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Sam Mudd smashes through the year with fantastic ”All of Your Friends”

Upcoming artist Sam Mudd from Iowa in the USA is back with a fab track called ”All Of Your Friends”. This is lofi-fi rock with an edm twist and it’s a rad track to send us a good vibe in 2020.

This is the follow up to the awesome debut called ”Where Are You” that certainly made a big impression last month with our team.

This song is all about partying and wanting to be close as friends again. The world has closed up and so has our human connection which is so sad to see. I love the punchy production on this one and it’s a terrific song full of weight and intriguing moments. Sam has a good voice and will certainly be a favorite when festivals are back on in 2021.

Check out Sam’s Facebook for more info on gigs and new music coming out soon.

Stream this new song right here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Ohio-based Pop Rock Powerhouse The Scenic Route set the airwaves on fire with their latest release “I’m Giving You Up!”

Right from the first verse in Ohio-based Pop Rock powerhouse The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! the evocative urgency, conviction and unbridled emotion hit you. Despite the emotional weight behind the single, it definitely won’t leave you feeling bruised. It’s packed with unapologetic empowerment. If you’re in two minds about texting your ex, listen to this fiercely powerful hit first. It’s visceral enough to shift your perceptions and amplify the self-worth you had when you hit play on the fiery masterful soundscape.

The energy from the extremely nuanced instrumental arrangement matches the same high-octane punch delivered by the vocals. I’m Giving You Up! is so much more than your average Pop Rock track with the slight infusions of Garage Rock and the guitarist’s ability to tear tones from all over the tonal palette. Expect absorbing solos, intricately mind-blowing breakdowns and all kinds of other undefinable aural alchemy from the instrumentals. I think I’ve just discovered a new guitar hero.

You can check out The Scenic Route’s latest single I’m Giving You Up! for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LA-based Fastride slide with rock anthem ”Tire Slayer”

The LA-based Fastride impress yet again with a power rock anthem called ”Tire Slayer” that is polished and catches their irrepressible energy perfectly. This is an excellent act that are on the forefront of rock music that is current but also carries with it, that stunning old-school rock sound.

Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is the leader and the powerful guitarist/songwriter. He is active with his band Fastride and also as a solo blues musician that performs nationally. Ty’s work as a touring musician has led him to share the stage with so many quality artists. He has also pursued teaching since leaving school, but does not limit his lessons to only the classroom. Ty leads ensembles, week long camps, and hosts clinics/seminars at School of Rock locations in the Los Angeles Area. This is a true music fan that wants and does give back to the music community.

Tire Slayer’‘ slides in with much gusto and is one of the standout rock tracks of 2020. The up-tempo power and splendid riffs shows the quality of this fine band. Fastride just want to rock out and must be itching to jam for their fans live again.

Stream this power track here on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

 

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Nate Wilkinson is set to release their resounding Alt Folk Rock single “Better Days”

Nate Wilkinson

We’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak preview of up and coming Alt Folk Rock artist Nate Wilkinson’s upcoming single “Better Days”. It’s safe to say that the airwaves are in for a potent infusion of sincerity when the passionately masterful soundscape drops.

With vocals and intricate guitar work which could give James Dean Bradfield a run for their money, Better Days is not only a deftly-crafted feat of Rock. The visceral intensity makes it so much more. I’m always of the opinion that lyricism should be striking and unapologetically honest, Better Days is one of the rare tracks which doesn’t disappoint.

By all definition, Better Days is a captivating hit. Whether you’re a Folk fan or have a penchant for the raucous licks in Rock, you’ll want Nate Wilkinson on your radar.

Better Days is due for release on July 10th. You’ll be able to check it out for yourselves via SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can check out Nate Wilkinson’s other optimism-inspiring tracks.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jesus Ayala Jr drives in with grungy garage-rock single ”Chance”

Jesus Ayala Jr is a garage-rock singer from Chicago in the USA. Together with an American White Fender Stratocaster, Jesus aims to relive the glory days of the early-2000’s Garage Rock/Indie Rock/Post-Punk Revival era. He is inspired by bands such as The Strokes, The Killers, The Vaccines, Weezer and Arctic Monkeys.

“I’m nostalgic for the nights that people went out to smoke cigarettes, drink cheap beer, and listen to rock bands. The scene changed on me when I was old enough to go out, so I hope we can recreate that” says Jesus.

Ayala Jr.’s new track is an introduction to his guitar driven music. There are lots of catchy choruses, clever lyrics, melodic guitar riffs, star-crossed lovers, ambiguous love triangles and troubled high school principals covered in his music.

Chance” is a splendid song that serves us up a tasty garage mix of quality musicianship from this talented artist. The grooves are deep and the track is a story of life and 2nd chances. Going for your dreams is the message here and not letting go.

Head through to Soundcloud to hear this brand new song.

For live show news head through to Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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DMK Music cheer us up with happy summer country song ”Get Your Flip Flops On”

DMK Music is an American country-pop band that sing cheerful music to make us smile. The band is a newly formed collaboration of independent singer-songwriters, band members and producers from many different genres and diverse backgrounds who are behind the music.

They are back with their new single called ”Get Your Flip Flops On”. This is a perfect summer song to get your day going and make you think of the beach. The band flip flop us to the ocean and remind us that life should be so happy. Not full of stress at all the time.

DMK Music bring us a summer song for the ages here and the country-pop is sweetly created to only push out positive vibes. The theme here is to grab that person you and love, get in the car and head towards the beach. If only life was so simple in 2020’s carnage of a year.

Head through to Soundcloud for the song.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Gooseberry’s latest single “The Protagonist” becomes a new contender for the catchiest Alt Indie track of the year.

NYC Alt Rock artist Gooseberry has returned with their unique infusion of Rock, Blues and Indie with their latest single “The Protagonist”. You could listen to the radio all day and still not encounter a catchier track.

With Courtney Barnett included in Gooseberry’s lyrical influences and Foo Fighters lending instrumental inspiration, The Protagonist is a gritty deftly stylised anthemic hit. It’s rare that we can say that the melodic hooks are just as sharp as the lyrical wit.

You’ll find the whole tonal palette served up in The Protagonist. From hazy warm Psych Pop tones to overdriven grinding guitar licks. The only constant in the dynamic hit is the magnetic accordance from the vocals which verse the highly relatable lyrics. I think we can all get behind the sentiment “The TV is all that’s real” after 3 months in lockdown.

You can check out Gooseberry’s single The Protagonist by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with new releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AJ John invites listeners on a progressive journey with their Alt Rock single “Waste My Time”

If you like your smooth Bluesy accordant Rock with a side serving of raw emotion, you’ll be as captivated by up and coming artist AJ John’s progressive Rock Ballad Waste My Time (The Laze) as we were.

With the Jazz infusion in Waste My Time, Time Signatures have been disregarded in the extended soundscape which could only be described as epic. The instrumental textures and tempo may be light for the most part, but each progression will leave you more immersed in AJ John’s ingenuity. The momentum gradually builds throughout the soundscape until Waste My Time becomes a colossal offering of Anthemic Rock. We definitely didn’t see that coming.

Waste My Time is just one of the singles which you’ll find on the artist’s 2020 album “Till the End of Time” which shatters Rock archetypes and constructs a brand-new Alt-Rock experience.

You can check out AJ John’s single Waste My Time along with the rest of their album Till the End of Time by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Petty Cassettes have cooked up a potent hit of angsty aural catharsis with their Indie Punk single “Lately”.

If it’s been a while since you found an Alt-Indie artist worth getting excited about, prepare to be elevated by Petty Cassettes’ feverishly exuberant fourth single “Lately”.

Lately kicks off with a humble Indie prelude before the soundscape takes a tremulous turn and evolves into a raucous feat of Punk. Admittedly, you won’t hear many other Punk tracks with solos as sweet as the ones you’ll find in this consistently exhilarating hit. That’s where the nuanced infusion of Rock worms its way into the anthemically-charged track and starts to dominate the soundscape.

What more could you possibly ask for from an Indie hit? As far as we’re considered, Petty Cassettes have offered it all with Lately. It’s the kind of track you hear once and make it a firm fixture on your playlists so you can get a repeat hit of the volatile aural catharsis and the captivating instrumental talent. I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget those Slash-style solos or the easily connectable jaded lyricism.

You can check out Petty Cassettes’ single Lately for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock band New Manhattan impress with rock-filled demo debut ”New York”

New York” is the smashing debut from brand new band New Manhattan. I love music like this and the energy is tremendously displayed like old wily professionals that are hungry. This is band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously at all. They are here to rock the crowds socks right off.

New Manhattan stroll in with ”New York”. There is some blues infused into the song here and gosh, that rock n roll style shines straight through the sunglasses that have had too much UV rays. The band are returning to New York and they are so excited. The vocals are so crisp like a packet of lightly salted Lays that eases into your mouth.

New Manhattan impress here with such a high-energy song that is marked by some excellent drum solos that makes me just want to dance and shake my body all on the sweaty dance floor. This is a new act that will surely rev their engines at all the best venues and festivals. This is music to motivate and make us happy.

Click here for the new track that is on the band’s Soundcloud channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen