Get Your 90's Rock On With Lyghthouse
The latest release from Lyghthouse dubbed "Gold" is an absolute rock romp with the right attitude and driving energy to get you up and moving.
The song hits hard with guitar hooks reminiscent of 90's alt rock crossed with an almost punk style of songwriting.
"Gold" boasts a massive chorus and classic rock bridge that builds back into its chorus giving it a radio rock feel and a damn fun lead guitar solo to boot.
This track brings to mind bands like Dramarama. If you think you don't know them, you do.
Thing is, you don't hear enough musical hooks in rock anymore. Guitar hooks or even guitar solos for that matter. A solid chorus is what it's all about of course but we want cool guitar hooks, and Lyghthouse is the first band in a while that gave us one.
These guys write songs on their own terms and that's part of why "Gold" is so good.
It feels familiar even when it's the first time you've heard it.
"Gold" is a follow up to their previous single released earlier this year called "Thrill" which has a different feel but still holds that 90's rock sound down to it's bones.
Lyghthouse is a band to look out for in 2021.
The Lush and Beautiful Edge Of Rachael Frankruyter
Rachael Frankruyter just released a self titled EP and it's a beautifully textured and cinematic record driven with tasteful vocals and Americana guitars riddled across its soundscape.
The songs come through honestly and you can tell Rachael put her all into this record holding nothing back.
Laced with beautiful instrumentation and passionate vocal performances, there are anthemic powerhouse tracks that really have a pop oriented and radio friendly style.
Rachael is without a doubt a storyteller and this release is a showcase for her silky vocal approach and youthful emotionally driven songwriting.
"Never" is a stripped down singer songwriter neo-folk song with ethereal synth pads swirling around in pure ambience while songs like "Reckless" feel like listening to an old western film play out but with freshness and brutal truths.
An outlandishly perfect debut EP that will certainly be a tough act to follow, Rachael Frankruyter is a must hear as you're sure to be as blown away as we were.
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The Satchel Kid Single Premier
The Satchel Kid just released a brand new single called "Bobbie Gentry's Lil' Sister" and its got all the makings of a neo-indie folk track brooding with honesty.
Strings build as the song plays on giving off a cinematic feel and descriptive lyrics paint a picture you can easily see.
This is a real love song. A love song that says things we want to say but just can't.
Harmony vocals swell in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel and lead acoustic guitars lay on a smooth jazz feel while you get washed away.
A beautifully performed and addictive song, you certainly feel the realness behind the track.
Melody laden and performed with a certain emotional drive, "Bobbie Gentry's Lil' Sister" is one for the playlists.
Any fans of acoustic, singer songwriter, and indie pop will fall in love with this song staright away.
Occult Stereo Brews Something Different
The new album coming from Occult Stereo is a masterfully woven display of audio visualizations and textures.
Plasma is a 6 song EP built on an array of sound bending cinematic landscapes.
The record feels like the place you get to as you wake up. Still in a fog and clinging to an alternate reality.
Utilizing synths, vocals, and stringed instruments along with live and digital percussion stirred and brewed to a strange perfection.
Fusing in rock and grunge with these elements creates something out of this world.
We had to sit down with Occult Stereo to find out more about this release.
Check out our interview with Occult Stereo HERE
Hoodooleen Takes You To Church
Hoodooleen just dropped a new single and video called " I Will Wear My Suit Tonight".
The deep toned and cinematic track is ever building and slowly crawls under your skin and into your soul as it grows more and more intense.
Before you know it, you feel uplifted and paralyzed at the same time. The soulfully performed single feels like church. Like some sort of powerful entity even in the moments it hints at classic rock idles like Billy Joel just beneath its surface.
Hoodooleen lets it rip and sets your ears aflame with passion and heart.
This is the type of song that feels like it came from someplace absolutely real. The track is lyrically relatable and hits with such an impactful punch, that when it's over you have to shake it off.
Hoodooleen is one tough act to follow.
Feel The Soul-Pop Warmth With Gefahrgeist
In a new single release from Gefahrgeist, the line between jazz, soul, and ethereal pop blurr and out comes an amazing creation dubbed "Graceless".
The song is actually quite graceful and joyus with vocals that are silk to the eardrums. Loads of backing vocals sway just in the distance as keys wash away any negativity from your mind.
The song steps into something powerful and almost magical even.
A choir of voices seep through and get stronger as the song plays on becoming essential to its energy while the song's warmth grows.
A wonderful and uplifting treat for almost any music lover out there, "Graceless" feels like a timeless track that any age and race can listen to and feel something from.
An outstanding release from Gefahrgeist.
Evan Troop Brings On The Pain With "Gone"
Evan Troop brings on the brutal honesty with his new single "Gone".
The song builds and breathes as it plays on into it's chorus and as it does, you get hooked in more and more. Once the drums kick in you're fully invested.
Empassioned vocals accompanied by a weeping guitar that really pulls on your heartstrings.
Troop has that natural born singer vibe and "Gone" crosses a newer country feel with a gigantic arena rock sound that makes the song radio worthy to say the least.
Songs like this one; songs that are built from emotional platforms and true to life experiences are the most affecting ones.
Evan Troop is a pronounced performer and songwriter that knows how to use his pain as a musical outlet and "Gone" proves it.
The Latest From Kill 'Em Charlie Kills It Indeed
The new EP from Kill 'Em Charlie is called I Hope This Works For You (Cause It Does For Me) is as fun as the title suggests.
These guys are a cross between the Strokes, Vampire Weekend, The Killers, and Duran Duran all rolled into one tasty treat.
The first track "Dark Manoeuvers" hits the ground running with a contagious riff and stomping kick drum. The whole attitude of the song sets the stage for the rest of this killer EP.
Insane energy, borderline garage punk and endless fun fun fun, the record rocks on with catchy an raw tunes that get under your skin in the best way possible.
These are so edgy but also so radio friendly its nuts.
This is the kind of EP that makes you want to hear more and more from this band.
Check out Kell 'Em Charlie now.
The Delightfully Invasive Sounds Of Moth Traps
Moth Traps just dropped a double single called Hooligan. Consisting of a crazy variety of synths and vocoders, and distorted vocals, the fist track "Hooligan" transforms into a whirlwind of a future glitch pop piece creating a whole different world to get sucked into with each change.
There is something theatrical about it or even like someone on a street corner in NYC in the late 90's preaching through a megaphone to the people walking by.
It's a delightfully invasive and augmented track with big swells and sways and it's insanely fun to keep up with.
The second of the two tracks is called "The Hologram of The Boy" which continues on this tripped out musical journey and gives off a Ween on acid feel.
There are sets of great progressions and a strange cultish atmosphere.
Remember the boat scene in Willy Wonka? Well, "The Hologram Of The Boy" is kind of like watching that scene. Strange at first but you can't look away.
A very different brand of electro-pop from Moth Trap.
The Brutal Honesty Of OnlyChrisAng
OnlyChrisAng is a passionate display of absolute brutal honesty and serves as a testament to how music is used to express inner demons and help turn things around.
For the sake of letting others know they aren't alone in times of distress, depression, and struggle, OnlyChrisAng comes through like no other might dare.
Keeper, his latest EP release keeps you paying close attention by very real performances and fiery songs about things that aren't easy for a person to talk about.
OnlyChrisAng let's it all out and comes through with a unique and raw EP that really works on more levels than you might think.
Check out Keeper HERE.
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The Beautiful Agression Of Everyone Is Dirty
Oakland CA natives Everyone Is Dirty is an absolute great time through and through. Gritty, sexy, edgy, fun, and completely addicting songs are spewed from their brains on a regular basis and their latest is no outcast.
"Killing of The Firstborn Son" is laced with some outlandish attitude and vivacious style.
Explaining the song in words doesn't quite do it. You really need to hear this track. But for fans of Julie Christmas (Made Out Of Babies), or Metric, or undergrond bands like Red Knife Lottery, this band is 100% for you.
"Killing of The Firstborn Son" is like laying in bed peacfully, content and calm. Your eyes geting heavy as you start to drift through a beautiful, then suddenly bursting into a destructive nightmare, getting the shit scared out of you, waking up again and repeating a few times.
You haven't heard such beautiful aggression in a long time and it feels amazing to hear.
So drift off peacefully into destruction with Everyone Is Dirty.
Darren Jessee tells all with Remover
Darren Jessee just released a beautifully cinematic and bright album dubbed "Remover".
A set of gorgeous tracks filled to the brim with classic rock and folk influences all with his own character peppered over each.
Songs about life and love that remind you at times of Dylan, Oasis, and even Elliot Smith.
Laden with swelling string sections and seemless acoustic guitar performances all while Jessee tells his stories of personal and emotional falls and heights.
"I'm Your baby" along with others come through like a lullaby that grows into a dream and finally into a reality viewed through enlightened eyes.
"Dead Weight" is a set of memories and heartfelt sentiment and almost disbelief .
It's hard not ot fall in love with this record and it's slightly sullen, but positively anthemic style.
Darren Jessee's Remover is not one to be left behind.
Watch the lyric video for "Dead Weight" on our FRESH VIDEOS page.
New And Notable Releases
Chase Tremaine Searches For Himself - Chase Tremaine leads on with his heartfelt rock single "Search For Myself". A bold and radio friendly track that features some outside the box guitar work and songwriting. Just a single song from his Unfall album out now! You can listen to Chase Remaine.
Sugar Lunch Launches New Album - The New album entitled Like Gel from Washington DC artist Sugar Lunch pushes the envelope with dream rock sounds touching on a little gloom and keeping true to his love of indie-pop. Check out Sugar Lunch.
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Featured EP- Bubblegum Radio by Rich Kid Express
Bubblegum Radio, the latest release from Rich Kid Express drives hard in a real Motley Crue sort of way.A mix of our favorite rock bands from the days of glam compiled into one powerful, punchy EP.
Killer changes and absolutely good time songs through and through, any fan of pure Rock n' Roll will love this.
Songs about chicks and music can;t lose. The title track "Bubblegum Radio" is likea lost anthem of decades passed. With just the right amount of southern twang in thos guitars it becones songs like "Smokin' In The Boys Room" (back to Miotley Crue again).
Loads of excelltn guitar work with some edginess and a solid put yuor top town down and cruise the sunset strip on a warm summer night vibe.
Rich Kid Express nails the whole experience the way you'd want to feel it. You can get down to most of these tracks like "Steamroller" rocking lines like "sweet hot mama with a hand grenade".
Bubblegum Radio is an instant win for classic real deal rockers out there. Check these guys out!
New And Notable Releases
New single released from CENTRE called "Heartbeat" delves into a touch of classic alternative -pop rock and some unstoppable melodies all with a solid bright polish. CENTRE is one to look out for.
Me Me Me
Me Me Me has a single fresh to the pop world and it's more than worth a listen. Anyone who loves indie pop will want to grab this song and start adding it to their playlists as it's got that style you crave. "Poetry" is worthy.
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A dream-esque synth art pop project called The Paper Flowers takes on radio pop and comes in swinging. Loads of catchy vocal melodies and a massive soundscape of airy pads and keys keep you floating throughout the album. The record has its heavier moments but hold true to its overall pop attitude. The release dubbed Once Is Enough is a strong one.
FEATURED REVIEW: GOLDEN PLATES
Oxytocin by Golden Plates is the type of song you dive into and start swimming in ultra sonic guitars. The song is massivley ambient yet breathes heavy. With its dirty undertone, it feels like Nick Cave would dig into this single with a shit eating grin the entire time. As it plays out it gets more and more agressive as the song exclaims, "We're all just chemicals, until you take us away". A little something to think about. All in all this song has a crazy energy with a mature level of musicianship. Check this out as soon as you can, we bet you go searching for more from Golden Plates straight after.
The self titled 5 song EP release from Positive Negative Man clearly touches on Nick Cave while keeping a new age utlra fuzz overtone. This EP is loaded with elements of radio rock from decades passed melded in with a pop feel for today. The record sounds very genuine and is vocally on fire as is the bands enrgy overall. Be ready to get down and have some fun with Positive Negative Man.