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Them Fixes – Kill the Nights: An Alt-Rock Siren Call to Diurnal Monotony

“Kill the Nights” is just one of the offerings of salaciously Indulgent Rock n’ Roll filth found on the latest EP “Electric Prophetic” from up and coming artist Them Fixes.

The track shares a sentiment which is all too prolific amongst creatives and anyone has no fondness for spending the majority of their consciousness in the rat race. It’s a siren call to monotony, a proclamation of the fact a little bit of hedonism is good for the soul.

As much as I appreciated the, grinding rhythms behind Kill the Nights, the production on the track was slightly too rough for me to fully appreciate the notes on the guitar and the energy which was poured into the caustic hit. But I can imagine Them Fixes put on one hell of an explosive show live.

You can check out Them Fixes’ latest single Kill the Nights for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tracoma – I Hate Meetings: An Alt-Rock Attack on Corporate Monotony

Up and coming Stockholm-based Indie artist Tracoma released their latest anthemically bouncy yet grungily gritty single “I Hate Meetings” on July 1st, 2019.

If you’re trapped in the rat race adopting the single for your daily commute playlists is sure to offer plenty of angsty catharsis as you listen to the unrestrained growls unravel over alchemic fretboard mastery. Whilst the start of I Hate Meetings kicks off with a fairly archetypal Garage Rock Punk sound, it is towards the end of the track where you will truly get to appreciate the true intensity of the track.

As I Hate Meetings unfolds, you’re put into a state of anticipation for a momentous breakdown as the Tracoma vocalist prepares for a blood-curdling growl which will put you into a state of catatonic arrest. If you’ve ever wished Dave Grohl’s vocals were just a little bit more caustic, I Hate Meetings comes highly recommended.

You can check out Tracoma’s latest single I Hate Meetings for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ben Teeney – Rock Bottom: Infectiously Adrenalized Alt-Rock Angst

I really wish the show the X-Factor didn’t exist, because now it feels tawdry to describe artists such as Ben Teeney as being in possession in the allusive X-Factor. Yet, there’s no other way to allude to the vice-like grip contained in their latest single “Rock Bottom” which will make sure that you’re well and truly immersed in the expressive, honest mix.

Ben Teeney hasn’t polished his emotions to make sure that they’re easily digestible. The angst and disparity are palpable within each evolution in the progressively atmospheric mix which is a minefield of instrumental hooks pulling you into the infectiously adrenalized choruses.

If you needed any more reason to check out Ben Teeney, his debut single was a diss on Donald Trump with “Love Trumps Hate”. Which is much more than your average Punk hit with the ingeniously intellectual lyrics which allows you to vent the frustration that a man so obnoxious still holds any place in politics.

All in all, Ben Teeney is exactly the type of artist we need more of on the airwaves right now, and you definitely shouldn’t hang around in checking out their inventive artful tracks.

You can check out Ben Teeney’s latest single Rock Bottom for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LA Indie Alt Rock duo Gospels have made their debut with the melodically atmospheric single “The 101”

“The 101” is the upcoming debut single from the Alt-Indie Rock duo Gospels which is sure to be plenty of appeal to fans of contemporary Post Punk such as the Editors, Interpol, and the National.

You’ll be able to expect a similar intricately melodic guitar style, yet Gospels still set themselves distinctively apart from former artists with their artful approach to Alt Rock which incorporates a significant serving of lush electronic effect.

The slightly Lo-Fi feel to the single allows the 101 to resonate as urgent, raw, and captivating as you listen to the melancholically steeped vocals sitting in synergy with the reverb-drenched progressions.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Gospels single the 101 which will be available via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt-Rock alchemists The Lightness of Being have dropped their most mesmerising single yet with “Stay”

You know that feeling when you hit play on your favourite Deftones album and let the indulgently dark and swampy caustic guitars transport you to a state of aural catharsis? That’s exactly what you can expect from the London-based fourpiece Alt-Rock powerhouse The Lightness of Being through their latest single “Stay”.

While there’s a doom-laden ominous tonality to Stay, the intricacies found within the constantly evolving textures allow each progression to leave you a little more in awe of their ability to carve out hypnotically raw melodies.

I can hand on heart say that I’ve never heard a riff like the one that leads you to the outro, it’s essentially Flight of the Bumblebees on a fretboard. You’ll probably need some convincing to pick your jaw up from the floor during the relentless progressions. I know I did.

You can check out the latest song from The Lightness of Being for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with all of the latest releases from Stay via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Patrick Lew Band – Fate Is in Your Hands: Antagonistic Alt Rock

“Fate is in Your Hands” is just one of the potently emotive singles found on the standout album “Oakland” from up and coming artist Alt Patrick Lew Band. We’ve been told that Emo is making a come back for a while, and now, it’s safe to say that it has arrived under a brand-new guise of 90s inspired Fuzzy Alt Emo Rock.

The distorted guitar leads the way through the mix of caustic rhythms and sets the perfect antagonistic tone for the vocals which share similarities with bands such as Fidlar and Wavves with a raw gritty unharmonized edge. The vocals weren’t made with the intention of being soft and comforting, and while I will always be a fan of expressive aural disconcertment, the caustic energy fed into the 6-minute long mix wasn’t the easiest listening experience I’ve ever had.

You can check out Fate Is in Your Hands along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London-Based Newcomers Neuromantics offer Melodic Alt-Rock Catharsis with 3rd Single “Clarity”

“Clarity” is the third single from the London-based Alt-Rock powerhouse Neuromantics which you won’t fail to make a visceral connection with as soon as you get a sense of the depth of the melody in the first verse.

As each of the members of Neuromantics brought different influences from different corners of the world (Australia, Latvia, Portugal, and England), Clarity was a single born from pure artistic passion – rather than trying to make sure that they were ticking all the genre label boxes.

The punchy jangly instrumental arrangement creates the perfect platform for the harmoniously effervescent vocals creating a catchy chorus which has every potential to become your new perennial earworm.

The melodious energy poured into Clarity is not all too dissimilar from the Alt-Rock bands of the 90s and 00s such as the Calling, Simple Plan, and Nickleback. If you regard those bands as guilty pleasures, you must live incredibly dull lives.

You can check out the latest single from Neuromantics along with their earlier releases by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vince Villafan Releases their Melodiously Harmonic Latest Single “Don’t Remind Me”

“Don’t Remind Me” is the impossibly smooth offering of aural catharsis from the up and coming artist Vince Villafan who allows their vintage soundscapes to unfold through mesmeric layers of Soulful Jazz.

Even though Don’t Remind Me kicks right into verse without a prelude, it’s all too easy to get aligned with the rhythmic groove of the single. Don’t Remind Me may only be short and sweet, but the vintage sound composed with contemporary passion isn’t one which you’ll forget in a hurry. The ambient pace of Don’t Remind Me allows each and every warm and vibrant instrumental note to resonate as it sets the perfect platform for Vince Villafan’s melodiously harmonic vocals.

You can check out Vince Villafan’s latest single which was released on June 27th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fourth Born – Last Cigarette: Up-Vibe Funk Soaked Alt Rock Empowerment

Up and coming Ontario-based artist Fourth Born released their latest single “Last Cigarette” on June 8th and offered listeners a poignant metaphorical message wrapped up in a soulful up-vibe Funk-soaked Indie Blues Pop arrangement.

There are very few ‘good-vibe’ tracks which manage to shimmer with a vibrant tonal iridescence, but Last Cigarette achieved it with discernible ease in the short and sticky-sweet single Last Cigarette. The single alludes to the empowerment of letting go of what no longer serves you before embracing the excitement which lies in change and possibility, and the message definitely doesn’t fail to resonate.

The offbeat acoustic rhythms carve out the perfect platform for the soulful, stripped back Bluesy vocals which sit in perfect synergy with the intricate progressions of the instrumentals. In short, it’s one of the most captivatingly sincere tracks which we’ve checked out this year. So do your soul a favour and stick Fourth Born on your radar, he’s irrefutably one to watch.

You can stream and download the latest single from Fourth Born for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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90s Alt Rock Influenced Newcomers Tripper and the Wild Things Have Made their Debut with the Single “Caramel”

If you’re always on the lookout for raucously melodious revivals of 90s Alt Rock, you’re sure to find plenty of sticky-sweet aural nostalgia in the debut single “Caramel” from the up and coming artist Tripper and the Wild Things”.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, the Pixies, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth definitely shouldn’t hang around before tuning into the grunge-soaked soundscape which may borrow fuzzy elements from the past, but there’s no disputing that Caramel is a track which practically drips with contemporary appeal. Instead of attempting to create a perfectly polished soundscape with excessive effects, Caramel isn’t so much a diamond in the rough, but both of them combined giving the track that comfortingly vintage raw appeal.

You can check out Tripper and the Wild Things’ single Caramel for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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