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Edge of Desire – Explicit: An Unadulterated Serving of Salaciously Captivating Alt Rock

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With an artist title as salacious as Edge of Desire, the up and coming act definitely set the same expectation for their sound. With their debut single “Explicit”, it’s safe to say that the Guildford, UK-based Alt Rock trio hit the nail on the head.

While there are slight reminiscences to bands such as Muse, there’s no denying that Edge of Desire carry plenty of their own distinctive appeal; for a start Matt Bellamy has never quite laid down riffs which will cut through you with the same veracity. Seriously, they resonate like searing heat. In the very same way violin strings cut through an orchestral composition the guitar cuts through the layers of raucous, and dirty concordance. There’s also plenty of mesmerism to be found within Daniel Fraser’s vocals.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Doc Snipp Allows Garage Rock to Meet Psychobilly with Latest Single “Strada Trans”

There aren’t many contortions of sound that will ever be as raucously filthy, rhythmic and salacious as you will find in Psychobilly soundscapes. And it will always be a damn shame that there’s not more on the airwaves; but thankfully there are artists such as Doc Snipp taking charge of the revival and adding their own contemporary distinction to the sound.

Doc Snipp’s latest single “Strada Trans” pairs the punk energy with plenty of distortion allowing the track to also offer plenty of Garage Rock appeal. While the new generations may not be all too aware of the Psychobilly artists such as Mad Sin, Meteors, Mad Sin, and Tiger Army, it is bands such as Doc Snipp who have the responsibility of ensuring that the indulgence of immersive, greasy, raw Rock n’ Roll doesn’t die.

With their extended track, Doc Snipp created a progressive single, which despite the levels of distortion which bleeds from the guitars is all too easy to slip into and appreciate the clever intricacies of the soundscape. Strada Trans also has a lot to offer vocally; especially if you have soft spot for the eerie magnetism of the likes of Nick Cave & Lux Interior.

You can check out Doc Snipp’s latest single Strada Trans for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fox Jaw Carve a Contemporary Alt Rock Groove with their Latest Single “Madeline”

It’s Irish vocalists such as Ronan Mitchell from Fox Jaw who make for an incredibly unfair playing field for every other Indie outfit from other corners of the globe. The magnetism in his vocals dynamics which were displayed with Fox Jaw’s latest track “Madeline” couldn’t get much more potent. There’s a lot to be said for the atmospherics which were cooked up in the grooves of the tight instrumental arrangement too.

So, if you’re looking for hypnotically velvety vocals which accompany an Indie Rock soundscape which carries layers of Post Punk, look no further than the salacious mix that the 5-piece powerhouse cooked up. It isn’t everyday you stumble across an up and coming band which can rival the likes of Interpol, Editors, the Black Keys, and Black Rebel Motorcycle club at the same time as carrying an undeniably contemporary fever in their sound.

You can check out the official video to Fox Jaw’s latest single Madeline for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vogue Villains – Glad: Alchemically Potent Alt Rock

“Glad” is the upcoming track from Vogue Villains; the Alt Rock outfit which left us instantly enamoured by their magnetic approach to the genre. Kicking off the track with an archaic Public Service Announcement was the perfect way to introduce the captivating chaos of the single. But perhaps what will hit you the hardest about Vogue Villains’ latest single is the striking reminiscence between Andrew Baskin’s vocals and Against Me’s vocalist. I won’t lie, I had to double check that they hadn’t featured in a new band. That’s not to say that Vogue Villain’s are a band born to assimilate another, the Canadian-based powerhouse have plenty of distinctive elements to their sound. If you could imagine the soundscapes of Queens of the Stone Age and Mr Bungle, you’d get a pretty good idea at the pioneering work of alchemy which Vogue Villains have cooked up with Glad which is just one of the singles to feature on their latest 6-track release “HAPPY.” But you’re really going to have to discover the hype for yourselves with this band!

You can check out Glad for yourselves along with the rest of their latest release by heading over to their official website now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BEAR GRIEVES – SIPPIN: Reverb-Drenched Experimental Alt Rock

Up until now, artists with the ability to enamour Trap and Alt Rock fans simultaneously with their singles have been in short supply. With his latest single “SIPPIN” up and coming artist BEAR GRIEVES blended the two elements of sound as though they had always fit hand in glove.

Thanks to the clear-cut of the production, it’s all too tempting to crank up the volume and let the mesmeric layers of reverb-soaked guitars to consume you. BEAR GRIEVES may have taken inspiration from artists such as Lil Peep, but there’s no disputing that there’s plenty of distinction in his signature style.

SIPPIN is just one of the singles to feature on the artists atmospherically inspired album “WALLS”. So, if you appreciate the fiery passion and style which was fed into the soundscape of SIPPIN, you have 22 other tracks to slip into and appreciate the angst of BEAR GRIEVES style.

You can check out the chilling single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryan Trudell – I Never Knew: Pioneeringly Arrestive Alt Rock

Alt Rock artist Ryan Trudell has proven to be the master of arrestive preludes with his latest single “I Never Knew”. With a chilling intro which would be just at home in a Cradle of Filth track, I Never Knew keeps you guessing until you’re in the safe confines of the contagiously vibrant chorus.

From the prelude the soundscape soon transcends into a melodic Rock masterpiece with a touch of Indie. The haunting orchestral layers continue to bring the atmospherics throughout the single, contrasting against the light tonality of the guitar which builds up to a jaw-to-the-floor impressive riff, standing as a testament to Ryan Trudell’s instrumental talent. Equally as impressive are Ryan Trudell’s accessibly inviting, slightly Indie Pop Rock style vocals which round off the track perfectly through the soft versing of the poignant lyricism.

You can check out Ryan Trudell’s latest single I Never Knew for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zpextre – Electrify: Concordantly Hypnotic Alt Rock

If your playlists are falling short of hypnotically arrestive Alt Rock, look no further than Zpextre’s single “Electrify”.

Electrify is just one in a string of singles the up and coming artist has released in 2019 to introduce the world to his quaintly candid take on the genre. While each of them are as experimentally genre-defying as the last, the sobering layers of Electrify are incredibly accessible.

The melody-driven approach from the US-based artist is sure to be of plenty of appeal to fans of Post Punk, Indie, Shoegaze and Folk alike. Throughout the single you’re treated to jangly guitar progressions which feed into the ethereally concordant instrumental mix. The ambient feel to the single allows for plenty of immersive catharsis which is a beautiful twist of irony to be subdued by a single titled “Electrify”.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Drainbows – Sunday Driver: Psychedelically Primal Alt Rock

At this point, you’ve probably grown accustomed to hearing psychedelia in Rock, but what you won’t have had chance to familiarise yourselves with is those wavy rhythms being incorporated into electronically-driven Alt Rock.

If you could imagine the sounds of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club weaved around primal global beats in a swampy mix of electronic effect, then you’d get a good idea of what’s on offer from Drainbows’ latest single “Sunday Driver”. The standout single is just one of the tracks from the Vegas-based artist’s album “14 Virgins” which is sure to be of appeal to fans of experimental Alt Rock, such as what you would expect from Saul Williams.

But as much as the ingenuity to Sunday Driver can be appreciated, it’s still easy to feel like the track isn’t all too accessible. Yet, that was always going to be a risk when putting together such a distinctive soundscape.

You can stream and download Sunday Driver along with the rest of Drainbow’s latest album by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Payton Gin – He Saw Me Go Insane: Unfiltered Expression to the Sound of Alt Rock Alchemy

Any fans of Nadine Shah and Joy Division are sure to appreciate what up and coming Alt Rock outfit Payton Gin cooked up with their latest single “He Saw Me Go Insane”.

With their upcoming single you’ll get to hear Post Punk in all of its contemporarily fresh glory with soulfully haunting female vocals, moodily hypnotic instrumental arrangements and arrestive candid lyricism.

He Saw Me Go Insane isn’t a track that you’ll listen to once and appreciate the soundscape, it’s a track you’ll be immediately inclined to make a fixture of your playlists when you need a hit of dark passionate catharsis. And if you don’t have adoration reserved for artists who are willing to lay down their insanity in their verses, can you truly say that you appreciate music?

You can check out He Saw Me Go Insane for yourselves by heading over to their SoundCloud page. Make sure to give them a follow as the single was just one of the grungily magnetic singles from their upcoming EP due in March 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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I G L O O – Had to be Said: Soberingly Poignant Alt Rock

Brighton has always been a breeding ground of discernible, distinguished talent in the UK.  I G L O O are yet another band to spawn from the city of eccentricity. Their latest single “Had to be Said” is a poignantly sobering work of Alt Rock. Even from the first notes of the guitar you get a sense your heart strings will contort in rhythm with the pensive notes.

When the ethereal vocals join the mix, it’s hard not to get reminiscent about bands such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Yet, there’s a slightly more Indie Post Punk edge to their sound through the intricate instrumental arrangements.

To encapsulate the dark imagery, the poised passion, and the teasing atmospherics of the sound in words is no easy feat. There are plenty of progressive elements to the tack, I G L O O use plenty of spatial effects to make sure the sentiment behind Had to be Said truly hits home.

You can check out the official video to the latest track from I G L O O for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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