On our latest 8 Tracks feature, we’ve got… seven tracks. That’s right. Just seven. Because sometimes things happen. So instead of replacing one song with another, we’re sticking to these tunes that we think you’re gonna dig. Read the mini reviews, check out the artist info, and turn these seven tracks up!
FRANKIE FLOWERS – “Bad Dream”
Killer overall vibe to this song – alt rock meets indie pop, but genre-bending and turned into something truly unique and compelling. From The Artist: Dynamic new single, “BAD DREAM,” is the product of the feelings that follow upon waking from a vivid nightmare… questioning what’s real vs. what’s not and how scattered the mind seems to get. The whispered line, “We’re all gonna turn to dust in the end,” sounds like a secret and feeds into the vibe of existential dread.
Bayline – “A Crow Left of the Murder”
Another stellar rock track from Netherlands-based Bayline. Pairing melodic riffs and vocals with huge intensity, it’s a must-listen to anyone looking for new music that is listenable, but with just the right amount of aggression. From The Band: “A lot of people want you to do what they think is best for you or what society expects from you. Some people think they are protecting you from what’s to come by telling you what to do and how to act. But you have to follow your own heart and do the things you want to do. Your future isn’t written in stone so go your own way.”
Astro-Lloyd – “Gnorts, Mr. Alien”
The latest track from Sweden’s Astro-Lloyd is packed full of energy, rock riffs, and catchy, melodic vocals. They always seem to take a big rock sound, and add a fun side to it. Turn it up! From the Band:“It started with an old riff that came up a while before we released the first record, back in 2013, which then had to lie dormant until the Corona pandemic started. Then we had time to sit down with it and finish this masterpiece. A song about what it’s like to play in a band, to try to work together when there are several strong wills who all want different things but still manage to produce something that everyone is happy with. We were listening to a lot of Them Crooked Vultures and mixed pop-punk when this song was written. We ended up with the main riff in the verse getting both a mellower version and a swingier version, which can be heard at the beginning, where you are thrown straight into it because everything is then taken down a step.”
Statues – “Dead of Summer”
This is fast-paced, infectious alt-rock with some punk undertones. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to play this one over and over, while thrashing around your living room. From The Band:Third single from upcoming album “Black Arcs Rising” brings back the imperishable soundscapes of the 90’s alternative rock. its melodic, direct, and intense
The Kaspers – “Feeling Fine”
Pairing relatable lyrics with solid alt rock melodies, catchy guitar riffs, and heavy drums – that’s always a recipe for a killer song, and this song certainly is killer. From The Band: “This song was written just after the band went through a tough transition. This is essentially a breakup song and the lyrics carry a lot of meaning but it helps us get through this tough time and hopefully will help other people through their tough times. “
From The Tiger’s Mouth – “Getting Old”
Powerful, with a huge chorus and a subtlety to the verses that really drive the song home – the kind of tune you’ll want to sing along to at the top of your lungs, while the lyrics resonate and stick in your brain. From The Band: Lyrically, Getting Old wrestles with the idea of us freezing in the moment, gripped by anxiety as fear takes over our ability to do the things we really want to. The track builds throughout as Harry illustrates his talent for writing anthemic choruses, bubbling with uplifting melodies. Getting Old blends the rousing call and receive choral chanting of Biffy Clyro with the emotionally-charged indie-rock of the likes of Augustines and The National. Getting Old underlines Harry’s willingness to take a chance in life, leaving his old band and starting anew, an example we can all grasp as we navigate this journey through life.
Back Alley Gospel – “Northbound”
Fast-paced rock guitar with mellow, melodic vocals create a seriously compelling sound. This is the type of song that captures the entire crowd at a live show – so now they’re officially on my must-see list. From The Band:“The song is a driving, guitar heavy introduction to our band, with lyrical themes of nostalgia and escapism.”