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2020’s anthem is here: From Scratch rock out with comedic and flamboyant new single ‘It’s Not Ok’

From Scratch aim to be listened by a diverse audience from all over the globe on ‘It’s Not Ok‘ and their ability to lift the mood is palpable on this melodic rock track, that surpasses all expectations and adds in a touch of comedy that keeps it real.

After being formed during lockdown 1, the electric Australian four-piece rock band From Scratch have made it their life’s mission to make excellent music that gives the grieving world something to rock hard to during these harsh times.

“It was begging to be written. We know we speak not just for us but for many people all over the world” – Steven Caperna

With an innate ability to provide thunderous melodies and incredibly well-structured lyrics that are hard hitting and honest, this is a band that doesn’t take themselves overly serious either. Their funny video about the current political landscape in Australia is an inside look into how so many people are feeling. After appearing to do so well with the virus, this is a country that is currently in the grips of a new wave that frustrates so many. Their appeal also extends globally as many of us are feeling exactly the same thing and millions will be more careful about who they vote for next time.

With the band all on the same page despite the age differences, they show that it’s all about good music that is easy to sing with and by keeping things lighthearted, this is a new track that is exactly what we needed to hear. Things are not okay right now and real leaders need to step up and do what they were elected to do. Lead, not spin webs around us like a busy spider.

It’s Not Ok‘ by the Adelaide indie rock band From Scratch is one of those songs you can’t stop listening to as its excellent music video shows what can be done during these horrid times. Music and comedy mixed together, is a welcome addition to 2020.

Stream this excellent new single via their Spotify, see the music video on YT and join their band journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Jangle Pop Meets Americana Rock in JimmyJimmy’s Latest Single ‘With You Soon’

US singer-songwriter JimmyJimmy released their latest single ‘With You Soon’ on November 24th, hit play, and you’ll appreciate Marr-Esque jangly upraising Indie intricate guitar licks which will lift you just as high as This Charming Man used to before Morrissey decided to make himself public enemy no.1.

The 80s New Wave Indie sound may radiate in With You Soon, but there are also rhythmic hints of Americana which make choruses as infectious as the reason we’ve all been deflated during 2020.

It’s no stretch to say that With You Soon is easily one of the most enrapturing Pop Rock singles we’ve heard this year. For your sanity’s sake, get him on your radar.

You can check out With You Soon for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Genre merge-benders: Manchester fast-risers Maruja stomp down the house with ‘Rage’

Maruja are back with a powerful new song and the 4-piece act certainly deliver a track that is full of ‘Rage‘.

Manchester’s Post-Punk Jazzy Alt Rock crew Maruja certainly make ferocious music that growls like a hungry Lion that skipped lunch. The highly rated newcomers passion is easy on the ear and tremendous to vibe with, as the UK band smash through with their electric energy that might cause power outages from all the piping hot electricity.

The ominous opening sets a benchmark that swerves in with an alto sax sound that adds so much intrigue to an already catchy track as the mood is set in stone with a newly sharpened knife. The bass and drums feel like they been injected with superpowers as it meshes with the strong vocals that bellow out, reflecting the moment and getting the frustration out with the shaking mic taking a battering.

This is the story about having that extra acidic fire in your blood flow, your vision goes black as something or someone takes over your thoughts for a few fleeting moments. The raging bull inside you has blows a gasket and your teeth clench so tightly as you think about that person that has engulfed your feelings and you aren’t at all yourself right now.

Sometimes we lose ourselves for a while and we need strong friends to hold us back, calm us down and help us to see reason. Manchester’s Maruja are quite excellent on the powerfully constructed ‘Rage‘ as their uniquely brilliant music heats up a freezing lockdown December.

Head through to the Spotify page for this banging tune and see their story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Bill E Daly gives us a soulful introduction to his music with ‘Hey Baby Hey’

Americana-tinged modern folk is the order of the day from Dublin’s Bill E Daly with this, from his new EP ‘Parachute & Oxygen’. ‘Hey Baby Hey’ is a gentle acoustic-guitar-and-vocal love song with a catchy little chord progression and Daly’s deep baritone voice. Tinged with country and modern rock overtones, this is mature, well-polished, and accomplished, little guitar flourishes on the ends of lines interplaying with Daly’s chilled vocal delivery.

Daly’s previous album, 2017’s ‘There Is A Time’, charted at number 2 in Google Play’s ‘Folk’ category, and there’s every chance that ‘Parachute & Oxygen’ will do similarly well. ‘Hey Baby Hey’ is the ideal introduction to Bill E Daly’s music.

Hear ‘Hey Baby Hey’ on Spotify; check out Daly’s website here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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In-between the party: Cozy Danger drop brand new honest single ‘Where Are All My Dogs At’

Taken off the brand new album called ‘Invincible Dog Story‘, ‘Where Are All My Dogs At‘ is the fresh new track from the mellow dudes from Cozy Danger as they greet the animals at the house party first.

This is the story of how you want to be at the party so bad, over think it, decide to go but you take so long to get there, you are sweating by the time you arrive. Once you get to the party, you seem more keen to say hi to the dogs rather than party with the humans.

The authentic indie rock track has shades of reggae and this is a really fun and honest listen with a story that you will probably make you smile, if you have dealt with anxiety when going to a party before. The cool kids are looking and you don’t want to make a fool out of yourself. Ultimately however, enjoying yourself and not caring what anyone else thinks is the best way to go in life. This is easier said than done but definitely possible.

Cozy Danger are quality on ‘Where Are All My Dogs At‘ as they sing with so much honesty and this is a real look inside how some people struggle when going out, while others either are chilled and comfortable, or others have some Daddy or Mommy sodas to forget how you really feel.

Hear the new single on Spotify and follow their socials via IG & FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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From duo to solo: Rienne gets in the groove to love after heartbreak on ‘Try Again’

West Virginia’s Rienne is back with her new solo indie rock single that signals a new journey into the wild on the ride to heal the broken heart on ‘Try Again‘.

Philippines born, USA raised indie-pop singer-songwriter Rienne has been on the scene for a while but after being in a duo for a while, she decided it was time for a fresh start. With a new-found enthusiasm for writing music, she has been actively pushing her solo career and this is her statement release.

This is an authentic look into a passionate singers local town, the sights and sounds, the cloudy day and the way of life with lots of flowers around. Her indie rock style is honest and portrays a musician who feels like she is at the bottom again and drowning inside after a tough romantic breakup which left her cold and damp.

Her voice is sweet and real, you can feel her authenticity and mellow attitude come to life as she lets us into her life for a few minutes. You can feel that she is on the way to loving again after taking time to heal up and replenish her soul.

Try Again‘ from West Virginia based solo artist Rienne is a fresh music video that gives you the chills as the electric guitar melodies fill you with hope and inspiration after a wild year. Her voice simmers gently into your aching body as you imagining watching her play live.

Trying again is the only way to think as after every detour, there is a new beautiful road ready to find you, and make your heart happy again.

See her new start here via YouTube and follow her adventures on her FB and IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Knowing you need to say goodbye is hard: Lunar Division send us a real indie-rock love story that you will ‘Hold On To’

Lunar Division are excellent on the often-sad but true single about lost love in their latest single ‘Hold On To‘.

Lunar Division are an Oklahoma City 4-piece indie-rock band who like all proper musicians, love to play live and put on a massive show that you remember for life. With a fantastic fusion they light the candle on a reflective story that digs deep into how sometimes, you can’t always have what you want in life.

The drummer taps his sticks together to signal the start of the song and leads like a train conductor, ensuring the smooth flow of the upcoming journey. With a 70’s type smoothly mixed journey, this is a funky song that gets you in to the mood to sway your body and dust off those live music dancing shoes that might have a little mouse inside them.

‘The drums and bass are the heart of the music as they give energy and intensity to the songs.’- Lunar Division

This is the story about that deep love that you wish would go away sometimes but just doesn’t. The love you have for them is so real and you can’t stop thinking about locking lips together as it was the best feeling you have ever experienced. You wish that they would feel the same way about you, but you know deep down that you can only ever been friends.

Hold On To‘ from radical Oklahoma City indie-rock act Lunar Division is a goodbye to the one that got away and the harsh reality of love sometimes. Sometimes, you need to move on get over that person you care so much for, otherwise it consumes you and hanging on is never healthy. You will however, hold onto those sweet memories, and cherish them forever.

Stream this rocking track with soul on Spotify, Soundcloud and follow the guys adventures via FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Lewis Shepperd’s ‘This Blood Is Yours’ – modern yet retro emo-tinged rock single takes us to the dark side.

There’s a distinct ‘Police’ feel to Lewis Shepperd’s bass-heavy driving new single ‘This Blood Is Yours’, a modern-yet-retro pop-rock style delivered courtesy of Regatta De Blanc or Outlandos d’Amour-style guitar and syncopated, off-beat bass work.

Luke Shepperd’s vocal is reminiscent of Sting on ‘Message In A Bottle’ or ‘Roxanne’, mixed in with some serious emo-cred through the track’s vampirism stylings, and with maybe a contemporary Ed Sheeran or Jamie T vibe thrown in for good measure. It’s mature but not jaded, classy without being elitist, the mastering genius of Pete Maher (The Killers, Liam Gallagher, The Rolling Stones) clearly adding a smattering of indie-rock sparkle to the track.

Shepperd’s debut single, ‘Me’, has already received over 25,000 views on YouTube, and was featured in Music Week Presents as well as being the ‘Tip of the Week’ on BBC Solent radio upon its release. On the basis of this, there’s every likelihood ‘This Blood Is Yours’ will outdo it.

See the video for ‘This Blood Is Yours’ on YouTube. Follow Lewis Shepperd on Instagram and Facebook.

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Is It Safeway or Woolworths? Only The Gaffs really know.

It would be oh too easy to dismiss The Gaffs’ ‘Is It Safeway Or Woolworths?’ as one more in a long line of dreaded ‘novelty singles’, but that would totally disservice the superbly crafted chorus hook, exquisite guitar work, and the obvious quality of the song-writing and musicianship here. Insanely catchy and sing-along, beneath the gonzo lyrics is a solid indie-pop song, reminiscent in place of the Kings Of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’ or, just maybe, Sultans Of Ping FC’s ‘Where’s Me Jumper?’.

The Gaffs cite themselves as ‘some of the greatest thinkers of their time and are willing to ask the big questions around consciousness, existentialism and the difference between Safeway and Woolworths’. While that may be pushing it, they’re certainly a quality indie-pop band, and ‘Is It Safeway Or Woolworths’ is definitely a quality pop tune.

Check out the video for ‘Is It Safeway Or Woolworths’ on YouTube, and follow The Gaffs on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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THIRD LUNG take us on an Alt Rock expedition of self-discovery with ‘Falling Stone’

Kicking off with a beautifully delayed, ethereal guitar line before drums, overdriven sweeping guitar chords, and Tom Farrelly’s deep, sonorous vocals join in, THIRD LUNG’s ‘Falling Stone’ is a well-written, mature piece of stadium-style rock, reminiscent of U2 or maybe Simple Minds, the Foo Fighters, or perhaps a little Coldplay. There’s everything here; delicate verses, a huge, singalong chorus, and a proper, lighters-aloft, show-ending crescendo of a middle eight. It’s a proper, grown-up rock song, well performed, well produced, and with an absolute cracker of a YouTube video to accompany it.

‘Falling Stone’ is an exploration of self-discovery, about being afraid to make changes and to look for things which, intrinsically, we need to find. On the basis of this, a lot more people will be finding THIRD LUNG in 2021.

Check out the video for ‘Falling Stone’ on Youtube. Follow Third Lung on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes