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Tough on Fridays – The Waywards: A Concordant Reimagining of Riot Grrrl Anthemic Pop Rock

“The Waywards” is the stunningly authentic single from the up and coming duo Tough on Fridays. What you expect to unfold as an archetypally anthemic Pop Rock single transgresses into a soundscape which anyone who was invested in the Alt 90’s sound is sure to appreciate.

The single may have a timeless feel, yet, the lyrics conjure imagery which is more relatable to the present day, which is just one of the reasons Tough on Friday’s sound is so instantly accessible. Kate and Caleigh may have only been around on the music scene since 2017, yet, their distinctively concordant approach already possesses a synergetic maturity which leaves much to be desired. With their ability to create a single which is as poignant as it is potent – you don’t want to let this band pass you by.

You can check out Tough on Fridays’ latest single The Waywards for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kathleen Farless – Just Like That: A Potently Punchy Pop Rock Mash-Up

If you’re looking for an anthemically punchy Pop Rock single to liven up your playlists, look no further than Kathleen Farless’s latest single “Just Like That”. The contrast between the soulfully soaring vocals and the Indie Rock instrumentals isn’t something that you’ll stumble across every day. Yet, there’s still an instantly accessible appeal to the single which allowed Kathleen Farless stamp down her resounding signature style. The powerful guitar riffs which accompany the Jangle Pop progressions are one thing, then, there’s the addition of the scuzzy, friendly synths which add even more palpably euphoric energy to the single.

Just Like that is the 10th single to be released by the up and coming artist, whilst she poured all of her iridescently captivating vocal talent into her previous ballads, there was little to set her apart from the myriad of other Pop songstresses projecting their heart and soul into a microphone.

You can check out Kathleen Farless’s infectiously catchy latest single Just Like That by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rand Bowman – Radioman: Psychedelic Groove-Driven Pop Rock

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Prolific Pop Rock professional recording artist Rand Bowman is back with his latest single “Radioman”. With his latest single, he’s deepened the psychedelic groove and amped up the reverb from his deft fretboard licks. With a fairly experimental start, Rand Bowman’s accessible style soon kicks in with a slight mix up to his usual up-vibe style with starker lyrics and plenty of raucous energy.

Whilst fans of unadulterated Rock n Roll may have limited choices when it comes to finding an authentic grinding and rolling rhythm, Rand Bowman never fails to deliver. To keep his sound fresh, he’s weaved in playful elements which will quickly enamour fans of the Beatles and David Bowie. It’s almost a little impossible to believe that each of the artist’s pitch-perfect tracks are 100% self-produced.

You can check out Rand Bowman’s latest single Radioman for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rand Bowman – Happy: The Ultimate Feel-Good Pop Rock Hit

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Whilst Rand Bowman’s music is generally up-vibe and psychedelically anthemic, his latest single “Happy” takes aural euphoria to a whole new level. With the professional musician’s timeless style his polished soundscapes would resonate no matter which era they were born in.

With his latest single which was released early October the artist’s unique blend of Pop and Rock come alive under the well-structured progressions of the guitar, whilst the notes are lifted even higher with the brass segments and piano melodies. Many artists try their hands at feel good music, yet, none quite manage to get that arresting ethereal effect which Rand Bowman has at his command. As ever, the production quality was flawlessly radio-ready, yet there’s a noticeable lack of effects over all of Bowman’s hits, instead, he relies on his raw authentic talent to create infectiously mesmeric singles.

You can check out Rand Bowman’s latest single Happy for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Mondays – Lost Weekend: Raucously Sweet Pop Rock

Lost Weekend is just one of the sensational tracks from the up and coming powerhouse of artists the Mondays and their latest album ‘Movers and Shakers’. The Happy Mondays may have had their time, but now it’s time for the Mondays to receive acclaim for their rhythmically raucous compositions. Their style seamlessly blends Pop Punk, Rock and Indie to provide a fresh soundscape I can guarantee you won’t have heard before.

I can say with all honesty that there aren’t many artists out there putting out such sweet, anthemic hits the Mondays clearly found a gap in the market for nostalgically-inclined, futuristically-vibrant hits. Within the track’s progression you can expect plenty of angular hooks which won’t fail to reel you into the sticky-sweet melodies. Lost Weekend is exactly the kind of track you can imagine yourself screaming your heart out to on a sticky dancefloor.

You can check out the Mondays amiably inviting single Lost Weekend for yourself by heading across to their Spotify page now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rand Bowman – Mystery of Love: Prodigally Infectious Pop Rock

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I’m not all too sure why when Rand Bowman dropped the line “I don’t love you anymore”, in the first verse of his latest track Mystery of Love my stomach dropped. But I’m sure it has a little to do with the up and coming artist’s ability to create an emotive sound with his angelic Pop Rock arrangements. Yet, unlike most Pop Rock tracks, Rand Bowman allows his guitar riffs to take the lead through the rhythmically beguiling progression.

Also, I’m not sure if it’s me, but there’s a bit of Bowie behind his vocals in Mystery of Love, however let it never be said that Mystery of Love is an assimilation of any predecessor’s sound. The prodigally infectious melodies speak volumes of Rand Bowman’s status as a professional multi-instrumentalist and song writer and I can’t wait to hear where his sound takes him next. There’s a traditional tonality to all of his tracks, especially the unforgettable single Lose My Mind which I had the pleasure of checking out earlier this year.

You can check out Rand Bowman’s latest single Mystery of Love for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Justin Warnick – Should I Go: A Nostalgic Punch of Pop Rock

Should I Go is the latest track by up and coming Indie Pop Punk artist Justin Warnick. The single which was released on July 25th stands as testament to his pioneeringly innocent yet punchy style. Any fans of the Strokes, the Kooks and the Libertines will absolutely adore the nostalgically chilled approach to Should I Go just as I did.

As I listened to Justin Warnick’s rhythmic prowess progressing through the track to create palpably sweet melodies and infectiously hookish choruses it became clear that Justin is an artist who doesn’t need any aggrandized effects to create an anthemic Indie hit. Maybe the Arctic Monkeys should take a few hints.

The 18 year old recording artist may not have maturity on his side, but you’d never be able to guess from the depths of his lyricism or his vocal style, which was kept understated, yet, that just drew you into the emotive narrative of Should I Go.

You can check out Justin Warnick’s latest single Should I Go from his 2018 album ‘Moving On’ on SoundCloud now. As debut albums go, you really couldn’t ask for more.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Sweats – Bloom: Rapturously Anthemic Pop Rock

South California based Pop Rock trio The Sweats have cooked up one of the most rapturously anthemic singles I’ve checked out this year. Usually with Pop Rock you’re treated to nasal, fractured vocals, yet the Sweats vocalist has a sweetly beguiling vocal style which carried some reminiscence to bands such as the Vaccines, Noah and the Whale, the Strokes and the Libertines.

Instrumentally the first track on the EP; ‘Bloom’ carries so much bounce, it’s practically impossible not to get caught up within the punchy, attitude-driven waves of raucous euphoria. Some choruses have the ability to grip you, but the chorus to Bloom one will still be holding on long after the track fades out.

The second track on the EP ‘We’ll be Alright’ could be compared to the sounds from Skate Rock Lo Fi artists such as Fidlar, I hope Fidlar won’t mind me saying, but the Sweats took the sound to the next level with their glistening Pop-inclined production.

Whichever track you hit play on, you’re guaranteed to be greeted by unadultered, perpetually rolling rhythms which will take you back to a time when there was a glimmer of hope for Punk Rock.

You can check out the Sweats title track Bloom from their latest 2018 EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Eleanor Kingston – Highway: The Sultriest Indie Pop Rock Track of the Summer

With no shortage of female Indie Pop artists on the scene today Eleanor Kingston had her work cut out making an impression. Yet with a track as sharp as Highway she had very little to worry about. She may have made her debut with her first single ‘Demon Mind’, yet with Highway she’s stamped down her authoritative style so hard, I’m pretty sure I felt a tremor.

Her vocals don’t pander to the usual fragile and breathy Indie archetype that many feel artists feel compelled to adhere to. Instead Eleanor’s vocals hit you with their full sultry power which rests high above the instrumentals which add to the overall aura of seduction.  Eleanor  has taken the style of Florence Welch and poured her electrifying sexuality all over it proving that it’s not only male rap artists that have the privilege of talking about women’s bodies. The instrumental arrangement consists of remorsefully strummed electric guitar around the lush harmony of the synth and kick of the 808 beats in a perfect mix of Rock and Pop.

You can check out Eleanor Kingston’s latest single Highway for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. For more music & info head on over to Eleanor’s website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lo Rays – Optional: Empoweringly Polished Pop Rock

As soon as you hit play on the Lo Rays debut single Optional you’re instantly greeted by some of the strongest, visceral, overwhelmingly powerful vocals that you will have heard from the Pop Rock genre. As you reach the concluding verses you’re treated by unrestrained screams from a vocalist who would give Brody Dalle a run for her money. it’s safe to say that Lo Rays’ vocalist has got a set of lungs on her, put that with the angst-fuelled lyrics and Optional comes to life with a resonantly antagonistic bite.  The instrumental arrangements and the perfect polished production of the track further amplify the talent of Lo Rays who audibly already have a radio ready sound with their jangly, intricate popping guitar progressions. As instrumental melodies go, they don’t get punchier, yet the high-octane instrumental synergy is no match for the vocals which stands reverberantly above the rest of the mix.

You can check out Lo Rays’ first single Optional for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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