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California’s No Refunds rock in with solid debut ”No Guarantees”

No Refunds from California have powered in with a debut to remember. With their Alt Rock infused ”No Guarantees”, this is a song about respect, ignorance in mass media and being nice to each other. A welcome message from this young band who are clearly frustrated with the political landscape in the USA and just want things to work around them.

With a diverse background of different music styles among the band, No Refunds come in with a bang here and you can tell that they have been building up to this exact moment. The boys have fine tuned their guitars and are now ready to just play their hearts out and spread their message all over the world.

No Refunds have a quality sound and for a new band, sound really tight with their debut song ”No Guarantees”. A story about keeping things civil and championing positive interactions between humans, No Refunds saunter in with their heads held high and make a rocking statement for 2020. A band with a big future, let’s hope the lineup changes are complete so they can fully make a name for themselves in the gritty Californian music scene. No Refunds are here to warm our hearts with a positive song about thinking for yourself and not just believing everything you hear and see on TV. Wise beyond their years and self-aware, look for impending releases from this motivated outfit.

Hear this debut from the exciting Montebello based act on their new Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Caplaz – Ars Moriendi featuring Gabriele Lazzerini: Archaically Arcane Progressive Alt Rock

If your playlists are waiting for their next taste-breaker, it is our pleasure to introduce the obscurely indulgent latest single “Ars Moriendi” from Alternative artist Calpaz featuring Gabriele Lazzerini.

It’s easy to think you’ve heard it all when it comes to Progressive Rock and Metal. Then, a feat of raw ingenuity such as Ars Moriendi bleeds through your speakers. Any fans of Finntroll will undoubtedly approve.

The turbulent nature of the soundscape which blends everything from Folk Rock to Industrial Rock to Black Metal to Baroque Alt Pop may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but thanks to the archaically arcane feel of the track, we can’t help but get excited about Caplaz.

You can check out Caplaz’s single Ars Moriendi which was released on April 30th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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US Alt Rock band ‘Eden Bliss’ bring out disturbingly sad but true ‘’Loaded’’

Sometimes important topics are swept under the rug so it’s vital to be honest about them and deal with it. ‘Eden Bless’ from the USA grunge it all the way with their latest single that is very sad but all too true these days. Suicide is such a common occurance these days and its very sad to see. 

Being there for our friends and family is very important and we also need to offer honest advice but also look for the best timing. Otherwise things can spill over very quickly. ‘Eden Bliss’ Alt rock it deep on this joint.

This is an Alt Rock track with a solid sound with some fantastic guitar work from the band. This is a very sad song but well executed with passion and meaning. This is clearly a release  that means a lot to the guys and we should admire them for playing it for our ears and trying to make a difference by talking about the issues.

Produced by ‘ERLAX’, ‘Eden Bliss’ are always bringing out different styles with Rock, R&B and Hip Hop also a big part of their toolset. Always creative, I like how they change it up and keep their fans guessing to see what is next. Evolving in this fast paced music game is vital and long may they keep this variety going strong, keeping busy always helps with the mind and not overthinking it too much.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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King of Melancholic Trap JAY DVRDEN Has Spilt Grungy Alchemy Once More with their Latest Release

JAY DVRDEN left quite the lasting impression on us with their seminal single Sad Witch. Naturally, we were all too eager to emotively bruise ourselves once again with their latest release.

This time, JAY DVRDEN reworked Gracie Abrams’ hit single I Miss You, I’m Sorry. By contorting the soundscape into a beguilingly ethereal experience which will stay with you long after the short and bitter-sweet track has faded to a close and layering their own deeply connectable introspective lyrics on top of the track, he well and truly made the remix his own.

I’m not usually one for repetition within music, but the way he worked “where is my mind”  until it matched the iconic tone set by the Pixies was utterly ingenious.

You can check out the official video to JAY DVRDEN’s remix which premiered on May 15th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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‘’The Overnight Parade’’ is the comeback everyone wanted from Glasgow band Lazy Activists

The time has stopped but who is to say it won’t come back again. Relevant lyrics for these times wouldn’t you agree?

Formed in 2013, ‘Lazy Activists’ are a powerful 3-Piece Acoustic Alt Rock act from Scotland who push the boundaries with their epic sound. This is a passionate band who are well-known all over the UK and hope to make the crossover into the rest of Europe, USA and the world.

Their debut album, ‘Colourful Misconceptions’ was released at the end of 2014 to much hype. After a 6 year break with recordings, 2020 saw the release of a long awaited follow up EP, ‘The Overnight Parade.’ A welcome music output from the band, much to the delight of their loyal fans.

‘’The Overnight Parade’’ has all the right ingredients and I hope for a music video to accompany this terrifically top track. Hopefully the long break hasn’t affected any of the momentum they built up in 2014. This is a band that only wants to play the music they love and for that, they must be appreciated. 

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Always Manic – Falling into A Coma: Piercingly Evocative Anthemically-Charged Alt Rock

Any fans of Against Me! will undoubtedly want to check out the anthemically-charged standout single “Falling Into A Coma” from US Alt Rock artist Always Manic.

It has all the anthemic appeal as hits from bands such as the Foo Fighters, yet the striking levels of volatile dynamic emotion take Always Manic’s sound to the next level. Alt Rock tracks don’t often come as evocatively magnetic as Falling into A Coma.

The up and coming artist has proven with Falling into A Coma you can pour all the apathy and angst you like into a track, but if there’s enough euphoric energy and fuzzy guitar-driven electricity weaved into the mix, it can become an extremely effective feel-good hit.

The slight vibrato on the vocals in the first verse stung, but hearing the momentum build and the restraint falling away sweeps you up in the energy of the track until you feel as adrenalized as the track itself.

You can check out Falling Into A Coma for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chris Birdsall makes us glad we at least aren’t deaf on new single ‘Deaf, Dumb and Blind’

Is there a sound more instantly pleasurable than an electric guitar being strung? I’m not sure, but Chris Birdsall makes a strong case for ‘no’. His measured playing and especially raw vocal treatment instantly recalls blues rock revivalists The Black Keys—not just sonically, but also in the sense that Birdsall knows how to write catchy, ear-wormy melodies that sound anything but warmed-over. 

You’d have to be at least dumb to not want to spend three and a half minutes with this focused, well-produced gem of a track. 

Stream it here.

 

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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