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AJ John invites listeners on a progressive journey with their Alt Rock single “Waste My Time”

If you like your smooth Bluesy accordant Rock with a side serving of raw emotion, you’ll be as captivated by up and coming artist AJ John’s progressive Rock Ballad Waste My Time (The Laze) as we were.

With the Jazz infusion in Waste My Time, Time Signatures have been disregarded in the extended soundscape which could only be described as epic. The instrumental textures and tempo may be light for the most part, but each progression will leave you more immersed in AJ John’s ingenuity. The momentum gradually builds throughout the soundscape until Waste My Time becomes a colossal offering of Anthemic Rock. We definitely didn’t see that coming.

Waste My Time is just one of the singles which you’ll find on the artist’s 2020 album “Till the End of Time” which shatters Rock archetypes and constructs a brand-new Alt-Rock experience.

You can check out AJ John’s single Waste My Time along with the rest of their album Till the End of Time by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mike Lenson Band – Gimmie Something Real: A Soulful Attack on Fake News in a Post-Truth World

https://mikelensonband.bandcamp.com/track/gimme-something-real

Mike Lenson Band orchestrated a fierce attack on fake news with their vibrantly absorbing latest single “Gimmie Something Real”.

The powerhouse UK-based quartet allowed the track to offer plenty of funk and groove through their unique genre-crumbling which puts Soul, Jazz and Blues in the same high-octane melting pot.

With organ wails and trombone solos adding plenty of fire to the eclectic instrumental arrangement, the progressions of Gimmie Something Real will leave you even more immersed with every unpredictable turn.

It may not be your usual serving of Soul, but the frustration directed towards the state of our post-truth world is sure to offer plenty of catharsis for anyone who feels the same.

You can stream and download Gimmie Something Real for yourselves via Bandcamp.

To keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates (when they start happening again) you can connect with Mike Lenson Band via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zach Bair – Rutherford Drive: Soul-Steeped Americana Rock

Zach Bair’s standout single Rutherford Drive is a perfect example of what kind of alchemic energy can spill from the timeless combination of Rock and Soul.

The rhythmically accessible track doesn’t venture all too far from the realms of traditional Americana Rock. Yet, there’s plenty of authenticity to be found in the magnetic soundscape which any fans of Bruce Springsteen, Slash, Sting and Bon Jovi will definitely appreciate. And yes, the guitar solos are just as arrestive as what you’d expect from the aforementioned artists.

Zach Bair and his band possess the rare anthemic atmospheric edge which you’d definitely want to witness live if you got the chance. They’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out the official video to Zach Bair’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Topjaw has dropped a new single ‘The Flood’

Topjaw has dropped their killer single ‘The Flood’. It’s everything a lover of Rock and Roll will have on repeat, bringing their own modernised style to the popular genre.

Starting off with the harsh riff on the guitar and the tap on the drum coming together to create that manic instrumentation to give it that real Rock infused sound. Making sure that it’s kept loud and crazy and the instrumentation flows steadily with the rest.

Creating that suspenseful feeling as you listen, with the way the instrumental builds up to let the heavier sound come out. With the vocals they tend to have that more rough texture, keeping that pitch fairly low but reaching high if they need too.

Now it wouldn’t be a Rock song without a heavy guitar solo to draw your attention too as the electrifying riffs shine and the hard-hitting drum beats clash as the vocals come back in full swing.

A fantastic piece of music by Topjaw, we’re looking forward to what they get up to next!

Check out Topjaw’s The Flood by heading on over to Spotify now.

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8udDha bl0od – F3n1x 23r0 fx 13:42; 83ck5 luckY l0n3lY h3Ar75 fAn clUb bAnD

By now, we know not to have any expectations when hitting play on Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od’s tracks, but F3n1x 23r0 fx 13:42; 83ck5 luckY l0n3lY h3Ar75 fAn clUb bAnD was still quite the aural curveball.

Not only does it serve up a smorgasbord of genres but it also acts as an aural TARDIS which will ricochet you as far back as the 60s with a pit stop in the 70s, and you’ll pick up a few angsty 90s Alt Rock postcards while you’re on your way.

From grooving smoky Blues Rock to New Wave Indie, it’s all thrown into this mesmeric melting pot of sound. If you could imagine what it would sound like if The Legendary Pink Dots and The Stone Roses collaborated, you’ll get a good idea what’s in store when you hit play on this all-consuming rhythmically magnetic epic 8-minute track.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single F3n1x 23r0 fx 13:42; 83ck5 luckY l0n3lY h3Ar75 fAn clUb bAnD for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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WD-HAN have dropped their latest filthily rhythmic Alt Rock earworm “Shiver”

https://soundcloud.com/wd-han/shiver/s-4yCq1

Shiver is the latest single to be released by one of the hottest new Alt Indie artists we’ve amiably ambled across in 2020. WD-HAN’s accessible approach to Blues Rock puts a new contemporary spin on psychedelically entrancing virtuosic licks. There’s hope for radio yet.

The grinding riffs are filthy enough to appease fans of the Cramps while the infectious melodies give Shiver a massive commercial sound which you’d claw your way to the front of a field to witness up close. The instrumental experimentalism in Shiver is one thing, the lyrics which really hit home in our absurd alienated times are quite another.

Sadly, the Coronavirus has put a spanner in the works for WD-HAN’s live performances. But the good news is that they’ll still be releasing a song each month for the rest of 2020. Get them on your radar and get your fill.

You can check out Shiver which was released on March 27th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jake Bass – Oh Wow: Accessibly Ambient Contemporary Jazz

If you’re still under the impression that Jazz is inaccessible as a genre, prepare for your perceptions to be shattered by Jake Bass’ latest instrumental track Oh Wow which was released on March 15th.

By rhythmically infusing elements of Ambient instrumental EDM Hip Hop with smooth Blues Rock soaring guitar licks, Oh Wow unfolds offering hypnotically immersive aural alchemy with every progression.

The effortless, yet masterful guitar notes seamlessly find accordance with the electronic instrumentals which provide a solid structure to the track while the warm guitar notes gently rise above the rest of the mix. Downtempo soundscapes don’t often come as rhythmically magnetic as what Jake Bass has deftly curated in Oh Wow.

You can check out the official music video to Jake Bass’ latest single via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Benjamin Beiler – You And Me: Euphoria-Soaked Alt-Country Pop Rock

Lancaster, UK based artist Benjamin Beiler’s latest single You & Me mixes roots deep Country Rock with nuances of Indie Pop Rock to bring authentic Country rhythms well and truly into the 21st century.

Any fans of virtuosic guitar work are going to be easily enamoured by Benjamin Beiler’s versatile approach. You & Me kicks off with Indie chords before the melodies to break into winding accessible rhythms for the verses. You can also prepare to be captivated by the overdriven anthemic riffs and intricately arrestive Blues Rock solos.

You & Me stands as a testament that Americana can be just as sweet when crafted on this side of the pond. But there’s plenty more than instrumental talent on offer in the resounding single. The vocals affirm that You & Me was delivered straight from the soul.

You can check out Benjamin Beiler’s single You & Me which was released on March 23rd for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Suicide Notes – The Pleasures of Despair: Deviously Trashy Rock n Roll

The Suicide Notes

Rock n’ Roll swagger is hardly uncommon. Yet, all too infrequently is it as bona fide as what The Suicide Notes effortlessly exude with their deviously trashy take on Sleaze Rock.

Each of the four tracks on their debut EP The Pleasures of Despair offer an instantaneous hit of catharsis for the nefarious. Or, just anyone who appreciates their music as filthy as Post Malone’s bathwater.

If you thought that New York Dolls’ tracks were scuzzy, wait until you hit play on Black Dog Howlin. It’s a frenzied feat of unadulterated virtuosic insanity. The blazing solos and rhythmic wrath are quite literally palpitatingly intense.

Track two, Smoke It Like A Cigarette may dial down the momentum slightly. But you’ll still be caught up in the dynamically anthemic energy in the suspense-filled nostalgically arrestive track.

If you weren’t already in awe of Billy Tee’s saw-edged larynx, you will be when you get to track three On The Rocks. The vitriolic feral howls almost allow the Trashy Rock n Roll raconteurs to share reminiscences with Pantera while the tight instrumentals take you right back to the golden era of Sleaze.

The roguishly romantic concluding track Ragdoll is a perfect testament to The Suicide Notes’ experimentalism and talent. With basslines which would get Mr Bungle’s approval and a myriad of progressions for your consciousness to be consumed by, it’s by far the most captivating track on the record for anyone who appreciates genre-defying improv instrumental breakdowns.

To Supplement the release The Pleasures of Despair- Electric which is due for release on June 1st, The Suicide Notes also released The Pleasures of Despair – The Acoustic Demos (Volume 1) on March 16th 2020.

It’s easy to feel like The Suicide Notes played a pretty Machiavellian trick by releasing the acoustic EP first before dropping the super-charged over-driven monster Electric EP.

Instead of fevered high-octane Rock, the acoustic four-track EP allows the accordantly warm instrumentals soak up the jagged angst projected through the pensively weighted lyrics and Billy Tee’s vocals which may be gruff, but they’re far from abrasive.

Pleasures of DespairElectric is now available for pre-order via this link, where you’ll also be able to order the acoustic EP.

Keep up to date with new releases, announcements, and general raucously endearing antics from The Suicide Notes via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Family Dog – EASY: Smooth Jazz-Infused Indie Blues Rock

The Family Dog

EASY is the smooth Jazz-infused debut release from up and coming Indie Blues Rock artist The Family Dog. If you could imagine a mellifluous merging of the styles of Jack White, Kurt Vile, and modern Indie Rock artists such as Arctic Monkeys, you’ll get an idea of what’s in store when you hit play.

As someone who has always appreciated virtuosic prowess popping from rhythmically appeasing guitar progressions, it was all too easy to fall into the groove of EASY. It may even provide more tonally warm catharsis than Faith No More’s track Easy. It’s a bold statement, but once you get wrapped up in the sweetly resonant track, I’m sure you’ll be inclined to agree.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out the debut single from The Family Dog which will be available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast