Posts Tagged ‘grunge’

May 22, 2018
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The virtues of being a VIRTU fan are endless. That much has been more than apparent after his stunning performances on both remixes and originals. And now, the Los Angeles based electronic artist has taken on Imad Royal and Mark Johns’ sensational rendition of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box for his latest track. VIRTU’s remix starts out slow and deliberate, building ever so intensely towards its mind melting drop. Dubstep and electro house interweave on the glorious edit. Shuddering bass and laser-cut synths leave us trembling in bliss. Why can’t there be more rock and electronica crossovers like this magnificent electro grunge track? Download/stream the track, here.

May 22, 2018
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Brooke Candy, whom I oft associate with fellow pop phenom Charli XCX due to their fabulous collaborations together in the past, takes no prisoners with her latest unbridled song, WAR. The edgy and imaginative LA-based singer songwriter heralds in a new pop-punk direction on the politically charged song which fuses elements of thrash and hardcore with

gritty sharp hooks and a bloodthirsty rejection of the status quo. The vehemence of WAR’s raucous grunge pop rivals that of Sleigh Bells’ strident offerings, paired with the jarring edginess of M.I.A.’s hip hop. “‘WAR’ speaks to what is happening on planet earth – how the political and cultural landscapes are so unfair,” says Brooke on the track. “It’s an anthem to wake people up and seek aggressive change in the world; to protest and shake things up.” We love how much Brooke Candy shakes us up with WAR, which can be found on iTunes, here.

April 20, 2018
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Nevermind that BRUNSWICK is but 19 years old, this Londoner’s talent obviously outshines his years. He’s described by some as a new breed of performer, a writer & producer who makes totally immersive hybrid music, with roots placed in many music sub-cultures. ‘nevermine’, his explosive new single, showcases that eclectic personage with its “Rhythm & Grunge”, an exhilarating and gritty combination of alt rock, electro, and drum & bass. The song is about momentarily falling in love with someone that was never going to be yours to begin with. “It’s about hoping for something that will never come, and watching it all fall apart in front of your eyes.” In otherwords, it’s an anthem of desperation, crafted with riveting finesse. Perhaps “rhythm & grunge” is an extension of what some have coined “post-EDM” lately, but it’s most certainly a unique and striking new sound that we can’t put down. Follow along with BRUNSWICK’s releases on Soundcloud, here.

March 6, 2018
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Our GIrl’s eponymous single may be the first song they ever wrote, but it’s not the first single to capture the fancy of their avid fans. The British trio released their self-titled debut EP in 2016. And they’re off to a glorious start this year with this gazey roiling, scuzzy ripping jam. Sweet and tart, naughty and nice vocals embellish the track, giving it an addictive prickly bite. Saccharine guitar pop and thrashing grunge rock meet halfway on the incredibly contagious track. Our Girl will be making an appearance at SXSW next week. Hopefully we’ll be able to catch them while we’re there. Stream/download Our Girl’s Our Girl via major outlets, here.

February 10, 2018
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Jordan Benjamin, the man behind fascinating project grandson, first landed on our radar several months ago when he released his single BLOOD//WATER to widespread acclaim. We were immediately blown away by his fresh fusion of rock, electronica, hip hop, and trap, so intensely and passionately delivered by his scratchy, raspy vocals and the hard hitting track’s vociferous energy. To our delight, many others noticed the genius behind the track, too, and grandson’s buzz has since flourished, growing exponentially by the day. Re-visit our BLOOD//WATER feature, here. grandson’s new song, OVERDOSE, arrives today. We’ve been waiting on pins and needles for a new song from grandson, and we’re absolutely thrilled with the quality of this emotive prowling, grainy drawling track, a dark and foreboding, bitter and feral torrent of grandson’s electro heaving, trap needling rock and hip hop. We can’t wait for a chance to experience grandson’s music live. I’d imagine it to be a visceral gripping and intensively consuming excursion. Keep up with this must watch artist via his website, here.

January 20, 2018
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It’s apparent from our inaugural encounter with Candy Ambulance that their grunge rock is oodles of fiery spirited, resolutely unabashed fun. New single Spray is a surge of raw chaotic power, a wild and untamed two minute voyage that leaves us craving for more. The New York trio breathes new life into DIY punk and 90′s grunge with the punchy driving pop rock eruption, which vocalist and front-woman Caitlin Barker describes as a reflection of mania. Manic we are for the vociferous anthem, which arrives ahead of Candy Ambulance’s east coast spring tour. Spray, a riotous combination of SLØTFACE’s punk and Savages’ noise rock, is the second single and title track from the band’s upcoming EP, scheduled for release on February 16th. Stream their music on Spotify, here.

November 14, 2017

I’m not glad I had to miss Alison Wonderland and Elohim when they toured to Oakland last month. In fact, I’m the opposite of glad. But I had no choice, and now I can only hope that these amazing artists will come back around the Bay again soon. In the meantime, Alison Wonderland takes us to our “happy place” with a sick new tune. Happy Place is her first new solo music in over two years, a gritty jabbing, tense gripping, and grandly cinematic trap and bass opus co-produced by Lido, Quix, and Joel Little. The heavy hitting banger and mesmeric thriller is just the high voltage elixir we need. Download/stream the earth jouncing jam, here.

November 7, 2017

I suppose you could say that we’re latecomers to Casper Skulls. After all, the band just released their debut full length, Mercy Works, on Buzz Records. To mark its release, the Toronto indie rockers have also shared a video for the album’s lead single, Lingua Franca, and it’s quickly keyed us in on how fantastic their gazey, artsy rock can be. The song is described as tracing “… the breakdown of communication in a relationship with a subtle sense of grandeur, abetted by a string quartet, and features co-lead vocalist Melanie St. Pierre.”  Lingua Franca explores communication and how it causes friction in relationships. By definition, ‘Lingua Franca’ is a common language spoken between two people whose native languages are different. Well if there’s any universal language in the world, it’s music. I find it impossible not to feel the heartfelt sincerity and melodious fervency found on Casper Skulls’ 90′s indie inspired song. Casper Skulls’ debut album Mercy Works is available, here.      

October 10, 2017

Leeds newcomers Night Owls have broken out of the gates strong back home in the UK. Despite their short existence, these lo-fi grunge rockers have already supported the likes of Cloud Nothings, Yuck, and Tigercub, plus they performed at Reading & Leeds last year, too. The lads are preparing to release a sophomore EP after the wild success of their first one, and they’ve shared a video for the tempestuous bristling, dusty crunching title track, Boomerang. The cassette EP arrives October 16th, and Night Owls will be celebrating its release with a show at London’s Sebright Arms. With sharp angular guitars and an irresistible pop kick, Night Owls reels us into their visceral and gritty world. Night Owls explains of Boomerang’s visuals: “The video is a commentary on the strange stuff people do on Facebook for likes and how people put a rose-tinted filter on everything to make their lives seem better than they are.” Find out more about Night Owls’ EP release show, here.

September 27, 2017

I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to all the new Bully we’ve been blessed with as of late. The Nashville rockers are preparing to release their sophomore album Losing come October 20th on venerated indie label Sub Pop Records, and everything we’ve heard of it has just been crunchy, scuzzy good. Kills To Be Resistant is today’s new taste from the full length. It’s an angst ridden, restlessly jagged, yet melodic driving grunge and punk jam that deals with the emotional conflict of unrequited love as well as the feeling of restraint & pushing your feelings aside out of respect for the situation. Losing can be pre-ordered now from Bully’s webstore, here.