Posts Tagged ‘brit rock’

January 23, 2018

Within a few seconds of tuning into this first song from a new artist named Micky James I knew… we’d hit the music jackpot. His gravelly voice and the song’s gritty glam rock and roll drew us into Give It To Me Straight immediately. The debut single bursts forth with jaunty, rugged energy with its pulsating drum beats, driving bass lines, and an infectious chorus adorned with irresistible “na na na’s”. Micky James, who hails from New York, takes influence from Brit rock legends like David Bowie, The Clash, and The Rolling Stones. He teamed up with Dirty Canvas’ Shep Goodman and Aaron Acetta (American Authors, Young Rising Sons) on this unshakable first single, leaving us incredibly thirsty for more from the appealing new talent. Give It To Me Straight can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

January 4, 2018

It’s a pretty big deal when garage rock and surf punk revivalists The Vaccines return with a new tune. It’s an even bigger deal that the West London band is releasing a new album this year. Combat Sports is their fourth full length, and it arrives on March 30th. The Vaccines have revealed a new cut off the release, and it’s a swagger contagious brawler that walks a fine line between power pop and Brit rock named I Can’t Quit. Well, it’s obvious we can’t quit these lads and their rollicking rock. Stream/download I Can’t Quit, here. Pre-order Combat Sports, here.


November 11, 2017

ISLAND’s debut album isn’t set to arrive until next spring, but I’ve been so excited about it since its announcement that I’ve already pre-ordered a physical copy of Feels Like Air from overseas. That’s how much this London quartet has charmed me these past two years. I’ve had them in my heart since their debut with Stargazer. Today, they’ve unveiled yet another fine tune from their coming record. The band waxes intensely heartsick on gravelly The Day I Die, a dusty raw, heartfelt wrenching indie rock song with atmospheric guitar rhythms. 

Speaking about the track, the band says, “It often seems in our increasingly digital world people have forgotten how to live. The song is about finding the power to escape the mundane.” Debut album Feels Like Air arrives April 6th. Pre-order, here. I know it’s like, half a year before it comes out, but hey, never too early to purchase something you really want, right?

October 4, 2017

I’ve been stuck on INHEAVEN’s eponymous debut album ever since it dropped a few weeks back. It’s such a glorious collection of the British four piece’s alt rock. INHEAVEN now shares a music video for album cut Stupid Things, produced by  Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Pixies). It’s a montage of coming-of-age movie classics n which we get to feast our eyes on youthful romance, road trips, and recklessness. It’s a fine accompaniment to Stupid Things’ boisterous grunge and sonorous Springsteen-esque rock. Grab your copy of INHEAVEN’s debut album, here.

September 9, 2017

The name Johnny Kills sounds like some super rad, kick-ass character out of a cult film or a cool comic series. This UK band is indeed a dashing three piece. Their scrunchy punk and candied surf rock on new single End Game carries bold assertive bass lines and a boisterous punch, kind of like Wavves or Fidlar imbibed with a hint of The Drums in its sun drenched moments and some vivacious Weezer in its rowdy ones. The young rising band will be making their live debut in London on September 15th. Check out more of their music on Soundcloud, here.

April 20, 2017

On Soundcloud, Blind Beggar describes their own music as “straight to the point, no nonsense rock n roll”. True to their word, the duo from Wales have served up some forthright Brit rock on Out Of My Head. This scuzzy crunching, steady thrumming anthem is woozy infectious and sandy hooking. Blind Beggar takes us “out of our heads” with their bluesy psychedelia. For more of this new UK quartet’s music, you can stream a bevy of demos on their Soundcloud, here.

April 5, 2017

I’ve been addicted to Yoodoo Park and his brother’s project GRMLN for quite some time. They always take me back to prior decades with their scuzzy rock and fuzzy power pop. War is yet another glorious throwback jam. This time around, GRMLN gives us a jaunty jam with a bit of crunchy Brit pop flare that even evokes The Strokes. The Southern California based duo will be releasing a new EP entitled Discovery this Friday, and punchy buoyant War is a superb preview that kindles much excitement for the release. Discovery can be pre-ordered now from Bandcamp.

June 14, 2016

English quartet Fronteers has unveiled a video for recent single Full Moon, a song which sweeps me away with its crunchy hooking Brit rock. Full Moon comes from the band’s EP Streets We’re Born In, out July 8th via Warren Records. Though these lads have been around for a year, they’ve taken a detailed approach with their music, slowly revealing but a few tunes over that time period. Their meticulous finesse is more than apparent on tightly wound, sultry rocking Full Moon, an undeniably catchy and sharply bristling jam with angular guitar, romping percussion, and much alluring vocal drawl. Streets We’re Born In will be available on limited edition double 7″. You can also pre-order the EP on iTunes.

May 26, 2016

Lately, Toronto has become immensely popular, thanks to some of their red hot talent (ie. Drake, The Weeknd, many more) and the excitement of the We The North campaign as the Raptors continue to strive for championship success in the NBA Playoffs. Also from Toronto is a band named Jane’s Party, who come on strong indeed with their new song Coming On Strong. The four piece ensemble dish out some Brit pop punch on the indie rock charmer. Coming On Strong reminds me of The Strokes, but with a more languid dreamy atmosphere. It drifts unhurriedly, its polished sheen the result of co-production with The Darcys. Legendary singer songwriter Jim Cuddy even turns in backing vocals on the talent studded affair. The single comes from Jane’s Party’s new full length, Tunnel Visions, out now on iTunes. Coming On Strong is also a free download, here.

April 16, 2016

Indie rockers Hazels have been making some major waves back home in the UK ever since they formed in 2013 as a group of five friends jamming in an abandoned greenhouse. They even opened at the O2 Academy Newcastle’s 10 year anniversary, delivering a high energy performance that they’ve become well known for. It’s time us rabid alt rock music fans on this side of the pond had a taste of that fabulous spirit and rousing music through the band’s third single, The Cure. The crunching chugger had a strong grip on my ears form it’s opening riff, sending me into head bopping, foot tapping fury. Hazels also revealed a fourth single recently, on which they display more of their garage rock charm via stomping percussion, impassioned vocals, and infectious melody. Stream Can’t Ignore below. Incredibly, these lads are unsigned as of the moment. I can’t imagine this lasting much longer, unless by purposeful choice.