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Sacramento’s ‘Die Criminal’ Alt Rocks kicks down the door with catchy ‘’On My Own’’ ft Dan Marsala

I’m done/ Biting my own tongue / These words need to be said and my mouth is full of blood. Quite a descriptive start to the song and a warning of things to come. Life is never easy and you need to pick your battles. 

With Dan from Story Of The Year shredding on this one, the solo project of Wiley Johnson; ‘Die Criminal’ is powerfully delivered with vocals, drums and guitar. This song has lots of angst, energy and would rip through a live show and shatter any weak windows around.

‘Die Criminal’ is a brand new project and has only been around for a few months. This is awesome music, super Alt Rock and has the sound to be very popular. With such a professional sound, this is a polished act that deserves more love.

Stream more from ‘Die Criminal’ right here on his SoundCloud page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Francisco Mejia – Saturday: Anthemically Charged Alt Indie Rock

Days of the week may not mean all too much anymore, yet, up and coming Alt artist Francisco Mejia’s standout single “Saturday” should be considered a playlist staple for any fans of anthemically bitey Alt Indie Rock.

Saturday unravels how I’d expect a collaboration between Interpol, My Chemical Romance, and the Arctic Monkeys would sound. Naturally, I love it.

The cutting angular lead guitar work interplays with the punchy chords creating the perfect platform for the dynamic unrestrained vocals which run through the ecstasy-fuelling lyrics which any like-minded miscreant will appreciate. There are also tantalising infusions of neo-classic keys to add yet another touch of distinction.

If you’re looking for an organic aural pick me up, Indie tracks don’t get much more high-vibe than Saturday.

You can check out Saturday for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ring Finger No Pinky has made their abrasively infectious debut with their EP Chlorine Bomb:

Ring Finger No Pinky made their debut EP Chlorine Bomb on May 22nd. Rest assured it is just as explosive as the EP title would suggest.

Each of the 5 tracks on the EP allows Ring Finger No Pinky to exhibit their boundless genre-crumbling dynamism. Our top tracks have to be Napalm Sticks to Kids and Rat Soup.

From Napalm Sticks to Kids, you’ll get a volatile infusion of Grunge and Anarcho-Punk, complete with a chorus which is as infectious as COVID-19. Somehow, the Phoenix-based artist managed to make the lyrics even more abrasive than the frenzied alchemy which spills from the instrumentals.

Rat Soup offers you an indulgent feat of snarling despondent Indie Punk vocals over windingly hypnotic guitars with all of the fuzz and future you could possibly ask for. Yet, Rat Soup allows the fierce rhythmic mayhem to quieten for long enough that you’ll get a taste of the ingenuity when the insanity is dialled back.

Ring Finger No Pinky is definitely a band you will want on your radar.

You can check out Chlorine Bomb for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Upstart Mexico City act The Shelter make debut with ‘’Black Phillip’’ single’

Alt Rock band from Mexico City, ‘The Shelter’ make their entrance into the music scene with their first released song: ‘’Black Phillip’’. 

They have some nice dummer skills on this one and the beat is fresh and downright awesome at times and I wish there were more solo’s.  The song does sound familiar but I can’t quite put my finger on the band. I’m sure they will mix things up on the next song as they don’t want to sound like anyone else.

It’s a decent debut, solid, if not spectacular at the same time. A new band in the scene, they are making their name and we hope for some more tracks over time to show their growth as they learn more about each other musically. 

Listen to ‘The Shelter’ here on their new Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Aliens in Bowties have made their Alt Rock debut with their fiercely authentic EP “Take Me to Your Tailor”

Up and coming Alt Rock 3-piece powerhouse Aliens in Bowties dropped their genre-defying debut EP Take Me to Your Tailor on May the 5th. Soundgarden, Metallica, She Wants Revenge, and Shinedown fans alike are going to want to hear it.

Each of the seismic shifts in tone and style in the four progressively fierce tracks is as viscerally captivating as the last. There’s a rare sense of urgency found in both the vocals and the tight instrumental arrangement. So, whether you’re enjoying Aliens in Bowties ability to spin intricate mellifluous melodicism or you’re caught in the frenzied electrifying doom-laden breakdowns, you’ll be equally as arrested.

One thing which remains as a constant is the mesmerism which spills from Mitch Rector’s vocals. In the slower track on the EP Mystery, he doesn’t hold back on the soul-bearing sultry romanticism. Yet in the first track “Hesitate” you’re treated to his uniquely volatile charisma which sets Alien in Bowties leagues apart from your average Alt Rock newcomer. Pair that with their prowess on a fretboard, and you’ve got a second reason to put Aliens in Bowties on your radar.

You can check out the EP for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od ravages with robotic-chaotic rock in new release

Experimental and alternative rock artist 8udDha bl0od has released another single in his series of unintelligibly (and ironically, understandably) named tracks. 

It’s another pot-smashing and kettle banging musical D-day landing of distortion that 8udDha bl0od uses to kick off affairs. Moreover, this artist has a habit of creating alternative avenues for his expression, and this is another one of those swirling, aggressive affairs that pulverise conventions and drop sonic bombs. 

If Radiohead put themselves through an angrier, weirder filter during their Bends era, you’d find something that wouldn’t sound too dissimilar to 8udDha bl0od. 

Listen to 8udDha bl0od’s new track on the artist’s Soundcloud page here.

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Central Pennsylvania ALT Rock band Silver Lights impress with summer love video to popular single ‘’Odd Name’’

Things are alright but I’m feeling overwhelmed. Do you feel like that a lot of the time? Summer love can be absolutely incredible but when it ends, you can easily feel rock bottom really fast. 

ALT Rock band Silver Lights have been making moves for a while now, building up their name and were on a great run before COVID-19 struck. After only forming in September 2018, this beautifully real video directed by Kurt Fowles of Sirius Cinema, has made a decent splash in the US with almost ten thousand views. For a newish indie band in a flooded market, this is great going.

Here’s hoping for more top releases from this fun band that have a lot of potential with their solid sound and real lyrics. I’ll personally be keeping an eye for them and could easily see them opening for someone like SUM 41 in the near future- if they keep up this style of music.

Find out more about ‘Silver Lights’ and their summer love on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Tullara has released her cathartically connectable Alt Pop Rock Earworm “16 Seconds”

Breaking Australian artist Tullara found the perfect balance between inviting accessibility and authentic ingenuity with her single 16 Seconds which was released on May 8th.

The reflectively moody tone in the Alt Rock single proved to be a synergetic pairing for Tullara’s understated yet profoundly resonant vocals. It’s not all too often that you’ll find nuances of pop alongside lyrics which speak to the human condition. But 16 uses Pop-laced melodies to create a mesmeric platform for the lyrics which allude to in-betweenness. I’m sure more people understand that feeling now more than ever.

It’s safe to say that 16 Seconds was the most cathartically connectable perennial Pop earworm we’ve heard this year so far. If she’s not already on it, get her on your radar. She’s undoubtedly one to watch.

You can check out 16 Seconds for yourselves via Spotify.

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.

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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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8udDha bl0od – W3Y3D: Progressively Dynamic Alt Rock

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W3Y3D is one of the most mesmerizingly intricate manifestations of 8udDha bl0od’s aural ingenuity we’ve heard so far. Their ability to accordantly merge such a dynamic array of nuances into one soundscape will never fail to astound us.

W3Y3D starts off with quiescent Neo-Classic-infused Alt Rock prelude before the mellifluous keys fall back in the soundscape and are overtaken by stronger elements of Grunge, Alt Folk, and Blues. As W3Y3D progresses, it shifts into a smoky feat of Rock n Roll with colourful tinges of psychedelia before closing as a stunning offering of Art Rock.

You’ll need to wait a little longer before you can listen to W3Y3D. In the meantime, head over to SoundCloud where you can catch their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast