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The Ocean Club – Love Untethered, Love Unknown: Hauntingly Plaintive Shoegaze

“Love Untethered, Love Unknown” is just one of the melodically melancholic singles from the Ocean Club’s first EP “the 707 EP which won’t fail to leave you sobered through the moody 80’s inspired tonality. The reminiscence to bands such as the Chameleons and Echo and the Bunnymen is definitely there. The Ocean Club didn’t hold back when it came to pouring plaintive emotion all over the track in true Post Punk and Shoegaze form.

There may be an overwhelming about of bands attempting to revive the sound in 2018, but very few acts leave you enamoured by reverb-soaked jangly instrumental progressions in the way the Ocean Club do. If that’s what they can achieve with their first EP, then, I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from the up and coming band in 2019.

You can check out The Ocean Club’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PIXEL – Aquí: Pensively Expressive Post Punk

Whilst you don’t quite come to expect a Factory Record sound from an up and coming artist from Mexico, when those anthemic reverb-heavy notes are allowed to hit, my God. It’s quite a treat for a Joy Division. As a Mancunian myself, I can only tell you how amazing it is to hear bands on the other side of the world such as PIXEL creating singles such as Aquí which carries so much of that iconic Manchester sound.

Whilst my unilingual brain sadly couldn’t translate the Spanish lyrics, that took nothing away from the emotivity of the track. The resounding melancholy of the instrumentals alongside the raw expressive capacity of the vocals were more than enough to hook me into PIXEL’s track Aquí.

Aquí is just one of the singles from PIXEL’s second self-titled album which you can check out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Skin Mag – This Just In: A Rhythmically Anthemic Post-Punk Resonance

When a track makes the hairs on the back of your neck to stand to attention to the aural masterpiece that is currently reverberating through you it can almost be impossible to describe the sound. Which is exactly the problem I had listening to Skin Mag’s single This Just In, the Indie band threw Post-Punk, Post-Rock and Shoegaze in a blender to create a decadently raw masterpiece of a track.

With a dreamily melodic rhythm the guitar-driven, synth-swamped track progresses through the lucidly cathartic arrangements to leave you in a transient state of appreciation for Skin Mag’s conceptual sound which would be bordering on haunting it weren’t for the up-vibe glow which the instrumentals audibly possess. At this point, I should probably point out that Skin Mag’s music is incomparable to that of any Post-Punk predecessors thanks to the vocals which are untraditionally delicate, raw and utterly cathartic.

You can check out Skin Mag’s latest anthemically amplified single This Just In over on SoundCloud now – with such a promising debut it’s hard not to get a little bit excited about the potential of Skin Mag. I’m already dying for an album!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FEARS. – PDE: Euphorically Anachronistic Post Punk

For any one with a penchant for Post Punk; you’re in for an absolute treat with FEARS. latest single PDE. The Sheffield, UK based Indie Rock collective have created a sound that you will scarcely believe came out of this decade, their anachronistic undertones draw an unholy resonance to bands such as Talking Heads, The Cure, Gang of Four and the Fall. Yet, the band take their inspiration from acts such as Artic Monkeys and Foals to create a sound that is contemporarily fresh yet still containing that blissful resonance of the Post Punk era.

The funk contained in the bassline was the perfect way to introduce the track which seamlessly progresses with the inventive use of spatial effect to provide a popping, rolling, jangly rhythm which won’t fail to instil a euphorically feel-good hype. With their already radio-ready sound, I’d say it won’t be long until FEARS. are a prominent feature on BBC Radio 6, the instrumental powerhouse of musicians carry a synergy that you won’t hear from up and coming artists every day.

You can check out FEARS. latest single PDE out for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bollard – Yourself: Post Punk Guitar Hooks Have Never Been Sharper

It took about 5 seconds of listening to Bollard’s latest track Yourself for me to declare my love for the Melbourne based collective of musicians who share my affinity for the Alt 90’s sound. Even to describe Bollard’s sound as overwhelming seems like a massive understatement. The resonance from the reverb on the guitars sent shivers down myside as I embraced the punchy sensibility of the up strokes. If you could imagine a more energetic cacophony to Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, you’d get pretty close to imagining the aural alchemy created by Bollard in their latest single Yourself. I can honestly say hand on my (now palpitating) heart that I’ve never heard such visceral electricity from an emerging Post Punk band. Their guitar-driven raucous garage approach to their sound is one that any fans of the Alt 90’s is sure to appreciate. Their pensive vocal narrative is just the icing on the cake.

You can check out Bollard’s latest single Yourself from their album Trawlers on BandCamp now.

Connect with the band and join me in fangirling at them via Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Central Plains – You & Me: Proving Post-Punk Isn’t Dead

If you’re one of those people that keeps their Post-Punk playlists stagnant with sounds that were produced before the 00’s, you might want to check out Central Plain’s new single You & Me.  Not even ten seconds into the track you’re treated to the Peter Hook style rhythmic bass influence which is overwhelmingly palpable, then the track progresses to the haunting atmospherics from Post-Punk bands such as Echo & the Bunnymen, the Smiths and the Cure. Nik Westman’s vocals are the perfect outlet for the poignant lyrics that could rival bands such as the Chameleons when it comes to creating a bitter sweet narrative. Yet, Central Plains latest track You & Me is more than just a revival of a sound that I for one get so God damn nostalgic about. The Brooklyn based band create a haunting yet energetically spectacular soundscape through their ingenious use of psychedelic groove and Jangle Pop guitar renditions.

Central Plains third album will be released April 13th, 2018, but you can check out the stand out single from the album You & Me on Spotify now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Foxfires – Don’t Give Up: An Upbeat Shoegaze Fusion Which Will Make You Redefine the Genre.

With a punchy bassline that sounds as sweet as something that Peter Hook would cook up, The Foxfires latest track Don’t Give Up is a high energy Post Punk Masterpiece, drenched in resonant yet upbeat vibes away from the usual melancholy of the genre.

The Jangle Pop guitars made a Mancunian such as I feel right at home as I soaked up the powerful riffs of the guitar that mesmerise you under one of the tightest drum beats you’ve ever heard. Everything about the New York based collective The Foxfires is just sensational. They will be joining bands such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine on my Shoegaze playlists with their pioneering ‘seagaze’ sound. Their synergy is electric, and the sentimentality behind the track is heart wrenchingly warming. Don’t Give Up was released on Valentines Day 2018 and I can’t help finding that absolutely adorable.

Check out the wonderfully playful official music video on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x7lLd8tbg8

Head on over to Facebook to follow The Foxfires & stay up to date with all their tours and new releases:

https://www.facebook.com/TheFoxfires/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Naval Fuzz – Pickle Juice: The Perfect Rick & Morty Soundtrack

This raunchy, raucous Post Punk Garage Rock trio from Tallahassee, Florida have created a storm with their debut summer track Pickle Juice. Yes it’s a ridiculous name, but their punk guitar riffs, dubbed over vocals, and possibly one of the best basslines I’ve heard since I discovered Jah Wobble helps you to forgive their slight lack of maturity.

Naval Fuzz have created a sound is undeniably their own putting their own stamp on the Alternative genre, yet there’s a slight twinge of influences from bands such as Eighties Match Box B-Line Disaster, with the pounding guitar reverberation whilst the vocalists style is somewhat reminiscent of The Pixies lead singer Black Francis.

The band bring the freshest post punk sound since Public Image Limited as a contemporary cacophony of sound that is nought but intriguing. Through their sound you are treated to a glimpse into the seedy underbellies of these student revellers lives.

Fans are travelling all across America to taste Naval Fuzz’ sound live. Their basement band style gives them an adoring dousing of charm. In a way, I selfishly hope they don’t rise above it.

Check out their debut track via Bandcamp using the link below:

https://navelfuzz.bandcamp.com/track/laguardia

Keep up with their shenanigans/drool over the bassist via Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/NavelFuzz/

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Midwestern Dirt single “Lights & Shapes” has the grit of garage rock

Midwestern Dirt is a driven indie rock band whose music falls under a broad spectrum of genres. Their single “Lights & Shapes” has the grit of garage rock and the melodies of post-punk, echoing the work of artists such as The Pixies, Slowdive or Sonic Youth.

The lead vocals are romantic and hazy, almost reminding me of a young Thurston Moore, singing over an upbeat, yet somewhat romantic melody.

What I really like about this single is the fact that there is a huge dynamic contrast between the verses and the choruses: The song takes a step back, allowing the gritty guitars to clean up and the drums to take it a little easier, going for a full and rich sound. On the other hand, the song truly breaks up, bringing a lot of energy to this mix.

The track, taken from the band’s full-length release “Amendments”, is a great example of this group’s sonic formula.

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A&R Factory Present: Cellar Kid

Cellar Kid’s visually rich video plays with some wonderful imagery:  illusions and allusions that give the viewer a lot to think about. It blends cold and vivid futuristic surroundings with the trappings of horror films but rather than play that obvious card it seems more interested in exploring the anonymity of the modern world and promoting a freer existence away from those technical temptations and traps which we are all slave too.

There is a wonderful image as the video resolves, people race up the stairs towards the light, reminiscent of the final meeting in Close Encounters of The Third Kind the same blind faith sought for in the hazy light of the unknown. This time the unknown turns out to be the real world, their masks are shed and they emerge blinking at the natural light surrounding them.

Musically it is just as rich, sitting somewhere between a clinical, slow dance floor groove, a techno-pop adventure and musical prophecy.  It blends musical futurism with the ghosts of those post-punk krautrock pioneers who set the electronic genre going all those years ago.

Not only a great piece of music and a slick and seductive video but a very import message. It looks like having something to say is back on the menu!

https://www.facebook.com/cellarkid

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