I was uncertain if I could love the sound more than the wordplay in the latest track “Los Invisibles” from LA-based Rock artist The Revies. Yet, once I got a taste of the raunchy, punchy, eager sound which The Revies had manifested through their high-octane performance, it became apparent that their linguistic ingenuity is easily outshone by their ability to orchestrate a captivatingly immersive Rock hit.
Any fans of Stone Sour will definitely want Los Invisibles on their playlists. The production couldn’t be higher, the distinction allows you to hear the authenticity and there’s no disputing that The Revies is a force to be reckoned with.
It may have been a while since I’ve been to a gig, but I’m fairly sure that The Revies is exactly the kind of band who would leave your mind blown and your neck sore if you got the pleasure of seeing them live.
You can check out Los Invisibles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
‘Black Hole’ is a bouncy, poppy alt-rock banger from the Cincinnati fourpiece Patchwork’s forthcoming album ‘Hive Mind’. A catchy, hooky ascending guitar riff that lodges inside your brain and doesn’t let go.
There’s an early Foos vibe to it, or maybe Queens Of The Stone Age if the Gin Blossoms’ Robin Wilson was singing lead vocals, but the overarching feel is a ‘Shame About Ray’-era Lemonheads. That’s no bad thing, it’s poppy without being throwaway, the vocal’s infectious and pushed to the fore, and the lyrics marry a certain world-weariness to the grungy guitar melody, but there’s some excellent musicianship going on too. This has got US-College Radio hit written all over it.
If you draw a Venn diagram of exploratory music, where the intersection between technical metal, progressive and post-rock occurs you won’t find a whole lot of bands, but you will find Colors in Mind. With their latest release, Yugen Peaks they build their sound on a wonderfully fluid post-rock template, one that eschews the 4/4 signature and rigid verse-chorus ethic of traditional rock and instead wanders its own musical journey, often lingering in one lush musical landscape before flitting through more minimal territory, languishing in gentle, bucolic beauty and then climbing dramatic peaks.
It isn’t hard to see this approach as a modern day progressive classical music, the instruments may have been updated from the traditional format but the symphonic nature of the music is obvious to all. And l it tells its story as much through symphonic sound as it does the lyrics, it maybe be a less obvious, less direct method, but it is no less heart tugging, emotive and effective. It is music of the heart and soul, requiring total immersion. Whilst most music contains its own user manual amongst its beats and notes, one that tells the listener exactly how to interpret the message, this is more about osmosis, a vibe to be soaked up and ingested.
Living Shape is an alternative rock band from Zurich, Switzerland.
Their sound is hard-hitting, no-frills and no-compromise alternative rock. The tone of the band is really captivating and interesting.
If I could describe it by making comparisons, I would say that their recent single, “Nirwana”, almost sounds like Jim Morrison fronting The Foo Fighters, jamming with members of Metallica.
The track is a great example of the band’s eclectic influences. The guitar tones of the group tip the hat at the early metal sound of the 70s, learning lessons from bands such as Metallica or Judas Priest. The vocals are present, really cutting through the mix perfectly. On the other hand, the drums are dense and thick, echoing the best early stoner rock and grunge. In spite of the band’s rocking attitude, there is also a lot of melody in this track, making it appealing to a broad pool of listeners.
The band recently even took to Youtube to release a brand new music video for their single, which showcases the band jamming in various locations in an abandoned old mansion!