The best new rock songs you need to hear right now

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Despite the typically international nature of Tracks Of The Week, last week's battle ended up being a distinctly British affair, as Portsmouth's Brave Rival beat out extremely colourful combo The Hot Damn! and Killing Joke spinoff Light Of Eternity in a fracas that was as see-saw as it was exciting. So well done to all of them. 

This week it's another multi-national celebration, with bands from Mexico and NZ joining the usual suspects from the British and American Isles. But first, here's Brave Rival again, with their now-classic song Fairytale.

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Below are this week's choices, and they're all looking rather lovely. 


Terrorvision - Lucifer

We’re kicking off today with some old-skool Terrorvision, taken from their upcoming album We Are Not Robots and a total monster of a track. Diving in with a flaming hot riff the size of a house and a refrain you’ll want to sing along to and then keep singing (with plenty of air-guitaring) long after its four minutes have passed, Lucifer is a groovy, dirty rocker with a devilish twist. Crank it up and grab the tequila, your week starts here.

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Fantastic Cat - So Glad You Made It

There’s a lot of love for the feline community on the Classic Rock team, so we were intrigued by the prospect of a 'fantastic' one. Turns out it’s a band from New York City, comprising a bunch of seasoned rock/folk/Americana pros (including Hollis Brown singer Mike Montali) who came together in 2019 to make sweet music without the pressures of their previous gigs. Counting Crows man Adam Duritz guests on this new one, all ultra-smooth, heartwarming pop melody and gauzy early 70s folk rock feels. Oh, and the video has so many affably corny, self-aware little gags (without trying too hard) you’ll want to hang out with them after the show. 

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Joanne Shaw Taylor - Drowning In A Sea Of Love

This is one of our favourites from Joanne’s album, Heavy Soul, so we’re happy to see it getting the video treatment. You can hear the work she's done with her friend Joe Bonamassa (Heavy Soul was produced by longstanding JB collaborator Kevin Shirley, and released on Joe's label), in a really good way. Blending smooth, unctuous rhythm n’ blues with Motown-y textures and a super-sweet, minor key earworm of a melody, Drowning In A Sea Of Love is the sound of a great guitarist and singer hitting her stride as a songwriter – relaxing into the music and having a brilliant time with it. Classy stuff.

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Those Damn Crows - Let’s Go Psycho!

Bridgend’s finest are back with a brand new single, following last year’s game-raising Inhale/Exhale record. Packing a snappy, beefy punch with American heavyweight notes of Alter Bridge and Shinedown (though we were pleased to find that singer Shane Greenhall still sounds dead Welsh in the spoken-word bit at the three-minute marker) and a whiff of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire in the chorus, it’s a strong omen for their next album, which they’re working on as we speak. Watch this space.

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Laura Jane Grace - I’m Not A Cop

Laura Jane Grace finds a fun, cheerfully spiky sonic place between Jonathan Richman and The Gaslight Anthem on this slice of her new album, Hole In My Head – complete with Reno 911-esque music video starring LJG and her wife, Paris Campbell Grace, masquerading as renegade police officials on the streets of Chicago. Think blue-collar Americana storytelling with punk in its veins, set to a toe-tapping, almost surfy rock’n’roll beat. Nice.

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Myles Kennedy - Say What You Will

Where previous solo Myles tracks have often found him embracing his acoustically minded, Chris Whitley-loving side, on Say What You Will the Alter Bridge frontman is all about the rock with a capital ‘R’, and it sounds great – pummelling through the speakers in a rollicking, gnarly fashion that suggests he's having fun. Also, he actually goofs around in the video! Not that this is wholly out of keeping with his character in general, but it is a change from his more typical brooding, none-more-black, tall n’ cool denim stage persona.

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Earth Tongue - Nightmare

Berlin-based New Zealanders Earth Tongue ramp up the occult action on new single Nightmare, which finds Gussie Larkin and Ezra Simons operating at their most demented, with a video that includes much stormy weather, a sacrificial goat, and Larkin experiencing an apparent satanic procession on a bed rather inconveniently located in the wilderness. It's the usual mix of psychedelic fuzz guitar and half-chanted/half-sung vocals, and it comes from new album Great Haunting, which is out now. Somebody please call an exorcist. 

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The Warning - Burnout

The Warning parody themselves in the video for Burnout, which finds the Mexican all-sister trio exhausted but resolving to replace themselves via an X-Factor-style talent show in which they appear as judges. It's a big song with a big riff, big verses and an even bigger chorus, and a small section of the band's devout following is rewarded for their loyalty by starring as potential replacements for their idols. Lovely stuff all round. 

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Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.

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