sam. – ‘Wreck My Soul’

sam.’s Wreck My Soul is a track that ties together current pop and EDM approaches with hints of trip-hop and Bjork-esque indie music. Together, these elements are able to wholly involve listeners. The numerous layers on Wreck My Soul further allow fans to tuck in and find new twists and turns on subsequent listens. The single’s arrangements deserve additional attention as the dynamics between percussive and synth elements tell just as much of a story as the aforementioned vox. Check out the embed for Wreck My Soul below to hear this melange of approaches and sounds; we’re forecasting big things from sam. in the months and years to follow. Continue reading “sam. – ‘Wreck My Soul’”

Cock Sparrer – the Albums 1994-2017 (CD Box Set)

While The Clash, The Damned and the Sex Pistols all justifiably get their due in just about any discussion around the origins of punk rock, Cock Sparrer is almost always inexplicably left off the list by many in this country. Which is odd considering the London band had several years head start on all of the aforementioned peers, dating all the way back to 1972. And as influential as the trio mentioned above clearly are, it’s hard to imagine the Dropkick Murphys, the Bosstones or even Rancid (especially Rancid!) existing without Cock Sparrer to firmly lead the way a generation earlier. Continue reading “Cock Sparrer – the Albums 1994-2017 (CD Box Set)”

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Live from the Ryman

Jason Isbell surprised many when he walked away from cult favs Drive By Truckers 10 years ago. What were the chances of an Americana artist that bristled against modern country music making it beyond a record or two. Turns out, the chances were a hell of a lot better than most thought. It helps that Isbell also happens to be one of the best songwriters to come around in a generation. Continue reading “Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Live from the Ryman”

The Weeklings “In The Moment”

The Weeklings are able to refresh the power-pop / AOR of the 1960s and 1970s with their new song, “In The Moment”. In The Moment has soulful vocals built off of the bands of the British Invasion while the guitars take inspiration from ELO and Boston. The Weeklings are able to make a clear, guitar / drum / vox dynamic shine brightly. With just a bit of a nod towards more contemporary rock bands (a bit of Foo Fighters, anyone?), The Weeklings ensure that the widest fan base will find something that they can appreciate with In The Moment. Check the track out below the jump. Continue reading “The Weeklings “In The Moment””

PSYRUS “Hitcher”

PSYRUS’s “Hitcher” is able to deftly tie together synth-pop and new wave in a bold new direction. Haunting vocals and sweeping synths unite to make for a track that shifts between sounds, tempos, and even approaches. Hitcher is one of those efforts that continues to provide twists and turns to fans after multiple plays. With Hitcher being one of those earworms that will bury itself deep into the minds of listeners, PSYRUS are able to showcase skillful instrumentation alongside an approach that will get the dance floor popping. The band is able to make a five-plus minute track as interesting on its final note as it was when it began. Continue reading “PSYRUS “Hitcher””

My Demons Galore “Carry Your Own Light”

My Demons Galore’s “Carry Your Own Light” is a tremendously compelling effort that immediately hits listeners with passionate vocals and brooding, intricate arrangements. Hints of The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, and Avenged Sevenfold can be picked up here. Carry Your Own Light is made with intricate drums, a lush instrumental environment, and the limitless charisma of the lead vocals. Where the track would work fine on any alternative or college radio, the polish of the single is such that fans will be drawn to the effort like moths to the flame. Continue reading “My Demons Galore “Carry Your Own Light””

BLXPLTN “No English”

BLXPLTN create a homage to the punk, thrash and hardcore of the 1980s with “No English”. With hints of Black Flag and even a bit of the Sex Pistols’ snottiness, BLXPLTN are able to make a catchy track that merges immediacy with a tremendous wall of sound. No English has that sort of chorus that will have listeners singing along after a single play, while the two minute mark of the track has the act going off into pure fuzz and Manson meets Motorhead-styled screaming. Mosh-worthy, No English is a hell of a track that will keep us energized throughout the fall. Continue reading “BLXPLTN “No English””

Pablo Embon – Nobody’s Land CD Review

Pablo Embon has released a new album, Nobody’s Land. On Dragonfly, the album’s first track, Embon is able to make a musically intricate effort that tells a rich tale through the interaction of guitars and drums. While the song is only about 4 minutes long, Embon adds a number of twists and turns to ensure that listeners are on the edges of their seat. The frenetic tempo of this introductory track continues into Absent Minded. Continue reading “Pablo Embon – Nobody’s Land CD Review”

Abby Zotz – Local Honey

In an era when dirge and depression seem to dominate the pop charts to the point of leaving no room for anything other than music celebrating the bleakness of society, folkie singer/songwriter Abby Zotz offers up a piece of pure optimism in her new album Local Honey, and it couldn’t be coming at a more significant time. In all of the gloom and doom of modern music, a record as remarkably uplifting as Local Honey shines as bright as a shooting star and get us excited about the vibrancy of pop once more. Divided into eleven tracks that each contain a different element of Zotz’ sterling creative persona, this album is a must listen for anyone who has been feeling down and out about life and could use a little musical pick-me-up to get through the day. She might not be a household name yet, but if given the right platform I have a feeling that audiences from Canada and beyond are going to have a tough time resisting the charming harmonies and relatable lyrics of this up and coming pop sensation. Continue reading “Abby Zotz – Local Honey”