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The Hawkeyes rip the chord to entertain us on ‘Wanted Man’

The Hawkeyes rock in with their latest rock infused song called Wanted Man.

The Hawkeyes of Pittsburgh in the USA is a steel city rock 4 piece powerhouse band that forges a pure unique blend of driving rock, rust-belt grit, and big stage headlining attitude persona.

Ripping guitars and pulsing rhythm propel the band’s raw and working-class roots and constant desire for growth. This song is all about knowing who is wanted and who is innocent. Only a wanted man would run and this band ain’t running from nobody. They are on a mission to entertain.

The band’s mentality is one that is focused on elevating to the biggest stages that any working/touring band could imagine but also pays an endearing tribute to its working-class rock ‘n’ roll roots that draw inspiration from the city in which it has lived in, worked for, breathed and loved. I love this mentality and fighting attitude no matter what.

Taken off their latest album ‘Ever for After’, ‘Wanted Man‘ is a fiery rock thunderbolt through the sky and into our souls. This band really rocks and I love the fire in their music style. There is a lot of grit and determination from the Pittsburgh group The Hawkeyes who just make awesome tracks.

Stream here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The Wordsmen have made their debut with the feisty Indie Alt Rock earworm “Spilt”

Exeter-based Alt Rock newcomers The Wordsmen have made their debut with the alchemically volatile single Spilt and brought a playfully abrasive edge back to Indie Alt Rock.

Spilt kicks off with hazy choral tones before the sardonically visceral vocals kick in. From there on out, you’re left to follow The Wordsmens’ tremulous pace which makes predictability an impossibility from the first hit. But considering that Spilt is an earworm which practically begs for repeat attention, you’ll be well acquainted with the energetic hit in no time.

It may be a little harder than usual to muster enthusiasm for debut singles from up and coming bands, but if you’ve got a shred of enthusiasm in you, invest it by hitting play on Spilt. You’ll be generously rewarded by their energetic infusion of Indie, Punk and Garage Rock.

I shouldn’t even need to tell you to get this band on your radar.

You can check out the debut release from The Wordsmen for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brian Setzer fans will want to prepare their playlists for Maple Run Band’s single “Independence Day”

https://open.spotify.com/album/6U3rmwofMLKGg4sItJtEZb

Maple Run Band followed up from their debut single with their roots-deep instantly endearing Americana Country Rock single Independence Day.

Even the jovially plucked guitar strings on the intro made my soul feel lighter. Yet, that was nothing compared to the infectiously melodic choruses which are enrapturing enough to allow you to forget that despite Independence Day recently passing, America really hasn’t had much to celebrate recently.

Instead of equipping their single with an arsenal of futuristic frills, Maple Run Band went right back to old school so that when you hit play, you’re hit with a flood of nostalgia, good vibes, and much needed aural escapism. Any fans of Brian Setzer won’t be able to resist the rhythmic charm in Independence Day. Neither should anyone else with rhythmic pulses to arrest for that matter.

You can check out Maple Run Band’s single Independence Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Old school rockers Greg Hoy & The Boys are back with high energy ”Leaving While You Stay”

Thinking that someone is planning on leaving while in your company is a hard thing to deal with. They seem distant and not quite in the moment. Distraction is the order of the day. It becomes even more awkward when they know that you know. Will this divide you both forever?

Greg Hoy & The Boys are here with their latest single ”Leaving While You Stay” and it’s a real George Kittle smash through the middle with a Super Bowl touchdown. The San Francisco power band don’t mess around and this is fantastic rock and roll song that pulls you out of your grumpy cat mood, fills your soul with deliciously fresh milk and is definitely not kitty litter. You are pulled into an ACDC style song, full of stupendous solo’s and strong vocals that kick you off that couch. Let’s rock out of our slumber they are saying. This track is about being in the moment and whether those around you are already leaving. A powerful message and a situation we all hope never happens. They don’t make too much music like this anymore so let’s cherish this moment. 2020 is full of surprises.

Rock like you used to with the eternally young group from the US via their Soundcloud channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Western Automatic – Lemon Party: Explosively Infectious Melodic Alt Rock

https://open.spotify.com/track/0GsDX4b9oafqcP0GLg6sUJ

If you’re looking for your next fix of melodic aural filth, look no further than Western Automatic’s raucously electric Alt Rock EP “The Fugitive”.

While each of the tracks will make sure that your mind is suitably altered, the best introduction to Western Automatic’s gritty and raw, yet momentously anthemic sound is “Lemon Party”.

With the filthy basslines, heavily distorted guitars carving buzz saw riffs, punchy percussion and the swagger in the vocals Lemon Party has everything you’d hope to hear from a new Alt Rock track. Yet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more infectious chorus in a new Alt Rock track if you turned on the radio today.

The Chicago-based artist has been one to watch since they made their debut in 2014. But after the release of The Fugitive EP, they’ve created the ultimate testament to their talent and proven that they’re an aural force to be reckoned with.

Their fine balance of consciousness-consuming chaotic experimentalism with their ability to write solid, connectable tracks isn’t something we get to hear every day. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Western Automatic’s track Lemon Party for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zach Bair – Rutherford Drive: Soul-Steeped Americana Rock

Zach Bair’s standout single Rutherford Drive is a perfect example of what kind of alchemic energy can spill from the timeless combination of Rock and Soul.

The rhythmically accessible track doesn’t venture all too far from the realms of traditional Americana Rock. Yet, there’s plenty of authenticity to be found in the magnetic soundscape which any fans of Bruce Springsteen, Slash, Sting and Bon Jovi will definitely appreciate. And yes, the guitar solos are just as arrestive as what you’d expect from the aforementioned artists.

Zach Bair and his band possess the rare anthemic atmospheric edge which you’d definitely want to witness live if you got the chance. They’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out the official video to Zach Bair’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Winter Drifter – Outlaw Story: A Super-Charged Modern Take on Old School Rock n Roll

Alberta, Canada Rock n Roll raconteurs Winter Drifter released their latest single Outlaw Story on April 4th. If there’s any new Rock track which will get you in the mood for hedonism and deviance, it’s this gasoline-soaked feat of authentic Rock.

The super-charged raunchy Rock riffs come with a slight vitriolic nuanced pinch of Punk Rock and a side serving of sleaze while keeping the track timelessly raucous. Instead of trying to incorporate novel frills, Winter Drifter went full-throttle with the high-octane relentlessly rhythmic thrills.

Their talent is one thing, the dynamic energy and Vedder-style vocals are quite another. I can only imagine how electrifying a live set from the fourpiece would be.

You can check out Outlaw Story for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Suicide Notes – The Pleasures of Despair: Deviously Trashy Rock n Roll

The Suicide Notes

Rock n’ Roll swagger is hardly uncommon. Yet, all too infrequently is it as bona fide as what The Suicide Notes effortlessly exude with their deviously trashy take on Sleaze Rock.

Each of the four tracks on their debut EP The Pleasures of Despair offer an instantaneous hit of catharsis for the nefarious. Or, just anyone who appreciates their music as filthy as Post Malone’s bathwater.

If you thought that New York Dolls’ tracks were scuzzy, wait until you hit play on Black Dog Howlin. It’s a frenzied feat of unadulterated virtuosic insanity. The blazing solos and rhythmic wrath are quite literally palpitatingly intense.

Track two, Smoke It Like A Cigarette may dial down the momentum slightly. But you’ll still be caught up in the dynamically anthemic energy in the suspense-filled nostalgically arrestive track.

If you weren’t already in awe of Billy Tee’s saw-edged larynx, you will be when you get to track three On The Rocks. The vitriolic feral howls almost allow the Trashy Rock n Roll raconteurs to share reminiscences with Pantera while the tight instrumentals take you right back to the golden era of Sleaze.

The roguishly romantic concluding track Ragdoll is a perfect testament to The Suicide Notes’ experimentalism and talent. With basslines which would get Mr Bungle’s approval and a myriad of progressions for your consciousness to be consumed by, it’s by far the most captivating track on the record for anyone who appreciates genre-defying improv instrumental breakdowns.

To Supplement the release The Pleasures of Despair- Electric which is due for release on June 1st, The Suicide Notes also released The Pleasures of Despair – The Acoustic Demos (Volume 1) on March 16th 2020.

It’s easy to feel like The Suicide Notes played a pretty Machiavellian trick by releasing the acoustic EP first before dropping the super-charged over-driven monster Electric EP.

Instead of fevered high-octane Rock, the acoustic four-track EP allows the accordantly warm instrumentals soak up the jagged angst projected through the pensively weighted lyrics and Billy Tee’s vocals which may be gruff, but they’re far from abrasive.

Pleasures of DespairElectric is now available for pre-order via this link, where you’ll also be able to order the acoustic EP.

Keep up to date with new releases, announcements, and general raucously endearing antics from The Suicide Notes via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Suicide Notes – The Pleasures of Despair: Deviously Trashy Rock n Roll

Rock n’ Roll swagger is hardly uncommon. Yet, all too infrequently is it as bona fide as what The Suicide Notes effortlessly exude with their deviously trashy take on Sleaze Rock.

Each of the four tracks on their debut EP The Pleasures of Despair offer an instantaneous hit of catharsis for the nefarious. Or, just anyone who appreciates their music as filthy as Post Malone’s bathwater.

If you thought that New York Dolls’ tracks were scuzzy, wait until you hit play on Black Dog Howlin. It’s a frenzied feat of unadulterated virtuosic insanity. The blazing solos and rhythmic wrath are quite literally palpitatingly intense.

Track two, Smoke It Like A Cigarette may dial down the momentum slightly. But you’ll still be caught up in the dynamically anthemic energy in the suspense-filled nostalgically arrestive track.

If you weren’t already in awe of Billy Tee’s saw-edged larynx, you will be when you get to track three On The Rocks. The vitriolic feral howls almost allow the Trashy Rock n Roll raconteurs to share reminiscences with Pantera while the tight instrumentals take you right back to the golden era of Sleaze.

The roguishly romantic concluding track Ragdoll is a perfect testament to The Suicide Notes’ experimentalism and talent. With basslines which would get Mr Bungle’s approval and a myriad of progressions for your consciousness to be consumed by, it’s by far the most captivating track on the record for anyone who appreciates genre-defying improv instrumental breakdowns.

To Supplement the release The Pleasures of Despair- Electric which is due for release on June 1st, The Suicide Notes also released The Pleasures of Despair – The Acoustic Demos (Volume 1) on March 16th 2020.

It’s easy to feel like The Suicide Notes played a pretty Machiavellian trick by releasing the acoustic EP first before dropping the super-charged over-driven monster Electric EP.

Instead of fevered high-octane Rock, the acoustic four-track EP allows the accordantly warm instrumentals soak up the jagged angst projected through the pensively weighted lyrics and Billy Tee’s vocals which may be gruff, but they’re far from abrasive.

Pleasures of DespairElectric is now available for pre-order via this link, where you’ll also be able to order the acoustic EP.

Keep up to date with new releases, announcements, and general raucously endearing antics from The Suicide Notes via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jerry Impini has added a new raucous twist to Americana Rock with their latest single “Not Involved”

https://jerryimpini.bandcamp.com/track/not-involved-pre-order-the-jerry-impini-experience

Jerry Impini’s latest single “Not Involved” kicks off with a sonic blast of overdriven guitars which you may not be used to hearing in Americana Rock. But anyone who appreciates fresh new approaches to the genre will definitely want the Texas-based up and coming artist on their radar.

After hearing Jerry Impini’s Duelling Piano Rock track “Been Bad For Me”, we’ve learned that we can always expect attention-piquing ingenuity. Not Involved definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s animated, it’s fierce, and charisma drips from it.

Some of the guitar progressions may not be the cleanest, but the disorder in the track amplifies that raucously infectious Rock n Roll energy which will never go out of style.

You can check out Not Involved for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast