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Claudio Soto – Mines of Gold: A Hit of 90’s Swampy Alt Rock Nostalgia

Mines of Gold is the first ever single by Claudio Soto a uniquely spectacular Alt Indie Rock singer songwriter who writes all of his own monumental tracks. It’s too easy to fall in love with Soto’s sound with his reminiscence to Matt Bellamy from Muse with his vibrato vocal style, yet he did more than assimilate his sound, Soto infused it with Dinosaur Jr style grunge, mixing in his palpable, yet swampy rhythm. I adore the fuzzy instrumentals soaked in reverberation that make this track a truly thick anthemic and bouncing along beside Soto’s strenuously charming voice dominating his heart wrenchingly evocative lyrics. With his music Soto transcended the superficiality that pours through most contemporary music today. There’s no Rockstar grandiosity to his sound, just pure, unrelenting honesty that reads like poetry.

So, If you’re a 90’s Alt Rock fan, I highly recommend you check out Mines of Gold, you can check out the track on YouTube using the link below:

For tour dates and more on Claudio’s sound, head on over to his website:

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Jimi and The Strangers – You Ain’t Right: Playfully Poetic Alt Rock

The resonance of Jimi and The Strangers new track You Ain’t right hits you from the first verse, the sweet yet soaring melodies that have been soulfully composed to create such an authentically alternative soul hit create a cacophony of euphoria. This track rings with the nostalgia of the 1996 hit by Beautiful South – Don’t Marry Her. Recreating that sound is no easy task, but with their infinite amount of command over their instrumentals this Nottingham, UK based collective of musicians harness their talents to create an ethereal track which is impossible to listen to just the once!
Their playful lyrics are cut with a vibrant poetic flow, which really brings You Ain’t Right into an element of its own with its genre hopping sensibilities in which you can taste a variety of sounds from Country, Rock, Acoustic, Ballads and a bitter sweet touch of Rhythm and Blues.

If you feel like ingesting some positive vibes you can check out You Ain’t Right via the BandCamp link below:

For more music and to stay up to date on Jimi and The Strangers latest releases head on over to their official website:

Review by Amelia Vandergast


PREMIERE – MOTHER – Petrichor : Alchemic Alt Rock

With their infectiously catchy riffs that would make even Johnny Marr’s ears prick up, rattling drum rolls and tight soaring harmonies it’s no wonder that the Indie Alt Rock collective MOTHER have already attracted attention from the likes of the BBC with their debut single release of Petrichor.

Petrichor is a creation of aural alchemy, not too dissimilar to the psychedelic fury of bands such as The Kooks yet the vocals from vocalist and rhythm guitarist Josh Alden are infinitely more amiable when put against the deft instrumental abilities from Sam Alden (drums), Danny Fisher (guitar) and Everton Barbato (bass). Petrichor is the first audio delight to be released from their already much anticipated EP ‘Remnants of a Wasted Dream’ from the deftly talented Oxford based collective. The band are no stranger to the circuit, the foursome has already achieved notoriety from their earlier ventures through various projects and touring with the likes of The Bluetones and October Drift. Their cacophony of eclectic sounds rings with the influence of bands such as Foals, Bob Dylan and Radiohead. Under the polished production of Mark Gardener, the band really can’t go far wrong.

– Upcoming Live Dates –

Saturday 20th January – Camden Assembly


Thursday 1st February – The Cellar (Oxford)

-Amelia Vandergast


Peace of Mind – Musical bits and peaces?

Where to begin? Something To Get Over by Peace of Mind is a strange piece, there is no denying that. But strange is good, strange is mercurial, unique, original, boundary defying and there is no shortage of that here. At turns it wanders 60’s psychedelic landscapes, alt-rock noise, retro-pop melodies and post-punk swagger which takes some doing in just over three and a half minutes. But music isn’t always about following rules, much of the best of it comes from discarding them and beating your own path along whichever musical route takes your fancy not to mention taking tangential journeys of your own making, hopping fences and short circuiting convention.

Something To Get Over does all that and more, it sits between music and art, art and exploration, exploration and academia, it is blissfully unaware of genres, or more likely wilfully ignorant of their purpose and as such the result is unique. And if the choice is between the tried and tested and the odd and challenging, I’ll take the latter any day of the week…and twice on Saturday.


Holyphants Never Forget

The wonderfully named Holyphant merge the drifting desert blues sound with a darker and more ephemeral vibe, one which is built on shifting dynamics, from ambient moods to classic rock salvos, and the bleak and wasted stoner rock vibe. Throw in some brooding gothic undercurrents and some hypnotic interludes and you are about half way to nailing down their meandering and mercurial sound.

It’s a lot to back into one song but it shows a clear understanding of the rocks rich and varied history and a deft hand when it comes to blending past styles into a gloriously new sound. It wanders progressive landscapes planting defiant rock seeds, waters them with alt-rock nourishment and prepares for the blooming of a whole new post-genre, all inclusive rock movement.  Knowing where you come from is the key to knowing where you are going and Hallucinations prove beyond doubt that Holyphants never forget!


The Secret Things Take On P J Harvey’s ‘Down By The Water’

It is a brave move indeed to take on a P J Harvey classic and try to bring something new to the table. Yes, covering the song is easy but for an artist already dripping in non-conformist creativity and single-minded sonic direction, there is little point in taking on such a task unless you can bring a similar uniqueness to the song.

Thankfully, The Secret Things seem to have exactly the right mind set and approach to the song’s reinvention and the result is the perfect blend of their own leftfield alt-rock and Harvey’s beautiful and terrible resonance. They manage to create a version balancing power and restraint, a musical tide that pulls the listener in and just up to the edge of the maelstrom, a majestic cacophony if ever there was one.

Not many people can take on such a song from such an uncompromising artist like P J Harvey and hope to breath new life into it, but the fact that The Secret Things are able to do just that suggests that they might not be that secret for very long.


Desert Clouds Release Kool Alt-Rock Track ‘Weight’

Some bands like to push boundaries, storm barricades and try to change the face of music; others stick to what they are good at and work in familiar territory. It seems impossible to simultaneously work in both fields; surely they are polar opposites, mutually exclusive, opposing camps. Well, yes, but somehow Desert Clouds bridge that gap. For whilst you can see the familiar elements that make up their sound – a large helping of grungy, stoner rock and desert blues tempered with psychedelic sensibilities – the way they re-arrange these sonic building blocks produces something wonderfully refreshing.

But whereas many bands could take the same musical elements and end up making a clichéd pastiche to any number of bands on the Homme/Lanagen musical axis or worse, try to reimagine 90s Seattle, Desert Clouds manage to make rock music that is cool, groove laden, infectious and well, to be honest…damn sexy. It is also forward thinking, wonderfully of the “here and now,” and reeking with modernity rather than nostalgia. Forget the patched denim hordes and their nostalgic tunnel vision, these guys not only know where they come from, more importantly they know where they are going and that is what really counts.


A&R Factory Present: Kaldera

KALDERA are a four piece indie rock band based in Reading. The guys are all 19 years old and sound impressive. Loud guitars with catchy riffs and a great image.

The band were originally “Captain and the Gypsy kid” but they decided to re-brand ourselves and develop a more mature sound, which we think is something in between artic monkeys and the black keys.

Kaldera, whave been gigging around Reading, Oxford, Bristol, Londo and were voted in by the public to play TRUCK festival last summer.

Henry Belcher – lead guitarist
Alasdair Jenkins – bassist
Oscar Robinson – drummer
Tom Waddington – lead singer and songwriter

A&r Factory Present: Drayter

Drayter is an award winning pop/rock band from Dallas,Texas. Renowned for their high-energy live shows and emotionally charged modern rock songs, Drayter stitches together melodies from both pop and traditional rock ‘n’ roll that are impassioned, heavy at times, most assuredly danceable, and pop in all the right places.

With Liv Miner’s angelic female vocals, jazzy bass lines, combined with Cole Schwartz’s slicing guitar and driving percussion, Drayter’s sound is both unique and familiar to even the most discerning music fan.

It is great to see such a young band, making great music. They take a whole range of musical influences from Foo Fighters to Periphery to create there own style of progressive rock with soaring melodies.



A&R Factory Present: Suburban Myth

Suburban Myth are a rock band currently based in South Carolina that takes its music influences from bands such as The Goo Goo Dolls and Shine down. Its lyrical influence range from its appreciation of a wide range of musical genre, however rock legends such as Mike Peters and David Bowie figure heavily in their love for anthemic music and one half of the songwriting duo is based in Nottingham , United Kingdom , giving Suburban Myth a cross Atlantic element to their music .

Suburban Myth bring their own unique individualism which together produces a melodic rock sound that surrounds and encompasses storytelling that gets the feet moving and the mind reflecting.

Suburban Myths second Album “Wilderness” will be released sometime in ​ 2016​. The single “Wilderness”, received its radio debut on BBC Introducing to an enthusiastic review from its presenter Dean Jackson and has an atmosphere complimented perfectly by the emotional tones of vocalist Derek Daisey.

“Wilderness follows the release in 2014 of “Welcome (If Only) Suburban Myths first Album. A 15 track compilation that received great reviews with the single “Crashed and Burn” having a good deal of media attention , including airplay on Planet Rock (Wyatt radio show)

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