This month’s crop of singles reviews is bursting at the seams — the quality of content is overwhelming. I always mean to stop by a dozen at most, but I keep finding more and more that comes at the last minute, and I add just one more … until I’ve got 15. I just can’t say no.
I think when you listen to this month’s picks, you will understand why. So, in no particular order, here are reviews of songs by Jet Black 3, Max Hixon, The Assist, Bayonet, Vitals, The Brazen, Oli Barton & The Movement, Sweet Little Machine, Vito, Saint Sapphire UK, Dirty Sister, Wide Eyed Boy, Anonymous, The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show and MUX. Enjoy!
Jet Black 3
“Remember My Name” – Exeter, England band Jet Black Three gets down to business with their new track “Remember My Name.” It’s a rough cut little gem, featuring thunderous drums, heavy guitar riffs and growly vocals.
You can find Jet Black 3 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JetBlack3Band/ and Twitter at @JetBlack3Band .
“Lovesick Loverboy” – 1950s rockabilly gets a 2017 spin in the hands of Southampton singer and bassist Max Hixon. He takes a lively melody and adds shiny vocals reminiscent of Ricky Nelson and Elvis. Now this is a fun flashback!
Max Hixon is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/maxhixonmusic and on Twitter at @maxhixonmusic .
“Wonderful” — Walsall band The Assist have a fun tune on their hands with “Wonderful.” It’s bouncy and a real feel-good song. It’s got just enough of a funky feel to it to keep it fresh. Be sure to give their other tracks a spin too.
The Assist are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheAssistBand/ and on Twitter at @TheAssistBand .
“Call Me When It’s Over” is another bit of brilliant synth pop from the Sheffield lads of Bayonet. They consistently come up with flirty tunes with wicked dance beats and this is no exception. “Call Me” would easily be an elegant mash-up with Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” “ oooo, oooohh …”
You can find Bayonet on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bayonetofficial/ and on Twitter at @BayonetOfficial .
“Colour” — Barnsley, South Yorkshire lads Vitals get their groove on with “Colour,” a bright, bouncy number filled with glorious harmonies. It’s a vibrant taste of alt pop ear candy that sticks with you and will have you craving more.
Vitals are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VitalsUK/ and on Twitter at @WeAreVITALS .
Leeds rockers The Brazen are back with the lush electro rocker “Delusion.” Singer Ryan Hobbs sounds golden as his vocals soar over guitars that mimic strings spectacularly. The Brazen keep growing stronger with every new track.
You can find The Brazen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheBrazenBand/ and on Twitter at @The_Brazen .
Oli Barton & The Movement
“Sleeping With The Enemy” is a dark, twisted melodic walk through the minds of London lads, Oli Barton & The Movement. Tempo changes abound taking the song through frantic paces. It’s a risky maneuver, but pays off big time in this wicked good tune.
Oli Barton & The Movement are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OliBartonMusic/ and on Twitter at @OliBMovement .
Sweet Little Machine
“Hurricanes” is sweet candy floss for the ears. Purveyors of pop punk will be in heaven as this Sheffield quartet kicks it into high gear and threatens to make speakers blow with wicked guitars and glorious harmonies. How are these not humongous? It’s only a matter of time.
Sweet Little Machine is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sweetlittlemachine/ and on Twitter at @Sweetlilmachine .
“Masquerade” is a bright, poppy bit of fluff from Newcastle indie band Vito. This catchy little number builds and crescendos with lively guitar work and brilliant vocals. These young lads have a big future ahead of them.
You can find Vito on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wearevitouk/ and on Twitter at @wearevitouk .
Hailing from Belfast, Ireland, Saint Sapphire delights with “Underneath The Sun,” a jumpy, raucous track, with a thrumming dirty bass line. This one just digs in and four minutes sails by like nothing. It is punky, throbbing anthemic rock and roll.
Saint Sapphire are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintSapphireUK/ and on Twitter at @SaintSapphireUK .
The London-based duo Dirty Sister is a delight to listen to. “Waste My Time With You” is a love note set to gently plucked guitar strings and lilting vocals. Mid-song it kicks up and drums kick in. I look forward to hearing more from this duo.
Dirty Sister are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dirtysistermusic/ and Twitter at @DirtySisMusic .
Wide Eyed Boy
“Wolves” is a fresh bouncy pop tune from Liverpool lads Wide Eyed Boy. Their sound is a dynamic spin on New Wave, plucking various elements from it – twinkling guitars and lofty vocals — and running with it. There’s something majestic going on here. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Wide Eyed Boys are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WideEyedBoyOfficial/ and on Twitter at @wide_eyed_boy .
“Doubts” – Hardcore old school rock and roll served up hot and smoking is what you get from Midlands band Anonymous and “Doubts” shows obvious Guns ‘N Roses influences. Heavy guitar riffs and biting bass lines abound.
You can find Anonymous on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Anonymous.band.uk/ and on Twitter at @_Anonymous_UK .
The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show
“Tightropin” – This alt folk band out of Dorset showcases a variety of instruments in a punk-tinged tune. Keys and fiddles ride along a changing melody that has a Western beat. It’s a crazy blend, but it works.
The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheTwoManTravellingMedicineShow/.
London-based electro rock-funkers MUX take trip-hop to a new level with “MDMA.” The harmony bounces all over the place with a mishmash of instruments joining in. It takes your ears on a very mental joy ride.
You can find MUX on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dirtysistermusic/ and on Twitter at @this_is_mux .