By DJ Astrocreep

Back to the Singles Club it is, where lockdown may still be in place but there’s still plenty of booze and tunes to keep us all occupied. It’s DJ Astrocreep back on the decks of doom, here to wash away all your gloom….. or something. Let’s get to the music anyway, with another bumper submissions list – there’s a reason I’m not a stand up comedian!

And where best to start it than with one of the more ecelctic things we received recently, as Boy Danger (with some help from Delilah Bon, aka the alter-ego of Hands Off Gretel’s Lauren Tate) tell us about ‘The Downfall’, as he brings us a Nine Inch Nails-meets-Linkin Park-type track. Harsh industrial sounds meet some serious bars being spat – good way to introduce yourself!

Matt Boroff may well be a name familiar to some of our avid readers, given he’s been around a long while and he’s back now with latest track ‘Future Crimes’, which could well be a fitting soundtrack for a dystopian cyberpunk thriller!

Broken Calling are talking (well, shouting) for ‘Redemption’ from the rooftops, on their latest melodic metal single. A positive mental attitude mixed up with quick riffs, plenty of in your face aggression and a no bullshit attitude!

Keeping it on the heavy end, we have Glaswegian death metallers Godeater, as the blackened ‘You Are No Exception’ is a heavy mesh of riffs, guitar hooks and gutteral screams!

KnightressM1 are another act that have something a bit different – a violinist-vocalist is one way to do that, as they bring a gothic metal goodness to this Singles Club with their latest single ‘Butterfly’:

Time for a debut single now, as Maya Lakhani provides some soft vocals over a gothic rock type backing with ‘The Line’ – a capably written track that bodes very well for her future in music.

Some more experimental electronic stuff now, as Shark Varnish, a Finnish extreme duo, release ‘Kyto’, the final chapter of their debut album ‘Kyto’, with a rather ethereal close to what has been at times brutal and aggressive, showing a diverse approach to songwriting whlie still encapsulating a feel of a whole.

Time for a bit of a breather then, as slowcore specialists Honey Lung have a soft, melodic showgaze new track out in ‘Room’. A gentle track that leaves me in mind of lieing back on a gentle expanse of water on something inflatable, relaxing in the sun.

Less Than Jake are back propping up the bar for the second time this month, with their ever energetic punk-ska approach, as they declare they will keep playing on ‘Anytime and Anywhere’ on their latest single!

We keep things in the punk vibe, with northeast newcomers LoGOz, who are inviting us to undergo a ‘Digital Detox’ with their latest slice of schizofrantic melodica (their words, not ours), and a rather tasty little bar snack it is too…

Molly And The Krells are another group of Club regulars, and the Sydney four piece back with another punk rock masterclass. ‘Expectations’ strikes me as another Distillers -ike punk track with a more polished vocal harmony.

Keeping it Antipodean, Avalanche are telling us – rather harshly, in my opinion – to ‘Get Back (To Fuckwit City)’ in another slice of rock ‘n’ roll in a manner that is befitting for what we would expect from arena-filling Aussie artists.

JJ Wilde visits the Club for the first time to talk revenge on ‘Mercy’, her latest blues-fuelled hard rock track which both harkens back to some of the more psych-orientated bands of the ’60s and ’70s without ever sounding dated or losing her blues roots.

It’s time for some Ruff Majik now, as the South African sludge ‘n’ rollers once again grace our pages with another fuzz-filled, acid trip of a psych-rock track that manages to come across similar to Black Sabbath’s ‘Hand of Doom’, had Ozzy managed to add a melodic edge to his wail and warbling.

Regent tell us there is ‘No Going Back’ on their latest track which seems to owe as much to alt-grungers Soundgarden and Nirvana as maybe some of the heavier end of the blues rock spectrum!

it wouldn’t be a Singles Club feature written by me without some sort of prog in there and TesseracT’s Daniel Tompkins has released the perfect track for me to keep to form in that regard, with album title track ‘Ruins’. A soft, almost gentle verse structure into an almost post-rock chorus with intricate musical and vocal melodies interweaved throughout mean this was a very easy inclusion!

We have our final pick now and it’s last orders at the bar – a perfect time for this little ditty, as Knomad Spock has just released his debut single ‘Papillon’, a folk-blues little number that makes both for easy listening and relaxing to as the harmony-filled, uplifting butterfly-based track would attest to.

Well, that’s your lot for this 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 enjoy what’s left of this Sunday afternoon sunshine. 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 time, when the boss man will be staging another breakout from the monastery to once again take his place behind the death decks, keep ‘er lit, keep ‘er between the hedges and #StayTheFuckSafe!

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