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The Kecks pull hope out of ennui in their dirty indie earworm, Tonight Might be Different.

With their seminal indie earworm, Tonight Might be Different, the icons in the making, The Kecks, proved that alchemy bleeds when dirty disco and catchy indie post-punk splices together under infectiously erratic indie-rock crooning.

The danceable beats share the same aphrodisiacal qualities as She Wants Revenge, while the vocals will beguile any Julian Casablancas fans and the intricate indie guitars leave you hooked on every angular note.

Right from the first hit, Tonight Might be Different tells you that The Kecks are so much more than the sum of all parts. The enigmatic raconteurial energy practically begs to be heard live as it galvanises you through shared ennui. Anyone who finds that disappointment consistently creeps into their worldview will undoubtedly find resonance with the volatile dejection in the authentically animated hit.

There’s new-found confidence to the Kecks sound, making their indie swagger more convincing than Alex Turner’s – by a longshot. What makes it so magnetic is the firm grip of their DIY ethic that has been holding strong, even in the event of sold-out shows in their current residing place, Hamburg.

The official music video premiered on September 3rd, 2021. You can check it out for yourselves via YouTube or add the single to your Spotify playlists.

Connect with the Kecks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Sleepy Palms shone the Cali sun into their debut shoegazy garage rock single, You’re Gonna Be Just Fine

Garage rock, surf rock and shoegaze entwine in the synthy debut single, You’re Gonna Be Just Fine, from the California-based pioneers, The Sleepy Palms. They shone plenty of Cali sun into the optimistic in spite of crushing dread soundscape that will allow you to imagine what the Verve could have been if it wasn’t always raining in Manchester.

Their clever hooks, captivating choruses, velvety smooth vocals and glassy synths are arresting from start to finish as the Sleepy Palms set an innocently amorous scene that celebrates fleeting intimacy.

The way the bitter-sweet lyrics “I never liked the taste of cigarettes, I just wanted to be around you, and after all this time there is nothing left, but I’m still so glad I found you” fall into the surf rock rhythms, shoegazey reverb and clean vintage garage rock tones left me feeling like I’d hit the aural jackpot. Enrichen your soul by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Can’t Expect To Run Far: Richie Madewell flips direction with new Bond-esque single ‘There Is No Time to Die’

Inspired by the late great Chris Cornell’sYou Know My Name from Casino Royale, Richie Madewell gets his 007 suit on with his new single all about spreading your wings and not relying on anyone else with ‘There Is No Time to Die‘.

Richie Madewell is an indie alternative rock singer-songwriter, cat lover, and voice actor based in Incheon, South Korea.

His lyrics cover topics such as love, loss, politics, hope, and dreams and he continues to expand his musical repertoire.” ~ Richie Madewell

Sung with a real gritty meaning and heartfelt intent, he tells us to avoid the negative lies spreading around the world and to break through all self-doubts. Only we can save ourselves after all, and we are the only chance to actually fly up and take charge of this world, which wants you to fail.

He released his debut album, ‘The Colors in My Dreams,’ in 2018 and is currently working on his second album.” ~ Richie Madewell

There Is No Time to Die‘ from the South Korea-based indie rock voice actor/singer-songwriter Richie Madewell, is the story all about hiding away from death and just getting on with what you need to do. No matter what happened in the past, where you have been or what you have seen, if you push through and believe in yourself, anything is actually possible.

Made with a 007 inspiration, this is an exciting song to get you off your cozy chair and into the world again.

Hear his new track on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Be Careful Who You Love: Chuck Gillispie Torn Rhythms Project knows that Mama was right on ‘What can a poor boy do?’

With a thought to the past and a painful wonder as to why school wasn’t taken more seriously before as you dig through the dirty change in your pocket, Chuck Gillispie Torn Rhythms Project know that the dead end job is all that you can do for now on ‘What can a poor boy do?‘.

Chuck Gillispie Torn Rhythms Project is an indie rock act based in Gahanna, Ohio. Lead by lead singer Chuck, this is an honest music experience all about putting out true stories that most of us can relate to.

Songwriter Chuck Gillispie started the “Torn Rhythms Project” in 2017 when he teamed up with long time band mate Tom Hale (Keyboards) and on May 25th of that year “Cry” was released. In late 2019 Chuck and Tom started writing and recording remotely, Chuck in Ohio and Tom in Virginia and with the addition of Mark Sammons on Guitar, Bass and vocals,
Edward Young on Guitars, Adam Grossman Drums & Jeff Speeks Drums.” ~ Chuck Gillispie Torn Rhythms Project

Made with a few young teens roaming the darkly-lit skate park, the gloomy visuals here completely matches the track and has your mind in a total spin. Either you have been in this moment or seen it from far, as you try and search for more than has been provided from circumstance.

This is a soulful track that has been performed with gritty vocals and experienced guitar work of the highest order, the story has you in the mood to look up the sky and wish for a shining star to guide to you to a better place than this. Being careful about who you love has added importance now – as the finances are razor tight – so you need someone who truly gets it and is willing to build a fruitful team with you.

What can a poor boy do?‘ from Chuck Gillispie Torn Rhythms Project, is the broke story about surviving and doing what you must to live. The job definitely doesn’t pay enough but you will do what you must – to stay alive and find that true purpose which is out there – this is a track to make you ponder your own existence in this rather odd world.

See this new music video on YouTube and see more stories on the FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jonas and I reach the pinnacle of contemporary folk with ‘Love’

Jonas and I

Indie folk-rock artist, Jonas and I, are right on the contemporary curve with their latest single, Love, released via Humu Records. The deeply atmospheric track is cinematic enough that it wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood Blockbuster, yet Love wasn’t written with commercial potential solely in mind.

Refreshingly, Jonas and I didn’t fall into the trap of becoming yet another Mumford and Sons assimilator. They went further back to the roots of folk to create a richly narrative radio-ready single that easily distinguishes itself from the rest.

With the tenderness of Tom Odell in the vocals with visceral robustness that gives the lyrics far more meaning, it’s hard not to get absorbed with the rich sonic textures.

Love was released on August 27th, you can check it out via SoundCloud.

Check out Jonas and I on their website or Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Spin out of control with Nav’s Hook latest indie folk-pop single, Drivin’ Me Crazy

In his latest single, Drivin’ Me Crazy, up and coming artist Nav’s Hook pulled up the roots of rhythm, country and blues to create an indie-folk-pop jam that pays ode to romantic mania. The infectiously uplifting track comes complete with shimmering Gretschy guitars, foot-stompin’ rhythms and some all too efficacious vocal hooks which make an earworm out of the release.

Any fans of Ryan Adams, Chris Cornell, John Mayer and Jason Isbell won’t want to miss out on this expressively seductive radio-ready track that practically begs for repeat attention.

You can check out the official lyric video for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

I’m Way Too Scared Of Heights: Spray Allen need those soothing finger tips on the back to relax as they avoid ‘Sabotage’

Skillfully made at the legendary Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, Spray Allen open up the music sprinklers with one of their mind-blowing twenty-six tracks formed on the groovy soul-cleanser called ‘Sabotage‘.

Spray Allen are an exciting US-based indie four-piece supernatural desert-borne peyote rock band. They are a massively talented outfit who bring us a delicious taste of gritty music vibrations, that has your head nodding and your feet tapping in overwhelmed delight.

Formed by Eric Wilson (Sublime) and Wade Youman (Unwritten Law), from the ashes of 2020’s chaos comes a new awareness of ourselves, and the birth of an unstoppable force.” ~ Spray Allen

You feel his excellent vocal delivery shine brightly with a brilliant band of the highest quality imaginable. There is such a likable rhythm here and you sense that they have so much ravenous hunger – as this is world class music which is perfect for those hazy summer festivals – while their relaxed demeanor sparks up a mellow energy field to munch on, which only seems to get better as the track progresses.

Together they have delivered a monstrous 26 song behemoth destined to raise the consciousness of both the old weary traveler and the hybrid youth of today. In a nutshell, this band is part supergroup, part modern day Heaven’s Gate Cult, minus the human sacrifice and group suicide, although “Human sacrifice isn’t off the cards completely” says Youman, “we just haven’t found it to be necessary… yet. For now, all we need is love, wine, and each other.” ~ Spray Allen

Sabotage‘ from the pleasingly soulful four-piece US rock act Spray Allen, is that forget-everything anthem we all needed. After a rough time in the world, this is a heart-lifter as we look for the stars to guide us. Hopefully its not a mirage, as we all deserve a glass of wine and a decent nights sleep.

Hear this new track on Spotify and see more visuals on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Never Say Goodbye: Swedish country-rock band Quicker are the party we needed with ‘Let Us Rock’

After their July 2021 hit called ‘Ready Now‘ that had our hearts healing from the slumber, Quicker bounce majestically into top gear with their latest quality guitar strumming-with-delight single to have us rising up again on ‘Let Us Rock‘.

Sälen, Dalarna, West Sweden-based indie rock act Quicker, have a definite country lathering to their music as they entertain us with a gushing soundtrack, which has your feet tapping in delight.

Music, Love and life. Quicker is a project taking their influences from AOR and Country, with songs and lyrics sprung from experiences in every day life.” ~ Quicker

This is the story of when two people meet and quickly connect on the dance floor, as they smile sweetly and let the night unfold. There was so much sadness before, but things are better now and you both truly desire each other and don’t ever want to say goodbye.

With sensational vocals and a fine band who make you blush uncontrollably with all the lovely rock energy, this is a real gem that ups the temps with some gusto.

Let Us Rock‘ from Western Sweden village indie-rock/country act Quicker, is a joyful track that has us beaming like a bright light in the distance, as you see the party and run there. This is that sing-from-the-soul loving single which we needed, as everything will be alright again. Music truly can make everything better, away from the raging storms of before.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Stuck In The Mud: Paranoia Critical opens up the toasty oven with the haunting ‘Devil’s Platter’

Returning with his new single after the recent six-track release named ‘Found Footage‘, Paranoia Critical has our anxious bodies wondering deeply about the contents of the ‘Devil’s Platter‘.

American one-man indie-rock band Paranoia Critical, is an Addison Chapman-created music project. He makes a highly thought provoking mixture of ominous music creations, that unleashes a highly sinister element of dark energy, to have your whole body shaking with anticipation.

The name “Paranoia Critical” comes from a term coined by Salvador Dalí, when he would induce himself into a hallucinogenic state of psychosis. This name represents the band well, as Chapman attempts to explore existential dread and dark subject matter through psychological lenses of music.” ~ Paranoia Critical

His knife-cutting vocals is a blood inducing affair, with a sharp blade cutting through the track to perfectly spine-chilling effect. The beat is highly menacing and utterly threatening to the core of your bones on each second here, as the petrol is added to the fire unwittingly, and the hungry demons are alive and well with devastating results.

Devil’s Platter‘ by the USA-based one-man indie-rock band Paranoia Critical, is a one-eye-always-opened track that will certainly scare many into the bottom of their couches, like a scary movie does. The vocals are striking and hard to hear at times, which only adds fuel to the temptation bonfire to turn up the voltage even more.

This is a spooky single that has your pulses racing off the tracks and into the dirt, as you look around with some deep breaths needed – to keep your soul calm again – after the horror-type movie soundtrack on display here.

Hear this volcano-lit single on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Owen Hamlin gives us the Green Light in his debut garage rock single.

‘Green Light’ is the melodic psych-pop-tinged debut single from the breaking garage rock artist Owen Hamlin; any fans of The Strokes, The Kooks and The Libertines will want to experience the vintage tones for themselves.

With the inventive use of the wah pedal, we can guarantee that the guitar solos in Green Light hit like no other. Owen Hamlin’s use of brash and kaleidoscopic textures resulted in a soundscape that is as scuzzy as it is soulful.

With his debut album Right as Rain in the pipeline, you will want to save space for Hamlin on your radar.

Green Light is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast