Tracks Of The Week: new music from The Lutras, Those Damn Crows and more

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Want to find the best new rock music out there? Classic Rock is on hand with eight of the latest tunes worth your attention – selected every week from tonnes of contenders, and covering various shades of rock’n’roll. And every week we ask YOU to choose the best.

An enormous number of you voted in last week’s poll, placing these guys into the top three:

3. Heather Findlay - Southern Shores

2. Ramrod - Ares Call

1. Naked Six - Song of The City

Congratulations to Naked Six! And hats off to Ramrod, who were hot on their heels in second place, and to Heather Findlay in third. 

Check out this week’s selection, see who you rate the highest, then vote for your favourite at the foot of this page. Right after a spin of last week’s champions...

The Lutras - Fight Night

There’s a time and place for gently easing into a song, but this isn’t one of them. Scottish foursome The Lutras don’t leave you waiting, or wanting, for a second in this three-minute monster – boasting one of those simple, likeably cocky riffs that'll add some swagger to your step, or make you air-guitar at your desk...

Those Damn Crows - Set In Stone

The Welsh hard rockers have upped their game on new album Point Of No Return (set for release in February 2020), as this oomphy, galloping single confirms. Music to pump your fist, break speed-limits and tear the doors off buildings to – with your bare hands...

KOYO - Ostracised

The great new track from progressive Leeds types KOYO flits effortlessly between gnarly Tool-esque weight and the sort of hazy dream pop you’d associate with Tame Impala. It’s a sharp, smart step forward from their initial burst of promise – bringing a new spirit of cerebral adventure, without sacrificing on melody or hookiness.

Donnie Vie - Beautiful Things

The former Enuff Z’Nuff singer/songwriter’s latest solo tune is a blissed-out blast of pretty harmonies, Cheap Trick-esque emotion and lead guitar lines that’ll pull your heart right out of your chest - figuratively speaking, we think...

Mariana Semkina - Everything Burns

The Kate Bush-nodding singer with Russian chamber-prog act Iamthemorning releases her solo debut in the new year, from which this beautifully haunting single is taken. Mariana says of the song: “Everything Burns focuses on the demons that you take with you no matter how far you try to go; the fact is you just can't run away from them. No matter how hard you try to change everything around you, they will stay with you unless you realise that the most important change, the one that is by far the hardest to achieve - the one that happens inside of you.”

Saltlake - Bitter Pill

A meaty new tune from Sussex trio Saltlake, which soars as well as crunches. If Muse and Bullet For My Valentine went to an alt.rock night and had a baby, it might have turned out something like this. Vocalist/guitarist Henry Gottelier says: "Bitter Pill is a metaphor for the struggles of everyday life-being lost in a society that you just don't seem to fit into, and the anxiety that comes with that-being the person that someone relies on, but never having it returned."

Ocean Alley - Tombstone

These Aussie freakniks’ music has been described as “cruisey psych, rock and reggae fusion”. You can hear elements of all that in this trippy, more-ish number. In some ways it echoes the oddball pop stylings of their West Coast compatriots (Tame Impala, Pond…), but with a more organic sense of 70s/80s warmth.

Brian Fallon - You Have Stolen My Heart

One with which to chill/peace out/find your mellow happy place now. You can check out more from the Gaslight Anthem man on 2020 album Local Honey (and on tour in the US and UK/EU March-May), but for now we'll whet your appetite with this oh-so-pretty acoustically led number.

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.