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The Final Sound – Crimson Skies: An Atmospheric Revival of Post Punk

If you’re always looking for the latest evolutions in Alt Rock, that’s exactly what you’ll find in the latest genre-mashing single “Crimson Skies” from the NYC-based trio The Final Sound.

While you’ll find plenty of elements which will drive you right back to the golden era of Shoegaze and Post Punk, you’ll also appreciate the contemporary Alt Rock drive and ingenuity which has been put behind the single.

Fans of Joy Division, the Cure, and Depeche Mode definitely shouldn’t hang around in placing the Final Sound on their radar. Their ability to capture the atmospherics of Post Punk and infuse it into a contemporary veracious single set the Final Sound apart with perceptible distinction. Needless to say, it’s accessible from the first hit, which may have a lot to do with how much synergy is found in the seamlessly tight instrumental arrangement.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Johnathan Christian – Car Crash Romance: Ominously Indulgent Post-Punk

I can’t quite remember the last time a prelude to a track filled me with the same amount as nervous anticipation as what I palpitated through after hitting play on the latest single from the Post-Punk powerhouse Jonathan Christian.

After the eerie creeping tonality coming from keys and synth, “Car Crash Romance” certainly doesn’t disappoint as it brings in a new fresh darker wave of doom and morbidity.

Despite the synergy of the instrumentals and electronic effect, there was a sense of volatility behind the single. It’s the aural equivalent to falling in love with Ted Bundy, and I’m definitely here for it. Even with the ominous indulgence, Car Crash Romance carries the same stylistic sensibility which you could expect from the likes of Joy Division and Depeche Mode.

If anyone has the right to take the reigning Goth crown from Peter Murphy, it’s Christian Granquist for his mesmeric snarls. Describing Car Crash Romance as entrancing really wouldn’t be a stretch; it’s the darkest most danceable Post-Punk I’ve heard this side of the 80s. The single pulls together the same instrumental euphoria as bands such as Covenant, VNV Nation, and And One, yet with their own unique style, they infused caustic Post Punk which any fans of the Editors are sure to appreciate.

You can check out Johnathan Christian’s latest single Car Crash Romance for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Syntax Error – Depth Charged: Psychedelically Gritty Post Punk

Post Punk may have been around since the 70s, but it is with no hesitation that I recommend Syntax Error as a band which you will have never heard the like of before. The Sydney-based quartet has kept the same archaic haunted sense of mesmerism in the atmosphere of the tracks in their upcoming debut album “Message”; yet, there is still plenty of contemporary distinction. The variance in their sound largely stems from the infusion of Psychedelic elements which give the rhythms a serpentine grip – but in short, there are very few ways to allude to just how alchemic Syntax Error’s tracks are.

With each track as indulgent as the last, picking a standout single was never going to be easy, but the instrumental track “Depth Charged” will welcome you into a soundscape of muddy basslines, tight snapping drum rolls, and guitar licks which slide against the Theremin. The synergy contained within the instrumentals is captivating enough alone.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer until you can check out the latest album from Syntax Error which will be released on May 17th, 2019, but you can check out some of their single releases via their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Ringards – Stay Where You Stand: Post Punk’s Most Alchemic Reinvention So Far

Every time I hear a new track which has been created to assimilate a former sound and fit neatly in a genre it wouldn’t be overly dramatic to say that a little bit of my optimism for the future of the music industry dies.

Thankfully, then there are artists such as the Ringards creating delectable smorgasbords of sounds and experimenting with elements and energies in an act of pure aural alchemy. The Hackney, London based newcomers may be fresh from their inception, yet, perceptibly this has no impact on their already matured stylistic take on Indie.

Their latest single “Stay Where You Stand” combines the atmospherics of Post Punk with jauntier choruses which you can’t help getting swept up within. While many artists try to be as experimental and as outlandish as they can possibly be, that’s perceptibly not the case when it comes to the Ringards; you can practically sense the catharsis which came from pulling the soundscape together in Stay Where You Stand.

You can check out Stay Where You Stand for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


LIINES Live Review: The Evolution Post Punk Was Waiting For

Manchester Academy, March 15th

Call me biased, but Manchester will always be the home of Post Punk. And while there are so many great Northern artists to share stages with, there aren’t many who share the same level of visceral energy, presence and bracing attitude that LIINES possess.

Getting the chance to check them out in support of Sleaford Mods at Manchester Academy was the ultimate affirmation that their sound was never intended for a small audience.

With the incredible reception they got in their hometown, it was clear that many of the attendees who ambled in early to check out the support walked away with a new-found respect for LIINES. I suppose they had very little option in surrendering themselves to the caustic enamouring potency of the instrumental arrangement sitting in perfect synergy with Zoe’s vocals which are as resounding as they are emotively piercing.

There’s no hanging around for the hooks with their tracks, that hits you right from the prelude, and that’s just one of the reasons why it is so impossible to choose a favourite track from LIINES. They weren’t apathetic about making them, so you can’t be about picking one!

Instead of choosing to layer their sound with swampy distortion there’s a transparency in the sound which allows you to appreciate the soaring dynamics in Zoe’s vocals, the reverberantly deep throbs of Tasmin’s bass and each rhythmic hit from Leila’s drums. They may not be the loudest, or the heaviest, but that doesn’t stop them from creating the hardest hitting Post Punk around right now.

So, whether you get the chance to check them out live (DO IT!) or buy their 2018 debut album “Stop – Start” (Do that too!), the effect is still the same; an immediate hit of raw, candid catharsis.

To check out LIINES for yourself head on over to Bandcamp.

Head on over to their Facebook & Instagram to keep up to date with tour antics – they’ve still got plenty of dates left on the Sleaford Mods tour along with headline & festival dates.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joey Sherman – Uninvited Change: A Melodic Progressive Twist on Post Punk

There was no forgetting Joey Sherman after hearing his single Indian Summer at the start of 2018, and he didn’t let 2018 draw to a close without releasing another stunningly cathartic single.

“Uninvited Change” dropped on December 23rd, and once again he’s created a sound so genre defying that it almost makes you wonder if he curated it to leave music journalists a little stuck when it comes to encapsulating the progressive sound.

What you won’t usually find in arrangements which let the instrumentals lead the way is a feeling of soulful euphoria, but with Uninvited Change there’s no denying that the passion and energy put into the track doesn’t hit you. There’s no need for candid lyrics, just the synergy between the piano and rhythmic electric guitar riffs.

Even with the lo fi production on the track the hypnotic potency of the melody goes uncompromised. If you could imagine a mash up between the Beatles and Post Punk bands such as Magazine and PIL, you’d get an idea of just how mesmerizingly refreshing the single, and you’ve got seven whole minutes to immerse yourself in the soundscape which seems to pull you in deeper with each progression.

You can check out Joey Sherman’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


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


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


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


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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