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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

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Columbia – Fall into The Sun: Raucously Volatile Indie Rock

If you’re always on the lookout for the most viscerally explosive Indie Rock, look no further than the latest single “Fall into the Sun” from up and coming artist Columbia.

With all of the unrestrained energy of bands such as Buckcherry and the fraught Indie tones of The Kooks, Fall into the Sun is an instantly captivating hit. Those James Dean Bradfield-style relentless riffs will stay stick to my synapses for quite some time.

Columbia makes enough of an impact you may very well get to the outro feeling slightly aurally bruised for the amount of volatility found in the tensile single. If they can bring that amount of energy to a recording, I’m not going to miss any opportunities to hear them live.

You can check out Fall into the Sun for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Slow Day Have Breathed New Riotous Life Back into The Manchester Music Scene with I “Can’t Sleep”

The Slow Day’s 2019 debut single “The Poet” became a playlist staple after the first time I hit play and it resulted in instantaneous infatuation.

There was something incredibly visceral about the amplified emotion poured into their ridiculously accessible feat of Indie Rock. It came without frills, but who needs frills when you’ve got sheer polished instrumental power and arrestingly expressive vocals? Supposedly, the eyes are the window to the soul, but for The Slow Day vocalist  Adam Moss, I’m inclined to believe his lies in their larynx.

They’ve followed on from their debut with the equally as resounding single “I Can’t Sleep” released on January 20th. It’s raunchy, it’s smoky, it’s psychedelic and it’s a sublime feat of Americana-inspired Alt Rock which proves that it can be done just as well on this side of the pond.

I Can’t Sleep is a gorgeous mash of reminiscences of bands such as The Black Keys with much heavier, grinding instrumental friction offered by the likes of Mudhoney and Velvet Revolver.

It’s probably the most serpentine Alt Rock earworm which you’ll hear this year. If you find a way of unsticking the tensile rhythms from your synapses, don’t tell me about it, I’m quite fond of my new neural companion.

If there’s any Manchester band worth getting excited about in 2020, it’s the Slow Day with their anthemically-charged sound. Their artist title is criminally deceptive.

You can check out I Can’t Sleep for yourselves via SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTubeApple Music

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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Nashville Rock Newcomer Chase Tremaine is Set to Release Their Debut Album “Unfall”  

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Rock artist Chase Tremaine has given us a sneak preview of what’s to come in their rhythmically raw upcoming debut album “Unfall” which is due for release on January 24th.

Resonant lyrics are an essential component in Emo Rock. But in their standout single “Honest Tree” you may as well be having a direct conversation with the artist. But conversations are a little boring, aren’t they? Unlike Honest Tree, they don’t come with jarringly angular guitar riffs which prove that Chase Tremaine’s 13+ years spent honing on in their craft was definitely well spent.

Honest Tree is a sticky-sweet evocative gem which offers momentous energy from the instrumentals which sit neatly in the polished soundscape, but the vocals bring accessibility which we rarely get to hear – especially in Rock. There’s no abrasive swagger, just open and honest expression.

You’ll be able to check out Chase Tremaine’s debut album for yourselves via their website.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers – Fyre: An Alt Indie Rock Essential

Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers’ latest single “Fyre” comes with that rare chest-swelling electrifying feeling you as you listen to the alchemic-beyond-definition dynamic instrumental progressions.

The seriously nuanced instrumentals carve a sublime mix of Indie, Blues, Rock, and Psych. While the dreamy synergetic Indie Rock vocals lace the soundscape with plenty of personable appeal. If you can imagine what it would sound like if Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, (when they were good), Interpol, and Angel Olsen produced a record together. You’d get an idea of just how distinctively innovative Fyre is.

The anthemically-charged single affirms that this up and coming artist definitely won’t be classed as up and coming for long. Their talent is only matched by their ingenuity when it comes to their tonally-diverse hits which carry the perfect amount of nostalgic appeal without trying to revive a sound which has had its time.

You can check out Gus D. Wynns & The Breakers’ single Fyre by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Bow have made their Indie Rock Debut with “Walk with Me”

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Anyone who appreciates the artful melancholia of Radiohead and moody Post Punk tones will want to check out the latest single “Walk with Me” from up and coming Indie artist The Bow.

The single may ebb and flow in momentum. But one thing which remains as a constant is the striking emotion which can be found in the melodies, lyrics, and vocals. That’s quite the aural hattrick. And it is something we’re not all too used to hearing from new artists. Especially with their debut single.

It’s polished, it’s atmospheric, and it stands as a testament to their ability to create tracks which offer escapism whilst simultaneously pouring in candid, humble honesty.

You can check out Walk with Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sunday Face – Start Anew: Harrowingly Ethereal Alt Indie

Boston-based Indie newcomers Sunday Face have just released their latest single “Start Anew”. It pretty much has the same effect on your insides as a rollercoaster.

It’s not all too often a soundscape can be literally and figuratively striking. But the piercing alchemy in Start Anew is beyond anything we’ve ever heard. With orchestral swells joining the nuanced instrumental arrangement, Start Anew offers a haunted cinematic feel. And that’s not easy to find in Indie. Especially from an up and coming artist. But something (everything) tells us that Sunday Face won’t stay up and coming for long.

Any fans of Florence the Machine, Angel Olsen, and Big Thief are sure to appreciate the ethereally evocative harrowing vocals which float atop the wavy, ambient Shoegaze instrumentals.

You can check out Sunday Face’s latest single Start Anew for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.) – Slow Fall:

Incubus fans will undoubtedly want to check out the sweet feat of Alt Rock “Slow Fall” from up and coming artist Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.).

The bluesy American Rock sound is switched up with inventive guitar effects along with a potent amount of emotion coming to you through the vocals. Slow Fall packs an emotive punch. But that’s not to say the deftly crafted melodic track is without raucous appeal. It may take a while for the momentum to pick up. But when it does, you’ll get a taste of how much of a powerhouse Electricity Keeping You Alive are.

The sonic guitar blasts, deep bass bends, and tantalising percussion work in perfect synergy with the expressively striking vocals. In short, Slow Fall is an Indie Rock-inclined audiophile’s delight.

You can check out Electricity Keeping You Alive’s latest single Slow Fall for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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By Devices – Glad You Called: Is It Too Early to Call the Indie Earworm of the Year?  

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By Devices’ polished angsty single “Police the Police” left us with plenty of anticipation for future releases. With their latest single “Glad You Called” we have the affirmation that the Birmingham-based band is an Indie Rock force to be reckoned with.

They may not be mainstream manufactured and put on the same pedestals as the Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire. But make no mistake, they share just as much – if not more veracious talent. People often talk about ‘big’ sounding music, if you could actually measure the ‘size’ of sound, Glad You Called would be off the scale.

The frantically angular guitar carves a momentum-driven platform for the energetic vocals which hold your attention through harmonic highs and the swaggering charismatic versing.

Finding truly striking soul and emotion from up and coming Indie Rock artists, is a fairly arduous mission. With Glad You Called, you strike gold. It’s a honeycomb of intense passion and expression which will leave your lungs feeling like they’ve been laced with euphoria.

Glad You Called is due for release on January 15th, you can check it out for yourselves via Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Decrees – Liberté: Riotously Magnetic Indie Rock

Scotland-based Indie Rock powerhouse The Decrees not so subtly crashed onto our radars with the bitingly raucous hit “Liberté” at the end of 2019.

Their riotous energy had us hooked from the prelude. If you could imagine an aural mash-up of Generation Terrorists-era Manic Street Preachers, Velvet Revolver, the Strokes, Babyshambles, you may be able to get an idea of what Liberté offers.

Guitarist Callum Bell deserves a monolithic ego for their ability to carve out such striking riffs and keep the momentum throbbing right the way through Liberté. While vocalist and synth player James Miller found the perfect balance between swagger and charisma through their high-octane performance.

We’ll definitely be keeping our ear to the ground to find out what comes next from the Decrees.

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

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Review by Amelia Vandergast