Roy Blair pays homage to 90’s Grunge with “Shell”

When it comes to paying homage to the 1990’s experimental grunge/flange music, Roy Blair takes the cake with the newest release of “Shell” and all of it’s mind-warping sounds and mixes. Yes, the beginning of “Shell” sounds like a mixture of Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage and a very domestic Nirvana, whatever we think that means it works for us right now. Deal with it. Get this, we even get a bit of a boy band vibe with the type of chorus we are vibing out to. The sound of familiarity but unique mix is quite a breathe of fresh air as we rock back and forth to chorus flange guitar.
Just when you thought it was just one sound the story immediately flips the script and gives you a taste of a Kid Cudi tribute. Sick vocals that sound effortless but pleasurable to listen to after you’ve hit the high. Take a deep breath and breathe in the flange chords and vocals to have all to ourselves. All in all, it’s a soft and soothing track that can rock hard in its own right. It’s a new wave of Alternative Rock that we hope catches on with the masses and we’re here to spread it to you guys. Do Roy Blair a favor and listen to “Shell” and step out of your own shell when you tell people of this psychedelic meteoric rise and fall.

Sluka showcases the ukulele with “Number One”

The final addition for the perfect Summer playlist will be “Number One” by Sluka. Forget the fact that their band name is uber-creative, but it’s the first track that’s been posted to finally include a ukulele. Yes, the ukulele is essential to any Summer jam that really wants to make it’s way to the radio waves. It’s the ultimate instrument to insinuate relaxation. Not only the up-strumming from the chords being played, but also the string-plucking that helps drive the good vibes as far as the sound waves can go.

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“We Fight in the Prettiest Place” by Smiles With Teeth

Smiles with Teeth just released their newest EP and we’re particularly excited to be able to cover and review it. We decided to choose one song to write about because it’s the one that stood out the most to us and we believe this is the one that’s going to give them the most bang. “We fight in the prettiest places” is the track we love because first off, that title is intriguing on it’s own and we absolutely needed to know how creative this band wanted to take it.
Straight out of Montreal, Canada, we’re so glad that they reached out to us to check out their music because we would’ve never have known who they were. It’s so tough to find actually good up-and-coming bands, even with all this technology, which is why We Sound Strange does the dirty work for all our readers. We find, or in this case, they found us, to give you good music from artists who don’t have the same pull but just as much or even light years more talent than what you hear on the radio.
“We fight in the prettiest places” is actually a sweet song when you truly listen to the lyrics. The guitar captivated us as well as it’s melodies are quite soothing to the ear and we felt as if Mozart himself coached them to fine tune it to fit a pleasant feel. Of course, as many of our loyal readers know, we’re big guitar fans so it’s no surprise we love it when we listen to great guitar playing. The drums set the tone for the rhythm and it felt as if the drummer and the bass player have a solid relationship because of the connection they have throughout the song. All in all, it’s a pleasant song with great irony in it. You’ll know it when you hear it, no spoilers. Be sure to check out Smiles with Teeth” and their new EP, Suddenly Constantly.

The Stangs release EP, “American Sessions”

What do you know about Indie bands from Wales? Nothing, would be our best guess. It’s not your fault, it’s our fault, we need to inform you better about great bands from across the globe. The Stangs is an energetic young three-piece band with an unmistakable sound encapsulating everything from Skiffle to Brit Rock to Pop Punk. They remind us a whole lot like a young up-and-coming Rolling Stones hungry to make a name for themselves in mainstream America. Maintaining an entirely organic approach to social media thus far, The Stangs are already creating waves in the British indie scene, utilizing support slots as their main tactic for gaining popularity.  Demand for The Stangs in the UK has brought them to a number of festivals and well-known live venues.

The lead vocalist creates lyrics that truly support the sounds created by the guitar and bass line. Visually, the band is a burst of energy on stage while humbled in understated apparel reminiscent of their greatest early influences. They have so much love more music that it shows whenever they perform. Rock ‘N Roll needs that fire to burn in their music again and The Stangs have it.

Having an earlier show at the Troubadour caught the attention of a very well-known producer who flew them to his New Jersey studio to record their first EP, American Sessions, thus “She’s a Stranger” was born. They will be releasing it song by song with their single, “Beekeeper”, being the last.

My Silent Bravery takes confidence to a new level with “Got It Going On”

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Confidence is key in anything that you do. If there is a slight lack of confidence in your body, that very little difference can be the game changer when it comes to you succeeding and failing. My Silent Bravery takes it to the extreme and basically boasts about how good he really is and guess what, he backs up his claim. Now THAT’S confidence in your abilities. His new track “Got It Going On” is everything that the title states he is, he’s got it going on and he wants everyone to know. We first took a listen and wham, we were dumbfounded at what we heard, this guy’s got it and other people want it.

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Subfer comes from SoCal and releases his Summer track, “Down”

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It’s the Summer time, shouldn’t we be riding more synth waves (pun intended). I mean it figuratively and literally, or even both fused into one. Just like a wave, the synth wave indicates when it’s a flow of musical oceanic state. Subfer does a bit of a change of scenery by adding the synth wave at the drop accompanied by a classic piano key rhythm section and melodic chime bells. It’s peaceful yet dangerous as a tall wave. “Down” is what symbolizes the ocean perfectly because it’s a place where we love to be, be it the beach or out on a boat, it’s a place of relaxation and fun. Just like the ocean is dangerous, this track shows you the power it has in the drop and blows you away where you have to hold on to something to no fall off your chair, or in the case of a boat, off the ledge. Continue reading “Subfer comes from SoCal and releases his Summer track, “Down””

Drew Vision drops a dope new video for “Want ’em All”

Drew Vision is an R&B star on the rise with no signs of ever coming back down. He took the notion of shooting for the stars literally because he is rising and rising with the peak not nearly coming soon. Professionally trained, talented both vocally & lyrically, confident, yet humble – he is the total package. After more than a decade of live performances, his stage presence captures every room & screen and gives his fans an
immersive and engaging experience. The way he’s able to captivate his audience and engage his lyrical prowess to exude a way about him. “Shades of Summer” EP is exactly what his fans needed to brag about this new wave is coming. His new video for “Want ’em All” is just one prime example of it.
With a unique, soulful sound that is both current and a nod to the past, Drew connects with almost every demographic. That’s quite a feat to achieve and to stand on planet rock when the time comes. While his natural talent is undeniable, he fully recognizes how fortunate and blessed he is to be doing what he loves. He is truly one of a kind. Although focused on his solo career, Drew has worked with a long list of performers including Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé & Kanye West. Music is Drew’s passion, but he has also recently done modeling & ambassador work for many national brands including Coach, Pepsi, Lays, Bacardi & Samsung. There’s no stopping the world from hearing this sound and why should anyone stop it anyhow. Enjoy!

Slushii being Slushii with “Step by Step”


Slushii is well-known for his melodic tracks that are filled with slide guitar melodies and slide guitar-centered drops, which is one of the main reasons he’s one of our favorites. This time he changes it up by being keyboard-centered, along with synth waves. He uses the chill, slow vibe and turn it into his own to give you a pharmaceutical type of high, if that makes sense. Well, we get this sense ever since we heard his other track, “Morphine” but nonetheless, “Step by Step” well, follows in the same footsteps (pun intended).

Many of us know Slushii through Marshmello but we’re one of the few that can say we knew of Slushii before that. I don’t know if there are any points for that but a lot of people seem to get a kick from knowing unknown artists first. Many even keep it to themselves because they don’t want their favorite artists to go mainstream. You know what we say to that? Eff you! Let the world enjoy the beautiful music they make, and in this case, Slushii brings the house down to unleash such an ethereal track to mellow out your emotions. Yes, “Step by Step” is still heavily induced with slide-guitar and synthesized waves and is still reliant of smooth transitions but no one else out there does quite like he does.

Simmer down and revel in the company of a hopefully soon-to-go-mainstream artists and ride the wave of keyboard delays and morphine-induced highs. Ok, it’s not really morphine-induced but words aren’t needed to describe this feeling, it’s just felt.

Wherever you are, put your hand up high with Moon Taxi while listening to “Two High”

We won’t dive into too much detail because Moon Taxi are pretty well-known but we felt their release of their new single, “Two High” did not get enough recognition. We’re all about bringing awareness to good music and we couldn’t let this one go down the drain just because they are a prolific group that are quite popular. This should be the feel good song for any festival or any event that want to get their crowd pumping full of energy and excitement. All they ask you is to put up your two hands high and feel the music fill you with fun and joy with the moment. Feel the moment rush through you and just yell in epic fun. Join Moon Taxi with their new single, “Two High”.


In the midst of “Fire & Lightning” we welcome Hundred Acres

We’re having a hard time classifying this track and this band, perhaps we shouldn’t even try. We listened to “Fire & Lightning” by Hundred Acres and we’re trying to pin our finger to their sound but it sounds out of this world. It has a mix of Indie, Alternative, Pop, Electronic, even some New Wave Hip Hop. We probably just made that up but this is what this band sounds like, a new sound we haven’t really heard of before. They even have some World type of music that we hear from India when they use the same string guitar for their solo, something that resembles a sitar. We listen to the Electro waves in the beginning that sets up a Dreamy Pop sound but then the voice bellows in with grace with a trace of Daft Punk effects. We don’t know what to think, we need your help. Where do you pinpoint this song and are you fond of it? We are, so listen above and let us know your thoughts.

Zachary Clowes brings an acoustic cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”

Many people think covers are usually worthless, to just let the original stand without anyone butchering it. We say eff that; let us enjoy our favorite songs by doing our own sweet renditions of them, interpret them as we please. If it wasn’t for covers, would we have some of the sickest tracks known to man right now? Van Halen covered The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”, Jimi Hendrix covered Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” and if you dare to tell us that his cover sucked, take a minute to reevaluate what you think good music really is. Yes, it’s all opinion-base but holy cow where is your head. Let’s leave it right here and just introduce you to Zachary Clowes and his interpretation of “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World”

Anna Ross has full support from Duran Duran on her release of her single, “First Day”

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Hailing from the far, far land in the U.K., singer/songwriter Anna Ross releases her extremely enticing track, “First Day” to have some actual good music to listen to this Summer. You may know Anna Ross from her work touring and singing with Duran Duran, a platform that has brought her to just about every stage imaginable, from Coachella and Live Aid to the opening of the Olympics. To note, if you don’t know who Duran Duran, google them, they’re only one of the premiere groups of the 80’s. Now she brings her passionate, hypnotic vocals front and center on. From an early age, she was encouraged by her parents to follow her passion in music and boy were they right on the money. We all should be thankful to them because then we wouldn’t have this.

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