Alternative four-piece, Y!KES have released their debut single ‘Uncanny Valley’. The band is comprised of TJ Weston (Drums), Liam Howard (Guitar, backing vocal), Joby Fitzgerald (Lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Matt Ford (Bass) and this new single is the first of five singles scheduled for this year.
‘Uncanny Valley’ is an intoxicating blast of Y!KES’ catchy demolishing alternative rock. It’s snappy rhythm is consumed with relentless energy as punchy drums batter through a groove riddled bass line while shredding exhilarating guitars majestically soar, wail and screech over this mammoth whack of turmoil. It’s a meaty burly tune glossed with an infectious melody and raspy vocal delivery. Ready for the sticky mosh pit Y!KES announce themselves with one attention demanding anthem. ‘Uncanny Valley’ is fiery, full of gusto and one hell of a tune.
The accompanying video is a grotesquely humorous representation of the songs intense themes of isolation and stigmatisation, as well as a showcase for their extreme energy and theatricality. This is a band who are primed and ready to break down the doors of the UK rock scene this year.
Manchester three piece We Three Kings have released their new single ‘Give it to me, GO!’. This stomping wild fuzz-filled anthem is a brisk, all powerful assault of the blues tinged rock this trio do so well. Pulverising drums batter and punch through the track with an elastic, relentless rebound that keeps the song travelling at an intense speed. The jagged raging guitar riffs slice and dice throughout adding an edgy thrilling rawness and slick swagger to the track while the rumble on bass shakes your very soul with its rich groove infested depths and nimbility . It’s an adrenaline shot to the veins of hyperactive rock ready to cause anarchy in the mosh pit and have you punching and kicking the air wholly consumed in the utter thrill and mania of this infectious, fierce number.
Three-piece rock band Pompadour are set to release their debut single, ‘Violet’ on Thursday, 14th February.‘Violet’ was recorded, produced and mixed at J&J Studios in Bristol. Comprised of trio Tamsin Sayers (vocals, bass), Kearney Day (guitar) and Toby Holbrook (drums), Pompadour have played gigs around Bristol, playing venues such as The Fleece, The Louisiana and The Lanes. In the summer of 2018, the band played on the Discovery Stage at Bristol Harbour Festival and had their first out-of-town show at Nambucca, London as well as worked with renowned promotion company, This Feeling, with whom they supported The Seamonsters on their UK tour.
‘Violet’ is a jaunty darkly smudged number that coasts along with jangly guitar hops, gritty bass lines and punchy drums. The melody is catchy with a lively swing to it and delicate sweetness that sits comfortably in your brain while Sayers’s moody deep vocals add a darkness to the track, almost shadowing its vibrancy in an eerie smoky mist. This develops sublimely throughout the song as the buoyant instrumentation builds becoming a little more aggressive and abrupt. With a delightful skip in its step, the song progresses gradually from a zealous perky bop brimming with rich oomph-filled instrumentation to a sulky stomping tantrum without becoming overpowering. This trio build their shift in tonality subtly to create a delightfully dark little twist in the song.
According to the band : “Violet is written about a guy who is in love with a girl called Violet. Violet does not reciprocate the affection shown by this guy and politely declines his advances. The boy is confused as to why Violet doesn’t like him, as he believes that everybody else loves him. As the song goes on, he starts to get quite bitter and starts insulting her instead, saying that nobody really cares about her, despite his earlier feelings. The song reflects on childhood and adolescent romances, where this kind of reaction to rejection is Prevalent.”
Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Gorilla Punch Radio
Manchester based Rock Band, Gorilla Punch Radio are back with a 12 track album titled ‘No Retreat’. The album comes two years after their debut single reached worldwide radio coverage. They have produced 12 powerful, hard hitting examples of rock music. Each of the tracks have a tantalizing raw edge. The leading track ‘No Retreat’ is their most popular single to date which achieved worldwide radio play despite being a debut.Gorilla Punch Radio consists of guitarist James Booth, drummer and producer Elliot Vaughan, whose previous work includes clients such as ‘Frank Turner’ and ‘Pulled Apart By Horses’, alongside the talented Horus Ghani on the bass axe and Sam Jackson on the six string.
‘No Retreat’ is a heavy beast, battering through your skull with blistering slick riffs, punchy drums and a thrilling infernal rumble on bass. Overflowing with gritty, ruckus infused energy this track relentlessly travels through your ears clobbering you instantly with guitars louder and meaner with each verse and chorus progression. Catchy and intense it’s intricately crafted, meticulously polished and ruthlessly efficient in its pursuit to provide the listener with the ultimate rock thrill. It builds from hyper mania into a metal hued crescendo that throws caution to the wind and allows frantic chaos to take over while falsetto vocals wail in a haunting tension building manner. A whispered vocal continues this tension before they frantically break to a dramatic end. It’s one ear smacking anthem.
Stevenage, UK four-piece Waste have released their new single ‘Run’. The single is the first new material from the quartet since the release of last years track ‘Bullet’.Prior to this release the boys had already created an organic buzz online with a five track EP produced by Brit Nominated producer Tom Dalgety and a demo for the track ‘Blow’ amassing 25,000+ plays across SoundCloud & Spotify, Selling out Camden’s ‘The Fiddler’s Elbow’ (200 cap) at their EP launch, and being named as one of Subba Cultcha’s ‘Bands of the Weekend’ at Standon Calling Festival. Apart from sharing the stage on the festival circuit with bands such as Idles, The Horrors, and Slaves they have also supported Childhood and Frankie & The Heartstrings, Gold Key and losers combined with other high profile slots alongside acts such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mallory Knox, The Fratellis and The Amazons.
This fuzz-fueled slick leviathan swarms in with all its rock battering regalia as Waste mercilessly leave their stamp all over your brain. It’s a swagger soaked slithering belter as pulverizing drums, crashing guitars and sleek bass create a powerful wall of sound while the catchy melody glissades and weaves around the mammoth backdrop. It’s a heavy assault that will have a live audience headbanging until they bleed while maintaining a crisp polished exterior that is radio friendly and easy on the ears. These guys have blended the ferocity of rock with their creeping suaveness seamlessly creating a thrilling invigorating listening experience. Its meaty riffs teamed with blustery drums and precise production makes ‘Run’ one riveting tune.
Manchester Rock/Grunge/Alternative band Manalishi have released their new EP ‘Why Do They Talk To Me’. Manalishi are a guttural plethora of raw energy and attitude. Consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Dom Strett, bassist Josh Urpi, and drummer Charlie Gough; they concentrate on their music leaving your ears ringing, and a persistent scratchy feeling in the back of your throat.
The self titled EP is a bloodthirsty collection of grunge soaked alternative rock designed to pummel your brain and get those mosh pits in a frenzy. The band accumulate a refined blend of noisy fuzz and groovy sounds to create a wholly immersing fierce wall of sound. With an onslaught of battering drums and gritty, scuzzy guitars crashing and shattering against one another it’s an intense collection of tracks. ‘Why Do They Talk To Me?’ and ‘Brain In A Jar’ display this perfectly as the squealing guitars and raw, splintering backdrop revolt over raspy vocals and a catchy attitude driven melody. The tracks travel at neck breaking speeds that evoke images of hair flailing headbanging while Manalishi chill the frenzy with a moody melody. ‘Punge’ lightens the heaviness of the EP with jagged light guitar jangles between punchy drum whacks. There is a Nirvana vibe about the track as the expressive vocals expel and hiss over the fiery backdrop while wallowing in the sweetened sulky melody. These guys showcase their ballsy sound with an edgy refinement and closing track ‘Not Here…Not There…’ is a fine example of this. Slowly building the track, Manalishi mope and brood over the glum murky verses before bursting into an all out fragmenting heavy chorus. Mighty drum thuds and grumbly destructive guitars make the hair-raising foundation for this explosive track. The doleful verses contrast magnificently with the bruising chorus and make for an exhilarating listen.
This debut EP is a dynamic mix of sizzling power chords, manic energy and sonic restraint. Manalishi erect sturdy melodic structures and sing-along hard rock over a grunge foundation. They then attack their structure with frenzied screaming and guitar havoc. When Strett revs into high punk gear, shifting his versatile voice from quiet caress to raw-throated fury, the decisive control of the guitars and drums is all that keeps the songs from tipping over that thin line to utter chaos. Pretty impressive.
Mullingar rock artist Scally has just brought out the video for his third single ‘Let’s F*ck’ due for release on June 29th. The bombastic track packs a massive punch as it echoes shades of Rage Against The Machine. The track is the B-side to Scally’s latest single ‘Get Ready For War’ which was released back in March. It’s a slick raw shot of rock doused in brassy attitude. Shredding guitars crash and strike against rapid punchy drums and a groove laced bass. The track builds to a seizure inducing crescendo filled with thrilling distortion and brain spasming shrills on guitar. The riffs are well oiled and catchy while Scally’s laid back vocals daze through the verse becoming more dynamic for the brazen chorus. This high intensity track is soaked in gritty rock and roll swagger with the usual amount of pompousness you expect from Scally, however the effervescent guitar arrangement perhaps warrants this as it plows and soars through the brawny drums weaving its way around the rooted rhythmic undertow creating an ecstatic dance that practically lurches into the stomping chorus. It’s a raw lacerating groovy number that worms its way into your brain and will be next to near impossible to remove from your skull.
Scally states that the track is about “my friend who fancied this chick for ages and he just wouldn’t go over and chat to her, the verses is me telling him to grow a pair of balls and go over and talk to her and the chorus is all the things he wants to say to her but can’t”.
You can catch Scally with his band – ‘The Dirty Rats’ live at Danny Byrnes, Mullingar on July 1st
Watch the video for ‘Lets F*ck’ below, viewer discretion is advised.
Pop rock artist Bane Riff has released his debut single ‘Less Than Enough’, a catchy rock track written to inspire his listeners to pursue those unforgettable moments that we sometimes forget about in the madness of every day life. Fairly new to the industry, Bane Riff came from a background in finance industry. Although running his own successful insurance business, Riff realised that he wasn’t happy and felt that something was missing in his life, from then he decided to act quickly and pursue his true passion. ‘Less Than Enough’ was written over a couple of hours by Riff himself, and recorded in studio with producer Martin Daus, guitarist in several popular Danish pop rock bands. Inspired by a hilarious moment experienced in a restaurant with the restaurant owner and his wife, the track reminds us that life comes down to the moments that you won’t forget. For him, the song is an awakening.
‘Less Than Enough’ is a swagger soaked country drizzled rock track. Riff’s raspy vocals flood warmth into the song while a punchy drum beat, and golden guitar lines add a whack of rock and roll strutting grit. It’s a charming number with a sing along ready Bon Jovi- esque chorus that will have a live crowd bellowing from the top of their lungs. This bright peppy tune will fill you with that get up and go stamina as it exudes good heart warming vibes while packing in some mighty brawn to have you tapping your foot and dancing carelessly in no time. With an irresistible melody and tight production it’s infectious for sure.
Smash Boom Pow have just released a new single and b-side titled ‘Some People’ and ‘JD’. Offering a gritty Alt-Rock sound bursting with catchy hooks, Smash Boom Pow is blood brothers Ulysses [vocals/guitar] and Zane [drums] Coppard from the Westcoast of Canada. Their passion for their craft has attracted the attention of fans, musicians, and industry folk alike – earning them numerous opportunities for creative and career advancement. Among the most powerful and transformative were a top 12 spot in 2015’s Peak Performance BC project, and having been selected to partake in the Converse Rubber Tracks initiative. Smash Boom Pow has had the pleasure of sharing the stage and performing alongside: We Are The City, The Pack AD, Dralms, and The Velveteins, as well as a tour of Western Canada with Soft Alarm. A steady supply of quality media to an active and engaged audience has resulted in over 20k YouTube views, and song placements in the TV series ‘Motive’ and upcoming indie film ‘THE CANNON’ (directed by Marshall Axani).
‘Some People’ is a vibrant hook laden number driven with gritty guitars slicing through punchy drums and laid back vocals. The infectious melody floats upon this jagged backdrop creating a contrast of lush dreamy tones filled with hazy casualness and heavy edged indie rock. The jangly guitar injections flood the track with a vivid energy and zesty quality while the smooth vocals and delicious melody sweeten the choppy rough grunge flavoured foundation.
‘JD’ is an thrilling instrumental gem. Gritty, rough and rugged this burly number is laced with beefy guitar riffs- shredding and jaggedly sawing through mighty pummeling drums with red hot intensity you can almost feel the steam evaporating off each note and stride. It’s a sublime meaty display from the duo.
These two tracks show Smash Boom Pow’s refined diversity and slick musicianship. Their ability to tranquilize with hazy lazy vibes and indie rock bliss is divine in ‘Some People’ but they bring the hard core whack of b-side ‘JD’ to roughen things up a bit and its just a magnificent combination.
Up and coming Irish band Shrink Like Alice have released their new single ‘Beside The Last Thing You Think’. It was recorded in Orphan Studios by Graham Byrne. Shrink like Alice are a four piece band based out of Navan, Co.Meath, Ireland. Formed by frontman Gary Clerkin and bassist Greg Halford in late 2014, the band has since been joined by lead guitarist Liam Sheridan and drummer Miles Ronayne. In 2015 the band released their first single ‘Loser’. Followed by their debut EP ‘Square Eyed Boy’ in 2016 which featured songs such as ‘Russian Roulette’ and ‘Loo la’.
Their latest single ‘Beside The Last Thing You Think’ is the bands first professionally recorded release and showcases their razor sharp sound in all its explosive glory. Crashing riffs erupt with riotous stamina throughout while the pummelling drums and rugged bass create a sublime combustive backdrop. The sulky melody chills this blistering assault with sleek smothered sultry verses before the fiery chorus kicks in. The scorching guitars blast through the brawny backdrop adding some hefty shredding might while the raspy aggressive vocals and fierce rhythm pounds your skull with a thrilling assault of mosh ready ferocity. Shrink Like Alice have crafted a kinetic beast while also showcasing some refined musicianship doused in slick swagger – oozing rough and ready coolness. It’s an impressive effort from a band who I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more of.
Stream ‘Beside The Last Thing You Think’ below
Indie: (n) an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.