We all love a good rock anthem, don’t we? Rowdy Scottish rockers She Burns Red are seemingly no different, as they demonstrate on their gritty new single “Killing Time.” Inspiring and uplifting and built around adrenaline-fuelled rock n’ roll, the song provides a cracking taster of their upcoming debut album due in 2023.
Inspired by everyone from The Wildhearts to Cheap Trick through to Mastodon and Danko Jones, we got the group to sit down and pick out ten rock anthems that changed their lives both individually and as a collective.
So, pull up a chair and crank up the speakers for their impressive list, but before you dive in, check out the video to their recently-released single.
1. Deftones – “Change (In The House of Flies)”
Scott Hanlon (Drums): “This song is very chilled with a hard edge. There is a sense of calmness behind the eeriness which sounds odd at first, but with a few listens, it’ll be stuck in your head for days. The gradual build-up of the track really hooks me and makes me feel all kinds of emotions. Feelings of happiness, sadness and sometimes nostalgia. The setting of the music video is absolutely perfect for the vibe of the song.”
2. Queens of The Stone Age – “No One Knows”
Scott Hanlon (Drums): “I’ve been listening to this song for years, and it never gets old to me. I love the swagger that QOTSA have to their sound; they just reek of coolness. Many hours have been spent in the practice room jamming along to Dave Grohl’s thunderous drum track on this song, I’ve even performed this track live with the cover band that I’m in, and I have to admit, I feel completely badass being amongst it.”
3. Foo Fighters – “The Pretender”
Naz Scanferlato (Guitars): “At this point of my musical journey, as a kid, I was a lot into blues and classic rock and heavy metal, one day I open YouTube, and this video pops up in the ‘recommended for you’ section, I open the link, and I’m immediately intrigued, this band didn’t belong to any of the above-mentioned genres, it was just full-on in-your-face rock music, and when the red wall behind the band breaks into water I was fully in love with this new (to me) band.”
4. Aerosmith – “Love In An Elevator”
Naz Scanferlato (Guitars): “This is a band that completely changed my life, and this video, especially as a young lad, was very amusing, seeing this singer wearing extravagant dresses and hats jumping around, scenes with hot girls and Joe Perry on guitar being, well… Joe Perry. The first time I saw it, it was one of those few real realization moments in your life when I thought, ‘this is it! That’s who I want to be and what I want to do…’”
5. Oasis – “Live Forever”
Andy Moore (Vocals/Guitars): “It was around the time I started to learn how to play guitar. Everyone else was playing at 100mph and all these massive riffs and solos. I kinda figured out you don’t have to do all that flashy stuff to write a good song. You can do something really simple and still have the same impact. Oasis was that for me. It was about the song.”
6. Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City”
Andy Moore (Vocals/Guitars): “It’s literally the first video or even music I can remember seeing. I didn’t understand what was going on. As in one minute, the stadium was empty. Then it was full. Plus, I was kind of scared of them. But I was like 5, and my cousin was my hero, so I looked up to him. He loved Guns N’ Roses. So I thought I had to. Turned out. I was right. I loved them.”
7. Danko Jones – “Code of the Road”
James McCulloch (Bass): “Danko Jones are one of the best live bands out there, and their studio content has been incredible for over two decades now. Being in a band is weird; it’s a hard thing for a lot of people to understand, the heart and soul that goes into every single thing you do. This song captures that perfectly. It’s the perfect tune to listen to when you’re on the road.”
8. Screaming Trees – “Witness”
James McCulloch (Bass): “The early ’90s grunge and rock scene was massively important for me. Before that, music was something I enjoyed, but I didn’t really connect with on a personal level. I enjoyed listening to it, but it didn’t seem like something I could do or be part of. Grunge changed all that for me. Like punk did for a lot of kids in the ’70s. It became a passion that would never leave me. This is one of the songs that completely blew me away when it came out. Screaming Trees should have been massive, and Dust should have been their Nevermind.”
9. Wildhearts – “Just in Lust”
Full Band: “The Wildhearts do big choruses and have been one of the best live bands on the scene forever. Every tune, from album track to B-side is just filled with catchy hooks and an energy that permeates through everything we do. Our music might not sound a lot like the Wildhearts, but we take their blueprint on how to write a catchy tune and how to put on a live performance with us wherever we go.”
10. Black Flag – “Depression”
Full Band: “There’s a distinct punk edge in everything we write. Regardless of whether you can hear it or not, we feel that’s what makes us a little different from some of our contemporaries. There’s just a visceral energy in those early ’80s Black Flag records that can’t be ignored. It’s like being punched in the face with music. They’re such an influential band both musically and with what they did on the road.”
For more information on She Burns Red, visit their official website.
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.
The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.
Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.
If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD
Get your tickets while they last!
Chris Ostler Unleashes Electrifying New EP ‘CO2’
Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album.
Renowned British musician Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album. Packed with funk-rock anthems and heartfelt messages, CO2 showcases Ostler’s signature blend of high energy, emotion, and captivating storytelling. Proudly neurodivergent, Chris wishes to help others, using music to make a positive difference in the world. Chris’ autism only serves to enhance the way he writes and plays.
CO2 delivers a dynamic collection of funk-rock tracks that resonate with sincerity and power. Building on the success of his recent singles like ‘Funk in the Trunk,’ ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ and the introspective ‘Anxious Boy,’ the EP introduces three new addictive offerings: ‘Open Road,’ ‘Who Knows,’ and ‘Jam it up Muso.’ plus an acoustic release of ‘The Sun & The Moon’. Each track is infused with Ostler’s vocal prowess and passion, accompanied by electrifying guitar riffs that leave listeners craving more.
Ostler’s songwriting prowess shines through in CO2, offering listeners a glimpse into his raw emotions transformed into beautiful chords and choruses. From the romantic personification in ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ capturing the struggle of distant souls yearning to be together, to the earnest sincerity of ‘Jam it up Muso,’ with its funky-rock vibe and harmonious guitar melodies, each song on the EP resonates with authenticity and depth.
Ostler states, “I want to share with listeners and help them relive the immensity and power of life itself; we have so many emotional experiences, some amazingly positive, and of course, some challenging, but through music we can collectively support each other and enjoy the beauty of everything we experience. If we’re writing our own melodies of life, let’s make them as colourful as possible.”
Hailing from Exeter, Chris Ostler has captivated audiences nationwide with his charismatic presence and lively performances. His talent has earned him the privilege of opening for international artists like Joan Armatrading and Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). Supported by BBC Radio stations across the UK, including Devon, Leicester, and BBC Introducing Southwest, Ostler continues to make waves in the music industry with his electrifying sound and heartfelt storytelling.
Letters Sent Home Release New Single “Ignorance” (feat. Sumner Peterson)
On February 19th, German quartet Letters Sent Home released their newest single, “Ignorance,” featuring Dead Lakes vocalist Sumner Peterson.
On February 19th, German quartet Letters Sent Home released their newest single, “Ignorance,” featuring Dead Lakes vocalist Sumner Peterson via SharpTone Records off their upcoming debut album Forever Undone.
The band said of the latest release:
“‘Ignorance’ represents the frustration and helplessness of young people regarding the climate crisis. At the same time, it is begging the people in power to start working with us to try and save the planet.”
Recently, Letters Sent Home announced their debut album, Forever Undone, set to be released on April 12 via SharpTone Records. The album features new single “Ignorance” as well as recently released singles “Request Denied,” “Elements,” and “I Hope I Die First,” alongside seven new, ambitious tracks.
Vocalist Emily Paschke said of the of the upcoming record:
“We have been told that people mostly like our music due to relatability and personality in our songs. We believe to have pushed this to an extreme, for this album is as personal as it could possibly get. I am truly nervous about some of these songs being heard by certain people but writing this album has been very therapeutic in the way that I finally started dealing with stuff I have been consciously and subconsciously ignoring for the past years.”
Across three well-received EPs of “sad, hard music,” the German quartet has made their name as a band that match infectious melody and huge choruses with the lyrical depth and heart of people with a lot to say.
Forever Undone Track Listing:
2. Request Denied
10. Final Battle
11. I hope I die first.
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