It’s mid-November, and that means we’re headed straight into holiday song season – but not here. Not yet! For now, we have eight of the best recent (non-holiday-related) singles from artists you know (or artists you should know). Check out the mini reviews and words from the bands, then turn ’em all up!
Big Wreck – “Bail Out”
With their latest single, Big Wreck offers a huge alt rock sound right out of the gate. With their upcoming EP out on November 24th and a current North American tour, the band is sure to be on your rock radar heading into the new year. (And stay tuned for our upcoming Q&A!) From The Band’s PR:Big Wreck is once again rewriting the code for rock music with their upcoming EP, Pages. Its dynamic, incendiary lead single, “Bail Out,” rails against global corruption and traverses sonic territory ranging from heavy grunge to driving alt-rock.
Kit Major – “Dirty Misfit”
Gritty and raw, energetic and aggressive – this song is all of those things, yet still a style you want to sing and dance along to. There’s no doubt that “Dirty Misfit” would be an amazing live song. Love this edgy sound. From the Band’s PR: Kit Major’s newly released lo-fi, post punk track with a lot of energy and even more when performed live. For fans of Amyl & The Sniffers, The Chats, Viagra Boys, and IDLES.
JEEN with Ian Blurton – “Hold My Head Up Higher”
Ian Blurton has been a longtime producer on JEEN’s releases, so it’s fantastic to see a single from the both of them. The mix of vocals is perfect – melodic, sweet verses, big chorus, and a compelling single overall. From The Artist’s PR: “Hold My Head Up Higher” sees JEEN join creative forces once again with long-time collaborator, Canadian indie musician and producer, Ian Blurton. Ian has taken the role of co-producer on JEEN’s last five albums and their strength in working together shines on this track. Its swirling chorus shimmers along the flesh and actually induces frisson with ease which is a hard sensation to help facilitate through song.
slo/tide – “Don’t Trip”
slo/tide is a project from Spencer of Underoath – for this single, he was joined by Aaron from Underoath, as well. This is such a different sound from their other band, but it sounds so natural. Great poppy style, but with edge.The overall feel is catchy and bright. From The Band:“This is another track I wrote in the back of my house during lockdown, I was just jamming on a surfy tone in the middle of the night and it inspired this entire song. I had Aaron track the real drums and took it from there. It’s about a brother type love, a homie that you would take a bullet for yet you bump heads with daily. Sometimes I feel like my closest friends are the ones most opposite from me and that’s basically this track in a nutshell.”
Bleeker – “Walken”
At first listen, this got me moving immediately. The energy, groove and catchiness in this song is outstanding. It’s like stadium rock without any overly commercial feel. From The Band: Walken is an infectious riff based song about people who talk vs people who DO.
Choirz – “Never Enough”
This pop-infused rock gem effortlessly marries catchy hooks with smooth vocals. Infused with retro nostalgia through its synths, the song crafts a contemporary yet timeless sound. From The Band’s PR:The track explores the depths of human emotion, unveiling a rich tapestry woven with the threads of love, loss, yearning, and the profound sense of emptiness and disconnect. Choirz guides listeners through the gut-wrenching experience of clinging to affection for a person or a place, recognizing that this cherished connection falls short of filling the void within.
Slightest Clue – “When You Wake Up”
A cool slow burn from Slightest Clue, creating a more seductive feel this time, with the vocals really creating a mood. But they didn’t forgo the heaviness, either – the huge wall of guitars adds the edge we’d expect from the band. From The Band:“When You Wake Up” comes off their latest forthcoming EP and “came out of left field” for the group as a rare time of writing love songs. As this is the first one written for the EP, it is the building block for a collection of songs around the feelings of falling in and out of love.
JIANTS – “The Hard Way”
The indie pop/rock band strikes again! This is such a likeable track, maybe best described as an accessible indie rock foot stomper with heart. This was engineered and produced by Gavin Gardiner (The Wooden Sky, MOONRIIVR). From the Band:“The Hard Way” is basically a classic “get your girl back” song. It’s about realizing you have a special bond with someone and deciding whether to step forward with them or leave each other behind forever, with the knowledge that if you attempt this relationship again it’s either going to be the best decision you ever made or destroy you both completely.