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MOSKITO

BAD LOVE

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With the release of every single, Lincolnshire’s MOSKITO have built anticipation that something special has been brewing in that neck of the woods, and now the band are unleashing their potent debut Mixtape, ‘BAD LOVE’!

Bursting out the traps with ‘Gone With The Girl Next Door’, ‘Miss Me’ and ‘Sweet Fruit’, your instantly stuck by the delicate mix of ferocity, passion, energy and swagger. Like a Frank Carter fronted Arctic Monkeys, the record packs a punch with spiky guitars and razor-sharp vocals.

It really does feel like there is something special here and ‘Bloodshot’, ‘517’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Baby’ all further evidence this over the second half of the EP. The tender ‘painkiller’ closes out the record in parallel to the intensity of what comes before and is another early glimpse of what’s on offer from this group.

For a band threatening to breakout, you couldn’t really wish for a better opening gambit. Expect to hear the name MOSKITO a lot in the future!

Watch Episode 10 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests MOSKITO!

‘Discover’ New Music Podcast – Episode 10 – MOSKITO

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ten56.

Downer Part. 2

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Upon his departure from Betraying The Martyrs, vocalist Aaron Matts was quick to reveal his next project ten56.. With the world and the music industry still in the midst of the pandemic and all the uncertainty that would bring, some may have questioned the logic in leaving an established entity to start afresh at such a time.

Clearly Matts would’ve required a great deal of faith in what he had lined up and over the past year or so that faith has paid dividends with ten56. taking the scene by storm and notching up some seriously impressive streaming metrics. A debut EP and a run of live dates have been well received and now ten56. are ready to capitalise on all that momentum with new EP ‘Downer Part.2’.

This EP is a full frontal assault on the senses with Matts’ ferocious vocals taking centre stage and underpinning the progressive sound of the group. ‘Downer Part.2’ certainly feels like a breakout moment for a band already breaking out. Yes, over a period just under twenty minutes, Matts has shown the world just why he had such faith.

Only time will truly tell, but at this point you’d have to put money on ten56. becoming one of the biggest metal acts of the next decade!

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IOTA

Tyrants

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‘Tyrants’ is the debut EP from Bristol’s IOTA, who featured on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist back in July with their single, ‘Take It’. Four new tracks feature on this short but expansive record as the band stretch their creative legs.

The signs have been there for a while that this band can be something special and from opening track, ‘Demons’, it’s immediately apparent that this EP is a real statement from the band. Abrasive and packed full of angst, each track feels like a release from a group ready to explode.

The whole sound of the band is huge on this EP and singer Jodie Robinson really excels, with her delivery a real highlight of each track. ‘Ballet Box’, ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Control’ which make up the rest of the record evidence the progress that IOTA have made clearly – this is a band capable of breaking out in a big way!

Watch Episode 26 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests IOTA

‘Discover’ New Music Podcast – Episode 26 – IOTA

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As Sirens Fall

coming of (r)age

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As Sirens Fall

As Sirens Fall continue to forge their path with a confident and ambitious new EP. ‘coming of (r)age’ is a storming return from a band who continue their musical evolution with five more enormously catchy tracks.

‘cult’ eases us into the record and introduces us to the hook driven melodies that make this EP such an enjoyable listen sonically. Lyrically the record is a relatable and frank indictment on the dark times we find ourselves in and how we can still choose life.

‘boywhatever’ is a dancefloor filler built for the live setting and the title-track and ‘dynamite’ further demonstrate an added maturity within the band’s songwriting. Yes, this EP really is a big moment for As Sirens Fall as they set themselves up for world domination.

The EP closes with the hugely anthemic ‘heaven (spat us back out)’, which we recently featured on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist. The single is a true breakout moment from the band and can only be described these days as an out and out banger!

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Oakman

SCP

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The evolution of Oakman in recent years has culminated with the release of their third EP, ‘SCP’. The French pop-punk trio have given deeper exploration of the pop element of the genre and the outcome is majestic.

Opening with the statement dancefloor filler ‘Night’, the six track record is an uplifting yet brutally honest and personal collection.

‘Murder’ and ‘Fantasy’ knuckle down on this formula and exude vulnerability and strength in equal measure.

Oakman sound natural on this EP and are able to showcase their superb songwriting skills with freedom. Their pop-punk roots remain, but the band appear ready to elevate themselves both artistically and professionally with their new sound.

Watch Episode 22 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Oakman

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The Skinner Brothers

Lonedon

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If you attended a UK music festival this year you would’ve had a high percentage chance of catching The Skinner Brothers. The hotly-tipped band have kept busy since supporting Kasabian last year and now feels an ideal time for them to release some new music.

Well, that’s exactly what they’ve done in the shape of new four-track EP, ‘Lonedon’.

The title track is up first and showcases their Britpop influenced indie-rock perfectly. Second track ‘Mellow’ demonstrates their dexterity and ‘Loaded Gun’ sounds like it was recorded for the FIFA video game soundtrack.

Final track, ‘Make It Count’, is a superbly crafted softer sing-a-long anthem which ensures that this is a well rounded collection.

In fact, if your looking for a short taster of this much hyped new act, then this EP is exactly what you need!

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BLACKGOLD

BLACKGOLD

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The mysterious BLACKGOLD burst onto the scene earlier this year with their debut single, ‘It’s Art’, and now they have unleashed a monstrous self-titled debut EP!

That single gets the EP started and sets a tone that remains throughout the other four tracks. That is a tone of passion and ferocity in a distinctly nu-metal-esque presentation.

There is a good mix of both a throwback nostalgic sound with a fresh and innovative twist on this statement of a record.

It can be hard for new bands to break through, but BLACKGOLD clearly have eye-catching aesthetics and a sound that can back up their bravado. The band could have an intriguing future and this EP is the perfect introduction to the world.

Listen to ‘Sorry’ from BLACKGOLD on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist

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James and the Cold Gun

False Start

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After wowing crowds across the UK in support slots for the likes of Therapy?, Creeper and Salem, rockers James and the Cold Gun unleash their debut EP, ‘False Start’!

Fans who have caught the band live over the past months will have had a taste of these five tracks, but it’s great to finally get to hear the studio versions. A debut release is always a statement for any act, but ‘False Start’ feels like a full statement of intent from the band.

This is their manifesto of hard and fast rockers designed to get you moving, and you’ll find it hard not to vote with you feet and your head! There is great potential in James and the Cold Gun and thankfully they’ve delivered a fantastic start with a superb debut release.

Watch our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests James and the Cold Gun

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Scruffy Bear

Face The Rain

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The time has arrived for North Yorkshire fuzz rockers Scruffy Bear to unleash their new EP, ‘Face The Rain’ on the world.

The release features four hard hitting tracks which together signify the arrival of a band capable of wonderous things. Harnessing the power of singer Georgy Eaton’s voice and coupling it with a mixture of melodic licks and raucous riffs to create fierce blues rock sound.

If this is a taste of what is to come, then the future should be bright for this young band.

Watch our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Scruffy Bear!

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