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Tough on Fridays have returned with their resonantly visceral modernistic take on Alt 90s with the release of “Simplicity III”

Georgetown, TX Alt-Rock powerhouse Tough on Fridays blew us away when they appeared on our radar with their 2-track release “Simplicity II”.

On July 3rd they dropped “Simplicity III” in the style of 7” release with A side and B side singles. Yet, you’ll find that both tracks are equally as evocative and artfully intense. Tough on Fridays brought Alt 90s nuances right into the 21st century with their melodically resolving, lyrically lacerating style.

Track 1, “Lonely Eyes/Pines” may be a piercingly emotional aural experience, but you can’t hold it against Tough on Fridays for hitting you with undiluted apathetic resonance. Seeing as the whole globe has gone through extensive isolation prior to the release, I can only imagine how many people will find themselves in the candidly connectable track.

Track 2, “Out of the Blue (The Deep End)” perfectly follows on from Lonely/Eyes with a slightly amplified sound and an even more visceral angsty bite. There aren’t many tracks which could simultaneously appease fans of L7 and contemporary ennui-laden Pop Punk, but Tough on Fridays discernably succeeded.

You can check out Simplicity III for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Keep up to date with Tough on Fridays’ latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ohio-based Pop Rock Powerhouse The Scenic Route set the airwaves on fire with their latest release “I’m Giving You Up!”

Right from the first verse in Ohio-based Pop Rock powerhouse The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! the evocative urgency, conviction and unbridled emotion hit you. Despite the emotional weight behind the single, it definitely won’t leave you feeling bruised. It’s packed with unapologetic empowerment. If you’re in two minds about texting your ex, listen to this fiercely powerful hit first. It’s visceral enough to shift your perceptions and amplify the self-worth you had when you hit play on the fiery masterful soundscape.

The energy from the extremely nuanced instrumental arrangement matches the same high-octane punch delivered by the vocals. I’m Giving You Up! is so much more than your average Pop Rock track with the slight infusions of Garage Rock and the guitarist’s ability to tear tones from all over the tonal palette. Expect absorbing solos, intricately mind-blowing breakdowns and all kinds of other undefinable aural alchemy from the instrumentals. I think I’ve just discovered a new guitar hero.

You can check out The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie-blues singer AJ inspires us all with new song ”Bottom Of The Blue”

Sometimes things happen during the worst of times. You might doubt yourself and feel that you are not talented enough to write a song or sing. Then, you get this urge to do the thing you haven’t done yet. Try. I have just been inspired by an artist who has done so much in 3 months that it actually blows my mind. This is the story of AJ and her song ”Bottom Of The Blue”.

With an indie-blues country type of feel, you can’t help but fall in love with AJ. She made a change and used her fear to make something so special. This is what this song is all about. Being at the bottom and having the courage to rise to the top by trying. She has developed into a fine singer-songwriter in such a short space of time and that is so impressive.

AJ’s vocal ability is in full swing here and her voice makes the hairs on my arms stand up in excitement. ”Bottom Of The Blue” might end up as a movie one day. This is the story of courage and heart to break through your mind. Conquering your fears and making beautiful music.

Stream this quality song on Spotify for your ears pleasure.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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”Always” is the fantastic debut single from producer-singer Culta Cobra

Without you I can’t breathe. Sometimes you meet the one and just know that this is right. However life throws a few spanners in the works and it’s not meant to be. You vow to always look out for them anyway as you love them no matter what. This is the ultimate sacrifice in love and can hold you back from truly loving someone else as much.

Always” is Culta Cobra’s debut single transitioning from an instrumental synth-wave producer to an indie-pop singer-songwriter. He has blown me away with this superb gem that transforms this young artist onto another level in the music game. To change genres is very tough at the best of times but he has somehow made this look easy.

This is a quality indie-pop song and Culta Cobra gets top marks from changing genres and for making it sound like he has been doing this for years.

Head through to Mr Cobra’s Soundcloud for this debut tune and to hear his past efforts.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Wild Sundays have served up a fresh slice of American Indie Pop Rock with their debut single “Exception”

https://wildsundays.bandcamp.com/releases

Exception” is the debut single from the Boston, Massachusetts-based Indie Pop Rock newcomer Wild Sundays. Prepare for a rhythmically slick soul-soothing Indie earworm before hitting play.

The anthemic energy of Exception is nicely paired with the intimately candid lyrics and vocals which invite you to aurally swim in the depths of the vocalist’s authentic and sincere expression.

With most Indie tracks, you can immediately guess who the artist is trying to assimilate. But Wild Sundays pull from a variety of sub-genres to deliver an overwhelmingly contemporary resounding sound which will appease Rock fans of all inclinations.

Whether you love to listen to Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, or Manic Street Preachers, you’re sure to appreciate Exception.

You can check out Wild Sundays’ track Exception for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Spank are here with joyfully different indie-rock ”Mr. Rogers Buzz”

Denton, Texas Indie Funk Blues band Spank are back with a new groovy dude single and it’s a pleasant break from the world. This is old school stuff with lots of solos and breaks from the skillful drummer and bassist. I really enjoyed this and was lost for a while while grooving along to this new track. A perfect theme track to a series from the 70’s show I could see Hyde rocking in his shades while dancing to this with Celso.

These guys love fusing rock, funk, blues, jazz, and r&b into their songs and the sound is so uniquely awesome. I imagine seeing Spank jamming away at a festival with smoke filled crowds all happy and dancing to these chilled tunes. The main theme here is that the guys don’t take themselves too seriously and this track is all about just having fun. They do speak about being careful in the party scene as it can wear you out. Solid advice here from their friend ”Mr. Rogers Buzz”.

Click on their Youtube channel for more groovy vibes from the Texas outfit with lots of soul.

To find out more about their next tours I’d check out their Facebook.

They boys seem more active on Insta so also check them out there too.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Brother vs Brother has released their stunning feat of Indie Shoegaze “Con Arena en Mis Ojos”

Up and coming Alt Indie artist Brother vs Brother released their stunning Shoegaze EP Vol 1. containing the standout single “Con Arena en Mis Ojos” on May 14th. The evocatively atmospheric soundscape is sure to be a hit with any fans of Slowdive, the Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.

Even though my unilingual mind was unable to decipher the lyrics, you’d need to be tone-deaf not to register the resolving sweetness in Con Arena en Mis Ojos. The track may be melancholically-tinged, but ultimately the tonally effervescent track is as uplifting as you’re likely to hear from any breaking Indie artist. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Brother vs Brother’s single Con Arena en Mis Ojos for yourselves by heading over to YouTube. Or, you can listen to the full EP on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chatrooms release fantastic psychedelic video for ”Palm Reader”

San Fernando Valley’s Chatrooms might just be my new favorite band. They sparkle in unimaginable ways with their dazzlingly hot ”Palm Reader” single. This has all the right vibes from start to finish and 2020 is blessed with one of the best songs of the year.

Taking your life back from the rat race is the overriding sentiment here from California’s Chatrooms and the video is wonderfully choreographed with the vibrant visual colors in the background. With such a quality sound joined together, this is what a great music video looks like.

Chatrooms take us through a journey of self-belief in ”Palm Reader” and a reminder that you really do need to do what you love. A safe check each month might pay the bills but does it really warm your heart and set you free? Doing something about it is essential and the band urge us to take action before it’s too late. The bass lines and guitar riffs are outstandingly put together in a groovy waterfall of hair-flicking amazement. Combined with the incredible vocals & lyrical content, this is such a brilliant release that is absolutely timeless. 10 out of 10.

Find all the bands music on their YouTube channel before it’s too late.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Francisco Mejia – Saturday: Anthemically Charged Alt Indie Rock

Days of the week may not mean all too much anymore, yet, up and coming Alt artist Francisco Mejia’s standout single “Saturday” should be considered a playlist staple for any fans of anthemically bitey Alt Indie Rock.

Saturday unravels how I’d expect a collaboration between Interpol, My Chemical Romance, and the Arctic Monkeys would sound. Naturally, I love it.

The cutting angular lead guitar work interplays with the punchy chords creating the perfect platform for the dynamic unrestrained vocals which run through the ecstasy-fuelling lyrics which any like-minded miscreant will appreciate. There are also tantalising infusions of neo-classic keys to add yet another touch of distinction.

If you’re looking for an organic aural pick me up, Indie tracks don’t get much more high-vibe than Saturday.

You can check out Saturday for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – Song 1: Feverishly Sweet Alt Indie Folk

If it’s been a while since an Alt Indie track turned your soul to mush, delve into the jangly feverishly sweet melodies contained in Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od’s recently released single Song 1.

Any fans of Noah & the Whale will be equally as enamoured by the Song 1 as we were. It may be a little more frenzied and intricately turbulent than archetypal offerings of Indie, but that simply amplifies the charm which spills from the candidly humble lyrics which relay all too resonant romantic insecurity.

With each new release from 8udDha bl0od, their potential becomes increasingly more tangible. It’s safe to say that they’re the most creatively versatile artist we’ve ever had on our radar.

You can check out Song 1 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast