2018-01-30 05:31:56 UTC
New Row are a powerful young guitar-led pop band from Toronto, fusing immediate Pop hooks with a hard rock edge and a Brit sensibility. They're here to save indie music for passionate guitar-led songwriting.
Fronted by the charismatic Bewlz, the band backs their lyrical, intense and original songwriting with a dynamic live show
Formed in 2014, they have quickly risen to prominence in the Toronto scene, headlining all the city’s top venues, touring to Chicago, and filming a special for Rogers TV.
WAGING WAR carries the best of the band’s output so far, with 16 songs running to over 70 minutes. Look out for the recent single The Day That Never Ends, a poignant yet manically upbeat break-up song set against the backdrop of Toronto’s terrible traffic; Belong, NEW ROW’s live anthem with its totemic chorus and keening harmonies; Home, a transcendent love story told through a dream of the apocalypse; and next single Dreamtime, a tale of writer’s block seemingly recorded at a Black Crowes after-party hosted by Beck.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.