Veteran musicians with a rich background in rock and r’n’b, Roadcase Royale are a collective of musicians who all bring something to the table. Fronted by Heart’s Nancy Wilson – a rock and roll hall of famer – and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Generation, this is new music from a group who are no slouches in terms of musicianship.
Now on their second single, Roadcase Royale have once again excelled with the exciting and energetic ‘Not Giving Up’. From the assured riff of the opening to the stomping shuffled rhythm throughout, this is a track that deserves your attention.
Quickly building a reputation for their passionate and emotional song writing, US roots outfit Angie and the Deserters have returned with another single from their latest EP (‘You’) – the excellently titled ‘Forgetting to Forget’.
Even the title is evocative, which is only enhanced once those guitars start strumming and the heart strings are tugged by the thoughtful lyrics. Specialising in thoughtful Americana country-rock, this is a band well worth paying attention to. Whether you’re already partial to a touch of roots music, or just prefer your pop music to be catchy and accessible, there’s something here for you to enjoy.
A fantastic British rock trio with many musical years of experience, The Kite Collectors are a band of experienced musicians with a host of creative ideas to share with the world. It seems their recent album ‘Clockface’ has been gaining suitably good reviews online thanks to its upbeat rock style, and the band have now decided to share the love even further by making album track ‘Wonder’ available online.
It’s a well titled song, opening with a lovely bluesy feel before spiralling into more straight rock territory. In doing so, it marks The Kite Collectors as a band well worth your time, a view obviously shared by independent label Paisley Records.
The full album has been available since April, and can still be found on the label’s website. And if you’re on the hunt for a well produced, well conceived collection of new rock songs, this could be a good fit for you.
For fans of old school dirty guitar riffs, Strangers Know More will be manna from heaven. Created by three industry veterans who have found cult success since the 1970s in various bands, SKM are something of a throwback to the hey day of punk, but with added blues rock flavours.
Their new track ‘Shoot The Witness’ is now streaming online, and is a great introduction to the band. It also marks the first in a number of releases currently in the pipeline. It’s set to be a busy year for SKM – with new material on the way and gigs set for the UK and beyond, now is the perfect time to discover them.
With a style and vocal delivery which immediately brings to mind the likes of early Maroon 5, Magazine Gap are clearly a band that are on to a winner. Built on a foundation of a solid bassline and rhythm section, new single ‘What’s That About?’ does a great job of setting the scene for an upcoming album.
The video too gives a taste of why Magazine Gap might well be a hot independent ticket in their hometown of London in the coming years. Once again, it’s a simple setting, but classily delivered – much like their music.
Written at a time when all the band members were beset by personal tragedies, there’s a real sense of both loss and hope at the heart of ‘Objects’ – the debut album from New Zealand indie rockers Tablefox. Far from wallowing in the bereavements the band were suffering at the time of writing, you get the feeling that the song writing and lyrics are offered depth of feeling by real life happenings.
This depth is aided not only by the lyrics, but by the musicianship and layering on offer throughout the LP (available now on Bandcamp). In some sections things are sparse and thoughtful, while in others the pace ramps up nicely. Certain sections come across like the modern synth rock of The Killers, others hark back towards the New Waye.
In spite of all these stylistic ebbs and flows, the thing that stitches it all together is quality. Make sure ‘Objects’ is high on your independent list, and keep a sharp eye on Tablefox for the future.
When you think of countries known for spawning great rock bands, Bulgaria may not be near the top of that list. However, Jeremy? are a heavy-set four piece who may be about to change that. New single ‘Two Weeks to the Great Escape’ – born from a great appearance at the cult Brighton festival – shows that Jeremy? have both the musical chops and the energy to stake a claim.
Festival appearances like this, plus other appearances at shows around Europe, show that they are staring to build their reputation outside of their home country. And if they keep working at it, they might inspire Bulgaria to become a real rock hotbed.
An indie band with a strong rock and grunge bent, The Late Yetis are a 5 piece group who spring from different cultures, influences and genres to create a sound which is fairly unique in the current climate. In particular, their harkening back to the golden days of grunge now sets them apart – what’s old is new again thanks to their vitality and style.
New single ‘Blood Driven’ is out now and sums up perfectly what makes their sound and approach so compelling. It takes ideas from heavy rock but examines them in with several mellower moments, making more impact than a song which is turned up to 11 throughout. EP ‘Per Contra’ is released on March 1st, check out the Bandcamp if you like what you’re hearing.
A songwriter with a strong rock vein and a clear love of old school gothic/70s style, Natalie Indya West and her band have released huge new single ‘Not a Line’.
Chock full of powerful guitar riffs, head turning vocals and a solid, impactful energy, the single proves that this is band and a songwriter to be reckoned with in their chosen genre. A new song with the old style sound of those guitar hero classics we all know and love? Sign us up.
Released at the end of January, the new album from John Wheeler is something of an unusual proposition. Having made his name as front man of cult group Hayseed Dixie, Wheeler has gone solo for a new album, his second, fittingly titled ‘Difficult #2 album’. You don’t have to work hard to recognise the subtext. Especially when you consider the first single is called ‘Too Much Poop to Flush’.
Those who groan at the title punnery though should look further into this album – one on which Wheeler slightly moves away from the straighter folk leanings of Hayseed Dixie and enters a slightly more roots-rock environment. It’s a album which does two things.
One, it establishes Wheeler as a solo performer of note, and though his Hayseed Dixie material is strong as ever, he has plenty to offer of his own volition. Two, the album makes some good points about the way people live their lives, while avoiding the speechifying and preaching that often comes with this approach. ‘Too Much Poop to Flush’ is a great example of this.
Taken literally, the title suggests a track of a very different tone to the one above. Instead, the song makes a very important point – if the human race keeps making such a mess of the planet, we will reach a point where we won’t be able to clean up after ourselves. It’s a point which is made often in mainstream media, but John Wheeler is taking a different approach, and should be applauded for that.