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Punk Rock Newcomers Lost Planet Airmen Have Made Their Debut with “The Brightside”

As Canadian Indie Punk Rock artist Lost Planet Airmen were preparing to release their debut single, the world prepared to lockdown. Thankfully, their raucously cathartic debut single “The Brightside (of Genocide)” made it onto the airwaves just in time.

The scuzzy overdriven electric guitars lead the way into this sonically-charged feat of Punk which carries the same stinging conviction as tracks by Punk pioneers.

While we may be able to find nostalgic comfort in tracks by the Dead Kennedys and Rancid, tracks such as The Brightside which capture the contemporary frustration over being gaslit by a genocidal government are essential. It’s more than music. It’s proof that we’ve all got the tickets to the same shitshow and we’ll watch it unfold together. It’s validation, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a healthy outlet for the angst that we’re currently stockpiling alongside toilet paper.

You can check out The Brightside for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Keep up to date with new releases from Lost Planet Airmen via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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It Came to This – Shingles: Refreshingly Façade-Free Bedroom Pop Punk

Up and coming artist It Came to This claims their music is “exactly the kind of Pop-Punk the world needs at a time like this”, we wholeheartedly agree.

As soon as you hit play on their tracks you’re met with a flood of unashamedly human angst. There’s no pretence or façade, just honest, connectable sentiment paired with upbeat rhythms to sweeten the disillusionment.

Shingles is just one of the endearingly catchy singles to be released by the bedroom Pop Punk. It may be a Lo-Fi production, but with the sharpness of the melodic hooks and the tight synergy between the raucously disquiet instrumentals and the Emo Rock-inspired vocals stand as a testament to It Came to This’ talent.

I’m sure I won’t be the only one hoping for more cathartically quaint releases in the future from It Came to This.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Too Soon Jokes – Breathe: Accordingly Absorbing Indie Rock

For their latest track, Indie trailblazers Too Soon Jokes borrowed a few stylistic influences from the 90s Alt Rock and Pop Punk and created a punchy genre-mashing Indie Rock earworm which definitely won’t overstay its welcome.

Breathe” was released on March 6th, and the airwaves became infinitely sweeter for it. There may be some monster guitar solos in the deftly crafted track. But Breathe is all about the personable, connectable charm which spills from the accordant vocals.

Too Soon Jokes first appeared on our radars with their Christmas song “Santy Don’t Visit the Funeral Homes Little Buddy”. Naturally, we quickly found admiration for the band’s unapologetic daringness which seeps beyond their track titles and into their soundscapes.

If you’re always on the lookout for tracks which will make your heart feel full, it will be fully charged in 2:52 minutes after hitting play on Breathe.

You can check out the official video for Too Soon Jokes’ latest single by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elle Exxe – Rose Gold: Punchy Synth-Led AntiPop

If you’re looking for an aural pick me up, look no further than up and coming artist Elle Exxe’s energetically enamouring AntiPop track “Rose Gold”.

The authentically creative synth-led soundscape pulls in influence from a myriad of different genres to ensure that you’ve never heard a track quite like this before. With a nuanced infusion of Pop Punk in the synthy mix which should also appeal to fans of 80s Synth Pop, it’s safe to say that Elle Exxe created a hit with Rose Gold.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Panic at the Disco, Taylor Swift, and the Human League collaborated on a record together, you might be able to get an idea of the kind of refreshingly high-energy mesmerism awaits you in Rose Gold.

You can check out Elle Exxe’s single Rose Gold for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dan Bibby and The Aesthetic Knobs – Mind Over Mind: Punchy Adrenalized Alt Rock

If you’re on the lookout for some punchy adrenalized Alt Rock, look no further than the latest release “Mind over Mind” from up and coming artist Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs.

Instead of narrowly squeezing their sound into a constrictive Alt Rock genre, you’ll be able to pick up on hints of everything from Pop Punk to Old School Anarcho Punk to Garage Rock, and a whole lot more. Mind Over Mind is a supercharged hit which might need a whole lot of convincing to leave your synapses alone after you’ve heard it.

Any fans of Against Me!, Rancid, Rise Against, and Social Distortion will definitely want to check out the contemporary vitriolic raucous earworm.

You can check out the official video to Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs’ single Mind Over Mind via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jasper Hill – Selfish Valentine: Up-tempo Pop-Punk

How are you going to play pop-punk in late-2019 and not sound lame? The answer is very simple; you do it like Jasper Hill.

Jasper Hill is an up and coming band from Melbourne. Their new song is called “Selfish Valentine” and there is an apparent early-Green Day influence – a band for which, the boys won’t hide their love. The vocals on this are artfully clumsy, formulated perfectly for a song like this. The music is, of course, up-tempo, happy, cute and invites us to dance along. The leading guitar riff works fine as well, the song’s chorus is easily memorable after just one listen and absolutely adorable.

Jasper Hill’s music can’t help but remind me of the era that teen movies dominated back in the early 00s, and how they were all full with this type of music. Innocent, fragile and always ready to rock n’ roll.

I love the vibe of this song. Jasper Hill please keep doing what you do, rock music needs bands just like you.

They shot a music video for “Selfish Valentine”, watch it here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Choked Up – Home: Riot Grrrl Attitude Meets Punchy Pop Punk Rhythm

https://chokedup.bandcamp.com/track/home-2

I got pretty excited to hear Babes in Toyland are releasing new material. I got even more excited to discover an up and coming band exuding the same raw, unfalteringly visceral Riot Grrrl energy.

Brooklyn-based fascism-overthrowing Queercore Punk artist Choked Up has recently released their latest single “Home”. The bouncing rhythms make it all too easy to share in the same dynamic energy of the track while the guitar solos make it all too evident that that Choked Up is a powerhouse outfit.

There’s a rarely found expressive animation within Cristy C. Road’s vocals which is boundlessly resonant. If you’re looking for empowering tracks to add to your playlists, it’s safe to say that there are few as efficacious in enabling you to harness your angst as Home.

Stream and download Home via Bandcamp. Or, you can watch the music video via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zoey The White Lioness – I Can: Endearingly Upbeat Rock

https://zoeythewhitelioness.bandcamp.com/track/i-can

Tennessee-based Hard Rock artist Zoey The White Lioness (Zoey Baker) released their latest endearingly upbeat track “I Can” on October 13th. With their playfully energetic approach to Rock, the euphoria infectious.

While the artist usually looks to the likes of Trent Reznor and Kurt Cobain for their sound, I Can has the punchy anthemic feel of contemporary Garage Rock artists such as Fidlar with a slight twist of Pop Punk. You’ll even be able to anticipate absorbing Surf Rock riffs in this snappy sticky-sweet hit.

‘Adorable’ may not be what every vocalist goes for, but it’s exactly what Zoey The White Lioness achieved in I Can. We were warned that the single was as loveable as the dog on the cover art. It’s safe to say that they delivered on that promise.

You can check out the latest single from Zoey The White Lioness for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock artist Ryan Failla releases his latest single “Pull the Pin”

Ahead of the release of their EP “Exit Strategy” which is due to drop on 22nd November 2019, up and coming Rock artist Ryan Failla has dropped the teaser single “Pull the Pin”.

Pull the Pin gives you no time to prepare for the high-octane blast of punchy Pop Punk-infused Alt Rock which packs in some serious rhythm. With a catchy chorus and some impeccably styled instrumental breakdowns, Pull the Pin is all the assurance you need that guitar music has plenty of life left in it yet.

As a songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Ryan Failla is able to bring much more synergy to his soundscapes compared to your usual band formation. Each of the seamless progressions offers plenty of riotous energy. The track may only run for just over two minutes, but that’s definitely long enough to get you excited for what’s to come from their upcoming EP.

You can check out Pull the Pin for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Defecting Grey – Cathedral: A Grungy Hit of 90s Branded Euphoria

“Cathedral” is just one of the grungy hits of euphoria which you will find on New Jersey artist Defecting Grey’s latest EP “Run Silent”. With elements of 90s Alt Rock fused with punchy Pop Punk progressions, Cathedral is a track which is sure to be of appeal to any fans of Dinosaur Jr, Alkaline Trio and Get Up the Kids.

The bounce of the chaotic chords may boast familiarity and immediate accessibility, but Defecting Grey has been able to inject fresh visceral energy into the perpetually cathartic soundscape. Expect catchy hooks, big choruses, and even bigger things to come from this up and coming artist.

You can check out Cathedral along with the rest of Defecting Grey’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast