Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice are back with their third album, Blue Weekend. Formed in 2010 as an acoustic duo, the outfit have come a long way with their sound and image in the past eleven years. Opening with ‘The Beach’, we hear lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s whispery vocals that immediately present the sense of rawness and vulnerability that can be heard throughout the album. Although mainly made up of catchy tracks sandwiched between light and airy intros and outros, a handful of grunge singles like ‘Lipstick on

Single Review: ‘Strife’ - Trish Discord

Alternative New York musician, Trish Discord, has just dropped her latest single, ‘Strife’. Inspired by the grunge scene in Brooklyn, Discord also presents a similarity to The Cranberries and Evanescence - each of these being opposite styles and showing her wide range and capability. Opening with an intense electric guitar and moody vocals, this track takes on a more emo EDM style with Discord’s voice often being distorted within the chorus. Beginning slow and melancholic, Discord then presents

King No-One make their return with heartfelt release, 'Obsolete'

Their new single, 'Obsolete', follows on from their previous release 'Bad Porno' which dropped in March. Forming in 2013, the group fast made a name for themselves by busking their original tracks up and down the UK. Quickly gaining a following they have had a massive wave of sold-out shows, proving themselves to be one of the best up-and-coming live performers in the country. King No-One take inspiration from a huge array of genres, decades, and artists, and a quick look on their social media

The Verdis - Streetlight Fables

The Verdis came together at the University of Sheffield in 2018. Made up of singer Rowan Yaxley and guitarist Max Haywood, the pair were later joined by John Thomson on the drums and bassist Jamie Wright to form the full band, who have just dropped their debut EP Streetlight Fables. Created alongside musician and producer Sam Proctor, the EP allows the band to explore production techniques previously unavailable to them in local pub performances. Debuted at their early gigs, the tracks 'Bus Sto

Review: VENUS GRRRLS – ‘Goth Girl’ Single

Dropping a collection of three singles, ‘No Signs’, ‘Amy’, and ‘You’re Alright, I Guess’ during 2020, ‘Goth Girl’ is the first release from Venus Grrrls in 2021 – and it doesn’t disappoint. Having supported All Time Low, Anteros and Bloxx, Venus Grrrls have been taking the UK by storm. Standing up for women in the industry and beyond, the Leeds/Teesside outfit are leading the revival of Riot Grrrl and getting the attention of many listeners. Their newest track is a power anthem combining elec

Album Review: Pale Waves – ‘Who Am I?’

Manchester outfit, Pale Waves, have just dropped their second album, ‘Who Am I?’, which is a huge move away from their debut, ‘My Mind Makes Noise’, due to the band’s crazy experience in the near-3 years since its release. Heather’s lyricism demonstrates the beginning of truly questioning themselves – as implied by the title. A lot has happened since the release of their debut album, ‘My Mind Makes Noises‘, – most noticeably Heather has come out as gay and Ciara now identifies as non-binary. Th

Amplified Analysis: Sam Smith's 'Love Goes'

Sam Smith has finally released their third album, ' , following on from ' In The Thrill of it All' which came out in 2017. Despite the three year hiatus, Sam Smith manages to maintain their usual emotions - with the break potentially exaggerating the passion that we’re so used to hearing. The opening track, ‘Young’ is a very short a cappella track with the only sounds outside of Smith being a baking vocalist. Ending with the lyrics, “I’ve done nothing wrong, I’m young”, demonstrates the poig

Single Review: Pale Waves – She’s My Religion

Pale Waves have just dropped ‘She’s My Religion’, the second track to be released from their upcoming album Who Am I?. A track following the story of a cynical girl and the speaker’s love for her, it fights against the usual stigma that darker characters are unlovable and Hollywood’s preference for positive love interests. This normalisation of unhappy characters still being necessary to our lives can be heard in the lyrics, “She helped me find a different kind of love, made me feel like I was

Single Review: ‘Johnny’ by Swine Tax —

Newcastle band Swine Tax are back with their latest single, ‘Johnny’. Pre-Covid Swine Tax had performed on tour across Europe, notably ending with a show at Motel Mozaique festival, Rotterdam. Over the past 2 years the band have also performed alongside Working Men’s Club, Fontaines D.C as well as others. The second of a five track showcase, this latest release follows on from ‘Relax’, which portrayed similarly catchy rhythms but had a darker sound due to its lower pitch. The contrast between

Single Review: ‘Blackbird’ – Crying Beauty Queens

Composed of Jordan Price’s vocals and guitar, Alex Hurlstone’s bass and Paddy Murphy’s drums, Crying Beauty Queens have recently dropped their new track ‘Blackbird’. The band’s name is inspired by the 21st century era that the band has grown up in, claiming that it reflects those who are more inclined to complain than to try and make a change. Created in one sleepless night in Lancashire, the track was recorded with just 2 microphones and a laptop in Murphy’s stairwell – a very DIY approach to

News: Sophia Releases New Single, ‘Skin’

North East up-and-comer, Sophia, has just released her new single, ‘Skin’ – and it’s a stunner. Opening with a slow guitar riff, a calm tone is set before Sophia’s pop vocals take centre stage. The singer-songwriter worked on the track with Alfie Cattell (Moodbay) to help bring the electro-pop sound Sophia is starting her new chapter with. To do this, the track was created over zoom, a modern way of music-making in this ongoing pandemic. With powerful lyrics, ‘Skin’ explores the emotions of l

Amplified Analysis: Plastic Barricades' 'Self-Theories'

Alternative rock band Plastic Barricades are back with their new album, 'Self-Theories', which follows on from their 2017 LP, 'Mechanics of Life'. Always asking the melancholic questions, Plastic Barricades claim to “heal your wounds” through this album, making it clear that raw emotion and energy has been incorporated into the creation of the 11 tracks that make it up. Split between London and Paris, Plastic Barricades have a unique sound of underground music from around Europe but also heavy

Review: Swine Tax ‘Relax’ Single

Newcastle outfit Swine Tax have just released their new single, ‘Relax’. Produced by Barry Hyde of The Futureheads, who approached them after hearing them perform in Sunderland last year, ‘Relax’ is the first track to be released from their time in the studio together. Focusing on their hooks, Swine Tax take on the hard-rock genre by incorporating groovy bass and punk beats into their tracks – with ‘Relax’ being no exception. With a pop chorus contrasting their intense dance beats, ‘Relax’ bri

Review: Picnic – ‘Baby’ Single

Sunderland outfit Picnic are back with their brand new single, ‘Baby’. A track that immediately hits you with its loud and funky vocals, ‘Baby’ hooks the listener with its foot-tapping melody. Having performed alongside Little Comets and The Pale White, and having played at festivals such as Lindisfarne, Picnic had been keeping busy pre-pandemic. Despite this halt in performing, Picnic have continued to produce dancey tunes reminiscent of Paramore-gone-jazz. ‘Baby’ brings an upbeat and groovy

Review: The Redroom ‘Nostalgia’ Single

Local rock outfit, The Redroom, have released their debut single, ‘Nostalgia’ – and it’s a cracker. Recorded at Blast Recording Studios with the help of Oliver Cobb and up-and-comer Patrick Smyth, ‘Nostalgia’ is full of passion. Opening with a slow guitar, the powerful vocals of lead singer, Jessica Lewis-Ward, immediately take centre stage in the track. Remaining calm throughout, ‘Nostalgia’ describes the experience of young love with lyrics such as: “You give me Goosebumps” and “In nothing

Amplified Analysis: Alice Cooper and Halloween Special

As we approach Halloween, I decided it was necessary to discuss the artist whose tracks make the perfect Halloween playlist. For me, no cheesy playlist is complete without Alice Cooper - whether you want an element of spookiness to bring October to life or the perfect track to accompany your road trip, his groovy rhythms and haunting lyricism is perfect. Alice Cooper is always my go-to and as it’s halloween I thought it best to focus on the Alice Cooper tracks that make or break a halloween part

Chiara Baillie – Disappear single review

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Chiara Baillie has recently released her debut single, Disappear. Recorded at Eggman Studio’s in Fife, Baillie created a stripped-back sound by focusing solely on her vocals and subtly accompanying herself on guitar. With beautiful artwork by Kris Boyle, Baillie is shown in a beautiful sunrise-esque light with a distorted mirror effect. This imagery perfectly represents the softness that can be heard in Disappear. The perfect track for taking a moment to yourse

Album Review: 'Activity Book For The Depressed' by Amy Lou —

Released on Amy Lou’s 21st birthday, 'Activity Book For The Depressed' is simultaneously the artist’s debut album and their closing chapter. Created over the space of 6 years, the album was finally dropped by Wee Records Edinburgh on August 29th. Composed of 6 singles, the album opens with ‘Everything Will Be Fine’, a punky, moody and (in contrast to the rest of the album) upbeat tune where Amy Lou immediately pours their heart out to the listener. While the powerful and varied vocal range
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