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BattleFlagg – Glastonbury (Is Waiting): Nostalgically Captivating Alt Rock

BattleFlagg’s debut EP “Blood Meridians and the Black Law” instantly pulled us into their intellectually-inspired sound. With instrumentals which will soak you in 90s Indie nostalgia and captivatingly sensitive vocals, the NYC-based artist’s sound is full of quintessential Rock n Roll charm.

The track which really caught our attention was “Glastonbury (Is Waiting)”. The track shares the same stadium-filling energy as the Stone Roses, the melodic guitar intricacies which you’d expect from Johnny Marr and there’s a slight hint of 70s American Punk Rock to ensure that BattleFlagg well and truly made the sound their own.

The production may be slightly Lo-Fi, but the artist’s ability to orchestrate unforgettable melodies is more than perceptible in Glastonbury (Is Waiting). It will allow you to remember a time when Glastonbury wasn’t the sell-out festival it is today.

You can check out Glastonbury (Is Waiting) along with the rest of BattleFlagg’s 2020 album for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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WD-HAN – Bad: Blues Rock with an Infectiously Energetic Fuzzy Indie Twist

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Tampa Bay Alt Blues Rock band WD-HAN are proving to be a force to be reckoned with in 2020. Blues riffs will always be timeless, but it was infinitely refreshing to hear WD-HAN put a fuzzy Indie Rock twist on the gasoline-soaked riffs in their latest single “Bad”.

With the high-octane ingenuity WD-HAN pours into their tracks, they’re far from a dusty revival band. Their sound is tensile, dynamic, and they are more than efficacious when it comes to sharing that infectious Jim Jones-style furore through their records. I live in hope that one day they’ll be able to bring their riotous sound across the pond so I can witness a live set.

They’ll be dropping one track a month for the rest of 2020. So, if you put any new Alt Rock band on your radar in 2020, make it this one.

Bad will be available to stream from February 28th via the band’s website & SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sleemo – Teeth Tapping: Riotously Fresh Alt Indie Rock

Up and coming UK Alt Rock artist Sleemo dropped their self-titled debut in 2019. Anyone who prides themselves in having their finger on the pulse of brand-new exciting talent will definitely want to get acquainted with it.

While each track is a hit, the perfect introduction to their riotously eclectic sound is “Teeth Tapping”. With Sleemo’s experimentation with elements of Funk, Post-Punk, and Surf Rock along with their devilish tendency to efficaciously dabble with special effects, the immersive distinction in their sound is impossible to miss.

Teeth Tapping was a track born to get sweaty and bruised in a pit to. After hearing the virtuosic nuances in the riffs and becoming enamoured by the vocals which find the perfect balance between abrasive swagger and Indie Rock charm, I definitely won’t hang around if presented with the opportunity to witness a live set from Sleemo

You can check out Sleemo’s single Teeth Tapping along with the rest of their EP via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates from Sleemo via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mark Millar – Some Day: The Perfect Soundtrack to Your Wanderlust Daydreams

If you’re always on the lookout for escapism music, look no further than up and coming Rock singer-songwriter Mark Millar’s latest single “Some Day” which will act as an effective aural aide to your wanderlust daydreams.

With sweetly psychedelic increments of Funk around the smooth flowing bluesy licks and Mark Millar’s lyrical reminders of how much mediocrity, monotony and routine suck, you’ll find yourself miles away when you delve into the cathartically melodic soundscape.

Some Day may be a frill-free stripped-bare track, but its introspection-invoking properties are timelessly mesmeric all the same.

You can check out Mark Millar’s single Some Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nick Sargentson – Possessive: Sticky-Sweet Blues Funk-laced Pop Rock

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Don’t be surprised if you feel your heart reposition itself in your throat as you’re wrapped up in the sticky sweet melodies in Nick Sargentson’s upcoming single “Possessive”.

Possessive is just one of the singles which feature on the Melbourne-based singer songwriter’s debut EP which is due for release on 20th March 2020.

If you can imagine Eddie Vedder’s seductive vocal evocative appeal mixed with nuanced vocal harmonics you’d expect from the likes of Adam Levine and Shawn Mendes, you’ll be able to get an idea of what’s on offer through Possessive.

The track simply oozes homegrown soul. Yet, despite the humble nature of the track, there’s a perceptible innovative talent which would more than justify an ego; the self-taught guitarist definitely didn’t hold back when it came to the riffs in Possessive.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Possessive, in the meantime, you can check out the artist’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Scott Rocco – Ignited: Perpetually Timeless Indie Rock

Tracks such as “Ignited” by NYC-based Rock artist Scott Rocco will perpetually remain timeless. With melodies which seep just as much pure unadulterated soul as the resounding vocals, you’d have to be fairly dead inside not to get caught up in the tides of euphoria in Ignited.

Even though the vocals were transfixing, nothing left me quite as enamoured as hearing a guitarist with a nuanced style which sits in between that of James Dean Bradfield and Johnny Marr. In a feat of aural alchemy, Scott Rocco combined Marr’s jangly optimistic notes and the deep, tension-building licks which you’ll hear from James Dean Bradfield.

When you hit play, every single one of your rhythmic pulses will be in the command of this incredibly talented artist.

You can check out Ignited along with Scott Rocco’s earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Primary Colours – Trip Advisor: Cosmic Riff-Driven Alt-Indie Rock Alchemy

“Trip Advisor” is the instantly enamouring latest single from Newcastle-based Alt Indie experimentalists Primary Colours. Whatever the key to creating a hit instead of just a track, it’s contained in the colourful mind-melting textures of Trip Advisor.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Velvet Revolver, Desert Mountain Tribe, and the Legendary Pink Dots collaborated on a record, you’ll be able to get an idea of the kind of cosmic riff-driven alchemy which Primary Colours offer.

Call me jaded, but there aren’t many bands who can leave me feeling as adrenalized as I felt listening to Trip Advisor for the 1st time (and the 5th). That probably has a lot to do with the volatile kaleidoscopic raucous energy contained in the track. After hearing it on record, I’m making it my mission to hear it live. I can only imagine how blisteringly transcendent a live set from Primary Colours would be.

You can check out Trip Advisor along with the rest of their mesmeric back catalogue via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joe Astley – Revolution Postponed: Nuancedly Captivating Indie Folk Rock

"REVOLUTION POSTPONED" Written and Performed by Joe Astley***** - UK Songwriting Contest "As soon as I saw the video and heard the song, I had to have Joe on the show" - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester"Revolution Postponed dutifully explores the current state of the world." - Michael Hall, Radio WarringtonProduced by Gareth Nuttall - The Lounge Recording Studio📷 Video by Ryan Connor

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With a debut album due to be released in 2020, there’s no better time to jump on the hype of the captivating sharpness found in Joe Astley’s nuanced Indie Folk Rock songwriting.

If anyone can be accurately referred to this generation’s Billy Bragg, it’s Joe Astley. It says a lot about the lack of societal progression that those lyrics could have been written 40 years ago. But the arrestive resonance in the aural mirror which is held up to our society could only have come from an artist writing in our 21st century bleakly unbalanced country.

With vocals which will crawl under your ribs and intensely rhythmic melodies, Revolution Postponed came together as a track which offered that rare unifying aural radicalism which we desperately need on the airwaves right now. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who appreciates the up and coming artist’s distinctive sound. He’s also been championed by BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney, and Radio Warrington’s Michael Hall.

Morrissey may have let the North down, but Joe Astley is more than capable of picking up where he left off.

You can check Joe Astley’s performance of Revolution Postponed at the Lounge Recording Studio via Facebook. Or you can listen to the track via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prince of Sweden – Cabaret: Sweet Hazy Mellifluous Indie Rock

UK-based artist Prince of Sweden has released their most captivating single to date with “Cabaret”.

The utilisation of archaic elements in their truly timeless approach to songwriting makes it all too easy to warm to their charismatic quietly sonorous soundscapes. With Cabaret, they offered a sweet hazy mellifluous feat of Indie Rock with the perfect infusion of Psych Pop and a few borrowed tones from Big Band Swing Jazz.

Their ability to make you hang off each word as the melody gently exudes plenty of gentle rhythmic catharsis is sure to see Prince of Sweden go far in 2020. If you get the chance to see them live, take it.

You can check out Prince of Sweden’s latest single Cabaret via SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with live dates & new releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant G Foster – Netflix and Chill: Nostalgically Striking New Wave Indie

“Netflix & Chill” invitations may not be the most romantic of proposals. But with their standout Alt Indie Pop single Grant G Foster was able to pull plenty of amorous passion out of the subject.

“Netflix & Chill is just one of the tracks you will find in the up and coming artist’s debut album “Everybody Hates Me”. The outstanding debut will throw you back to the era when The Smiths, Suede, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Cure were king.

With Johnny Marr-style sweet riffs which are tinged with nostalgia and leagues above the two-dimensional Jangle Pop commonly offered, each note was as transfixing as the last. Grant G Foster’s Indie Post-Punk style vocals also add plenty to the mix by infusing the soundscape with an enamouring amount of soul. And if you’re as aurally delicate as me, don’t be surprised if it feels like your heart has hit your throat.

I definitely never expected to say that about a song titled Netflix & Chill.

You can check out Netflix & Chill along with the rest of Grant G Foster’s debut album for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast