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8udDha bl0od – 50n5 0f 50UnD r0ll!ng 570n3D

The first Friday the 13th of the year may be over, but thankfully, Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od’s Friday the 13th-inspired track 50n5 0f 50UnD r0ll!ng 570n3D still lingers on the airwaves.

If you like to indulge in tracks which offer arrestive psychedelia alongside inventively dark electronic effects which add phantomic atmosphere, look no further than 50n5 0f 50UnD r0ll!ng 570n3D. Otherwise, your options are fairly limited.

50n5 0f 50UnD r0ll!ng 570n3D mixes elements of Psych Rock, Post Punk and Psych Pop into a dreamy guitar-led mix complete with dopamine tapping melodies. Yet, you can expect overdriven guitar riffs to momentarily interrupt the hazy mellifluous vibe and bring pure visceral energy.

You can check out 50n5 0f 50UnD r0ll!ng 570n3D for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surf Rock Meets Indie in the Trailblazing Latest Single from BOOTlace

I’m no stranger to filthy basslines, but the growling licks in the latest single “Wonderland” from Alt Indie trailblazers BOOTlace were even enough to make someone as aurally-smut-jaded as me feel unclean.

Paired with the tonal evolutions of the guitars which seamlessly switch from soaring Surf Rock-inspired solos to accessibly rhythmic indie Post-Punk progressions, there’s plenty to grab you by the scruff of the neck as Wonderland unfolds. With the vocals being more accordant than your average Indie Rock vocals, distinction drips from Wonderland.

For you to understand how excited I am about this track, you’ll first have to understand how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at each up and coming artist who surfaces with the tried and tested Jangle Pop indie monotonous sound. Get them on your radar, they’re firmly fixed on ours. It’s only a matter of time before their ingenuity is as embraced as it deserves to be.

You can check out the latest single from BOOTlace for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD

“57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD” is just one of the most recent releases from Brighton-based Alt Rock 5-piece 8udDha bl0od. You won’t hear another more intensely immersive track on the radio today.

The production has an ambient, light, and dreamy melodic feel, yet, 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD isn’t a track which you mindlessly slip into. The striking tones of the ethereal electronic effects and overdriven guitars will make sure every seamlessly unpredictable guitar progression has your full attention.

We often speak of tracks being magnetic, but this time, you almost feel as though you’re being pulled into a Lynchian dystopic aural black hole. Their ability to blend melancholy with transcendental energy is unparalleled.

Naturally, we can’t wait to hear the psychotropic wonders 8udDha bl0od have in the pipeline ready to drop in 2020.

You can check out 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Calls – Fall Inside: An Indie Psych Playlist Essential

The Calls found the perfect balance of Indie, Psych, Shoegaze, and Post-Punk with their latest transfixingly reverb-soaked single “Fall Inside”.

The Leeds-based newcomers made sure the melodies are equipped to make your soul feel lighter while also bleeding a potent amount of 90s nostalgia which is sure to appeal to fans of the Stone Roses.

Their talent transcends assimilation through their signature tonal experimentalism. The progressions come with a captivating kaleidoscopic hypnotic appeal. There’s also a more cutting edge to Fall Inside which means fans of The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen will want to make room for Fall Inside on their playlists.

The Calls have well and truly broken the mould with Fall Inside. I can only imagine how unholy the walls of noise they conjure in their live performances are.

You can check out the official music video to Fall Inside which premiered on March 6th for yourselves via YouTube.

Keep up to date with the latest releases by The Calls via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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CiiVE – Stationised: Artfully Glacial Alt Electro Pop

CiiVE’s latest single “Stationised” is a glacially crafted indulgent feat of Alt Electronic Pop which any fans of Post-Punk-laced soundscapes are going to want to check out.

Stationised also weaves elements of Ambient Electro Jazz into the mix which introduces tonal warmth into the otherwise cold and haunting yet ethereally mesmerising single. Needless to say, Stationised offers a striking amount of distinction. The authenticity within the electronic instrumentals and samples is only matched by the vocals. It’s moody, it’s artful, and it will undoubtedly freshen up your Electronic Pop playlists.

You can check out CiiVE’s single via YouTube.

You can find out more about the artist and hear more of her music via her website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sleemo – Teeth Tapping: Riotously Fresh Alt Indie Rock

Up and coming UK Alt Rock artist Sleemo dropped their self-titled debut in 2019. Anyone who prides themselves in having their finger on the pulse of brand-new exciting talent will definitely want to get acquainted with it.

While each track is a hit, the perfect introduction to their riotously eclectic sound is “Teeth Tapping”. With Sleemo’s experimentation with elements of Funk, Post-Punk, and Surf Rock along with their devilish tendency to efficaciously dabble with special effects, the immersive distinction in their sound is impossible to miss.

Teeth Tapping was a track born to get sweaty and bruised in a pit to. After hearing the virtuosic nuances in the riffs and becoming enamoured by the vocals which find the perfect balance between abrasive swagger and Indie Rock charm, I definitely won’t hang around if presented with the opportunity to witness a live set from Sleemo

You can check out Sleemo’s single Teeth Tapping along with the rest of their EP via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates from Sleemo via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Philip James Turner & The Crow Mandala – The Loneliest Boy in the World

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If you’re looking for a slice of smile-inducing sonic juicy funk-laced Alt Rock, I couldn’t point you in any better direction than the title track from Philip James Turner & The Crow Mandala’s second album “The Loneliest Boy in the World”

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Bauhaus or The Cure injected a little humour and arcane synth chaos into their music, you may be able to get an idea of what is on offer through the Loneliest Boy in the World. Despite how much playful personability has been injected into the track, it still remains incredibly stylistic. In short, even the most pretentious goth’s aural voids will be filled by this sticky-sweet jam which was never in danger of resonating as saccharine.

If The Loneliest Boy in the World was adapted into a Rock Opera, I’d be amongst the first with tickets.

You can check out The Loneliest Boy in the World along with the rest of the album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Adult Programming – YR FAULT: Riotously Exhilarating Post-Punk

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If you can imagine what Interpol would sound like if they had a riotous sense of humour, you’ll be able to hazard a guess what will greet your ears when you hit play on the upcoming track “YR FAULT” by Adult Programming.

The explosively energetic feat of Post-Punk carries frenzied momentum while simultaneously exuding the dark and despondent stylistic nature of the genre. In short, you’re treated to the atmospherics with none of the pretension. Just pure unbridled exhilarating aural chaos.

If you’ve ever used the expression ‘I don’t want to adult today’ you’re sure to find resonance in the relentlessly fast-paced lyricism penned by the Miami-based artist.

You’ll be able to check out YR FAULT for yourselves from February 14th. Even if you don’t have valentine’s day plans, you’ve got something to be excited about with YR FAULT

Keep up to date with news on the release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LIVE REVIEW: Kill Your Boyfriend and Special Guests, Peer Hat, Manchester 31.01.2020

On January 31st, 2020 Brexiters insipidly celebrated the prospect of monoculturalism. Meanwhile, I embraced the cultural diversity found in another stellar line up curated by Manchester-based promoter Astral Elevator.

With Noisy Italian Psych Post-Punks Kill Your Boyfriend headlining and support from Manchester’s Hey Bulldog and the Dee Vees along with Dublin’s finest Psych Garage Rock act Glossolalia, there was a sticky-sweet melange of Psych-driven noise to delve into.

Hey Bulldog’s socialist approach to Psych Blues Garage Rock left me mesmerised once more; their sound was as tight as the government’s welfare budget. The momentous tensile force behind their deftly orchestrated tracks paired with the disquiet delivery of the sniping lyrics will never fail to blow me away.

Kill Your Boyfriend

Photo Credit: Astral Elevator

The caustic tones of Kill Your Boyfriend may be ringing in my ears some 24 hours later, but it’s a small price to pay for witnessing such an explosively entrancing set which matched the same decibel-intensity of Swans and My Bloody Valentine.

Their darkly despondent experimentalism finds the perfect balance between Noise, Shoegaze, and Post Punk to offer a level of distinction which aggressively resonates in every note delivered.

With their tribal drumbeats, inventively distorted angular guitar progressions and riotously-charged vocals, getting swept up the energy of their anarchic performance is pretty much non-optional. Even in the basement of an indie venue, they were able to deliver an all-consuming performance that allows you to forget that you’re standing in front of three musicians. There was synergistic chemistry found in both their abrasive stage personas and the delivery of their pummelling eerie rhythmic noise.

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Manchester-based poet Leon the Pig Farmer also doused the crowd in his poetic vitriol in between the acts. With the penetrating parables which he’s able to draw from his savage wit and unabashed honesty, each performance cut just as deeply as the last. While many spoken-word artists rely on prosaic methods, Leon the Pig Farmer projects resoundingly raw verses in a way which truly revives the undiluted expression of the beat generation. Whether he’s spitting bars about the graffiti on the Peer Hat toilets or being viscerally honest about his mental health, the weight behind his words leaves an imprint which isn’t easily forgotten.

Perfectly rounding off the night were the guest DJs Kay & Gray with their back to back synoptically eclectic danceable euphoria-dripping earworms. It’s a rarity to hear DJs championing new artists and simultaneously appeasing the crowd. Evidently their needles are on the pulse of some of the best up and coming artists around.

Follow Astral Elevator to keep up to date with their upcoming gigs via Facebook

Artist Links:

Kill Your Boyfriend: Spotify, Facebook

Hey Bulldog: Spotify, Facebook

The Dee Vees: Spotify, Facebook

Glossolalia: Spotify, Facebook

Leon the Pig Farmer: Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant G Foster – Netflix and Chill: Nostalgically Striking New Wave Indie

“Netflix & Chill” invitations may not be the most romantic of proposals. But with their standout Alt Indie Pop single Grant G Foster was able to pull plenty of amorous passion out of the subject.

“Netflix & Chill is just one of the tracks you will find in the up and coming artist’s debut album “Everybody Hates Me”. The outstanding debut will throw you back to the era when The Smiths, Suede, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Cure were king.

With Johnny Marr-style sweet riffs which are tinged with nostalgia and leagues above the two-dimensional Jangle Pop commonly offered, each note was as transfixing as the last. Grant G Foster’s Indie Post-Punk style vocals also add plenty to the mix by infusing the soundscape with an enamouring amount of soul. And if you’re as aurally delicate as me, don’t be surprised if it feels like your heart has hit your throat.

I definitely never expected to say that about a song titled Netflix & Chill.

You can check out Netflix & Chill along with the rest of Grant G Foster’s debut album for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast