Rock

Sam Fender – “That Sound”

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2018

Sam Fender is a UK-based singer who is preparing for the release of his debut EP Dead Boys on November 20 via Polydor Records.

Fender made it on the BBC Sound Of 2018 poll and has been on the road all year preparing for this moment. Right now that moment is the EP’s lead single “That Sound,” a larger-than-life anthem that is quite a statement from a new artist.

Find a stream of “That Sound” below and stay tuned for the EP later this month. You can also find his performance of song “Dead Boys” live on Jools Holland here.
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Keuning – “Prismism” and “Restless Legs”

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2018

The Killers guitarist Dave Keuning will release his debut album Prismism on January 25 2019. The album was written and recorded and his home studio in San Diego and was built from the hundreds of voice memos that he stockpiled while touring with The Killers for the past decade, soon evolving into songs of his own.

So far he’s released two songs from the album, the electro-tinted title track “Prismism” and the more Killers-esque “Restless Legs.” Both tracks showcase Keuning’s own voice as he seems to be having fun exploring some new avenues here.

Find the official music videos for both tracks posted below and catch his debut solo New York City peformance at Mercury Lounge on November 12. Tickets can be found here.
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together PANGEA – “Hi-Fi Television”

By Will Oliver, November 3rd 2018

California-based rockers together PANGEA returned with new EP Non Stop Paranoia in late October, which was released via Nettwerk Music Group.

The 5-song EP lasts a grand total of 12-minutes, with breezy rock songs such as the no-nonsense rock anthem “Hi-Fi Television,” which uses every bit of its near 2-minute running time to pack quite a punch.

The track is available to stream below and the EP can be bought from iTunes here.
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Self Help – “1,000,000 MPH”

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2018

Self Help is a punk rock group from Oxford, England who have caught my attention with their latest single “1,000,000 MPH.”

They waste no time setting the pace with some mean guitar riffs and a super-charged energy that comes absolutely racing out of the gate. It features some great garage rock elements at play along with some smartly crafted hooks that have some pop spirted thrown in with a side of aggression.

It’s the first single from their upcoming new EP Organic Noise Kitchen. Enjoy a stream of “1,000,000 MPH” below.
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Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks – “Dan Halen”

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2018 — with 1 comment

Only seconds into Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks rocking track “Dan Halen” does the groovy bassline signal that carnage is about to unfold and just seconds later the track lives up to its promise and unleashes a fist of fury.

“Dan Halen” is like a mix of Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, taking the best of this psych-rock fuzz and mixing it with a bit of scuzzy garage rock goodness that even has flashes of a bit of Black Sabbath. In other words, this track absolutely shreds.

It’s taken from their new self-titled album which is out now via Graveface Records and Curiosities.

Enjoy a stream below and find the whole album available to stream and purchase on their Bandcamp.
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Fresh – “Nighttime”

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2018

London indie punkers Fresh released their self-titled debut album last summer and have since returned with a new 7″ single featuring two tracks simply titled “Daytime” / “Nighttime” that will be released via Specialist Subject Records

Today we are focusing on the b-side “Nighttime” a punk rocker with some super sharp guitar licks and laid back vocals that definitely touch upon some easy-going British alt-punk that the band hone in on and work to their favor.

You can stream “Nighttime” below and find it available to buy over at their Bandcamp.
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Ceramic Animal – “Patiently 4 U”

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2018

Ceramic Animal are “a couple of nasty boys” from just outside of Philadelphia playing “psychedelic garage-yacht.” The band consists of brothers Warren (guitar and vocals) and Elliott Regan (keys and vocals) as well as Dallas Hosey (bass and vocals).

They recently released their sophomore The Horse earlier this month and today we’re focusing on album cut “Patiently 4 U,” a track with some good old fashion rock licks and soulful vocals that add up to total tasteful bliss.

Find a stream of “Patiently 4 U” below and you can find the whole album available to buy from the band right here.
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This summer saw Mondo Cozmo return with his new EP Your Motherfucker via Republic Records.

Besides having the coolest title of any EP this year, the release is packed with some pretty big tunes. Such as the title track which hits hard with a rock solid blend of big rocking moments along with some more electronic inspiration that the band’s Josh Ostrander makes sound natural and fitting all the way through.

Then there’s also the all business track “Tonight Tonight.” Not a cover of the classic Smashing Pumpkins tune but a rollicking anthem that has some folk/alt-country roots but comes at you with a passion and energy that is a totally convincing formula.

Find both “Your Motherfucker” and “Tonight Tonight” posted and available to stream below.
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Jeremy & The Harlequins – “Nothing Civil”

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2018

Jeremy & the Harlequins are a local act who we were introduced to after their opening set for Nicole Atkins last year at Mercury Lounge. They’re returning with new album Remember This on August 17 via Yep Roc Records and have recently released its lead single “Nothing Civil.”

The band tap into some old school classic rock elements while adding their own sensibilities to give it a fresh new spin. Here’s what vocalist Jeremy Fury had to say about the track:

I wrote this song a few months before the 2016 election and it seemed really relevant at the time. We didn’t record the tune until mid-2017. Now it’s the summer of 2018 and one of my biggest hopes, and also fears, was that the song wouldn’t feel relevant anymore. But here we are. I don’t think of this as a political song so much as a song about trying to get along with each other. We have more similarities with each other than differences, and this song is an olive branch to people on every side of every fence.

Enjoy the track via the official music video which we have posted below.
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Burnt Beach – “Another Drop”

By Will Oliver, May 29th 2018

Burnt Beach  is a Brooklyn-based 4-piece band who recently released their debut single with “Another Drop.” The song is ripe for comparisons to New York City rockers such as The Strokes. But there’s this cool charm to it that is perfect for a nice summer day when you’re just hanging out with a few cold beers a few inches away.

The track is a promising start for the band and we’re interested to see what else they got for us in the future.

For now, enjoy a stream of “Another Drop” below and buy the single from iTunes where you can also grab b-side “Islands.”
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