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Back of House – Take a Bulleit: Confrontationally Cathartic Garage Punk

“Take a Bulleit” is the fiery, snappy new Rock single from up and coming artist Back of House. The Garage Punk attitude runs right through their angsty hit which also uses the stylistically menacing energy of Post Punk.

Artists such as Back of House prove quite irrefutably that Punk definitely isn’t dead. The confrontationally cathartic energy will always be essential on the airwaves.  And it’s safe to say that with Take a Bulleit, they have stamped their own signature sound in Punk.

Their captivatingly bendy basslines, infectious vocal swagger, and ability to pull together an energetic earworm of a hit should ensure that Back of House doesn’t remain on the underground for all too long.

You can check out Take a Bulleit for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aidan Maizels releases their sonically ethereal Art Rock single “Nuages Cœur”

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Aidan Maizels released their latest artfully indulgent single “Nuages Cœur” on September 20th, sharing with the airwaves a unique smorgasbord of sounds which pull together in sonically lucid concordance.

The single may kick off with some slightly ominous synth keys, yet, the progressions of the single reveal plenty of elements of psychedelic ambience – that’s when the melody behind Nuages Cœur truly grips you. There’s an incredible amount of catharsis to be found in Nuages Cœur, and it’s safe to say that it should be plenty of appeal to any fans of bands such as Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and Ride.

Considering that I’m fairly aurally jaded and Nuages Cœur still managed to give me chills, that’s a fairly undeniable testament to Aidan Maizels ability as a songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.

If the alchemic contortions of sound don’t leave you enamoured, the fact that the Melbourne-based artist wrote it about falling in love with a cloud definitely should do it.

You can stream and download Nuages Cœur by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LIVE REVIEW: Astral Elevator Presents the Psych Rising

Night People, Manchester, 5th Oct 2019

Yesterday, I tested out the limitations on my spine and headed down to Astral Elevator’s all-dayer showcasing 15 artists who collectively proved just how versatile of an element Psych is when weaved into a soundscape.

It’s one thing to listen to your favourite accolade-showered artists performing, but it’s quite another to be in an environment which is sharing in the excitement of new up and coming artists, and that was very much a part of the atmosphere last night.

There were plenty of artists emitting an effervescent array of distinction last night, but here’s my top three bands that you’ll want to put on your radar sooner rather than later.

Hey Bulldog
Hey Bulldog

Yeah, sex is good, but have you ever seen Hey Bulldog live?

I’m not even sure that’s an exaggeration at this point. But what I am unequivocally sure of, is that Hey Bulldog has broken the mould with their dynamic genre-contorting sound.

The palpable virtuosity which I’d heard on their records is one thing, but seeing the sonic soundscapes crafted first-hand allowed me to appreciate the ingenuity in their heightened alchemic sound even more.

Nothing about Hey Bulldog’s music resonates as assimilative. From the structure of their unpredictably progressive tracks to the intensity of them, they are a forcible aural paradigm shift away from the usual tones which you’ll frequently find amongst psychedelically-inclined bands.

If guitar hero lists were constructed based on talent alone instead of the nostalgia which ‘iconic’ riffs offered, you’d find Hey Bulldog’s guitarist and vocalist Rob Manton’s name deservedly near the top.

And if you think any of that sounds like superfluous hyperbole, you can check out the Manchester-based trio for yourselves. I’d start with their recently released single “Death & Greed”, the refreshing veracity will have you hooked in seconds.

Artist links: Spotify, Facebook, Website

Phobophobes

Phobophobes
Phobophobes never fail to leave me mesmerised by their ennui-laden brand of bleakly carnivalesque Psych Garage Rock.

The South-London based DIY artist offers a rarely found intellectualism within their sound, but it’s so much more than conceptually artful instrumentals put against reverberant ominous vocals. Through the live performance, there’s a real sense that their music is a personification of their despondency. But despite the eerie bleakness, there’s also chilling incredibly danceable euphoria.

Their playfully sinister experimentalism is especially perceptible in their latest single “Blind Muscle”.
If you could imagine what the B52’s would have sounded like if they wanted to insidiously invade your subconscious you might be able to get an idea of what the single has to offer. And if there was ever an aural equivalent to David Lynch’s films, it’s the Phobophobes. Jamie Taylor’s commitment to disconcerting the audience with their menacingly charming stage persona is something that everyone should make an effort to witness.

Artist Links: Spotify, Facebook

The Gluts

The Gluts
There was no following on from the ritualistically caustic Italian fourpiece The Gluts last night.

As soon as the guttural vocals howled over the synergetic sonic instrumentals the energy in the room shifted in line with their frenzied, overdriven, atmospherically loud presence.

There’s certainly no shortage of angry artists putting out harsh noise at the moment, but The Gluts ability to make it melodious and rhythmically arrestive between the heavy bursts of biting noise is something that you’re unlikely to hear from any other artist.

Their Psychedelically-laced Noise Post-Punk is a feat of pioneering ingenuity, it may not be for the faint-hearted, but Post-Punk fans looking for blisteringly absorbing angsty catharsis should find plenty to appreciate about them.

Artist Links Spotify, Facebook

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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All in the Nothing takes the evolution of Post Punk one step further with “Can You Feel It”

Indie Alt Rock artist All in the Nothing made their debut in September 2019 with the uniquely atmospheric single “Can You Feel It”. They threw plenty of Post Punk plaintive tonality into an electronically-charged mix creating a soundscape which can only be described as alchemic.

Even though Can You Feel It drips with frustrative melancholy through the lyrics and vocals, it’s also a highly danceable swampy darkwave smorgasbord of ethereal, creeping tones. While there’s a striking amount of modernity about Can You Feel It, the single will also throw you right back to the hits of the Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, and Killing Joke.

Deservedly, All in the Nothing hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention around their first release. With over 50k streams on SoundCloud alone, don’t expect this to be the last you’ll hear from All in the Nothing.

You can check out Can You Feel It for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Astral Elevator Presents the Psych Rising, Manchester Oct 5th – Last Few Tickets Remaining

If you’re looking for psychotropic aural escapism Astral Elevator has you covered with the Psych Rising, happening in Manchester on October 5th.

On any given night in Manchester, you’ll find an array of gigs to stumble into, but once again Astral Elevator has deftly curated a line up of the finest Psych Rock, Shoegaze, Garage Rock, Post-Punk, and Psych-Doom which you definitely won’t want to miss out on.

Amongst the 15 bands performing across the two stages (no clashes!), you’ll spot the leaders in the revival of psychedelic tones along with promising up and coming talent ready to offer ascension through their colourfully riotous riffs.

In running order, here’s the international array of bands who make it more than obvious why they made the cut.

Astral Elevator

 

Hazel’s Maze – Cheshire-based Alt Rock offering Melodiously cathartic, ethereally captivating tones.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Sauce – Manchester-based fourpiece renowned for their refreshingly authentic wholesome Rock vibes. It’s like being thrown back to the 90s when everyone seemed to love each other a little more. Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Korto – Punchy riotous supersonic Kraut Rock three-piece bringing their high-octane, sporadically chaotic energy all the way from the French Alps.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

PALE RIDER – One of Liverpool’s most promising newcomers ready to spill their kaleidoscopically nostalgic aural alchemy.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

The Kundalini Genie – Quintessentially captivating hazy melodic Psych Pop reviving the 60s style with Indian Classical, Blues, Folk, and Jazz thrown in for good effect.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Hey Bulldog – Containing easily one of the best guitarists in Manchester, the three-piece will prove exactly why they’re worthy of that accolade as they blend sonic futurism with rhythmic vintage nostalgia.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Kill Your Boyfriend – 2 Piece band flying in from Venice to leave us slightly disconcerted with their dark noisy Shoegaze-laden Post Punk. Imagine PIL and Magazine with a psych infusion and you’ve got Kill Your Boyfriend.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

SeRvo – Cavernously phantasmic ambient Psychedelia from a uniquely captivating French artist renowned for making Shoegaze colder than we’ve ever heard it before.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Frankie Teardrop Dead – A highly acclaimed Manchester-based Dream-Wave act who fuse Psychedelia with roots-deep Rock n Roll to spill enough catharsis to lull to you into a state of colourful euphoric bliss.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Psychic Lemon – Masterfully crafted Space Rock from the Cambridge-based act who have given the revival of Psych Rock a brand-new trajectory.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Phobophobes – The South London Six-piece utilise their serpentine sordid rhythms to flirt with nostalgic tonality whilst simultaneously gripping you with their modern magnetic air of aural dejection. This set is definitely not to be missed.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

The Telescopes – After the release of their 11th studio album, the Telescopes are ready to bring their consciousness-expanding soundscapes to Manchester once more. Expect a stripped and exposed bed of Psychedelic Indie.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

The Gluts – The Milan-based fourpiece will be bringing their atmospherically-charged brand of Noisy Psych-steeped experimental Post Punk to douse you in blistering progressions of over-driven guitars.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Gnod – Raging Psychedelic Noise from the Manchester-based collective who have been rearranging synapses since 2006 with their caustically indulgent sound.
Artist Links: Spotify

Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska – Rounding off the live acts will be the Psych Krautrock band who endearingly describe themselves as being the “UK’s Worst Hawkwind tribute band” – we definitely don’t agree.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Info: 5th Oct 13:00 – 03:30, Night People & Twisted Wheel, Manchester, £35 + bf

Tickets for the event are now on final release and can be purchased via Skiddle

For more info, head over to the Facebook event page.

Amelia Vandergast

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Bhagya – Lustrum: Artfully Enamouring Alt Pop

Bhagya

Up and coming Pop artist Bhagya’s upcoming single “Lustrum” is sure to enamour any listeners who constantly strive to seek out artfully explorative soundscapes.

The Pop single is as un-archetypal as Pop gets. Yet, the artist was never in danger of veering into aural disconcertment with her seminal single. With the instrumentals carrying reminiscences to Post Punk acts such as Magazine, the Fall, Gang of Four and the Slits, it’s safe to say there’s plenty of atmospheric textures weaved into the mix. And Bhagya’s vocals are alchemic enough to resonate as hauntingly captivating while simultaneously drawing you in through the magnetically playful, undiluted distinction.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Lustrum for yourselves. But in the meantime, you can check out Bhagya’s debut single via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Glossii – Watching Me: Unflinching Riff-Driven Post Punk Angst

If you’ve ever wondered what Post Punk would sound like after it has been infused with unflinching riff-driven angst, you’ll find the answer by hitting play on the latest single “Watching Me” from the London-based fourpiece Glossii.

No longer is the Post Punk scene driven by melancholic men, Sofia Zanghirella’s distinctive vocals tears through the sterility and predictability of the genre with vocal reminiscences to Brody Dalle – and even that comparison is a bit of a stretch. I’ve spent a significant amount of time delving into the aural delights which Riot Grrrl bands have to offer, and not once have I come across vocals quite as magnetically tensile as Sofia Zanghirella’s.

As for the instrumentals, wherever you are when you hear them, you’re going to wish you were listening to them in the midst of a sticky pit which Glosii’s music undoubtedly create during live performances. If every up and coming band exuded this much palpable energy, people might stop thinking about the music industry with such disdain.

You can check out Glossii’s momentously riotous hit Watching Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jimmy Swagg Puts the Swagger Back into Post Punk with Latest Single “Maybe”

“Maybe” is just one of the Post Punk aural delights to be found on the second EP “No Holiday” from Jimmy Swag. The 90s vibe palpably runs through the punchy progressions, and there is sonic synths and angular riffs aplenty.

If you could imagine a hybrid soundscape between Public Image Limited, the Happy Mondays, and the Human League, you may be able to get an idea of what is waiting for you when you hit play. Alt-Rock rarely comes with this level of energy and swagger. I can only imagine how electric the live performances are when their tracks resonate with such punchy unrestrained conviction on record.

You can check out the latest single from Jimmy Swagg by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Post Punk Meets Shoegaze in The Final Sound’s Latest Single “Rainmaker”

If you’re looking for an aural nostalgia hit, look no further than the latest single “Rainmaker” from the up and coming Post Punk artist The Final Sound.

Rainmaker is the first single to be released from The Final Sound’s upcoming album. The synthy, Indie hit is sure to be of appeal to fans of 80s Post Punk artists such as Echo and the Bunny Men, The Chameleons, and the Cult.

But that’s not to say that the Final Sound didn’t add their own alchemically atmospheric style into Rainmaker. Instead of your usual gritty and dark soundscape, the artist has found a way to incorporate soul into the record which won’t fail to resonate – especially when the hooks drag you into the big choruses.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Even Eden – Welcome to the White Room: Discover Your New Post Punk Perennial Earworm

Even Eden

Post Punk fans prepare to be enamoured by the debut single “Welcome to the White Room” from the Alt Rock powerhouse Even Eden.

From cutting angular guitar notes to synergetic build-ups of instrumental chaos, Welcome to the White Room has it all, including the mesmerising vocals from Madeleine. While the vocals don’t fade into the mix as much as Shoegaze vocals, there’s still that tangible Dream Wave edge behind the single.

Even Eden have proven that they’re capable of exuding the same alchemically dark tonality as your favourite 80s and 90s Post Punk bands, yet, there’s no denying that Welcome to the White Room comes with plenty of contemporary appeal. It’s definitely worth taking the needle off your favourite Interpol, Bauhaus, and Editors records to discover the slightly vintage catharsis in Welcome to the White Room.

You can check out the debut track from Even Eden for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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