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Grand Lotus – Hangover: A Hangover Has Never Sounded So Sweet

Alternative Rock collective Grand Lotus have just released their latest pearlescent soundscape of pure harmonious melody Hangover. Things had got a little quiet on the musical front for Grand Lotus over the past year, yet with Hangover no one could dispute the band are right back on form with their hauntingly Indie sound. There’s a major instrumental focus to Hangover which gave Grand Lotus a little Shoegaze vibe, yet the reverb was minimal to allow you to hear every succinct strum of the guitar, with the odd Jangle Pop melody thrown in for good effect.

Whilst there is nothing especially pioneering about Grand Lotus’ music thanks to the overcrowded Alt Indie scene, their latest track Hangover is pretty much like having a cuddle. It’s warm, cosy, and makes you feel slightly better than before it started. So, all in all, I’d totally recommend that anyone with an Indie sensibility listens to this soaring sweet Indie anthem.

You can check out Grand Lotus’ debut 2018 track on SoundCloud  or through their official website now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Andrew Masseurs – Ghost: Melancholy has a New Alt Rock Edge

Andrew Masseurs Alternative Rock edge is incomparable with pretty much every other soundscape from the genre. His debut single Ghost, could almost be accurately described as U2’s synthy cousin, within his slightly pensive Ambient Electro Pop style he merges a solidly rhythmic bassline, with crisp snapping beats and sonorous vocals under a swirling harmony. The New Zealand Pop Rock artist reaches pioneeringly fabulous adventurous sounds.

On his musical journey, he has branched off from New Zealand band AMMP to create a sound that would surely resonate with any Billy Corgan fans. Yet, there’s something uniquely beguiling about Andrew Masseurs style that words can’t touch upon. After learning that Andrew plays all his own instrumentals and mixes his own tracks, it’s impossible to not be a little bit in awe of his eclectic talents.

So if you want to mix up your Alt Rock play lists you can check out Andrew Masseurs debut hit Ghost on SoundCloud

To stay up to date with all Andrew Masseurs melancholic mixes follow his official Facebook page.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Neighbors – Happiness and You: Acoustic Has Never Sounded So Soulful

There aren’t too many Alternative Rock acts that can stand up to the pure sensuality of The Neighbors. Even iconic acts such as Arctic Monkeys and Black Keys could only dream of achieving such sultry rhythm-soaked licks. The vocals to Happiness and You exude a pioneeringly gritty rendition of Soul around the blissful lyrics that draw you even further into the track. The acoustics of the track make for an angelically light Pop-Rock sound that I have no doubt will be universally adored. The majority of The Neighbors talent falls from the deft hands and sweet vocal sensibilities from Mike Thurston who also provides the deep bassline, tight drum cacophonies and lead guitar rhythm. So, I suppose Thurston could only be described as a powerhouse of talent alongside Stefan Mraz.

Happiness and You is a sensational EP comprising of three short but sweetly immersive tracks and was first released January 15th, 2018.

You can check out The Neighbors debut track from their latest EP ‘Happiness and You’ on BandCamp

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hyperschmitt – Indie Comes Of Age!

Indie as a genre has been pretty well defined for a while now. Having evolved from its original political meaning within the music industry to become a genre label in its own right, it generally indicates pop aware melody and musical adroitness, that fine line between commerciality and underground cool, between accessibility and integrity. But what does the band of 2018 do to stand out from the pack?

One answer is to do what Hyperschmitt does. Forget warping genres and cross-pollinating your sound with the tricks and trappings of other genres to gene-splice indie into some sort of modern musical Frankenstein’s monster. It isn’t about subverting expectations, it is about feeding them but if you can do both simultaneously, all the better. For whilst you will find a lot here that is familiar, shimmering guitar work, dance fuelled grooves and instantaneous melodies, it is how they fashion those elements together that is the real skill. The building blocks may be familiar but the resulting sonic architecture is dazzling nonetheless. Slightly mathy, hypnotic electronic patterns dance around solid backbeats in a place where indie, EDM, pop and alt-rock all overlap, embrace each other and then throw a party. One that you are all invited to.

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WAVES – IV: Hauntingly Poetic Alternative Rock

Northwest Indiana based Alt Rock band WAVES have just dropped their latest 4 track EP ‘AFTER THOUGHTS’ IV, contained on that EP is an absolute gem of a track that you just can’t help falling in love with before the chorus even hits. The Indie Electro style vocals cut sharp across this track as the female vocalist absolutely steals the show, even above the riff-soaked instrumentals in the track. Lucie Ashmore’s talent is one that stands against the veracity of vocalists such as Angel Olsen, Florence & The Machine and Hannah Reid from London Grammar. Yet, WAVES style is so fresh, it’s like nothing you’ve heard before. There’s such a synergy behind the collective’s sound that it creates a high-vibe aura that’s hypnotically stunning. The succinct harmonies take place over crystal clear arrangements that prove just what a powerhouse of talent WAVES really are.

Check out IV on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/officialwavesband/iv-1

Follow WAVES on Facebook & keep up to date with all of their future releases & live shows:

https://www.facebook.com/OFFICIALWAVESBAND/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Clean Dirty Clean – Baby Champagne: The Chaotically Explosive Instrumentals of a Fusion Between Britpop & Punk

Baby Champagne is the 3rd song from the Alternative Rock outfit Clean Dirty Clean’s debut album Resistor.  You only have to listen to the Morgantown, West Virginia’s sound to taste their palpable enthusiasm for Rock, Indie, Britpop, Garage Rock & Punk. In fact, being across the pond, I’m pretty embarrassed that Clean Dirty Clean smashed the Britpop sound better than some of the original British bands from the 90’s. The relentless Janglepop guitar riffs would have even made Johnny Marr proud as guitarists Neal Humphries & Wes Thomas use a hook that forgivably sounds like it’s straight out of You Handsome Man by the Smiths. Yet Baby Champagne is no mere assimilation of sound, and it’s pretty evident how they came to their band name for their chaotically explosive instrumental arrangements. Baby Champagne shifts between sweet succinct harmonies to splintering cacophonies, reminiscent to bands such as The Stokes, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster & Super Furry Animals.

Check out Baby Champagne on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/cleandirtyclean/baby-champagne

Connect with the band on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/cleandirtyclean/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fortune’s Folly – Wouldn’t Make You Mine: Nostalgic 90’s Alt Rock with A Little Extra Heart

As a 90’s Alt Rock aficionado I was absolutely blown away by this track. Growing up on Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Babes in Toyland and Jack Off Jill enabled me to fine tune my definition of a good Alt guitar lick, and Fortune’s Folly sound may just be the epitome of that definition.

The 4-piece band’s sound comes alive through it’s transgressions of high-energy Rock, Riot Grrrl and palpable elements of Funk. The band have an electrifying synergy that bleeds through into their latest track Wouldn’t Make You Mine which was released on February 9th, 2018. I have no doubt that the instantly lovable lead vocalist Cheyenne and her band that will get signed in the very near future. The world simply can’t ignore a sound this dynamic and that’s not all that the Eugene, Oregon based band have to offer. Their enthusiasm and love that they have for their fans is overwhelming.

Check out the official video you Wouldn’t Make You Mine on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbRygoguTJE

Head on over to the bands official website for more music, tour dates, merch & more:

https://www.fortunesfollyband.com/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Saso Sandic – Pity Boys: Pensively Poignant Alt Rock

The sound behind Saso Sandic comes curtesy of a New York based collective of Alternative Rock aficionado’s that don’t mind lending elements of sound from other genres to create their insanely pioneering sound that demands to be played on repeat. Sandic’s voice is almost too beautiful against the Blues Pop Rock sound that’s fused with extra Funk through the track’s R&B Harmonies. The sound of the acoustic guitar floats throughout the track, even against the attack of the Jazz Funk style bass that bleeds contemporary euphoria into the debut mix.

The genius behind the project lies in singer, song writer and guitarists mind. Through his music he transcends superficiality and explores an enticing array of themes such as evil and gender, which explains part of the resonance behind Pity Boys. Every track that Sandic has orchestrated has been utter perfection, but Pity Boys is a charismatic wonder of a hit that’s playfully emasculating, music sounds pretty sweet when the shoe is on the other foot.

Check out Pity Boys on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/sashosand/4-pity-boys

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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It’s All In The Chemistry!

Trying to be cutting edge musically is a fine thing to aim for but neither is there anything wrong with sticking to comfort zones, both are necessary elements to the music scene as a whole. The reality though is that whilst the former are off conducting brave genre splicing experiments to varying degrees of success, the latter playing it safe but not really bringing anything new to the table, the most interesting music is being forged in the middle ground. Between the safety net of established rock classicism and the forward thrust of more recent genres, the perfect blends of old and new sound are being shaped into great music. It is here that you find Megalithic.

Chemistry 101 is a wonderful slice of hard grooving classic rock re-imagined through a nu-metal lens and then pushed even further into the here and now to create a sound which it would be hard to imagine not finding favour with any rock fan. It is big, brutal and thunderous, back beats pound, bass lines throb and salvos of white hot, jagged guitar riffs form the perfect sound clash whilst battle cry vocals lead it all into the music fray. Denim clad old schoolers, dystopian nu-metallers, anti-fashion grungers and alt-rock warriors alike are going to be right behind it.

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MǾǾD– Vegas 4 ThWeekend: Alternative Dancehall? Now I’ve heard Everything

MǾǾD dropped his latest track Vegas 4 ThWeekend just as 2017 drew to a close, offering fans the most twisted mash-up of Dancehall, Electronic and Alternative Rock one could possibly hope for. Forget reaching across genres, MǾǾD’s latest track transcends the foundations of sound by creating his own delectable mix of resonance that regardless of your musical persuasions is a pleasure for you to sink your teeth into.

The talented Singer Songwriter & Producer has utilized his penchant for old-school Alternative Rock with his infinite command over music production to create some of the most fulfilling beats on the Alternative Dance scene today. MǾǾD uses his eclectic list of influences of acts such as Drake, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco & Frank Sinatra to bring his soulful renditions to life. The production to the sound is highly powered by a euphoric mix of Hip Hop Electronica.

In just 5 months, MǾǾD released an album along with 3 mixtapes, in 2018 he’s made it his mission to release a new album every month in 2018, it will be interesting to see if he pulls it off, but with that commitment to the cause, it’s hard to see where the uniquely talented artist can go wrong.

Vegas 4 ThWeekend is just one of the stand out tracks off his latest EP ‘The MǾǾD Life Vol. 1 which you can listen to on SoundCloud now:

https://soundcloud.com/themoodlife/vegas-4-thweeknd-1/s-2LuKG?in=themoodlife/sets/the-mood-life-vol-1/s-3s8Hw