Posts Tagged ‘Grunge Pop’

Dublin based ‘Grunge Pop’ band Otherkin wear the influences pretty obviously on their sleeves, vocalist David Anthonys swagger bares instant similarities to Julian Casablancas but writing them off as a Strokes rip-off would be unfair. Tight guitar riffs, catchy baselines and earworm choruses show skill and insight beyond their years.

This young band from Dublin doesn’t seem the slightest bit concerned. Otherkin are a quartet that makes no-nonsense, two-to-three-minute garage rock/punk tracks born for rock radio. If this were 2004, they’d be gracing the cover of every rock zine. Otherkin released their mouth-watering debut album, OK, via Rubyworks last year, and hopefully 2018 is the year the ‘Kin play in the states. They’re in their true element when they play live, particularly frontman Luke Reilly, who’s one of the finest crowd-surfers you’ll ever see.

Members: David Anthony / Luke Reilly / Rob Summons / Conor Andrew Wynne

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Following in a long line of bands from the steel city of Sheffield, Singer/guitarist Ben Thompson and drummer Lew Currie,  calling themselves Nai Harvest. If you heard last years “Buttercups” single, or the “Hold Open Your Head” EP, you’ll know that they’re equally at home making indie rock, garage punk and feedback laden-grunge, the pair are back with a new single, “Sick on My Heart” , ahead of a new album due out 28th April ‘Hairball’, on Topshelf Records.

“Sick on my Heart” blasts into life, full of attitude and this sprawling mass of guitar noise and garage punk aesthetic, drums driving things on. Although its roots are in pop music, what with the sort of sing along chorus that wouldnt be out of place on the voice, its messy, soaked in echo and kicked through a wall of feedback and through Sub Pops back catalogue, just in case it wasn’t brilliant enough already.

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More melodic grunge comes along from Darlia ‘I’ve never been to Ohio’ Darlia has moved on to their latest release from ‘Candyman’ EP and its another crowd pleasing song, I really love this band and frontman Nathan Day is so charasmatic

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Bay Area bred band Happy Diving as one of our Best New Artists of the year and “Big World” was a huge part of that. Splashed with humid riffs and bright melodies, Happy Diving’s sound is beautifully bittersweet; a marriage of power and pretty reminiscent of Ovlov and Tony Molina. “Big World” is a must hear sludge pop record that’ll have you singing along to some of life’s most disappointing and unnerving moments. Adding more body and oomph to their sound, producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Whirr) took all of HD’s bubbling energy, potential, and power oozing out of their EP and doubled-down on it all, channeling it into a stunning debut full of heavy, unrelenting guitars that will pound your head into your intestines.

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