This New England’s emerging Indie-Rock band was started originally as a writing project, with one member deployed overseas with the United States Military, and the other two working in the live sound world. This group blends elements of alternative and “blink-182” era pop-punk with the emotional and incisive lyrics of front man Kevin McCord, drummer Ben Shumaker, and bassist/programmer Seth Richardson.
This is all about needing to have someone close to you to make sure that you are okay always. Life flips up and down so fast and the partying can get a bit much sometimes without that support.
We Demand Parachutes impress on the punk rockin’ single ‘Ketamine‘. This is a party-filled jam full of party stories and overdoses with a few hospital visits. The energy is swarming, the guitars full of focus and are ferociously driven to make this is a wild story. The vocals are punk-rock and the baselines will remind you of some of your favorite 90’s bands.
Leogang are an up and coming indie five-piece from North East London. ‘Chance In Hell’ is a moody, rocky fusion of alt-pop and punk, the verses bass-heavy with a rolling picked guitar part behind the vocals before the chorus kicks in, all angry distortion and power chords.
‘Is There A Chance’ comes from the forthcoming (self-produced and self-released) ‘Shots Are Coming’ EP and given their pre-lockdown gig calendar there’s no surprise that this sounds like a band playing live, hungry, energetic, the bass a funky, rolling number before the ‘Is there a chance’ breakdown at 2’09”; there’s a Kasabian feel to parts, but it sounds original, comfortable, and fresh all at once. It grooves, it rocks, and it’s got a great earworm hook on that mid-song breakdown before the band rock through to a slow final fade out.
‘Shots Are Coming’ is out now on all major streaming platforms, or you can find Leogang on Facebook and Instagram.
New Jersey band Still Ghost rock in with their awesome lyric video for ‘Look Up‘.
Still Ghost is a high energy rock outfit from central New Jersey who draw influences from late 90’s and early 00’s bands and capture our attention with powerful choruses, aggressive vocals, and catchy hooks.
Soon after parting ways from their previous project, My Lonely Heart, TJ Haefner and Dee DiMeola began writing songs together in the summer of 2018. Once their ideas came together, they brought their new music to drummer Ryan Venancio, who added to the energetic feel of their new music. After months of writing and debating on the name for their new project, the trio officially announced their new beginning in March of 2019 and began playing shows under the name Still Ghost. In late 2019, the band added bassist Liam McNicholas to the line up and this 4 piece band certainly have all the right ingredients to cook some electrifying music together.
This is about getting over those old feelings and being yourself now. You have been hurt and just want to look forward and not upwards. A rocking song with ferocious vocals and terrific bass lines that are so great to listen to.
‘Look Up‘ is the fab new track from Still Ghost as they rip in with this fantastic song that is high tempo and riffs perfectly.
Here is an energetic single to greet our ears so nicely from da22 as they smash through on ‘callingallcars‘.
Inspired by a misheard lyric, da22 (Dead At Twenty Two) explores existentialism in modern youth. In 2020, friends Sebastian Quintero, Destin Johnson, Ryan Denis, and Christian Carcamo formed the American alternative group, marking its debut with the single ‘callingallcars‘- a look into different perspectives and misinterpreted situations. This is a punk rock song that hits all the heights here.
“While all four of us are obsessed with the immediate captivity of a really obvious pop hook, I have an affinity for everything to the left of that.” says da22’s frontman Quintero. “The intensity of distortion, the ambiguity of an indefinable tempo or melody; traits perfected by the likes of Brian Eno and Sigur Rós, are ones I greatly admire. The marriage of both notions has always intrigued me. I think ‘callingallcars’ is a testament to that, which is why we went with it first.”
‘callingallcars‘ is a fun song that certainly jumps the heart into speeding off into the night. The power and skill here musically from da22 is a marvel to lock our ears onto like a comfy pair of headphones.
Marsha Marsha Marsha are back with this terrific punk rock track called ‘Never‘.
Marsha Marsha Marsha is the solo Project of Derik Toy. Derik began his professional musician career in San Diego in California where he honed his skills playing just about anywhere he could.
From the surf inspired rock of Atlantic Records artist Dakoda Motor Co, or The Surfers with Kelly Slater and Peter King (Epic Records), to tearing up the club scene with the funky sounds of Polyester and the Funky Love Bomb, Derik held down the back end with precision. However, it was recording these bands, and working in the studios that Derik learned of his love for engineering and production.
Now a father of 4, and not interested in touring, Derik prefers the family life with his own studio. Derik writes and records along with various session musicians. He has released numerous tracks under different monikers, and continues to write and perform fun pop music with a rock edge with his latest band Marsha Marsha Marsha.
This is all about wanting that special one in your life and never letting go. Can this love story end well or will it not?
Marsha Marsha Marsha bring us a fiery punk-rock song that kicks you into motion and your perspective is back. This is just quality music all the way. ‘Never‘ is a fine song from the Californian band.
Atlanta GA-based Alt-Rock trailblazers Play Center released the official video to their latest single 2020 on June 29th, any fans of the Alt 90s sound will want the scuzzy and absorbingly vitriolic Indie Punk Rock hit in their ears.
There may be reminiscences to the likes of Sonic Youth and Mud Honey in 2020 but Play Center revived their distorted friction-soaked sound with brand-new all too relatable angst and raw energy which would have the capacity to lead the crowd into a frenzy. Gigs may not be happening right now, but when they are, you’ll want the misleadingly-titled powerhouse on your radar.
You can check out the official video to Play Center’s single 2020 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
There will be plenty more to come from Play Centre in 2020 and beyond. Follow them via Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest releases.
UK Melodic Ska-Punk Rock band 3dBs Down drop new album ”Get Your Retaliation in First” on the 31st July and this is a teaser to get you in the mood for this hotly anticipated release. The Kent band furiously showcases their new music with small clips of all the new songs and this has got me licking my lips.
The band from Gravesend tease the new song list with announcements that ”Everyone Here is Better Than You”, ”Count To A Million”, ”Light On A Dark Day”, ”Idiot Ignorant Evil”, ”Greatest Day” and ”Moussaka” will be the tracks on the new output via Indiegogo.
On Friday 10th July the band will be releasing the brand spanking new single and the first for 15 years. ”Count To A Million” will be out on all streaming platforms and is the first single out.
Merit Maker is the music project of bassist and vocalist from Philadelphia’s Joe Stanton. All songs are original material written, composed and performed by Joe with the collaboration of other music artists from his town.
”Playing The Part” is the rocking punk rock song that we used to listen to back in the 90’s. There is so much Blink 182 and Green Day mixed in here that is brought me back to those times. With such an impressive energy here, I absolutely love the vibe here. With flying vocals to unashamedly smashing drums, this is the track we needed to fly through the year.
Joe Stanton and his band Merit Maker impress with his fast and furious punk rock skating soundtrack. This is sweaty music for those who love and appreciate the genre. ”Playing The Part” is one of those tracks that you will want to play very loud this summer.
Check out the debut album ”Judgement Calls” on Spotify.
Stream this new banger from the band here on their Soundcloud.
If it’s been a while since you found an Alt-Indie artist worth getting excited about, prepare to be elevated by Petty Cassettes’ feverishly exuberant fourth single “Lately”.
Lately kicks off with a humble Indie prelude before the soundscape takes a tremulous turn and evolves into a raucous feat of Punk. Admittedly, you won’t hear many other Punk tracks with solos as sweet as the ones you’ll find in this consistently exhilarating hit. That’s where the nuanced infusion of Rock worms its way into the anthemically-charged track and starts to dominate the soundscape.
What more could you possibly ask for from an Indie hit? As far as we’re considered, Petty Cassettes have offered it all with Lately. It’s the kind of track you hear once and make it a firm fixture on your playlists so you can get a repeat hit of the volatile aural catharsis and the captivating instrumental talent. I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget those Slash-style solos or the easily connectable jaded lyricism.
You can check out Petty Cassettes’ single Lately for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
This is a group that is fed up with all the nonsense around us in the world. They rage through the machine style and rock the speakers until they are smoking with anger. This is music that inspires and would make an awesome movie soundtrack. This is the follow up track to ”State Of I’‘ which was reviewed in April by Amelia Vandergast.
Canadian act Under Stolen Skies needed a way to tackle the frustrations towards the corrupt systems that regulates their society and feel that things are way to cruel and unjust right now. A brave stance indeed and one that must be applauded. They are fed up and taking a stand with such a powerful song.
Nu Metal punk rockers Under Stolen Skies sing and rap their way into our sights with a powerful political statement that fits 2020 like a tight glove. ”Kill Corrupt” urges the world to open up their eyes to not be complacent anymore and stop all the wrongs that are happening right now. We live in a crazy world and this smashing track is all about being unified. That is the only way to make this beautiful planet better again.
Stream this angry Punk-Metal band right here on their Spotify page to hear more.