Almost reaching the six-minute mark, this is a composition with direct, unwavering intention. There’s a story at work, and STEREOSIGHT have committed to expressing that by whatever means necessary.
There’s a hint of Awolnation to the use of contrast here, the sudden drop from quietness into immense power and fuzz. At other times, the lead vocals lean towards the more classic rock and roll stars from way back when – Led Zeppelin, AC/DC.
The whole set-up feels brilliantly nostalgic, awesomely passionate – proceeding to whisper then scream out on behalf of your anxieties; always melodically, always with a certain poetic lyrical intention that again feels genuinely new.
Emerging complete with a captivating and poignant animated video, Miami’s Ateo Feo tackles inequality with his latest single, and raucously encourages people to unite.
In short, Tragedy Channel have crafted something unexpected – something that caters to our desire to re-live the nineties; those alternative rock hits that surprised and satisfied in ways we could never have predicted.
Book Of Shame are categorically an act who skillfully walk the line between eclectic and self-assured – knowing precisely who they are, how they want to sound, yet also offering up a consistently interesting and often surprising album that never once becomes tiresome.
Effected vocals detail an intimate and somewhat harrowing story-line, laying bare a mid-album Nirvana vibe in many ways – these short phrases, rhyming couplets that kick hard and leave plenty of space for reflection in between.
“There is no music scene whatsoever on the Big Island of Hawaii and it is horribly depressing! This place really needs a scene and I hope to influence the younger kids to eventually break one open.”
Easily a band on their own unique trajectory right now, Ukraine’s Vovkulaka bring through a fuzz-thick electronic-rock sound, loaded with distortion, gravel, passion, yet plenty of anthem-like moments of melody and memorable chants.
“Midnight Angels is all bout bringing back that classic rock-and-roll vibe to the present day, while adding a sprinkle of modern day style.”
You’d be forgiven for wondering if this wasn’t a slept on driving ballad from a simpler decade. The intimacy and honesty of the video reflects a similarly nostalgic direction – and it reinforces the natural affection and longing of the writing in a fitting manner.
Kevin Lee and his band of well-practiced, passionate musicians kick into gear with a brilliantly energetic hit of story-telling and classic rock and roll.