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Tremantis releases their latest anthology Hey Me

Quartet Tremantis have released their recent five-track collection ‘Hey Me’, infusing the sound of Punk to escape into more of a Blues Rock, it will leave you wanting more.

It’s a fact that this band always takes you by surprise with their rather diverse choice of genres, from the loud, electrifying style to the more uplifting and fun blues, it’s such a peculiar mixture but it works so perfectly.

Starting off with a bit more chaotic and emphasising the fact that they can sure bring their Rock style to their music, with the thunderous drum beats and the electric guitar riffs lighting up the instrumentation, as well as the raucous vocals. Then you have the more high energy, funky beat, and the soft vocals, showing that diversity and how insane it can sound.

This band is definitely one to check out, it’s great to see a group that isn’t afraid to mix it up and they are what this year needs.

Listen to Tremantis EP Hey Me by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Subject 72 have released single Mad: A funky bit of Reggae infused with the loud and chaotic Rock element

The duo Subject 72 have released their most recent piece ‘Mad’, a rather diverse choice of genres as they incorporate Reggae with Punk Rock.

Pulling many similarities from bands such as Sum 41, bringing in that lively up-beat drum solo, hitting against the snare and clashing against the cymbal. Using a funky tune giving it a mixture of Reggae sounds to go through the overall Rock style of the track.

Having that more raucous tone, it’s deep and tends to stay at the same minimum volume, this piece is nothing crazy, it’s very mellow even when the instrumentation comes in. Intertwining the voice in with the hardcore drum beats, then towards the end, the electrifying guitar shreds come in to bring the song to its end.

These guys are ones to add to your playlist, be sure to check out their other track Losers.

You must check out the latest single Mad by Subject 72 by heading on over to Spotify now, you don’t want to miss this one!

Review by Karley Myall

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Punk Rock Newcomers Lost Planet Airmen Have Made Their Debut with “The Brightside”

As Canadian Indie Punk Rock artist Lost Planet Airmen were preparing to release their debut single, the world prepared to lockdown. Thankfully, their raucously cathartic debut single “The Brightside (of Genocide)” made it onto the airwaves just in time.

The scuzzy overdriven electric guitars lead the way into this sonically-charged feat of Punk which carries the same stinging conviction as tracks by Punk pioneers.

While we may be able to find nostalgic comfort in tracks by the Dead Kennedys and Rancid, tracks such as The Brightside which capture the contemporary frustration over being gaslit by a genocidal government are essential. It’s more than music. It’s proof that we’ve all got the tickets to the same shitshow and we’ll watch it unfold together. It’s validation, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a healthy outlet for the angst that we’re currently stockpiling alongside toilet paper.

You can check out The Brightside for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Keep up to date with new releases from Lost Planet Airmen via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dan Bibby and The Aesthetic Knobs – Mind Over Mind: Punchy Adrenalized Alt Rock

If you’re on the lookout for some punchy adrenalized Alt Rock, look no further than the latest release “Mind over Mind” from up and coming artist Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs.

Instead of narrowly squeezing their sound into a constrictive Alt Rock genre, you’ll be able to pick up on hints of everything from Pop Punk to Old School Anarcho Punk to Garage Rock, and a whole lot more. Mind Over Mind is a supercharged hit which might need a whole lot of convincing to leave your synapses alone after you’ve heard it.

Any fans of Against Me!, Rancid, Rise Against, and Social Distortion will definitely want to check out the contemporary vitriolic raucous earworm.

You can check out the official video to Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs’ single Mind Over Mind via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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District 13 – Soma: Transfixingly Dark Evocatively Visceral Heavy Alt Rock

We’re always on the lookout for breaking bands who bring brand-new energy to Rock. And District 13 certainly didn’t disappoint with their transfixingly dark, evocatively visceral offering of Alt Rock “Soma”.

The instrumentals may be heavy, but there’s a striking amount of melodicism to ingest as the progressive hit unravels. Each new evolution in sound leaves you with yet another affirmation of District 13’s talent when it comes to fusing elements of Punk and Heavy Metal. You get the snappy riotous energy of Punk, orgasmically sweet guitar riffs, and harsh heavy tones all wrapped up in one sublime aural package.

That’s all without mentioning the vocals. If Jesus himself wept, it wouldn’t be as emotive as what guitarist and vocalist Jon Hartz Wild brought to Soma. The guttural drawn-out jagged whiskey-soaked screams will stay with me quite some time. But despite all of the raw emotion forcibly thrown into Soma, there was still plenty of upbeat energy to ensure that the track comes to a close without leaving you feeling like you’ve been put into an existential hole.

I’d be willing to put money on the London-based trio’s taking the scene by storm in 2020.

You can check out the official music video to District 13’s latest single Soma via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaleido Bay – Liberation: A Vitriolically Charged Alt Rock Playlist Essential

From the moment you hit play on UK Alt Rock artist Kaleido Bay’s latest single “Liberation” the frenetic energy pulls you in. It’s a high-octane convictive aural force to be reckoned with, but it definitely isn’t without its melodicism.

With juicy choruses, anticipation filled-breakdowns, and mind-blowingly dynamic instrumentals, we can quite honestly say that we’ve never heard anything like this before. They promise to deliver a full tonal palette, and sure enough, there’s a frenzied kaleidoscope of colour in Liberation.

It’s punchy, it’s riotous, and it’s innovative enough to offer little in the way of reminiscences to other artists. Yet there are faint elements of Metal, Rock, Post Punk, Punk, and No Wave all weaved into the mix making Liberation indulgently accessible from the first time you’re fronted with the angsty aural alchemy.

The fact that I wrote this review on the same day which the Manic Street Preacher’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of Masses Against the Classes feels serendipitous. Just as I was mourning the lack of vitriol found in politically-charged music, Kaleido Bay crashed onto my radar.

You can check out Liberation along with Kaleido Bay’s earlier releases via Spotify now.

Follow the band on Facebook to keep up to date with their releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Decrees – Liberté: Riotously Magnetic Indie Rock

Scotland-based Indie Rock powerhouse The Decrees not so subtly crashed onto our radars with the bitingly raucous hit “Liberté” at the end of 2019.

Their riotous energy had us hooked from the prelude. If you could imagine an aural mash-up of Generation Terrorists-era Manic Street Preachers, Velvet Revolver, the Strokes, Babyshambles, you may be able to get an idea of what Liberté offers.

Guitarist Callum Bell deserves a monolithic ego for their ability to carve out such striking riffs and keep the momentum throbbing right the way through Liberté. While vocalist and synth player James Miller found the perfect balance between swagger and charisma through their high-octane performance.

We’ll definitely be keeping our ear to the ground to find out what comes next from the Decrees.

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

Keep up to date with the latest releases from The Decrees via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Choked Up – Home: Riot Grrrl Attitude Meets Punchy Pop Punk Rhythm

https://chokedup.bandcamp.com/track/home-2

I got pretty excited to hear Babes in Toyland are releasing new material. I got even more excited to discover an up and coming band exuding the same raw, unfalteringly visceral Riot Grrrl energy.

Brooklyn-based fascism-overthrowing Queercore Punk artist Choked Up has recently released their latest single “Home”. The bouncing rhythms make it all too easy to share in the same dynamic energy of the track while the guitar solos make it all too evident that that Choked Up is a powerhouse outfit.

There’s a rarely found expressive animation within Cristy C. Road’s vocals which is boundlessly resonant. If you’re looking for empowering tracks to add to your playlists, it’s safe to say that there are few as efficacious in enabling you to harness your angst as Home.

Stream and download Home via Bandcamp. Or, you can watch the music video via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yammerer Have Dropped Their Most Absorbingly Chaotic Track Yet with “Airport”

Any fans of Fontaines DC and the Fall are going to want to check out the latest single “Airport” from Liverpool-based Alt Rock artist Yammerer. The deadpan swaggering vocals may share reminiscences with iconic artists. Yet, Yammerer has perceptibly strived to make the cutting, punchy instrumentals as distinctive as possible. You’ll only need to hear the jagged, bendy guitar progressions to know that they’ve succeeded in their endeavour.

With elements of Surf Rock and Chamber Psych weaved into the Punk soundscape, the guitars sear through their absorbing riffs and spill a kaleidoscope of high-energy psychedelic colour.

After hearing Yammerer on record, I won’t sleep on any chances to see them live.

Check out Airport which was released on November 21st for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lazerlips – Free Spirit: Riotously Frenzied Alt Rock

Right from the first burst of frenzied guitars, there’s a sense that up and coming artist Lazerlips’ single Free Spirit is much more than your archetypal offering of Alt Rock.

Any fans of Mudhoney and similar riotously fierce Alt Rock bands will definitely approve of the fast-paced driving energy put behind the single which was released last year as part of Lazerlips debut EP “My Veins”. There’s also a touch of the Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster weaved into the high-octane hit. Yet it could be most accurately described as the Strokes on speed.

Here’s to hoping that the Melbourne-based three-piece have more aural caustic alchemy in store for us soon.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast