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Giant Buddha – Where Do I: The Swampiest Hit of Salacious Rock n Roll You’ll Hear this Year.

It’s swampy, it’s salacious, it’s slick, it’s Giant Buddha’s latest work of atmospherically alchemic Rock “Where Do I (Get Off)”.

Expect a generous serving of immersive guitar reverb which constantly bleeds through the mix to add the perfect pinch of psychedelic waviness to the otherwise unadulterated Rock n’ Roll rhythms. Even though the influences behind Giant Buddha’s sound are archaic, their soundscapes are more than fit for contemporary airwaves. Any fans of Sonic Youth, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Jesus and the Mary Chain are definitely going to want to check out the edges which Giant Buddha are carving through the Rock genre.

The US-based band take plenty of inspiration from British Rock icons, but they create more than just an assimilation of their sounds. Even if Giant Buddha do sound as though they are no strangers to the streets of Soho.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Teddy Jordan – Closet Bones: An Antagonistically Arrestive Rock n’ Roll Reinvention

Up and coming artist Teddy Jordan’s latest single “Closet Bones” is the unique reinvention of Punk Rock that you’ll soon come to see as a playlist essential.

The intro to the track kicks off with the raucous edge carved by the crunching riffs giving the track a snipingly arrestive energy before the track progresses into the chorus where the tight instrumental arrangement gives off a slightly more Indie vibe.

Yet, throughout the progressions of the track the raw enigmatic potency of the single is never diluted. It’s anthemic, it’s visceral, it’s lyrically arrestive, and it’s a testament to Terry Jordan’s prodigal style as an Alternative artist. If the IDLES managed to carve their way to the top with their angst, I have every faith that the London-based artist Teddy Jordan can do the same.

You can check out the dizzyingly stylish official music video to Teddy Jordan’s single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Malcolm Duff – Senhorita Suite: Rapturously Organic Rock n Roll

While I’ve enjoyed unravelling all Malcolm Duff’s 2018 singles, his 2019 single Senhorita Suite packs a very different visceral punch. Rather than finding poignant ways to explore loss, love and life the Rock n’ Roll Folk track Senhorita Suite a work of infectious euphoria. You may not stumble across new exhilarated Rock n’ Roll frequently in 2019, so, Senhorita Suite runs through with a pinch of nostalgia from the time Rock still possessed soul. Yet, there’s no disputing that Malcolm Duff is an artist who belongs in the contemporary charts for his ability to put together smoothly alchemic tracks with help from co-songwriter Da Silva.

Within the track, his deep and reverberant baritone vocals mix with harmonically diverse vocals, all the while ensuring that the vocals are sitting in perfect synergy with the Funk-laced Rock-driven instrumentals.

From woody acoustics to electric guitar riffs, there’s plenty of texture weaved into Senhorita Suite which is one of the most distinctive tracks we’ve heard from Malcolm Duff. While the melancholically-mused singles are achingly beautiful, with Senhorita Suite he’s proven that he has a deft command over feel-good music too, and we can’t wait to hear more.

You can check out Malcolm Duff’s latest single Senhorita Suite for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Happy Freuds – Push: Rock n’ Roll Sleaze with an Intellectual Twist.

I won’t pretend that I wasn’t already immediately sold by an artist who goes by the title which incorporates a Freud reference. As soon as I hit play there was the immediate impression that my eardrums were in the hands of a Rock band with a nostalgic presence and the ability to revive the endearing archaic tones of Rock in a completely new way.

Happy Freud’s single Push incorporates angular yet jaw-droppingly intricate riffs with the relentless reverberant thuds of the bassline which are sure to leave fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against the Machine and Deftones enamoured. Teo Holmstrom’s vocals were fairly typical of the Garage Rock sound, yet it was the presence of his salacious wit which captivated me most of all throughout this track. There aren’t many up and coming bands with this level of style and talent, which is why it’s an inevitability for Happy Freud’s to receive the notoriety they deserve.

You can check out Push for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colossal Boss – Thinkin’ and Drinkin’: Raucously Anthemic Rock n’ Roll

If a track could be any more Americana, it would be off the map. Yet, Colossal Boss clearly aren’t a Rock n’ Roll act that do anything by half-measures, especially if their latest single “Thinkin’ and Drinkin’” which was released on November 6th is anything to go by. The Seattle-based powerhouse channel all of that sultry, grinding rhythm of the roots of the genre and lace it with a decadently raucous anthemic effect.

Despite the palpable salacity of Thinkin’ and Drinkin’, the lyrics contain raw, organic emotion which doesn’t fail to resonate around the soaring guitar riffs and tight instrumental arrangements. With the breakdowns as immersive as the infectiously composed chorus, there aren’t many Rock inclined audiophiles that would fail to be enamoured by their fresh approach to the genre.

You can check out the official music video to Colossal Boss’s latest single Thinkin’ and Drinkin’ for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Meteor Street – A Dark Red Sky: Archaically Arresting Rock n Roll

“A Dark Red Sky” is the latest single from the up and coming archaically arresting female-fronted collective Meteor Street. Their rhythmically succinct approach to Rock has a Psychobilly edge yet the grinding progressions of the guitar and bass kept the sound firmly in the Rock genre. Whilst the LA-based trio’s soundscapes may carry a reminiscence to artists such as Creepshow, Tiger Army and Hillbilly Moon Explosion the lyricism sets them apart from their more macabre counterparts. Through the lyrics you’re treated to immersive imagery which leaves you even more enamoured by Meteor Street’s unapologetically sultry approach to sound. As much as I loved A Dark Red Sky, it was easy to feel that they were playing it safe with the sound by assimilating what we’ve come to know and love. I’d love to find more authenticity within their later releases sound. Yet, for anyone looking for a revival of the old Rock rhythms, you’re in for a treat.

You can check out Meteor Street’s latest single A Dark Red Sky by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jason Martin – Beggin’ Please: Charismatically Raucous Rock n’ Roll

Is there anything more aurally alchemic than the crunching reverb grinding from heavily distorted guitars? Didn’t think so. Which is exactly why the fuzzy first notes of Jason Martin’s latest single “Beggin’ Please from his upcoming album hooked me and didn’t let go until long after the single had ground to a sensuous halt. There’s a palpable urgency behind Beggin’ Please, which, you’d kind of hope for given the title, but the Nashville-based artist takes it to the next level of emotivity.

If you could imagine what the Black Keys would sound like without the commercialised polish of their music, you’d get a pretty good idea of how Jason Martin’s latest single pans out. Perhaps what I loved most about the single was the complete unpredictability of the guitar progression. The riffs and breakdowns come out of nowhere, yet you keep entrenched in the chaos of the melody in true punk style and plenty of Nashville Blues rhythm.

Beggin’ Please is just one of the sensational hits off Jason’s upcoming album “Alcatraz” which was released on October 5th. Head on over to Facebook for more info, tour dates, or grab yourself some merch.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Benjamin Antony James – We’re All Dead Inside: Rock n Roll Nihilism

Soon enough Benjamin Antony James’ talent for rhythmically sexy Alt Rock will speak for itself. For now, it’s up to me to tell you about the raucously electric smorgasbord of insanity you can expect from his latest single We’re All Dead Inside. With a title like that, you’re never going to be treated to an archetypal soundscape, and the up and coming artist certainly didn’t disappoint in bringing his unique brand of Rock energy to the soundwaves. The high-octane instrumentals featuring soul-splitting guitar solos were one thing, yet the vocals and lyricism were quite another. With a vocal style which sat in between Shinedown and Buckcherry which was constantly shifting with the ever-twisting momentum of the instrumentals it’s hard not to fall in love with the vocal styling. The ultimate cherry on the cake was the existentialism which was antagonistically penned into the lyrics. The commentary on 21st century disparity certainly did prove that we are all dead inside after all.

With a music video that unfolds like a bad acid trip how can you resist heading over to YouTube and checking We’re All Dead Inside out for yourselves?

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Dround Hounds – Broke My Soul: Root Deep Rock n Roll

I’m pretty sure no collective has created a Rock n Roll sound this pure since Iggy Pop recorded the Passenger. There’s just something so archaically sweet about the Dround Hounds single Broke My Soul.

The Atlanta, Georgia based Rock n Roll powerhouse aren’t shy about their rhythmically raucous yet at the same time sonorously sweet soundscape. Broke my Soul doesn’t just carry synergetic melody and the weight carried by the souring guitar riffs, it also captures the essence of the vocalist’s passion for the ultimate emotive effect. Usually when you’re faced with a Rock n Roll track, it’s impossible to just slip into the sound and appreciate the aural alchemy, but that’s just what the Dround Hounds invite you to do with their seamless chord progressions and enigmatic vocal styling.

You can check out Broke My Soul by the Dround Hounds along with their entire 2018 album Broken Hearts & Drunk Feet on Spotify now. Don’t they just have a way with words?!

You can keep up to date with the Dround Hounds latest new releases and tour info via Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ted Marengos – Bataclan: Filthily Riff-Heavy Garage Rock N Roll

Ted Marengos released their debut single back in April 2017 as one of the stand out singles from their album ‘Lifts’, and all I can say is I’m disappointed it didn’t great my ears sooner. Their Garage Rock vibe with a twist of Classic Rock N Roll won me over from the very first rolling riff. (I guess that’s why they call it Rock N Roll, right?). The guitar-heavy sound is the perfect cocktail of raucous sounds if you’re looking for something filthy to liven up your Rock playlists.

I can’t help finding myself in awe every time I listen to their debut hit Bataclan for the way that the band have brought the Classic Rock sound right into the contemporary arena. To anyone with a penchant for Hair Metal, I can’t recommend the Brazilian based Rock outfit enough.

You can check out Ted Marengos’ debut hit Bataclan on SoundCloud. Warning: They’ve thrown in a riff which will quite literally make you weak at the knees. I’d probably sit down for the first listen.

Follow the band on Facebook to keep up with tour dates & new releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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