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Apollo’s Army – Drive: Infectiously Feisty Indie Alt Rock

If you could imagine what it would sound like if The Black Keys threw nuances of raucous Punk and Grunge into their rhythmically spellbinding singles, you’ll get an idea of what will hit you when you hit play on Apollo’s Army’s single “Drive”.

Drive is just one of the super-charged singles which you will find on the US-based artist’s debut album Welcome to the Army which was a decade in the making. Which means that Welcome to the Army is a rare record which offers the teen angst that initially inspired the record performed by an indisputable powerhouse of musicians.

Drive is packed with anthemic appeal thanks to the massive infectious choruses, enigmatic vocals, and then there’s the riffs, my God the riffs. While I’ll roll my eyes at most showy shredding, there’s something infinitely absorbing about Wah-soaked sonic blazing solo work in Drive.

You can check out Apollo’s Army’s single along with the rest of their 2020 album by heading over to Spotify or their official website where you’ll find more ways to stream their snarling Alt Indie hit.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Anglo-American Indie Rock Blind Atlas Release “Space Americans”

Space Americans/Titch by Blind Atlas

Some songs make you wait for the payoff and are all the more effective for it. A David Gilmour solo just isn’t the same without the bitter anticipation that drags us there. The art of letting a song build without putting half the audience to sleep is a worthy endeavor. People forget how dynamic the greats were when we fixate too much on how loud they eventually got. Blind Atlas knows how to use silence and let their instrument layers breathe during verses. Their song Space Americans is a performance that’s intimate and welcoming for anyone passing by, all the while hiding the true nature of their potential energy.

When you’ve finally become enthralled in the shallow, minimalist mix of the song, you feel as if you’ve been slowly pulled out to sea by an ever-pulling tide. This is when the party finally starts and you’re abruptly hit by wave after wave of fast-paced rock instrumentation that does feel like a callback to those awesome louds and highs of some of rock’s greatest. This masterful use of dynamics energizes the song in an infectious way. Even when you know the push is coming, you still find yourself settling into the softer side of the song every time.

-Paul Weyer

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A&R Factory Present: Roberto Horns

Using social media and streaming sites to his advantage for some time now, singer and producer Roberto Horns is on the cusp of his breakthrough moment.

The singer already released his first album, Die in Peace, in 2016. But he has now returned with yet another thought provoking but catchy song in the form of Porn.

It’s only natural for a singer who was birthed from the Internet to sing about something else the Internet has given us, but Porn is anything but a lewd and crude ode to Horns’ sordid browser history.

With the trumpets giving a real live music feeling to the song, Horns moans about his string of meaningless one-night stands as he wishes he had something more substantial.

A song like this needs a singer who oozes charisma and Horns definitely does that throughout. At one point he even begins to rap assuring the listener that despite his promiscuous nature, deep down he is a good guy.

It’s that same charisma and charm that will convince listeners to play this song over and again because at it’s core, it’s funny. And considering the state the world is currently in right now everyone could with a good laugh.

Words: @colouroffensive