Category Archives: Alt Rock

LIERS ‘Elixir’ EP

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Dublin’s powerhouse alternative rock band LIERS have released their new EP ‘Elixir’. LIERS are a four-piece female fronted grungy 90’s inspired alternative rock band made up of Liz Seaver, Ed Scanlan, Ronan O’Hanlon and Stephen Farrell. The band have played festivals such as Castlepalooza and venues such as the INEC, Whelans and The Sugar Club.The new EP features previous hit singles ‘Host’ and ‘Universal Female’, which gained much acclaim and helped secure a slot at last year’s sold-out Electric Picnic.

‘Elixir’ fleshes out, blends and refines LIERS powerful sound. With all its rawness and glory intact, LIERS sweeten and merge this wonderful grungy display with luscious melodies and crisp musicianship. The EP is a relentless onslaught of potent tunes that pack one heck of a punch.  The dark smothering intoxication of title track ‘Elixir’ kick starts the EP. A rooted bass groove slithers and creeps beneath the track lurking below the massive crashing guitars and striking vocals. LIERS tease and entice through the darkened verses with eerie guitar twinkles and luring vocals before exploding into the mammoth chorus. Liz Seaver’s vocals are utterly bewitching as she sultry entraps and seduces before shattering out the bellowing chorus. These tracks have a mesmerising, cinematic quality that chills the spine and rushes through your veins with intense red hot adrenaline. ‘Universal Female’ and ‘Host’ are doused in infectious honeyed melodies while packing one gutsy full bodied backdrop. LIERS grab edgy unruly grunge rock, wrestle it down and pepper it with their fine branded sultry alternative rock. The emotionally charged ‘Can’t Go Back’ sits snuggled and comfortable between the mayhem with tender tones passionate vocals and splintering instrumentation. There are some sublime guitar moments throughout this EP. There is nothing like a passionate guitar melody twinkling around a track with warm tones, delicate melancholic melodies, vibrant solos or menacing injections and this EP is brimming with these compelling guitar moments, adding rich depths and multi textures throughout. ‘Realise’ is one wild angsty tune. Full of meaty grooves and punching drums with a dynamic old school power backing which is balanced perfectly by soft emotion exclaimed through passionate expressive vocals. The band’s ability to stabilize and distill their sound is masterful. They don’t just whack out loud blasting tunes, time has been spent here, purifying each part to create a tightly woven collection of tracks that have fermented into a biting, fizzing treasure.

‘Elixir’ lays out a rich flavoursome platter for us to devour. Filled with fiery intensity, raw power and slick instrumentation these robust anthems are brimming with passion and vigor marking LIERS a band to keep an eye on.

Stream ‘Elixir’ EP here


Ivory Wave ‘Gold’

Birmingham band Ivory Wave have released their new single ‘Gold’. The band have landed support slots with DMA’S, The Twang and Superfood to name a few as well as playing festivals such as Isle of Wight, Truck and Shiiine On. Their growing army of fans are
now packing out venues up and down the U.K.

‘Gold’ is an infectious swagger drenched banger that relentlessly surges hyped up energetic tones into your ears. With a punchy bassline creating a funk flavoured strutting foundation, this track is fun vibrant and full of youthful adrenaline. Slick guitars glide and jingle between snappy drums, while flickering speckles of scintillation through swirling soundscapes. With attitude smothered vocals and pure unadulterated raw energy this swanky groove infested track is an instant shot of vitality and is sure to have you dancing and bopping carelessly.

About the track frontman George Johnson said: “Gold is about realising your full potential, grabbing it with both hands and running with it. “

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Ten Fé ‘Coasting’

Ten Fé have released their new single ‘Coasting’ taken from their upcoming sophomore record ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ due for release March 8th via Some Kinda Love/PIAS. This beautiful number drifts along a majestic charming melody while elegant keys flutter between a steady peppy beat and warm toned guitars. Ten Fé write music for the soul each note floods with richness and heartwarming cosiness as they blend cold fresh tones with warm glows and exquisite melodies. A little woozy, tender and dreamy -this crisp number is tight, rhythmically rich and fluid as it cruises in sweet tones and earthy flutters reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac with the glorious Ten Fé stamp driving it into its most graceful and lovable state – another heavenly track from Ten Fé.

The band have just announced their biggest-yet tour of the UK, Europe & US in Spring 2019 to promote ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ check out the dates here https://www.tenfemusic.co.uk/

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Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Sun Mahshene

Dublin’s “Psychgazers”, Sun Mahshene, are set to release their fizzing new single  ‘Come Alive (Leave This City)’ tomorrow the 11th January. This is the second single to be taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Contradictions and Tales of Fiction’. It was recorded at Darklands Audio, Dublin and co-produced with Daniel Doherty.

‘Come Alive (Leave This City)’ coolly whacks out that shivering dark and wild side to Sun Mahshene’s psychedelic shoegaze. These guys have never been shy at throwing everything they have into their tracks and this new single is no different. Brimming from the start with shrilling guitars blistering through a hyper drum pound, charging bass and scalding raw electronics, this lean mean psych spun number is saturated in mind frazzling soundscapes and adrenaline inducing energy. The catchy melody drips nectar coated bliss onto the effervescent backdrop as Nathan Henderson’s deep vocals rumble the verses through the snappy drum whack and flexible bass blitz. Filled with ominous spine chilling distortion, pristine production and breathtaking musicianship- this is another killer track from Sun Mahshene.

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The Perx self titled EP

The Perx have released their debut self titled EP. The duo formed of Ryan ( who has played in Decibel Project, Quiet the Pilot, El Robo) and Jeremy (who has played in I Hate Kate and Space Camp Stowaways} have written, recorded and produced everything on the EP themselves.

This EP struts, seeps and steams swagger with kinetic tunes laced in vibrant melodies, infectious grooves and a slicked back suaveness to make you swoon. There is something for everyone in this luscious collection, ‘California Kids’ is a delicious sun kissed edgy electronic rock flavour for our taste buds while ‘Summertime Lovely’ slaps on a cheeky attitude and spicy sass leaving you craving more.Both these tracks rush with adrenaline pumping grooves, sharp slinky guitar embellishment and a catchy melody that charms it’s pop sprinkled bliss into your head for days. With strut quality, dazzling soundscapes and clean, crisp production The Perx set this EP up to be one that leaves you drooling. That bass in ‘Summertime Lovely’ is just too good. ‘The City’s Kiss’ changes the tone a little with a heavy wall of sound holding a meaty feverous backdrop for the delicate lonely melody. Swirling electronics whirl around fuzzed guitars and punchy drums as the reverb laced vocals coo through this intense sound. It’s sweltering, edgy, sticky and brimming with red hot emotion. ‘The Dreamer’ is a soft little ditty that sits snugly between the dynamic electricity of the EP. It’s a swayable catchy gem that floats on fluffy clouds, acoustic guitar bliss and wispy ethereal soundscapes. This is the stuff of soothing dreams as the tender vocals glide upon a heavenly delicate backdrop.The duo decide to close the album on the funky flex of ‘For The 49th Time’ as a shimmy ready groove bounces and hops around zesty guitar jabs and syrupy electronics. The guitar melody is divine in this track as it glimmers scintillation throughout creating the perfect summer chilling tune.

Each track on this EP is lovable, refined and catchy as hell. The Perx EP is meticulously crafted and finely layered creating a satisfying joyful listen. Everyone needs to know these guys. They are one heck of a dynamic duo.

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Oceans Over Alderaan ‘Sevenfour’

Oceans Over Alderaan are set to release their debut single ‘Sevenfour’ on January 11th on The Recording Industry Is Dead, Records.Starting off as an instrumental band Oceans Over Alderaan gradually evolved to include vocals. The first gig they ever played was in October 2017 at Preston Guild Hall supporting The Big Moon and Porter & May. The quartet are an atmospheric doom-pop band from Blackpool UK who combine shoegaze and post-rock elements to make a wholly fresh sound. Made from former members of Goonies Never Say Die, Escape Artist, Dinosaurs Are Shit Dragons the band have been together since Summer 2017 with Alice Deacon joining in February 2018

‘Sevenfour’ displays Oceans Over Alderaan’s heavy-duty sound in an atmospheric implosive manner. The verses creep and lightly flutter into your ears with sweet euphoric bursts while the meaty chorus packs the bands hefty wall of sound in your head firmly. With a dreamy melancholic melody haunting through punchy drums, jabbing bass and crashing guitar -these guys create a wholly enthralling listening experience.There is a rushing sense of urgency through the track like a doomsday gloom nagging over the whimsical flutters of majesty – adding a rich and diversely contrasting atmosphere throughout the track. Its intense moments are climactic and adrenaline-filled as they blast through with mosh frenzy while the sweet flickering moments are delicate and soft with gentle guitar glimmers and breezy soundscapes. Perfectly crafted and crisply produced ‘Sevenfour’ is a sublime debut from Oceans Over Alderaan.

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Little Avis ‘So Pretty’

Little Avis have released their new single ‘So Pretty’. The four piece are a guitar band from Manchester consisting of Lee, Dave and brothers, Martin and Paul. ’So Pretty’ is a darkly glazed number that ferments and froths beneath quirky vocals and a breezy outer shell. Its clean production and elegant presentation adds a dash of finesse to this laid back track while drowsy vocals are smeared on top of the smooth moody melody. This bands sound is tight and masterful as they flesh out a funky hued groove, weaving it firmly into the track creating a bluesy mangled foundation that is oh so satisfying. The guitars deliver a zesty sting along with tricky interplay providing dense textures to the track as its floppy loose melody mopes and droops about the enthralling intricate instrumental backdrop.Its a quirky, bouncy and deeply satisfying number from Little Avis.

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doops ‘Tall Whites’

Reading based alternative three piece doops have released their new single ‘Tall Whites’.The band have already supported the likes of ‘Touts’, ‘King Nun’ & ‘Bloody Knees’ off the back of a BBC Introducing played  DIY home demo.With packed out local shows including Are You Listening Festival? & Readipop, they have built a strong following on the promising Reading scene and are starting to extend this grip through the South following a handful of out of town shows earlier last year.

‘Tall Whites’ broods and eerily spirals into a darker more deeply atmospheric side to doops. Twinkling light guitars ache and pierce through the throbbing snappy beat as the soft vocals coo through the suspenseful verses. This track wriggles, creeps and seeps into your mind and scratches at your musical membrane, awakening all the senses. With a whistling feature adding a dash of cheer into the stewing dark concoction this track is mesmerising and thrilling to the core. Flickering rhythms build the tension as the vocals slither into the kinetic chorus. doops build the track masterfully layering each element meticulously as guitars flash like lightning through the thick mesmeric soundscapes before the mind crushing crescendo. Another fascinating track from doops.

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Jester ‘In The Meantime’

Tipperary’s Jester have released their new single ‘In The Meantime’. Comprised of Colly Dempsey, Mark O’ Dwyer, Tomas Maher, Niall O’Shaughnessy and David Fitzpatrick, Jester have played festivals and club gigs the length and breadth of the country and beyond, sharing the stage with some of the biggest acts in the country including The Fun Lovin Criminals, The Blizzards and Paul Weller amongst others as well as appearances at Electric Picnic, Feile Classical and headlined the Feile Beag festival in their hometown to a sold out audience as well as opening up for the likes of The Stunning and Aslan.The band have recently signed a publishing deal with UK based independent record label Velvet Moron Records the brainchild of Dave White (Biffy Clyro, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kasabian, etc.) and their debut album is set for release in March 2019 on the label.

‘In The Meantime’ gives us a taste of what Jester have in store with their upcoming album. It’s a passionate number with a fist pumping chorus,sweet melody and a tight anthemic wall of sound. It’s a big tune filled with those simple pleasures that hit all the right spots- jangly guitars, steady rhythmic bounces, lush backing vocals and an elastic bass rumble. This tender ditty is easy on the ears as it travels along a bittersweet melancholic melody while smooth vocals seep emotion into the track before it explodes into the sing along ready chorus. Light vibrant guitar elements crash and flicker between that sublime bass line while punchy drums and the ethereal breezy atmosphere floods the track in lonely, icy tones. It’s slick, polished and well crafted as Jester surge soul and meaning into every bruised note. It’s the sound of raw heartfelt passion canned and compressed for your aural pleasure.

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Poorxcuse ‘Miss You Babe’

Melbourne three piece Poorxcuse have released their new single  ‘Miss You Babe’. The song was taken from their latest album ‘Cutfingers Blues’ which is inspired by band member Chris Breen. His day job as a roofer means his fingers suffer many injuries therefore the album follows the journey of a tradesman who works all day and plays music all night.


‘Miss You Babe’ is a bluesy gritty number brimming with raw edgy riffs and a stomping beat. Dripping in swagger this groove infested ditty is catchy, punchy and sleek. With an elastic rumble on bass holding down the fluctuant foundation – this charming steamy track whines and pines with its sultry melody while a shredding guitar solo adds that final adrenaline inducing ingredient. With a funky foundation, blues guitars and rock elements ‘Miss You Babe’ is an impressive well crafted track.


You can catch Poorxcuse and their captivating live performance when they play their upcoming show at Sooki lounge Belgrave on 1st February 2019.


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