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Lazy Daze asks the question we’ve all been thinking with their surfy indie rock track, ‘What is Real?’

If the last 12 months have left you questioning the nature of reality, you’ll definitely appreciate the latest single from Lazy Daze that explores that very same existential question while carrying sweet yet sonic summer tones.

The LA-based artist, songwriter and producer cooked up a lofty indie jam that bursts with jangle-pop vitality, teases elements of indie post-punk and infuses modern elements of surf rock to stay true to his LA roots.

What is Real? is a mash of everything there is to love about Supergrass, the Beach Boys and Joy Division simultaneously unfolding around a deep questioning that never gives way to melancholy. Instead, Lazy Daze seems to take the Bukowski approach to life; laughing in the face of trepidation and chaos and inviting the listener to do the same.

What is Real? is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Darling Overdrive sprinkle some magical songwriting ‘Stardust’ with new EP ‘Cosmic Autumn’

Denver’s Darling Overdrive describe themselves as ‘rekindling the fire of late 20th Century Rock & Roll’. ‘Stardust’ initially has a little bit of a Goo Goo Dolls feel to it, opening up with some gently picked clean guitar over closed hi-hat sixteenths, before building, holding a little suspense before rocking out on the chorus with some nice staccato guitar chords and drum fills.

It’s reminiscent of The Calling, Hoobastank, or Lifehouse, that subtle blend of rock that’s an absolute shoo-in for acres of epic radio play right through the summer. That’s no criticism, either – it takes a very special kind of songwriting skill to maintain rock & roll credibility whilst generating mass-appeal, and to hit that perfect niche without falling into overblown Guns n’ Roses balladeering pomposity or Nickleback cheese takes some doing. Darling Overdrive seem to have done that effortlessly with ‘Stardust’, and the second track on the ‘Cosmic Autumn’ single ‘Surf’; top notch stuff.

Hear ‘Cosmic Autumn’ on Spotify; check out Darling Overdrive on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Heavy Salad have given ‘cult hit’ a brand-new meaning with their debut album “Cult Casual”

The debut album from Manchester’s finest soulfully-blessed Psychedelic trailblazers Heavy Salad has finally dropped.

Cult Casual hit record stores on September 25th and affirmed that the optimism that I’ve held since hearing their eccentrically resolving sophomore single Battery Acid in 2019 was entirely well placed.

Some records, you put on the turntable and know you’ll be apathetic about letting the needle hit it again. Others, you know you’ll delve right back in for the successive hits of emotion which manifested the first time around. Cult Casual is firmly in the latter camp.

Track 1, Death is a gentle Surf Pop easing into the colourful chaos which ensues in the form of their cult hit (in the most literal use of the phrase) Battery Acid. Track 3, The Wish is the feat of feisty grunge which blows every other Garage Rock artist in Manchester out of the water while simultaneously giving artists such as Dinosaur Jr a run for their money.

Track 4, Inner Versions carries the same bite as The Wish, but this time the playful angst is projected over punchy Indie Rock licks, leaving plenty of space for guitarist Rob Glennie to humbly unveil the virtuosic talent he’s been hiding all along. Track 5, Reverse Snake is Heavy Salad’s psych Rock scathing attack on the ideocracy which led us to Brexit. Arcanely, they actually succeeded in creating a high-vibe Anti-Brexit track.

Fans of Avant-Garde will be suitably enraptured in the album from Track 6 where the experimentalism truly starts to take hold. After you’ve enjoyed all the juicy Psych Pop earworms, it’s time to immerse yourselves in the unpredictable yet pragmatic progressive nature of High Priestess and This Song is Not About Lizards. Unapologetically, the tracks take seismic shifts in tone and ferocity, leaving you at the mercy of their rhythmic prowess and whatever celestial magic the Priestesses are serving up in the form of their intoxicating vocals.

Whichever plateau you’ve floated to with the former singles, Routine Dream will allow you to crash down to earth with the scuzzily confrontational track which serves an aggressive yet compassionate reminder that you’re probably living blind. Thankfully, there’s plenty of aural comfort in Slow Ride which will make sure that you’re in the best possible mindset for the evocative assault which follows.

The final track It’s OK to Bleed will break my heart over and over again. In a time where people are more likely to invest in bitcoin rather than their emotional intelligence, it’s utterly priceless. Straight from the intro, the tenderness rings through the guitar progressions, then, the vocal and lyrical empathy bring torrid emotions to the front but there’s plenty of solace to be found in the track which unravels as gospel for the impious.

In short, it’s a cosmic rollercoaster and easily up there with the best things to happen in 2020. Listen to it.

You can check out Cult Casual via Spotify & Bandcamp or you can (and you definitely should) treat yourself to a CD or vinyl copy of the album released via Dripped in Gold Recordings.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Freedom Shapes have given Synthpop an Avant-Garde Twist with “You and Me”

Synthpop doesn’t come much more off-the-cuff than Freedom’ Shapes latest endearingly Avant-Garde single You and Me which dropped on July 4th. The LA-based artist embarked on their solo career after they were awarded 700 loop pedals through a lawsuit with Guitar Center. If that isn’t enough to give you pedal envy, I don’t know what is. Freedom Shapes found the perfect use for all 700 pedals by connecting them to the flute and using it in the insanely electric track You and Me.

As for what You and Me means, Freedom Shapes left it open to interpretation and allows the listener to find their own meaning. It’s part love song, part psychological thriller, so let your mind run as wild.

Stylistically, their eccentric amalgamation of Surf Pop Rock and Synthpop gives the sound of Dick Dale and the Beach Boys a brand-new analog sound. With the vocals switching between deadpan ominous versing and Psych Pop harmonies, Freedom Shapes created a track that even the Residents would approve of. We can’t get enough of it either. Hit play and delve into the indulgent absurdity which awaits.

You can check out the official video to Freedom Shapes’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

Micky Blouse – Brother: Energetically Infectious Indie Power Pop

Power Pop, Jangle Pop, and Surf Rock all converge in the energetically infectious latest single “Brother” from up and coming Sheffield-based Indie artist Micky Blouse.

The high-pitched vocals may invoke nostalgia for the time when Hanson dominated the airwaves but make no mistake when you hit play on Brother, you’ll meet soulfully bold aural distinction.

The punchy Alt Rock instrumentals carve out ensnaring melodies which find the perfect balance between momentum and euphorically arrestive vibrant rhythm. Brother is the ultimate Indie Power Pop earworm which you’ll be desperate to share with others once it wriggles in, which should be just about when the chorus hits.

Brother is just one of the tracks to feature on Micky Blouse’s debut self-titled EP which you’ll definitely want to delve into if you’re as sick of assimilative Indie acts as we are.

You can check out Micky Blouse’s latest single Brother for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Surf Rock Meets Indie in the Trailblazing Latest Single from BOOTlace

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I’m no stranger to filthy basslines, but the growling licks in the latest single “Wonderland” from Alt Indie trailblazers BOOTlace were even enough to make someone as aurally-smut-jaded as me feel unclean.

Paired with the tonal evolutions of the guitars which seamlessly switch from soaring Surf Rock-inspired solos to accessibly rhythmic indie Post-Punk progressions, there’s plenty to grab you by the scruff of the neck as Wonderland unfolds. With the vocals being more accordant than your average Indie Rock vocals, distinction drips from Wonderland.

For you to understand how excited I am about this track, you’ll first have to understand how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at each up and coming artist who surfaces with the tried and tested Jangle Pop indie monotonous sound. Get them on your radar, they’re firmly fixed on ours. It’s only a matter of time before their ingenuity is as embraced as it deserves to be.

You can check out the latest single from BOOTlace for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sleemo – Teeth Tapping: Riotously Fresh Alt Indie Rock

Up and coming UK Alt Rock artist Sleemo dropped their self-titled debut in 2019. Anyone who prides themselves in having their finger on the pulse of brand-new exciting talent will definitely want to get acquainted with it.

While each track is a hit, the perfect introduction to their riotously eclectic sound is “Teeth Tapping”. With Sleemo’s experimentation with elements of Funk, Post-Punk, and Surf Rock along with their devilish tendency to efficaciously dabble with special effects, the immersive distinction in their sound is impossible to miss.

Teeth Tapping was a track born to get sweaty and bruised in a pit to. After hearing the virtuosic nuances in the riffs and becoming enamoured by the vocals which find the perfect balance between abrasive swagger and Indie Rock charm, I definitely won’t hang around if presented with the opportunity to witness a live set from Sleemo

You can check out Sleemo’s single Teeth Tapping along with the rest of their EP via Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates from Sleemo via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Super Love Have Released Their Valentines Day Single “Always Together”

Super Love

“Always Together” is the beguilingly eccentric latest single from up and coming Alt Indie Rock artist Super Love which brings a whole new meaning to authenticity in love songs. Of course, there was no forgetting Super Love after we checked out their debut single “Vortex” in 2019. Perceptibly, they’ve not lost their distinctive tendency to leave their expression undiluted.

The expressive soundscape is a unique celebration of unconditional perpetual passion. One which wasn’t orchestrated to create an easily ingestible assimilative soundscape. Instead, Super Love injected their playful sticky-sweet soul and charisma into the track which pulls in elements from a myriad of genres to give you a true declaration of sentiment-steeped passion.

Always Together is aptly due for release on Valentines day, and you can check it out for yourselves on Spotify or Apple Music via this link.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Panoram – Betty White: A Shimmering Surf Psych Pop Revival  

If you’re looking for shimmering guitars, kaleidoscopically colourful melodies and vintage Rock n Roll vocals, look no further. Panoram’s 2019 single “Betty White” is a strikingly unique reinvention of the tones of 60s artists such as The Beatles and the Beach Boys, yet they’ve found a way to assert their own distinction and eccentric personality amongst the authenticity.

While the guitar effects were a little too much in parts and dampened the progressions – especially in the prelude, Panoram has still proven themselves to be an exciting up and coming artist with the ability to offer sticky-sweet aural nostalgia with their Psychedelically flavoured  Indie Surf Rock.

You can check out Panoram’s single Betty White for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Customers – Ways: Sun-Soaked Indie Surf Rock

“Ways” is the debut Indie Surf-Rock single from the up and coming artist The Customers which any fans of Iggy and the Stooges, the Kinks, the Kooks and Velvet Revolver will want to check out.

The sunny Surf Rock rhythms may be slightly archaic, but that just allows Ways to drip with a colourful hazy nostalgia. The New Jersey-based artist has kept a fine balance of ingenuity and revival with Ways. Through the popping angular guitars and grittily raucous Indie Punk vocals, they inject plenty of their own visceral flavour into the genre whilst simultaneously treating you to a familiar soundscape.

They have since followed up the release of their debut with their second single “Patterns”. If you like what you hear, you’ll have plenty to look forward to from The Customers as they will be releasing their debut album in 2020.

You can listen to The Customers riff-packed debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast