on LAKE ACACIA’s latest EP “Broken Circuits”. If you could imagine a hybrid soundscape formed from elements from Incubus and Billy Talent, you’d be able to get an idea of what kind of punchy progressive energy lies in Any Day Now. But despite Any Day Now being such a powerful track, the UK-based artist still found plenty of space in the track to infuse intricately immersive melodies.

There is definitely no shortage of up and coming Alt Rock artists around right now, but there are very few whose music resonates with such distinction. Maybe it’s the rawness of the honest vocals, maybe it’s the fact that LAKE ACACIA is a powerhouse of talent with the ability to weave together indulgent aural volatility. Who knows, you might be able to figure it out for yourselves by hitting play on the arrestive radio-ready hit.

You can check out the official music video to LAKE ACACIA’S latest single Any Day Now for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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