Indie Roundup | 105 Songs That Will Not Be DeniedThis Weekend (Part 3)

In The Whale, Lamb Of God, Rosy Finch, Cicadastone and more ways to kill time.

In The Whale would like you to meet Jeffrey, Lamb Of God share their intimations of mortality, Rosy Finch bring some tough love, Cicadastone are all out of bubblegum, Destoyers Of All take the plunge — and if you just got here, you’re late. The line starts a couple of posts back. No cuts!


41 | In The Whale | Jeffrey

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:In The Whale are an extremely unique act. As a duo they push sonic boundaries to the limit and deliver a relentless pounding to the senses. Their alternative, post-rock intensity and create a seismic event and shows a band not afraid to take chances. Their new single Jeffrey is an examination of the mental gymnastics that one will go to convince others that they are just like you, all the while their actions speak differently. The frantic lyrics in the music with the jagged / staccato verse sections ramp into a frenzy of sound.”

42 | Lamb Of God | Memento Mori (Live)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Lamb Of God have premiered the official video for Memento Mori (Live) from the Lamb of God: Live in Richmond DVD, which is part of the upcoming Lamb Of God Deluxe Version due out March 26. In addition to performing Lamb Of God in its entirety, the performance features an encore of four songs including Ruin, Contractor, 512 and the debut live performance of The Death Of Us, a new song the band wrote and recorded in quarantine for the Bill & Ted Face The Music movie and soundtrack.”

43 | Rosy Finch | Love (ft. Monty Peiró)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Love is a heavy and dark cover song written by William Patrick Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins in 1995. It’s included in the new magic compilation Mellon Collie & The Infinite Woman anniversary tribute album released in December.”

44 | Cicadastone | Slave In A Cage

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Cicadastone have released their new album Cold Chamber, along with the video for Slave In A Cage, a tribute to the ’80s sci-fi classic They Live. Matt Robins (guitar/vocals) explains: “The theme of the song and film were similar, so it was great to merge the two together. The music video shows a story of a girl stuck in her day-to-day life, but by chance, discovers what’s secretly around us all … a society being controlled and manipulated as we live our lives – but there is a twist to the story at the end! … Slave In a Cage is a song about being stuck in the day to day life most of us are living. We all live in a society that tells us what we conveniently want and need, what we can or cannot have. We consume, submit, obey and follow the rules that govern us. We are all just sad slaves in a cage.”

45 | Destroyers Of All | Hellfall

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Destroyers Of All present the video for the song Hellfall, the second single from their latest album The Vile Manifesto. This is a fast-paced song with thrashy rhythms in which the lyrics were inspired by the death flights that took place during the second half of the 20th century. Death flights are a form of extrajudicial killing practised by military forces in possession of aircraft: victims are dropped to their death from aeroplanes or helicopters into oceans, large rivers or even mountains. Death flights have been carried out in a number of internal conflicts.”

46 | Witchbound | End Of Paradise

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Something is happening in the Witchbound camp: In order to shorten the waiting time until the new album — which is due to be released on Walpurgis night — they present the title track of the new album as a pre-release single and video. Six years after the sensational debut album Tarot’s Legacy, Witchbound step out of the shadows of their musical past and present a melodic metal album that will delight both previous fans and win many new ones.”

47 | Karma Kids | Nothing Left To Lose

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Karma Kids are releasing their new LP Vibes on June 11. Today they’re streaming Nothing Left To Lose. They say: “Vibes is a giant evolutionary jump in Karma Kids’ sound. You’ll get big powerful anthems, ballads, and some more modern pop sounds all still driving home to our emo roots. We called it Vibes because depending on the mood you’re in, each song will hit differently.” Karma Kids were formed in 2019 by Jon Benjamin and Zaac Wesco. Both members had background in emo, pop punk, and metalcore and decided to fuse the genres into their emocore.”

48 | Wine And Warpaint | Half To Life

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “After a period that included family loss, faith deconstruction, and a global pandemic, Richmond alt-rock band Wine & Warpaint are back with a new single and video to announce their next EP Half to Life. Not so long ago, Brandon O’Neill was in a very different place. The former worship leader’s faith deconstruction was chronicled in Wine & Warpaint’s debut Homeless EP. “On the first EP I was pretty brazen,” O’Neill said. “I was angry and passionate. But recently I was reflecting on the past few years and I realized I’m not where I hoped I’d be.” This gave birth to the first line that became the titular single on Half to Life: It felt like I had died and only come back half to life. “I think anyone can relate to that feeling of life flying by,” O’Neill said. “We aren’t progressing as quickly as we should be. We aren’t grieving fast enough. We aren’t evolving fast enough.”

49 | Cheridomingo | Swallow

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Cheridomingo are a four-piece alt-rock band from Simi Valley, started by longtime friends and cousins Anthony Avina, Alex Gonzalez and Adam Dobrucki. Their goal: Writing music that gave them the same goosebumps they’d experience when listening to their favorite bands. They’ve since continued to convey their feelings and sense of togetherness through their music and performances to a growing audience. Swallow is all about how we can sometimes express anger and distress in an immature way and how destructive that can ultimately be.”

50 | Royals | Worldwide Catastrophe

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Royals are a five-piece pop-punk based out of Southampton. Formed in 2019, the band got off to a quick start releasing several singles and music videos followed by their debut EP Painted Gold. Vocalist Luke Smithson says “Worldwide Catastrophe is intended to put across a message about how we live in a world full of selfishness, greed & hate amongst other awful things. I believe our generation can be the voice to make changes to these things and help make the world a better place. This is the message I wanted to get across lyrically when writing this song.”

51 | Corb Lund | Horse Poor (Acoustic)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Corb Lund has released the deluxe edition of his studio album Agricultural Tragic. Corb has also shared an acoustic video for Horse Poor, a previously unreleased fan favourite featuring Jaida Dreyer. A classic country duet in the vein of Loretta and Conway, Johnny and June or Waylon and Jessi, Horse Poor is a fun romp about a guy in love with a girl and a girl in love with her horses; an expensive proposition. Lund said: “I’m glad this handful of strays will finally be seeing the light of day. And it’s fun to look back on the acoustic video for Horse Poor, which we filmed with Jaida on the family ranch up here, winter-in-Canada style, right before the world shut down!”

52 | Ana Egge | The Ship

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Brooklyn singer-songwriter Ana Egge has a new single and video co-written with Irish troubadour Mick Flannery. The Ship is a modern-day sea shanty. Says Egge: “2020 stopped us in our tracks. We had more time than ever to consider our priorities and confront the results of our actions, personally and collectively. It is in our hands to put this ship on a new course. We can and we will. We must step up and out of the silence to transform our culture of complicity. If we are to defend ourselves and each other and protect this planet from our own ways, we must stop, and choose new ways to begin again.”

53 | Dustin Lynch | Thinking ’Bout You (ft. MacKenzie Porter)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Feeling the magnetic pull of the past, Dustin Lynch is giving second life to a track from his acclaimed Tullahoma album. He joins with Juno-nominated MacKenzie Porter for the passionate power duet Thinking ’Bout You, a song of heart-pounding hooks and memory-soaked vocals that stir up nostalgic romance as exes reconnect. “This is one of my favourite songs from Tullahoma, and I’m so excited we get to shine a light on it in a new way with MacKenzie. I fell in love with her tone — it was effortless and honest. Her voice is something that can’t be taught, it’s clear she was born with that talent. She was brilliant at bringing her uniqueness to this song, but also keeping it familiar for fans of the original.”

54 | Cristina Vane | Travelin’ Blues

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Nashville blues/folk artist Cristina Vane’s debut album Nowhere Sounds Lovely arrives April 2. The title was inspired by lyrics from Travelin’ Blues, when she sings: “Onwards and upwards well this path leads to nowhere / Nowhere sounds lovely well I’d sure like to go there.” She says: “I grew up moving around, and we travelled a lot in my family, but the feeling of living on the road rather than in a house for the first time is what sparked Travelin’ Blues. While I came to realize there is a fine line between running free and running from your problems, initially, travelling was the ultimate medicine for the existential woes I was going through when I wrote this … I wanted to write a happy blues, a song that admits that there are things that make you sad but ultimately just hops up and keeps moving forward.”

55 | Amy Speace | Hallelujah Train

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Looking back on a 12-month span between her son’s first birthday and the loss of her father, award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Speace culled 11 new songs directly from her depth of personal experiences — childhood memories, coming of age in New York City, and losing a parent while learning to become one — to create her new full-length album There Used to Be Horses Here, out April 30. The album’s third single Hallelujah Train is out now.”

56 | StarMoney | Catfish (ft. Snap Capone)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:StarMoney has released his new single Catfish. “Catfish is about fake portrayal,” says Star. “For example, someone might be pretend to be a real gangster or a rich person in flesh or on the internet but in reality that is not what they are really about. Nowadays there are a lot of guys out there pretending to be gangsters or rich bawlers when really they are not. Instead, they fool the public by using their Instagram pretending to be someone of money and power on the streets or even off the streets and they use this act to gain status, publicity and fame.”

57 | Pop Evil | Set Me Free

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “If rock is dead, then Pop Evil are definitive proof of the afterlife. They just debuted their new single Set Me Free, along with announcing May 21 as the release date for their sixth album Versatile. The release finds the Michigan rock heavyweights pushing their instantly distinctive sound to uncharted territories. Set Me Free is a reminder of the band’s ability to be a bastion for perseverance and positivity which features colossal riffs coupled with a formidable performance from vocalist Leigh Kakaty. “Set Me Free embodies the challenging times the world has faced this past year.”

58 | Julia Stone | Fire In Me

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Julia Stone has revealed Fire In Me, the newest single from her forthcoming album Sixty Summers. With its glam rock stomp and Stone’s haunting vocals, Fire In Me is one of Sixty Summers’ most instantly striking tracks. Co-written with Dann Hume, the glamorous pound of Fire In Me mirrors the song’s lyrical content, which describes the feeling of “fire in your belly,” the ability to be, or do, anything one wants. Brightened by a Bond-like string section from album co-producer Thomas Bartlett, Fire In Me easily evokes the heat and strength of Stone’s lyrics. “For me, Fire In Me was about creating a feeling of pure energy,” Stone. “I love the feeling when the music sounds like what the lyrics mean.”

59 | Str4ta | Vision 9

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Gilles Peterson & Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick team up as Str4ta to share new third single Vision 9, from their upcoming album Aspects. Str4ta sees the longtime friends and collaborators mine new musical possibilities out of that shared formative era. It was through Maunick’s band, Incognito — one of the essential groups of an oft-overlooked, vital pocket of Black British musical history — that they first connected. On Aspects, he and Peterson revisit that important period and the spirit that guided it: Self-taught, DIY vitality, and a raucous energy built on live performance.”

60 | The Cribs | Siren Sing-Along

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Siren Sing-Along is taken from The Cribs’ latest album Night Network, out now.”