Alt Rock

Wyn Doran cuts deep in new single "Cigarettes"

For Nashua, New Hampshire's Wyn Doran, public evisceration of her personal experiences through music is nothing new, but her latest single "Cigarettes" cuts even deeper than usual. The music is tinged with residues of anger, fresh disappointment, and many stains of love all lit by the bluesy guitars that riff away in "Cigarettes" and the soulful vocals of Doran, which carve its choruses. The emotion in the music can be intimating, only because of the deep, relatable pain it reveals, the humanity behind it all too real. Doran is in her full alt-soul element in this new single, and that only adds a layer of strength to recall the song's theme head-on; Wyn shows in the track the same grit that has characterized her sound, explosive beats and all. Stream "Cigarettes" below, you may just recognize something in its blackened, burning candor. - Rene Cobar

   

PREMIERE: Onesie get crafty in quarantine for new video "Unsolved Mysteries"

Self-isolation-bred productivity can come in many forms, and whether it’s reading a good book or posting on Instagram about your sourdough starter, there’s really no wrong way to do it. Erring on the side of the creative is Brooklyn indie outfit Onesie’s new video for “Unsolved Mysteries,” which, through iMovie magic and a photo scanner, lovingly displays the mid-80s childhood drawings of bandleader Ben Haberland. Scoring these high resolution scans of Mortal Kombat (or G.I. Joe?) inspired illustrations is Onesie’s power pop inclined sound, albeit on the scuzzier side; Haberland’s winding vocal delivery modulates between the bright melodic quality heard on the band’s 2019 effort Umpteenth, breaking on the chorus to deliver some frothy sing-speak disharmony. Bolstered by driving, interlocking guitar work and lyricism drawing parallels between mental subjugation and sheltering-in-place, it’s a progressive bop for fans of 90s / early 00s alternative, or those seeking to enliven the feeling of being trapped — either way, watch and listen below.

   

Shade - "Combat Rave" Music Video

When I first saw Shade live I was taking a leak after the set when the singer walked in. I said hey what was the fourth song you played? He said “Combat Rave”. I knew that was the tune. This riff is top notch. The whole song and video oozes 90’s. It hits the spot for sure. This is the title track of their debut LP which is set for release May 1st. Stay safe, clean and tuned into Shade for details on the eventual LP Release Party. – Kris Gies

   

The Inventors "Alone Together"

Last week The Inventors released a new EP aptly named Alone Together. The band has made it available for purchase for whatever amount your feel compelled to give them, but have vowed to give all money received to a few of the establishments listed on Chicago Service Relief.

This is the work of Joe Mango (Vocals/Guitar), Ray Skamay (Guitar/Vocals), Nick Kieta (Bass/Vocals), and Tommy Mendoza (Drums).

   

Conway "Missed Me"

Alt Rock band Conway is back with the lead single, "Missed Me", from their forthcoming album, Something Wicked. This is the first new music from the group since the 2018 single "Forbidden Fruit" and first album since their 2017 debut EP "Last Chance to Dance".

This is the work of Aidan Hargis (Lead vocals, Guitar), Riley Allen (Backing vocals, Guitar, Synth), Mitch De Biase (Backing vocals, Bass), Jake Dillon (Guitars, Keys, Backing Vocals), and Austin Johnson (Drums).