Curated by DJ Astrocreep
Welcome back to a slightly belated Singles Club feature. We’ve taken a bit of extra time to curate this edition, receiving a bumper, almost 700 total submissions,
Let’s start with some murder folk, shall we? Amigo The Devil is back and it’s ‘Murder At The Bingo Hall’ that he’s indulging in now (well, at least he’s not slaughtering anyone at the Singles Club – Monk). A melodic, laidback approach to murder folk with his customary tongue in cheek humour – the perfect way to kick off this feature!
Brad Marino is looking to ‘Even The Score’ in his latest garage rock effort, bringing us back to the kind of garage rock the Rolling Stones have made such a long and storied career out of! Rock n roll at its most enjoyable.
Canadian punks Belvedere have a rather catchy number out as they go on an ‘Elephant March’ with their melodic punk rock! Sounding like the bastard offspring of Rise Against and uh… The Offspring, it’s a real show of intent!
Bloody Hell have been steadily building a reputation for their NWoBHM approach to classic metal, shown perfectly in new track ‘In The Night We Burn’. Riffs, melody, passion – enjoy!
Norwegian metallers Dark Delirium have to confess with their latest single, they’re a ‘Slave To Darkness’, as their blackened metal shows with growling vocals and riffs to burn, with hints of progressiveness and symphony lurking below their dank, pervasive darkness.
Gojira just seem to be going strength to strength and latest single ‘Amazonia’ – with the proceeds helping indigenous Amazonians – slaps so hard you’ll wake up again just in time for our next Singles Club feature! Groovy prog metal at its finest!
The Late Aprils are brewing up a ‘Hurricane’ with their latest single, weaving a tale both musically and verbally with their alt-punk sensibilities. Melodic hooks, talent across the board and an ability to earworm bodes well for this upcoming act!
London’s Fightmilk are quickly building a reputation, demonstrated perfectly in ‘Overbite’ as they blend a post-punk overarch into some rather gorgeous melodic punk!
Neumatic Parlo are giving is a ‘Real Insight’ into their inner workings with this latest dreamy psych-pop song. The upbeat melodies betray what are rather gloomy lyrics, giving us a strong sense of songwriting ability to match the audio.
Let’s go heavier again, with Worm Shepherd‘s ‘Chasm Dweller’. A blackened death metal track that interweaves both breakdown and melody into their cacophonous roar, creating a juxtaposition they tread with seemingly no issues!
Vexed are doing an excellent job of building stronger and stronger at the moment, with their musical ‘Epiphany’ being a blend of exciting alt-metal that could see them rise to the level of Jinjer or Whitechapel, with excellent vocals – both rough and smooth – meshed into high technical ability. They look like they could hit a major high in the not so distant future!
Something a bit more hardcore now, as Shevils are ‘Wet Soaking Wet’, with the Oslo crossover act making a hell of a wall of noise in this latest track. Plenty of power, passion and energy combine into something that’ll make you want to jump out your seat and have a rather loud yell along!
Saudia Arabian proggers Songs Of Petrichor are going all ‘Nomad’ with this debut single, combining an Oriental sounding grunge track with some highly melodic prog rock into something different sounding, some achievement given how saturated the prog circuit is!
From the far east to the far west now, as Blackberry Smoke return to the Club to say ‘Hey Delilah’ with their southern rock sensibilities combining their customary melodic rock sound to a rather gorgeous sounding, country-infused arc that’ll get your foot tapping and head nodding along before you even realise it.
Beebe Gallini are looking out for their ‘Little Sister’ in this doozy of a track, showcasing a garage rock ‘n’ roll vibe that would fit seamlessly alongside some of the greats of the ’50s and ’60s without feeling too decadent or out of place.
From there into something a touch different as Squid are going ‘Paddling’ in their second single from their forthcoming debut release. A Tubeway Army-inspired approach to the new wave of post-punk we seem to be getting at the moment and a very welcome one at that – there is something about this song that you just can’t seem to shake!
For our penultimate track, we have something a little bit different in world renowned composer Kitt Wakeley‘s ‘Symphony of Sinners & Saints’, featuring Joe Satriani, as they feel ‘Conflicted’. A tale of the war between devil and saints, it’s an orchestral rock song that is just begging to wedge itself deep inside your brain.
Finally for this instalment, it’s time to return to ÜR’s roots and chill out with viA fAntAsticA, who play us out with an electronic Italo-disco inspired track and invite us to ‘Meet Me At Sidoli’s’, a café in Porthcawl and a previously slightly unlikely place to encounter some musical inspiration – no longer!
Well, that’s your lot for this latest iteration of the Singles Club. Yet again, we’ve drunk the pumps dry and the optics are running low, so it’s time to neck the dregs and feck off to listen to the rain falling on the windows and dream of better days ahead… We hope you agree that it has been another eclectic collection, and that you found something to tickle your earbuds and drive you to explore some new musical horizons. Until next week, when the bossman will once again don his cloak of blackness and take his place behind the death decks for a special celebration of some of the best talent the ÜK has to offer at the moment, keep ‘er lit, keep ‘er between the hedges and #StayTheFuckSafe!
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