It comes as no surprise that Grand Lotus come from Tampa, there is a sun drenched vibe which runs through their chiming alt-pop, surf-rock what could only come from such a warm climate. There is also a sophistication which belies their young age. Whilst most guys their age content to be heavy handed copyists of the likes of the Foo Fighters, it is fantastic to find a band who revel in more intricate and more interesting music, heading more into a more Doobie Brothers or better still, Steely Dan direction and that in itself is both an indication of their skills as well as their bravery.
Australia is at once frictionless and luxuriant but with just enough grit in the oyster to keep things from heading off towards the middle of the road and their sound might wear rocks outer garments but you catch glimpses of jazz, R&B and pop undergarments underneath. Now they have proven that they can infuse rock with more interesting elements, we can all wait with bated breath for them to flip the concept and really get creative.
Ever had the pleasure of listening to listening to Welsh lyrics over an undercurrent of surf styled psychedelic rock? Nope. Neither had I until I pleasantly stumbled across The Routines latest hit ‘di Arfar. The only way to some up their sound is to imagine a cross between The Manic Street Preachers and the Arctic monkeys.
The Routines are made up of 3 extraordinarily talented musicians who implore their working class oppression to create an infectious sound that you can’t help but get behind in raucously euphoric ecstasy. No review of The Routines would be complete without mentioning the mesmerizing talent of the guitarist and his delectable power he has over his riffs that have the power to suck you in until you’re completely immersed in the charismatic cacophony of sound that is being bestowed upon you.
The Routines are certainly not a band that likes to take themselves too seriously as you can gather from the video in ‘di Afar. Their rat race malaise is something that has the power to resonate within everyone. Even though I couldn’t make out a word of the lyrics, their energy conveyed the message and the evocative emotion behind the track poignantly. Their other tracks incorporate English lyrics such as ‘Christening’ however there’s something quite special and refreshing about listening to lyrics in a foreign language.
Check out their new track on Youtube via the link below.
Sam Ryder is a singer/songwriter from London who has been in music with various projects since 2009. He formed rock band The Morning After who released two albums on Rising Records UK and JVC Victor in Japan. Their albums “You Can’t Hurt Steel” and “Legacy” have since shifted thousands of copies.
In 2010 Sam was then recruited to tour and write with 80’s style glam metal band Blessed By A Broken Heart (Tooth & Nail/EMI) and contributed to their Billboard charting album “Feel The Power”
After Blessed called it quits, Texas punk/hardcore band Close Your Eyes (Victory Records) asked Sam to join as their front-man and writer. In 2013 they released “Line In The Sand” which resulted in multiple song placements on MTV, NHL 2015 and MGM feature film “Max”.
Sam self-released his debut solo EP in March of this year and is putting the final touches of his full length album that he tracked in Nashville, TN with producer Bryan Wilson (Frightened Rabbit, John Newman).
Twenty six year old singer/songwriter/producer Astronomyy from Worcestershire, England, has been making a name for himself amongst the upcoming “most talented”. Creating a bond between spotless songwriting and modern electronic production techniques, Astronomyy has used his space wisely, rocketing up the Hype Machine chart time and time again, whilst orbiting UK radio and listeners alike.
His own songs including ‘Don’t Need U’, ‘Nothin On My Mind’ and ‘The Secret’ have gathered 24 million+ plays over Soundcloud and Spotify alike, whilst his cowrite/production with Zara Larsson and MNEK “Never Forget You” has become a world wide smash hit with over 302 Million streams on Spotify alone.
With radio plays from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Beats1 amongst many, and several Hype Machine number ones to date Astronomyy has become a taste marker with his recent edits of Terror Jr’s ‘Three Strikes’ and Billie Eilish’s ‘Ocean Eyes’ which topped the US and Global Spotify Viral charts with over 6 million Spotify streams.