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Faded Shades release their brand new single ‘Chasing Your Love’

UK Alt Rock trio Faded Shades has recently released their latest single “Chasing Your Love” following on from the success of their album “It Gets Heavy”.

Chasing Your Love throws you right back to the era when it was still acceptable to have a little love for Morrissey as it encompasses the 90s Indie tones whilst bringing sonic vitality to the airwaves. There are hints of enveloping Post Punk atmospherics to get wrapped up within, but the punchy Jangle Pop guitars add a tangible sense of euphoria to the mix.

If you’re looking for alluringly melodic vocal harmonies which will stick to your synapses like superglue and cavernous guitar progressions, look no further than Chasing Your Love.

You can check out Chasing Your Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Bisch Nadar release their latest tumultuous Math Rock single “Wink Murder”

If you like your Math Rock to offer a little more caustic bite, look no further than the latest single “Wink Murder” from Bisch Nadar.

The Liverpool-based Alt-Rock trio has become renowned for their ability to compose fiercely hypnotic tracks which drag you along with the less than archetypal instrumentals which are about as gentle as a death roll with a crocodile.

In between the ensnaring chaotic instrumentals and restraint-less guttural screams contained in Wink Murder, you’ll find increments of atmospheric melodicism and harmonic vocals which make the veracity of the overdriven guitars seem even fiercer.

It was about time Math Rock saw a reinvention. As far as I’m concerned, Bisch Nadar is leading the way.

You can check out Wink Murder for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

They’ll be kicking off their UK tour in Liverpool on Saturday the 12th of October, head to their Facebook for more details.

Bisch Nadar

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hard Rock Newcomers No Sunshine Release Their Latest Single “Sunshine”

No Sunshine dropped the video to their latest hit “Sunshine” on September 20th, treating Heavy Rock fans to a sonic revival of everything they’ve come to love about the genre through the past few decades.

The single offers effect-laden guitars as they weave through the tight synergy of the Rock instrumentals which also find some room to squeeze in some sludgy doom. From the dual vocals, you get melodic vocals bringing in the big choruses, along with caustic guttural growls which allow you to share in the angsty catharsis.

If you liked Sunshine, chances are, you’re going to want to keep up with all the latest releases from the up and coming artist as they’re preparing to drop their second album in Spring 2020. You can do this by heading over to their official website.

You can check out the official video to Sunshine for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Weddings – Hidden Message: Psych Rock Just Got a Little Doomier

Weddings’ latest single “Hidden Message” started off as a gloriously sludgy number which instrumentally carried reminiscences to the likes of Courtney Barnett but when the vocals kick in any fans of Alice in Chains should have a jaw to the floor moment.

The evolution in sound may be seamless, but that doesn’t prepare you for the cold drop in tonality as melodiously psychedelic accordance is stripped away and you’re left with harsh doom-laden Rock.

The Vienna-based trio released their single on July 19th, and they have plenty more material in the pipeline to leave us enamoured. You can already count me amongst the excited about the next installation of their alchemical Grunge contortionism.

You can stream and download Weddings’ single Hidden Message for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Audio Mozaik – Revolution: California Roots Rock n Roll

Audio Mozaik

Audio Mozaik may be a California Roots Rock n Roll band, but their latest upcoming single “Revolution” is set to enamour plenty of Manic Street Preachers fans over here in the UK. It even possesses those soaring relentlessly flawless James Dean Bradfield style riffs.

Reminiscences aside, Revolution is one of those beautifully rare records which throw you headfirst into familiar rhythms at the same time as offering a captivatingly contemporary soundscape. Your synapses will lock into the melodious guitar-driven arrangement desperate for the next deft progression.

There’s very little chance that I will ever forget Audio Mozaik after hearing them. It’s safe to say that I’m delighted they’ve got plenty more tracks in the pipeline to be released in the near future to keep me melodiously sated.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Revolution for yourselves which will be available via SoundCloud. In the meantime, you can head over to Facebook and keep up to date with news of the release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


KEEF – Day In Day Out: Rhythmically Enrapturing Indie Rock

“Day In Day Out” is the sweetly enrapturing upcoming single from solo Indie Rock artist KEEF which has the tangible ability to borrow you from the 21st century by dousing you in rhythmic nostalgia.

From Surf Rock rhythms to subtle hints of kaleidoscopically colourful psychedelia, to a magnetic modern Indie Rock swagger, Day In Day Out offers it all in this extremely enamouring earworm.

Perhaps what I adore the most about the single is the simplicity of the concept. Every day, we fight against the tedious waves of monotony – it doesn’t matter who you are, it’s universal. Day In Day Out serves as a gorgeously stark reminder which also hits you square in the face with the catharsis of confronting that frustration.

The Liverpool-based artist’s distinctively expressive vocals also play an extremely heavy hand in amplifying the immersive energy behind the track. It’s a hit and a rare occurrence where I’d recommend a listen for your own personal gain rather than the artist’s

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Day In Day Out for yourselves, but in the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud and check out their psychedelically crafted earlier singles.

Keep up to date with all the latest releases from KEEF via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Myla Valentina – Colour in the Grey: Strikingly Cinematic Alt Pop

Any fans of Nick Cave are definitely going to want to turn their attention to Myla Valentina’s striking beyond all definition Alt Pop Ballad “Colour in the Grey”. With a similar lyrical style and poised, unfalteringly expressive vocal delivery, you’ll be arrested by Colour in the Grey from the very first verse.

Colour in the Grey is an indulgently captivating feat of soulful bluesy Pop, in which you’ll also find reminiscences to the likes of Angel Olsen thanks to Myla Valentina’s vulnerably melancholic vocals. The cinematic soundscape will also allow you to soak up the same ethereal resonance as offered by tracks from artists such as Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam.

Between all of the comparisons, the London-based artist definitely hasn’t failed in stamping down her own signature style onto the airwaves. She’s already set her sound apart with palpable distinction, it will be incredibly exciting to see how Myla Valentina follows on from the debut of her first original single.

You’ll be able to check out Colour in the Grey for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


LIVE REVIEW: Astral Elevator Presents the Psych Rising

Night People, Manchester, 5th Oct 2019

Yesterday, I tested out the limitations on my spine and headed down to Astral Elevator’s all-dayer showcasing 15 artists who collectively proved just how versatile of an element Psych is when weaved into a soundscape.

It’s one thing to listen to your favourite accolade-showered artists performing, but it’s quite another to be in an environment which is sharing in the excitement of new up and coming artists, and that was very much a part of the atmosphere last night.

There were plenty of artists emitting an effervescent array of distinction last night, but here’s my top three bands that you’ll want to put on your radar sooner rather than later.

Hey Bulldog
Hey Bulldog

Yeah, sex is good, but have you ever seen Hey Bulldog live?

I’m not even sure that’s an exaggeration at this point. But what I am unequivocally sure of, is that Hey Bulldog has broken the mould with their dynamic genre-contorting sound.

The palpable virtuosity which I’d heard on their records is one thing, but seeing the sonic soundscapes crafted first-hand allowed me to appreciate the ingenuity in their heightened alchemic sound even more.

Nothing about Hey Bulldog’s music resonates as assimilative. From the structure of their unpredictably progressive tracks to the intensity of them, they are a forcible aural paradigm shift away from the usual tones which you’ll frequently find amongst psychedelically-inclined bands.

If guitar hero lists were constructed based on talent alone instead of the nostalgia which ‘iconic’ riffs offered, you’d find Hey Bulldog’s guitarist and vocalist Rob Manton’s name deservedly near the top.

And if you think any of that sounds like superfluous hyperbole, you can check out the Manchester-based trio for yourselves. I’d start with their recently released single “Death & Greed”, the refreshing veracity will have you hooked in seconds.

Artist links: Spotify, Facebook, Website


Phobophobes never fail to leave me mesmerised by their ennui-laden brand of bleakly carnivalesque Psych Garage Rock.

The South-London based DIY artist offers a rarely found intellectualism within their sound, but it’s so much more than conceptually artful instrumentals put against reverberant ominous vocals. Through the live performance, there’s a real sense that their music is a personification of their despondency. But despite the eerie bleakness, there’s also chilling incredibly danceable euphoria.

Their playfully sinister experimentalism is especially perceptible in their latest single “Blind Muscle”.
If you could imagine what the B52’s would have sounded like if they wanted to insidiously invade your subconscious you might be able to get an idea of what the single has to offer. And if there was ever an aural equivalent to David Lynch’s films, it’s the Phobophobes. Jamie Taylor’s commitment to disconcerting the audience with their menacingly charming stage persona is something that everyone should make an effort to witness.

Artist Links: Spotify, Facebook

The Gluts

The Gluts
There was no following on from the ritualistically caustic Italian fourpiece The Gluts last night.

As soon as the guttural vocals howled over the synergetic sonic instrumentals the energy in the room shifted in line with their frenzied, overdriven, atmospherically loud presence.

There’s certainly no shortage of angry artists putting out harsh noise at the moment, but The Gluts ability to make it melodious and rhythmically arrestive between the heavy bursts of biting noise is something that you’re unlikely to hear from any other artist.

Their Psychedelically-laced Noise Post-Punk is a feat of pioneering ingenuity, it may not be for the faint-hearted, but Post-Punk fans looking for blisteringly absorbing angsty catharsis should find plenty to appreciate about them.

Artist Links Spotify, Facebook

Follow Astral Elevator via Facebook to keep up to date with their future events.

Review by Amelia Vandergast



Australian Alt Rock Act Fingermae Unleash Their Most Adorable Single Yet “My Cat is the Best Cat”

There have been some incredible singles inspired by cats.  Remember Nada Surf’s “Meow Meow Lullaby”, and Jack off Jill’s “My Cat”? Well, “My Cat is the Best Cat” from the up and coming Australian artist Fingermae almost finds the perfect balance between the two. You get the jangly up-vibe melodic playful rhythms and Indie Rock vocals, along with the sublime riffs, but this time, the riffs play out Rockabilly tones.

And it goes without saying that the lyrics in My Cat is the Best Cat are incredible. I’ll almost let them off for the “your cat is not as good” taunt. It’s a unique way to aurally invoke visceral emotion, but it’s pretty damn effective.

You can check out Fingermae’s impossibly endearing single for yourselves by heading here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast (and her slightly offended cat).


The Slow Day make their debut with the Indie Rock hit single “THE POET”

Indie Rock artist The Slow Day made their debut with the single “THE POET” on September 9th, 2019. And it may just be the only single which I’ll hear this year which will appeal to Rock purists and those looking for curve-bending Indie soundscapes.

Usually Classic, Bluesy, or Thrash-style Rock holds fairly limited mainstream appeal, but with THE POET, the Manchester-based artist was able to make the chunky riffs, solid basslines, and soaring vocals more accessible than ever. THE POET is an intellectually inspired earworm which tangibly allowed The Slow Day to set themselves apart with distinction. The single emotively alludes to the plaintive misery which lingers in a poetic mind; all things considered, THE POET is a work of intertextual ingenuity.

It’s going to be exciting to see where The Slow Day take their punchy and raucous in perfect measure sound next.

You can check out the debut single from The Slow Day by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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