1. TRPP - Here To Stay (Seoul, South Korea)
Furukawa Yukio: who had just left the line of succession to a lucrative Ramen bar business. Chi-Chi Cliché: who was starting to find the nomadic lifestyle no longer exciting but tedious and wearisome. Elephant 999: who has a virtuously uninterrupted belief that everything is made up of virtual reality.
2. Mr Jukes & Barney Artist - Eternal (London, United Kingdom)
The music speaks for itself
3. Band-Maid - Unleash (Tokyo, Japan)
Band-Maid are an impossibly hard rocking, 5 piece, all-female rock band formed in 2013. Don't let their aesthetics fool you, these five “maids" are highly skilled musicians and songwriters, and their hard hitting sound, shredding guitars, pounding drums and catchy hooks have been praised by fans and media around the world. A burgeoning fan base both domestic and international has seen Band-Maid sell out multiple dates in the US, UK and Europe, and scores of YouTube reaction videos from fans around the world blown away by the group’s level of virtuosity and musical chops. The total number of views on Youtube is over 150 million, and the total number of views on reaction videos is over 40 million.
4. The Wonder Years - The Hum Goes On Forever (Lansdale, Pennsylvania)
The Wonder Years are a band & they are a band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & they came to life in 2005 & they write songs & those songs are sometimes about people they love & those songs are sometimes about people you might have loved & those songs are sometimes about a city that could be the city you live in or a neighborhood that feels like it could be your neighborhood & they put those songs on albums & they put those songs on The Upsides in 2010 & they put those songs on Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing in 2011 & on The Greatest Generation in 2013 on No Closer to Heaven in 2015 & those albums were loved by critics & even more loved by fans & their shows are awash with a genuine emotional energy that only they can pull out of a room & The Wonder Years are a band made up of old friends & they play rock & roll music & they play it like they mean it & they have played it in a lot of places & in front of a lot of people & they have played it in dive bars & arenas & outside with the whole sky bowing & they have played it on five continents & they have played it in thirty countries & they are still counting & Sister Cities is their new album & it is an album about how all of our distance might not be so wide after all & it was written with the world on fire & all of the songs sound like they are trying to build you a bridge from somewhere bad to somewhere better & The Wonder Years are a band & they are also bridge builders. - Hanif Aburraqib
5. Lande Hekt - House Without A View (Bristol, United Kingdom)
Lande Hekt’s natural state of being is in the writing of a song. Having crafted politically aware, heart-on-sleeve, punchy yet tender, punk-flecked songs with her band Muncie Girls, Lande turned her hand to an even more personal songwriting approach as she embarked on writing a solo record - 2021’s ‘Going to Hell’. The debut full-length documented her experience coming out as gay. It set out her stall as a solo artist with supreme storytelling abilities and a knack for understatedly luminous melodies. With her debut album barely a year old, 2022 sees Lande armed with a whole new collection of song-form vignettes and musings on her life and experiences. Her second solo album ‘House Without a View’ will be released 23 September via Get Better Records in North America and her new venture Prize Sunflower Records.
6. Gaerea - Mirage (Porto, Portugal)
Genre: Black Metal/ Death Metal
Behind black shrouds of obscurity and desolation, GAEREA deliver their odes in cascading maelstroms of aggression and beauty. Emerging from the age of pandemic to whatever awaits humanity next, the Portuguese horde remains on the frontlines of the next generation of extreme metal. Time. Immortality. Endless Life. Endless death.
7. Novelists FR - Déjà Vu (Première Partie) (Paris, France)
Novelists is a modern rock&metal quartet from Paris, Berlin and Herne formed in 2013. Souvenirs (2015, Arising Empire) Noir (2017, Sharptone records, Arising Empire) C'est la vie (2020, Sharptone records, Arising Empire). The band signed to new label Out of Line music in 2020 and is set to release their 4th album "DEJA-VU" with new singer Tobias Rische ( Ex- Alazka)
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