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Sahara Line has paid a scuzzy ode to Prog Rock with “Plead”

Alt-Rock fourpiece Sahara Line has cooked up a progressively fierce storm with their single “Plead”. Any fans of Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars and Pink Floyd are going to want to pay it some serious attention.

Plead defies the Geographical constraints which constrict so Liverpool-based artists, Sahara Line will put the city back on the aural map with a completely new scuzzy Prog Rock sound. But if you immerse yourself deep enough in the track, you’ll get to pull out the psychedelically mind-warping nuances which the city is famous for.

The pulsating distorted rhythms may bring a sludgy amount of doom to the gothic soundscape, but the striking vocals cut right through it, with crystal-clear harmonies which will crawl under your ribs, it’s safe to say that Sahara Line is one of the most exciting acts around in the UK right now. Their completely authentic, soul-quakingly evocative sound is exactly what the airwaves need.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Shining Tongues – Make Us Eat: Experimentally Phantasmal Alt Rock

London-based newcomers The Shining Tongues cooked up a darkly entrancing progressive Alt-Rock hit with their latest single “Make Us Eat”.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an indulgent shot of absinthe for any Peter Murphy fans. The reminiscences may be there, but there is no disputing that The Shining Tongues cooked up their own authentic gothic aural alchemy with Make Us Eat.

Make Us Eat kicks off with doom-laden melodicism before seamlessly meandering into an Avant-Garde feat of psychedelically beguiling Alt Rock.

After a cathartically serpentine start, choral tones start to creep in, allowing Make Us Eat to boast light and optimism-grappling allure before the soundscape descends into phantasmal experimentalism.

You can check out Make Us Eat which was released on September 24th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Be Colony – Free at Last: Mellifluously Ascension-Aiding Rock

There are few things sweeter than freedom, one of them is the seminal single by up and coming Alt Folk Rock trailblazers The Be Colony.

Free at Last has a mellifluously ascension-aiding feel which is perfectly paired with the enlightened lyricism which will allow you to melt into your own introspection. The shimmering choral tones give Free at Last a celestial and psychedelic vibe as the Old School Alt Folk Blues instrumentals chime and groove through the progressions. As the track evolves, the band’s virtuosic skill starts to shine even brighter as the intricate solos leave you transfixed in pure soulful alchemy.

You can check out The Be Colony’s standout track Free at Last by heading over to YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Take a trip back to the Alt 90s with The Young Love Scene’s latest single “Honey”

Honey by The Young Love Scene

If it’s been a while since you’ve deemed a feat of dreamy, sludgy and distorted Alt Rock as obsession-worthy, hit play on the latest infectiously melodic earworm “Honey” from Vermont-based Alt Rock artist The Young Love Scene.

The Young Love Scene may have a fairly DIY approach to their sound, but instead of hindering the track, the intimacy is amplified and it is even easier to fall into the absorbing mix of crunchy distortion and singer Gordon Goldsmith’s alluringly harmonic vocal timbre.

If the Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer had an aural lovechild, I can imagine it would turn out something a little like Honey.

You can check out Honey for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Pop took a supersonic shift into the future with the release of Luan Seguim’s single “Terminator”

Chicago-based Alt Indie Pop artist Luan Seguim has crashed onto the airwaves with their unapologetically authentic track “Terminator” which still fizzes with commercial potential in spite of the arrestingly visceral distinction.

Remember when Imagine Dragons dropped Radioactive in 2012? Yeah, it’s as stylistic and fresh as that. With an eclectic array of influences behind their futuristically grooving sound, Luan Seguim was able to serve up a genre-defying hit which Indie, Rock, Dark Pop and Electronic Pop fans will all undoubtedly approve of.

You can check out Luan Seguim’s track Terminator by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie rock group Gentlemen’s Crow has released the new single “You Were Never Really Here”

Gentlemen’s Crow – You Were Never Really Here Indie rock group, Gentlemen’s Crow, from St. Augustine, Florida has released the new single “You Were Never Really Here”.

The band consists of Cameron Moratis on Guitar and Vocals, Alex Sandlin on Lead Guitar, Mike Eyer on Bass Guitar, and Mark Rutski on Drums. They use poetic word choices in their lyrics and mix it with their raw indie-rock sound. They released their debut single in November 2019, titled “Was That You With The Ice Cream?” and followed that up with a self-titled 2-track EP in January 2020.  A relaxing indie-rock vibe fuels “You Were Never Really Here” with Cameron Moratis’ vocals making an impact over the intricate guitar and drum melodies from the band that will certainly get stuck in your head. The song has great energy and certainly showcases Gentlemen’s Crow’s distinct sound and how talented they are. This is one song we’re sure would sound amazing live on stage.

You can listen to the track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2O3nFWFk1PuiXtlGKa3pyl

Reviewed by Jonathan Currinn

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Crown and the Doubt bring the salacious sleaze with latest single “Dirty Little Secret”

Enough time has passed since The All-American Rejects’ iconic track “Dirty Little Secret”, so Alt-Rock faction Crown and the Doubt have paid their own ode to sordidness with their viscerally electric latest single.

As acclaimed as The All-American Rejects were/are, they don’t seem to possess a fraction of the talent which you will hear in the colossally tight heavy and sleazy Rock instrumentals. But it’s with the vocals where Crown and the Doubt really set themselves apart. They’d give Buckcherry a run for their money when it comes to salacious sleaze.

You can check out Dirty Little Secret for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leogang – Chance In Hell: A Moody, Rocky Fusion of Alt-Pop and Punk

Leogang are an up and coming indie five-piece from North East London. ‘Chance In Hell’ is a moody, rocky fusion of alt-pop and punk, the verses bass-heavy with a rolling picked guitar part behind the vocals before the chorus kicks in, all angry distortion and power chords.

‘Is There A Chance’ comes from the forthcoming (self-produced and self-released) ‘Shots Are Coming’ EP and given their pre-lockdown gig calendar there’s no surprise that this sounds like a band playing live, hungry, energetic, the bass a funky, rolling number before the ‘Is there a chance’ breakdown at 2’09”; there’s a Kasabian feel to parts, but it sounds original, comfortable, and fresh all at once. It grooves, it rocks, and it’s got a great earworm hook on that mid-song breakdown before the band rock through to a slow final fade out.

‘Shots Are Coming’ is out now on all major streaming platforms, or you can find Leogang on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Julian Fulco Perron lays the sludgy despondent psychedelia on thick with “Swamp Stomp”

If your playlists are lacking in swampy bluesy despondent psychedelia, and let’s face it, they probably are, hit play on the gorgeously sludgy latest single Swamp Stomp by Julian Fulco Perron.

There’s a Mike Patton-level of experimentalism on offer, and Julian Fulco Perron’s vocals may just be as versatile. From sinister snarls which could rival Marilyn Manson’s to endearing playfulness which gives the track a Frank Zappa feel, it’s all on offer. Even more impressively, Julian Fulco Perron was boundless with their creativity and eccentricity and still orchestrated a stylistic feat of Alt-Rock that even the snobbiest of musos couldn’t turn their noses up at.

It’s practically a polyphonic wet dream mid-way through as the eccentric synth lines ensure that Swamp Stomp is a track you’ll never forget.

You can check out the official video to Swamp Stomp by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Songs for Sabotage give Peter Murphy a run for his money with their cover of Cuts You Up

Songs for Sabotage

LA Alt-Rock artist Songs for Sabotage cooked up the dreamiest feat of Rock you’ll hear in 2020 with their cover of Peter Murphy’s “Cuts You Up”. Which is just one of the soul-swellingly sweet tracks you’ll find on their debut album “Coast to Coast

With the infusion of Swedish Pop, 80s Alternative and 00s Electro in their lush Rock ensemble, once you hit play on Cuts You Up your entire consciousness is consumed by the escapism-aiding deftly orchestrated hit. Cuts You Up is the kind of track you need a recovery period after hearing as your rhythmic pulses become your own again and you adjust to being present in the real world. There really is no higher accolade than that. And that doesn’t even come close to capturing the sunset-strip-magic offered by the track.

Night of Joy releases on all major streaming platforms Friday, September 25th and SFS will be performing their album live in full via Instagram livestream on Saturday, September 26th.

You can pre-save the track on Spotify via this link.

Keep up to date with news on the release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast