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GLASS EYE – PRAYERS: Salaciously Ethereal Alt-Rock

GLASS EYE

With vocals that hit the high notes with the same precision as Matt Bellamy, the sex appeal of Deftones and classic rock licks that come with an ethereally evocative twist, it’s hard not to expect big things to come from GLASS EYE with the release of their album ‘SOMEWHERE, NOWHERE’.

PRAYERS is the perfect introduction to their sound that is so much more than an aural crumble of prominent bands that we’ve come to love across the decades. It’s a delectable invitation to witness the US-based powerhouse’s visceral authenticity that will appeal to anyone who likes their alt-rock to come with rhythmic salacious chills.

PRAYERS is just one of the singles that feature on their forthcoming album ‘SOMEWHERE, NOWHERE’, which is due for release on June 10th.

You can check out GLASS EYE via their website and on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Growing up with Pops: Slow Coyote are at their groovy best on honest single ‘Terrible Dad’

Taken off their lighter-sparked eight-track album called ‘Family Man‘, Slow Coyote saunter in the door with a new single about the strains of fatherhood called ‘Terrible Dad‘.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based indie band Slow Coyote, make that slam-the-door-down grungy garage rock music for the soul to blaze with, on the laid-back grooves that gets the mellow even more chilled.

This is the story of growing up with a stressed-out Dad, who wasn’t the best sometimes and you learnt some bad habits along the way. The crazy ones always teach you something however and you did learn a few tricks on the way, but wish you had a better role model whilst growing up.

The kick-drum beat stomps the enjoyable rhythm into action, as we are treated to a band that jive into the night with only good intentions. They make that genuine type of smokey music that fills your lungs with a hazy gaze feel, to make everything okay again. After a stressful year, this is exactly the tonic to cool everything down inside your frustrated body.

Terrible Dad‘ from Slow Coyote is a terrific new single from the indie-garage rock act from New Hampshire in the USA, who must be itching to get on the road again to play their likable brand of original music, to their adoring fans all over the country.

This is an honest single that opens the door to childhood and how impressionable we are while growing up and how it can possibly define us at times, even if we wish the opposite to be true.

Stream this vibrant new single on Spotify and see more on their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Musicismost have unleashed their stormer of an alt-rock track ‘Pheromone Too (Hard Mix)’

Plenty of artists made their debut in 2020; but for London-based alt-rock artist, Musicismost, their debut was 40 years in the making.

The powerhouse first started jamming in the 80s, but it wasn’t until last year that they decided to let the world hear their high-energy approach to timeless rock. Judging by the phenomenal reception of their debut single, ‘Pheromone Too’, released on November 17th, the world was eager and waiting.

Just two months on from the debut, Pheromone Too had racked up over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone, and Musicismost has already left fans insatiable for their fresh, catchy and high-octane sound.

Before treating us to the second release from their forthcoming album, which will be released in full in Autumn 2021, they released ‘Pheromone Too (Hard Mix)’ which amplifies the over-driven energy contained in the original track which was mastered by multi-Grammy-award-winning producer, Howie Weinberg. With the producer responsible for Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ at their disposal, it comes as no surprise that Pheromone Too is a flawlessly radio-ready rock earworm.

Fans of 80s hair metal and modern alt-rock alike will want to delve into the sleazy track which holds fleeting reminiscences to Motley Crue, Poison, and Skid Row.

Pheromone Too (Hard Mix) was released on January 14th, 2021, it is now available to stream via Spotify.

Connect with Musicismost via Facebook, for more information, head over to their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od immerses us in ‘Khaos’ with their latest release

8uddDha bl0od is an artist whose work always transcends genre or type, working instead to portray a sense of time, space, and location, through his music. This is music as out-and-out art, striving to directly convey emotion to the listener.

‘Khaos’ is 2’28” of repeating vaguely middle-eastern tinged motifs, pipes and chimes over a curiously at once both disturbing and yet soothing atonal background of droning strings. It is chaotic, certainly, yet at the same time, there’s an order and structure within the echoing pattern of reiterative notes, juxtaposed against the counterpoint of the disturbing, unsettled background soundscape. It’s, without doubt, a transportive piece, carrying the listener to an experience of a different place; in that, 8udDah bl0od has certainly succeeded.

Listen to ‘Khaos’ on Soundcloud.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Fast-rising Massachusetts band RoseR rock in with the truthfully awesome ‘Nice, Guy’

Fast-rising Massachusetts band RoseR rock in with the truthfully awesome ‘Nice, Guy‘ and this fantastic 5 piece act are back with a supremely memorable new single. This is for all those nice guys out there that are going for the wrong girl.

Lowell, Massachusetts is the home of this fiery band with an indie rock sound that is such a nice massage to the ears and has a vibe that is so fascinating. With lusty vocals that is backed up with a funky bass-line and lyrics that get to the message right away without fuss. You can feel the jazz, blues, and grunge influences here and this is a treat.

This is the story about how a nice guy can fall for the wrong girl. They are perfect for each other and there are so many laughs. The problem is that he loves her so much and she sees him as a friend. They flirt and joke around but deep inside she doesn’t realize that this is a guy that will care for her so much and be loyal. She doesn’t see it and he will be chasing this love for years and his heart will be broken unfortunately.

Nice, Guy‘ from the excellent Massachusetts band RoseR is a thunderous single that shows us their quality yet again. They show their experience and creativity to the max here and this is one of the most promising indie rock tunes you will hear in 2020.

Head through to the Spotify page.

Click here for the Facebook link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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KAIS has illuminated the airwaves with their sonically ensnaring Alt Rock track ‘Dark Side of the Light’

‘Dark Side of the Light’ is the latest single to be released from award-winning Middle Eastern Alt-Rock artist KAIS, who hasn’t just put his own name on the map, he was in the vanguard of pioneering artists who kickstarted the Indie Rock scene in Jordan.

Their latest single which dropped on November 11th, 2020 is a soul-laden intricate tonal tapestry, gently weaved together with elements of Indie Rock, Alt Rock and Psychedelic Soul.

With a conceptually meta approach to the lyricism, Dark Side of the Light hits just as hard lyrically as it does sonically. Without any overbearing literalism, Dark Side of the Light speaks of lost love and the longing which can cast us into the dark, making us all too aware of how love serves as the light while we’re left scorned in hindsight.

Lines such as “You know it’s a battle with sin” is a reminder that all relationships involve a battle against temptation. While “One side’s here to stay, one side’s gotta win” emphasizes the inescapable reality of romantic parallels.

The vulnerability in the lyrical admissions is lost to the volatility of the reverb-wrapped instrumentals which allow the sentiments to relay with resounding conviction.

You can listen to Dark Side of the Light which was recorded at KAIS’ recording studio, Hot Soap Studios, in Cyprus via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Wisconsin Punk band Interlay rock it like its hot on the new banger called ‘Rot’

Wisconsin Punk band Interlay rock it like its hot on the new banger called ‘Rot‘ and this is an energetic single to boost your mood in 2020.

Madison, Wisconsin-based outfit Interlay who were previously known to the locals as Wash, make things much better with a roaring effort that is shoegazey and so fresh. These bass-lines are so rugged they should be illegal, the vocals are sung with tha rare passion, the rest of the band are on top form here. They remind me a bit of South African band Julia Robert but with an extra edge and this is such a great listen. Music perfect for that small, dusty and sweat bar that everyone complains about when sober but loves after one of two beverages.

This is about the rot in the world, you are not impressed at all and wish that things were better. You know that the world is capable of so much more and music is the only thing keeping you going,

Interlay, the exciting band from Wisconsin in the US, storm in with a fine track. ‘Rot‘ is the first single from the album and for this, there is no surprise. This is a rocking track that punk fans will love forever.

Click here for the Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Explore the human condition with Red Barnett’s stunningly composed single “Astronaut”

After Reykjavik-based artist Red Barnett scooped up the Icelandic Music Award for Best Alternative Album with their debut release ‘Shine’ in 2015, we couldn’t help but be excited by the release of their sophomore album Astronauts.

The perfect introduction to Red Barnett’s viscerally vibrant style is undoubtedly ‘Astronaut’. It’s chilling through the dystopic comfort it offers. It perfectly coalesces with contemporary anxiety and uncertainty, but with the warm and exuberant tones in this finely crafted release, it’s impossible to let existentialism creep in.

With sonic synths around neo-classic keys along with elements of Rock and Electro Pop, the singer-songwriter, composer and arranger offers an intoxicatingly fresh taste of retro-futurism. It’s easy to see why so many find solace in their unapologetically expressive yet accessibly immersive sound.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Test the capacity of your soul with Dylan Taylor & Hippie Speedball’s chilling single “Don’t Think Twice”

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Alanis Morrissette started an Indie Post Punk band, you’ll get a good idea of what you can expect when you hit play on the latest track by Dylan Taylor & Hippie Speedball.

Don’t Think Twice” is a smorgasbord of delectable aural magnetism. Your attention is pulled in a myriad of different directions with every progression. The deftly produced single is as dynamic as they come. The stunningly distorted guitar solos, the engorging tight instrumental synergy and of course, Dylan Taylor’s transfixing vocal range, Don’t Think Twice is a track which truly spoils you. That’s before you even factor in the striking emotion which is projected through the vocals and lyrics. Your soul would have to be defunct not to register the viscerally ardent emotion in Don’t Think Twice.

You can check out Don’t Think Twice for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sunset-Strip-Sleaze and Sticky-Sweet Soul Collide in The Impersonators’ Latest Single “Rodeo”

If your playlists are crying out for a hit of funky, sexy Alt-Rock, you can consider the latest single from The Impersonators a playlist staple.

While it’s got all the efficaciously sleazy allure that you’d expect from any accoladed Sunset Strip act, there’s also an extra juicy element of amorously playful sentimentality which means that Rodeo will give your soul a prod to see if it is still alive as you get snared by the seriously lacerating melodic hooks.

The Impersonators may be a new name for the airwaves, but the talented duo behind the moniker definitely aren’t fresh from their inception. Tom Tikka and Antti Autio were formerly two important components of one of Finland’s hottest Rock acts, Carmen Gray. The same talent is exhibited, but a far more organic sense of soul is on offer. You just can’t help getting pulled into the dreamy Pop-laden melodies crafted by The Impersonators.

You can check out The Impersonators’ single Rodeo by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast