JOEL BLACK AND THE HALLELUJAHS- 'THE ELUSIVE MR.RICHARDS'
Indie rockers Joel Black and the Hallelujahs drop their new single 'The Elusive Mr.Richards' on 1st of October.
The track is upbeat and fast paced and gets the toes tapping from the get go.
Fancy finger work on the keyboard gives the track a rich, full sound backed up with an awesome bass line which gives the track a groove that's impossible to get out of and will have you humming it for hours.
Stunning vocals and some pretty nifty guitar top this treat of a single off perfectly.
It's my first introduction to this band and I was not disappointed. If this is a sign of what the future holds, Joel Black and the Hallelujahs are sure to be making waves in the music world for some time to come.
Check them out here: linktr.ee/Joelblackmusic
CHASING AUGUST - 'AFTER DARK'
Alt Rockers Chasing August are back with their latest offering 'After Dark'.
There is no doubt that the band have a chemistry which just works.
If it's high energy you are looking for then look no more, Chasing August have energy in swathes. This certainly gets the blood pumping.
A clear departure from their previous 2018 self titled album which was more melodic rock than the newer, Blink 182-esque sound of 'After Dark'.
I can't find a bad word to say about it. It has it all, great vocals, killer riffs and an awesome beat.
Highly recommend, check out more from Chasing August at linktr.ee/Wearechasingaugust
GOD IN A BLACK SUIT - 'NAILS'
God In A Black Suit have just released their debut EP 'Nails'.
Track one 'Alpha' is more of an atmosphere builder than anything. It certainly draws you in and builds up the anticipation for the rest of the EP.
That anticipation is rewarded with the title track 'Nails' which is a great showcase for God In A Black Suit.
The EP has dark feel about it lyrically and this is matched perfectly with the skilful instrumentals.
Our stand out track has to be 'You Don't Have Time' which ironically is the shortest song on the EP.
There is no doubt that God In A Black Suit are carving a their own niche with a great, unique sound.
A fantastic debut EP which is available to stream right now. : 'NAILS'
ZACK FLETCHER - COMPASS ROSE
Just when you think you have heard all that Zack Fletcher has to give, he appears on the radar yet again with another stunning track.
'Compass Rose' deals with feeling overwhelmed by not knowing where life is taking you, a feeling that all of us have experienced at some point.
Zack sought inspiration from his wife who reminded him that you don't necessarily need to know the destination or see the path clearly, all you need to have is the direction.
The track reflects the mood of the subject well. Overall this is musically uplifting and lyrically inspirational. Another great track from Zack with more planned in the near future.
Check out 'Compass Rose' as well as Zack's other music by visiting his profile here: @zfletchermusic
'UNTIL ANOTHER DAY'
The tragic loss of a close friend in Afghanistan has inspired Asgard Raven to pen a stunning rock track 'Until Another Day'.
The song deals with unexpected grief beautifully, capturing the thoughts and emotions experienced during the hardest of moments.
Don't be fooled into thinking this is just a sad song all about loss, it is also a tribute to good times remembered which is reflected well in the upbeat tempo of the track.
'Until Another Day' is a stark warning to not take life for granted. Embrace what you have while you have it.
A great track musically and lyrically and one that will be getting played again and again.
Release date is 20th September
Check out Asgard Raven here: www.asgardraven.com
CRAIG GOULD -'AIN'T NO PLACE TO HIDE'
Singer songwriter Craig Gould's latest release 'Ain't No Place To Hide' is a musical masterpiece.
There is no doubt that Craig is an accomplished artist. The genres of Folk and Americana are combined with a hint of Country to create an real audio delight.
Moving away from the music and the obvious vocal talent, the track does have a serious side. Craig is focusing on the lack of social responsibility in the current day and its effects on society.
Overall, this is a great piece of work. From the composition right the way through to the production, you can hear just how much effort has been put into making "Ain't No Place To Hide" a great track.
Craig is releasing this on the 15th of September. 'Ain't No Place To Hide' is also part of a bigger project helping to raise awareness for UK mental health charity CALM.
Check out more from Craig Gould here: www.linktr.ee/craiggouldmusic
THE CLOUD SURFERS -'MAGNETS'
Australian rockers The Cloud Surfers have released their latest single 'Magnets'.
With its bluesy, rock tones and stunning guitar work, 'Magnets' gives the listener everything they could ever want in a rock song.
A song of love, or animal magnetism at the very least. The vocal performance lends itself perfectly to the subject matter and is backed up by skilful drum play and some what sounds like an electronic organ which adds an extra dimension to overall ambience of the track.
This track feels like a departure from their previous release 'Tumbling' which had a more upbeat feeling to the track musically if not lyrically.
'Magnets' is a well rounded piece, hopefully it gives us a taste of good things to come.
You can check it out here: 'Magnets'
ENGINES MADE FROM SOUP - 'DIG'
The latest single 'Dig' from Meresyside made indie three-piece Engines Made From Soup has hit the streaming world with a bang.
A 'Dig' at the media machine, spreading news to sell papers, taking their cash and driving away from their responsibilities when the proverbial hits the fan.
A real, honest in depth look into the modern media and the apparent lack of ethics shown by some.
The track itself is one of the catchiest I have heard this year. The hook will stay with you for a while and that's a good thing, it's an awesome hook.
Overall 'Dig' is a fantastic display of musical skill. Great job guys!
Keep an eye out for more good stuff coming from Engines Made From Soup in the future.
You can check it out here: 'Dig'
Their other recent releases can be found here: 'Ceremony' 'Take 2'
TEITR - "/Blue"
'Head down, eyes straight'. Those words are ingrained in my mind as I write this review.
Taken from the track 'Social Apathy' which features on the latest EP '/Blue' from Glaswegian Alternative Rock band Teitr (pronounced Tayter).
'/Blue' is a follow on from their earlier, self titled album and gives a new twist on tracks from that release.
A mix of electronic rock and synth-pop perfectly complimented by the honest vocals from Ryan Tait give Teitr a unique sound, and I mean that in a good way not a 'oh yeah they have a unique sound, wink wink, nudge nudge' kind of way if you know what I mean.
This album is an accomplished piece of work and shows of the band's creativity and musical ability.
A real treat for the ears. You can get your hands on it here : '/Blue'
AKoustic Soul - "The Silence Within"
''The Silence Within' is one of the two new singles from award winning artist AKoustic Soul and is a sensory delight.
In the artist's own words 'This song has 3 distinct parts named "Awakening", "Angst" & "Closure" bound by a common chorus.'
The track takes you on a journey of self discovery. The message of self believe is clear and an important one in the current climate.
The strong vocals from AKoustic Soul carry well throughout the piece and relay the emotions of the lyrics perfectly.
Overall 'The Silence Within' is a solid track and would fit well on any playlist.
You can hear it here : 'The Silence Within'
WIL PROJECT 'NEW DAY'
Wil Project have recently released their latest single 'New Day' taken from their forthcoming EP which is out later this year.
Fresh, clean vocals backed up with beautifully constructed melodies 'New Day' showcases Wil Project perfectly.
Easy to listen to and hard to forget, 'New Day' will have your toes tapping and your head nodding.
A great track to listen to in the car, the bath, the bar or anywhere you need to here a bit of feel good music.
You can check it out for yourself here: 'New Day'
CONTRAST RELEASE 'CRISIS'
'Crisis' is the latest single from the Liverpool based band, Contrast.
Documenting the Coronavirus pandemic from a human perspective 'Crisis' explores the emotions that many of us have felt since the initial outbreak.
The accompanying video captures the reality of life during a pandemic with scenes that we can all relate to.
'Crisis' showcases Contrast's musical and vocal abilities. And with song writing as good as this you really are missing a treat if you don't check them out.
Stream it here: Apple Music Spotify
or watch the video here: 'Crisis'
ZACK FLETCHER RELEASES 'THE TRAVELER'
Ohio singer songwriter Zack Fletcher has just released the first track from his 'Ohio Reveries' collection.
'The Traveler' is a powerful track focusing on loss and living for today.
Zack's voice brings an enchanting warmth to this beautifully crafted song. Backed up my catchy melodies that keep you engaged, 'The Traveler' is an accomplished piece.
The emotions felt my the writer communicated with a sincerity that draws you in.
A great track from a great artist. Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of Zack's collection.
Check out 'The Traveler' here: Zack Fletcher
KATIE DRIVES - 'FAKE SMILES'
'Fake Smiles' The debut 4 track EP from Katie Drives is a pop rock masterpiece.
From the dark undertones of lead single 'Maniac' to the lighter more humorous ' Why Fall In Love When You Can Fall Asleep?', Katie showcases her vocal skill and song writing ability with style.
The EP explores feelings of defiance, fear and insecurity experienced by most young adults today.
Undeniably 'Fake Smiles' is a great toe tapper, but scratch the surface and listen to the lyrics and there is a deeper side to the record.
Due to be released on 6th of August 2021: katiedrives.com
KAWALA - 'PARADISE HEIGHTS'
With lockdown all but done, 'Paradise Heights' is a the perfect remedy for those post lockdown blues. An upbeat collection of forward looking tracks this mixtape didn't disappoint.
Reflecting upon the world we live in, Kawala don't hold back with lead single 'Angry Man' while keeping the foot tapping beats and catchy melody going.
The entire collection is uplifting, hopeful and forward looking. With live music making a steady return, this will be a sure fire winner with any crowd.
Overall Kawala have succeeded in creating a mixtape which promotes positivity while handling the serious issue facing the world today. Good job!!!
Available from July 23rd. 'Angry Man' can be streamed right now here: 'ANGRY MAN'
ED STAAL AND DOM PORTER JOIN FORCES TO RELEASE
SOULFUL NEW SINGLE ‘WITH YOU’
Ed Staal has teamed up with Bristol based producer Dom Porter for his latest release 'With You'.
Ed's voice effortlessly hits the spot with layer upon layer of silky smooth tones. Combined with Dom's production skills, this track fills you with old school chill out vibes with plenty of soul.
Lyrically 'With You' gives a very intimate perspective on love and commitment.
The track is from Ed and Dom's forthcoming EP project, 'With You' is a taste of great things to come.
Check it out here: With You
Mike Hilly Band - 'These Are The Days'
Mike Hilly Band's four track EP 'These Are The Days' is a country, rock extravaganza.
The opening track 'Alcohol the Shots' is a great opener leading to the anthemic hook of 'Lazy Sundays'.
With an awesome country vibe Mike Hilly Band have presented the world with a great little record.
Rocky enough for most rock fans and melodic enough to please the ears of everyone looking for new music. With a sprinkling of punk added to the mix. There is something here for everyone.
The band from Phoenix Arizona, is a little over a year old so this is just the start but boy oh boy, what a start.
You can stream it here: These Are The Days
Evanora 'Genghis Khan'
If it is a solid heavy metal act you are after then look no further than Evanora.
With its classic Heavy Metal sound, 'Genghis Khan' is full on from the get go.
With their Maidenesque riffs and superb drum work, Evanora have stayed true to their roots.
Guitars, drums and vocals all blend together expertly and are delivered with energy and passion.
The track is a superb example of modern day metal.
With Evanora, the future of Heavy Metal is in safe hands.
You can check it out here: Genghis Khan
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DREW CAGLE AND THE REPUTATION 'OFF THE WALL'
The latest single from Drew Cagle and the Reputation has just dropped and is available to stream right now.
"Off The Wall" ticks all the right boxes
Authentic Rock vibes...tick
Catchy as heck...tick
Written by Drew and Lance Cagle this track has everything a good rock track needs. And is sure to satisfy the cravings of any music fan.
Check it out here: 'Off The Wall'
LABRYINTHINE OCEANS RELEASE 'LIAR LIAR'
North East based duo Labyrinthine Oceans have just dropped their new single 'Liar Liar'.
Julia's vocals bring an emotive quality and energy to the track while Toby puts in a solid performance on bass, guitars et al.
The two piece, who hail from the North East of England, bring their brand of UK Grazz (Grunge and Jazz) to the ears of you lucky people, with a style that is undeniably unique.
'Liar Liar' is a real ear pleaser and a good sign of great things to come.
Available to stream here.