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Darrian Gerard makes no apologies with her hook-laden pop-punk single, I’m Not Sorry.

Alt-rock solo artist, Darrian Gerard, has released her self-produced single, I’m Not Sorry; the defiant anthem throws you right back to the glory days of scuzzy pop-punk while encompassing an emboldening modern lyricism style.

Away from Paramore and Avril Lavigne reminisces, I’m Not Sorry is a stellar track in its own right, and despite the DIY production, the infectiously hyper choruses reel you in hook, line and sinker. There is enough energy in this earworm to animate a main stage festival crowd. We can’t wait to watch Darrian Gerard climb the alt-rock charts with I’m Not Sorry.

I’m Not Sorry will officially release on September 13th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

#lameassdads take us to Nowhere, Ohio

Greetings from Nowhere, Ohio by #lameassdads

#lameassdads are the refreshing antithesis to every earnest rock outfit that fails to find humility while attempting to stay contemporary despite the consistent evolution and modernisation of the rock scene.

Their kids might hate it, but we quickly found a soft spot for their energetic pop-punk track, Nowhere, Ohio, to hit hard. Fans of Blink 182, Social Distortion, Green Day, Bad Religion and The Offspring will get a sweet nostalgia hit from this stellar Midwest Emo release. Despite their slightly self-deprecating humour, they’re a powerhouse of talent with the collective ability to create anthemic earworms that you won’t be desperate to lose.

Take yourself to Nowhere, Ohio, by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Daniel Henry blurs genre boundaries in his latest anthemic release, Circles.

Indie pop-rock earworms don’t get much juicer than Daniel Henry’s latest single, ‘Circles’, which completely blurs the line between contemporary alt hip hop and pop-punk.

The Oman, Middle East-born, Dallas-based artist evaded formal music education but has no problem formulating mind-bendingly infectious choruses and catchy hooks, such as the ones that will ensnare you in his latest up-vibe hit. Daniel Henry takes influence from the likes of Shinedown, Blink 182, Machine Gun Kelly and Post Malone, but nothing in Circles feels assimilative – despite the swathes of genre-bending music that has hit the airwaves in recent years.

The lyrics may be delivered with a stinging antagonistic tone, but the feel-good factor in this radio-ready single has been turned up to 11. So, if you’re looking to vent your frustration that comes through cyclical torment, hit play.

Circles is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Last Second Save takes us back to the golden era of pop-punk with ‘I Remember’.

‘I Remember’ is the latest single to be released by The Last Second Save; an alt-pop artist that wears his pop-punk influences on his sleeve while marrying elements of hip hop and alt-rock.

After I Remember hit the airwaves, staying in the 21st-century became optional. Hit play, and you’ll be thrown back to the golden era of pop-punk; when Blink-182 were king and life seemed infinitely simpler.

The track may join a host of other urban singles which paint with the darker and colder end of the tonal spectrum; but with I Remember, the Maryland-based solo artist allowed his multifaceted personality to shine through, making it practically impossible not to become enamoured by his optimism – in spite of existentialism.

I Remember is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

At Face Value – Lotr: Scathingly Sticky-Sweet Alt Pop Punk

If At Face Value has evaded your radar so far, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the US artist’s rapturously colossal sound. The perfect introduction to their distinctive brand of Alt-Rock is their standout track ‘Lotr.

Whatever else is going on in your life, hit play and your consciousness will be consumed by the gorgeously evocative pull of the soundscape which pays ode to the 00s Pop Punk sound while drawing on their own signature sonic flair. Stylistically, Lotr is familiar while the sincerity and potency of the emotion are on another level.

More than anything, what I admire is At Face Value’s admission that their songs deal with common trials and tribulations. They don’t make their suffering the essence of their tracks. Instead, they use the recognition that listeners will find resonance in the tracks which are laced with punchy catchy melodies which are orchestrated to instil optimism.

It is bands like At Face Value which remind me how important music actually is. Not just as a part of our culture or personality or as a way to entertain ourselves. But for the beautiful fact that some artists are trying to make our lives which are often full of chaos and heartbreak a little easier.

You can check out Lotr along with the rest of At Face Value’s tracks by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Chiptune and Grungy Garage Rock converge in Fake-Bit Rebel’s debut single “Green Eyes”

Never did I think I’d see the day where I’d get to experience grungy Garage Rock in 8-bit form. But after the release of Fake-Bit Rebel’s debut single “Green Eyes,” I got to appreciate the alchemy which spilt by the raucously evocative aural ingenuity.

The glitchy notes spiked through the walls of noisy distorted guitars which carved euphorically galvanizing choruses and created the perfect platform for Fake-Bit Rebel’s vocals which will be a hit with any fans of Blink-182, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday.

It’s the kind of track you hit play on and immediately want to tell your friends about the aural gem that left you endeared and excitable in equal measure.

You can check out Fake-Bit Rebel’s single Green Eyes for yourselves on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Philadelphia Skate Punk Rockers Merit Maker drop in with ”Playing The Part”

Merit Maker is the music project of bassist and vocalist from Philadelphia’s Joe Stanton. All songs are original material written, composed and performed by Joe with the collaboration of other music artists from his town.

Playing The Part” is the rocking punk rock song that we used to listen to back in the 90’s. There is so much Blink 182 and Green Day mixed in here that is brought me back to those times. With such an impressive energy here, I absolutely love the vibe here. With flying vocals to unashamedly smashing drums, this is the track we needed to fly through the year.

Joe Stanton and his band Merit Maker impress with his fast and furious punk rock skating soundtrack. This is sweaty music for those who love and appreciate the genre. ”Playing The Part” is one of those tracks that you will want to play very loud this summer.

Check out the debut album ”Judgement Calls” on Spotify.

Stream this new banger from the band here on their Soundcloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

London’s The Curious fly sky high with daydreaming single about love: ‘’Always Want More’’

Even if you go, even if you know, I always want more. Wanting more from those special moments is always a tempting notion. It’s always tough to accept that you should enjoy what you get and nothing more. 

‘The Curious’ are a 4 Piece ALT Indie band from London on the rise with their positive lyrics and terrifically produced music- this is a professional outfit. 

You can see the band are influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Marr, Blink 182, Arctic Monkeys and more. Their music is pure and likeable. Known for 2017’s breakout hit ‘’City Lights’’, the band are in top form here.

‘’Always Want More’’ is the follow up to March 2020’s fiery ‘’My Only’’- a song that gained some good traction in the UK. Let’s see how the band develops and they must be hungry to be on stage again, let it rip and show everyone what they are made out of.

Immerse yourself in more of ‘The Curious’ on their YouTube page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

ATR releases Icarus Died In Vain: It’s loud and the perfect representation of Rock

ATR has dropped their single ‘Icarus Died In Vain’, giving that full on Rock and Roll sound, making sure it’s extremely loud.

Within the first few seconds the chaos begins, amping up the volume giving it that real in your face sound, it’s heavy but in a good way and continues that throughout. Clashing on the drums, the insane shreds on the guitar, giving it this real thunderous instrumentation.

The vocals are fairly rough and harsh, really keeping that loudness the same, piercing through the instrumentation. Having the occasional high-pitched shriek halfway through, it’s dark, fairly peculiar and rather unique, but it’s one hell of a Rock song and one that deserves all the recognition it gets.

Be sure to listen to ATR’s piece because it’s one you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re into music that’s more on the heavy side.

Check out ATR’s single Icarus Died in Vain by heading on over to YouTube.

Review by Karley Myall

The Falling – Carry On – Indie Band Combines Lush Atmospheric Melodies With Energetic And Uplifting Hooks

The Falling are an exciting band offering an innovative take on indie rock and pop. Their recent release, “Carry On”, is a perfect example of the artist’s innovative and direct twist, showcasing what the band can bring to the table.

What really strikes me about The Falling’s music is certainly the band’s remarkable ability to find a compromise between textures and melodies. The dense atmosphere in the track is almost palpable. Sitting here listening with my headphones, I feel really entranced into the song, as if I was right there, experiencing the musical landscape on a first-hand basis. The ability to create a fully immersive musical experience should not be taken lightly, as very few artists are able to create such a deeply engaging tone in a setting such as pop/rock music, which generally could fall flat at times.

On the other hand, The Falling managed to keep their new song appealing and direct, while retaining a lot of credibility and vision. Who said catchy music could not be authentic and inspirational?