UndergroundRock #9 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s two more awesome guitar-driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

Mantra – I Want

Since their formation in 2016, West London’s Mantra have mesmerized listeners with spellbinding melodies propelled by powerhouse riffs and thundering drums. Signing to Dine Alone Records (Alexisonfire, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional) for their I Want EP in 2017, Mantra’s infectious alt-rock has earned support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, and Amazing Radio.

Alongside performing with Jane’s Addiction, Radkey, and Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly’s band Little Matador, they have traveled to festivals such as SXSW, Reading and Leeds, and 2000 Trees. This has all set the stage for Mantra’s forthcoming debut album, Dreamland, recorded with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost, The Pixies) to intensify their explosive sonic prowess. – Spotify bio

Ripe & Ruin – GREED (animated)

Unlike the current hype and the musical “zero-culture” which revolves around the always same beats and irrelevant texts, Ripe & Ruin still rely on authenticity. –ripeandruinofficial

That’s all for now.

**For more amazing underground bands like the ones above, go check out the Spotify playlist below! Let me know which ones you like in the comment section.

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UndergroundRock #8 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s two more awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

Big Spring – Coming Down (Official Audio)

Big Spring is brothers’ Ollie (vocals) & Alex Loring (bass and vocals), Chris Steele (drums) and Jack Rowan (guitar), formed in 2015 out of Brighton, UK.

Big Spring has gained notoriety for their unique brand of alternative rock with crushing guitar riffs, catchy hooks and existential lyrics. bigspringmusicuk.com – Spotify bio

OTHERKIN – YEAH, I KNOW

“With the next chapter of the band, we felt the urge to change up our sound and make something a bit more dynamic, something fresh. So, we decided to take some elements of the tension, challenges and stress from the last few years and do something creative with it; music that feels new and exciting to us, that might surprise people and also confront our own expectations of what we can do. All that remains won’t be the same.” – OTHERKIN, January 2019 – Spotify bio

That’s all for now.

**For more amazing underground bands like the ones above, go check out the Spotify playlist below! Let me know which ones you like in the comment section.

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UndergroundRock #7 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s two more awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

Reuben – Moving To Blackwater

Straddling metal and hardcore punk, British trio Reuben began with Jamie Lenman and Jon Pierce, two friends who had been playing in bands together since they were 13. In 1998, they recruited drummer Jason Wilcox, formed a group called Angel, and began playing local shows and releasing demos. Wilcox left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Mark Lawton; the group would change its name to Reuben a year later. After Lawton decided to attend university, the band was again in search of a percussionist. Guy Davis moved from occasional fill-in to permanent member, and the trio released its first single, “Scared of the Police,” in March of 2002. The video for the song was picked up by MTV2, exposing Reuben to a nationwide audience and catapulting them into the spotlight. Despite this initial success, talks between Reuben and independent studios continually fell through — while they continued to release singles on a number of labels, they remained an unsigned band.

In the summer of 2003, Reuben self-financed and recorded their first album, Racecar Is Racecar Backwards, with the intent of releasing it on the Integrity label. Once again negotiations fell through, and only one single, “Stuck in My Throat,” was released through the company. The album was eventually released in July 2004 on Xtra Mile, an imprint of the band’s press agency and funded by SINE, an independent arm of Sony. Reuben spent the rest of the year on a headlining tour and returned to the studio at the beginning of 2005; their second album, Very Fast Very Dangerous, was released in September of the same year. It sold well, but not well enough for Sony to recoup its investment — the company decided not to allocate any more money to Xtra Mile, and Reuben were forced to leave the label.

Once again unsigned, the band decided to embark on a new project — an independent film chronicling life in an underground rock band. Filmed while the bandmembers were playing shows, rehearsing, recording, and even while working their day jobs, the finished DVD was sold while Reuben embarked on another tour in February 2007. Upon the tour’s completion, the band set up its own label, Hideous Records, and sold both the DVD and an EP via its website. Reuben’s third album, In Nothing We Trust, was released in the summer of 2007. ~ Katherine Fulton, Rovi – Spotify bio

Blabpipe – Moongoat

Blabpipe is an all-original American Rock band from the New England area. This rock trio has been everywhere: Ray (guitars/vocals) Sean (bass) Greg (drums) Blabpipe’s self-produced, indie albums are: 6 Pack, Avalanche, Gen X and the newly released ‘Idle Hands’. Rock on! – Spotify bio

That’s all for now.

**For more amazing underground bands like the ones above, go check out the Spotify playlist below! Let me know which ones you like in the comment section.

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UndergroundRock #6 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s two more awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

Stare at the Sun

Song: Stare at the Sun

Artist: Ian Madden, Joshua M Rosenblatt, Kevin Cliver

Album: Revent

Released on: 2008-01-01

After doing a pretty good deep-dive, I still can’t find much info on this awesome, underground band. Here’s their band pg on bandcamp: Revent on Bandcamp

Kevin Cliver (Bass Guitar)
Ian Madden (Vocals, Guitar, Piano)
and Josh Rosenblatt (Drums, Percussion)

I encourage everyone to go listen to the whole album. It’s been a favorite of mine for years.

Middle Class Rut – New Low (Official Video)

Formed in Sacramento, California in 2006, indie rock outfit Middle Class Rut are a passionate and urgent duo featuring vocalist/guitarist Zack Lopez and vocalist/drummer Sean Stockham. Lopez and Stockham had previously played together in the Dreamworks-signed Leisure, which split in 2003. A national tour in 2007 drew some attention and the band’s single, “New Low,” began receiving local radio airplay. In 2008, Lopez and Stockham signed to the Bright Antenna label and released two EPs. In 2010, Middle Class Rut released their full-length debut, No Name No Color. A second album, Pick Up Your Head, followed in 2013. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi – Spotify bio

That’s all for now.

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UndergroundRock #5 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody!

It’s a blast from the past with two more awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out – both from the late 80’s, early 90’s!

Underground rock (blast from the past edition)

These are two bands I loved listening to back in the 90’s. I think they both flew under the radar, which is a shame.

Check them out, see what you think!

Redd Kross – “Jimmy’s Fantasy” (1993)

Redd Kross’s song “Jimmy’s Fantasy” is from the album “Phaseshifter”.

Redd Kross is an American alternative rock/punk rock band from Hawthorne, California, who had their roots in 1978 in a punk rock band called the Tourists, which was started by brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald while Steve was still in middle school. With the addition of friends Greg Hetson and John Stielow on drums, the band’s first gig was opening for Black Flag. –Wikipedia

Red Siren – All Is Forgiven  (1989)

Siren’s one & only album “All Is Forgiven” was the First Album of a major record label that was Totally Digitally Mastered on digital hard drive.

The band consisted of Kristin Massey (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, etc.), Robert Haas (Lead Guitar, Keyboards, etc.), Gregg Potter (Drums) & Jon Brant (Bass)

It’s too bad that they disbanded after just 1 album because I owned the vinyl ‘Siren’ debut album and it totally rocked! They later changed their name (after the album was already released) to Red Siren.

For more craziness, check out redsirenband.com

That’s all for now.

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UndergroundRock #4 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s two more awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

Spring King – Us Vs Them (Lyric Video)

Manchester-based indie group Spring King initially began in 2012 as a solo vehicle for producer Tarek Musa. His fiery garage pop recordings soon became the work of a full band as he enlisted Peter Darlington, James Green, and Andy Morton, all of whom attended high school together. Their first single “Mumma/Mumma, Pt. II” was released by the Transgressive label in early 2014, followed later that year by their debut EP, Demons.

By the spring of 2015, Spring King had signed with the Handsome Dad label and were enjoying critical acclaim as well as support from the BBC. Following an American tour with a stop at SXSW, they toured with Courtney Barnett back in the U.K. and Europe in support of their follow-up EP, They’re Coming After You, featuring the single “City.”

In 2016, Spring King unveiled their debut album, Tell Me If You Like To. It featured a few of their previously released singles, including “City” and “Who Are You,” alongside a number of new tracks. They spent the following year promoting the record with a nationwide tour before returning to the studio to write and record their sophomore effort. The second album — A Better Life — arrived in mid-2018. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi – Spotify bio

The Violet May – “Bright or Better”

The Violet May are an English 6-piece rock act from Sheffield, England.

Formed in early 2009, The Violet May quickly earned a reputation for their wild live shows and were named by Alan McGee in The Guardian as one of his “Top 15 Tips for 2010”. Wikipedia

That’s all for now.

**For more amazing underground bands like the ones above, go check out the Spotify playlist below! Let me know which ones you like in the comment section.

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UndergroundRock #3 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s two more awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

VANT – KARMA SEEKER (Official Video)

After only a handful of gigs Vant (Mattie Vant) attracted the cheque books of every major label executive in the country. Parlophone, who started the frenzy, eventually landed Mattie’s signature & kick-started a whirlwind two-year journey from five consecutive BBC R1 Hottest Record(s) & an acclaimed debut (Dumb Blood) to main stage festival appearances at Fuji Rock, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, Reading & Leeds, Best Kept Secret, Øya and Pukklepop.

Striking out on his own Mattie spent the following summer in LA gathering material for what would become his polarizing, second record Conceived in the Sky. Like the climate, Mattie’s sound had been radicalized. Reinstating himself as the DIY solo artist he once was, the hip-hop inspired, sample infused sophomore effort confused & delighted his fanbase in equal amounts.

35 million streams, support slots with multiple sold-out headline tours later the world was put on hold. Mattie took refuge in his studio, finally realizing an idea he had only flirted with in the past; writing, performing & producing an album entirely on his own. Extinction Ballads is a lo-fi classic & his most personal record to date. – Spotify bio

Fizzy Blood – JANUARY SUN

Live is home for FIZZY BLOOD. Drummer Jake Greenway and bassist Ciaran Scanlon are a powerhouse, even down to their facial expressions, effortlessly switching from a full throttled, ear shattering sonic backbone to an infectious, groove-ridden pulse. Vocalist Benji Inkley oozes charm with his Josh Homme-inspired croons, and his counterparts Tim Malkin (keys & guitars) and Paul Howells (guitars) showcase incredible attention to detail in their blistering musicianship. This is just a glimpse into the many reasons why FIZZY BLOOD have catapulted to the forefront of British DIY rock. Live highlights include tours alongside While She Sleeps, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Arcane Roots, Spring King, alongside last year’s The Great Escape, Download, 2000 Trees and Reading & Leeds festivals.

There’s method behind Fizzy Blood’s madness. Guitarist and songwriter Paul Howells’s ability to capture a relatable yet erratic inner monologue, and then presenting it in a polished song package is astonishing. Animals was written from his experiences of verbal abuse whilst working as a street fundraiser. ADHD was written about his experiences of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the age of 21. Summer Of Luv was written in a Super 8 Motel when the band were in Texas for SXSW, capturing hot, desert landscapes in sonic form. Pawn is an anthem of frustration towards the cut-throat music industry. These aren’t songs for the sake of writing songs, this is honesty. – Spotify bio

That’s all for now.

**For more amazing underground bands like the ones above, go check out the Spotify playlist below! Let me know which ones you like in the comment section.

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UndergroundRock #2 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s two more awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

MAYPINE – Repair / Replace (Official Music Video)

Since their formation at the start of 2017, MAYPINE have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting alt-rock bands in the UK scene.

Their successful debut EP ‘In The Back of My Mind’, released in August 2017, received excellent reviews from a myriad of outlets; most prominently Rock Sound who said “MAYPINE could be your new favorite pop-punk band”

Following a change of direction, MAYPINE released “Bend/Break” in July 2018 to great acclaim, with all 4 tracks receiving radio airplay from the likes of Radio 1, Kerrang Radio and BBC Introducing.

Having shared stages with names such as Silverstein, As It Is, Dream State, ROAM and Hail the Sun, MAYPINE look to continue their success with brand new singles ‘Roosevelt’ and ‘Repair / Replace’. – Spotify bio

The Pale White – That Dress

In a musical landscape that continues to proudly proclaim the death of modern rock music, The Pale White have consistently proved that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hailing from Newcastle in the UK, the three-piece containing brothers Adam and Jack Hope and friend Tom Booth, have spent the last few years fanning the flames of a rapidly growing and loyal fan base. Breaking out of their home town with appearances at prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury Festival and Reading and Leeds, whispers of their energetic and impassioned live performances have begun spreading across the UK and Europe, which has seen crowds fall for their thunderous and unapologetically anthemic take on rock music. Further bolstered by seal of approval support slots from modern rock figureheads such as Foals, Sam Fender, The Amazons, The Libertines and Twin Atlantic, it’s just a matter of time before a mainstream audience proclaims them their own. 

Teaming up with acclaimed producer Jolyon Thomas (Royal Blood, U2, Slaves), the bands anticipated debut album ‘Infinite Pleasure’ is set for release on April 23rd. The album includes latest singles “Take Your Time”, “Glue”, “Confession Box” and a rework of their 2016 demo “That Dress” which have seen the band usher in a new chapter. – Spotify bio

That’s all for now.

**For more amazing underground bands like the ones above, go check out the Spotify playlist below! Let me know which ones you like in the comment section.

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UndergroundRock #1 – Bands You Need To Hear

Hi everybody! Here’s three awesome guitar driven rock bands for you to check out. Check them out, see what you think!

Fangclub – Hesitations

NME have recently stated that “Fangclub are a fully formed thrash pop monster; melodic, frenzied and phenomenal. ….Fangclub are the Big Boys in the bomb bay.” Steven King (guitar and vocals) & Kevin Keane (bass) were school friends and spent their teens playing in bands in North Dublin. The pair met Dara Coleman (drums) at a house party show. The debut album was released in 2017 to glowing reviews with the band themselves calling it “A love letter to our favourite bands”.

The self-titled album was chock-full of raw yet melodic tracks that took their cue from the loud/quiet aesthetic of . It charted at no.5 and received a nomination for Choice Prize Album Of The Year. On the live circuit, Fangclub have supported , , , , , , , , ,  while also cutting their own teeth on headline tours & festivals. More recently the band supported  across Europe, flew home in the middle of the tour to support  at Slane Castle & then flew back to finish  tour. New Album  Out Now. – Spotify bio

Darlia – Stars Are Aligned

Hailing from Blackpool, U.K., delinquents Natan Day (vocals, guitar) and Davey Williams (bass) formed Darlia while working as cleaners at the high school they had just attended. Day and Williams worked their way through drummers. However, once a record deal was on the horizon, the band drafted long time school friend Jack Bentham into the band.

Their first release, 2013’s Knock Knock EP, earned the trio praise across the board. The group issued their second EP, Candyman, at the beginning of 2014, with the lead track becoming Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on his BBC Radio 1 show.

The trio headed out to tour the U.K. — with dates at all the major festivals including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and T in the Park — while the singles “Dear Diary” and “Stars Are Aligned” also appeared that year. Darlia headed into the studio to record a mini album at the end of 2014, and the resulting Petals was released in February 2015.

After touring Australia, Germany, Japan, the band underwent another line up change – a new drummer, and a lead guitarist – Micko Larkin of Courtney Love, often described by Day as a “guitar wizard”. The band met Larkin to produce an EP, however he quickly joined the band. – Spotify bio

Fall From Sanity – Dawn

Fall From Sanity is a progressive rock band based out of Burlington, Vermont. The band is made up of Blair Shedd (Vocals), Matthew Sicard (Guitar), Anthony Girelli (Drums), and Sean Dollar (Bass). The group formed in late February of 2019 just before the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although they were unable to rehearse or write as a group, they decided to experiment with a remote writing/recording process to create new songs while in quarantine. Each section was recorded separately in each of their home studios, and then consolidated and mixed/mastered by their drummer, Anthony Girelli (Girelli Melodies). The entire album (Fall From Sanity) was created using this style of remote song writing. – Spotify bio

That’s all for now.

For more amazing underground bands like the ones above, go check out the Spotify playlist below! Let me know which ones you like in the comment section.

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Underground Rock

Hope everyone’s having a rocking great day!

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Get your underground rock tune on the following Spotify playlist. Just listen, follow then drop the song info (link) to your masterpiece in the comment section below.

I’ll check it out and make it happen!

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