Underground Indie Rock – A Round-Up Review #2

I completed a review of underground indie rock music a few months ago – I’m a big fan of this sort of music so I’m always on the look out for more music from this genre, and there are so many bands/artists out there creating this form of music that I felt it was time to create another round-up review on the genre. Find out how I got on below!

By Jane Howkins

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Red Skies Mourning – Paralyzed.

The first track I came across was Paralyzed by Red Skies Mourning. The song starts off with a lovely electric guitar melody before it kicks into a raw sounding percussive rhythm, starting the tempo off for the whole thing. The track has something of a modern rock feel to it and the vocals are fantastic. The song also has a dark atmosphere to it, which I loved. It’s very melodic but still has a heavier feel and the organ that appears later on in the song was a very welcome surprise. Check out their website and socials below.

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Charlotte Hall – I Feel Alive.

Charlotte Hall is a singer-songwriter and musician from Chesterfield in the UK, an area not far from where I live (it’s great to hear some local talent!) I Feel Alive is her latest release – it has more of a folk-pop feel to it but there are still some indie vibes here – I also felt there was something of a 90s pop-rock aspect to the song. Charlotte has a great voice and I liked the use of the acoustic guitar here, giving it a folky quality.

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Pale Moon – Strange Days.

Pale Moon are a musical duo consisting of Árni and Nata, two musicians from Iceland and Siberia that are influenced by a range of different musical styles including dream pop and psychedelic rock. Strange Days is an upbeat indie pop song with a really catchy melody to it – the rhythm has a good stomp to it that should get your toes tapping almost instantly. The vocal harmonies sound wonderful, making the song sound even more poppy. You can find their website here.

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Elektric Animals – Cheers.

Elektric Animals are a modern rock band from the USA that also have elements of indie rock present in their music – Cheers is their latest single release. The song has a really anthemic sound to it and the chorus should have listeners singing along in no time. The guitar melodies are amazing and have a really groovy feel to them – the percussion also has an interesting, almost tribal vibe to it. It sounds well produced and there is something very lush about the instrumentation as a whole.

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The Lunar Keys – Stop This.

Stop This is the new track from The Lunar Keys, a rock band with some indie trappings to their music from Guildford in Surrey. There are also some modern rock and electronic elements present in the song, making for quite a nice overall mix. I liked the spidery guitar melodies a lot and the chorus has an anthemic sound to it with the lyrics having a catchy, repetitive style to them, as well as a dreamy feel. You can find their website here.

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Joseph Hunter Duncan – Always On My Mind.

Joseph Hunter Duncan is a singer-songwriter from Nashville – Always on My Mind is his latest release. The song has an indie feel to it but I also felt there was a 90s rock energy to it- the song also has moments of shoegaze, alternative rock and indie folk within it – the song also has a very personal nature, making it sound rather intense at times. This is in part due to the shoegaze distortion and Joseph’s vocal style – the main chord sequence also sounded rather beautiful to me.

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Moonroof – Goodbye.

Moonroof are a rock band from Bloomsburg – whilst they do have an indie sound to their music, I also felt there was a bit pop-punk feel to it as well, in part due to the vocal style. Goodbye is very catchy and poppy in parts but the guitars give it more of a rock sound, making for a nice dynamic balance. Despite the upbeat feel of the music, the lyrics are about a toxic relationship and have quite a melancholic vibe to them, fitting the pop-punk sound well.

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End Of Proof – Don’t Think Twice.

End Of Proof is the brainchild of Norwegian artist and musician Jon Nilsson, with the singer-songwriter describing himself as being a ‘one man indie band’, making his music all the more impressive due to how amazing it sounds. Don’t Think Twice is his latest release – it sounds quite simple on the first listen, but play it through a few times and more will appear as you listen – the guitar melodies cross over with the rhythm and sound amazing due to this, and the main chord sequence is quite beautiful. End Of Proof’s website is here and his social media pages are below.

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Kev Howell – Longnor.

The curiously titled Longnor is a new track from Kev Howell, a UK based singer-songwriter and musician with an 80s/90s rock feel to his music. As well as the indie sound, I thought there were elements of alt rock, the blues and and classic rock present and the guitar riffs sound very groovy. I also felt there was a sense of rock and roll attitude to things (often missing in rock music nowadays), which works well with the 90s alt rock themes.

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RockCounsellor – Laura.

Laura is a new release from RockCounsellor, a UK singer-songwriter and musician otherwise known as Thoby Burton. The track has quite an 80s feel to it (the opening synths are very reminiscent of this era) and it sounds very groovy, with a cool funky feel provided by the bass. The track sounds very innovative and has elements of rock and disco and the vocals sounded very post-punk to me, making for a unique range of styles across the entirety of the song.

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Joseph E-Shine – We Must Bring A Change.

Joseph E-Shine (real name Yossi Mizrahi) is an Israeli musician and producer who has worked with a lot of big name musicians, having quite an extensive musical background. He’s back with a new song called We Must Bring A Change which has a very anthemic feel to it – the song slowly builds up over the course of the track, starting with a pretty piano melody before the crescendo appears and the guitar solos kick in. It’s very beautiful and I loved the message contained within the track.

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Yuzostate – Brink Of Contrast.

Brink Of Contrast is an intriguing composition from British musical project Yuzostate and is rather different from a lot of the other tracks on this list, due to its psychedelic nature. It’s an instrumental piece but don’t let that put you off as it sounds very interesting – the bass has an almost ska/reggae feel to it (but not quite) and the guitars/sitars are very Eastern sounding. It sounds very cool and it’s fantastic to hear something a little different, so make sure you check out Yuzostate’s social media pages below.

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Damn, Janis – A Doctor, A Cop, A Judge.

Damn Janis are a Miami-based rock band formed in 2020, making it all the more impressive how good their music is, especially considering everything that has occurred since then with the pandemic. A Doctor, A Copy, A Judge is their latest release, with the song having a punk energy to it as well as the indie rock overtones. The song has quite a raw feel and the vocals sound very unique, but they work well with the style of the song.

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Station Worship – King’s Kid.

Station Worship are a collaborative group from New Hampshire consisting of a group of worship leaders and songwriters, making their music a little different from the rest of the songs on this list. Despite the religious aspects (which understandably might put some off), their latest song King’s Kid is a good sounding track, having an indie pop feel to it. The song sounds quite anthemic and the chorus has a singalong quality to it – it’s also rather interesting to hear worship music taking on a more rocky sound, rather than the usual slew of singer-songwriter music you usually hear from the genre.

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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Corners Pressed.

Corners Pressed is a bittersweet song from Letting Up Despite Great Faults, an indie rock band from Austin, Texas. The track starts out with an upbeat rhythm from the off, with some typical indie guitar work running throughout the song – I liked the little noodly guitar melodies as they really give the track character. The vocals are quite low but they work surprisingly well with the rest of the music and there was also a shoegaze vibe to things, which was a welcome surprise.

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Sun Affair – Lend Myself.

Lend Myself is a new release from Sun Affair, a Sydney based songwriter and musician otherwise known as Wesley Stormer. The song is very upbeat and has a positive vibe to it – it sounds very groovy and should get you up and dancing almost instantly. As well as the indie vibes, the song also has elements of pop, rock and dance present in it – the guitar melodies and bass have a real catchy feel to them too. It has a really warm quality to it, so make sure you check out Sun Affair’s social media pages below.

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Love, Lies And Fiction – The Sun Lights Up The Moon.

Love, Lies & Fiction are a melodic pop-rock group from South Florida – The Sun Lights Up The Moon is their latest release. The song starts offs with a strong synth melody before calming down a little on the verses – the bass melody on the verses sounds fantastic and pushes the song along in style. The vocals are very strong and suit the anthemic sound of the track well – I also really enjoyed the dynamic changes between the lighter verses and the louder choruses.

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Cellos – Insomniac

Cellos are a modern rock band from Durham who have recently emerged onto the new British indie scene – Insomniac is their first single from their upcoming album, which I am also excited to hear. Insomniac has a great energy to it and it would sound awesome being played at a festival – it reminded me a lot of the original indie rock scene that emerged in the noughties, but with a fresh new twist to it. The guitar melodies are top-tappingly catchy – make sure you check the track out in our playlist below to find out more.

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