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

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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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Hide Your Mother – Attention Needed: Rhythmically High-Octane Eccentrically Frenetic Rock

“Attention Needed” is the explosively energetic latest single from up and coming London-based Rock powerhouse Hide Your Mother.

Through the serpentine rhythms which offer plenty of grinding friction Attention Needed carries plenty of accessibility to fans of Classic Rock and Glam Rock. Yet, they set themselves apart with the eccentric personability thrown into the high-octane genre-mashing soundscape.

If you could imagine what Steel Panther would sound like if they had a bit more nuance behind their sound, you’ll be able to get an idea of what will tantalise your eardrums when you hit play on Attention Needed. It’s a Party Rock playlist essential which is sure to be appreciated by fans of Guns n’ Roses, Muse, Mindless Self Indulgence, and Eagles of Death Metal alike. Good luck getting that raucous chorus out of your heads.

You can check out the official music video to Attention Needed for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Glostik Willy – You Won’t Last: A Riff-Heavy Revival of Glam Rock

If you’re always looking for new evolutions in Rock, Glostik Willy’s latest single “You Won’t Last” will make for the perfect addition to your playlists.

Right from the prelude, you’re hit with scuzzy guitars and basslines which introduce Glam Rock vocals before the instrumentals bring you up to high-octane new heights. The clean delivery on the vocals makes it easy to follow the narrative of defiance delivered by the vocalist and there’s a fair enough serving of searing guitar riffs which may just feel like your soul has been rearranged as you listen to them carve out mesmeric alchemy.

Even though You Won’t Last was aural gold from start to finish, there was a little extra offering of magnetic rhythm in the outro which will make you a little impatient for the release of their next album “Hippy Metal”. No wonder there was such an awesome vibe to You Won’t Last.

You can check out the official music video to Glostik Willy’s latest single You Won’t Last for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast