Amber Lamps, seasoned punk-rock out of Astoria, Queens stream new album “On the Lamb”

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Three piece punk-rock act, Amber Lamps are now streaming their brand new EP “On The Lamb,” which made its way to the streets last Friday, September 14th. Notorious for their soulful, and groovy riffs and peppery, seasoned punk rock, Amber Lamps have made quite the name for themselves in both their hometown of Astoria, Queens and beyond.

Before we go any further, “On The Lamb” absolutely deserves every ounce of attention from every punk, of all ages, everywhere. These guys seemed to have perfected the art of ¬†taking the likable-ness and accessibility of pop punk and turning it into soulful, punchy, and raucous punk that drives a harder, and quite frankly, more like-able bargain than pop punk.

“Wanderlust” rolls in with an upbeat, and pop-like riff that suits the opening of the EP. “Catastrophe” taps into a blues-y swing rhythm which is the only track of this sound on the EP. If I had one last wish in the world, it would be to have an album full of tracks like this. “Catastrophe” hits me right in that sweet spot that tempts playing the track on repeat all day.

“Sola Catuli” expresses the softer side of Amber Lamps with an acoustic track. Vocals here seem to have a knack for delivering just the right amount of tone and energy for each track, and here we’re given a lullaby-like melody. As much as I love their drive in the previous tracks, this track is definitely my favorite purely for the stark contrast it shows from their traditional sound. Not only is it starkly different, but if given only this track, it is completely believable that this acoustic-signer-songwriter style is what they perform and record on a day to day basis.

“Hindered Spirits” slows it down just the tiniest touch, which is enough to give the EP closure and some structure to the flow of the six track procession. Out of all of the six tracks, this one seems to be of the most groove driven (along with “Catastrophe”) rather than tempo driven which is a good sound for these guys.

Amber Lamps absolutely nailed it on this EP, “On The Lamb.” For all of you craving that diggable, down and dirty punk– these guys should be number one on that list.

Make sure to stream the album below, and if you want to pick up the download you can do so here.


The Rebellion Lost (punk, alt-rock) stream new single “Out of Focus” off of upcoming fall EP

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Our friends in The Rebellion Lost are now streaming their new title track off of their upcoming EP “Out of Focus.”

The Rebellion Lost consists of Tom (vocals and guitar), Sean (guitar), Jimmy Bou (drums). and Danny (bass). Hailing from Queens, NY these guys last released their Punch Drunk EP in 2017. Over the past year, these guys have been kicking around on tour and growing their fan base. You can check out the new track here!

“Out of Focus” definitely is a larger step away from Punch Drunk¬†however what I quite enjoy about this track it has a very nostalgic, punchy, grunge-esque sound. The Rebellion Lost has always boasted unique, and authentic vocals and “Out of Focus” is no exception. The vocals are raw, and gritty which has been an overall theme for these guys as a general rule of thumb, and perhaps why I’ve always liked their sound. The guitar opens with a delightful, jiggy tune and proceeds into a verse that lyrically, and aurally is quite reminiscent of Weezer. Despite the fact that this is a step away from their previous sound, “Out of Focus” shows evolution and maturation as artists which is not only a good sign but promises a fabulous end to the rest of the EP. Each role in the band fits like a puzzle into the other, which can be hard to accomplish in some regards however it’s clear these guys worked very hard on their new track and it shows.

For now, I’ll have to wait until October 5th in order to get the rest of the EP but I will be sitting on the edge of my seat until then. For any of you New Yorkers, The Rebellion Lost will be playing their release show on October 4th to celebrate the EP at Gold Sounds. Buy tickets here!

REVIEW: “The Ever After” by A Ritual Circle, Edinburgh heavy rock

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Photo Credit to Waysted Photography.

A Ritual Spirit certainly delivered on their promise of heavy rock with “The Ever After.” Despite the fact that the track gave off impenetrable and dense riffs, it was not a home run for me. The intro of the track was definitely a great start– it was raucous, abrasive, and all things heavy which is exactly what I was expecting, however then it switched gears towards a more stripped down pre-chorus with only drums and vocals. In some regards I can see how this allows for balance in the track, however in my opinion the only thing it did was poke holes in the impenetrability that the outfit had created in the intro. These holes combined with a strangely sentimental lyrical quality seemed to create just more holes in the cohesion of the track. On the contrary, these guys had a pretty bangin’ solo right around the 2:30 mark and really delivered on their promise of heavy set music aside from their pre-chorus.

Rating: 5/10.