Singles Roundup July 2017
Happy summer Pure Rawkers! School’s out, and as I write this, the rain is torrential and the thunder is breaking right overheard. Truly, the English summer has arrived. Stay indoors and listen to rock and roll kids, it’s safer.
Bloody Beetroots / Jet – My Name Is Thunder
Here’s a neat little concept – a double A side single, with two acts collaborating. Same song on both sides, but with a different lead artist – almost exactly two sides of the same song. I probably wouldn’t be waffling this at you if it was just a neat concept though – house and electronic artist Bloody Betroots (aka Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo) brings some massive beats to the table, and mixes them with Jet’s hi-energy hard rock. My favourite of the pair is the Bloody Beetroots led side, which adds a real latter-day Prodigy vibe for Jet-frontman Nic Cester to rock on top of.
The Struts – One Night Only
I’m never quite sure whether I love or loather The Struts, they manage to balance on a tightrope edge between cocksure, and just cocks. Whilst I wouldn’t like to be locked in a recording studio with them, they have put out some great material, and this their latest is as big and anthemic as we have come to expect from these guys. Plumbing the same depths as The Darkness and Queen, with a knack for 70s glam grandiosity, The Struts proclaim “If you want entertainment, then honey, (they’re) the best”.
Watch the lyric video on YouTube, and if you happen to be catching Foo Fighters in the US in October, this lot are supporting.
Rose Avenue – Losing It
Melbourne’s Rose Avenue are a great little pop punk act, coming across with waves of Sum 41 and Blink 182, but with better guitar work and far less nauseating. After a bit of a stunted start with their 2014 debut EP, this track should hopefully be their breakthrough single; an unashamed ode to getting out there, having a good time and well, losing it. The band are working on an album this year, with touring to follow in 2018.
This is a great fun track with lots of energy, have a listen for yourselves on Soundcloud.
RAC ft K. Flay – Heartbreak Summer
So first things first, I am abusing my privilege on this one, as this really isn’t a rock track at all. If this bothers you, scroll to the next one. If you’re still reading though, I’m really enjoying this track. On the album, Ego, Producer and DJ RAC has guest vocals aplenty over his electronic work, and I’m really loving this one he’s done with singer / rapper K. Flay. A summer breakup anthem, K. Flay’s lament to love lost has great impact over RAC’s orchestral arrangement.
The Darknes – All The Pretty Girls
Back again to bring back some fun and glamour into your otherwise dull and drab lives, The Darkness are back with this track, the first off their forthcoming fifth album, Pinewood Smile. With 2015’s Last Of Our Kind arguably being the strongest since their debut, things are looking good for the Lowestoft boys, although in my humble opinion this isn’t one of their best. It is however available as a free download if you pre-order the album, due in October. Have a listen to the audio on YouTube.
In other Darkness related news, they’re making a film! Well, a documentary about their rise, fall, and rise again. If you fancy supporting it, there’s more info on IndieGoGo.