Happy Monday folks, and welcome to our latest selection of the best new tunes rock has to offer. A record number of you voted in last week's poll, with the following acts making your top three:
3. Hollowstar - Let You Down
2. Ace Frehley - Mission to Mars
1. Ghost - Dance Macabre
Congratulations to Ghost, our first prize winners! And well played to first and second runner-ups Ace Frehley and Hollowstar. Now, who will sway your vote this week? Have a listen to our selection (not forgetting to vote for your favourite at the foot of this page), but first let's have a toe-tapping victory spin of last week's champions Ghost. Enjoy...
Steven Wilson – Song Of I
Back in March, Steven Wilson played a three-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall, bringing cuts from across his career and ALL the visuals and multimedia trappings. Missed it? Or just want to relive the whole grand-scale affair, with the painstaking attention to detail and audio geekery that comes with everything Wilson touches? It’s coming out in live DVD form. This avant-rocking highlight – originally from 2017’s ‘grown-up pop’ spectacular To The Bone – features many lights and enormous, multiplying projections of a contemporary dancer lady. Check it out...
RHR - Rapture
British blues singer/guitar slinger Jack J Hutchinson has teamed up with pals Troy Redfern, Mike Ross, Jack Browning and Darren Lee to form this new good-time rock’n’roll outfit. With at least one foot in the Southern worlds of the Black Crowes and Blackberry Smoke (and another in the guitar hook from Get It On by T.Rex), this loose, swaggering single is taken from their upcoming album Mahogany Drift (on sale November 2). We like.
The Wild Things - Better Off Alone
One of the softer numbers on this British foursome’s upcoming debut ,You’re Really Something, this is an impressively tight, mature slice of songwriting - part sweetly naive heartache, part warmingly sophisticated West Coast pop rock, all bound together by the cute-but-not-’cutesy’ vocals of Sydney Rae White (also an actress off-of-the-telly, and the big screen).
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers - Reality Bites
Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. Stirring, pocket-sized angst is channeled into a blue-collar roots n’ punk framework, with LJG’s love for Tom Petty worn triumphantly on her sleeve. Check out the full album, Bought To Rot, which comes out on November 9.
La Muerte - L.S.D For The Holy Man
Previously touted as “the missing link between Salvador Dali and The Stooges”, these Belgian oddballs (or ‘Popes of the Belgian Underground’, as they’ve also been called) released a bunch of cool records in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. Critical acclaim followed. Fame and fortune didn’t. Now, they’re back with this gripping mesh of proto-punk, heavy psych and biker metal, bolstered by a deliciously disturbing video (no surprise that their singer is also an accomplished horror director).
Willie & The Bandits - Find My Way
Their next album, Paths, is out in February, but for now we recommend you give this first single a spin. For anyone new to Willie’s world, there’s more going on here than the straight-up rootsy image might suggest. This starts out all dirty blues rock strutting before moving into moody outlaw tones and a spacey, world beats-fuelled bridge section. Cool stuff.
Naked Six - Let It Out
Next we’ve got a moody, grungy new tune from Manchester-based rockers Naked Six (taken from their debut EP, No Compromise, out now). The verses are cool and broodingly atmospheric, but it’s the gorgeously harmonised chorus that made us sit up and listen. With rousing, confident tunes like this, bigger things just might be in store. Oh yes, and singer/guitarist Seb is Biff Byford’s son. Something good runs in the family then...
Metal Church - Out Of Balance
If nothing here has tickled your fancy, and what you really crave is a bunch of ‘80s San Francisco metallers cackling into your ear holes (in a good way), look no further. Slickly executed, thunderously riffy and beautifully batshit – with nods to Judas Priest and Dio – there’s fire in this old-school place of house of God/Satan/chosen deity yet. Check out more on new album Damned If You Do, which is out in December.