Thursday, June 5, 2014

CD Review: New Independent EPs Bring Out Fresh Eye-Opening New Music

New from England comes the second EP from British alternative rockers Charming Liars. The five-song EP entitled "We Won't Give Up," arrived May 20 as the band took up residence in Los Angeles during the recording of this album. The songs reflect their time on the west coast with a more polished alternative pop/rock sound as in the lead single "The Desperation." Their sound get a little more reckless on the energetic rock of "Wasted," before the album closes with aggressive appeal of "Fingers Crossed." To find out more about Charming Liars and their new release "We Won't Give Up," please visit

From the east coast comes the debut, self-titled album from the Massachuettes band Red Velvet Ribbon. Their 4-song EP walks the fine line between hard rock and alternative as the grunge-like solo of "Your Time," flashes back to a decade of newly discovered music coming from the Seattle music scene. They put a little swing into their step with the jazzy-feel of "Stood Up," before closing with the six-minute, mellow groove of "Miss You." To find out more about this new underground rock band, please visit
Chicago's Vintage Blue returns with "No Going Back," the follow-up to their 2012 debut album. The new six-song EP was released on April 29th and features a maturity to their sound, beginning with the adult rock appeal of "Let Go." Their sound really shines on the uplifting sound of "No Going Back" as the band achieve a new artistic height with this song. They lock into a pop/rock groove with "Carolina," before rocking to close the album with "The Enemy."  To find out more about Vintage Blue and their new album "No Going Back," please visit

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