Artist: Like A Motorcycle
Song: “Satan Does the Numbers”
Claustrophobically energetic pop punk with a hectic post-alternative streak, “Satan Does the Numbers” is a punchy ripper from Haligonian foursome Like A Motorcycle. Meandering melodic guitars, breathless gang vocals, and a persistent hammering rhythm section come together in a grand catchy ear worm of a single.
Artist: The Brummies
“Sunshine” sounds exactly as its name promises. Bright, sunny, and shimmering, this single from Nashville-based The Brummies brings precisely what you’d hope from a warm summer’s day of a tune. Lush and lazy guitars, easy-going lilting vocals, hazy synth swells, and a genuinely snap-along, smoothly danceable groove make for a wholesome feel-good bop.
Song: “The Gray”
Album/EP: Transitional Forms
Frantic and capitulating metalcore with flashes of melodic and speedfreak subgenre flavours of metal, “The Gray” is a thoughtful, cerebral piece behind the teeth-gritting vocals and wailing discordant guitar chords. Thrashing drums drop away to frequently neck-snapping breakdowns, before flipping back to blood-pumping tempo spikes.
Artist: Natalie Claro
Album/EP: Selfish Topics
Rapid-fire vocals and skittering instrumentals that scamper to keep up lay down a head-spinning pace in this flowing, climaxing alt tune from Nashville’s Natalie Claro. With lyrics that pour out like a heart-felt journal entry and a dramatic mid-song breakdown that takes a moment to breathe fire before clawing back to its original furious clip, “Discomposure” certainly spans a gamut of relatable, undeniably passionate emotion in its 3ish minute runtime.
Artist: Serpent Servant Slave
Song: “Whatchu Doin’ Wanting More?”
A thick melting pot of electronica, alt rock, goth, and industrial come together in Serpent Servant Slave’s “Whatchu Doin’ Wanting More?” This smorgasbord of a song presents thrumming beats, echoing vocals, invasively catchy-yet-abrasive beats, and ethereal fluttering synths in a homogenous, spinning blitz of a single. The inspirations are nearly dizzying as the disparate parts galvanize into this commanding work.