Alternative Rock

Artist: 
PVRIS
Label: 
Rise

Before listening to their recent record, I had always heard of PVRIS, but never heard them. I always assumed they were another band that was overhyped by magazines such as Alternative Press or stores like Hot Topic, but boy was I wrong. The Massachusetts based band has gained a HUGE fanbase since their acclaimed first album White Noise, and have gone on tour with heavyweight bands such as Fall Out Boy and Pierce the Veil.

Sounds Like: 
Paramore
Sounds Like: 
Tonight Alive
Sounds Like: 
We Are the In Crowd
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Primus
Label: 
ATO Records

For a band with such an infamous name and style, Primus dropped the ball on their new album The Desaturating Seven. I think the band became too focused on the concept of The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico. While none of the tracks are non-airable, this album definitely is not radio friendly. With tracks ranging from eight to twelve minutes long, it is reminiscent of Nightmare Before Christmas. It enjoyable to listen to at home or driving, but I wouldn't seek this album out on my own.

Sounds Like: 
old Primus
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
Brand New
Label: 
Procrastinate! Music Traitors

I'm going to try and be as unbiased as possible considering that Brand New is one of my favorite bands of all time. They have always been a cryptic band, especially when it comes to releasing new music. It's been 8 years since their last album Daisy, and speculation of a new album has been extremely high since then. After a long hiatus, sporadic festival appearances and headlining shows, and leaked demos and singles ("Mene" and "I Am a Nightmare"), Brand New have FINALLY released a... brand new album (pun intended).

Sounds Like: 
Taking Back Sunday
Sounds Like: 
Manchester Orchestra
Sounds Like: 
Thrice
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Gorillaz
Label: 
Parlophone

It’s been around six years since the Gorillaz released their fourth studio album, “The Fall”, and even longer since their first studio album self-titled “Gorillaz”; just about 15 years since their debut and they’re still rocking out.

Sounds Like: 
The Chemical Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Ratatat
Sounds Like: 
Gnarls Barkley
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
AJ Davila
Label: 
Panoram

      AJ Davila's new single "17" has an upbeat, simplistic beach rock sound that one would hear in an Apple commercial. This is a song that you would hear right before Phoenix walks on stage to begin their set. This a song you would hear walking down Venice Beach. This is a song that you hear while competing in a surfing contest, which is why I think the song is called 17. The 5 note bassline, the simple chord progression, and the chorus chanting "hey baby hey baby hey" reminds me of surf rock. The bass is thumping on the song.

Sounds Like: 
Davila 666
Sounds Like: 
Kali Mutsa
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Mother Mother
Label: 
Universal Music Canada

This is the sixth album from these Canadian indie rockers. They have a pretty good following in Canada.  Someone described the band as "hip hop-influenced power ballads, as if Adam Lambert had joined the Dirty Projectors." I found this description to be pretty accurate. Their songs are pretty generic indie pop tracks with electronic beats.

Sounds Like: 
Said The Whale
Sounds Like: 
Arkells
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Johnossi
Label: 
Universal Music

Blood Jungle by the Sweden based rock duo, Johnossi, consists of some aggressive, powerful and moderately angsty songs. You can hear a variety of genres in the songs with unique vocals. Although "Air is Free" and "Hands" are not FCC clean, the songwriting for these two songs are defintely worth a listen. "Hey Kiddo" also is a very upbeat song with a catchy tune. "Weak Spots" and "Got Your Gun" are perhaps the most rock-style songs of the album.

Sounds Like: 
The Ark
Sounds Like: 
Caesars
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
The Griswolds
Label: 
Wind-up Records

This album is super catchy. They have a sound similar to that of New Politics, Smallpools and the Mowgli's. The song Out of my Head is probably the best song on the album and is super catchy and dancy, but the entire album is catchy and fun. All of the songs are somewhat electronic, alternative rock. Track7, Feels So Right, sounds like a Chromeo song and is catchy. Track 4 and Track 7 are interludes so I would avoid those unless you want a short song with very few vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Smallpools
Sounds Like: 
The Mowglis
Sounds Like: 
New Politics
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Arbor Labor Union
Label: 
Sub Pop

Arbor Labor Union is a four piece band from Georgia whose first album under Sub Pop Records is titled "I Hear You". The album consists of nine tracks that all average out to be a solid five miniutes and forty-two seconds making well long road trips. The album consists of grungy, slow alternative rock with a little of the southern feel. It includes instrumental intros to every song with plenty of heavy drumming. 

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Sounds Like: 
Wilco
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2017
Artist: 
F-71
Label: 
Independent

F-71 is the eponymous second EP from the band F-71, following 2015's Demos And... F-71 can best be described as punky garage rock.

First the highlights: the album is consistent in sound. The arrangements are all coherent in relation to each other, with no song sticking out in a manner that detracts. The whole affair is mixed and mastered well, additionally: the songs sound like they come from the same collection.

Sounds Like: 
Chastity Belt
Name: 
Grant L Williams
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
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