Exclusive Artist Review: Dar.Ra – “Kings & Serfs” EP

Known for his distinctive Indie Rock style and dynamically crafty approach, London-based recording artist Dar.Ra began hitting the ground running as a solo artist after the release of his debut album ‘Soul Hours’ in 2009 – quickly garnering him an insatiable following and critical acclaim through many sectors of the music market. Now, with the recent release of his EP ‘Kings & Serfs’ this year in 2021, Dar.Ra proves that his signature sound continues to reach new heights in the Rock music realm and has truly manifested into a multifaceted artist that raises the bar with every release.

Comprised of three catchy and anthemic tracks, Dar.Ra on this record diligently showcases several angles of his artistic merit and tastefully combines several crucial Rock elements that touch on originality and familiarity; giving each listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Opening track “Fake It Till You Make It” comes out swinging with a magnetic energy that could easily satisfy any fan from just about any Rock era. From gain-heavy driven guitar progressions to powerfully projected mid-to-high range vocal melodies, this solid number combines grittiness and catchiness in a way that compliments and parallels each other. If The Sex Pistols combined their style with Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy’, then this song is the type of sound you’d get. Follow-up track “Londinium” is more anthemic and really dives deep into Dar.Ra’s more nostalgic side. It explores his songwriting style more intimately and truly gives you that visceral listening experience that has become very rare in today’s more modern music market. This song is not only structured brilliantly, but has a pacing that really showcases the versatility that this record possesses and easily brings the stronger musicianship factors to the forefront.

Closing track “Sweet As” is a charismatic and rhythmic tune that ties the EP together with a sweet cherry on top. The catchiness in both the chord progressions and vocal melodies once again intertwine in a way that is undoubtedly effective and apparent. The story-telling verses are perfectly executed and truly solidifies Dar.Ra’s style in a way that showcases many angles of his musical talent. Overall, ‘Kings & Serfs’ is a brilliant first impression for any avid Rock fan that is just discovering Dar.Ra or hearing him for the first time. It’s the type of record with real staying power where it stays with you even long after it’s over. It’ll also entice you to dive deeper into Dar.Ra’s career, discography, and will likely build up your anticipation to see what tricks he has up his sleeve in his future releases. You can find ‘Kings & Serfs’ on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave this one a listen.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Blonde Furniture – “When You Sleep” & “Start The Revolution” Singles

The veteran musicians of Connecticut-based Alt-Rockers Blonde Furniture have been insatiably active since 1983 and have put out a vast array of tunes that have drawn in fans from several Rock-infused eras. Flash forward to 2020 after an extensive career, the band recently put out their most recent record ‘Music For Early Century Modern’ which has amassed a new generation of listeners and critical acclaim. After listening to two of the album’s anchor singles, we can see (and hear) exactly why.

First single “When You Sleep” is a grungy and rockabilly-infused track with a cruising rhythm section and crafty, dirty guitars with a flavorful crunch. This catchy song is not only well written, but full of tastefully nostalgic measures that will start the mosh pit in no time. If the Dead Kennedys and REM got together for a jam session, it would definitely sound something like this. Second single “Start The Revolution” is amazingly anthemic and has knockout versatile vocals by singer/songwriter and founding member Bill Dumas, who shines brightly with all his musical glory on this track. This 5 minute song is rhythmically clever, undeniably melodic and truly has a calibre of originality that stands on its own completely. This track in particular is a game changer and will definitely entice you to listen to the rest of the record with undivided attention.

If this is your first time listening to Blonde Furniture, then these singles will win you over instantly. This band’s legacy is something to behold and this record is direct evidence of the unwavering talent they’ve brought to many ears since they formed decades ago. You can check out both singles below and the album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Mary Bleeds – Self Titled Debut Album

Few artists capture the rawness and realness like Dublin-based Alt-Rockers Mary Bleeds. Utilizing a distinctive signature sound that encompasses an aura of deep grunge grooves with post punk structures, the band proves with their debut self titled album ‘Mary Bleeds’ that they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to today’s Rock sub genres.

Comprised of 9 versatile tracks with an authentic live studio approach, Mary Bleeds explores several facets of their artistic merit while showcasing many crucial angles of a fresh and solidified Rock unit. Their gain-driven, grungy guitar riffs are brilliantly executed with its 90s-era stylization and the psychedelic grooves of the tight-knit rhythm section are insatiably rhythmic and in-your-face with organized chaotic goodness, all topped off with a low-to-mid ranged vocal approach that is theatrical, effective and multifaceted in its performance value. Their track “Mary” is a song that explores different time signatures and grooves that encapsulates the band’s more technical-driven edge, doused in story-telling vocals that are not only outstandingly versatile but also touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving the audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. The tracks “City of Wonders” and “Blue Spirit” also share these sensibilities but really also really add that unwavering energy that makes this album a gem in its own right. It’s a record for anyone that loves the 90s era of Rock and today’s more deep Indie and post-punk sub genres. It has more versatility than you could ask for and signature grooves that lend a refreshing feeling of nostalgia that is normally lost in today’s more digital-based production value. This is an analogue record that truly brings the raw edge of Mary Bleeds‘ authenticity right to the forefront.

This record is definitely one with everlasting staying power, where it has the power to stay with you even long after it’s over. This debut album officially releases on May 31st and will be available on SoundCloud and several other digital music streaming platforms. We cannot recommend it highly enough and you’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen.


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