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By Devices Make their Debut with the Alt-Rock Indie Anthem “Police the Police”  

By Devices

Up and coming 5-piece Birmingham-based Alt Rock artist By Devices are almost ready to drop their debut track “Police the Police”.  We’ve been lucky enough to have our faith in guitar music restored with a sneak preview of the single which is due for official release on September 27th.

It’s tracks such as Police the Police that remind you how music should always captivate you. It’s catchy, it’s fierce, and it actually compels you to feel actual human emotion.

Using siren-like guitar riffs in a track which serves as an aural attack at the police was an utterly ingenious move.  Throughout the track the guitars remain absorbingly angular whilst feeding in plenty of energy to this palpably raw sign of the times. But don’t worry, under the radio-ready mix each evolution of the dexterously orchestrated sound has been polished to perfection, so it reaches your ears with nothing but euphoric concordance. The cherry on the cake has to be the gritty Northern Indie vocals, there’s no fancy frills, no self-indulgent harmonies, just unadulterated resonance.

I definitely won’t be passing up any chances that I get to see By Devices live.

Give By Devices a follow on Facebook to keep up with the release of Police the Police and future delights which the artist are sure to throw your way!

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hitlist has unleashed another captivatingly strange soundscape onto the airwaves with “Clothes”

The eccentrically endearing Brighton-based Alt Rock artist Hitlist has been responsible for some questionably indulgent singles in 2019. Their latest release “Clothes” may be the most captivatingly strange single which they have released so far.

With each new release, Hitlist perceptibly switches up their style, and this time, they’ve created a hit which would go down well with fans of Fidlar, Wavves, and Cage the Elephant. Complete with caustic vocals and lyrics which prove that Hitlist don’t take themselves all too seriously, Clothes will undoubtedly meet all of your Emo Rock needs.

You may not find sugared harmonies through the vocals, but Hitlist has still ensured that the instrumental arrangement bleeds contrasting concordance through punchy Indie Rock rhythms.

You can check out Hitlist’s latest single Clothes for yourselves by heading over to Vimeo now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Dan Hollinrake – Perfect World: Melodiously Magnetic Indie Folk Pop

Through a combination of melodiously magnetic acoustic guitar, striking vocals, and candidly narrative vocals, singer-songwriter Dan Hollinrake has created an unforgettable single with “Perfect World”.

The Indie Folk artist refrained from using the annoying jangly guitar progressions, and equally as annoying fractured vocals. Instead, in Perfect World, you’ll find rhythmically rendered immersive Blues melodies which sit in perfect synergy with Dan Hollinrake’s pitch-perfect vocal dynamics, they may stretch high, but they never break out of concordance.

The uplifting Folk track alludes to the importance of putting your own needs and feelings first in the aftermath of a breakup. Even if you don’t find yourself that same situation as you listen to Perfect World, it’s still an evocative hard-hitter.

You can check out Dan Hollinrake’s latest single Perfect World for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Uriel J. Winfree III is set to drop their most charismatic Indie Trap track yet with “Killer for My Love”

Those of a nervous disposition may want to practice some caution as they hit play on Uriel J. Winfree III’s latest Trap single “Killer for My Love”.

The Indie Rap artist saw no need for a prelude instead, with Killer for My Love, you’re thrown into an abrasive soundscape which Uriel J. Winfree III instils with their soulfully charismatic vibe. The experimental and slightly disconcerting track resonates as captivating from the first verse to the last.

There’s no denying that Uriel J. Winfree III has magnetic energy, I didn’t think it was possible for EDM Hip Hop beats to sound a little cheeky, after hearing the standout track on their upcoming EP “Castle Face” I definitely do.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer before you can check out Killer for My Love along with the rest of the EP. In the meantime, you can head over to Uriel J. Winfree III’s Spotify page and check out their earlier official releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


| HORLA |Follow Up Their Debut Single with the Cinematic Hit “Lifeblood”

With their second single “Lifeblood”, up and coming Manchester-based powerhouse | HORLA | has made my job feel slightly redundant. There’s simply no alluding to the deftly rhythmic ferocity which is included in the follow-up to their debut single “Into the Void”.

Lifeblood kicks off with an intensely cinematic prelude which Ramin Djawadi himself may as well have composed. Lifeblood then evolves into overwhelmingly dynamic Alt Rock which will throw you right back to the 00s when Indie Rock still had teeth which would clamp down on you and compel you to scream the lyrics in whichever sticky venue you happened to find yourself in. But despite the raw, unadulterated power of Lifeblood, | HORLA | has still allowed the single to run through under captivating, melodious choruses.

You can check out | HORLA |’s single Lifeblood for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Kaprica Make their Prog Rock Debut with “Play with Fire”

There’s melodicism, and there’s the mellifluous synth-infused alchemy which up and coming Alt Rock artist Kaprica have poured into their debut single “Play with Fire”.

The track allows the tentative progressions in the prelude and subsequent verses amp up the immersivity as the instrumental arrangement prepares to leave you arrested by the sheer momentum poured into the poised single.

Instead of allowing the soundscape to seamlessly evolve, with Play with Fire you’ll get a sudden shock of high-octane Rock and you’ll get to hear the raw power of Alex Tower’s vocals which forcibly shift into Thrash Metal style wails. Then there’s the riffs, my god the riffs, if Tool played like Kaprica, I could understand what all the hype was about.

You can check out Kaprica’s single Play with Fire for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast




CASE – Time Out: A Feat of Progressive Alt Rock Catharsis

Chicago-based Alt Rock artist CASE has recently released their debut album “A Place We Belong”; and it’s not one which we’ll be forgetting in a hurry. While each of the tracks is a feat of progressive catharsis, there’s no better introduction to the up and coming artist’s emotive style than the soul-piercingly pensive single “Time Out”.

Any fans of Radiohead and the National are sure to appreciate the palpable pain which has been poured into this poised and polished track where the production ensures that the concordance will resonate with maximum potency.

Straight from the prelude, the restorative nature of Time Out washes over you as the soundscape throws in plenty of surprises including Jazz arrangements which offer plenty of nostalgic comfort and soul. It’s not often we can say that an Alt Rock artist has Soul, but we’re definitely here for it.

You can check out CASE’s single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


LIVE REVIEW: Loserpalooza II

September is probably too early to call my favourite gig of the year. But I don’t care how many more of my music idols I see. Nothing will top the second annual Loserpalooza all-day festival in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Aatma and the Peer Hat are usually places of hipster-orientated pretension, but the independent label Society of Losers invited their most magnetic misfits together to curate an unmissable line-up on the 7th September 2019.

Those who grabbed a ticket to the sold-out show placed money exactly where it is needed in the music industry; in the hands of the artists that are essential right now. The revolutionary powers of Punk and alternative music are fairly limited in terms of national impact. But the raucous experiences of escapism which musicians can offer are priceless.  You’re not parting with your money to gawp at musicians as they parade themselves as deities and watch their egos palpably swell. Instead, you get an invitation to share in the riotously friendly disorder which ensues.

While each of the acts contributed something incredible to the festival, special mentions have to go to Salt the Snail, Witch of the East, and the headline act Hands off Gretel.

Salt the Snail

The first time I saw Salt the Snail I had no idea what to expect aside from well-crafted snappy, witty, explosive Punk. The second time around, I thought that maybe I’d be able to anticipate what’s coming. Nope. There are stage antics, then there’s the full-frontal physical experience which is seeing Salt the Snail live.

There’s no hiding from the giant inflatables which are bouncing around or trying to pretend that you’re not endeared. With stunts such as making “the tallest singer in the world” (the vocalist carrying Crapsons’ vocalist on their shoulders as they braved the pit), it’s hard not to appreciate what the band orchestrated in aid of audience amusement.  Even the highest brows would melt under the manically charismatic energy of Salt the Snail’s frontman.

After treating us to their boisterously cathartic tracks, they equipped a good majority of the audience with improv music instruments and led them to the next stage where the cacophony carried on until the next act was ready to start.

It sounds ridiculous. It was. But watching the frenzied effervescence of Salt the Snail, who was also responsible for the event made me pretty sure that if they started a cult, I wouldn’t need much tempting before I joined.

Witch of the East

The fact that Witch of the East attracted a rave review from the editor in chief of Alternative Press shortly after they released their debut album “Queen of Insecurity” in 2019 tells you everything you need to know about the artist.

Aeris Houlihan’s solo project may be fresh from its inception, but her music also provides the freshest brand of hypnotically sexy grunge which has hit your ears in this decade. That may seem like a massive over-exaggeration but listen to “When You Fuck Me” and tell me that I’m wrong, and the darkly salacious tones are equally as potent when you get to hear them live.

To ease us into the set, Aeris played her first track acoustically before taking to her electric guitar connected to a dazzling array of effects pedals.

From transfixingly poised stripped-back aural alchemy to the bewitchingly dark industrial-laced Grunge which the artist has come to be renowned for, Witch of the East’s set proved be one which invoked a myriad of emotions.

I’ll make very few apologies about making the admission that the seductive soundscapes on offer from Witch of the East had the desired effect. You’d have to be dead from the waist down or a liar not to admit that those dexterously played riffs falling into layers of reverb with the hauntedly lascivious vocals weren’t almost pornographic.

Hands off Gretel

Not only does Lauren Tate possess vocals which make you wonder “what if Christina Aguilera had joined Babes in Toyland” she also possesses an incredible unfuckwithable energy that no other woman could witness and not feel empowered by.

Salivating front-row perverts may follow Lauren wherever she goes, but her vocals project far past them and resonate within a crowd which is uplifted by the fearless expression which she pours into each of her tracks.

After the release of their second studio album “I Want the World” I was ridiculously excited to hear the screams which would shatter the larynxes of most people on tracks such as “Milk”, “Kiss Me Girl” and “S.A.S.S” and they definitely didn’t disappoint.

The fourpiece powerhouse possesses a synergy which is rarely heard or seen in underground music, they definitely belong in the mainstream. But for now, people who attend events such as Loserpalooza can revel in the insane talent on display as they blast their unique brand of 90s Grunge/Punk nostalgia through the speakers.

Artist Links

Salt the Snail: Facebook, Bandcamp, Spotify

Witch of the East: Facebook, Spotify

Hands off Gretel: Facebook, Spotify

Society of Losers: Facebook, Bandcamp, Website

You can also check out the Spotify playlist featuring one track of each of the 16 bands who performed. Whatever your musical inclinations you’re sure to find something that will get the dopamine flowing.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


1500 Pieces put the sex appeal back into Indie Pop Rock with the latest single “Maybe”

1500 Pieces have recently released their latest single “Maybe”; and it’s a little bit sexy. Maybe it’s the dexterously absorbing bass, maybe it’s the magnetic drawl in the vocals in the verses. But It’s safe to say that the sentiment of confusion which inspired the track is infectious.

Maybe comes to life through an indulgently rhythmic mix of Indie, Classic Rock, and Synth Pop with each of the elements coming together to create a resounding Alt Rock ballad. If the choruses don’t leave you feeling slightly fuzzy, it’s safe to assume that you’re a little bit dead inside.

If you could imagine the sounds of Gary Numan, the Arctic Monkeys, and Velvet Revolver all sitting together tightly in a soundscape, you’d get a good idea of what is waiting for you when you hit play on Maybe.

You can check out the latest track from 1500 Pieces for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Brent Beamer – Fourth of July: Antagonistically Biting Alt Rock

Brent Beamer

I’ll be honest, the tracks found on up and coming artist Brent Beamer’s debut album “In the Tumultuous” aren’t the easiest to listen to. Yet, within the caustic angst of Brent Beamer’s style, there’s plenty of cathartic appeal – only if you find catharses in volatile music of course.

While perfectly polished harmonic vocals may be easy on the ear, it’s incredibly rare for those very same vocals to resonate as human, let alone sincere. But with Brent Beamer’s new album you’re treated to raw, unfiltered emotion.

If you could imagine elements of Post Punk artists such as Magazine combined with contemporary Emo Rap, you’d probably get a good idea of what is waiting for you when you hit play on tracks such as “Fourth of July”. Hate the holiday? Well, now you have a brand-new soundtrack to your contempt.

You can check out Brent Beamer’s single Fourth of July along with the rest of their experimentally disconcerting tracks from their debut album by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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