Those awesome lads from Amy recently sent us their EP, ‘Retro’, and, quite simply, it’s superb. ‘Retro’ kicks off with ‘Static Situation’ which epitomizes Amy’s dynamic and snappy sound. The hooky, feel-good melody snares you from the off and drives you nicely into ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’
‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ is more mellow with a beat that gets the head nodding and has lyrics that are entirely relatable. These guys know how to produce a catchy tune and the same can be said of the third track, ‘Hotel Atlantica (That Magaluf Song)’ – which we’ve had the pleasure of hearing live and can vouch wholeheartedly for their stage-shaking energy – with its thumping beat and lively guitar, this track could easily become an immense holiday anthem!
Track four is ‘Starry Night’ which follows ‘Hotel Atlantica’ beautifully with its picky guitar and strings. The orchestral sound gives the track an ethereal feel enhanced by the haunting vocals. There’s also a cheeky guitar solo which can only ever be a good thing!
The fifth and final track, ‘They Don’t Talk In Tokyo’, hits you straight in the face and wakes you up from the dreamlike state that ‘Starry Night’ evokes. It’s the ideal track to end on as it makes you fling yourself around the living room with bad ass dance moves (ok, that could just be us) and leaves the listener wanting more. Overall, this EP is a brilliant offering from the band. If you want a comparison in terms of sound, there is a tinge of Jimmy Eat World about them, but they can definitely hold their own and they clearly know who they are as a band.
Hybrid.9 are a rock band that have exploded out of their hometown of Crewe and have begun to take the country by storm. We have recently been lucky enough to get a sneak peak at their new EP and it is simply awesome.
The first track ‘Absolved’ kicks in with a punchy rhythm that smacks you in the face making you sit up and take notice of these guys. Bolshy, powerful and laced with hooky guitar riffs, it is a superb opener. (And being absolute suckers for guitar harmonies, we have to give them props there too!)
Track two ‘Hidden Inside’ is the title track and its not difficult to see why – the opening riff draws you in, the fiery, dynamic rhythm inserts itself into your brain along with the catchy (yet raw and angry) vocals and the guitar solo is, quite frankly, the icing on the cake. Or the P90s on the Gibson.
The final offering on the EP is ‘Walking After You’ – it’s always difficult to select a ‘last’ song but these guys know what they’re doing and this track does not disappoint. The vocal melody is haunting and the music literally pulsates in its intensity and switches gears between full on forceful rock and a slower, more melodic guitar. This is an immense track which leaves the listener aching for more.
Hybrid.9 have an edgy sound that is entirely their own with a flavour of the classic Metal & Rock giants. These guys mean serious business and have the talent to back it up. You need them in your life.
Keep an eye out for the new tunes and in the meantime check them out here!
Tin Roots are refreshingly different with a mellow, reggae-funk sound that crosses genres and makes them stand out from the crowd.
‘Set Sail’ is a brilliant track, filled with with funky guitar riffage, a lively, warm sound and soulful vocals. It just makes you want to bounce. And also makes you feel like summer has exploded in your face. Go download it!