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Alt Rock Artist Hellwaffles has released their most relatable single yet with “CoronaRock”

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On their never-ending mission to make us all feel a little better about the chaos we’re living in, Hellwaffles has released their most relatable single to date “CoronaRock”.

With snarling tones which is sure to appease fans of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr, Corona Rock offers a nostalgic escape from our absurdist reality which is plagued with profound disappointment.

I’ll never get tired of hearing artist’s unique perspective on the lockdown. I always hit play in the hopes that I’ll find connection in the lyrics which I’ve been unable to find elsewhere. I struck gold with CoronaRock. On the grand scale of things, our 2020 plans being scuppered may feel like a first world problem. But CoronaRock reminds you that your disappointment is ubiquitous and valid while feeding you punchy anthemic Garage Rock.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can hear CoronaRock for yourselves. It will be available to stream via Spotify from the date of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ohio-based Pop Rock Powerhouse The Scenic Route set the airwaves on fire with their latest release “I’m Giving You Up!”

Right from the first verse in Ohio-based Pop Rock powerhouse The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! the evocative urgency, conviction and unbridled emotion hit you. Despite the emotional weight behind the single, it definitely won’t leave you feeling bruised. It’s packed with unapologetic empowerment. If you’re in two minds about texting your ex, listen to this fiercely powerful hit first. It’s visceral enough to shift your perceptions and amplify the self-worth you had when you hit play on the fiery masterful soundscape.

The energy from the extremely nuanced instrumental arrangement matches the same high-octane punch delivered by the vocals. I’m Giving You Up! is so much more than your average Pop Rock track with the slight infusions of Garage Rock and the guitarist’s ability to tear tones from all over the tonal palette. Expect absorbing solos, intricately mind-blowing breakdowns and all kinds of other undefinable aural alchemy from the instrumentals. I think I’ve just discovered a new guitar hero.

You can check out The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Down the Void has cooked up a grungy artful storm with their latest single Electric Beauty featuring Meg Rowen

https://downthevoid.bandcamp.com/track/electric-beauty-ft-meg-rowen

Toronto-based artist Down the Void has released yet another morosely masterful feat of genre-crumbling Alt Rock with their single “Electric Beauty”.

Fans of Pavement, Fidlar and Dinosaur Jr will definitely want to make time for the release which carries plenty of the trademarks of the Alt 90s style while simultaneously allowing Down the Void to stamp down their own signature sound.

The atmosphere which spills from the tight synergy of the instrumentals can only be described as alchemic while the raw vocals project plenty of rugged soul into the quite literally mesmerising soundscape.

Shimmering tones effervesce in the Grunge-laden Garage hit which will leave you with the compulsion to hit repeat to experience the stunning progressions once more. I can only imagine how mind-altering it would be to witness their sonic deftly-crafted walls of noise live.

Down the Void’s East Coast tour may have been cancelled and the official release of their album may have been postponed, but something tells me that in spite of lockdown, Down the Void’s success is inevitable.

You can check out Electric Beauty for yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rum Buffalo – Screama Preacha featuring Kathika: Rhythmically Filthy, Cinematically Flamboyant Prog Swing Hop

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If rhythmically filthy yet cinematically flamboyant Alt Rock is your bag, you may want to make room on your playlists for Rum Buffalo’s flamboyantly transfixing Prog Swing Hop single “Screama Preacha” featuring Kathika.

The progressive track utilises an impressive horn section which will reinvoke any love you harbour for Swing music. Yet, Screama Preacha is anything but archaic. The tensile friction within the soundscape allows this highly innovative mix to ooze seductive contemporary appeal as it evolves through offerings of Cinematic Indie Rock, Nu Metal, Funk Rock and Jazz.

Usually, you’d need to look to Mike Patton for offerings of such arrestive aural innovation, but Rum Buffalo has proven with Screama Preacha that they possess plenty of their own uniquely alchemic appeal.

The lockdown may have hindered Rum Buffalo’s summer plans, but they’ve got plenty more tracks in the pipeline io release throughout 2020.

Head on over to their website where you’ll find links to their releases and social media.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cleveland’s The Vumms impress with groovy debut ”Count The Roses”

Count your blessings no matter what they are. You never know how long it’s going to last for as life has a way of smacking you on the bum from time to time.

Using the gifts that you have to make you blessed is vital too, otherwise you just never know what you could achieve. This is the message from the newcomers on the US Garage Rock scene. Their name is The Vumms and oh my goodness, they are an awesome band. With a great sound, positive lyrics and fantastic vocals, they have it all. After stumbling through some detours while recording, they have blessed us with the groovy-filled gem ”Count The Roses”. This is also the name of their debut 5 track EP that is a terrific listen. The boys sparkle brightly and I feel like their sound is timeless. They could be from the 60’s. I love the solos and feel like I have bright shades on, my hair is still long and I’m jamming to them at a dusty festival in the middle of nowhere.

Stream this awesome new band from Cleveland in Ohio right here on their Soundcloud channel and get into the groove.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Warrington’s Kaleiders pay homage to their roots with ”Subway Station”

With an energy-filled style that keeps you thoroughly hooked throughout, Garage Rockers Kaleiders are proud of their new release and it shows. I love everything about ”Subway Station”. The track is stacked with heart and includes a catchy melody that is guaranteed to have you singing along joyously, all through the track.

After gigs in Manchester, Liverpool and London, I feel like this act are making their name known in the UK and the music just seems to improve after each release. With their debut album set for later on in 2020, these are exciting times for the 3 piece.

Kaleiders take us on a journey in the local subway station, falling asleep on trains and wishing that she was still around with regret tingled lyrics of lost love. The band are punk inspired and have garage rock influences that keep you listening intently. ”Subway Station” is a fantastic single that has been delivered via the train speakers at exactly the right time and the results are spectacular. This is a band that deserve more respect and will surely be rocking out live as soon as venues open up in the UK. The crowds await.

Stream this fantastic single and more on their SoundCloud page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Winchester 7 and the Runners ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ is a raw burst of frantic lo-fi energy

Just a few seconds in, Atlanta-based outfit Winchester 7 and The Runners invite comparisons to the likes of fuzzed-out-rock icons Jesse Hughes and Kevin Parker with their recently released single ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ – the latter being considerably more apt as there’s only a single frontman to be found here. 

Tried-and-tested-to-success genre hallmarks of sharp, reverbed-out vocals permeate on top of dual-tracked guitars and washed-out cymbals throughout its run. It’s a track that will feel most at home for those looking for a foot-tapping, fuzzy-guitar led sound that wastes little time in explaining what it’s about.  

What most stands out most about ‘When The World Stops Spinning’ is its raw, underproduced, lo-fi energy. It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s loud. And it’s full of gainy harmonics that will tickle the ears of all those who appreciate raw, unpolished fuzz rock without any sense of pretense. 

You can listen to Winchester 7 and the Runners’ ‘When the World Stops Spinning’ over on Spotify now.

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Merivida – Smoke: Psychedelically Vitriolic Alt Rock

https://open.spotify.com/track/4izXJnGLnGHzmqvRWZS0Tv

Up and coming Alt Rock artist Merivida has made their debut with their genre-defying vitriolically explosive album “Leaked Transmissions from the Cosmos”.

While each track is a riotous convergence of Punk, Grunge, Psych, and Garage Rock, the best introduction to Merivida’s high-octane spacy sound is undoubtedly Smoke.

With the same rhythmically serpentine style as Velvet Revolver, Garage Punk vocals and the angst which practically drips from the frenzied instrumentals Smoke isn’t a track which you’ll forget in a hurry. Even with the harsh and grungy tones, Smoke still offers an anthemic feel, I can’t imagine how insanely energetic a live set from the Washington-based artist would be.

You can check out Smoke along for yourselves via Spotify. But we’d highly recommend listening to Leaked Transmissions from the Cosmos in full. It’s a rare perfectly curated release which allows each of Merivida’s hypnotically grungy tracks to become even more transfixing.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dinoboy – Supersad: Magnetically Resonant Lo-Fi Alt Rock

If your Elliott Smith records don’t quite bring you the same pensive catharsis as they used to, delve into the latest Lo-Fi Alt Rock track “Supersad” to be released by Dinoboy.

Supersad is a turbulently evocative track, and the pensive sting will hit far before the Grungy chorus which pairs over-driven guitars with melancholy-infused Indie Rock vocals.

Despite the short and bitter-sweet duration of Supersad, there’s plenty of progression in the intimately raw soundscape. As Supersad unravels, you’re treated to Garage Rock, Melodic Indie, Grunge, and Pop Punk making the track as dynamic as it is sincere.

Any fans of Pavement, Fidlar, and The Smashing Pumpkins definitely won’t want to miss out on this release. Despite being produced in the artist’s bedroom, it’s more than worthy of a spot on your playlist.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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WACK has released Rock infused single Galactic Funkeyes

Artist WACK has dropped his single ‘Galactic Funkeyes’. It’s incredibly eerie, with this insane instrumentation and bringing in that modernized sound of Alternative Rock.

Now, this is one that needs to be added to your playlist, because considering WACK is new to the scene, the way this sounds is pretty incredible and it’s a Rock hit for sure. From the get-go, you’re introduced to the hardcore instrumentals, from the heavy guitar riffs to the hard-hitting drum beats and that continues throughout.

But then what takes you by surprise is the killer vocal ranges from WACK himself. Having this distorted deep vocals that almost like a raucous whisper then going into the more shrill shouting that seeps through, every single tone that is combined to go into this piece is what makes this song.

WACK is an incredibly talented artist the way he can produce such perfect vocal tones to nail the Alternative Rock sound but he really brings his own unique ways into it. It definitely intertwines more of the heavy and manic sound, it’d be one that would go down a treat at a gig for sure.

Be sure to check out WACK’s music, you won’t regret it.

Head on over to SoundCloud now to listen to WACK’s Galactic Funkeyes now.

Review by Karley Myall