The Mars Patrol - Not About You

The Mars Patrol is a six-piece rock band hailing from Edinburgh, U.K. Their debut full-length album Human Condition was released a couple of weeks ago, on April 29, via Ravista Records.

Human Condition was produced by guitar player Ross Nelson and mixed by none other than Chris Sheldon (Feeder, Biffy Clyro, Skunk Anansie just to name a few) and Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Pearl Jam, U2, Blue October and a million more).
So you can be sure that the sound is top-notch, and that's a must if you want to venture in modern pop-rock territories as The Mars Patrol do.
Add the ability of the band to craft addictive tunes and the wonderful voice of singer Davina Divine, and there you have an album you can't overlook if energetic pop-rock is your cup of tea.

Watch the video for the new single Not About You clicking on the image and stream the whole album on Spotify.

Step Rockets - Future Nature

Future Nature is the title of Step Rockets' debut EP. It was self-produced by the band and released last April 15 on Harbour Records/Caroline.

Step Rockets come from the Twin Cities, MN, and didn't take long to take off. Their self-released single Kisser found its way to #1 on the Hype Machine charts just two weeks after its release. The track has since garnered 6 million plays on Spotify and catapulted the band onto the international music scene. With appearances at Firefly Festival, Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and a slew of other festivals and major venues across North America, Step Rockets have developed a reputation as one of the most exciting new live bands on the scene, seamlessly blending wailing guitar solos and anthemic melodies with infectious dance grooves.

The band's six-track EP Future Nature includes remastered versions of older songs such as the aforementioned Kisser, Phantom Flower, and Turning Tides, as well as newer tracks like the actual single West Coast.

Stream the whole EP on SoundCloud and enjoy an uplifting dose of alternative rock mixed with electo-pop punk.

AFTERLOVE behave themselves on debut EP Saturday, 21 May 2016 14:40 by madseason
Afterlove - Behave Yourself (Lyric Video)

Afterlove is a new Canadian rock band formed in Mississauga and comprised of Phil Irvine (lead vocalist), James Jarosil (lead guitar, backup vocalist), Adam Jeyco (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backup vocalist), Simon Innes (bass) and Mike Ashton (drums).

The band's debut EP, Behave Yourself, was independently released last May 13, 2016 and was recorded at Toronto's Orange Lounge with producer Alfio Annibalini (Danko Jones, Voivod, Philip Sayce). The leading single -and title-track- off the EP features guest performances by Andy Curran of SRO/Anthem and Tim Oxford of the Arkells and has already achieved notable success: it's a song about what it's lyrics proclaim, "put down your guns," in a world torn by war.

This is a great debut EP, showcasing a unique sound that mixes alternative rock, disco, dance and pop. Stream it on Soundcloud or on Spotify and watch the lyric video for the single Behave Yourself clicking on the image.

Afterlove is currently performing throughout Ontario while also working on their first full length album to be released in 2017.

Rising stars: RIVAL CITY HEIGHTS Friday, 20 May 2016 22:14 by madseason
Rival City Heights - Take it Back

Rival City Heights is a powerful modern rock band from Detroit, USA.

The group features vocalist Jeff Gutt who competed in Season 3 (2013) of The X Factor USA, finishing in second place. In 2014, Gutt was dubbed as one of the most influential X Factor USA contestants of all-time by FoxWeekly. Also playing in Rival City Heights is Will Hunt, ex-Evanescence and Dark New Day drummer.

Rival City Heights will release their debut 5-song digital EP this coming June. It's produced by multi-platinum producer and songwriter Matt Squire (The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Simple Plan and many more) and features the first single from the band, Take It Back: watch the official music video for the song clicking on the image.

Modern tales from Canterbury: THE ALCHEMY Wednesday, 18 May 2016 21:42 by madseason
The Alchemy - Modern Age

Let me introduce you The Alchemy, a young and modern Alternative Rock band from Canterbury, UK.

The band formed last year and released their 4-track debut EP last May 9. It's titled Modern Age and is inspired by observations of our current generation and the problems it must face -global issues, racial divides or sexual discrimination.

Modern Age was produced by I Am Giant guitar/bass player Paul Matthew and, in spite of the young age of the band, showcases an already mature sound that brings similarities with You Me At Six, I Am Giant, Mallory Knox and Young Guns.

Watch the video for the leading single and title-track Modern Age clicking on the image and stream the whole EP on Spotify.

TAKIDA: a Star for A Perfect World Monday, 16 May 2016 21:18 by madseason
tAKiDA - A Perfect World

I think most of you know tAKiDA, the Swedish alternative hard-rock band that already delivered 6 full-length studio album, including the latest one, A Perfect World, released last April 22 via Universal Music Sweden.

Honestly, I have to say that I havent't been a big tAKiDA fan till now, but this new A Perfect World is a different affair: it's a more focused album, with a lighter, modern sound and high-quality songwriting.

The main reason behind these changes has to be American recording artist, songwriter and producer Ryan Star, who helped the band both in the crafting of the songs and the production of the album.

So, no wonder that A Perfect World debuted at the #1 spot of the Swedish official album charts and I'm pretty sure this could be tAKiDA's international break-through album.

Check the lyric video for the leading single off the record, Better, here, and stream the whole A Perfect World on Spotify clicking on the image.

Headlights: new single for the CURSES Saturday, 14 May 2016 15:18 by madseason
Curses - Headlights

Headlights is the brand new single/video from Curses, a young and energetic modern poprock band from Toronto, Canada, who delivers extremely well crafted and catchy tunes.

Curses' vocalist Martin Broda used to sing for the now defunct electronicore band Abandon All Ships. Thanks god Curses have very little to do with that band, as their debut EP The Bridge can testify. We're talking of really appealing poprock music here, with a sound swinging between mainstream alternative rock, heartland rock and melodic no-scream post-hardcore.

The Bridge was produced by Anton DeLost (First Ghost, Seaway, Into It. Over It.) and independently released last October. Stream it now on Spotify and enjoy an amazing little collection of catchy songs.

BLACK HONEY makes your head spin Friday, 13 May 2016 22:05 by madseason
Black Honey - Headspin

Black Honey is a new wave/indie rock 4-piece band from Brighton, UK, led by Izzy Baxter, a vocalist with a coaxing delivery often compared to Lana Del Rey.
The quartet created a buzz with a series of singles released on an eponymous debut EP in late 2014 by Duly Noted Records. That led to touring opportunities across the U.K. in 2015, soon followed by dates in Continental Europe and airtime on BBC Radio 1.

In the meantime, the group released more catchy, stand-alone singles including the surf guitar-tinged Madonna and Corrine.

Black Honey's new EP Headspin, featuring the single All My Pride, was released last April 29 on Foxfive Records. Stream it now on Spotify clicking on the image to get a healthy dose of post garage rock mixed with raw indie pop.