Smells Like Teen Spirit – AP TOBLER Steams Ahead On New Firecracker ‘EYE FOR AN EYE’

24 June 2021

Artist: AB TOBLER
Who: Annapurna “AP” Tobler is a 16-year old multi-instrumentalist musician,
singer, and songwriter based in San Jose, CA. Often described as a “grunge poet.”
AP writes music with heavy riffs and complex themes, holding mental health topics
as vital influences in her songwriting. AP aims to share her experiences with anxiety
and depression by crafting songs rooted in grunge and alternative rock, with hopes
that these thematic elements will speak to listeners who are going through similar experiences.

New single: EYE FOR AN EYE
About the experience of realizing that you’re in a toxic friendship. AP uses
the song as a way of releasing the negative emotions after ending things with
her best friend. A flaming banger from her upcoming EP ‘Alternate Vision’.

Score: An Eye For An Eye rattles and rolls from the riff-driven kick-off. Full steam
ahead. Imagine Joan Jett fronting Green Day with Courtney Love in the production chair. Pretty wild, right? This thunderous corker smells like teen spirit. Open-minded, crystal grunge clear and undismayed. AP sounds cool, looks cool and plays cool. Power to the youth! Damn right!

Go nuts right here…

AP TOBLER: Facebook

Debut EP ALTERNATIVE VISION out this summer

Prog-Stoner-Rock-Frenzy With EMPTY HEAD And Their 4-Track Debut EP

1 June 2021

Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: Up and coming hit team from Liege, Belgium. They cultivate the contrasts
and hold both the visceral intensity of Seattle’s grunge and the bewitching fever
of California’s desert rock. The resulting blatant firepower is then used by singer
Simon Galloy as a support for his dark and intimate lyrics, which evoke topics such
as dreams and delusion, introspection, and the anxiety of the passage of time.

EP: Self-titled 4-track debut released on 14 May.

Warning: Alert your neighbors before you press
play and Empty Head starts torturing your speakers
with these four highly turbulent haymakers.

Here we go…

COSMIC RAVE – Supersonic prog-punk-rock-hammer with schizophrenic
guitars and a smashing powerhouse finale with delirious vocals…


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MIRROR – A quiet/Loud/quiet metallic(a) trip fueled by towering primal
screams and psychedelic axe riffage. Terrifying passion in motion…


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HUNTED FROM BELOW – Sonic madness, mind-crushing paranoia and
muscled tumult all rolled into one mad motherrocker of an electro-shock
wallop. Queens Of The Stone Age are just around the corner…


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SUFFOCATED DREAMS – Heavy mood swings fervidness going forth and back,
again with hair-raising guitars, a stairway to heaven fragment, and a sizzling singer
about to go insane. The Mars Volta meet Kyuss at the dark side of the moon…


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EMPTY HEAD: Facebook

Awesome School Teens THE LINDA LINDAS Make Furor With Riot Grll Punk Anthem ‘RACIST, SEXIST BOY’

25 May 2021

Band: THE LINDA LINDAS (Los Angeles)
Who: Awesome female teen band Half Asian/Half Latinx
featuring Mila (10), Eloise (13), Lucia (14) and Bela (16) who
play together since 2018 (!) and already opened as support
act for punk icons like Bikini Kill and Best Coast.

Track: RACIST, SEXIST BOY

A song inspired by a real-life racist incident as the utterly cool
10-year old drummer Mila explains: “A little while before we went
into lockdown a boy in my class came up to me and said his Dad had
told him to stay away from Chinese people. After I told him I was Chinese
he backed away from me. So Eloise and I wrote this song based on that
experience.”

The school teens premiered their new punk anthem in the Los Angeles
Public Library
, which has been hosting a TEENtastic Tuesdays Series of
concerts, celebrating AAPI (that’s Asian American and Pacific Islander)
Month.

Score: This is awesome. I love this. Young kids standing up and making a
sharp-cutting, alarming statement about racism and sexism with a spot-on,
in your face, punk anthem à la Bikini Kill. This clear-cut, and totally fun, riot
grrl ripper is fueled by young spirits saying ‘move over, adults, rock and roll
belongs to the young generations, not the old ones and definitely not to
the racist ones and the sexist ones.’ You betcha!

Plug in, Lindas…

THE LINDA LINDAS: Facebook

Guitar Rock Still Rules – Manchester Engine THE HACIENDAS Prove it With ‘THE JOKER’

20 May 2021

Band: THE HACIENDAS
Who: Fresh formed indie rock quartet from Manchester

New single: THE HACIENDAS

Score: Who said that guitar rock is dead? Actually, a lot of people. Actually, the ones
who never listened to guitar rock anyway and never will. Whatever. The Haciendas rattle their butts off on their new roaring ripper The Joker and prove loud and clear why guitar rock still rules. They submerge a tornado tune, as sticky as first-class glue, in an electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks bath, they turn up the decibels and peak with a blistering chorus. Say no more!

Guitar rock is dead! Long live The Haciendas…

THE HACIENDAS: Facebook

Wall-Of-Electro-Rock-Shocks – Boston Duo BIG TIME KILL Hits Hard On ‘RECOVERY’ EP

14 May 2021

Band: BIG TIME KILL
Who: A blazing electro-rock duo formed in Boston, back in 2014 by
multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his friend,
multi-instrumentalist Ben Caccia. Until now they made stormy waves
with their 2018 debut LP and two EPs.

New EP: RECOVERY
Press info: The new Recovery EP is a genre-twisting collection of songs exploring existential anxiety. Taking inspiration from eclectic industrial and electronic art-rock pioneers like Fad Gadget and Peter Gabriel, the album’s four tracks blend into a fever dream of melodic pop-influenced hooks, chaotic synths, orchestral flourishes, and mangled post-punk guitars.

Adam Schneider: “Like many, I unfortunately experienced a lot of heavy personal losses
this past year, and I found myself feeling very distraught with both life and music. This EP
was my way to finally reconnect with my love for music, and it’s ultimately about embracing being yourself and that it’s ok to feel weird or different than others.”

Turn Up The Volume: In a normal world Big Time Kill should be know wide and far.
Their massive wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, served with
a gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Steamy synths, manic guitars, big beats, and intense vocals. Add the tandem’s heart and soul passion and their spot-on views on humankind and you can figure out why BTK deserves to be know wide and far along with experts like NIN, LCD Soundsytem and The Prodigy among others.

Don’t be a shallow cliché, hip-shake
to your dreams, recover and restart.

Right here, right now.


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BIG TIME KILL: Facebook

WHISPERING SONS Nail It With New Angry Stomper ‘HEAT’

New sonic impulses…

12 May 2021

Band: WHISPERING SONS
Who: Belgian indie stars who released their
triumphant debut longplayer Image in 2018.


(photo: Turn Up The Volume)

New album: SEVERAL OTHERS
Second LP, out 18th June via PIAS
Order info: here.

New single: HEAT – third piece from the upcoming LP

Score: After one spin it’s crystal clear. This is the best Whispering Sons song
my ears ever heard. Heat takes you by the throat from the kiss-ass kickoff.
Haunting, chilling, and catchy as bloody hell. This is a mad motherrocker with
charismatic frontwoman Fenne – vocally sounding like a female Scott Walker –
rushing as mysteriously as ever. The intensity grows slowly but surely towards
the frenzied guitar climax. Legendary post-punks Gang Of Four crossed my mind
but speeding it up like a hot rod on the run. Brilliant stuff!

The heat is on, right here…

WHISPERING SONS: Facebook

SEVERAL OTHERS out 18th June via PIAS

PARTIKUL – Get Cursed By This Swirling EMB Duo From Brussels

When up and coming artists make you want to scream…

1 May 2021

Band: PARTIKUL
Who: EBM duo from Brussels
Influences: Lydia lunch, Boy Harsher, Tuxedomoon,
Nitzer Ebb, the Smiths, Moon duo, The soft moon

Single: CURSE – from their upcoming debut
album Related Memories, out this summer’

Score: If your body doesn’t react to this manic electro jackhammer consult
your doctor and ask for an adrenalin injection. This non-stop synth steamroller
goes 100 miles per hour without looking back. No brakes, full steam ahead. The
fast and the furious for some explosive dance floor action. A crushing curse you’ll
embrace with both arms while pirouetting yourself dizzy.

Click ‘watch on YouTube’ and get cursed

PARTIKUL: Facebook

The DIY First Lady Of Indie Label OFF WHITE HOUSE RECORDS Reveals Her International Future Plans

28 April 2021

In these science-fiction-like pandemic times when all sorts of industries/business
threaten to collapse (certainly the small ones for obvious reasons) it takes guts and courage to get up, stand up and fight for the future of your small and vulnerable indie label. That’s exactly what Canada-born musician and DIY centipede Laura Lee Schultz
did. She re-injected her beloved Off White House Records with vital fuel and decided
to go international. Respect!

Laura Lee told us anything you need to know about
the past, the present and the future of her label.

What’s the Off White House Records story so far, Laura Lee?

This humble little label started in the bedroom of a decrepit, haunted house in the suburbs of East Vancouver. As an independent artist for over 25 years, I consider myself lucky to have cut my teeth in the 90s when rock bands were being courted by major labels like it was going out of style. And yes, it did go out of style. Grunge. But my love for rock music never did.

My previous projects all had devoted fan bases and I experienced so much being in those bands, including business. So I took what I learned, started a label and released the first Down The Lees album in 2005. Since I was doing the whole album myself, I needed to jump into the process with both feet. From writing and playing all of the music, going into the studio, planning the CD duplication, distribution and marketing. Ever since then, I have been releasing material with many bands I have played with over the years.

Cut to 2020. When everything changed. I was living in Ghent, Belgium when Down The Lees was playing shows in Belgium, France and the Netherlands to support the Steve Albini recorded album ‘Bury The Sun’. Then everything stopped. As the months dragged on, it became painfully obvious that things were going to drastically change for the entertainment industry for a long time. After the initial shock wore off, the idea of supporting other artists started to percolate and I made my way back to Canada to live in the Okanagan Valley and be close to family.

At that point, HAZE was looking to release an album and I couldn’t have been happier to help her with it. That experiment made me think that signing and helping other artists was what I wanted to do with the label.

Main goal of the international adventure?

Why did I get into music in the first place? It’s because of the feeling I get when I hear a song
for the first time and it makes the hair on my arms stand up. I want to help THAT music get
out into the world. And with this label, all artists support each other. We herald each other, we believe in each other. We are nothing without community. This is an alternative, post-rock, noise rock label and I want to continue on that track. More acts are being signed and announced throughout 2021!

The loud and clear roster so far…

BRONSON ARM (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Newest noise rock duo to join the label.
New single Conscious Confuser out now…


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DATING MYSELF (Vancouver, BC)
All new 90s hits you’ve never heard.


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DOWN THE LEES (Vancouver/Ghent)
Caustic, raw and cuts like a knife.
New material coming in 2021.


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EP ISLAND (Vancouver, BC)
A project that is scheduled as one-weekend events,
bringing in special guests with the goal of writing
and recording as much as possible over 3 days.


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ERIIS (Ghent, Belgium)
Chaos, strife and discord.


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HAZE (Ghent, Belgium)
Lo-fi, bedroom rock.


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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION (Vancouver, BC)
Indie rock.


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SEPARATION AGREEMENT (Ghent/Vancouver)
Cross continental alternative rock.


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OFF WHITE HOUSE RECORDS: FacebookWebsiteInstagram

SM For The Rich – Mean Machine BODY HORROR Slashes Merciless On Debut Single ‘THE GIMP’S GIMP’

19 April 2021

Band: BODY HORROR
Who: Up and coming noisemakers
from London.

Single: THE GIMP’S GIMP – debut single

Score: A chainsaw intro followed by manic drum thwacks
and a frenetic bass force, and a bit later a nightmarish voice
joining the freaked-out get-together. All this brain-breaking
stuff happens in under a minute. Hallelujah!

From there on this fanatical bulldozer tests your stereo’s flexibility
with furibund guitars going mental. Far-out funk for the wicked.

And as far as I can detect this hammering haymaker is about a sort
of take control sadomasochism for the rich. Damn you, bastards!

Hail hail mean machine Body Horror.

Alert your neighborhood before you press play…


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BODY HORROR: Facebook

‘SPEAK THE SAME’ By SYNS – A Radiant Light At The End Of The Synth-Pop Tunnel

1 April 2021

Artist: SYNS
Who: A Belgium-based solo artist and filmmaker who
build, after his post-punk-bass period, a synthesizer
laboratory. He started an audiovisual project, where
music and filmmaking find each other perfectly well.

Track: SYNS – new single

Score: Syns charms with a tranquilizing electro-pop earworm
where the New Romantics‘ sound of the 80s (Visage, Soft Cell,
ABC), Roxy Music‘s dance side and today’s synth sparks flow
together seamlessly with starry vocals floating all over it.
Enticing and dreamy.

With Syns there’s a radiant light at the end of the synth-pop tunnel
as you can experience right here in an illuminating video clip…

SYNS: Facebook