Thursday, October 8, 2015

CD Review: New Indie-Rock Releases From The Goodnight Darlings, Fiction Plane, Electric Six, Crossley Hunter And Broomfiller

Coming this fall is the latest release from The Goodnight Darlings entitled "All I Ever Wanted." Singer Kat Auster and musician Wilson Jaramillo have a sonic style that feels like a modern-day version of Blondie. The new five song EP begins with "Laughing Last," which carries an 80's new wave sound mixed with punk-like attitude. They incorporate a more electronic feel to "Start Up," before returning to the raw, early Black Keys-style of modern punk with "Tough Act." The short, five-song EP closes with the danceclub beats of the exciting radio edit of "Empire Vampire." To find out more about The Goodnight Darlings and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/GoDarlings.

Transcontinental rock band Fiction Plane will soon be releasing their new studio album "Mondo Lumina" in November. It is the band's fourth studio album, but their first to be released in the U.S. in over eight years. The band's last venture  here was when they opened for THe Police on their reunion tour in 2008. The band's rock/pop sound is very addictive as they easily draw you in with the up-tempo opener "Where Do We Go From Here." The production on this album is top notch as Tom Syrowski (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) makes the band sound outstanding. Their music should easily find the airwaves with songs like "Flesh And Bone" and "Listen" that cross the boundaries of alternative rock and electronic pop. The addictive rhythm of "Walk Through The Fire" will grab hold of you and get you rockin', while the rock ballad "First Time" has a big sound that shows the band's growth in their songwriting. The album finishes up with mellow acoustic swing of "Don't Give Up The Fight" and the dance rock of "Blind Pilot." To find out more about Fiction Plane and their latest release "Mondo Lumina," please visit fictionplaneofficial.tumblr.com.
 
From Detroit, MI comes the new album from rockers the Electric Six titled "Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!" It is the band's eleventh studio album and was released on October 2nd through Metropolis Records. The band has never caught the attention of the American rock music public quite like they have in the U.K. Their 2003 debut album "Fire" was in the U.K. top ten and their song "Danger! High Voltage" became a hit single all over Europe. The new twelve-song release begins with the pounding rhythm of the hard rock attack of "Drone Strikes." They branch out into familiar electronic rock territory with the adrenaline fueled, fun of "Two Dollar Two," then delivery a more pop friendly sound to "Kids Are Evil." They showcase an eighties synth-heavy vibe with "Slow Motion Man," then take you on a wild adventure with the story of "Big Red Arthur." They turn up the energy with the rockabilly/punk attack of "Dime Dime Penny Dime," then head to the end of the album with the hard rock groove of "Electric Six." To find out more about Electric Six and their latest release "Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!," please visit electricsix.com.

From Ontario, Canada comes the debut full-length, self-titled album from indie-rockers, Crossley Hunter. The album was released through Blacktop Records and John Wozniak (Marcy's Playground) produced the album and played on the track "Stomp Clap Drink." The new eleven-song release begins with the uplifting, energetic feel of "Devil Smiling," before hitting mainstream rock gold with "Heaven Sent (I Am Not)" and "Burning Bright." Either song could hit their mark on the independent music charts. Crossley Hunter mix together soft music with hard rock vocals a receive the mixed results of "Bring Me Down," then they bring out the truth in their sound with the wonderful harmonies of "Stomp Clap Drink," which may find its way to the country music charts. The album closes with the steady power of the emotional delivery of "Aphelion." To find out more about Crossley Hunter and their newly released album, please visit crossleyhunter.com.

Also from north of the border in Toronto, Canada, the punk rock band Broomfiller recently released their latest album "Third Stage Propeller Index." The energy on this album is raw and youthful with a maturity to their songwriting that is ready to rock you. Their new ten-song release begins with the classic punk sound of "Agnostic Orgasmic" and the follow-up "Figure It Out Quickly" has a modern Green Day quality to it's pop/punk potential. The hard rocking chorus of "High School Reunion" has Broomfiller being compared to the likes of the Foo Fighters, while the raw, hard-hitting "Amputake" has an originality to it as they cross between the boundries of punk and heavy metal. The album closes with the alternative pop/rock feel of "Trant So." To find out more about Broomfiller and their latest release "Third Stage Propeller Index," please visit broomfiller.com.

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