Every now and again there will be that one song that shouts higher and louder than the thousands that rush through the promo doors. Something that genuinely hooks, that strives to innovate, that is actively seeking to destroy all trace of complacency and repetition; enter ‘Alternative Facts’ from the wizards at Mangoseed.
In just three and a half minutes the band not only serves up a fantastic first tease to ‘Dreamers’, the record from which it originates, but also makes a great case for the novelty of combining elements of ska, rock, punk and jungle into an eclectic smorgasbord worthy of lauding. This comes packed with reggae style hooks to keep the heads bobbing but also serves up a bitter political undertone when the lines are read between which is well complimented by the generous helping of bass lines and electronic glitching and screeches.
But for some it will be the poignancy that accompanies the sharp political undertones that do the track’s heavy lifting. Frontman Nicholai La Barrie has no issue with blending his hypnotically smooth deliveries with piercing blows against the social zeitgeist; he does not mince words and nor should he do so.
This is a concept that stretches out beyond the three and a half minute boundaries that the song finds itself between and into the greater picture of Dreamers’ 11 tracks. Nicholai explains: “Most of our lives are governed by some kind of political decision that we had nothing to do with. It’s really important to say that out loud and ask questions so we feel with and for people and bring them together. There is healing power in music. You can find bliss in everybody jumping, singing, and dancing together.”
An indelible message from an unequally unforgettable band. ‘Alternative Facts’ deserves to be played loud and proud by all; so grab your speakers and turn the to 11.
Welsh noise rock and industrial band Purple Glass have returned with their new single Laundering Diamonds, a single that looks at often overlooked aspects of society. Members Evan Davies and Randell Denning craft a single that, while clear in its purpose, never talks down to the listener and allows them to draw their own conclusions. The duo, who are currently working on an album, use this single to show what they do best.
The duo allows the vocals and lyrics to be front and center in this song, leaning on the simpler side for the riff/rhythms. This is not to say those are weaker by any means – by contrast, the simplicity of the riffs allows them to become universal, bringing forth visions of dancing in mosh pits. This song scratches an itch of sorts that very few bands really do, making this an easy recommendation for any fan of acts like Nine Inch Nails.
The group aims to “represent where we believe is a lack of experimental yet, concise rock music in the guise of the noise and industrial subgenres on the radio and we believe our music represents a gap in the market and what we ourselves enjoy listening to. We provide thought provoking social commentary that doesn’t ask you to pick a side merely to understand the nuances of situations and events and come to your own conclusions.”
Teeming with classic “in your face” rock energy, psychedelia, and folklore, Big Smile Revival’s new EP The Universal Veil is essential listening for any rock fan. The three members, including lead vocalist Steve Hymas, drummer Matt Rowcliffe, and bassist Edvard G. Till, have a passion for everything from legends and tales of the past to modern issues like environmentalism and mental health, and that comes through in their music. In addition to the storytelling and themes of their music, Edvard has synesthesia, which helps the band write songs that not only reflect a certain sound, but a colour and taste.
The four track EP (out July 2nd) stands as a fascinating and unique slice of rock, combining influences of 60’s rock and grunge to create an otherworldly body of work. In particular, their newest single “The Helm” (out June 25th), a song with immaculate guitar work and unpredictable, transfixing melodies. The song’s last two minutes, in particular, feature a climatic, soaring instrumental break to finish off the track with a sense of release.
The band said in a statement that they “write from experience and truly want to share our stories and melodies with audiences everywhere”, and it’s hard not to get caught up in these stories and melodies. “The Helm” and The Universal Veil are must listens.
Cyber Rock band Punk Guns are back and as daring as ever. The band’s founding members, bassist and lead vocalist Marek Bero and guitarist Giampaolo Guarnieri, are joined by two new members, drummer Dan Western and guitarist, producer, and “synth maestro” Jiri Novotny, for these new releases. The band ties together a vast array of influences, from the classical, baroque, Balkan and Slavic music from their travels to directors Argento, Godard, Vadim and Bava to the world of sports (as Giampaolo was a world travelling extreme skier in a past life).
The first taste of their next album, due later this year, is the wild, engrossing new single Nemesis, featuring everything from classic guitar riffs to electronic beats under Sophie Bokor-Ingram’s narration. The song is entirely unique, and wholly Punk Guns to its core. It’s off-kilter and unique blend of sounds and genres is something that does not leave your mind after the song ends.
The band had this to say about the song:
“The main riff and harmonies of the verse came after a coaching session Giampaolo had with Jean-Marc Belkadi during which they worked on Ashkenazi and Russian chords and harmonies. Giampaolo translated such ideas from a standard tuning guitar to his baritone guitar. He played the tune to Jean-Marc who said that it was a “dark & unpredictable” vibe that reminded him of UK gangster style movies. This led Giampaolo to use part of the quote by Alan Ford defining Nemesis in the movie Snatch and use a voice-over actress, Sophie, to narrate it. Jiri started to create hooky electronic elements to the initial draft and Dan recorded drums for the chorus. Marek then laid down a huge bass line and a sick, slapping bass solo together with magical hooky lyrics that worked as a quasi-dialogue with Sophie’s narration. This track offers the “rock pedigree approach” of the band and then climbs to an electronic world reminiscent of the likes of Justice, Goose or Aaron”.
Set to release their new single ‘Citizen 202‘ on March 26th, Kavanagh are a youthful outfit that will instantly grab your attention. A release that can only be described as an anthem best served loudly, this whirlwind single showcases that Kavanagh aren’t frightened to turn their amps up and get up, close and personal. Just under two minutes long, it’s safe to say this track is short but certainly sweet. Leaving you wanting more? Dive into the band’s back catalogue, you won’t be disappointed.
Sharing their views on the track, Kavanagh state, “Citizen 202 is about escaping the idiosyncrasies of humanity and being a member of the universe instead, simply a part of creation. more than a human.”
Recorded at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace of legendary band The Prodigy, the track was produced with Mike Bennett (The Specials, Ian Brown, The Fall, Fat White Family). Certainly in fine company on the track, ‘Citizen 202’ is an explosive return from your new favourite band. A slice of alternative rock to get you through your day, Kavanagh state that rock and roll will never die, it just has a new face.
Founded in Caerphilly, South Wales in 2019, Wolf Storm is led by vocalist Nia John, who has an unforgettable voice. Their version of this 80’s classic will surely remind the country of how loved the song truly is. Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart‘ is one of those tracks that will live on forever, and Wolf Storm’s interpretation cements that.
As for the story behind the name, Wolf Storm came from a particularity unusual fan of their music – Zebb the Wolf. Sponsored by the band, Wolf Storm raise money at their gigs for his upkeep. Stars not on the stage but off too, Wolf Storm seem like real, genuine people.
Though possessing a talent for creating their own original music, Wolf Storm are best known for covering classic artists such as Pat Benatar, Aerosmith, Thunder, ACDC, Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac to name a few. Capturing the emotion of the original while adding their creativity into the mix, their rendition of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ still holds onto the track’s powerful arrangement, simultaneously feeling refreshed from Nia’s revised vocals.
InHibit’s latest single ‘The Quest’ is one of those tracks that crosses through different genres to create it’s own wall of sound.
Laying InHibit’s claim as one of the most innovative artists to come out of Europe, ‘The Quest’ is coated with complex melodies, intricate guitar lines and truly mesmerising vocals.
The perfect showcase into the mind of Noah Roovers, aka InHibit, the prominently alternative rock number weaves through an electronic soundscape to conjure a sound that wouldn’t be out of place in the pop genre.
“The Quest” is best described as a tune not to be limited to one genre. Creating music without definite boundaries, Noah Roovers’ music is armed with personality and charisma.
Already heading towards 400,000 YouTube views since it’s realise at the beginning of October, maybe it’s about time you see what all the fuss is about.
One good thing out of lockdown is that musicians all across the globe have turned their creative juices into something positive. Four Crooks did exactly that too. Gathering their thoughts and talents together in a remote farmhouse to write and produce their new EP ‘Black Magic‘, the 3 track EP is a refreshing release that captures a youthful band destined for stardom.
Situated somewhere in between the attitude of The Black Keys and early Arctic Monkeys, the record takes centre stage and showcases a band that use their music as a sort of escapism.
‘Black Magic‘ is led by the first track of the same name, and describes feelings of addiction. A warning and a celebration of everything that can take hold of all your senses, the first single is an elevating tune that captures Four Crook’s youth.
‘Feel Alright‘ talks about walking out of a difficult relationship with your head held high, while EP-closer ‘Paranoia‘ is a hard-hitting number that describes how it feels to be trapped with anxiety and doubt.
Four Crooks are stating that rock and roll is far from over, it just has a refreshing new face.
You can’t get a better name for a rock goddess than Charmian Devi, she sounds mean and you don’t mess with her that’s what we feel , but actually when you get donw to it Charmian’s style is beautifully poetic and actually pretty gentle, have a look at the video for her new track and see what you think –
You dig, yes? Well we do dig it indeed and we dig Charmian and even better her music is all ready for you to enjoy and stream:
What else do you need to know ? Try this for size, and you will now have the full story including what the legends within her band and the grammy producer think , then if you are not hooked, well there’s no pleasing you , but we know you will be hooked and you will just be shouting out your isolating window ‘ WE LOVE CHARMIAN!’
Based in Canada, after her father emigrated from London to Montreal, Charmian Devi has spent her life as a musician, from melodic garage bands through to lead singer and songwriter for 90s punk band, Wretched Ethyl who became one of Canada’s most talked-about bands, opening for the likes of Seattle grunge legends, 7 Year Bitch and punk icons, Nomeansno. Their demise after four fraught years sadly coincided with the tragic death of her husband – it was from the burning embers of this dark and harrowing time that Charmian Devi relocated to London for two years to rebuild her life. Still haunted by her turbulent past, she returned to Canada and a new Charmian emerged, a songwriter and musician who was truly able to crystallise her experiences and express them through her music.
“I really enjoyed recording with Charmian Devi…her songs remind me of bands like the Velvet Underground, raw intuitive and in-tune with the times”Bassist, Tony Garnier
Dedicated to a life in music and resolutely opposed to authoritarian regimes and dogma, Charmian is the embodiment of everything rock n roll stands for: truth; revolution and unyielding artistry. Her latest single, Radio of None is available on 8th April.
“I’ve really enjoyed producing Charmian because there are fewer and fewerartists today that play inspired & raw folk/rock music and are not trying to polish everything to sound more commercial. Her music speaks the truth and she puts all of herself into her songs. That’s also why I wanted to use musicians that are comfortable in an environment of spontaneous music that’s rough around the edges but carries a meaning and an attitude. Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Sonic Youth are all raw and unapologetic and make great rock and/or folk music with powerful lyrics and meanings, so choosing Lenny, Tony and Steve was an obvious choice because that is exactly what Charmian does too!”Three-times Grammy Award-winning producer, Marc Urselli
From the raw sounds of the acoustic guitar and pipes to the delicate melodies of the fiddle and Celtic harp, the traditional components of Scottish music transports us to the rolling hills and picturesque villages of Scotland. Whether they involve the classic upbeat acoustics of traditional Scottish music, or simply draw from the beautiful landscape and rich Scottish culture, these 5 acts each offer something modern and unique to fuel your Burn’s Night supper.
If there’s one stereotype of the Scottish that we can get on board with musically, it’s anger. Scottish rock band formed in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire Biffy Clyro create music with big, powerful riffs and lyrical hooks that have a real underlying anger that you can really rock out to. This is best shown in their song There’s No Such Thing As A Jazzy Snake’ however if it’s a more mellow anthem you are looking for with your beverage then look no further than their latest album MTV Unplugged: Live at Roundhouse, London. With real folky instrumentals like the harmonica and acoustic guitar in tracks like Drop It and Folding Stars, the Scottish trio offer all atmospheres for your Burn’s Night supper.
Even though Elyssa is not originally from Scotland, now residing in Edinburgh the Italian singer songwriter soaks up all cultural elements of the Celtic folk traditions of Scotland. Her latest album release Holding On, Letting Go is meditative yet motivational, with not only a classic singer-songwriter style but elements of neo-folk. With the acoustic guitar and upbeat folk melodies being the spine of the album, Elyssa offers a take on traditional Scottish sounds whilst also mixing them with elements of indie-pop and Americana. With lead tracks like Front Line and Charlene, the album gives a perfect modern take for your Scottish themed evening.
Having previously performed at the Big Burn’s Supper View event in Dumfries, Scotland 2015, Nina Nesbitt offers a fun acoustic contribution to Burns Night. Born in Livingston, the Scottish folk pop artist has produced tracks like Not What Your Dad Wants to Know and Some You Win which are composed of delicate folk vocals, upbeat acoustic guitar riffs and small elements of country music that fills you with contentment and makes you want to jump up and jig. Set to release her second album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change’ on Feb 1st, Nina‘s album Peroxide stands as the most fitting for a Burns Night fueled with acoustic folk goodness.
The Mojo Cams
Following a different angle for your Burns Night experience, The Mojo Cams offer a more theatrical alternative with his multimedia project – a concept album that tells a story of an outsider set in the traditional Scottish landscapes and the tightly-knit communities. The Mojo Cams create a story through folk-like tracks in latest album Nebular Tuesday, whereby the songs are sung by separate characters, building a story to follow throughout – a fun Scottish-themed addition to Burn’s Night.
Yip Man of Scotland
To finish off our list, Yip Man of Scotland brings something unique to our Burns Night playlist. Being the alter-ego of Scottish songwriter Al Nero, the former frontman of blissful guitar slingers Le Reno Amps and the co-founder of Glasgow’s Armellodie Records brings us his first single Aye Peckin’ from his forthcoming second album, Pure Zen, Ken?, due to be released in Autumn 2019. Taking its name from a doric saying that you may hear from time to time should you ever visit the North of Scotland ”Foos yer doos?’ …aye peckin”, the song is about ploughing on, laced with a keen sense of fun and an irresistible marriage of riff and melody. This innovative and amusing single provides one light hearted anthem to your night that is inherently Scottish.
So sit back, grab a tumbler of Scottish Whiskey and breathe in Scottish culture at your Burns Night supper!