You can laugh, or you can cry, and we have been doing plenty of the latter during our mania-inducing isolation during lockdown (don’t lie), it’s always refreshing to get a fresh perspective, such as the one in Bob Ballard’s light-hearted lockdown track, Locked Up.
The dusty desert rock hit carries some staunchly rock n roll hallmarks; to amplify Ballard’s playful, freshly ambivalent attitude, jazzy psychedelic tones weave their way into the mix.
In essence, Locked Up proves just how well the devil-may-care attitude would have served us if we’d adopted it from the start. After all of the anxiety, we’re still breathing; we can still enjoy sardonically ingenious tracks such as Locked Up that take some of the sting out of our dystopic existence.
Get a serotonin hit from Locked Up for yourselves by heading over to Bob Ballard’s official website.
Written by the legendary UK musician Paul Weller, Babybrutha reminds us of our often-selfish ways that need to be extinguished quickly before they ruin our lives on ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf‘ (The Style Council cover).
Babybrutha is a Chicago-based four-piece funk/rock/soul band founded by the lead vocalist and bassist Tim Lee. He makes that soulfully relevant type of music that strikes passionately into your heart, and has you thinking reflectively about your life.
”Paul Weller originally wrote this classic for The Style Council and it is the only cover on the album. Tim Lee has always been a fan of Weller’s and this is one of his favorite songs. The lyrics are the same but the arrangement is all Babybrutha.” ~ Babybrutha
This is the true story about wishing you could take back the moment you took that special soul for granted until they stopped answering your calls, as you think about your actions and vow to never let this happened again.
With a softly spoken vocal ability that shines through so peacefully, there is such a calming nature intertwined into this classic cover song which has you enjoying his terrific guitar-playing. This is a man who usually performs his own music and was so inspired by this true classic – that he felt was important to share this honest track – in this often-selfish world that needs to hear this message.
‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf‘ (The Style Council cover) from the Chicago-based multi-talented funk/rock/soul act Babybrutha, is a new release that sends a tribute to the incredibly skilled songwriter Paul Weller, while also showing his qualities with a peaceful display that will have your feet tapping along. This is a very introspective track which has you thinking so deeply, as you wish you could have some moments back to change what transpired before in your life.
See this new music video on YouTube and find out more on the the IG music page.
Formally known Tellus Children when they first formed a few years ago, Mata Kopa show us their growing maturity on the strikingly real story about swiftly moving on when you are in a stagnant relationship which needs to end, so you can both be truly happy on ‘Go Buy the Sun‘.
Mata Kopa is a Gothenburg-born, Stockholm-based, indie garage-rock quartet. This sensational Swedish band bring an immaculate experience to the table on a groovy song, that gives you some inner perspective of the highest order.
”After releasing their debut album and touring Sweden as well as different parts of Europe in 15’ and 16’, the project’s composers Miranda Raeder and Boris Grubesic have changed base to Stockholm, gone back to school, started new jobs, traveled and focused on writing new material.” ~ Mata Kopa
You feel like you are floating on a peaceful cloud above all the pollution of the world – on this terrific track which shows you how you really need to let go – for the betterment of your partner and yourself. Hanging on isn’t going to help at all, in fact it will only lead you astray as you try and fight love, which is such a natural process.
‘Go Buy the Sun‘ from the Swedish indie garage-rock band Mata Kopa, is a really terrific song that is one of the most enjoyable releases of this year so far. Their musicianship is top drawer quality and the soundscape rather world class – as you miss that special soul who you thought was perfect for you – when actually they were in your life to lead you into a new direction entirely.
Hear this new track on their Spotify and see more news on IG.
Taken heavily off their brand new foot-stomping fourteen-track album called ‘Redemption‘, RadioKing are totally honest about these wild times that has them breaking away from where they want to be on ‘Turn Away‘.
RadioKing is a furiously intense five-piece Dallas, Texas-based indie rock/metal band. They make the kind of music shudder that has your whole room shaking rather rapidly – as they break down the frangible windows – with a high octane performance on each of their strapping tracks.
”Lifelong friends Jimmy Adcock (guitar), Mark Stroface (guitar), John Cruz (bass), and Scott Crawford (drums) formed RadioKing and through numerous auditions found Alex Collins (vocals) to complete the group.” ~ RadioKing
This is the robust story about feeling locked inside and how it has mightily messed with your over-thinking mind, that was so clear and precise before. A relatable feeling indeed, from a time in the world that we would rather all forget.
With forceful vocals and a powerfully struck band performance, this is such a menacing track that will certainly awaken your drowsy senses if they were sleepy before.
‘Turn Away‘ from the Texas five-piece indie rock/metal act RadioKing, shows us a gripping display of mental fortitude from an electric band, who put everything on the line. Sometimes you just know you need to be doing something different, but feel compelled to go down the road you know is filled with undesirable detours anyway.
Stream this new single on Spotify and learn more on the Facebook music page.
With a kind tone which certainly feels like she knows that something needs to end but doesn’t want it to, Zasxee shows us her incredible DIY talents on the latest single release that will put you into a thoughtful trance called ‘Hemingway‘.
Zasxee is a striking indie alt-rock multi-talented singer-songwriter, music producer, cat lover, bassist, and music engineer. She makes a blend of hypnotic music mixture of treats that has you moving into a new world – as you feel her dynamic skill-set right next to you- that has your curious ears feeling warm and healed from the blustery coldness outside your creaking door.
Her lyrics are smartly written and has you quickly wrapped into a rather strange mood, as you turn up the volume so you can fully immerse yourself into her mindset. This is a wondrous effort that has you so reflective – her vocals leads you away from the darkness and instead seated by the window – so that you may get that fresh air needed for your brain to function properly again.
‘Hemingway‘ from the youthfully promising Zasxee and her cute kitty cat Piper, is a lovely song that is packed full of intrigue. Her vocals are hard to hear at first as she mysteriously locks you into her stunning spellbinding spell of wonder. This is a track to play when you feel a a bit down after a break-up and need some further inspiration to brush off the pain – so you may confidently move forward with your life. To quickly find a new path that was meant for you and not one that was slippery like before, is the only way to avoid those temptation-filled pitfalls of doom.
Hear this lovely new single on Spotify and see more on her IG channel.
With a groovy vibe and some supremely catchy riffs, Dylan Koski takes us on a real reflective ride that has your ears perked up in anticipation of a deeply significant moment of art named ‘Mother Superior‘.
Dylan Koski is a self-aware indie-rock artist from Columbus, Ohio. He smartly makes that relevant music which has you mind alert and ready for knowledge, as he puts us in a thoughtful trance with his purposeful music soundscape.
”His songwriting draws influence from Rory Gallaghers fiery guitar solos, the atmosphere of Pink Floyd and the Beatles fearless approach to songwriting. with a modern twist.” ~ Dylan Koski
You feel his old school soul shine through as he performs with so much fierce intensity, as he sings with a strong mindset which gives you so much hope. This is the story about showing those who bring others down will not be tolerated – as he stands up to be counted in the fight to teach others – that you can indeed make a difference through music.
‘Mother Superior‘ from the well-respected Columbus, Ohio-based indie-rock artist Dylan Koski, shows us a man who has a tremendous fire in his belly to always speak the truth, no matter what. He sings with so much meaningful intent on this riveting track – that shakes the speakers and has your mind thinking of those who have no shame – in webbing their claws around those who only seek to live a good life.
Stream this new single on Spotify and see more visuals on IG.
After a string of successful singles, the alt-rock solo artist Mar Palafox has released his debut self-titled album; expect an adrenalizing ensemble of power metal, prog rock and spacey hard rock.
Any fans of Dir En Grey, InMe and Porcupine Tree will be easily absorbed by the atmospheric textures in the soundscapes that coincide with frenetic solos as they blaze through the complex time signatures. Each single on the album is a feat of ingenuity, but none more so than the standout single, Battle. The slightly lo-fi feel to the single gives Battle a punky garage rock edge that is cutting, to say the least.
You can check out Mar’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
If you paid attention to the UK rock scene in the 90s, you might already be acquainted with Airbus who are set to release their psychedelically sweet third studio album, You, via Spira Records.
The album unleashes singles penned and recorded back in the 1990s; the band lifted the audio from master tapes using a 24-track 2-inch tape machine to keep the warm analogue glow of the original recordings. Short of hopping in a TARDIS and pushing your way to the front of the crowd when Mazzy Star performed at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to transport yourself back to the 90s.
If you can imagine what an aural cocktail of The Zombies, Elliott Smith and the Beatles would sound like, you’ll get an idea of the dreamy, colourful accordance that is weaved in the standout single ‘I’. Reminiscences aside, the band’s masterfully melodic presence on the airwaves once more is a breath of fresh kaleidoscopic air. The lead track carries that dreamy feel of wholesome wild abandon that most have forgotten how to offer in the 21st century.
Airbus’ upcoming album is due for release in September 2021. You can check out the band on Spotify, Facebook and YouTube.
As he wonders if he is stuck in a dark and soggy dream that just won’t end, Ryan Fox breaks away from the mental prison on his new single about love with ‘I’m On The Losing Team‘.
Ryan Fox is an impressively poetic indie folk-rock singer-songwriter, qualified secondary school physics teacher and current theoretical physics student, who is based in peaceful Kent, UK. He was born in the vibe-filled world of Northampton, England, and makes that introspective music that is filled with witty charm and terrifically written vocals, that stir up your imagination to think further that you thought possible before.
”On a day to day basis Ryan can be found trying to remember what he did and where he was only yesterday, honing his Al Pacino impersonation in the shower, and trying to get his code to work. He has yet to make much progress on any of the above.” ~ Ryan Fox
This is the story about falling in love but knowing deep down that you can’t be together, as they are with someone else and you wonder if you will ever be as close as you desperately want to be. You wished that you were together as they were your hero at school, but things just didn’t work out and you are left wondering what might of been.
‘I’m On The Losing Team‘ from the wonderfully soulful family man Kent, UK-based indie singer-songwriter Ryan Fox, is a hope-filled track that has you reaching out your hand to others who are stuck right now. Thoughts from the past can drag you down unless they are expressed – and so many struggle to get feelings off their chest – that shall have your heart feeling whole again, despite if you achieved your ultimate goal or not. Getting out of that dark place of what-if, is the only way to be warm and free.
Stream this fine new single on Spotify and see more on IG.
The 90s-inspired alt-rock outfit Skin 17 started in Scotland and regenerated in Japan before finding a new base in London, where Andrew Cockburn found the home place of his sophomore album, Lighting your way by the bridges that you burn. The timely record takes inspiration from the likes of the Cure, NIN and Smashing Pumpkins, but leaves plenty of room for originality.
With snarled lyrics navigating lament and the even angstier guitars and percussion that could easily allow a pit to open it, the lead single, The Heart That Will Not Start allows pain to cohabit with anger in the fiery tumultuous release that carries hints of 70 punk alongside swathes of grungy nuance.
Instrumentally, you’ll find reminiscence to Disturbed, Driving Pool and Godsmack, while vocally, you can expect plenty of Social Distortion-style scathing yet vulnerable emotion.
Check out the latest album from Skin 17 by heading over to Bandcamp.