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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

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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

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Jay Man Sun – A New Revolution: Frenetically Riotous Alt Rock n Roll

A New Revolution is just one of the frenetically riotous Alt Rock singles which you’ll find on London-based artist Jay Man Sun’s 2020 EP Love Ability.

After hearing A New Revolution, I’m doubting whether Jim Jones himself was as insane as the accordantly explosive single. By taking elements of Classic Rock, Indie Post Punk and Psych and cranking up the momentum to a head-spinning pace, Jay Man Sun was able to place a high-octane earworm on the airwaves.

If you like having your finger on the pulse of the hottest UK up and coming talent, you may want to get a firm grip of Jay Man Sun sooner rather than later.

I’m no stranger to the Alt Rock underground, but even I couldn’t point you in the direction of a more dynamically pioneering breaking artist. It’s one thing to orchestrate relentless high-energy music, it’s quite another to offer such magnetic charisma and soul simultaneously. The guitar and keyboard solos may very well leave you with palpitations.

You can check out A New Revolution from March 27th, 2020 via SoundCloud where you’ll also find the artists former releases.

Follow Jay Man Sun on Facebook to keep up to date with new releases and tour info.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BattleFlagg – Glastonbury (Is Waiting): Nostalgically Captivating Alt Rock

BattleFlagg’s debut EP “Blood Meridians and the Black Law” instantly pulled us into their intellectually-inspired sound. With instrumentals which will soak you in 90s Indie nostalgia and captivatingly sensitive vocals, the NYC-based artist’s sound is full of quintessential Rock n Roll charm.

The track which really caught our attention was “Glastonbury (Is Waiting)”. The track shares the same stadium-filling energy as the Stone Roses, the melodic guitar intricacies which you’d expect from Johnny Marr and there’s a slight hint of 70s American Punk Rock to ensure that BattleFlagg well and truly made the sound their own.

The production may be slightly Lo-Fi, but the artist’s ability to orchestrate unforgettable melodies is more than perceptible in Glastonbury (Is Waiting). It will allow you to remember a time when Glastonbury wasn’t the sell-out festival it is today.

You can check out Glastonbury (Is Waiting) along with the rest of BattleFlagg’s 2020 album for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Primary Colours – Trip Advisor: Cosmic Riff-Driven Alt-Indie Rock Alchemy

“Trip Advisor” is the instantly enamouring latest single from Newcastle-based Alt Indie experimentalists Primary Colours. Whatever the key to creating a hit instead of just a track, it’s contained in the colourful mind-melting textures of Trip Advisor.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Velvet Revolver, Desert Mountain Tribe, and the Legendary Pink Dots collaborated on a record, you’ll be able to get an idea of the kind of cosmic riff-driven alchemy which Primary Colours offer.

Call me jaded, but there aren’t many bands who can leave me feeling as adrenalized as I felt listening to Trip Advisor for the 1st time (and the 5th). That probably has a lot to do with the volatile kaleidoscopic raucous energy contained in the track. After hearing it on record, I’m making it my mission to hear it live. I can only imagine how blisteringly transcendent a live set from Primary Colours would be.

You can check out Trip Advisor along with the rest of their mesmeric back catalogue via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast