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EVRI – CONGRATULATIONS: Throat-Punchingly-Riotous Garage Rock    

If you were born in the 90s, chances are, you’ll find plenty of nostalgia in the scorching Pop Punk/Post Rock guitar riffs which introduce up and coming artist EVRI’s latest single “CONGRATULATIONS”.

The viscerally charged single may boast a Lo-Fi production. But the gritty Garage Rock feel to the track amplified the angsty cutting catharsis which will definitely be shared as the explosive track progresses.

For me, the trademark for any good track is found in the level of emotion projected into it. And there’s a smorgasbord of undiluted, throat punching riotous energy found in CONGRATULATIONS. It may not be neatly packaged and sugar-coated, but in my not so humble opinion, the best tracks never are.

You can check out EVRI’s single CONGRATULATIONS which was released on December 31st 2019 for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Curtis Simmons – She Just Likes Champagne: Virtuosic 70s-Inspired Psych Blues Rock

Any fans of Psych-infused Indie Blues will undoubtedly want the UK-based artist Curtis Simmons on their radar.

After perfecting their virtuosic 70s-inspired talent working as a session musician for the likes of Polydor Records, Curtis started his own hypnotically rhythmic solo project and enlists the help of his band The Renegades to transform the live events into unmissable high-octane stage shows.

“She Just Likes Champagne” is just one of the standout singles which Curtis Simmons has released since their project started in 2014. Expect rolling serpentine rhythms, riffs which will make you feel as though your intestines have been rearranged through the tight winding intricacy and smoky Garage Rock vocals.

With artists such as Bowie, Rolling Stones, Costello and the Velvet Underground influencing their sound, it was never going to fall flat. But in She Just Likes Champagne, it’s more than perceptible that they’ve added their own nuanced flair to the 70s sound.

You can check out the official music video to She Just Likes Champagne for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Bad Luv – Liquid Love: An Infectiously Raucous Feat of Scuzzy Indie Rock n Roll.

Bad Luv found the perfect mix of raucous rhythms and anthemic energy with their latest single release “Liquid Love”. There’s also a nuanced infusion of Rock n’ Roll sleaze which resonates through the throbbing basslines and serpentine guitar licks while the Bad Luv vocalist throws plenty of abrasive swaggering charm into the single.

In short, Liquid Love contains the visceral ingenuity which you’d hope to hear when hitting play on an up and coming Alt Rock artist’s latest release. Even though all of the cornerstones of Rock n Roll can be found in the scuzzy frenetic hit, each new progression leaves you more assured that Bad Luv is a band which are worth putting on your radar. Especially if you already have a penchant for the likes of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Foals, and Nothing But Thieves.

You can check out Liquid Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Tofteberg – I Wanna Wake Up: Tight As You Like Americana Blues Rock

Americana Blues Rock doesn’t come much tighter than what you’ll find in up and coming artist Tofteberg’s debut album “Line Up Behind Me”.

While each of the singles is a masterfully polished aural treat, there’s no better introduction to Tofteberg’s sound than the standout single “I Wanna Wake Up”. Whether the sex-appeal was accidental or mindfully implanted in the bass licks, it was efficaciously captivating all the same.

I Wanna Wake Up shares similarities with bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, yet, under Tofteberg’s deft talent, the soundscape has an infinitely more mellifluous smooth-flowing feel. But that’s not to say that you won’t find a handful of mind-altering guitar riffs in the mix.

You can check out Tofteberg’s single I Wanna Wake Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you’ll also find the rest of their provocatively rhythmic album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Slow Day Have Breathed New Riotous Life Back into The Manchester Music Scene with I “Can’t Sleep”

The Slow Day’s 2019 debut single “The Poet” became a playlist staple after the first time I hit play and it resulted in instantaneous infatuation.

There was something incredibly visceral about the amplified emotion poured into their ridiculously accessible feat of Indie Rock. It came without frills, but who needs frills when you’ve got sheer polished instrumental power and arrestingly expressive vocals? Supposedly, the eyes are the window to the soul, but for The Slow Day vocalist  Adam Moss, I’m inclined to believe his lies in their larynx.

They’ve followed on from their debut with the equally as resounding single “I Can’t Sleep” released on January 20th. It’s raunchy, it’s smoky, it’s psychedelic and it’s a sublime feat of Americana-inspired Alt Rock which proves that it can be done just as well on this side of the pond.

I Can’t Sleep is a gorgeous mash of reminiscences of bands such as The Black Keys with much heavier, grinding instrumental friction offered by the likes of Mudhoney and Velvet Revolver.

It’s probably the most serpentine Alt Rock earworm which you’ll hear this year. If you find a way of unsticking the tensile rhythms from your synapses, don’t tell me about it, I’m quite fond of my new neural companion.

If there’s any Manchester band worth getting excited about in 2020, it’s the Slow Day with their anthemically-charged sound. Their artist title is criminally deceptive.

You can check out I Can’t Sleep for yourselves via SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTubeApple Music

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Review by Amelia Vandergast



Takeover – Picturesque: Bitingly Romantic Sun-Soaked Alt Rock

If you missed the waves which NYC artist Takeover made this year with their sunny, eccentric EP “Starr Street”, it’s our pleasure to introduce the vibrantly melodic feat of Alt Rock.

The first track “Picturesque” is the perfect introduction to their angsty romantic edge. If you could imagine what the Beach Boys would sound like if they put more scuzz on their guitars and more bite behind their vocals, you’d get a good idea of what’s on offer.

There’s also a slight hint of 00s Emo Rock to Picturesque, but make no mistakes, Takeover is a band who carry a serious stylistic nuanced sound despite the slightly rough Garage Rock tonality. It’s a genre smorgasbord which you’re definitely going to want to sink your teeth into.

You can check out Picturesque for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


D.Ni.L – Drop: Evocatively Progressive Alt Rock

“Drop” is the first progressively captivating Alt Rock track to be released from up and coming artist D.Ni.L’s new album.

I made the mistake of assuming that the scuzzy angsty prelude would set the tone for the duration. There was no way of anticipating the evolution into a track reminiscent of Radiohead and Placebo. Yet, D.Ni.L made going from biting grungy Garage Rock to lighter artful melodicism sound seem like an easy stretch.

Usually, the vocals and the instrumentals work in synergy with one another in progressive tracks. But as Drop made its way to the outro, it became a melting pot of raw energy and sweet mellifluous concordance.

We’re now officially hyped to hear the rest of the album.

You can check out Drop for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


All My Friends Hate Me – Stay Up: Riotously Infatuating Alt Rock

After All My Friends Hate Me appeared on our radar with their endearingly sweet feat of Alt Rock “I Need a Life” it was hard not to join in the anticipation for their upcoming album “Metal Butterflies” which finally dropped on November 29th.

The standout single “Stay Up” definitely disappoint. The accordantly riotous soundscape thankfully didn’t deviate from what we came to love about their viscerally transfixing sound. But Stay Up did prove that they’ve got plenty more eclectically charming tricks up their sleeves.

Euphorically fuzzy instrumentals propel plenty of momentum into the energetic single which is easily dominated by the boundlessly animated vocals. It’s the kind of track you hear and instantly decide that you want *all* the merch. All My Friends Hate Me may just be the most loveable band breaking right now.

You can check out Stay Up along with the debut album from All My Friends Hate Me via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


All My Friends Hate Me – I Need a Life: Alt Rock Endearment for the Jaded

Given their artist title name, and the track title, I was in no way prepared for an infinitely endearing hit to reach my ears when I pressed play on up and coming artist All My Friends Hate Me’s latest single “I Need a Life”.

If you can imagine a complete modernisation of the sounds of the Kinks and the Kooks, you may be able to get an idea of All My Friends Hate Me’s unique and frankly refreshing approach to Emo Rock. There’s a similar tone to Stoner Garage Rock bands such as Fidlar, but there’s a magnetic concordance to I Need a Life which you aren’t likely to find elsewhere.

There will never be anything more essential than intellectual and sardonically-steeped music on the airwaves. After hearing I Need a Life, I’m fairly certain that All My Friends Hate Me is the artist best- equipped to dilute the nihilism of the jaded with their music.

You can check out the fourth single from All My Friends Hate Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


SURGE – COLOURS; What Good is a Music Review When the Track Leaves You Speechless?

If you love nothing more than to get lost in the hypnotic grips of relentless and unfathomably arrestive angular guitar riffs, look no further than the latest Indie Pop single “COLOURS” from the incredibly promising up and coming artist “SURGE”.

The energy which SURGE alchemically conjured in COLOURS was reminiscent of what you would expect from the National, the Walkmen, and Arcade Fire. So, it comes as no surprise that SURGE has already made their way onto the line ups of Isle of Wight Festival and Reading. As you listen to their latest single unfold, you’re left with that unshakable affirmation that they’ve got ‘it’,  the ‘it’ you can never quite put into words, but the ‘it’ which will make your chest feel a little tighter.

You can check out the official music video for SURGE’s latest single COLOURS by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast