In our next edition ‘Singles Only 2019’, we will be jetting off around the world to the likes of Sweden and The USA to find the best new music. So chill out, read the review whilst listening to them on our Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to follow it to keep up to date with the best and brightest in rock!
Sweet Fever- Roll On
Sweet Fever is an American Rock ‘n Roll band whose explosive sound honours the legends that came before them with just a hint of modern life.
‘Roll On’ is the third track off of Sweet Fever’s highly anticipated debut EP, ‘Heat Wave.’ It opens with a Drake Bell esque riff before Derrick Wesley’s sweet Nashville vocals kick in. They combine arena level riffs with soulful harmonies to bring an EP that will put a smile on your face even after the worst day.
Norphlet- Fingers Crossed
My first reaction when first hearing of Norphlet was to roll my eyes. “Great, another pop punk band, I won’t have heard this a million times before” I thought to myself.
Turns out your mum was right when she told to not to judge by a book it’s cover; this is not just another generic pop punk band with the same vocals and same lyrics as thousands that have come before them. ‘Fingers Crossed’ is an intelligently written track which combines grungy guitar riffs, visceral lyrics and a rhythm section that drives it forward full throttle. Norphlet have taken the hooks of pop punk and fused it with the vocals of 90s indie and the atmosphere of post rock to create a new and interesting sound.
Andrée Theander- Words I’ve Never Used
After spending years as a session artist, in September of last year Andrée Theander made his dream come true by releasing his first solo album. Following from that we have the single ‘Words I’ve Never Used’. It starts with a captivating acoustic riff with equally irresistable vocals before taking a sudden turn at 54 seconds when the full band kicks in. Theander’s vocals finds the grit needed as he speaks of the bickering thanks ruins relationships.
An arena rock anthem which finds the balance between moments which are charming and those that are raw reminiscent of bands like The Goo Goo Dolls. I for one, hopes that Andrée Theander continues to step out of the background and into the limelight as a singer/songwriter.
Mr. Max- Let’s Get Cucked Up
Max Cohen, the LA based multi- instrumentalist has created Mr. Max, the newest figure in punk. Mr. Max’s latest single ‘Let’s Get Cucked Up’ marks his debut video release; an outlandish, cheeky video produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Foo Fighters). Lyrically, it’s a track about a weak man who gets taken advantage of by manipulative women; musically, it merges indie, psychedelic rock and funk with a straight up punk rock sound. Let’s Get Cucked Up’ delievers a warning message to men whilst retaining a sense of fun in this party anthem.
That’s all for this edition, thanks for reading! Don’t forget you can check out all the tracks we’ve reviewed this year on the playlist below: