Alternative Rock

Artist: 
The Fratellis
Label: 
Cooking Vinyl

Being the Fratelli's latest release, this album is pretty good. It has a fratelli's sound, somewhat edgy, cabaret-esque sound. The album art is super cool, and the album's sound matches. It is something more polished than their old stuff, definitely sounding less garage-rock-y and sounds like the product of experienced, well-established musicians. The songs range from upbeat, to slow, and are all guitar heavy with fun and interesting lyrics. The songs are very catchy, with deep, slow, heavy beats.

Sounds Like: 
The Libertines
Sounds Like: 
Franz Ferdinand
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2018
Artist: 
Car Seat Headrest
Label: 
Matador Records

This album is a remastered version of Will Toledo's 2011 album. It tells a story of what it is like to be young, in college, grappling with love, drugs, self-identity, and a confusing sexuality. The album talks about being gay in terms that are very frank, that focus on the human awkwardness and emotions that come with any love situation, particularly the kind Toledo describes in the album. The album's lyrics are very raw and passionate, but their original lo-fi sound has been remastered using the experience, resources, and talant that Will Toledo has on his hands today, in 2018.

Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
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
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