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The Australian-based indie rock group, Skegss arrived on the music scene around 2015. Combining elements of high energy, melodic lines, and virtuosic performance soon garnered them a record deal with the Warner-affiliated label, Ratbag. A succession of lively singles and EPs like 50 Push Ups for a Dollar and Holiday Food helped grow their national audience prior to their 2018 debut album, My Own Mess, which hit number two on the ARIA charts. Their 2021 follow-up album, Rehearsal, further refined their characteristic sound, phasing out vestiges of garage rock and replacing them with a retro-folk flare. With the band’s irresistible charm and underdog songwriting, their newest release, “Stranger Days” is a feel-good anthem, equally matched with a personality-filled music video.
Sounds Like: The Chats, FIDLAR, Hockey Dad, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
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Gear: Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Paradigm electric guitar strings and Regular Slinky bass strings.
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Primal Scream has had an adventurous career and is planning to hit the road. The band’s breakout album Screamadelica has impacted and helped change the direction of the UK Music Scene in many ways with its boundaryless approach to genre blending indie pop with techno, dub, and psychedelia. Putting these songs in front of a live audience again will be a sight to be seen, rekindling and bringing back the band’s rock n roll spirit and love for music to the stage. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1991 album Screamadelica, Primal Scream has not only released two new versions of the album but a box set of 12″ singles and a double vinyl picture disc, and a previously unreleased Demodelica collection.
Watch: “Movin’ On Up” official music video.
Sounds Like: The Stone Roses, Supergrass, The Verve
Listen: Spotify, Apple Music
Gear: Ernie Ball Power Slinky and Regular Slinky electric guitar strings and Hybrid Slinky bass strings.
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Formed in 2016 while members were still in high school, Connecticut’s Anxious’ early releases were indebted to the urgent freneticism and heart-on-sleeve lyrics of post-hardcore acts like Texas Is The Reason, Samiam, and Turning Point, allowing Anxious to immediately grab the attention of the hardcore scene. The band’s DIY roots and dedication to craft were equally as essential to their rising profile—early releases were accompanied by band-dubbed cassettes, made-to-order zines, and even self-dyed shirts—each part of Anxious was laid out in meticulous detail from day one. The band pumps out big riffs and energy like a classic hardcore or post-hardcore band but gives it their own spin by layering melodic vocals, melodies, and catchy choruses akin to Jimmy Eat World, Title Fight, and New Found Glory. Their current and technically debut release, Little Green House, arrived via Run for Cover Records and landed on NME’s top 100 releases list.
Watch: The official music video for “In April“.
Sounds Like: Title Fight, Fiddlehead, Jimmy Eat World
Listen: Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp
Gear: Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky electric guitar strings and Power Slinky bass strings.