The US rock duo In The Whale will be releasing the, five track plus an acoustic version of one song, EP Dopamine on the 3rd of August.
In The Whale
The song that is on the EP as both a plugged-in and acoustic has been made available in advance of the full release. The plugged-in version of Highway (the antepenultimate track on Dopamine) is a sludgy grunge track which trudges through the room in gloopy footstep, with the listener finding themselves attempting to dive in to the puddles to wallow in the muddy riffs and sunken drum-skins.
The Welsh rock quartet Charlie Says released the EP Vena Cava on the 30th of June.
These are a highly talented group of musicians who during the course of the roughly eighteen minutes of the four songs are able to wrest a whole gamut of emotional reaction from the listener.
Opening with the pulverising title track – the room is transformed in to a heaving mass of frenetic head banging and wayward air guitar as the song hurtles past the dancing bodies.
Next is the heart-aching melody and vocal extravaganza of Heartshaped that finds the floor washed in tears and is my pick of the release.
The penultimate song Witches transforms the sound to a latino rumble that underpins a cinematic theme and the feeling of the intimacy of the vocal.
Sadly the end of Vena Cava is signalled by the opening bars of the closer No More Glory which fires in to a raw blues rock number that fizzes with energy – leaving those in earshot shouting for more and I do look forward to hearing more by Charlie Says in short order.
The Italian rock band Capolinea 24 released their début single I’m Ready To Go on the 21st.
Having cut their teeth as an acoustic rock covers duo I’m Ready To Go, which signposts of their début, nine track, LP Lost In Tales which is due for release later this year and is their first reveal of an original song as a plugged-in quartet, trots through the room on a Southern Blues horse.
The English rock band Mellor has become something of a staple on the site, with their no-nonsense rock’n’roll since being introduced in 2016.
The newest song to surface – Safe Word – which is due for release on the 18th of August – is once again an exemplar of the art of rock, merely requiring the listener to clear space in which to dance and then to turn up the volume prior to hitting play.
This is the third single to have been revealed this year and whilst the frequency of new material is extremely welcome – I am looking forward to all the songs (and more) being scooped up in to one package.
The Australian and relatively new rock duo, Fyre Byrd, are finalising details of their début EP for release later in the year.
Their début single Take Me Out, which was released towards the end of last month, attests of a duo who know how to put a song together, with a thumping drumkit pounding through the speakers while the sharp zinging guitar hooks the listener in to the track as the translucent vocal gives the world of rock a fresh lick of paint which clearly identifies this of music of the here and now and it comes as no great surprise their live performances are fast drawing in an ever more enthusiastic audience.