We are just catching up with reviews during this COVID-19 downtime. So here is the first 2020 singles round-up. Look for the next one very soon. These five tracks feature an eclectic mix of bands, one of which we have featured before. Enjoy!
“Kick” – Spanish Love Songs
A wonderful slice of power pop with great punk undertones. Speaking of Undertones I can hear a similar tonal quality in Dylan Slocum’s voice to that of Feargal Sharkey. This LA-based five-piece has influences from the likes of Blink 182, but they are also very much their own band. From this song alone I am now a fan!
“In Your Eyes” – Walking On Mountains
Deep, dark, emotional rock from one of Sheffield’s finest current generation of bands. Powerfully soaring vocals from Davy Jones and a heartfelt counterpoint voice. The riffs are huge and the softer moments ooze feeling too. This is definitely a band to keep an eye on!
“Deranged” – Sex Cells
Reminiscent of early Human League and a wonderfully bonkers percussion-heavy synth track. The bass line drives right through your body and realigns your heart rate to its incessant beat. I challenge you to listen to this and not move your body, you will fail! I love this tune!
“Ghost” – Moodbay
Manchester duo released another classy single, “Ghost” earlier this year. Wonderful 21st Century R & B with a magnificently chilled, jazzy feel. Anna’s vocals are sultry and soulful. This track would work well on a chill-out soundtrack but also as a decent dance tune. I have reviewed Moodbay before and they just get better and better!
“Your Band” – Leather Party
At times it feels like this is just bass and vocals, but there is a dark underbelly of fucked-up Adam and the Ants style drums. That is possibly the heaviest deepest bass sound I have heard in a while. They come over like a cross between the Velvet Underground and the Jesus And Mary Chain with extra added weirdness. This is a great track but way too short.
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