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Oskar Braves breathes new life into Alt Rock with latest single “Dance on the Fire”

Oskar Braves’ latest single “Dance on the Fire” kicks off with a sonic wall of guitar ensuring that you in a state of suitable disconcertment before the mesmeric vocals contained in the track will leave you arrested. If you could imagine vocals as distinctive as Bowie’s, as ominous as Peter Murphy’s and as powerful as Bruce Dickinson’s, you may be able to get an idea of the level of talent found in Oskar Braves vocalist’s golden larynx.

The Fife, Scotland-based five-piece powerhouse haven’t failed amass plenty of attention around their sound which takes plenty of inspiration from 80s and 90s artists. Yet, rather than allowing their soundscapes to resonate as assimilated, they use their influences to feed into their unique mix of Post Punk, Indie and Dance-Rock. I can only imagine how viscerally powerful a live set from Oskar Braves would be after hearing the raucous indulgence which they have to offer on record.

You can check out Oskar Braves’ latest single Dance on the Fire for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ryan Failla – Pacific Dreams: Progressively Enamouring Alt Rock

While Ryan Failla’s latest single “Pacific Dreams” may kick off leaving you under the impression that you’re going to listen to an archetypally bluesy acoustic folk single unfold, but you might want to start preparing yourselves for a progressively enamouring soundscape.

While Ryan Failla’s honeyed harmonic vocals can definitely be appreciated in Pacific Dreams, the energy hits the hardest when all vocal restraint is lost and virile passion pours out; not too dissimilarly to what you could expect from a Pop Punk track. As you can imagine, Pacific Dreams is a single which offers plenty of contemporary appeal, distinction, and punchy anthemic allure.

Any fans of Greta Van Fleet and Foo Fighters will definitely want to place Ryan Failla firmly on their radars. This is undoubtedly the last we will hear from the Detroit based singer, songwriter and musician and his pioneering approach to Rock.

You can check out Ryan Failla’s latest track Pacific Dreams which was released on June 10th, 2019 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bedon infuses sticky-sweet Alt 90s Rock into latest single “Mooky Baylock”

“Mooky Baylock” is the latest single from the experimentally enamouring breaking artist Bedon who has infused the hazy aural magnetism of 90s Alt Rock into his contemporary offering of mellow Indie Rock.

It’s fairly rare that I’ll fall unequivocally in love with a track in just the prelude, yet the nostalgia mixed with contemporary quintessence was all but impossible to resist. Mooky Baylock sits on the sunny side of Grunge as it oozes sun-soaked rhythms along with the captivating harmonic vibrancy of Bedon’s vocals. While some artists set out with the obvious intention of creating ‘feel good’ music, it’s evident that it all comes impossibly easy for Bedon.

Any fans of the Pixies, Weezer, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins will undoubtedly want to hear how Bedon has reinvented the sound which the icons of the genre established 20 years ago.

You can check out Bedon’s stunningly quaint single Mooky Baylock for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Butterfly Stone – Serious: The Most Diverse Alt Rock EP You’ll Hear in 2019

Leaving three years between releases is an aural crime. 90s Rock fans, prepare to be ridiculously enamoured by the Birmingham-based artist latest EP Release “Serious”.

With the title track “Serious” having the capacity to give any Rage Against the Machine fan an erection thanks to the Tom Morello style guitar, caustic effects and punchy Alt Hip Hop vocals, don’t be surprised if the track fades out and you have a brand-new favourite Hip Hop Rock track.

Track two “Believe” relies on plenty of Rock Funk, fairly reminiscent to what you could expect from early Faith No More – I never make Mike Patton comparisons easily, but Butterfly Stone is one of the rare artists who are worthy.

The final track “Breathe” is once again another drastic shift in style with a Cornell-style melancholic masterpiece.

I’m quite honestly in awe of Butterfly Stone’s talent as a diverse artist. Even though each of the three singles was totally different, there’s no choosing a favourite.

Butterfly Stone’s Serious EP will be available to download and stream on all major platforms from June 21st, 2019. Head over to SoundCloud to check it out, and keep up to date with all Butterfly Stone’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DanielFromSalem releases their masterfully caustic synth-led Alt Rock single “So Loco”

Alluding to the energy oozing from a masterfully dark, palpitatingly caustic track is never going to be the easiest job in the world, but DanielFromSalem made every manner of praise seem understated with their latest single “So Loco”.

With his latest single, the buzzing, unfriendly synths sit in a bed of bass-heavy metal, creating a pioneering soundscape which still retains plenty of accessibility for any fans of bouncier Post Hardcore. The lyrics warn that he’s about to lose his shit, and for once, that expression felt all too believable, there’s an incredible amount of synergy in So Loco between the sniping lyricism, the unfiltered passion, and the ominous fever which runs through the instrumental arrangement.

You can check out the official music video from DanielFromSalem’s latest single So Loco for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hypergear breathe life back into Alt Rock with their fifth single “Buzz”

Do you remember when new Alt Rock tracks still possessed a powerful emotive pull? If the nostalgia of that is enough to get you a little bit excited, we’ve got some awesome news for you; as the glory days of the early 00s have been revived and reimagined by the Italian Alt Synth-Rock trio Hypergear. Any fans of Asking Alexandria, A Day to Remember, and Parkway Drive shouldn’t hang around checking out the massive choruses and biting energy which is found in Hypergear’s stunningly high-octane 2019 single “Buzz”.

Even though Hypergear only formed in 2018, their tracks already exude the stylistic maturity of a band much further on from their inception. Structurally, Buzz is perfection, the track follows an incredibly tentative pace allowing plenty of momentum to build up right before the sweet spot when the euphoric chorus breaks.

You can check out Hypergear’s single Buzz out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chellcy Reitsma revives the golden age of Rock minus the misogyny with third single “Bad Love”

Gender role challenging, salaciously indulgent feminine Alt Rock? Well, it was about time.

Chellcy Reitsma’s third single “Bad Love” takes the listener right back to the golden era of Blues and Swing, but you know, without all of the misogyny. You’ll hear the same slapping basslines and searing guitar riffs sitting in a tight instrumental arrangement yet Chellcy Reitsma’s feminine vocals verse empowering lyricism which is sure to leave plenty of Rockabilly fans enamoured.

People may still be getting to grips with the fact that female empowerment can be achieved through the use of sexual prowess, but if any artist has the capacity to inspire change, it’s Chellcy Reitsma.

You can check out Chellcy Reitsma’s single Bad Love along with her earlier releases by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Naked Feedback – Smoke Without Fire: An Alt Rock Antidote in the Age of Fake News & Social Media Divisiveness

Any fans of Arctic Monkeys and the Black Keys are sure to appreciate the latest single “Smoke Without Fire” from Glasgow-based Rock act The Naked Feedback.

While their sound may carry a reminiscence to some of the most successful Indie artists which we’ve seen in the last few decades, that doesn’t mean to say there isn’t plenty of distinction within their sound. Their dedication to creating pioneering soundscapes is instantly perceptible. Alt Rock traditionalists may want to turn their noses up at artists utilising drum samples and Autotune, but if any artist is going to prove that it is the future, it’s the Naked Feedback. And if you’re looking for guitar riffs with the capacity to make you forget how to breathe, Smoke Without Fire comes highly recommended.

As arrestive as the instrumentals and the vocals are, what really hits hardest in Smoke Without Fire is the lyrics. Lyrics such as “why would I keep my rage when I can Tweet about it?” highlight the detrimental effect of Fake News and our obsession with plugging ourselves into hate-spewing social media. Which allows Smoke Without Fire to stand as a testament to The Naked Feedback’s lyrical ingenuity.

You can check out The Naked Feedback’s latest single Smoke Without Fire and their earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bollard On & On: Alchemically Cathartic Alt Rock

In the year which has passed since discovering Melbourne-based Alt Rock Post-Punk band Bollard’s album “Trawlers”, there was no forgetting the impression the artist first had on me.

Naturally, with the release of their latest single “On & On” which will feature on their upcoming EP “Beware the Atto Fox”, I was more than excited to hear their new inventive contortions on Alt Rock. With On & On, Bollard has retained their slightly anachronistic aural allure which reinvents the 90s Alt Rock sound, while in the process making it well and truly their own.

If you could imagine the catharsis of the Smashing Pumpkins, the atmospherics of Joy Division, and the resonance and realism of Blur all sitting in the same soundscape, you’d get a good idea of what you will get from On & On. Yet, how it all pulls together to offer aural alchemy is something which you’re going to have to hear for yourselves.

You can check out Bollard’s latest single On & On for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Keep up to date with the news of their latest releases and tour info via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tiyto – Kindness as Weakness: A Prodigal Evolution in Alt Rock

“Kindness as Weakness” is the second radio-ready single from breaking artist Tiyto whose Alt Rock soundscapes won’t fail to leave you immersed. The track kicks off with a sobering piano melody followed by layers of R&B before the progressive single builds in momentum as the guitars and bass come together in a reverberant Rock arrangement. Instrumentals and electronic effect infuse to create an ethereally arrestive soundscape which won’t be quickly forgotten once the hit draws to a close.

As for Tiyto’s vocals, it’s no easy feat to depict the magnetism of them. The lyrical delivery comes with plenty of poised passion from one of the most distinctive voices in Alt Rock I’ve heard in a long time. The raw sentiment of Kindness as a Weakness doesn’t fail to resonate, especially when you get to the chorus.

You can check out Tiyto’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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