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PJ Bond Offers Up The Better Option

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The Better Option Single Review

Xtra Mile Recordings just might boast the most talented artist roster in the rock industry these days. The label boasts RARAsFarm favorites Frank Turner, Against Me!, A Silent Film and Larry And His Flask, and a few dozen other talented rock acts. One of those acts is PJ Bond.

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Bond’s new single “The Better Option” is a delicious slice of Americana. He’s a songwriter with a comfortable yet distinctive sound, delivering heartfelt lyrics on the back of captivating lyrics on this excellent offering off of his soon to be released Sophomore album Where Are You (out May 4th).

The music is folksy rock delivered with a bit of an edge. The songs explodes with a killer acoustic riff and boasts that same instant familiarity that I feel when listening to Jeff Tweedy or The Old 97’s. The mixture of guitar offerings throughout the song makes the song even more interesting than similar offerings from the aforementioned contemporaries. The heavily distorted guitar spotlighted in the middle of the song is pure 70’s genius and almost as good as the wilting guitar that carries the song to it’s excellent finish.

Snag it here on iTunes: Where Were You?
Or, Preorder the album below.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Sonic Dissonance from Vienna Ditto

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Vienna Ditto Single Review

Sonic Dissonance is a term that’s bounced around in my head for the past few years but I never stumbled across a band that seemed to be well-suited for that label.

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Honestly, I’m not 100% sure what Sonic Dissonance means, but it has to feel like the sexy, cool new music offered up by Vienna Ditto.

To me, the term makes me think of music that doesn’t fit together perfectly and it’s probably a little bit unusual, but it’s stuff that’s still pleasing to the ears – like Vienna Ditto! The music on the band’s new single “Hammer And Nail” is addictively weird shit that I just can’t seem get out of my head. I love this song, and I’m not totally sure why.

The dreamy vocals are captivating and the synth driven music attention-grabbing. I don’t know much about the band, except that they’re a duo from the UK who have been collaborating for a few years; and unfortunately, thus far have precious few releases available for our aural consumption. But that should change soon, as they will be releasing their debut album this Spring.

It’s difficult to classify their sound, it’s part Nancy Sinatra, part Florence and the Machine, with a nice serving of David Lynch thrown in. The music features elements of blues, atmospherics and electronic, which are woven together magnificently. I can’t find a download of the song online, but am pleased to see that the band’s debut album will be deliver on May 4th, and I can’t wait to get this wonderfully creative music on my playlist.

Check out the song in the embedded video below and let me know if you find it as intriguing as I do.


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Rock On!
Cretin

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Jet Black Alley Cat – Memphis Blues

Single Review – Jet Black Alley Cat

Slinky, cool Jet Black Alley Cat have just released their follow-up single to “Poison,” and it’s a song that is worthy of being on the radar of pop rock fans.

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The Nashville-based quintet splashed onto the scene less than a year ago, and now with “Memphis Blues,” they’ve already delivered their second captivating video, which definitely complements the song well. The tagline on their video is appropriate – “This song and this film is a feeling . Fall in love with it.”  The new single is a poppy alt-rock tune with a catchy dance vibe to it that’s just a blast to listen to. Joe Wilkinson’s voice reminds me a bit of Sir SLy’s Landon Jacobs, but the music is more mainstream – in a deliciously good way.

With each listen, I appreciate the song a bit more. The guitars are clever and catchy, and evolve nicely over the course of the four minute journey, including a nicely spotlighted solo or two, one of the benefits of a band with multiple guitar players. If you’re a fan of popular rock, I suggest you take it for a spin.

This new band has already seen nice success, garnering airplay on both MTVu and Nashville’s independent station, Lightning 100, and from what I’ve heard here, that’s just the beginning.

Snag the single on iTunes here, and check out the video below and see if you fall in love with it, too.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Distinctive New Rock from Soko

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SOKO – Who Wears The Pants Single Review

Simply put, she’s one of the most fresh, diverse, unpredictable artists gracing today’s musical landscape, and she’s about to release her most rock-infused music of her blossoming career.

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French born Soko has proven herself a successful (award winning) actress, an accomplished producer, the intriguing subject of a hugely popular viral kissing video, and quite the diverse self-taught musician – and she’s just getting started!

Today, she announced the forthcoming release of My Dreams Dictate My Reality, her second full-length album, which will be released on March 3rd. The album which promises to be brimming “with angst, shouts, and beautiful chaos,” was produced by Ross Robinson who has previously worked with her favorite band The Cure. The album will be released on Soko’s record label Babycat Records and will feature a hypnotic duet, “Lovetrap,” with Ariel Pink.

Today, we get our first taste of what we’re in store for on My Dreams Dictate My Realities and the first tasty sip is intoxicating. “Who Wears The Pants” is an edgy upbeat rocker, boasting poignant lyrics about sexuality. Her vocals are reminiscent of raw, gritty garage rock, while the masterfully produced music is a mixed tempo joyride. It’s captivating stuff that leaves me thirsting for the full album release.

For folks interested in pre-ordering the album, she is offering the most creative pre-order packages that I’ve ever seen. Yeah, the normal perks like vinyl, or autographed copies are available, but you’ll also have the chance to tack on a shopping trip, a home-cooked meal, a pajama party and a whole lot more. Check it out here: Pre-Order Bundles

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Killer New Metal from Night Demon

Night Demon Single Review

More than twenty years ago, I hosted a late night 80’s Metal Show on our college radio station in the mountains of Western Virginia. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, Krokus, you know the stuff; I loved it then and still do today, and when I hear one of those tracks it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside… then I crank up the volume and start banging my head against the wall. Ah, sweet memories.

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So, as I write this, and nurse my throbbing head, I do so with a smile plastered on my face, courtesy of Southern California’s Night Demon. The Ventura band’s aggressive new single, “Killer” evokes strong memories of all that was good in 80’s metal. It’s a catchy complete song with just enough rough edges to make it real and natural, and a song that absolutely demands to be played loudly.

The song immediately grabs you by throat with a scorching opening guitar riff, quickly followed by frenetic bass and powerful drums from Dusty Squires. Bassist and lead singer Jarvis Leatherby’s powerful vocals are gritty, yet absolutely easy to listen to, and Brent Woodward tosses in a few killer solos. Check the song out below and let me know what you think:

The trio is set to release their debut album, Curse Of the Damned on January 27, 2015 via Century Media, and if “Killer” is any indication of what to expect, hard rock fans are going to be pretty damn happy.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Fit For Rivals New Single: Freak Machine

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Fit For Rivals New Single: Freak Machine

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They’re garnering tremendous buzz in the music industry, tearing up youtube, and impressing audiences across the country, and they are from our own backyard.

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Fit For Rivals, a fresh, young band hailing from Jacksonville, released their new single titled “Freak Machine”, the title track for their new album set to be released in early 2015. Vocalist Renee Phoenix’s throaty growl, comparable to the vocal style of the legendary Joan Jett, blends perfectly with strong guitar riffs and a punchy beat bringing a song that could be overly upbeat, almost pop-like, back to a proper rock-n-roll sound.

This song will get into your head in a hurry, and you will find yourself moving to the beat on the first listen, and you will soon find you want a new fix of this sexy song to satisfy the itch it creates as it gets under your skin. You may find that you, as the lyrics say, “can’t shake it off. ”

I could only hope that “Freak Machine” gains much deserved radio play, but until then I know I can grab it on iTunes (Freak Machine – Single) or get a fix on Youtube:

I’m looking forward to the next time that Fit For Rivals finds their way to a billing at an Orlando venue.  In the meantime, fans in the Midwest will get the next opportunity to see them live, as they’ll be touring with Adelitas Way and Framing Hanley this Spring.

Philip Snyder

Buffalo Sunn – Releases New Music

New Music with a Classic Rock Vibe

Scotland’s Buffalo Sunn has released a captivating new single with a decidedly old school feel. It’s definitely a song worth a listen or twelve…

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“Ocean” is a delicious new alternative rocker with distinct 60’s classic rock influences. The six-piece outfit from Dublin, Ireland boasts a unique feel that’s both old and comfortable, and fresh and new at the same time.

The song is the first single off of their new album By The Ocean, By The Sea, nicely produced by Grammy Award winner Pat McCarthy (U2, Counting Crows, R.E.M.).  The track features luscious harmonies, catchy guitar riffs and just a bit of well-balanced distortion. It’s garage rock meets theatre rock – a hopeful song with intoxicating guitars and drums and it’s just a blast to listen to.  

The music seems like it will translate nicely in a live setting, but for now, if you’re not in Europe you are out of luck. Hopefully the song will find its way to US radio and the band will make their way over to the States.

Grab the song here on iTunes: Ocean (Radio Edit) – Single

Faults – Alexander Single Review

The Faults Single Review – Alexander

It seems like I’ve been hearing lots of excellent new rock out of Australia these days. For that reason, I was intrigued when I saw this new offering pop-up in my InBox and noticed the comparisons to Tame Impala and The Strokes.

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Comparing The Faults to the aforementioned bands is pretty damn appropriate; they have the cool swagger of Tame Impala and the gritty, edgy rock that is embodied in The Strokes. If their first single is any indication of what’s in store, it’s only a matter of time before this talented Sydney duo finds their way onto American alternative rock radio.

Oli is the guitarist/vocalist and he’s got a unique twist with his music.  His guitar riffs are catchy, and the vocals gritty and edgy, and he throws out a nice falsetto for good measure.  Not sure how to best describe his voice but it’s likeable as hell, and it has a great rock ‘n roll balance to it.  Coupled with the cool, creative drums from Tom, these guys just drip with garage rock coolness and it makes sense, as the band was founded in a Sydney garage.

It’s fresh music that’s better than must gracing the rock radio airwaves today.  Give it a listen and let me know your thoughts.  If you like what you hear, grab it on iTunes: Alexander – The Faults

Rock On!
Mike

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The Faults – from Sydney, Australia