Idiosyncratic non-conformist Meg Myers released her LP, “Sorry”, in September 2015. An alternative/indie rock artist exhibiting thick grunge influence along with the occasional hint of electronic, she delivers some very unique tunes. I wouldn’t be in too much of a shock if 1995 Chris Cornell had borrowed Marty McFly’s Delorean and popped in to help Myers construct her LP.
Catchy choruses are a common theme, brandishing vocals pushed nearly to the breaking point, emotional and dour. They mix well with the punk-esque guitar and drums, further fleshing out the sound.
“Sorry” is a satirically apologetic anthem. A slight build detonates into the chorus, slowing down again, the inconsistent tempo making for a mesmerizing 3 minutes and 56 seconds. “Make a Shadow” grabs you fro the get-go with simple guitar strumming joined by soft lyrics. A few drum taps are followed by a slight pause- and the guitar crashes back as Myers reappears with weighted down vocals, soaring through the chorus. The vocal velocity makes this track a stand out, very different than “A Bolt From The Blue”, which is more electronic and radio-friendly; it’s a less complex love song with simple lyrics.
Meg Myers is the music industry’s translation of Breakfast Club basket-case meets Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey. Her LP is quirky and a bit haunting, a good listen overall.
The first track I came across from Heavy Metal was “Tongue Tied”, which somewhat resembles 80’s British alternative rock. I played it for my mom in the kitchen while she was cooking dinner one night, and as she ran back and forth between her nearly-finished dishes, she asked, “Isn’t this older?” The news that Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Heart’s album had dropped in the same year came as a slight shock, which is understandable considering the band’s more genuine music, heavily influenced by classic rock. The main vocals are relaxed, with background voices occasionally chirping in to add clean layers of harmony. Miles Nielson and the Rusted hearts have constructed an album with a stripped-down sound, free from any filler noises or pseudo-deep lyrics.
Nielsen lived his post-divorce life on the road with his band, engaging in musical therapy. Rather than bearing all to any counselors or psychologists, he put in in his music – the tumultuous nature of human relationships once again spinning straw into gold for a brokenhearted member of the music industry. The band’s music seems to present an overall a sunny outlook on life with this album placing a slight emphasis on the overcast moments. This album is great for anyone with a gently used heart, happy heart, or just a beating heart.
Released in July 2016, here’s a gem from Harrison Broome’s new EP. 🙂
New Orleans is known for spicy cuisine and soulful music, making it a fitting birthplace for the Revivalists: a seven-member band whose music has a bit of zest and soul itself. Their most recent album, Men Amongst Mountains, is an amalgam of different sounds that falls in the catch-all category of alt rock. Not unlike a pot of Louisiana gumbo, the music has a thick texture packed with guitar, drums, trumpets, and saxophones, simmering in mid-tempo sentiment.
Occasionally, as in “Bulletproof”, the tempo picks up and hits boiling point. I’d say a few secret ingredients (like a tinge of Latin) had been tossed into the mix to keep it interesting. This is a feat surely accomplished as the blues-influenced rock band melds soul with folk and adds a light layer of funk.
No track is too similar to another, emphasizing different elements of the band’s sound. “Need you” is a smooth, slower R&B tune, while they opted for a stress on funk in “Stand Up”. By far the most gritty and bold is “All in the Family”. As well as diversity, the revivalists have mastered slow builds. A prime example of this is “Amber”. Opening mild and soft, it quickly picks up, and the crescendo hits towards the end similar to how I’d imagine the iceberg smacked into the titanic-although, it’s a bit of a more pleasant occurrence. The song spirals into a chaotic cacophony of instruments, the vocals ringing through in an attempt to reassure Amber that she will, in fact, make it through the fight.
The Revivalists deliver an authentic, rootsy sound that can be enjoyed by everyone, from angst-y high school students to their hankie-wielding grandmas.
It’s easy once they’re lifeless! Although members of the Brisbane band “The Ninjas” shouldn’t have much trouble picking up women, considering they’ve already won the heart of Cara Delevingne. As well as mine, although stealing my heart won’t get them mentioned in Rolling Stone Australia… that was Cara’s doing. Tap the link below to check out the song, along with four other tracks the Australians of Rolling Stone think are worth 3 to 4 minutes of your time.
Immediately following my thumb’s tapping on their newest single, “Morphine”, were goosebumps down my left leg. When I get goosies on my left leg, I know I’ve found the gold mine. Or at least something worth listening to… The Ninjas are an indie rock band consisting of five unsigned Aussies, who know what they’re doing. ‘Morphine’ has a bit of a different sound than their usual material, although it is of no lesser quality(actually, it’s my personal favorite). This group consists of arguably below-the-radar iconoclasts with a sound similar to that of post-punk revival bands such as the White Stripes or the Strokes. If you need me I can be found sitting on the couch biting my fingernails waiting for a full album release.