Iconic Grunge bands such as Alice in Chains hog pretty much all of the aural acclaim. But there are still plenty of gritty haunting soundscapes orchestrated by up and coming artists such as Echoes of Her whose work has the exact same effect.
With their standout track “Grey Sunshine” you’ll be immersed in a single which doesn’t hold back with the pensive angst. Both the cutting instrumentals and the magnetically gravely vocals will leave you doused in cathartically resonant melancholy. The transfixingly dark meandering rhythms aren’t something we’re going to forget about in a hurry.
You can check out Grey Sunshine along with the rest of Echoes of Her’s evocatively raw tracks for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Fans of early Sonic Youth, Swans, and Daughters are going to want to check out the caustic tones in TXSEXDEATH’s single “Missy Hagen Hates You”.
Through a genre-mashing mix of Post Punk, Grunge, Noise, Punk, and No Wave, they created an indulgently rabid soundscape which provides an unparalleled amount of aural antagonism. While the chaotic anger which has been thrown into the single won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Anyone looking for the rawest biting Punk energy will be transfixed by the stylistic frenzied single.
You’d be hard-pressed to find more gutturally cathartic screams alongside such inventively distorted guitars elsewhere. The sleazy rhythms are just about audible under the distortion and fuzz which create a grungy instrumental swamp full of snaring hooks.
You can check out Missy Hagen Hates You for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.
“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.
Six Feet To Salvation’s standout single “Wait for Time” from their debut album “City of Churches” is vicious enough to take the bite out of your favourite Hard Rock artist’s tracks. Pearl Jam may as well be in the same league as Taylor Swift once you get a taste of the caustic energy which lies in this progressive feat of Alt Rock.
From semi-orchestral melodic verses to grungy mesmerism, to high-octane visceral choruses Wait for Time carries an arsenal of tricks to melt your mind and appease your angsty soul.
It isn’t just the instrumental mastery on display in Wait for Time which puts you on the edge of your seat. It’s the sense of raw emotion being fed into the single. Wait for Time hits hard both in terms of the instrumental arrangement and in a way which will leave you aurally bruised.
City of Churches is an unforgettable debut, we can’t help but anticipate good things to come from Six Feet To Salvation in 2020.
You can check out Six Feet To Salvation’s single Wait for Time along with the rest of their album by heading over to Spotify now.
Dead Spirit Communion created a unique feat of Alt Rock with their single “White Rose (In the Palm of My Hand)” which features on their recently released self-titled debut album. 70s Hard Rock and 90s Grunge combine as if they’ve always fit hand in glove.
The profanity which poured out of my mouth while listening to White Rose for the first time is an exceptional indicator to the level of salacious genius which lingers in the sludgy tones of the single.
There’s no questioning the talent of the up and coming artist. But Dead Spirit Communion moved far beyond a demonstration of instrumental ability and served up an edge-of-your-seat mind-blowingly arrestive track.
White Rose kicks off with a teasingly extended, rhythmically filthy guitar prelude before introducing you to the meltingly magnetic vocals complemented by cavernous drum fills which feed into momentous instrumental synergy. Random thrashings of power metal riffs in between ensure that there’s plenty of diversity in the progressions. Hit play and you might find yourself with a new guitar hero.
You can check out White Rose along with the rest of the album via Spotify.
Confusingly, the up and coming artist Pop Music Supergroup’s sound is nothing like what it says on the tin. Instead, it’s a witty subversion which leaves you pleasantly surprised when you delve into the Indie Alt Rock artist’s eccentric addition to the airwaves.
As I hit play on the standout track “Unrequited” in their 2019 album, I braced myself for some polished, contrived euphoria, only to hear indulgently bitter-sweet Grunge-soaked Alt Rock.
With Sonic Youth-style fuzz on the guitars, friendly synth lines and the naturally captivating Indie Pop vocals, it is practically impossible to let this track draw to a close without becoming enamoured by Pop Music Supergroup’s sound.
Pop Music Supergroup’s latest album “Tragically Tedious” is sure to be plenty of appeal to fans of Big Thief, Dinosaur Jr, and Japanese Breakfast.
You can check out Unrequited along with the rest of Pop Music Supergroup’s album by heading over to Spotify now.
I had the pleasure of seeing London-based fourpiece Empty Friend live before hearing any of their releases. After picking up on Mike Patton vibes and appreciating their high-octane polished approach to Hard Rock, I couldn’t help but get excited about their talent, intellect, and ability to bring something new to the airwaves.
And sure enough, they have delivered with their latest single “Falter”; the first track to be released from their second EP. The instrumentals may remain cold, harsh, and unrelenting, but the personable vocals sit in complete contrast while maintaining perfect synergy.
“Falter” was a track inspired by an imagining of the uprising of those oppressed by abusive Governmental regimes around the globe. The open lyrics allow you to apply the aural angst to a myriad of contexts. This ability to autonomously interpret the lyricism makes the power of the single all the more potent.
You may be able to catch faint glimpses of the 90s sound in Falter, but Empty Friend doesn’t pander to nostalgia. They’ve gripped the contemporary frustration of our modern lives and turned it into a cathartically heavy soundscape complete with the radical grip of overdriven guitars. Thanks to Dave Kirk’s impeccable diction and dynamically captivating vocals in Falter, the catchy lyrics resonate succinctly above the sludgy heavy progressions.
Empty Friend exudes incredible energy. It’s visceral, it’s raw, and each of their tracks offers a candid lyrical introspective which may just help you to shift your own mind’s narrative.
You can check out Empty Friend’s latest single Falter for yourselves by heading over to Spotify from October 26th. In the meantime, you can check out their earlier released singles.
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Weddings’ latest single “Hidden Message” started off as a gloriously sludgy number which instrumentally carried reminiscences to the likes of Courtney Barnett but when the vocals kick in any fans of Alice in Chains should have a jaw to the floor moment.
The evolution in sound may be seamless, but that doesn’t prepare you for the cold drop in tonality as melodiously psychedelic accordance is stripped away and you’re left with harsh doom-laden Rock.
The Vienna-based trio released their single on July 19th, and they have plenty more material in the pipeline to leave us enamoured. You can already count me amongst the excited about the next installation of their alchemical Grunge contortionism.
You can stream and download Weddings’ single Hidden Message for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.
North London Based artist Neverlanded has followed on from their unforgettable EP “FluffyUnicornsUnited” with a single which infuses even more caustically charming Alt Rock contempt.
“Refuge” is the perfect example of how music can often be the most efficacious protestive device. But despite the lingering disdain in the dynamic vocal stretches, Refuge resonates as an instantly magnetic hit which somehow manages to appeal to our frustrative melancholy and simultaneously extracts ecstasy.
The alchemic build-ups in Refuge leave you desperate for the break of the chorus when the visceral energy starts to swell around the chaotically sonic furls of 90s inspired Grunge Rock.
Any fans of Nirvana, L7, and the Refused definitely won’t want to hang around putting Neverlanded on their radar, and if you get the chance to see them live – do it.
Refuge is due for release on October 31st, 2019 and will be available to check out via SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can check out the preview of the single and join in the hype for the release.
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September is probably too early to call my favourite gig of the year. But I don’t care how many more of my music idols I see. Nothing will top the second annual Loserpalooza all-day festival in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Aatma and the Peer Hat are usually places of hipster-orientated pretension, but the independent label Society of Losers invited their most magnetic misfits together to curate an unmissable line-up on the 7th September 2019.
Those who grabbed a ticket to the sold-out show placed money exactly where it is needed in the music industry; in the hands of the artists that are essential right now. The revolutionary powers of Punk and alternative music are fairly limited in terms of national impact. But the raucous experiences of escapism which musicians can offer are priceless. You’re not parting with your money to gawp at musicians as they parade themselves as deities and watch their egos palpably swell. Instead, you get an invitation to share in the riotously friendly disorder which ensues.
While each of the acts contributed something incredible to the festival, special mentions have to go to Salt the Snail, Witch of the East, and the headline act Hands off Gretel.
Salt the Snail
The first time I saw Salt the Snail I had no idea what to expect aside from well-crafted snappy, witty, explosive Punk. The second time around, I thought that maybe I’d be able to anticipate what’s coming. Nope. There are stage antics, then there’s the full-frontal physical experience which is seeing Salt the Snail live.
There’s no hiding from the giant inflatables which are bouncing around or trying to pretend that you’re not endeared. With stunts such as making “the tallest singer in the world” (the vocalist carrying Crapsons’ vocalist on their shoulders as they braved the pit), it’s hard not to appreciate what the band orchestrated in aid of audience amusement. Even the highest brows would melt under the manically charismatic energy of Salt the Snail’s frontman.
After treating us to their boisterously cathartic tracks, they equipped a good majority of the audience with improv music instruments and led them to the next stage where the cacophony carried on until the next act was ready to start.
It sounds ridiculous. It was. But watching the frenzied effervescence of Salt the Snail, who was also responsible for the event made me pretty sure that if they started a cult, I wouldn’t need much tempting before I joined.
Witch of the East
The fact that Witch of the East attracted a rave review from the editor in chief of Alternative Press shortly after they released their debut album “Queen of Insecurity” in 2019 tells you everything you need to know about the artist.
Aeris Houlihan’s solo project may be fresh from its inception, but her music also provides the freshest brand of hypnotically sexy grunge which has hit your ears in this decade. That may seem like a massive over-exaggeration but listen to “When You Fuck Me” and tell me that I’m wrong, and the darkly salacious tones are equally as potent when you get to hear them live.
To ease us into the set, Aeris played her first track acoustically before taking to her electric guitar connected to a dazzling array of effects pedals.
From transfixingly poised stripped-back aural alchemy to the bewitchingly dark industrial-laced Grunge which the artist has come to be renowned for, Witch of the East’s set proved be one which invoked a myriad of emotions.
I’ll make very few apologies about making the admission that the seductive soundscapes on offer from Witch of the East had the desired effect. You’d have to be dead from the waist down or a liar not to admit that those dexterously played riffs falling into layers of reverb with the hauntedly lascivious vocals weren’t almost pornographic.
Hands off Gretel
Not only does Lauren Tate possess vocals which make you wonder “what if Christina Aguilera had joined Babes in Toyland” she also possesses an incredible unfuckwithable energy that no other woman could witness and not feel empowered by.
Salivating front-row perverts may follow Lauren wherever she goes, but her vocals project far past them and resonate within a crowd which is uplifted by the fearless expression which she pours into each of her tracks.
After the release of their second studio album “I Want the World” I was ridiculously excited to hear the screams which would shatter the larynxes of most people on tracks such as “Milk”, “Kiss Me Girl” and “S.A.S.S” and they definitely didn’t disappoint.
The fourpiece powerhouse possesses a synergy which is rarely heard or seen in underground music, they definitely belong in the mainstream. But for now, people who attend events such as Loserpalooza can revel in the insane talent on display as they blast their unique brand of 90s Grunge/Punk nostalgia through the speakers.
You can also check out the Spotify playlist featuring one track of each of the 16 bands who performed. Whatever your musical inclinations you’re sure to find something that will get the dopamine flowing.