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J.Kelley Cooks Up Mesmerising Melodies with Latest Single “I Don’t Want To”

J.Kelley’s latest single “I Don’t Want You” certainly isn’t your average Rock track, yet, despite the amount of distinction in their sound, you’ll find that it’s all too easy to slip into.

While it may take a while before the momentum really picks up with the single – even for a progressive single, once you’re in the sticky sweet confines of the chorus it’s evident that it was well worth the wait.

J.Kelley has that unmistakable Classic Rock vocal edge which is well and truly implanted in the roots of the genre but it is within the instrumental arrangements I Don’t Want To gets a little experimental. The guitar effects leave the single with an almost Post Punk energy given the amount of alchemic atmosphere which was deftly conjured through the effects on the guitar-led instrumental arrangement.

You can check out J.Kelley’s single I Don’t Want To for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Westernauts took Western Rock a Sonic New Plateau with their Standout Single “Gunfighter”

Hitting play on any track from The Westernauts is like stepping into a TARDIS and being ricocheted back in time. Well, it would be if the Austin Texas based artist left the synths out of their archaically inviting Rock sound – but let’s face it, the aural cocktail of futuristic elements with roots of the past is always going to be slightly intoxicating.

Their debut 2019 album “Enigmatic Future” features 10 sonorously striking singles, but Gunfighter serves as the perfect introduction to the style of The Westernauts. The single possesses the same galloping rhythms as you would expect from the Western Rock sound. While that would ordinarily be enough to lead you through a track archetypal to this genre, you’re also treated to lush sonic waves of synth. Someone might want to tell the Arctic Monkeys that this is how you fuse electronica into Rock.

You can check out Gunfighter along with the rest of the latest album from The Westernauts for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colman – the Stars in the Night: Maturely Stylistic Rock

“The Stars in the Night” is the latest single by up and coming singer-songwriter Colman who lends plenty of inspiration from the roots of Rock for his contemporarily vibrant style.

Before you even hit the chorus in the Stars in the Night, you realise as you listen to the depth of Colman’s passion just how few records truly resonate with the same unfiltered, undiluted soul. You can hide behind all of the digital effects you like, but there’s no amount of production which can infuse that raw essence and energy into a single just as Colman has done naturally with the Stars in the Night.

The strength of Colman’s vocals matches the conviction found in the delivery of the lyrics. And of course, no review of the Stars in the Night would be complete without paying ode to the seamless guitar progressions and maturely stylistic riffs which lead the way right through this mix.

You can check out Colman’s latest single the Stars in the Night for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zach Hurst’s Latest EP Gives Us Five More Reasons to Appreciate Their Guitar Fret Flair

It is becoming increasingly rare to come across a guitarist with the ability to captivate you through fretboard mastery alone. Sadly, that doesn’t stop many artists trying and clogging up the airwaves. But soundscapes as veracious as found in Zach Hurst’s latest instrumental guitar-led EP “Repeat” are always going to be set apart with absolute distinction.

“After the Collapse” is the perfect introduction to the Phoenix, Arizona-based artist’s mesmeric ability when it comes to finding the perfect notes which offer a high-octane fusion of Thrash Metal, 90s Rock and Blues. The track kicks off with intricately unfathomable crunching progressions before the melody hits and each new chord will serve as a stark reminder to how immersive After the Collapse is. The single may be under two minutes long but with the relentless pace of the single, that’s all the time Zach Hurst needs to leave you hooked

You can check out After the Collapse along with the rest of the tracks from Zach Hurt’s latest EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pennan Brae – Crashland: Meet Your New 70s-Inspired Guitar Hero

If you’re looking for a hit born of visceral feeling and vintage sound, look no further than Pennan Brae’s “Crashland”. The single is just one of the masterful soundscapes you can find on the soundtrack to the film ‘the Astronot’, and with Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar onboard you can be sure that Crashland is anything but your average archaic Rock track.

The Vancouver-based artist uses his 70s-inspired sound will take you right back to the time before artists depended on effects to make their guitar progressions sound impressive. Instead, Pennan Brae uses intricately indulgent string arrangements which sit in a potent high-octane mix. Crashland shared a lot of reminiscence with Johnny Marr’s solo work – which pretty much stands as a testament to what Pennan Brae can achieve with a fretboard; there really is no overstating how much maturity and stylistic talent is found within the single.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Katye Kellye and the Interruption – Suddenly Everything Changes: Charismatically Arrestive Rock

Finding an authentic Female voice in Rock can be difficult, there are the icons who set themselves apart with distinction and there are those which assimilate. The vocal dynamics on display in Katye Kellye and the Interruption’s latest single “Suddenly Everything Change” are most certainly the former.

Katye Kellye’s ability to cook up an infectious vocal melody becomes perceptible from the very first verse as she puts all of her charisma into the performance. The vocals perfectly gel with the unadulterated Rock arrangement which has been deftly orchestrated by her band to create an organic sound with plenty of cutting energy.

The fact that Katye Kellye waited 35 years to release her latest album is nothing short of criminal. Her unique energy is more than deserving of a spot on the airwaves. There are so few female artists willing to put their all into a performance with little regard whether it comes off perfumed and sultry. Which is just one of the reasons why Suddenly Everything Changes is so refreshing to listen to.

You can check out the new track by Katye Kellye and the Interruption for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rock Artist WELCOME TO THE NUMB Hits All the Melancholic Notes with Latest Single “Walls”

WELCOME TO THE NUMB created a melancholic masterpiece with their latest single “Walls” which was released on January 1st, 2019.

While the intro starts out with a soundscape to enamour any fans of Radiohead, the progressive single from the Australian Rock artists soon picks up with the momentum.

The piercing pensive magnetism definitely isn’t lost through the soaring guitar riffs which sit in such a tight arrangement with orchestral strings while all restraint is lost with the vocals.
While the vocals kick off with a slight Indie Rock feel, by the time the track fades out you’ve been treated to guttural screams and undiluted passion. Sharing the same level of vocal talent as Disturbed, Linkin Park and Shinedown it’s impossible to see how WELCOME TO THE NUMB could remain on the underground for much longer.

You can check out the official video to the latest track from WELCOME TO THE NUMB for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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It’s Time to Get Excited Meteor Street’s Latest Indulgently Unapologetic Single “Dashboard”

If lyrical ingenuity, unapologetic attitude, and fuzzy distortion are your cup of tea, prepare to have your thirst quenched by one of the most promising up and coming bands around right now.

Los Angeles Rock newcomers Meteor Street released their latest single “Dashboard” on January 27th, 2019.

Right from the first lyric, you’re hooked into the intellectually raw lyricism which is made even more resonant through the vocal styles of sisters Alison Belle and Emily Bews.  There’s a slight grungy tonality to Dashboard, yet, not all of the instrumentals rely on reverb. Expect sporadic Tom Morello-style riffs which cut through the indulgently moody soundscape cooked up by Meteor Street.

You can check out Dashboard for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Death Saddle Syndicate – I Entertain No One: Strikingly Harmonic Rock

If more Rock bands had the ability to conjure such striking harmony through their sound, the future of guitar music probably wouldn’t be in question. But thanks to Death Saddle Syndicate your faith can once again be restored.

Their latest single “I Entertain No One” was released in November 2018 and serves as the perfect introduction to their sound. Which, despite the title of the track packs in the infectious grind of Rock n Roll with none of the amped up aggression which so many artists turn to in the hopes of creating high-octane Rock track. With vocals that would be of sure appeal to fans of Incubus, Deftones, Shinedown and Disturbed and an intricately progressive soundscape which lets you enjoy the ease of the rhythm in the guitars I Entertain No One toes the perfect balance between potent energy and poignancy through the lyricism.

You can check out Death Saddle Syndicate’s latest single I Entertain No One for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Black Star Jackals – Problems: Shoegaze Guitars Meet Resonantly Piercing Rock Vocals

Incubus fans, you’re in for an absolute treat. Black Star Jackals have recently released their debut self-titled EP and contained within EP is the standout single “Problems”. If the choruses weren’t so infectious, I probably would have shed a tear.

The soundscape which combines atmospheric Shoegaze guitars with Rock melodies serves as the perfect platform for the ethereally piercing vocals to rest on. The pitch-perfect production of the track allowed Black Star Jackals vocalist’s to rest above the rest of the mix; you definitely wouldn’t want to miss even one arrestive note.

There’s really no over-exaggerating what a promising debut this is from the Glaswegian 4-piece melodically gifted powerhouse.

You can check out the Black Star Jackals’ latest single “Problems” for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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