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Indie Alt Rock

London’s most ensnaring indie alt-rock outfit, The Lunar Keys, have dropped their compassionately sonic hit, Stop This.

Any fans of the National will find a similar level of affection for the latest single by the indie alt-rock outfit, The Lunar Keys. Stop This was mastered by John Davis (Royal Blood, the Killers, U2), who gave the soundscape the same sonic boost that he has become renowned for.

After a gorgeously melodic bass intro, Stop This moulds into a psychedelically tinged indie rock hit that leaves you higher than the intricately angular shoegazey guitar notes. The perfectly balanced mix allows the vocals to effortlessly breeze between the ascending progressions that seem to pull you in deeper with every scuzzy synth line and clean-cut guitar note. If you have ever felt something in the same vein as “stop the world, I want to get off” when it comes to your tumultuous emotions, the lyrics will undoubtedly resonate.

Stop This is due for release on October 8th, 2021. You can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Checkout Rhaina Yasmin’s sonic indie alt rock hit, Grocery Store

Rhaina Yasmin

‘Grocery Store’ is the latest single from 21-year-old indie alt-rock singer-songwriter, Rhaina Yasmin which captures just how small our lives became in the months preceding the release. Anyone who went solo through lockdown will find it all too easy to get caught up in the grips of the stunning shoegazy release that doctors in hints of jazz and 90s pop in the style of the Cranberries as it explores our innate fears of self-obsession and alienation.

From a Slowdive-Esque prelude, Grocery Store progresses through tumultuous sonic storms while offering nothing but sheer tonal bliss. Her defiant yearning lyrics dominate the release, and the hooky chorus gives the track plenty of earworm potential.

Grocery Store released on August 13th. Check it out by heading over to Rhaina Yasmin’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Voyce Memos’ forthcoming single ‘West Girl’ is dizzyingly eclectic indie electro rock at its most psychedelic

Voyce Memos

Texan electronic rock artist, Voyce Memos, is set to release their sophomore album ‘Chronology’. We’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the dizzyingly eclectic standout track, ‘West Girl’.

With popping Post-Punk & New Wave-tinged guitar melodies and Voyce Memos’ soulfully enrapturing vocal timbre, West Girl is a consciousness-consuming exhibition of how transfixing Indie Rock can be when orchestrated under dynamic vision.

The matured high-vibe Indie hit incorporates elements of Post Rock, Synth Rock and Psych. As it runs through, you’ll be hit by aural curveballs from every direction. Even more pertinently, you’ll be inclined to be taken on the rhythmically psychotropic journey time and time again. It isn’t your archetypal Indie Pop earworm, it’s something far more infectious which leaves you inclined to get repeat hits of the euphoria which you’ll easily squeeze out of the melodic hooks.

From funky syncopated guitars to mesmeric garage rock frenetic thrashing, West Girl doesn’t just paint across the tonal palette, it ravenously claws at influences spanning through the decades to create a timeless hit.

West Girl will be available to stream from February 5th along with the rest of Voyce Memos’ forthcoming album ‘Chronology’. In the meantime, you can head over to Spotify to check out their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Apollo’s Army – Drive: Infectiously Feisty Indie Alt Rock

If you could imagine what it would sound like if The Black Keys threw nuances of raucous Punk and Grunge into their rhythmically spellbinding singles, you’ll get an idea of what will hit you when you hit play on Apollo’s Army’s single “Drive”.

Drive is just one of the super-charged singles which you will find on the US-based artist’s debut album Welcome to the Army which was a decade in the making. Which means that Welcome to the Army is a rare record which offers the teen angst that initially inspired the record performed by an indisputable powerhouse of musicians.

Drive is packed with anthemic appeal thanks to the massive infectious choruses, enigmatic vocals, and then there’s the riffs, my God the riffs. While I’ll roll my eyes at most showy shredding, there’s something infinitely absorbing about Wah-soaked sonic blazing solo work in Drive.

You can check out Apollo’s Army’s single along with the rest of their 2020 album by heading over to Spotify or their official website where you’ll find more ways to stream their snarling Alt Indie hit.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Josh Who – Let Go: Seductively Smooth Alt Rock

If you could imagine what Velvet Revolver would sound like with a driving Indie Post Punk guitars, you’ll get a good idea of what is in store when you hit play on the latest single “Let Go” by breaking artist Josh Who.

Vocally, you’ll pick up on slight reminiscences to both Josh Homme and Alex Turner, but perceptibly Josh Who orchestrates his seductively smooth Rock hits with little mind to assimilation.

With the intensity of the single, you can tell the artist poured their blood, prodigal sweat and tears into it. Despite how polished, matured and nuanced the final product was.

I’m genuinely stoked that Josh Who ended up on our radar. Whatever it takes to transform a track into a hit, he’s got it. Wait until you hear the guitar solo. You’ll understand.

You can check out Let Go for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

You can follow the artist via Facebook to stay up to date with their latest releases via Facebook.

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

Indie Alt Rock Newcomers Neon Bull Release Their Debut EP “Commercial Blvd”

Within Neon Bull’s debut EP “Commercial Blvd” you can expect to hear a smorgasbord of elements pulled from a myriad of genres; affirming my belief that the freshest sounds can only be born with little consideration to genre constraints.

With layers of Funk, Rock, Indie, and Pop, each of the 6 tracks on Commercial Blvd makes no apologies before hitting you with a high-octane hit of emotion. While there may be different facets of passion in each of the singles from feverish Rock, to softly intricate Pop Rock ballads you’ll be able to find it all on the truly dynamic record offered from Neon Bull. The standout track on the EP may have to be “Forever a Dream” which is on the same level of Hozier’s explosively ethereal single “Take Me to Church”.

Sound like incredibly high praise? Why not check out the South Florida based artist’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

David Wakeling – Almost Everything: Viscerally Compelling Indie Alt Rock

David Wakeling has described his latest track Almost Everything as ‘A Sonic Palette of Longing’, and well, I’m stumped to find better words for the viscerally compelling track. The Portland US based artist fused elements of Classic Rock, Indie, Americana and Post Punk to create a mix that any self-respecting audiophile will want to drink in. Whilst his vocals were dulcet and sweet the instrumentals absolutely stole the show with the sweet reverb which swept across each instrumental progression. Each of the acoustic instruments sat in perfect synergy as the track seamlessly meandered through the track.

With a slightly extended run time, you’re treated to plenty of lush guitar hooks and intricately euphoric melodies. Almost Everything is fairly different from anything else produced by the emerging artist, he’s injected the perfect amount of raucous vibrance to create the perfect Indie Anthem. It’s safe to say I have a firm favourite, yet his other tracks with a more Folk sensibility are equally as captivating.

You can check out David Wakeling’s latest single Almost Everything by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast