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Woman You Stole – Excuse my French: Female-Fronted Archaically Cultural Rock

Woman You Stole have recently released their first ever single ‘Excuse My French’, and my God, what a debut. Any fans of B52’s, The Cramps and Squeeze really shouldn’t hang around in checking out the anthemically rhythmic single. They’ve taken their soundscape further than any of the founders of the rhythmic, psychedelically inclined artists by incorporating French and English vocals, the dynamic that the multi-lingual vocals adds is almost beyond words – It’s definitely a soundscape that you’re going to have to check out for yourselves. Expect sticky-sweet melodies, and cataclysmically intricate yet raucous instrumental breakdowns.

If you’re a fan of culturally-inspired, raucously enthralling soundscapes, why not head over to Spotify where you can check out Woman You Stole’s latest single Excuse My French. You’re in for a treat. I can’t wait to hear what Woman You Stole cooks up next.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nathan Degner – 1969: Mastering the Art of Lo Fi Rock n Roll

There’s a little bit of the Zappa quintessentially experimental chaos to Nathan Degner’s latest track 1969. Whether you love or hate the Lo Fi style of production, there’s no denying that the raw energy that bleeds through adds swathes of resonance to the mix.

Nathan Degner’s unique vocals don’t carry a reminiscence to any other, there’s a playful biting of antagonism with an Indie Rock styling. He certainly isn’t a recording artist who takes himself seriously, and you shouldn’t either. Let the lyrically inventive narrative of 1969 unfold to bring you the weirdest sense of nostalgia you’ve ever had and find yourself slap bang in the middle of the eclecticism of the psychedelic era, the instrumentals will also play their part in sending you on your way. Yet, 1969 is no mere revival, thanks to the Ska bass and guitar rhythm around concordant crashing of the cymbals, not forgetting the waves of popping reverb which leads you seamlessly through the progression.

You can check out 1969 for yourself by heading over to Nathan Degner’s website. Where you will also find the other tracks from the ‘Rock n Roll Songs’ EP

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Echoes from Ashes – Down: I’m Not Crying, You Are

As a massive InMe fan, how could I not fall in love with the latest single from the up and coming recording artists Echoes from Ashes?

Down is a cataclysmically deep, almost harrowing Rock anthem which almost veers to the ballad arena. The riled energy behind the vocals makes Down one of the most piercingly emotive Rock tracks I’ve checked out recently. The vocals pair to the flawless progression of the instruments an almost overwhelming sense of remorseful melancholy hits you.

The thunderous reverb from the guitar carries the perfect amount of swampy Grunge synergy, against the tight drum rolls and relentless smashing of the cymbals are almost enough to leave you with palpitations. The progressive styling of the instrumentals is surely enough to satisfy even the most hard to please of Rock snobs, the solo’s and the intricacy of the breakdowns should be enough to leave the rest of the underground Rock artists audibly shaking.

You can check out Down for yourself by heading over to YouTube, or you can purchase their 5-track self-titled EP by visiting Echoes from the Ashes website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Yogi Bairlines – Keep on Partying: One for Your Unapologetically Punk Playlist

When the prelude to a track has you bouncing, you know you’ve just stumbled across an absolutely stellar single. It makes the review part quite hard, but the energy behind Yogi Bairlines latest single Keep on Partying is as infectious as it is intoxicating.

The lyrics are exactly what you’d come to expect from a Garage Punk Rock party anthem. Keep on Partying came together as an infusion of Anti Nowhere League and Andrew WK. Yet, what really sold Yogi Bairlines for me was the fact that it was actually tangible that they were having fun whilst the track was recorded. The recording quality may not be the best you’ve ever heard, yet this just amplifies the raw energy that the band have mustered through the heavy instruments and even heavier vocals.

You can check out Yogi Bairlines single from their latest album Cracked Out by heading over to YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast – who has officially been inspired to grab a beer after listening to that track!

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Dar.Ra – Heart Shaped Pill: Finally, Mike Patton Has Some Competition

When’s the last time you checked out an emerging artist and their guitar riffs made your jaw drop? I know, I know, it doesn’t happen all that often. Which is why you probably can’t afford not to listen to Dar.Ra’s single Heart Shaped Pill from their 2018 EP ‘Dirty Lil Secrets’.

The standout single in part had me wondering if Mike Patton had anything to do with the chaotically alive composition of the track. It’s cataclysmic, it’s amplified and it’s everything Alt Rock Should be. The constant rolling heavy rhythms are almost too fast to keep up with as your attention gets caught up between the unpredictable bassline, the relentless riffs and tight thrashing of the drums. Yet, whatever is happening instrumentally Da.Ra brings the perfect amount of soul and feeling through his vocals to make the track almost too easy to slip into.

I seriously can’t recommend Heart Shaped Pill to Alt Rock fans of all persuasions. Their prodigal approach to sound won’t fail to restore your faith in the genre. Head on over to Spotify where you can check out the track along with the rest of the tracks from his EP.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Forty Feet North – Meltdown: A Paradox of Prodigally Nostalgic Rock

When it comes to Forty Feet North, you don’t really know what to expect when you hit play. Their sound bounces between Rock, to Funk, to Blues, to everything else in between. The only thing for certain is that with the Californian band’s genre-boundless style you’re going to be treated to something prodigally conceptual which won’t leave you hesitant to hit play on the rest of the tracks on their latest album Time Flies.

Meltdown is a polyphonic fuelled Electro Pop Rock hit with Ska basslines around infectious Pop Rock melodies. The pure lack of restraint when it comes to the vocals gives the track that bouncing, antagonistically sweet vibe which every self-respecting rock anthem should harness. In just a short 3:14 minute track they create one of the most progressive tracks I’ve heard from the genre in the years. There’s almost a nostalgic Pop Punk feeling, yet their ability to weave together so many elements of sound is nothing short of prodigal. Oh, and just wait until you get to the concluding guitar riff if you need any evidence of their instrumental prowess.

You can check out Forty Feet North’s latest single Meltdown for yourselves by heading over to BandCamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Now – Big Dick: A Surprisingly Quiescently Sweet Alt Rock Offering

Yes, the title is a little phallic, but rest assured the soundscape created by the up and coming artist Now is anything but quiescently sweet. Now is a New York City based instrumental powerhouse headed up by the insanely talented vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Allen Childs who brought together a synergetic line up to help him bring his inventive soundscapes to life.

Big Dick throws off every archetypal aural restraint as the Rock trio flow through free form extended, intricate breakdowns and melodies which pack in plenty of hooks that are sure to keep you coming back for another taste of their organically blinding instrumental style. Yet, the ultimate cherry to the cake has to be the Beatles style playfulness around the vocals, although I’m sure you would never hear John Lennon or Paul McCartney bragging about their endowment, in fact, the iconic Pop act’s style seems a little stale after I’ve checked out Now in all of their experimental glory.

You can check out Now’s crassly named yet, ethereally beguiling latest single Big Dick which was released July 2018 on SoundCloud now along with the rest of their six-track EP ‘Now or Never’.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matt Glennon – Illusion: A Rock Ballad to Make You Question Reality as You Know It.

Fans of David Bowie and ELO; we’ve found one of the best emerging Alt Rock artists on the scene to date. The reminiscence to the iconic acts is beyond stark. Matt Glennon’s playfully sweet vocal range tackles the quintessential lyricism within the track to create a poignant narrative of life in the 21st century. We all know it’s a bit rubbish and confusing, but considering our modern disparity inspired this sensational track, we can’t complain too much. Whilst I absolutely adored the concept behind Illusion, the simplicity behind the end rhymes stood out a little too much for me and registered as a little forced and exaggerated. Beyond that Illusion is a viscerally stunning track which has a timeless, iconic feel stamped all over it. With a Lo Fi Folk feel to the track it’s hard not to fall in love with Matt Glennon’s deftly candied style which carries a hint of Country and a layering of Pop for the perfect polish.

You can check out Matt Glennon’s single Illusion from his latest album Lost and Found over on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Major Glen – Sign from Heaven: A Rock Anthem Not Just for the Pious

It’s safe to say I had no idea what to expect when I hit play on Major Glen’s latest single Sign from Heaven. I winced in anticipation of an overly pious offering of religious devotion. Instead, I was treated to one of the most experimentally playful Rock anthems I’ve had the pleasure of checking out this year. Major Glen isn’t isn’t a band that aims to assimilate every single predecessor who has received notoriety for their sound. That being said, there was a fair amount of reminiscence to his style to bands such as Fidlar and Wavves with their Lo-Fi approach to production. Anyone who slips ‘Sunday Funday’ into their lyrics and has the ability to pull it off and still remain on the right side of cool will always get a thumbs up from me. The Denver Colorado based band take their inspiration from iconic acts from the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s to create their pioneeringly prodigal high-energy sound.

You can check out Major Glen’s latest single Sign from Heaven along with the rest of their 2018 self-titled album on Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grinding Guitar Riffs, Sensually Raw Vocals: Drawing Blanks is the Band That Has It All

I’m afraid all professionalism flies out of the window when I’m fronted with a track as sensuously soulful as Blood on My Hands; the latest single from the Funk-addled Alt Rock collective Drawing Blanks.

There aren’t many vocalists that can carry the same sultry baritone notes as the vocalist in Drawing Blanks, pair that with the instrumentals and you’ve got one hell of a blindingly raucous track which comes alive through the groove in their alchemically dark soundscapes. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but God damn, their guitar riffs have so much grind they are practically orgasmic. There’s a Jim Jones reverence pouring all over the track created by the Arkansas based four-piece band who formed back in 2015.

You can check out Drawing Blanks hyped up new anthemic single Blood on My Hands along with the rest of their downright sexy album Traceless via Spotify now. I’m not even ashamed to admit that the track that follows Blood on My Hands ‘Mercy’ brought a tear to my eye, the potently pensive vocals hit me like a tonne of bricks.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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