Quick Fire Reviews: August Edition
Check out our quick fire reviews of the freshest new tracks from North East acts this month!
Shields – Evidence
Experimental synth-rock outfit Shields make a long-awaited and triumphant return with their fresh new single Evidence that rings, rocks and grooves from all angles. With lashings of feel-good funk, heaving guitar melodies and even some ingenious use of cowbells, this tune outrageously demands some nifty dance moves from unwitting listeners (which are guaranteed to be delivered on). And while we keep spinning this track on repeat we are hyped to see what these happy-go-lucky chaps from Newcastle have up their sleeves next, big things if this tune is anything to go by!
Set Your Sights – Hold On
As punk-rock ballads go this latest release by Middlesbrough trio Set Your Sights is a truly enjoyable feat. Despite the often clichéd theme of heart-break, the tantalizing rock rhythm, hefty guitar riffs and toe-tap-inducing drums give it nice twist while the soaring vocals bring a raw power that will make you want to hold on until the very end. The band’s wealth of experience really shows and is only matched by their highly energetic and upbeat live shows, during which this track is sure to become a firm favourite.
FEVA – Uneasy
With their biggest headline show to date looming, this latest release by scorching-hot rockers FEVA is bound to sway any stragglers and convince them to get hold of the last few tickets. A potent drum beat immediately gets the blood pumping and your feet stomping as front man Sam’s powerful vocals get your spine tingling. But as you’d expect from the boisterous Newcastle four-piece, a fierce chorus quickly takes hold and immediately makes you want to join in with the infectious chorus shouting “Uneasy” as you bounce around in a frenzy. Even after the half way mark the epic riffs and roaring vocals keep on attacking in a kind of rock-avalanche making this a strong contender for a big old mosh at one of their full-force live shows. Nothing to be uneasy about at all!
Twist Helix – Graphite
Ahead of releasing their highly anticipated 2nd album on October 5th, electro-rock trio Twist Helix have dropped their latest single ‘Graphite’. A haunting post-apocalyptic intro sets the scene before the track takes off like a rocket into its punchy chorus full of bold and boisterous drums and synthy melodies. Lead singer Bea’s vocals are more fierce than ever, brimming with resolute anger about a dark and uncertain future, yet balanced perfectly by a spine-tingling interlude. Even if you struggle to catch the lyrics at first listen, the passion behind the song really hits hard and once again shows Twist Helix’s resolute desire to write peppy electro-pop full of gravity and meaning.
Split Sentence – Thanks For Nothing
Huge riffs and intense in-your-face vocals make this brand new single from North East trio Split Sentence a force to reckon with. Despite the torment-driven theme, the melody has a fantastic upbeat punk-pop groove that hooks instantly while the roaring vocal harmonies are sure to get a crowd rallied up when played live. The band’s energy resonates throughout and sets our expectations high for their upcoming EP ‘First Instance’ due for release on the 15th of September. Keep an eye on these guys, you can thank us later!
Sam Fender – Dead Boys
Writing a song with a message as poignant (yet often unspoken) as male suicide and then pairing it with a hooking melody that keeps a listener’s interest peaked throughout seems a nigh impossible task. Yet Sam Fender’s song-writing skill once again blows all of our minds by effortlessly creating a song as beautiful and profound as Dead Boy. It all starts delicately with a steady, haunting beat while Sam’s stunning crystal-clear vocals deliver observational truths that compel you to listen, feel and potentially shed a tear or ten. But as if to signify a conquering change of tides the 2nd half of the track suddenly intensifies in tempo and urgency, adding heavy layers of guitars and drums that perfectly round off this stunning track full of emotion and tenacity that may even change some lives.
Echolines – Ready Player One
With seemingly boundless energy and dedication, North-East rockers Echolines are following up their 2016 album with the release of a brand-new 4-track EP ‘EP1’ which also features super-charged track ‘Ready Player One’. And with a title like that it comes as no surprise that retro-synth tones provide a delightful soundscape to the otherwise punchy punk-rock melodies and powerful vocals in this tune - all while the band seemingly battle their way through various digital universes and game scenarios that are sure to provide a fantastic throwback for many. An absolute winner of a feel-good rock tune.
Social Room – Brightstar
Mighty Sunderland Indie-rockers Social Room have just released their brand new EP ‘Brightstar’ which also features this title track of the same name. And what better way to open a track than a triumphant brass assembly that swiftly leads into an solid indie rock rhythm. Front-man Matty’s stunning rasping vocals deliver swaggering lines that show the clear influence from ever-popular brit-pop bands, yet without any overabundance of arrogance. The fluently rocking groove builds throughout and somehow lets the chorus sweep by without any massive furore, but you’ll still find yourself bopping along by the end. A brightly twinkling tune in a sky full of indie anthems.