Discovery and excitement!
I felt like I had to start writing again. No, not because “music needs me” or anything like that. That would just be arrogant as fuck!
I had to do it for me, and I might choose to delve in to that story at some stage down the track, but not now. For now it will just remain my story…
Anyways.. I’ve been back to doing Noise Pollution for about 3 weeks, and it’s fun. People are getting on board again, and the audience is growing. I have no designs on doing this for a living, and I’m not trying to take over the world. I just love the feeling of discovery when I hear a great song for the first time, and I love the excitement of finding a new band. I have always had these feelings going back to when I was a kid, recording video clips off of the TV on a Sunday morning. Do you remember those pre internet dark ages?
So for this particular post, I’m choosing to share some bands that I have found in the last few weeks. They are all bands that I believe could be huge given the right circumstances, and I believe all are worthy of your ears, so check them out and show them some support if you will.
Alien Weaponry –
Hailing from New Zealand, and leaning heavily into their Maori roots, this young band has released an absolutely stunning album in Tu. They are kicking goals everywhere right now, touring the world (including a spot on Download Festival Australia) and receiving high praise for their album. Signed to Napalm Records, I can see nothing but big things for these boys in the future.
Black Oak County:
Coming out of Denmark, these hard rockers first burst on to the scene in 2016. The following year seen the release of their debut full length self titled album, which received a lot of notice from Classic Rock Magazine, however amid all of that, original singer Neils Beier chose to walk away from music altogether. The band soldiered on, and with a new singer in place, released the excellent single Pretty Pistol in 2018. Going by the quality of Pretty Pistol, any future album from Black Oak County will be a killer!
I have been involved in the Melbourne music scene on and off for about 7 years now, and I have seen a lot of bands come and go. Atomic Riot is born from the remains of a few of those bands, and they kick arse. So far they have just one release under their belt, 2017’s self titled effort, but I’m sure they have a lot left to say. The EP is a fantastic high energy affair that throws back to the best of the 70’s and 80’s hard rock. They’re young and hungry, and you need them in your life.
Another relatively new group from Australia, Panic Syndrome featuring Caligula front man Ash Rothschild, are the most different addition to this list. Influenced by The Cure, Joy Division and Depeche Mode, Panic Syndrome are doing their part to bring a darker form of music back to the forefront. The 2017 album Lost is absolutely amazing, and I look forward to more!
The above are just a few hard rock and metal acts with very bright futures. There are so many more that I’d love to share with you, so I might actually make this a semi regular thing here at Noise Pollution.
So until next time, go and listen to these bands. Try to catch Alien Weaponry on tour in the next few weeks, and Atomic Riot are always gigging around town.
Get out there and discover!
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