Northlane Announce Acoustic EP, ‘2D’

Aussie metalcore outfit Northlane have announced details of an acoustic EP, ‘2D’, which is set to be released on May 21st 2021 via UNFD.

Vocalist Marcus Bridge explains:

“Recording an acoustic EP is something that we’ve wanted to do for quite some time and felt right with the personal nature of the songs from ‘Alien’. I wanted to strip these songs back to the bare minimum to juxtapose the soundscapes of the album, a 2D version of sorts. A song like ‘Rift’ has a completely different energy in this context and took on new meaning with the recording in the depths of lockdown, now almost feeling like a cry of frustration and despair.”

You can check out the EP artwork, full track listing, and a stream of the acoustic version of ‘Rift’below.

01.) Bloodline (Acoustic)
02.) Rift (Acoustic)
03.) 4D (Acoustic)
04.) Enemy Of The Night (Acoustic)
05.) Sleepless (Acoustic)

Pre-orders for the EP are available via the label’s Webstore.

Vulgarithm Shares New EP, ‘Share In The 3rd Degree’

The Sharing Trilogy concludes with the 3rd and final EP in the series “Share in the 3rd Degree”. The 3 part musical evolution takes a darker, harder and on some occasions more surreal direction for this release. It sets up nicely the direction Vulgarithm will take when taking for the debut album, but for now this collection of songs should whet your appetite.

“Why did I have to make it rain?” starts us off with a musical bombardment of uncertainty and bounce, “Out my way!” shouts at everything and everyone, “Lenny!” is a celebration of resilience inspired by a 3 legged dog, “Cosmic Betrayal” creates a groove to relieve the strain of everyday life and the closing tracks “Rock Bottom” and “Top Of The Worlds (Not Long Now)” brings hope for those who have had the worst year imaginable that we shall see each other again.

All in all, the final EP is a far more accomplished collection of songs to round off the trilogy with.

Check out the EP below.

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Drown The City Announce New EP, ‘Colours We Won’t Know’

Ausie metalcore quintet Drown This City have announced details of their third EP, ‘Colours We Won’t Know’, the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Alpha // Survivor’.

It’s set to be released on May 28th 2021 via UNFD where the band have also shared ‘Borderline Existence’, the second single to come from the EP.

Check out the song below along with the EP’s cover artwork, full track listing, and pre-order options.

01.) Gemini
02.) Time Won’t Remember Us
03.) Beyond The Glare
04.) Carbon14
05.) Borderline Existence
06.) New Burn Order

Pre-orders are available with Amazon and iTunes.

The Guru Guru Announce Double EP, Release New Track

Following the release of their acclaimed second album ‘POINT FINGERS’, Belgian 5 piece post-punk/prog outfit THE GURU GURU shares their frenzied new single ‘(IN) SNAKES & LADDERS (STAKES DON’T MATTER)’, taken from their limited edition double vinyl EP ‘IT’S A (DOGGY DOG) WORLD’ and ‘LIVE IN ANTWERP’. The EP is set for release on 25thJUNE 2021 via RUMBLE HEAP RECORDS, with ‘LIVE IN ANTWERP’ only being made available with the limited edition vinyl. 

The Guru Guru’s latest avant-garde offering was recorded and fully self-produced, with the mixing duties completed by the band’s very own Emiel Van Den Abbeele (guitarist and producer) at Farrm Studio, Hasselt. The project was completed throughout many stages of the global pandemic in 2020/2021. Expanding on the band’s addictive brand of tangential, progressive-rock, ‘IT’S A (DOGGY DOG) WORLD’ leads listeners down The Guru Guru’s twisted rabbit hole; fraught with tales of the road, self-depreciation, controversy and political conspiracy.

“Fate knows no justice. Life is unfair, but rules apply…” remarks TGG frontman Tom Adriaenssens, in regards to their latest single ‘(IN) SNAKES & LADDERS (STAKES DON’T MATTER)’. “When we started writing the demos for our EP, politician Jan Jambon was in the news a lot… Sadly and controversially, a man had died in pre-trial detention. Jambon claimed ignorance, covering up as ‘a communication error.’ I tried to put myself into this kind of slippery thinking/headspace… life is a game.”

Fans can pre-save on streaming services HERE and pre-order bundles HERETGG have planned a live-streamed EP event on 26th JUNE 2021. More into and tickets can be found HERE.

Check out ‘(in) snakes & ladders (stakes don’t matter)’ below.

THE GURU GURU has been happily dealing in borderline rock since 2012, combining feverishly angular guitars with off-kilter, poly-rhythms all complimented by erratic and unhinged vocals. While TGG’s influences are drawn from the likes of  METZ, Pere Ubu, Deerhoof, The Jesus Lizard, The Mars Volta & Andy Kaufman, the indie-math/psycho-noise rulebook is torn apart, resulting in chaotic songs that somehow seem to develop into wriggling earworms.

Praised for their live performances, THE GURU GURU is a must-see… With palpable, electric energy oozing from the stage, vocalist  Tom Adriaenssens balances on the verge of theatrical psychosis. TGG has made their mark playing across Europe sharing stages with the likes of Brutus, Raketkanon and Kapitan Korsakov as well as appearing at festivals such as ArcTanGent (UK), Portals (UK), Ment (SLO), Monkey Week (ESP), Rock Herk (BE), Sziget (HU) and Pukkelpop (BE). 

EP Review – Alma Grace – FRIDA

On May 5th, Mexican-American artist & activist Alma Grace is releasing her highly-anticipated debut EP, ‘FRIDA.’ The 4-song EP includes previous singles, “Girl Fight” and “Aventura,” as well as two brand new tracks, “Relámpago” and “Aztlán.”

Frida Kahlo is an artist who has inspired Alma Grace since childhood. She first learned about her through the Frida Kahlo-adorned matchboxes and coasters her Grandmother would bring over from Mexico City. As she grew older and started to learn more about Kahlo’s life, Grace became enthralled by the ways in which the Mexican painter redefined beauty standards and broke down the boundaries places on gender, race and sexuality. “In contrast to classmates and casting directors who criticized me for not being ‘white enough,’ Frida made me feel beautiful for my bushy eyebrows and black hair,” Grace writes. While the ‘FRIDA’ EP is certainly a project inspired by a feminist icon, it’s also an exploration of the ways in which Kahlo’s legacy has helped shape Grace into the woman and artist she is today.

When I listen to these songs, I hear my transformation from an angsty teen to a semi-independent young adult,” she writes of the EP. “It’s such a special project to me, and I knew that it had to be my artist introduction to the world.

Weaving Spanish and English lyrics throughout the EP as well as a blend of traditional latin sounds and modern pop melodies, Grace has created a beautiful ode to her bicultural roots. Her narrative-driven lyricism is enchanting, with each song delivering dual stories that tie back to both Kahlo and Grace’s lives. “Aventura” is an ode to adventure and affairs, something that Grace has always admired in Kahlo’s rich life. “Girl Fight” is a queer, feminist anthem that was inspired by Grace’s favorite Kahlo story: after her husband Diego Rivera cheated on her, she had an affair with the same woman. “Aztlan” is about the mythical homeland of the Aztec people and pays homage to both Grace and Kahlo’s ancestors. Lastly, “Relámpago” is all about coping with pain — the physical pain Kahlo suffered due to her near fatal bus accident and the emotional trauma Grace dealt with after being sexually assaulted. 

Alma Grace launched her music project last year with a string of buzzworthy singles. Her mixed musical influences are reflective of a globalized upbringing— she learned how to love from Selena, make witty comebacks from Shania Twain, and turn pain into art from Lauryn Hill. In addition to her budding music career, Grace has also performed on Broadway and Lincoln Center stages, been featured at Tribeca Film Festival, and acted in a multitude of films and TV shows. 

Despite only being 21 years old, the NYC born-and-raised songstress has also had an impressive career in social justice. As an activist, she attended her first protest at the age of 13, has volunteered with community-based organizations in Harlem, and has worked in both the Bronx and the U.S. Senate to defend immigrants facing deportation — a cause close to her heart as a second generation Mexican American. 

Aventura starts off slow to channel the energy in the opening track, dropping instantly into a flow of steady relaxation. Above all else the beats help you move along into quite a different listen to that of most artists.

Heading into Girl Fight, Alma Grace shows how beautiful a voice she has. The way she takes a regular track and uses her voice is just mesmerising. It’s as if you’re in a fixed trance and you just can’t stop listening to her music. The track is already an ear worm for myself and what I hope will happen is that everyone in the near future catches this because unlike most anthem tracks, it doesn’t take a lot to suck you into her world. A track which title partly means adventure in a double meaning with affair, this is one adventure you can’t skip under any circumstances.

Changing things up a little for the third offering ‘Aztlán’ it offers light relief blending her songwriting skills with a more relaxing instrumental backing to that of the first track on this release but there is still the enbodyment of the undertones to keep in line with the EP. This is absolutely the most mellow EP I’ve listened to in while and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Things get turned up more on Relámpago. It’s more in line with more popular structure of larger artists but Alma brings her unique ability to the table in full force which makes for good relief to that of the rest of the track listing on this one.

One thing that’s clear about the EP is that there’s a defined sound with FRIDA executes perfectly. It shows she’s an artist who’s fearless and confident in her capabilities and will stretch that creative ability whenever the means calls for her to do so.

If this is a stepping stone for Alma Grace then I will gladly await to hear what she has in store for us next because when that drops it will be thoroughly worth the wait.

Rating 4/5.

Check out the EP, ‘FRIDA’ via your preferred streaming service.

BLiND DRiVE Release Debut EP ‘Redemption’

Boston, MA’s BLiND DRiVE have just released their debut two-song EP ‘Redemption.’

“This EP consists of memoirs of cathartic yet beautiful stories of self-reflection in the hopes of redemption. We dug deep to bring you some music that makes us proud and we really hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.” – *Aaron Noj (vox)*

In the summer of 2020, BLiND DRiVE’s grungy quintet reunited in the small dusty shed outside Timslizz’s (drums) house in the south shore. They already established chemistry and an aggressive stage presence from past projects. This time their goal was to create a dynamic, original sound inspired by diverse punk/post-hardcore/rock influences; fused with their trademark bouncy, emotional flare.

Aaron (vox), still fresh off a cross country van trip, linked up with Jack (guitar), Joe (guitar), Nick (bass) and Timslizz with the goal of becoming their lead singer. His prolific songwriting and work ethic won the band over and their mutual wanderlust bonded them in their dreams of touring.

BLiND DRiVE currently practices at Kennedy Studios in Burlington, MA. They recorded their first 2 songs with Aaron’s mentor Matt Blanchette at Revelry Studios in Manchester, NH.

The band will be playing the songs live at the Cove in Burlington, VT with Shore Rites and Discount Face Tattoos on 5/29!

Tracklisting

  1. Through Thin Air
  2. Redemption

Crashface Announce Debut EP, ‘Heavy Infectious’

UK up-and-coming band CRASHFACE have announced details of their debut EP, ‘Heavy Infectious’, out on June 25th 2021.

News of the EP follows the release of their latest two singles, ‘Molotov Smile’ and ‘Cold’, and this is what frontman Charlie Hinton had to say about it.

“This EP really encapsulates the growth we’ve experienced during hard times, both as a band and as people. Honestly, it’s so much bolder than what I anticipated we’d be doing after just a year of being a band, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s electric, it’s dramatic, and I love these songs dearly, but what’s better? This is just the start.”

Check out the Cover Art, Full Tracklisting, streams of the already released tracks as well as pre-order options below.

01.) ultraplasticplanetkiller
02.) Molotov Smile
03.) Loading Screen Infinity
04.) Cold
05.) You’re The Worst Thing That’s Ever Happened To Me, Ever

Pre-orders aren’t available yet but are expected to be made soon.

Ro Bergman Shares ‘Wake’ Single & Live Video

Indie rocker Ro Bergman has released his latest single ‘Wake’ on the 29th of April. Premiered via Medium’s Pop Off, the single is accompanied by a live video at Rockhouse Salzburg and has been taken from his upcoming EP, Hi-Lo which will be released on the 18th of June via Bergman Music/Las Vegas Records. Fans have already been treated to two singles from the EP – ‘Yes Yeah’ and ‘Animal’. The musician has received significant support over the years, with features in CLASH Magazine, Rolling Stone India, Atwood Magazine, Backseat Mafia, XS Noize, Neon Music and Last Day Deaf amongst others. In total, the musician has earned nearly half a million plays across streaming platforms. Hi-Lo was produced by Niko Stössl (who previously worked with Dave Gahan, IamX, NIHILS, Motoboy) and Zebo Adam (Bilderbuch) and written and composed by Ro Bergman himself. 

The Austrian musician is originally from Salzburg but is currently based in Tirol Kitzbühel. Formally trained at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Ro Bergman is greatly influenced by travel but also calls upon the well-known likes of Beck, Bon Iver, Fink, The National and The Verve for inspiration. However, his own sound sits in closer comparison to the likes of Tame Impala, Foals, Local Natives and Chet Faker.

Opening with a playful attitude, ‘Wake’ is all things summer itself hopes to be. A tribute to youth and all of the strange humour found within it, the single is the perfect positive tone to drive you towards a new mindset  as it uses velvety dreamscapes with scenes that melt into one another. Days and nights become a blur as life becomes vibrant with memories and imagination. Ro Bergman is there to give you a push, a nudge or a wink – whatever you need to get on the road and begin that journey towards a sunset soaked beach and a breath of fresh fair. 

Ro Bergman shares his inspiration behind the single: “My goal was to write something that was more than just a corona-anthem, but right now the longing for anything more than a prolonged house-arrest is especially present in my mind. I started to dream in a new way, that was more beautiful than strange and I woke hungry for living”

Check out ‘Wake’ (Live At Rockhouse Salzburg)

Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for the ‘Hi – Lo’ EP below.

1. Yes Yeah

2. Hi-Lo

3. Wake

4. Animal

5. It’s alright

Sulene Shares Dark Pop Take On Destiny’s Child Hit “Say My Name”

South African-born, Brooklyn-based artist Sulene shares her take on the Destiny’s Child classic “Say My Name”. A staple cover in her live set, Sulene brings a different energy to the track with a more electronic, chilled-out approach while still keeping the same emotional feeling of the original. The song follows her five-song EP, he•don•ic, which was released March 5th on Trash Casual. You can watch the visualizer of “Say My Name” below or find the song on streaming services here.

On recording the cover, Sulene stated:

“I grew up listening to Destiny’s Child and always loved their music so much. About two years ago I decided to do a Destiny’s Child cover in my live show and this was the version I performed. I wanted to see if I could flip the energy on its head and make it really slow and slushy. When live shows went away, I decided to record my cover and release it.”

For Sulene, writing he•don•ic was a painful and difficult process, but also one that allowed her to experiment with music in a new way. Exploring a darker side of her character and production, Sulene wrote, recorded, and produced the entire EP out of her apartment in Brooklyn, NY. She also delved into filming and editing her own music videos and artwork, giving a full 360-degree view of her newest art. With the release of the he•don•ic EP out now on Trash Casual, Sulene has broken new ground as an artist, bringing an experimental and refreshing take on pop music. You can stream he•don•ic here now and purchase the EP on vinyl here.

Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Sulene moved to the US at nineteen years old with dreams of starting a career in music. Fast forward a few years and the multi-faceted, Brooklyn-based artist is living out that dream creating her own music, as well as writing scores for film and television, and even finds time to be a touring guitarist. Since 2015, she’s toured stages worldwide as the guitarist for Nate Ruess’ (of fun.) live band, appearing everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel Live! to the East Room of the White House, performing for President Obama. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has written original music and performed on the scores for several TV shows, films, and commercials such as Ray Donovan and The Affair, as well as spots for Nike, Microsoft, Dior, and many more. Though her experience is vast, her newest work speaks the loudest in terms of her unique voice. 

Fences Releases New EP ‘Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble’

Singer-songwriter Christopher Mansfield (aka FENCES) has just released a new 5-track EP titled ‘Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble.’

The EP builds on the sounds of his previous effort, the critically acclaimed LP ‘Failure Sculptures,’ which was released as an expanded deluxe edition earlier this year.

Mansfield tells the Long Beach Press-Telegram, “It’s actually my favorite record that I’ve done. Just because I feel like I’m the strongest I’ve been lyrically, I just put a lot of care into the poetry of it and the music is a good mix of all my records. This feel like where I should be.”

Over the years, the musician has caught the attention of and collaborated with a diverse group of fellow artists including Tegan & Sara, Macklemore, Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men), Nile Marr (son of Johnny Marr), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In) and Ryan Lewis, while touring with the likes of Against Me! and Hellogoodbye.

Stream ‘Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble’ via the following link.