As someone who grew up on Garbage before delving even deeper into Riot Grrrl and dabbling with Industrial Metal and Rock, STUNTDRIVER’s latest track FUGITIVE was always going to set my synapses alight. It’s super-charged with playful Punk energy and there’s plenty of theatrical flair to well and truly set the artist apart from the rest.
It’s fierce, but the ferocity doesn’t dilute the sultry and playfully sardonic approach which STUNTDRIVER took with FUGITIVE, which may just be the most volatile track I’ve heard this year. If you’re a fan of the Distillers, you’ll definitely want the LA artist on your radar. With their album SAGA due to drop in 2021, expect to hear plenty more from this trailblazing captivatingly trashy artist.
You can check out STUNTDRIVER’s track FUGITIVE for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
Surrounded by Wolves are simply brilliant with new single ‘Garbage‘ and this is a song to turn up loudly.
After a very successful career with directing TV and feature documentaries, Josh Wong is also known to music fans all over due to his strong voice and meaningful lyrics that are a pleasure to hear. After a few years off from music, a random conversation flipped the switch on thanks to meeting a new friend, Leo. Turns out, Leo is kick ass on the drums too.
The story goes that Josh was out with a high school friend, long time collaborator and bass player Reza Cassam. Josh and Reza fell into a conversation with the Leo Martinez, a young Parisian who was taking a year off to snowboard and work part time in the restaurant that they were dining in.
“Leo started to play and both Reza and my jaws dropped, we really found something here”. This is the type of moment out of a movie or music documentary. With local and good friend Jimi Leach on guitar, the lineup is complete and this will help the band focus on their music and bring out as much as possible.
With a rough and rugged start, you know that this is going to be a powerful rock song. This intuition is proved correct here and this is proper rock music. The solos are quite brilliantly put together and this is a track to party with. The vocals are pure and I like how the song never loses its luster, there is so much energy here and the drumming here is top class.
Surrounded by Wolves are on top form here with ‘Garbage‘ this is a fine song with a busty beat and their class shines through.
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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen
The latest single “Bad Name” from up and coming Indie artist Rya Park isn’t to be missed. Especially for fans of Amy Winehouse, Garbage, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, and The Black Keys.
The Australian artist mixes the soul of Winehouse, the magnetic attitude of Shirley Manson, and absorbing Blues Rock riffs similar to The Black Keys. All wrapped up in a polished, pulsing, visceral massive sound which Arctic Monkeys used to offer before Alex Turner tried to assimilate Bowie.
It’s quite a potent mix. And it leaves us with no question about how much potential lingers in Rya Park’s resounding approach to Indie. Another thing it leaves us with is an all too welcome Indie Pop earworm which means that Bad Name will require repeat attention.
If you’re ready for that much aural commitment, you can check out Bad Name for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast
Damask are an innovatively underground act from Essex, UK who have recently celebrated the release of their first single Inner City. Their sound is a concoction of Pop Rock & Funk styling, which is wonderfully produced into an enigmatic universal sound. The idea behind the sound came from band members; Duncan Haslam and Takahide George combined desire to create sweet, soulful vibes with a touch of class.
Inner City boasts the unmistakable soul jingle which introduces the track before it starts to flow with infinite possibility. I adore the darker undertones to this music, it transcends the usual cheap styling of the genre to create a dulcet sound which are resonant of bands such as The Killers, Editors and Chris Cornell.
The lyrics are as catchy as the hooks in the music, put them both together and you get an infectious melody, not too dissimilar for Daft Punk’s cult hit with Get Lucky. However the lyrics have a far Deeper Indie Rock resonance behind them thanks to the monumental vocal arrangements of the lead vocalist.
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There is a dark and unsettling heart beating at the centre of Slightlykilld contrasting with the slick and sweet indie-rock that it comes wrapped in. The result is that beguiling blend of light and shade, allure and menace, the sonic equivalent of that moment when finally get up the courage to talk to the gothic beauty you have been pursuing all night and knowing that it will end with you used, lost and heartbroken. And knowing too that it will be worth it.
It’s the same blend of surface glamour and hidden danger that coils through The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Garbage and so it is no surprise to find that they have already opened for the latter to a sold out Moscow arena. It is also proof that seduction is better than savagery, for at least with seduction you go to it willingly.