The Test Drive (Early Album Previews)

    Celebration Guns

    The Test Drive: Celebration Guns – Midlife Vices

    Celebration Guns has released their new EP titled 'Midlife Vices' via Really Rad Records. Slightly anthemic in a slacker midlife kind of way, we get a band that has a sound that is original...

    The Test Drive: Populuxe – Uneasy Listening

    Populuxe have released their new and sixth album titled 'Uneasy Listening'. First off; why does all the good sh*t come out when I'm on holiday break? Oh well, it's still worth putting out there...
    Kurt Uenala ft. Dave Gahan - Manuscript

    The Test Drive: Kurt Uenala ft. Dave Gahan – Manuscript

    Kurt Uenala and Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan & Soulsavers) have collaborated on their new joint effort titled 'Manuscript'. Forget what you know, or think you know about either of these musicians, and...
    Dr. Veers

    The Test Drive: Dr. Veers – Deep Glue Sea

    Dr. Veers has released their album titled 'Deep Glue Sea'. Taking risks at times while remaining rooted in the pantheon of alt-indie respectability, there is a feeling of veering off the beaten path of independent music rules with some of the musical choices.

    The Test Drive: Winachi – Heaven In Hell.A (Remix E.P)

    Winachi are set to release their upcoming EP titled 'Heaven In Hell.A (Remix E.P)' this Friday (December 16th). While some of you may have read our take on the lead single, none of you...
    The Vagaband

    The Test Drive: The Vagaband – Midwinter Moonshine

    The Vagaband are set to drop their new EP titled 'Midwinter Moonshine' this Friday (December 9th). That feeling of a group of dear friends playing in your living room, it would be a crime...
    The Awakening, Ashton Nyte,The Passage Remains

    The Test Drive: The Awakening – The Passage Remains + ‘Passage (part I –...

    Ashton Nyte's mega project, known as The Awakening, has released the new album titled 'The Passage Remains' as well as the video for ''Passage (part I - IV)'. Both dark and earnest in construction and...
    Bri Oglu

    The Test Drive: Bri Oglu – Somewhere Else

    Bri Oglu has released her new EP titled 'Somewhere Else'. Subtly gritty with that angelic soul vocal giving us a bit of old-school, we get shades of Bri in different aspects of talent with said soulful vocals lending a hand and heart to those who listen and eventually follow.
    Ada Marques

    The Test Drive: Ada Marques – Creature of Habit

    Ada Marques has today released her new EP titled 'Creature of Habit'. Songs of solitude filled with choruses of comfort and originality abound, 'Creature of Habit' offers enough diversity to spark the interest while...
    Friends Of Our Youth

    The Test Drive: Friends Of Our Youth – That Was Then

    Friends Of Our Youth have released their new album titled 'That Was Then'. Almost like an injection of fresh Mancunian-born fresh musical air, or an aura of originality, take your pick. Whatever it is, it permeates the sound around me at this very moment. We get that fuel-fired set of songs that have Loche Ness lyrics over monster-magnet hooks that add flavor to that perfectly seared steak.
    Roger O'Donnell

    The Test Drive: Roger O’Donnell – 7 Different Words For Love

    Roger O'Donnell has today released his new album titled '7 Different Words For Love’, on his label 99X/10 (pronounced Ninety-Nine Times Out Of Ten).
    Cara Louise

    The Test Drive: Cara Louise – Wholesome Dread + Q&A

    The world has become a much different place in the past two years. Some artists have chosen to lean into the massive shift in perspective and circumstance. One of those artists is Nashville songwriter Cara Louise. Holed up and writing songs during the pandemic, she has released a soulful, vibrant debut album aptly titled Wholesome Dread.
    The Battery Farm

    The Test Drive: The Battery Farm – FLIES

    The Battery Farm are set to release their new album titled 'FLIES' on November 18th. More a lucid concept than an album, you get a journey within the collective tracks and a feeling that you've discovered something you will take with you in that other journey known as life.

    The Test Drive: Superdestroyer – Goon + Q&A

    Sometimes, the best artists hide a lot of themselves in order to create something universal. It’s easier to be honest with strangers every once and a while. By maintaining anonymity, Columbus City’s Superdestroyer is able to create music about the human condition that feels unhindered by a creator’s persona. All we know of Superdestroyer is the music, and what’s here on this newest record GOON should endear this artist to us forever.
    Dream Dali

    The Test Drive: Dream Dali – Letters From The Light

    Dream Dali have today released their new and debut album titled 'Letters From The Light'.
    The Flycatchers

    The Test Drive: The Flycatchers – Letters

    “Letters is a story of love lost, brutal uncertainty, and fighting through the waves. I had nothing to lose when we made this record because it was written in 2020. Everything we had worked for, I felt was gone. At the time, there was nothing more that could hurt me. It was the purest example of unbridled expression with some of the best people I know and love. This record is a deep and intrusive look inward.
    Blueprint Tokyo

    The Test Drive: Blueprint Tokyo – Cinema Sounds

    Blueprint Tokyo has premiered their new EP 'Cinema Sounds' on Jammerzine, set to release this Friday (October 28th).
    Dusty Durston

    The Test Drive: Dusty Durston – Manchester Music

    Dusty Durston has today released his new EP titled 'Manchester Music'. Infectious as well as reflective, 'Manchester Music' is a groove-tastical piece of magnum opus inspired sonic delicacies.

    The Test Drive: Goldpark – Goldpark 2

    Goldpark has today released thier new EP titled 'Goldpark 2'. Being a follow-up, or sequel, if you will, to 'Goldpark One', we get that continuation and evolution of the original sound of a true indie band.
    Red Valley Nursery

    The Test Drive: Red Valley Nursery – Red Valley Nursery

    Red Valley Nursery have today released their new eponymous album via Pop Riot Music. While that initial listen will give you the impression that Red Valley Nursery is a straight up guitar band, that just shows that you need to expand your horizons (sorry). This is a band that puts originality at the forefront and shows you what, not only the guitar can do, but the musician.
    Zeeteah Massiah

    The Test Drive: Zeeteah Massiah – Wat A Ting

    Zeeteah Massiah is set to release her new album titled 'Wat A Ting' on November 18th. Zeeteah is an artist that, while she needs no introduction, she also has that reputation that keeps her solidly in the cool kids section.
    Toluca Lake & overtheweather - Food Fight

    The Test Drive: Toluca Lake & overtheweather – Food Fight + Q&A

    Toluca Lake and overtheweather recently released a seamless and riveting split EP playfully titled 'Food Fight'. Overtheweather is a Pittsburg-native group self-described as a “Chex-mix bag of punk, emo, alternative and yinzercore”, whereas Toluca Lake is an emo trio brought up in the college basement scene of Lowell, MA. They are currently based in and around Boston.
    Seth Adam

    The Test Drive: Seth Adam – Fits and Starts and Stops + Tour Info

    Seth Adam has today released his new album titled 'Fits and Starts and Stops'. In true songwriter fashion, we get the gamut spanning music that covers styles and crosses genres. Heavy on that diverse guitar and unique phrasing with original chord changes, Seth Adam builds a stage for his voice and lyrics in a true and masterful form. Taking nods from vintage radio and Americana, Seth douses that with the fuel of rock and the penchant for classic alternative. This is a lesson for songwriters.
    Vanishing Shores

    The Test Drive: Vanishing Shores – Dead Language

    In the history of recorded music, some of the most prolific releases include KISS’ “Alive!” (1975), Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive!” (1976), and The 1975’s DH00278 (Live From The O2, London, 16.12.16) (2017). What do they all have in common? They’re all live albums, capturing the essence of a band’s live performance in both stage dynamics and crowd approval. Live albums aren’t as common as they used to be, which is nice when an artist takes the effort to put one out in today’s musical landscape. Such as the case from the latest effort by St. Francis Records artist, Vanishing Shores.
    Johnny Stanec

    The Test Drive: Johnny Stanec – Sunrise Sunset

    Johnny Stanec has released his new album titled 'Sunrise Sunset'. As heartfelt as it is heartwarming, Johnny sends up 16 tracks of solid rock/Americana wrapped up into a bundle and sent via the love and passion of a true artist. Each track tells a story and that story is relatable coming from someone whose lived it as much as they wrote about it.