Hailing from the Chicago metropolitan area, Alt-Rockers Westwood began hitting the ground running in 2011 since their formation and since then have manifested into a multifaceted and versatile unit with an insatiable presence in the Rock scene. Comprised of three young hard working musicians with an undeniable passion for high-energy songs, the trio has amassed a loyal following and continues to raise the bar with every subsequent release since their debut album in 2011. After several years of solidifying their distinctive signature sound, Westwood has creatively evolved into an energetically crafty outfit and brings this manifestation to fruition with their newest EP ‘Fight Or Flight’.
Comprised of 6 gut-busting fresh tracks and 4 radio edits, ‘Fight Or Flight’ brings Westwood’s high-energy Rock stamina to the forefront in a way that showcases their musical diligence and melodically visceral structures that will undoubtedly please any fan of the early 2000s Rock and Post-Punk circuit. If you were a fan of the Drive-Thru Records era or the early years of the Vans Warped Tour, then this record will be a stroke of nostalgia in just about every way. Opening anchor single “The Fight” is brilliantly structured and has a hard hitting rhythm section that really kicks this track into levels of intensity rarely heard in today’s more contemporary Rock format. If this track doesn’t increase your heart rate, then we don’t know what will. “Rag Doll” and “Pop Song” aim at a more Indie/Pop-Punk angle and really shines a light on the lead vocal structures. The wholesome mix of solid power chords and rhythmic bass and drum parallels are refreshingly precise; truly bringing out the impact of the vocals in a way that is both versatile and effective. Closing track “Run Away” is another dynamically crafty song that really enhances the average Rock listening experience. While Westwood has a style that is completely their own, you can hear several crucial artist influences including earlier records from Senses Fail, Brand New, Story Of The Year, Sum 41 and other bands of a similar calibre. Overall, this EP is a true breath of fresh air that completely revitalizes the early-to-mid 2000s Rock era. It serves up endless entrees of nostalgia but still has several strong factors of originality that sets them apart from today’s more convoluted Rock spectrum.
You can find ‘Fight Or Flight’ on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming streaming platforms. This record will definitely be one of your favorite recent releases and Westwood will easily impress you upon first listen. You’ll be more than glad you discovered them.
2021 so far has seen some dynamic releases manifesting from several prominent rising artists, especially since the pandemic threw a wrench into the live concert experience. One of those artists is Vienna-based solo musician and producer Benjamin Andrews, a vital versatile voice in the European Rock market who just recently released his newest anthemic single “Dream On”.
Known for his distinctively melodic Alt/Rock signature sound, Andrews with this song continues to prove that he can hit the ground running and raise the bar in the musical realm with every new release he diligently puts together. This track is not only brilliantly crafted, but is also a complete standout in today’s more contemporary modern Rock sensibility – putting together a wholesome and tastefully blended sound that is insatiably melodic and anthemic. The piano progression especially carries the melody-driven key signature and showcases Andrews’ artistic merit in the most effective ways. His vocal melodies are mid-range and parallel perfectly with the story-telling lyrics, rhythmic buildup and overall execution of an undeniably catchy song. While you can hear several artist influences, the balance between originality and familiarity is very apparent. It boasts a nostalgic blend of the 90s Alt/Rock era, the early-mid 2000’s emo movement and today’s modern Rock aura. It’s a solid track that showcases several angles of Andrews’ ability both as a musician and producer.
“Dream On” also sustains great pacing and never drags out in any way. It has dynamically visceral production value and truly grasps onto an authentically atmospheric approach. It also has that staying power where the song stays with you even long after it’s over – leaving each listener with anticipation for what Benjamin Andrews comes out with next. Once you take a listen to this single, you’ll definitely be enticed to dive deeper into his discography and career altogether. You can find “Dream On” on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be glad that you did.
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.