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Left of the Slash take us to the alt 90s with their latest single, ‘Never Let Go’.

Left of the Slash

LA’s prodigal sons of alt-rock, Left of the Slash, are set to release their hotly anticipated psych-laden, grunge rock single, Never Let Go. The rising artist may take their sound seriously, but they made the track infectious from the first hit. The vocal personality is just as enticing as Cobain’s during his 1993 unplugged performance of Plateau.

With fleeting reminiscences to everyone from Modest Mouse to Pixies to Sonic Youth to Queens of the Stone Age, Left of the Slash refreshingly eclipse the golden era of grunge and no-wave while adding one of the freshest new takes on sludge pop that we have heard this year.

It would be no surprise to see Left of the Slash’s name added to the roster of artists at Sub Pop or Ipecac Records. Has someone informed Mike Patton that they exist yet?

Never Let Go will be available to stream from June 11th. Check out Left of the Slash via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Nightbird Casino has released their hotly-anticipated sweetly psychotropic earworm, ‘The Town’.

If you’ve found yourself wondering if you will ever hear an alternative track that holds any authenticity ever again, find yourselves pleasantly surprised with the sweetly psychotropic earworm, ‘The Town’, by art-rock Oakland-residing duo, Nightbird Casino.

With elements of artfully composed jazz, grunge, space rock, psych-pop and classical all melting in the alchemically intoxicating pot, you will practically feel the rabbit hole opening beneath you as you listen to the descending cadence of the jazzy improv instrumentals.

The existentialist air to The Town paired with the playfully avant-garde approach to production allows the track to become the ‘everything is burning down around me, and I’m totally fine’ meme, personified. And something tells me that if Bukowski was still around, he would have Nightbird Casino on his playlists; they share the same downtrodden but subversively charismatic appeal.

On this track, you’ll hear dual harmonic vocals from the founding members, James Moore and Don Shepherd. Instrumentally, you’ll hear session musician Nicolas Ocampo (clarinets, flute, saxophone, oboe, bassoon), James on bass and ondes martenot and Don on guitars, piano, organ, and drums.

With their sophomore album, ‘Rusian Carpet‘, due for release this summer, any fans of Radiohead, Sonic Youth or Mr Bungle will want Nightbird Casino on their radar.

The Town officially released on April 23rd; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Alt 90s outfit, Selfish Gene made a comeback with their melancholically mellifluous single ‘After the Rain’

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Decades may have passed since alt-rock outfit, Selfish Gene garnered rave reviews and joined Sonic Youth on their Washing Machine album tour in 1996, but the Tel Aviv-hailing artist’s despondently transfixing sound is just as transfixing in the 21st century.

‘After the Rain’ is the first single to be released from their forthcoming album, produced 20 years after the original line up disbanded. With vocals which carry reminiscence to Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and J Mascis against distorted winding guitar hooks which may as well have been played on your heartstrings, the melancholically mellifluous single is as evocative as it is innovative. Anyone who can’t get enough of alt-90s indie may finally find themselves sated by this sweetly optimistic-in-spite-of-nihilism release.

After the Rain is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Play Center – 2020: The Ultimate Scuzzy Indie Punk Rock Sign of the Times

Atlanta GA-based Alt-Rock trailblazers Play Center released the official video to their latest single 2020 on June 29th, any fans of the Alt 90s sound will want the scuzzy and absorbingly vitriolic Indie Punk Rock hit in their ears.

There may be reminiscences to the likes of Sonic Youth and Mud Honey in 2020 but Play Center revived their distorted friction-soaked sound with brand-new all too relatable angst and raw energy which would have the capacity to lead the crowd into a frenzy. Gigs may not be happening right now, but when they are, you’ll want the misleadingly-titled powerhouse on your radar.

You can check out the official video to Play Center’s single 2020 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

There will be plenty more to come from Play Centre in 2020 and beyond. Follow them via Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

8udDha bl0od – Untitled 1123; J.:.22 15 jU57 .:.n 3XcU53:7h3 7R0U8l3 3XPl.:.n!ng 7H3 !n3vi7.:.8l3 !nn3f.:.8l3.:.17

As a pretty obsessive fan of Sonic Youth’s Confusion is Sex album, soaking up the discordant noisy angst in 8udDha bl0od’s immersively abrasive latest single was an aural trip which I’ll definitely be taking again.

Despite the harsh, almost guttural vocals and the arsenal of caustic experimentalism which was poured into Untitled 1123; J.:.22 15 jU57 .:.n 3XcU53:7h3 7R0U8l3 3XPl.:.n!ng 7H3 !n3vi7.:.8l3, there was still an adrenalizing sense of resilience and optimism which resonated within the deep bends of the Post Punk basslines and the cutting energy which spilt from the No-Wave guitars.

You can check out Untitled 1123; J.:.22 15 jU57 .:.n 3XcU53:7h3 7R0U8l3 3XPl.:.n!ng 7H3 !n3vi7.:.8l3 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

8udDha bl0od – Untitled 1299; L3<3l <3; liv3 4 n0WVL0<3 f0R3<3R:12:42; !! + ii = V; fligh7 0f 7h3 3.:.gl3

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8udDha bl0od’s recently released single “Untitled 1299; L3<3l <3; liv3 4 n0WVL0<3 f0R3<3R:12:42; !! + ii = V; fligh7 0f 7h3 3.:.gl3” is a must for any fans of Sonic Youth and Glenn Branca.

But rather than assimilating Avant-Garde pioneers, 8udDha bl0od weaved in plenty of their own distinction through the use of bluesy, hazily psychedelic atmospheric tones.

The experimental Math Rock notes fall into just the right place to create a rhythmic pull which will lead you through the deftly crafted progressive soundscape. As the track progresses, the rhythms get tighter and tighter until you’re aware that your own rhythmic pulses have become arrested by the hypnotically cutting track.

You can check out Untitled 1299; L3<3l <3; liv3 4 n0WVL0<3 f0R3<3R:12:42; !! + ii = V; fligh7 0f 7h3 3.:.gl3 for yourselves along with 8udDha bl0od’s earlier releases by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Matthew W Charles releases Love What You Do Ft Andrew German

Artist Matthew W Charles has released his eight-track anthology ‘Love What You Do’, infusing the sound of Rock and Country intertwined.

Each track has its own uplifting energy pulsing through it, it’s a collection of songs that lift your spirits as you listen because of the amount of lively personality that flows through it. You have this mixture of two rather diverse genres, that sometimes may not always combine together in the best way, but this album proves just how superb it can really sound.

Using the harmonica to start off some pieces, to the strum on the electric guitar, the instrumentation reflects that Country style, but the way the vocals are approached gives off that Rock essence, they’re smooth but in places tending to have that more rough edge to them, having a rather loud tone to them, a really impressive album.

Listen to Matthew W Charles’s EP by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

Bobby Quick & The Speeds of Sound – Neanderthal: Garage Grandiosity

Okay, so maybe the band should have worked a little harder to come up with a name to encapsulate their flawless sound.

Their Guitar heavy Pop Rock sound is doused with Garage sensibility complemented with their Alternative Rock retro vibe, which proves to be a mix that is impossible not to fall in love with.

The bouncing melodies pound with the perfect dabbling of reverberation over the guitar to make their standout track Neanderthal a nostalgic sensation, which oddly reminded me of the cult hit Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols. Just how they managed to pack in such an anthemic hit in 2:49 minutes is simply beyond me.

You can taste the Sonic Youth influence in their stand out track Neanderthal which comes off the Neanderthal EP which is due for a 2018 release.

Neanderthal is one of their more feverous tracks off the EP, whilst tracks such as Giving offer a totally different sound which incorporates some industrial EDM elements to create a thoroughly eclectic EP.

Check out the 4 track EP from Bobby Quick & The Speeds of Sound via the bands website using the link below:

http://www.bobbyquickandthespeedsofsound.com/music/

Madzy – Conflict of Livetress Demo : Listen Up Sonic Youth Fans

https://www.facebook.com/madzymusic/videos/144820242825755/

As a massive fan of Alternative Rock & Shoegaze this demo struck all the right chords for me. The recording is as rough as it comes. Yet the talent on display is so poignantly raw, that’s a fact that you quickly learn to ignore.

You’re going to want to whack Conflict of Livetress on full volume for the full atmospheric power of the track in which she demonstrates her full rhythmic prowess. Her music is an unashamed nod to her musical influence Thurston Moore, the icon guitar player from Sonic Youth. Even over the heavy reverberation of the guitar you can hear her natural control over the guitar, Madzy is potentially the most talented female guitarist I’ve ever stumbled across. Contending with the likes of Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Nancy Wilson.

When she’s not making her own raucous music, Madzy, or Madeline is found playing guitar for Below Blackstar a band that has become infamous for its Classic Prog Rock Sound mixed with Shoegaze in which Madzy puts her angsty power chords to good use!

You can check out Madzy’s demo via Facebook using the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/madzymusic/videos/144820242825755/

Crow Quilled Confessions Release Fascinating Track ‘A Human Being on the Planet Earth’

A Human Being on the Planet Earth by Crow Quilled Confessions

I recently attended a De La Sol set at a festival in Queens. I enjoyed an interlude in which a voice from the trio said that sometimes you just need to let the beat play. It’s always nice to hear how artists feel about the things they make and how they make them. It’s also nice to see how artists whose styles vary greatly can agree on certain sentiments. Such is the case with Crow Quilled Confessions. Their track A Human Being on the Planet Earth perfectly demonstrates a group who know how to let the beat play when it needs to.

For the first half of the song, there are several elements introduced that seem to orbit around the catchy, strongly-mixed beat. You might miss some details along the way if you aren’t careful, but one thing is for certain, you will feel that beat. It doesn’t seem like a drum part that needs much elaboration. It may not have much to say. This doesn’t stop Crow Quilled Confessions from letting it lead the charge into the second half, which quickly but organically reinvents its status quo with fuzzy guitars and a bass that triumphantly makes its presence known.

From here, the track becomes a ride. Suddenly the beat has taken a backseat for the exploration of all the other themes that had previously been allowing it to lead. For such a dramatic change in priority to occur while holding onto the mood and tone of the song is a major challenge. Even as the song fades out in its last 30 seconds, you can’t help but feel the beat play on in your mind. This is a song that leaves the speakers and really does affect your mind for moments at a time. It’s not overly complicated, but it’s certainly a fascinating track.

-Paul Weyer