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Scottish Alt Rock Outfit Silvercoast Kick off 2019 With their Nostalgically Anthemic Hit “Dreamers”

The 5-piece Scottish powerhouse Silvercoast kicked off 2019 by dropping their anthemically energetic Alt Rock track “Dreamers (Young At Heart)”. Anyone with a penchant for the Pop Punk gems of the 00’s are sure to appreciate the sticky-sweet melodies contained within Dreamers which accompany the high-octane emotion which is poured into the single via the vocals from Aaron Murray. With Dreamers, you’re not only treated to colossal guitar riffs, but intricate progressions which wouldn’t sound out of place in an Interpol track. A comparison to Daniel Kessler isn’t an easy one for me to make, but with the alchemically powerful single Silvercoast cooked up, no amount of praise would be high enough.

You can check out Silvercoast’s single Dreamers for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Make sure to give them a follow as Dreamers is just the first of many singles which are due to drop in 2019.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Static Dive – Built for Better Days: Sonically Psychedelic Indie Alt Rock

I’m sure the Static Dive will quickly tire of being told their sound has reminiscence to the work of artists such as David Bowie and E.L.O. But with their sonically psychedelic approach there’s no better way to allude to how magnetic their soundscapes are, which is especially the case for the up and coming Alt Rock band’s latest single “Built for Better Days”, which transports you back to a simpler time when there was plenty of Funk and Groove carved into tracks of a more raucous inclination.

Built for Better Days is the new project from New York-based artist R.P. Smith who is no stranger when it comes to creating eccentrically sweet offerings of aural expression. Anyone who appreciates a progressive style of Alt Rock are sure to be enamoured with the vibrant sound from the Static Dive.

You can check out the Static Dive’s latest single and the title-track to their latest EP Built for Better Days for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Keep up to date with the Static Dive’s latest releases and tour info via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bray – The Aliens Are Here: Intergalactically Indulgent Alt Rock

There have been a fair few new artists who have sprung up in recent years with reminiscence to Bowie, the Arctic Monkeys even tried their hand at creating a sonically intergalactic soundscape, yet only a few manage to pull off the space oddity vibe whilst carrying their own distinctive edge.

San Francisco-based artist Bray happens to be one of those experimentally indulgent musicians who can make a sound which is so accessible come alive in a way like you’ve never heard before. The title track from his recently released album “The Aliens Are Here” kicks off with a prelude which would sound just as at home in an anthemic Pop Punk track. Yet, the reserve in the vocals, and atmospheric angular guitars which feed into the fusion of acoustic instruments and electronic effect are genre-defying. so, I’ll dub the Aliens are Here as a mesmeric work of aural ingenuity which Alt Rock never knew it needed.

You can check out the video to Bray’s latest single The Aliens Are Here for yourselves by heading over to YouTube or download the whole album via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Common View’s Atmospherically-Charged Latest Single “I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind

“I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind” is the latest track from up and coming Alt Rock artists The Common View which stands as a testament to their distinctive style, atmospheric allure and unique commercial potential.

With their latest single the Leeds, UK-based powerhouse paired Ska rhythms with relentless guitar progressions which wouldn’t sound of place on an Interpol or The National record. Yet, their pioneeringly organic style proved that there are plenty more directions to take guitar-driven music in without assimilating icons of the past. Although the Common View may be fresh from their inception, the maturity in their sound already speaks volumes. The tight instrumental arrangement provides the perfect platform for the endearingly smooth vocals to snare you even further into the flawless production. The Common View may be common in name, but they certainly aren’t common in their nature. For any fans of Contemporary Indie, Alt Rock and New Wave, you might want to think about putting them on your radar sooner rather than later.

You can check out The Common View’s latest single I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Habit – Oh My God: Raucously Sonic Alt Rock

No, “Oh My God” wasn’t my reaction to the latest single released by The Habit, it’s the title of their latest raucously sonic Rock single; but it may as well have been. After all, there’s no better time for blasphemy than when you’re fronted with an up and coming Alt Rock act who manage to blow you away with their completely organic sound. The up and coming artist’s anthemic edge is nothing short of anthemic, there aren’t many bands who can create such a loud, yet simultaneously clean sound. Yet, the Habit has made it sound all too easy with their viscerally smooth instrumental progressions and quite frankly sexy vocal offerings paired with some of the most relentlessly soaring riffs you’ve heard in a long time. If you were under any impression that guitar music is dead, you might want to check out Oh My God first.

You can check out the latest drop from the Habit for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Last Fantastic Nasty – Filthy Festival: Eccentrically Infectious Alt Rock

When a band’s music video in contrast to the sound leaves you utterly perplexed, it’s not the easiest job in the world to allude to the nature of the music. Last Fantastic Nasty (as you can expect from their name) are a highly experimental up and coming Alt Rock outfit who allow their soundscape to progress from sweet melodic rock to potently high-octane metal. The progressive nature in their latest single “Filthy Festival” is just one of the elements of the Chicago-based band’s sound which left me a little lost for words. The powerfully resonant vocals are the last thing you come to expect from the lead vocalist sporting Freddie Mercury facial hair. Yet, with the same allure of Mike Patton’s prodigally unapologetic approach to vocals there’s not a lot you wouldn’t forgive him and his vocal diversity and eccentricity for. It’s safe to say I won’t be forgetting about Last Fantastic Nasty any time soon.

You can check out the questionably sensational music video for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Izak – Dip: Up-vibe Alt Rock Resonance

If you’re looking for some soul-shatteringly beautiful Alt Rock to add to your playlists, look no further than up and coming US-based artist’s Izak’s latest single “Dip”. The track may start off with an admittedly unimpressive offering of simple guitar chord progressions. Yet the progressive nature of the concordantly sweet Jangle Pop guitar leads you into a rhythmically intricate arrangement which packs the same visceral punch as singles from the Kooks and the Strokes. It’s rare that you’ll come across an artist’s first single and find the soundscape accessibly cathartic. Usually it takes familiarity for sentiment to hit home that hard, yet Izak has proven with his debut single Dip that he’s anything but a typical emerging artist.

You can check out Izak’s latest single Dip which was released November 11th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soul Dolphin – What’s Right: Transiently Psychedelic Alt Rock

Ever heard a Psychedelic Alt Rock track so transient that it’s bordering on ethereal? Nirvana may have sung about reaching a higher plateau, yet, Soul Dolphin’s latest track “What’s Right” is the aurally magnetic track which will take you there. Just what kind of alchemy they weaved into the production of the single I will never know, yet, the lucid layers of the track are enough to induce you in a pure state of catharsis. Given that the track is just under two-minutes long, it doesn’t seem likely that Soul Dolphin would be able to immerse you into such an arrested state. Yet, sure enough the Philadelphia-based powerhouse of artists managed it with an archaic approach the vocals which seamlessly rested against the lush reverb which bled from the acoustic instrumentals of the single.

You can check out Soul Dophin’s single What’s Right from their latest album “Déjà vu All Over” by heading over to BandCamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Steve Buzzotta – Proof of Heaven: Lucidly Distorted Alt Rock

The sonically dreamy distorted guitars set the perfect tone for the pensively placed single which has been delicately arranged by the up and coming artist. The soundscapes which he created with Proof of Heaven and the rest of his latest album “Out of Order” is sure to go down a treat with fans of Shoegaze, Post Punk and Alt Rock. The instantly accessible tonality of the track allows you to slip into the reverb-soaked melodies from the first verse and follow the meanderingly reticent lyricism through to the concordant fade out. Whilst you don’t get to hear Steve Buzzotta’s full vocal strength on this track, you get plenty of opportunity to from other tracks on the album.

You can check out Proof of Heaven along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cosmic Order – the Snake Rides Again: Hypnotically Progressive Alt Rock

Fans of Post Punk, Alt Rock, and Classic Rock alike will all undoubtedly want to check out Cosmic Order’s latest single “the Snake Rides Again”. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, engineer and producer seemingly needed very little help to orchestrate one of the most accessibly immersive Rock sounds I’ve heard this year. His alchemic infusion of elements from each of the genres made for a progressive 5-minute masterpiece, each minute as captivatingly unpredictable as the last. The intricacy in the instrumental outro arrangement led up to a Jazz segment which I never would have anticipated. With the vocals at the end of the Snake Rides Again giving off Iggy Pop vibes, it’s safe to say I’ve found a new favourite experimental up and coming artist. With his instrumental ability combined with his darkly resonant vocal capacity, I’m infinitely excited to hear what is yet to come from Cosmic Order

You can check out Cosmic Order’s latest single from their latest album “Songs Of Love and Darkness” yourselves by heading over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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