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Borrowed Souls hit the ‘Killswitch’

Borrowed Souls

Borrowed Souls started out life, in 2016, as a covers band taking in the likes of Portishead, The Black Keys, and Alabama Shakes. As sometimes happens when a musical chemistry is formed between members, they realised they’d got something between them, and started writing their own original material. Finding their own, signature sound – a lo-fi mixture of jazzy, soulful blues-rock – the trio put together their debut EP, ‘Baxter’s Kitchen’, following up now with their debut full-length album, ‘Epiphany and Revelation’, ‘from which Killswitch’ – their debut ‘proper’ single release – is taken.

‘Killswitch’, then, is exactly that – bluesy, soulful, rocky, chilled yet powerful; opening up with some delicate guitar arpeggios, ‘Killswitch’ sounds exactly like something from the Sons Of Anarchy or Strike Back soundtracks, that gruff, vaguely Americana-tinged rock in the vein of The Forest Rangers, Billy Valentine, Mark Stone, or the Shapeshifters, but with a modern twist: Laid-back, groovy, swaggering alt-blues-rock – think ‘Short Change Hero’ by The Heavy, The Black Keys, or The Revivalists, and you’re not far wrong.

You can check out ‘Killswitch’, and the rest of the ‘Epiphany And Revelation’ album, here, and follow Borrowed Souls on Facebook and Twitter.

Review by Alex Holmes

Evandale – The Storm: Southern Sleazy Hard Rock

‘The Storm’ was the first single released from Evandale’s debut album, ‘All or Nothing’; it’s safe to say that the hard rock outfit went with the former option with this southern sleazy stormer.

Since forming in 2017, the Midwest powerhouse has opened for iconic acts such as Bowling for Soup, Soul Asylum, Dirty Honey, Wayland and Spin Doctors and won an Omaha Arts and Entertainment award for Best New Artist in 2019. With their enigmatic energy, technical ability and tendency to pack their tracks with enough visceral intensity that they could make the Richter scale quiver; the accolades are only going to get sweeter from here on out.

I can imagine, and hopefully, one day I will be able to discover that Evandale’s live sound delivers the same pit-opening arrestive adrenaline as Godsmack and Sevendust.

You can check out the official lyric video to the Storm via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Old Days: Trent Beaver and The Damage bring us back to those distant memories on ‘Ramblin Kinda Man’

With his heart on the sleeve and the stories of his family still fresh in his mind, Trent Beaver and The Damage bring us the road-trip gem called ‘Ramblin Kinda Man‘.

Trent Beaver is an acclaimed acoustic pop/southern rock Pacific Northwest-based singer-songwriter from the famous music town of Muscle Shoals in Alabama, who sings with that gritty edge that makes him a true artist who sings from deep inside, where the memories are stored forever.

This is the story about remembering his old man’s life, the sadness is strewn all over his tremendous vocals as he shares how things where back in the day, when life was way more simple and the good times were plentiful.

The superb southern style is lathered all over this top quality single, as you get lost in the journey and start to drift away into the past, your mind racing as you remember when you were younger and you wish things could go back to these innocent days.

Ramblin Kinda Man‘ from the humble family man and BMX-lovin’ Pacific Northwest indie singer-songwriter Trent Beaver, is an ode to those days where the whole family was there as one, the tears now ring down for his Mamma who lost her man too soon.

Stream this new single on Spotify and check out IG for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Brandon Bing – Dyin’ Breed: Rapturously Raucous Country Rock

Singer-songwriter Brandon Bing is keeping modern country rock alive and breathing, ironically, with tracks such as ‘Dyin’ Breed’. The southern sun-kissed single plants itself firmly within the roots of country and resounds through the massive radio-ready rock production.

It’s a track that rhythmically commands you to move and lyrically compels you to see the beauty in the world in the same way the Florida & Nashville- based artist does. You almost don’t need the artist’s bio to know that he lives between Florida and Nashville, the gloss and grit delivered in Dyin’ Breed is a telling sign and just one of the reasons why Brandon Bing stands out so easily from the rest.

His rapturously raucous lyricism paired with their gritty southern twang will do infinitely more for your outlook on life than pawing your way through a mountain of self-help books. The energy from the stomping rhythms paired with the rich resonant vocals won’t fail to crawl under your ribs as you listen to the hook-filled feat of honkytonk.

Dyin’ Breed is now available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dylan Koski – I’ve Got Mine: Scorching Guitar-Driven Modern Rock

From the four-tracker “Sour Milk and Cigarettes”, Dylan Koski’s “I’ve Got Mine” is a modern, searing, scorching guitar-driven rock track which easily showcases Koski’s virtuoso guitar skills alongside his bourbon-burned vocals. With a guitar tone to die for, reminiscent of Santana and Rory Gallagher, rich in old-school ‘woman tone’, the guitar perfectly compliments Koski’s unique lyrical take on the ‘old school love song’.

Featuring Brandon Pettiford on drums and Tony Harpon on bass, and recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios, “I’ve Got Mine” is the absolute real deal of a track – Driving and powerful, modern yet familiar, slick and stylish, riff-driven yet with real songwriting style, “I’ve Got Mine” is an absolute stormer of a song.

Check out the “Sour Milk and Cigarettes” EP on Spotify, and the “I’ve Got Mine” video on YouTube.

Review by Alex Holmes

JD3 rock with the brilliant ‘No Fools’

Northeast Indiana’s JD3  (The Jondo Trio) bring that good bluesy country on the sensible-seeking single ‘No Fools‘.

JD3, also/previously known as The Jondo Trio, are a southern rock swamp stomp powerhouse. Their live performances have earned them a cult following all over their travels. The gruff vocals grabs your attention and you get lost in the crowd with the excellent guitar riffs.

Originally a power trio in the vein of ZZ Top, in 2016, The Jondo Trio (Nate Mosley-guitar & vocals, Paul Osborn-drums, Stu Way-Bass) with the release of their 2nd album, Scraps From The Borderlands, added a fourth member (Chris Dafforn- keys & trumpet) and re-branded themselves as JD3.

JD3 performs primarily in the Midwest (they are based out of ) but have also developed a bit of a cult following in Europe which is so great to see. Their music style transcends borders and they sound hungry here.

With the release of their third album, ‘Something Good‘ recently, the band took a deeper dive into exploring their southern rock and r&b roots, showcasing their songwriting skills and deep groove. ‘Something Good‘ was released with both band names- JD3 & The Jondo Trio – to help fans of each of the prior albums to “find” each other. This is a strong release and is well-received.

Stream the new song here on YouTube.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ryan Charles powers in with confidence on ”Rare Breed”

Ryan Charles, Southern Country & Western artist and future star, is back with his new song called ”Rare Breed”. This is a statement song about his arrival in the music game and he isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. This man is on a mission and with his Harley Davidson, guitar and ripped jeans, this American biker is ready. Bring on a movie about his life.

With a massive chip on his shoulder and after being fed up with life in his hometown in North Carolina, he ditched the small town ways and headed up to big-time California. The goal? To become a performing artist of course, make ladies swoon in his presence and make men wish they were him. The last two points are merely guesses from my side but you get the point, Ryan Charles had a goal and he took his chance.

Rare Breed” is all about building up your confidence and taking that opportunity to get away from the bad influences of back home, that you know aren’t going to take you anywhere but down. Southern Rocker Ryan Charles  and his guitar have just stepped up to the plate and this is an artist to take seriously. He wants success and respect in this music game so armed with his strong voice, inspiring lyrics and hard-nosed attitude, this single release puts him in the conversation.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

Gideon’s Army – Don’t Mind: The Elvis of The Millennial Era

Comparing Gideon’s Army to Elvis is the only feasible way I can allude just how monstrously sexy the Southern Rock band are. The New York band use Classic styling against their contemporary synergy, in short, their music wouldn’t be out of place on a ‘Songs to Strip to’ compilation CD. Perhaps I’m getting a little carried away by Gideon’s Army’s sound, but who doesn’t melt at the sound of soul-crunching riffs and dirty Rock n Roll vocals?

King Of The League was the band’s latest album brought out in January 2016, I personally see it as a crime that they’re not using their show stopping talent to treat fans to their uniquely vibrant sound. I don’t think begging is beneath me. Anyway, if you’re looking for a fresh hit of the same iconic sound as previously exuded by the Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, you don’t want to miss out on this track.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast