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Pierce Point revives dusty Grunge Rock tones with his Funk-soaked single “Who I Want to Be”

Pierce Point

Any fans of early Faith No More and Alice in Chains are definitely going to want to indulge in the Funk-soak raucously eclectic Rock hit “Who I Want to Be” by up and coming solo artist Pierce Point.

There may be plenty of aural nostalgia woven into the track, but Pierce Point possesses enough distinction and flair to revive those dusty Grunge Rock tones and remind you why you fell in love with them in the first place. There’s something all too indulgent about the driving wah-soaked guitar solos sliding against the caustic slaps of the bass which utterly consumes your consciousness.

Pierce Point is definitely one to watch, you might want to warm up a comfortable spot on your radar for their smooth soulful sound.

Who I Want to Be is just one of the tracks off the artist’s Charged Atmosphere EP. For more info, head over to the artist’s Facebook page or website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Take a trip back to the Alt 90s with The Young Love Scene’s latest single “Honey”

Honey by The Young Love Scene

If it’s been a while since you’ve deemed a feat of dreamy, sludgy and distorted Alt Rock as obsession-worthy, hit play on the latest infectiously melodic earworm “Honey” from Vermont-based Alt Rock artist The Young Love Scene.

The Young Love Scene may have a fairly DIY approach to their sound, but instead of hindering the track, the intimacy is amplified and it is even easier to fall into the absorbing mix of crunchy distortion and singer Gordon Goldsmith’s alluringly harmonic vocal timbre.

If the Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer had an aural lovechild, I can imagine it would turn out something a little like Honey.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chiptune and Grungy Garage Rock converge in Fake-Bit Rebel’s debut single “Green Eyes”

Never did I think I’d see the day where I’d get to experience grungy Garage Rock in 8-bit form. But after the release of Fake-Bit Rebel’s debut single “Green Eyes,” I got to appreciate the alchemy which spilt by the raucously evocative aural ingenuity.

The glitchy notes spiked through the walls of noisy distorted guitars which carved euphorically galvanizing choruses and created the perfect platform for Fake-Bit Rebel’s vocals which will be a hit with any fans of Blink-182, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday.

It’s the kind of track you hit play on and immediately want to tell your friends about the aural gem that left you endeared and excitable in equal measure.

You can check out Fake-Bit Rebel’s single Green Eyes for yourselves on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Texan Alt Rock newcomers Tough on Fridays tease the release of their sophomore album “Ways to Kill Time”

Tough on Fridays are set to release their sophomore album on September 4th. Ahead of the highly-anticipated release, we’ve been given a sneak peek of the infectiously catchy single “Pleased to Meet You”.

The Georgetown, TX artist’s Grungy Pop Punk sound may just restore any faith which you’ve lost in this generation’s up and coming artists. With the sharp melodic hooks, euphoric choruses and scathingly visceral vocals it’s safe to say that Pleased to Meet You comes with a fairly vicious Pop Punk bite. No review of Pleased to Meet You would be complete mentioning the captivating nuances of Post Punk which helps draw the dynamic track to a close. The cutting angular solo work even gives Daniel Kessler (Interpol) a run for his money.

Any fans of Dream Wife, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Airborne Toxic Event and The Regrettes won’t want to miss out on the release of what promises to be one of the hottest album drops of 2020.

A Fantastic Way to Kill Time will be available via all major streaming platforms from September 4th. In the meantime, you can check out their earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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

Hellwaffles

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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Lo-Fi Sludgy Shoegaze and Post Punk, converge in Nikolai Parker’s latest despondently sweet single “June”

https://nikolaiparker.bandcamp.com/track/june

Boston, Massachusetts-based Alternative artist Nikolai Parker dropped their latest single “June” on June 16th, we’re already hooked on the sludgy immersive aural despondency.

The progressive soundscape starts with chorally absorbing guitar notes floating high above the steady rattle of the drumbeats, but as June progresses, the momentum picks up and discord starts to bleed through.

In true Shoegaze style, Nikolai Parker’ vocals bleed slightly into the mix. Yet not so much so that the lyrics are lost in the melancholically-tinged soundscape.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Nirvana and Slowdive collaborated on a record, you’d be able to get a good idea of what is in store when you hit play on June. Aptly. the track is as dark and stormy as the month of June in 2020. Admittedly, after hearing Nikolai Parker’s release, it felt increasingly harder to feel morose.

You’d be hard-pressed finding a more indulgent infusion Shoegaze, Post Punk, Grunge and Lo-Fi Rock from a contemporary artist.

You can stream and download June for yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Abakas – Runaway: Alchemically Anthemic Alt Rock

If you could use some grungy, raucous aural escapism, take a journey with Norwegian breaking artist Abakas’ high-octane debut single “Runaway”.

I don’t make Eddie Vedder vocal comparisons lightly, yet, Abakas vocalist achieved the very same evocative sing as Pearl Jam’s frontman as he projected the powerful imagery from the lyrics into the anthemic hit.

Instrumentally, Abakas are well and truly in a league of their own thanks to the eclectic array of influences weaved into the supersonic rhythmic hit. Anthemic Rock converges with Hard Rock and Sleaze to orchestrate an alchemic feat of Alt-Rock which you’ll want to give repeat attention.

Any fans of Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam Queens of the Stone Age and Iron Maiden will be just as enamoured with Runaway as we were.

You can check out Abakas’ single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify, where you’ll also be able to delve into the artist’s debut EP “Marauders”.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Artist Ed Eagle Has Made Their Alluringly Serpentine Debut with “The Team”

The Team” is the dark and stormy debut single by up and coming Alt Rock artist Ed Eagle. If you crossed Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with Joy Division and Soundgarden, you’d end up with a track which slightly resembles the sweetly serpentine Rock hit.

The production may not be the sharpest, but given that The Team drips with scuzzy, grungy fuzz, the slightly lo-fi feel simply amplifies the volatile intimate nature of The Team which launches a bold attack on capitalism.

It’s an irrefutably solid track, and a promising debut by any definition. We’re officially excited to hear what comes next from Ed Eagle.

You can check out Ed Eagle’s debut The Team for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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US Alt Rock band ‘Eden Bliss’ bring out disturbingly sad but true ‘’Loaded’’

Sometimes important topics are swept under the rug so it’s vital to be honest about them and deal with it. ‘Eden Bless’ from the USA grunge it all the way with their latest single that is very sad but all too true these days. Suicide is such a common occurance these days and its very sad to see. 

Being there for our friends and family is very important and we also need to offer honest advice but also look for the best timing. Otherwise things can spill over very quickly. ‘Eden Bliss’ Alt rock it deep on this joint.

This is an Alt Rock track with a solid sound with some fantastic guitar work from the band. This is a very sad song but well executed with passion and meaning. This is clearly a release  that means a lot to the guys and we should admire them for playing it for our ears and trying to make a difference by talking about the issues.

Produced by ‘ERLAX’, ‘Eden Bliss’ are always bringing out different styles with Rock, R&B and Hip Hop also a big part of their toolset. Always creative, I like how they change it up and keep their fans guessing to see what is next. Evolving in this fast paced music game is vital and long may they keep this variety going strong, keeping busy always helps with the mind and not overthinking it too much.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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A grunge-y vibe in a heavy but tenacious style: Heavy Hands release their new single Devil Nets

From what pops up as their first EP Through the Night, Heavy Hands release their new single Devil Nets.

Leading in with a drums incipit and a pair of generously distorted guitars, Devil Nets present a shift to an ongoing alternative rock tempo that opens up the track to a raw grunge-y vibe in a heavy but tenacious style. Although I’d personally have enjoyed if the bass emerged a little more to complete the sound, I found consolation in the guitar taking center stage in a long and proficient solo where the delay plays a widely satisfying part.

The band pursues a constant sound pattern throughout the entire EP showing an alternative style that doesn’t die out in just one track but is maintained all along. This lands them with a recognizable tone, something that most acts definitely hope to achieve.

Check out Devil Nets and the EP Through the Night on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.