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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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Winter Drifter – Outlaw Story: A Super-Charged Modern Take on Old School Rock n Roll

Alberta, Canada Rock n Roll raconteurs Winter Drifter released their latest single Outlaw Story on April 4th. If there’s any new Rock track which will get you in the mood for hedonism and deviance, it’s this gasoline-soaked feat of authentic Rock.

The super-charged raunchy Rock riffs come with a slight vitriolic nuanced pinch of Punk Rock and a side serving of sleaze while keeping the track timelessly raucous. Instead of trying to incorporate novel frills, Winter Drifter went full-throttle with the high-octane relentlessly rhythmic thrills.

Their talent is one thing, the dynamic energy and Vedder-style vocals are quite another. I can only imagine how electrifying a live set from the fourpiece would be.

You can check out Outlaw Story for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Happy Freuds – Break: It’s full of energy and major throwbacks

If you want something that’s going to throw you right back to the old school Classic Rock days then this is the one for you. Happy Freuds have this contagious energy, manic instrumentation and insane vocals, that real rock feel that throws you right back.

‘’Break’’ is a track that you can’t help but love, it’s energetic, chaotic and has so much personality that shines through, as a listener you can hear how much energy goes into the music and how well it comes out.

They have this talent that definitely shouldn’t go unnoticed, the guitar riffs are so precise and electrifying, the light taps on the drums and not to mention the killer vocals that just completely top everything off, it all combines so well together.

Happy Freuds have clearly shown the Rock world what they have to offer in this track, just by showing how good old school Classic Rock can really sound. A band with huge potential to make it massive and one we can’t wait to see do so.

Be sure to check out Break for yourselves by heading to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Scott Rocco – Ignited: Perpetually Timeless Indie Rock

Tracks such as “Ignited” by NYC-based Rock artist Scott Rocco will perpetually remain timeless. With melodies which seep just as much pure unadulterated soul as the resounding vocals, you’d have to be fairly dead inside not to get caught up in the tides of euphoria in Ignited.

Even though the vocals were transfixing, nothing left me quite as enamoured as hearing a guitarist with a nuanced style which sits in between that of James Dean Bradfield and Johnny Marr. In a feat of aural alchemy, Scott Rocco combined Marr’s jangly optimistic notes and the deep, tension-building licks which you’ll hear from James Dean Bradfield.

When you hit play, every single one of your rhythmic pulses will be in the command of this incredibly talented artist.

You can check out Ignited along with Scott Rocco’s earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Melaku – Dreamin’: Sun-Soaked Indie Psych Pop

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Santa Cruz-based up and coming singer-songwriter Melaku definitely didn’t fail to instil the California sun into their captivatingly ethereal Indie Pop single “Dreamin’”.

There’s a slight hint of Beatles-style Psych Pop offered by the warm tonality of the almost choral instrumental arrangement. Yet Melaku’s single unravelled as a pioneeringly distinctive soundscape born through the utilisation of everything from Soul to Classic Rock to Indie Pop.

Expect soaring instrumental melodies, equally as arrestive vocals and lyrics which leave little to the imagination through the pure candid openness. Tracks such as Dreamin’ are timeless, and we’ll always be happy to hear such expressively soulful soundscapes. It hits you with raw emotion without triggering the ‘I’m listening to a ballad’ guilt’.

You can check out Melaku’s single Dreamin’ for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jonathon releases their latest cinematically stunning Rock single “Lost Without You”

Up and coming Rock artist Jonathon has recently released their melodiously mesmerising latest single “Lost Without You”, quite frankly, it’s stunning, and it definitely deserves a spot on your radar.

While there may not be many contemporary Rock tracks on the airwaves which have the ability to leave a lump in your throat, Lost Without You comes with an arsenal of pensive aural elements which are sure to leave you a little emotionally tender.

The orchestral instrumentals which weave in and out of the soundscape add emotive insult to injury whilst also giving Lost Without You a truly cinematic feel.

But in true Rock style, there’s also plenty of soaring relentless riffs and a fair enough amount of energy which lingers in the deftly orchestrated build-ups. There is very little chance of me not coming back to Lost Without You for a repeat of the catharsis.

You can check Lost Without You out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vincenzo Grieco – Misleading Lights of Town: Classic Rock Just Got a Lot More Contemporary

“Misleading Lights of Town” is the latest single from Vincenzo Grieco; the up and coming Rome-based artist ensuring that Classic Rock still has a place on contemporary soundwaves.

With a voice as magnetically gruff as Buckcherry’s and guitar riffs which could very well make him your new guitar hero, Misleading Lights of Town should fit right in on your playlists amongst the likes of Van Halen, Chris Cornell, and Aerosmith. Yet, Vincenzo Grieco does plenty more than just assimilate former artists with his tracks. Although his sound remains incredibly accessible to Rock fans who have a penchant for the archetypal, you can expect to hear a faint hint of Jazz Fusion for an extra melodiously polished and refreshing effect.

You can check out Vincenzo Grieco’s single Misleading Lights of Town for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jericho Hill – Take Notice: Classical Rock-Inclined, Contemporarily Compelling Rock

Take Notice is one of the latest singles from the up and coming roots-deep Rock powerhouse Jericho Hill’s 2018 album ‘the Suicide Jack’.

Their debut album was released on September 7th and is pretty much guaranteed to appeal to anyone who appreciates a contemporary twist on Classic Rock. With vocals that are simultaneously reminiscent to both Disturbed and Iron Maiden’s, Take Notice is a track which will instantly feel like home to any self-respecting Rock fan. Whilst Jericho Hill may not stand out in terms of originality with Take Notice, they’ve certainly caught our attention with their high-octane energy and complete lack of restraint when it comes to pouring all the angst they have into the track.

You can check out Jericho Hill’s latest single Take Notice along with the rest of the tracks from their first album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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EdenTrain – Pushin’: A Delicately Progressive Take on Classic Rock

With their latest single Pushin’ have created one of the most cathartically ambient offerings of Soft Americana I’ve ever heard. There’s a soft delicacy to their soundscapes as they allow the organ to bleed over the gentle chord progressions of the Bluegrass guitar, and then there’s the vocals which sporadically weave through the track, offering a poised and poignant narration of pure soul. The vocals get mixed up along the way with spoken word versing to allow the sentiment behind Pushin’ to really resonate. With their extended track Pushin’ the Los Angeles based collective squeezed in plenty of melodically intricate instrumental breakdowns that any self-respecting audiophile wouldn’t fail to recognise as concordantly blissful.

Their individualistic Funk-riddled approach to Classic Rock is like nothing you’ve ever heard before, whilst EdenTrain may have faint similarities to bands such as the Doors their prodigally conceptual approach to instrumental layering isn’t something that you’ll hear every day.

You can stream and download EdenTrain’s latest single Pushin’ from their album ‘Weird World’ which was released July 21st, 2018 by heading over to BandCamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Thrill – Come With Me: Rhythmically Raucous Classic Rock

Come With me is the latest track from the Alt Rock powerhouse of talent The Thrill.

Sitting somewhere between classic rock and 80’s hair metal, The Thrill create a raucous smorgasbord of synergetic riffs, angsty melodies, and lyrics that you could get lost in. They’re romantic… in a Rock & Roll kind of way. Whilst I can’t say Come With Me is the most pioneering track that I’ve heard in 2018, the familiarity of the sound was akin to putting on a comfortable pair of slippers, a pair of slippers that are alive with rhythmic energy.

If you’re a fan of bands such as Shinedown, Incubus, Billy Talent, WASP, or any other acts creating guitar-driven sounds you can check out The Thrill’s latest track Come With Me on Spotify now along with their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.