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Merivida – Smoke: Psychedelically Vitriolic Alt Rock

Up and coming Alt Rock artist Merivida has made their debut with their genre-defying vitriolically explosive album “Leaked Transmissions from the Cosmos”.

While each track is a riotous convergence of Punk, Grunge, Psych, and Garage Rock, the best introduction to Merivida’s high-octane spacy sound is undoubtedly Smoke.

With the same rhythmically serpentine style as Velvet Revolver, Garage Punk vocals and the angst which practically drips from the frenzied instrumentals Smoke isn’t a track which you’ll forget in a hurry. Even with the harsh and grungy tones, Smoke still offers an anthemic feel, I can’t imagine how insanely energetic a live set from the Washington-based artist would be.

You can check out Smoke along for yourselves via Spotify. But we’d highly recommend listening to Leaked Transmissions from the Cosmos in full. It’s a rare perfectly curated release which allows each of Merivida’s hypnotically grungy tracks to become even more transfixing.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Dinoboy – Supersad: Magnetically Resonant Lo-Fi Alt Rock

If your Elliott Smith records don’t quite bring you the same pensive catharsis as they used to, delve into the latest Lo-Fi Alt Rock track “Supersad” to be released by Dinoboy.

Supersad is a turbulently evocative track, and the pensive sting will hit far before the Grungy chorus which pairs over-driven guitars with melancholy-infused Indie Rock vocals.

Despite the short and bitter-sweet duration of Supersad, there’s plenty of progression in the intimately raw soundscape. As Supersad unravels, you’re treated to Garage Rock, Melodic Indie, Grunge, and Pop Punk making the track as dynamic as it is sincere.

Any fans of Pavement, Fidlar, and The Smashing Pumpkins definitely won’t want to miss out on this release. Despite being produced in the artist’s bedroom, it’s more than worthy of a spot on your playlist.

You can check out Supersad for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


EscapeTheBox is about to drop their insane and heavy single Grey

EscapeTheBox is about to release their single ‘Grey’ on May 1st 2020, Grey will take you on a journey through their Alternative Rock sound, pushing through their killer instrumentals and insane vocal ranges.

From the get go, it has this real hardcore element that shines through keeping it noisy and crazy. The thrilling electrifying guitar solos and the booming sound of the drum. As the vocals come through with this rough texture and tend to take it up a notch with the raucous tone that brings the heaviness.

As the vocals begin to get louder and hit the high notes a rather electronic style effect clings onto the end of the verse mixing up the style and sound and giving that element of diversity. The instrumentation continues to be insane throughout, making sure that it’s kept at that same pace and that the Alt-Rock elements are clear to hear in every second.

This piece is just what this style of music is all about, it’s manic and the right amount of heaviness is added, the blaring instrumentation and the different tones through the vocals is what makes this such a stand out piece.

Pre-save EscapeTheBox’s ‘Grey’ (Out May 1st) by clicking here.

Review by Karley Myall


LOVESBLIND release hardcore Alt-Rocck single ‘Borderlines’

Five-piece band LOVESBLIND has dropped their killer single ‘borderlines’ infusing that Alternative Rock sound through this incredible piece.

Now this band is what makes Alt-Rock such a strong genre of music and one that is liked by many, this track is insane and from the second it starts it pulls you in, it’s heavy, chaotic and one that you’ll have on repeat.

Sounding similar to bands such as Neck Deep and A Day to Remember, having that sound that stays stuck in your head and having just that right amount of melodic hardcore whilst intertwining the smooth vocals that begin the track.

Kicking off with that heavy clash of the guitar strings and the thunderous drum beats full of adrenaline that continues to play through as the vocals take the lead with the mellow tone and soft texture to start with, as the loud instrumentals begin to fall back and the slight tap on the cymbal begins.

Until it suddenly bounces back to that real manic instrumental and the vocals take that more gravelly tone as the voice gets louder and more high-pitched, as the powerful chant begins to illuminate in the background. When the electric guitar comes back and the vocals begin to fade out over the top. Then they come through harder than every with the guttural shriek that pierces through and then lowers to come to an end.

Honestly, this piece is a truly remarkable piece of music and one that stands out in many ways, always leaving you wanting more.

Head on over here to listen to LOVESBLIND borderlines now.

Review by Karley Myall


UK Alt Indie Rock quartet SOHLER made their debut with the jaw-dropper of a single “Computer”

When was the last time you hit play on an Indie Rock track and felt genuine excitement for what was being poured into your ears? If it has been a while, indulge yourself in the electrifying ingenuity contained in the debut single Computer by Alternative artist SOHLER.

It’s even better than finding a forgotten tenner in your pocket. Because who can put a price on discovering an aural cocktail of sounds you’ve come to love from the likes of Elliott Smith, Radiohead, The Calling, Arctic Monkeys and Muse all in one tight perfectly produced package?

The progressive single kicks off with an artfully pensive Indie Rock prelude and allows the rhythmic momentum to slowly build while Wil Harvey’s sticky-sweet vocals become increasingly more adrenalizing.

Before you know it, you’re immersed in an anthemic earworm with massive Indie Rock choruses and you’ll be at the mercy of SOHLER who aren’t shy about throwing curveballs your way in the form of explosive instrumental breakdowns.

SOHLER is a rare up and coming act you can quite easily get obsessed with.

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

Keep up to date with new releases from the UK-based artist via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


BL Bex – There’s the Way: A Hypnotic Infusion of Psych, Soul, Electronic Art Pop and Blues

Up and coming duo BL Bex’s latest single “There’s the Way” is utterly hypnotic. With elements of Art Pop, Psych Rock, Neo-Soul and Alt Blues Folk weaved into the indulgently immersive single it may not fit into any aural pigeon holes, but you’ll definitely find a home for the soundscape on your playlists.

Lexie Green’s smoothly accordant, sensually quiescent Americana Blues vocals rise above the beats deftly orchestrated by producer Ben Cozens which offer beguilingly distinctive ambient layers to get lost within. For extra added alchemy, BL Bex enlisted the virtuosic prowess of guitarist Chris Hooks.

It’s not all too often we can so assuredly say that you’ve never heard anything quite like this before. If you regularly find yourself on the hunt for truly authentic artists, look no further.

You can check out There’s The Way for yourselves by heading over to BL Bex’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


GINGER has released Indie-Rock single Gardens

Scotland-based band GINGER has dropped their latest single ‘Gardens’ infusing Indie-Rock and Alternative-Rock to create this lively uplifting piece.

Starting on the quieter side with the slight pluck of the guitar string and the subtle shred, when the mellow high-pitched vocals begin to illuminate the background, with a combination of unique tones to create this powerful array of voices that cut through the instrumentals.

Then entering into that more Rock style, with the heavy riffs on the guitar and the hard-hitting drum beats to give it that loud and crazy instrumental as the vocals begin to pierce through, taking that more gravelly texture to the voice and getting even louder with the vocal elements.

GINGER has created a piece that many will listen too, it shows how well they can mix different sounds up and make a piece that is enjoyable to listen too.

Check out GINGER’s latest single Gardens by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall


Chrome – Stone the Preachers: Rebelliously Inspired Psych Rock

While usually, you’d need to delve into Punk or Metal to enjoy vitriolically anarchistic tracks, Psych Rock trailblazers Chrome orchestrated a lyrically angsty, rhythmically kaleidoscopic track with their latest release “Stone the Preachers”.

The lyrics may ooze adrenalizing rebellion, yet, the colourfully effect-laden instrumentals stay on the warmer side of the tonal palette and spill plenty of melodic catharsis. The production in Stone the Preachers is nothing but ingenious, the soundscape is practically euphoric, but if you pay close attention to the lyricism you’ll get to lock into the biting sentiment which the track was inspired by.

Whoever said mutiny couldn’t be served up alongside transcendental tones?

Fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Velvet Revolver and the Kills will undoubtedly want to check out this release for themselves.

You can check out Stone the Preachers for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Pop Punk Meets 90s Grunge in Tough on Fridays’ Latest Single “Party Scene”

Fans of Alt 90s, Grunge and Pop Punk alike are going to want to make time for the absorbingly angsty latest single “Party Scene” from Texan Alt-Rock trailblazers Tough on Fridays.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if L7 and Green Day collaborated on a single, you’ll get a good idea of what is in store for you when you hit play on Party Scene.

Ennui may drip from the lyrical nihilism which is lyrically reminiscent to bands such as Fidlar. But thanks to the energetic momentum in the short and sweet track, Party Scene is a dynamic hit which you’ll be all too happy to give repeat attention.

Party Scene is due for release on May 1st, and you can catch the live stream release show via Facebook. In the meantime, you can check out Tough on Fridays’ earlier Pop-infused raucous hits via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Layabout – Party Man: Consumingly Alchemic Post-Punk-Laced Prog Rock

Up and coming Jamaican Alt Rock act Layabout created the ultimate teaser of a prelude in their latest single. “Party Man” is exactly how a progressive track should make you feel. It locks you into the constantly evolving rhythms leaving you with a sense of palpitating anticipation right up until you’re consumed by the crescendo you’ve been waiting for.

And Layabout definitely didn’t disappoint with Party Man which allowed Blues, Rock, and Post Punk to converge in the gorgeously immersive single.

As the sweet 80s Rock guitar notes introduce the Peter Hook-style bassline the cymbal heavy percussion follows suit and creates a rhythm as tight and dynamic as the chorus in Teenage Kicks by the Undertones. Yet, all reminiscences are incredibly fleeting in Party Man. You’ll be pulled from bouncy high vibe punk tones to glacially angular guitar work in the space of three and half minutes. Music doesn’t come much more alchemic than this.

You can check out the official video to Layabout’s single Party Man which premiered on March 1st for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast