Bristol-based heavy-pop four-piece Bitter Kisses recently dropped their latest single, ‘Doctor’s Note’.
Formed in 2022, Bitter Kisses hit the ground running with sold out hometown shows in Bristol and quickly grew their notoriety with their high energy live performances and synth-infused blend of Dark Pop and Goth Rock.
Describing themselves as “Pop music you can beat your friends up to”, their debut single ‘Pr*y’ already gained airtime on BBC Radio One, and ‘Doctor’s Note’ more than lives up to this hype.
Reflecting on the inspiration behind the single the band state, “‘Doctor’s Note’ discusses the insidious growth of anxiety and how, when suppressed, it becomes more than you can handle alone. As a result, your anxiety spills out in ways that you can’t control.”
Post-Hardcore quartet Movements have dropped two new singles, ‘Killing Time’ and ‘Lead Pipe’.
Produced by Will Yip, the band describe the tracks as “the perfect introduction to a new era of Movements. These songs incorporate the core values and themes you’d expect from a Movements song — but they’re packaged up in a much different manner.”
On ‘Killing Time’, the band refer to it as “a love song with a dark, self-deprecating undertone. The verses are gritty and dense, the choruses open up into an almost pop-centric singalong before diving into a crushing bridge that exemplifies a love so strong that it can (and probably will) end up killing the narrator.”
Check out ‘Killing Time’ below.
Meanwhile, on ‘Lead Pipe’, they describe it as “a classic mental health track, but one that you probably wouldn’t expect or even realize on first listen. The narrator here is describing the moment they realize their dark past is coming back to haunt them. Something they thought they’d overcome is suddenly knocking at the door and will do anything to get back in. However, this time is different. Our narrator is hellbent on ending that struggle once and for all, and has chosen to fight back instead of give in.”
Speaking about the meaning behind ‘Myself in the Way,’ vocalist Austin Getz says, “Over the last couple of years, I really tried to stop finding reasons why not to do something. This song specifically is about getting engaged despite fears I’ve always had of being able to provide for a family, to give as much as someone you love might need forever. It’s about letting love lead the way despite your fears, about not letting your doubts, your ego, your self get in the way of it.”
‘Myself in the Way’ was born out of Turnover’s desire to continue evolving their sound, making each body of work more exploratory than the last, but it’s also a byproduct of the band’s growth both as individuals and collectively. Armed with a flurry of new ways for the band to express themselves creatively, the band challenged themselves to make their most ambitious body of work to date. Co-produced by frontman Austin Getz alongside frequent collaborator Will Yip, ‘Myself In The Way’ sounds more expansive than anything they’ve done, intently honing in on sound design this time around, and yet it’s wholeheartedly more intimate and self-reliant on their vision and execution. Bassist Danny Dempsey painted the cover artwork himself, and longtime touring guitarist Nick Rayfield contributed songs to the album to lend an additional spark. The album also features guest appearances from peers and friends like Bre Morell of Austin-based band Temple of Angels on the track ‘Ain’t Love Heavy,’ and Turnstile’s Brendan Yates on the title track out today.
In 2019, Turnover released their fourth studio album ‘Altogether’, which The FADER described as “their weirdest and most accessible to date” and features the stand out tracks ‘Plant Sugar’ and ‘Much After Feeling.’ 2017 saw the release of their celebrated album ‘Good Nature’, which features the hit song ‘Super Natural.’
Pre-order ‘Myself In The Way’ via the following link.
Check out the video for ‘Myself In The Way (Feat. Brendan Yates)’ below.
Set It Off have released their new track, “Who’s In Control,”
“Who’s In Control” taps into a troubling experience that all creative minds encounter: being paralysed by an influx of fear and outside pressures. In Set It Off’s case, the ever-evolving Alternative group sings of questioning who is actually controlling their identities in the midst of expectations for artists to become musical machines. “Who’s In Control” is their third single from their upcoming record, Elsewhere, available everywhere on Friday, March 11th.
Set It Off has been exploring the theme of neon macabre in their latest releases, and “Who’s In Control” is no exception; the single screams the most like a horror movie— almost as though the listener is being chased through a house of mirrors. An unsettling shrill shocks listeners in the opening seconds, leaving them on edge as they’re hit with a suspenseful Pop-Punk sound and lyrics of being poisoned by negativity. A feeling that the band knows all too well, singer/lyricist Cody Carson relays his thoughts about negativity getting the best of him: “everyone loves feeling like they have control over their own life, their own decisions, or their overall destiny, but sometimes outside voices scream so loud at you that they shake you up and make you adjust your path.” “Who’s In Control” thus acts as the band’s acknowledgment of that fear.
Okay so I may have slept on this one for the last month. Tarah Who?’s latest track featuring YUR MUM, “Push Me,” is available on major platforms. Known for their unorthodox and non-conformist tone, and “Push Me” is their latest to communicate that message.
Inspired by the 2020 Grammy’s, Tarah realized that the entire rock category and performances were absent on live TV. Feeling that a female rock band is currently overlooked in the music industry, Tarah set out to write a song with YUR MUM that is meaningful to both bands but also all of the hard-working independent musicians trying to get attention and the honor of winning a Grammy award.
“Push Me” is a track that sheds light on the lack of representation of rock bands, especially female-fronted rock bands. While listening to podcasts and watching music documentaries, Tarah was shocked and disappointed to hear artists in the rock genre talk about the changes in the current music industry. Aware of the atrocities, “Push Me” uses the power of sound and raw lyrics to stand up for rock artists and female-fronted rock bands. The band’s explosive and original sound blended with vocals that serve as a plea and statement to the music industry, Tarah Who?’s latest track is a catalyst for exposing bias and the lack of rock representation in the music industry.
Finnish melodic death/black metal band Se, Josta Ei Puhuta released a second single ‘Murskaa unelmat’ (Shatter Dreams) from their upcoming third studio album Gehenna which is released on April 22nd 2022 via Inverse Records.
Check out the lyric video for ‘Murskaa Unelmat’ below.
Singer Samu Männikkö comments: “Become part of the grey and learn to love it. Drown into mediocracy and spread the gospel. You were born to it and you will die being part of it. Shatter dreams!”
“Change My Mind” is a cathartic coming-of-age tale about growing up and learning to be easier on yourself. “It’s about being hopeful while also accepting and welcoming your emotions as they come,” says Anna. “Writing this song really changed a lot for me.” Pairing her signature vocals and diaristic lyricism with textured indie-rock instrumentation, “Change My Mind” reveals Anna’s full promise as an artist who can create layered and immersive songs that capture the human experience in all its grit and glory.
With her new songs, Anna is breaking out of the bedroom pop world into a more mature and intentional sound, writing her feelings as though you’ve lived them alongside her. “Change My Mind” is the third track to be released from her 2022 debut album and follows recent singles “Sick!” and “It’s Depression (ft. Middle Part),” the latter of which has landed impressive DSP support with adds on Spotify playlists like The New Alt, Fresh Finds Rock (*cover), New Noise, Your Alternative and more.
Described by NYLON as “Brooklyn’s own Olivia Rodrigo,” Anna Shoemaker is making her mark as the next indie-pop darling to watch. Combining alt-leaning production, intoxicating pop melodies and notably honest lyricism, her songs capture the turmoil, charm and introspection of young adulthood. Originally hailing from Philadelphia, she first made her mark by releasing a viral mashup of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” and Chance the Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” right from her bedroom floor. She has released 2 EPs since – ‘East Side’ (2018) and ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ (2020) – as well as a handful of standout singles. Anna’s debut album will be released in early 2022 via +1 Records.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have released their first new music in over a year.
‘My Town’ is their latest effort in collaboration with IDLES’ Joe Talbot, born from “our collective mental health falling apart.”
Frank explains: “It’s easy to dissociate when it’s someone else’s problem but we are each responsible for keeping the streets clean, looking out for our fellow neighbours and acting with kindness and respect as we walk through life. We can look into this town and see the seedy underbelly, the dirt, the disdain, the undercurrent of hate and despair. And then we are reminded that My Town looks just like yours, and no one gives a fuck at all and if we don’t start looking after ourselves soon then we are all going to be in big trouble.”
Australian Pop-Punks With Confidence are back! The prodigal sons have returned with a brand new single as well as a new member to the band!
The band have welcomed their longtime touring guitarist Scott McLaughlin into the band as they have launched their bouncy new jam Big Cat Judgement Day – their first new music since 2018’s Love And Loathing album.
“If you’ve seen us on tour in the last few years you might recognise this cheeky sausage,” say Jayden Seeley, Inigo Del Carmen and Joshua Brozzesi as they announce Scott as an official member. “Since Warped Tour ’18 Scott’s always gone above and beyond his duties as a touring guitarist. He’s been a phenomenal friend and a driving source of enthusiasm and optimism on the road.
“Last year he joined us in the studio for the first time, writing and recording our third LP. At this point it’s clear we simply wouldn’t be where we are without Scott, so please join us today in welcoming him as an official member of With Confidence!”
Speaking about Big Cat Judgement Day, Scott reveals With Con’s intentions were to write “the feel good song of the pandemic”.
“Dealing with isolation and empty streets while we were recording the album,” the musician explains. “It was the first six weeks of lockdown so we were processing and writing in real-time, knowing that we had no idea what we’re going to do with our lives once we finished the record. I was keeping a pretty keen eye on news around the world to see how the rest of the world was faring with the virus. I kept seeing all these stories and articles about wildlife filling city streets and thriving in habitats that would normally be too dangerous or busy for them. Got me thinking about what would be left if all us humans really did get wiped out by the pandy. Who’d be left? Tigers… probably.”
Brooklyn based artist and producer Richie Quake has returned for his new single ‘Rules’ , out today via Black Clay.
Written by both Richie and NY songwriter/producer Andy Stavrapolis (The Knocks, Sofi Tukker, Jai Wolf) ‘Rules’ experiments with pop, R&B, and psychedelic influences. Richie delivers his signature falsetto that grooves effortlessly, wrapped in sultry guitar riffs and vintage synth sounds. An ode to a bygone era yet still fresh and modern, he expertly balances familiarity with innovation. The song came together quickly at HeavyRoc Studios in New York in less than an hour, an emotional creative burst experienced while going through a difficult time in a relationship.
“‘Rules’ is about falling in love with someone against your better judgement and the confusion or guilt that comes along when love and bad timing coincide,” explains Ritchie. “In my last relationship, I fell for my ex-girlfriend when I was still dating someone else and, even though I tried hard to deny my feelings, I still ended up giving in to my desires and breaking my own rules.”
Last month, Richie released his first single of 2021 titled ‘Sensitive’ , which earned high praise from press and editorial playlists alike, receiving placement in the ultra hip Spotify playlist Text Back. First coming onto the scene with his debut EP ‘Paradise Dreams’ in 2019, he’s been supported by VICE, Paper Magazine, NYLON, Pigeons and Planes, FADER, Complex, and other outlets. In addition, his music has been featured in Comedy Central shows Broad City and Detroiters, and Spotify’s Lorem playlist.
Now, with the release of ‘Rules’ , Richie Quake continues his rise to the top, pointing towards an exciting 2021 with many more releases to come.
Los Angeles-based and Australian-borntrio CHASE ATLANTIC, recently dropped their latest single “SLIDE” via Fearless Records and announced the long awaited forthcoming album “BEAUTY IN DEATH” dropping 5th March, 2021.
SLIDE’s music video was shot in LA featuring psychedelic imagery where the trio is surrounded by mountain scenes. The song speaks to the slide into a state of mental ambiguity guided by the groups signature vocal and unique saxophone cameo in this genre bending track showing promise of what is to come on the upcoming album.
“Slide delves into a metaphoric, yet very personal realm filled with chaos, danger and brutal honesty. Living such a fast-paced, reckless lifestyle is bound to come with negative consequences, but nonetheless with the right amount of daring confidence and the ability to bounce back no matter the circumstance; it will always be just that for Chase Atlantic- a lifestyle.” States Chase Atlantic.
Over the past year the trio – Mitchel Cave, Clinton Cave and Christian Anthony – has grown their sound mixing trap, RnB and psychedelic alternative, drawing influence from King Crimson, Tame Impala, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and more. BEAUTY IN DEATH is the culmination of this growth sonically and speaks to the strength they found during the darkness and hardships presented in 2020.
Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming album and what’s to come in 2021 for the band.
Hello everyone welcome back to the New Music Roundup! We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week, we have the five-piece alt-indie band JSA have released the punchy title-track from their upcoming EP ‘Fools Empire’.
‘Fools Empire’ is the second track to be released from the EP, set for release 2nd December via Undead Collective Records, following on from ‘Down & Out’, which was released earlier this year.
Vocalist David Marley says of the new track, “It touches on the difficulties of finding the balance between work and play, and how if you spend long enough somewhere, you can see what is coming. There is so much angst in this track, and it was extremely cathartic to get that internal conversation out of my head, and on to record.”
Guitarist Alan Smith says of the music video: “We wanted to convey chaos through the use of trippy, loud imagery. It was exciting for us to experiment with a different style of video and take ourselves out of our comfort zones of the less conventional video formats that we have done previously.”
Now, NOLA’s Cane Hill are back with their first new heavy material in 2 years. The single, ‘Power Of The High’, which originally premiered on the Radio 1 Rock show, is both brutal and arresting.
“‘Power Of The High’ is inconsolable fury & anguish. An accumulation of the woes, trails, & tribulations of our recent years from mind-altering aficionados to unwilling servants drowning in the unforgiving tides of the music industry we’ve found ourselves passionately emboldened by the rage fostered whilst stuck between our realities.” says singer Elijah Witt. He continues “a declaration of third-eye-rebellion, ‘Power Of The High’ is a calling to everyone we know & may meet to join us in breaking the mould that’s been given to you by a higher power & realise the divine being you always have been.”
Regarding the music video, singer Elijah Witt says, “We dove back into our horror roots by joining forces with the local production company, Dreamseeker, to create a psychedelic twist on Louisiana folklore such as The Rougarou. ‘Power of the High’ kicks off Krewe De La Morte, which is Volume 1 of larger vision. Join us, live with us, die with us. Welcome to The Krewe.”
Next we have the torchbearers of progressive, instrumental rock, Intervals, whom debuted their third single “String Theory” in line with their latest record Circadian, which is out now. Marking some of the heaviest yet most memorable pieces of the album, “String Theory” finds Aaron Marshall delving deep into his influences and coming out the other side with some of his most rewarding material yet. As with all of Marshall’s work, no matter how complicated it may get, the melodies and hooks are left swirling around in the listener’s head for days afterward. “String Theory” features one of Marshall’s early influences and favorite guitarists of all time, Marco Sfogli, who contributes an impossible solo that creates a jaw-dropping moment before the band dives back into the captivating and sinuous interplay that makes the track a highlight of Circadian. “String Theory” follows the explosive “5-HTP” and delicately intricate “Lock & Key”. Co-produced by Marshall and fellow Torontonian, Sam Guaiana (Silverstein, Obey The Brave, Like Pacific).
Quote from Aaron Marshall (Intervals):
“I’ve been patiently anticipating the roll out for this tune. Not only have I been itching to compose some more 7 string material for some time now, but this tune features one of my favourite guitarists of all time. Marco is an absolute legend and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to feature him on this track. This is a major bucket list moment and I am so stoked to have put this one together. I hope everyone enjoys this last single before the album drops!”
Last week, we got a ridiculously lucky Friday The 13th. We got the return of Love And Dead. Now back from an eight-year hiatus, the band – featuring Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch on vocals/guitar, newly-official member BreakingBenjamin’s Jasen Rauch on bass, JR Bareis on guitar/vocals and Isaiah Perez on the drums – are set to release new album Perfectly Preserved on February 12, 2021, with new single Down out now.
“Everybody knows my foundation,” begins Head. “I feel like what our world needs most in this very unique moment in time are real stories about overcoming struggle. These are honest songs co-written by our group of friends targeting depression/mental health, challenging relationships, trauma, loneliness, and related issues.”
“There are certain things we can do melodically in Love and Death that might not work in Korn,” continues Jasen, who also produced the band’s 2013 Between Here & Lost debut. “For me, there are certain creative risks I can take with the arrangements and production that wouldn’t fit with Breaking Benjamin. In this band, we don’t worry about how long a song might be, for example.”
And lastly now, we have a huge solo track. This is from Telle Smith, (otherwise known as Telle as a solo act) the vocalist of The Word Alive with his latest track, ‘Too Hard On Myself’.
“I think we all have had that feeling of bring to hard on ourselves. Our minds often gravitate towards self-doubt and doubting others ability to see you for who you really are, underneath the baggage we all carry.
I posted a tweet in September that said “why do sad songs make me so happy?” and I quickly realized so many of you felt the same. So I went into the studio and wrote this song last month with my boy Matt Keller. I said “I have the chorus written already and I want a sad progression that feels hopeful”. He played around on the piano until we found the perfect progression and the song came to life so quickly. It felt like magic.
I love the lyrics, I love the beat and I think this is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. It is a direct insight into how I have felt so many times in my life, so if it connects with you I hope you’ll share it with the world.”
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!