Top 30 Songs for November 10-16, 2019

1. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (1)
2. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (2)
3. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (4)
4. CIRCLES – Post Malone (5)
5. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (6)
6. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (3)
7. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (7)
8. FIGHTER – Joseph (9)
9. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (10)
10. YOU? – Two Feet (12)
11. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (8)
12. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (14)
13. WANNACRY – Darksoft (15)
14. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (16)
15. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (11)
16. GO – The Black Keys (13) 19th week on list
17. 16 – Highly Suspect (18)
18. OBSESSION – Joywave (19)
19. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (20)
20. LONELY – Secret American (24)
21. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (17)
22. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (23)
23. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (26)
24. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (28)
25. REWARD – Paul Iwan (30)
26. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (21) 18th week on list
27. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (22) 21st week on list
28. ORPHANS – Coldplay (N)
29. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (N)
30. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 3-9, 2019

1. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (2)
2. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (1)
3. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (3)
4. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (4)
5. CIRCLES – Post Malone (5)
6. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (8)
7. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (7)
8. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (9)
9. FIGHTER – Joseph (10)
10. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (12)
11. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (11)
12. YOU? – Two Feet (16)
13. GO – The Black Keys (6)
14. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (20)
15. WANNACRY – Darksoft (17)
16. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (18)
17. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (19)
18. 16 – Highly Suspect (22)
19. OBSESSION – Joywave (23)
20. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (24)
21. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (13)
22. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (14) 20th week on list
23. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (27)
24. LONELY – Secret American (28)
25. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (15)
26. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (29)
27. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (21) 19th week on list
28. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (30)
29. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (25)
30. REWARD – Paul Iwan (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 27-November 2, 2019

1. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (2)
3. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (4)
4. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (5)
5. CIRCLES – Post Malone (9)
6. GO – The Black Keys (3)
7. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (10)
8. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (15)
9. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (11)
10. FIGHTER – Joseph (14)
11. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (12)
12. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red (13)
13. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (7)
14. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (6) 19th week on list
15. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (8)
16. YOU? – Two Feet (27)
17. WANNACRY – Darksoft (18)
18. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (22)
19. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (21)
20. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (28)
21. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (19)
22. 16 – Highly Suspect (23)
23. OBSESSION – Joywave (24)
24. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (26)
25. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (16)
26. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (17)
27. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (29)
28. LONELY – Secret American (30)
29. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (N)
30. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 20-26, 2019

1. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (3)
3. GO – The Black Keys (2)
4. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (5)
5. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (10)
6. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (4)
7. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (8)
8. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (9)
9. CIRCLES – Post Malone (20)
10. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (15)
11. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (13)
12. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (14)
13. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (16)
14. FIGHTER – Joseph (18)
15. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (19)
16. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (6)
17. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (7)
18. WANNACRY – Darksoft (17)
19. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (11)
20. GOODBYES – Post Malone featuring Young Thug (12)
21. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (22)
22. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (23)
23. 16 – Highly Suspect (28)
24. OBSESSION – Joywave (29)
25. FOUR WINDS – Unquiet Nights (21)
26. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (30)
27. YOU? – Two Feet (N)
28. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (N)
29. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (N)
30. LONELY – Secret American (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 13-19, 2019

1. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (2)
2. GO – The Black Keys (1)
3. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (5)
4. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (3)
5. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (7)
6. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (4)
7. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (6)
8. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (9)
9. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (10)
10. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (11)
11. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (8)
12. GOODBYES – Post Malone featuring Young Thug (12)
13. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (16)
14. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (17)
15. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (18)
16. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (19)
17. WANNACRY – Darksoft (20)
18. FIGHTER – Joseph (25)
19. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (26)
20. CIRCLES – Post Malone (N)
21. FOUR WINDS – Unquiet Nights (13)
22. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (24)
23. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (27)
24. COMING UP FOR AIR – Mars Motel (14) 19th week on list
25. RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE DEVIL – Revolvers (15) 18th week on list
26. THIS LIFE – Vampire Weekend (21)
27. WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU – Local Natives (23)
28. 16 – Highly Suspect (29)
29. OBSESSION – Joywave (30)
30. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 6-12, 2019

1. GO – The Black Keys (3)
2. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (4)
3. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (1)
4. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (2)
5. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (5)
6. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (6)
7. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (13)
8. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (9)
9. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (11)
10. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (12)
11. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (23)
12. GOODBYES – Post Malone featuring Young Thug (14)
13. FOUR WINDS – Unquiet Nights (10)
14. COMING UP FOR AIR – Mars Motel (7)
15. RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE DEVIL – Revolvers (8)
16. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (17)
17. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (18)
18. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (19)
19. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (20)
20. WANNACRY – Darksoft (21)
21. THIS LIFE – Vampire Weekend (15)
22. FALLING WITH STYLE – Heist At Five (16)
23. WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU – Local Natives (22)
24. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (25)
25. FIGHTER – Joseph (26)
26. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (27)
27. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (28)
28. WHY DID YOU RUN? – Judah & the Lion (24)
29. 16 – Highly Suspect (N)
30. OBSESSION – Joywave (N)

Top 30 Songs for September 22-28, 2019

1. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (5)
2. COMING UP FOR AIR – Mars Motel (1)
3. RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE DEVIL – Revolvers (2)
4. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (6)
5. GO – The Black Keys (7)
6. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (9)
7. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (8)
8. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (11)
9. FALLING WITH STYLE – Heist At Five (3)
10. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (4)
11. FOUR WINDS – Unquiet Nights (12)
12. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (13)
13. THIS LIFE – Vampire Weekend (14)
14. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (15)
15. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (16)
16. GOODBYES – Post Malone featuring Young Thug (17)
17. WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU – Local Natives (10)
18. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (20)
19. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (21)
20. WHY DID YOU RUN? – Judah & the Lion (22)
21. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (23)
22. WANNACRY – Darksoft (25)
23. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (26)
24. BAD GUY – Billie Eilish (18)
25. ALLIGATOR – Of Monsters and Men (19)
26. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (29)
27. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (N)
28. FIGHTER – Joseph (N)
29. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (N)
30. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (N)

STEREOHAZE – Single Review: “Drifting Away”

Stereohaze

Stereohaze is an alternative rock band from Manchester, England who I first featured on this blog this past May when I reviewed their excellent debut EP Fight For Your Future. Now they’re back with a terrific new single “Drifting Away“, which dropped on September 7th. Formed in 2017, the band consists of Charlie Whittaker (guitar/vocals), Ryan Webb (guitar), Harry Wilcock (bass) and Diesel Evans (drums). Despite their relatively young ages, they play some wicked guitar-driven rock laden with hooks, intelligent lyrics and electrifying instrumentals.

The song opens with Diesel’s pounding drumbeats and Harry’s throbbing bass, then we’re suddenly hit with an explosion of grimy riffs and the song is off and running. Charlie’s commanding vocals enter the mix as he fervently sings of a troubled relationship that’s driving him crazy, but he hopes can still be salvaged: “I just can’t shake the infection of your poisonous affection. Indecisions, contradictions are part of my condition. We’re drifting away, so come a little closer. And we’re falling apart, so let’s come together.” Charlie and Ryan’s dual guitars are fantastic as they blast through the airwaves with intricate layers of gnarly fuzz and blistering distortion, making for an exhilarating rock tune.

It bears repeating that I really love Charlie’s vocal style. I’ve found that weak vocals are often one of the biggest liabilities for an artist or band, but his vocals are wonderful, and an integral part of Stereohaze’s great overall sound.  The guys are all skilled musicians, and I’m so happy they’ve delivered another outstanding song. “Drifting Away” is further proof that Stereohaze is most definitely a band on the rise.

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STEREOHAZE – EP Review: “Fight For Your Future”

Stereohaze EP art

Stereohaze is a band from Manchester, England who, despite their youth, play some wicked guitar-driven rock. Formed in 2017, the lineup includes Charlie Whittaker (guitar/vocals), Ryan Webb (guitar), Harry Wilcock (bass) and Diesel Evans (drums).  They released a top-notch first single “Nowhere to Go” in 2018, and this April (2019) they dropped their debut EP Fight For Your Future, which I’m reviewing today.  

The EP starts off on a high note with “Infliction”, and once those chugging riffs of jangly guitars kick in, backed by Harry’s deep, humming bass line and Diesel’s explosive percussion, it’s clear this band knows how to rock out! I really like Charlie’s commanding vocals that soar in all the right spots, and what I’m guessing is his or Ryan’s scorching guitar solo in the bridge is so good.

“Contain Yourself” was released as a lead single in advance of the EP, and it’s a superb song with a terrific, infectiously catchy hook. It opens with a funky bass riff that continues throughout the song, punctuated by roiling guitars and tumultuous drums in the choruses. The lyrics seem to speak of a guy who’s life has spun out of control: “He tries and he tries to commend himself to fears of what he used to be.  He falls apart as he begins to choke. If love was money, he’d be broke. So much potential. So little time. So incidental. But you’re not the kind.

“Nothing Seems to Change” is a brooding rock song about a relationship in which, despite his best efforts, his partner isn’t willing to meet him halfway: “I tried so hard to figure it out. I lost myself in your shadow of doubt. For what it’s worth, there’s a smile upon your face, but nothing seems to change.” Musically, the song features a strong, thumping drumbeat and fine guitar work that includes lots of shredding and elements of psychedelia and grunge. In fact, the recurring riff seems to sample the two-note guitar line of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  On this and some other tracks, Charlie’s vocals remind me a bit of Alex Turner.

The aptly-named “Light the Fuse” is the most electrifying track from a musical standpoint. I love its rapid, hard-driving beat and intricate mix of fuzzy, chiming and distorted guitars. The vocal harmonies are marvelous, and the guitar solo in the bridge is absolute fire. “Don’t Think Twice” is yet another stellar tune, with strutting riffs of gnarly guitars, pulsating bass and pounding drums. The song seems to be about someone who’s lost and in denial about what’s wrong in their life: “I don’t want to be the one to follow you out into the sun. I know what you’re thinking, it’s alright. I know it seems so hard, but don’t think twice.

While Stereohaze doesn’t break any new ground here, they nevertheless deliver outstanding, hard-hitting rock music that makes for an exciting and enjoyable listen. Fight for Your Future is a first-rate EP full of solid tracks that showcase the guys’ talent for writing melodic rock songs laden with hooks and thoughtful lyrics, and bringing them to life with their skillful musicianship. I highly recommend this EP for anyone who likes great, guitar-driven rock.

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