Artist Review: Suburban Vermin

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


An energetic old-school stylized punk rock trio from Seattle with chicks filling the guitar and drum roles? Sign me up.

Just like Dead Kennedys before them, this punk trio has the ability to draw you in just with their controversial band name alone: Suburban Vermin. Witty, clever, and eye-brow raising, the curiosity to hear them just becomes morbid.

So after doing just that, I couldn’t help but admire this band’s instant-classic sound that leaves you relieved that bands like Suburban Vermin still exist. A band that is 100% authentic, and keeping the music that Seattle is known for alive and well. Their sound is a plug-in-and-just-fucking-play kind of approach without the need of any kind of synthesized theatrics; straying far from mainstream antics. 

And that’s what punk has always been about, and for a band in this era to still stick with that same formula along with the values that corroborate it makes Suburban Vermin a band that deserves undivided attention from all true punk/Seattle-scene fans out there that still remember that the scene where this band comes from was, and always will be, iconic. And Suburban Vermin belongs in that collection of bands that have contributed to the genre and music scene as some of the most influential.

The production value is a perfect showcase of their authentic and traditional persona as a band, and the male and female vocal leads compliment their sound beautifully and add a very charismatic and signature style that also gives them a lot of room for versatility as well. Basically, if you’re a fan of the Seattle scene’s most influential bands (both mainstream and underground), then Suburban Vermin is a band you’ll be adding to your list of favorites. They’re a rare gem, and a breath of fresh air that true punk rock is still alive. It’s bands like them that keep it not only alive, but going strong as well.

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Artist Review: Damson Blaze – “Hush” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Female vocals? Check. Catchy chorus? Check. A guitarist with enough Flying V’s to fill an entire room? Check.

With a great combination of 80’s and 90’s Female-fronted rock with some of today’s mainstream sensibilities, Virginia quartet Damson Blaze delivers a fresh in-your-face rock anthem with their newest single “Hush”

You can definitely hear some of our favorite iconic influences from this band, including Deep Purple, Rush, and a pinch of Pearl Jam. However Damson Blaze have manifested into a sound that is recognizable, lovable, and focuses more on writing some killer rock songs to entertain the crowd rather than delving into some sort of “experimental multi-genre” spinoff that falls flat most of the time. This band is ready to be loud, fun, and always makes sure there’s room for a shredding guitar solo.

“Hush” is not designed to be your next overly-versatile daring take on rock, they just keep it real. Good riffs, fun live show, a swell Martha Davis style vocal approach, and something that easily sticks in your head. It’s not aimed to change the game, it’s aimed at making it better altogether. Because when it comes to Rock nowadays, some bands and artists tend to insult the genre by over analyzing their mixes and using far too many EDM or electronically integrated plugins for their final touch. But in my opinion Damson Blaze doesn’t have time for those kind of fratty antics. This is simply a “plug in and rock out” persona. No BS needed.

I recommend “Hush” based on the formula that has always worked with Rock. And that’s to simply keep it loud, make it catchy, and never forget to leave room for a guitar solo! “Hush” is the title track of their upcoming EP of the same name. We are itching to hear more of it. And after giving this song a listen yourself, you will be as well.

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Artist Review: Clever Measures

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Clever Measures are exactly just that: clever. A little Rock, a little Roll, and a mix of originals and covers to satisfy the Live Show goers’ soul.

Since forming in 2013, a dynamic and very natural chemistry manifested among the quartet of professional musicians. Clever Measures pretty much formed and evolved into an all-star lineup with the relentless musicianship that each member brings to the round table. And whether it’s rocking some energy-driven covers for the crowd (and for the better paying shows), they also have written some excellent songs that need some major attention. And there’s one that jumped out at me right at the top of their Soundcloud.

That song is “Eat Sleep Race Repeat”. A guitar-fueled Sports Racing anthem that glorifies the sports tribute with an undeniably high-energy, ridiculously-well-written guitar riff that starts this song off with some strength. Once the rest of the band comes in, it’s balls-to-the-wall all the way through.

All of your favorite Rock elements from all the epic eras are in this song. We hear riffs that compliment and bring us back to the golden Classic Rock days, the untouchable 90s era in the songwriting and melody factors, some 80s that also can be heard in some of the vocal delivery, and the better parts of today’s Rock sensibilities. All the ingredients needed to make “Eat Sleep Race Repeat” a song perfect for blasting in your car stereo, putting on repeat, and best of all–to hear the band playing it at a live show!

The chorus of this song soars, the production value showcases a powerful rhythm section and dueling guitars with high-gain, well-EQed and crisp guitar tones that include shredding solos and all the goods in between. The vocals have a great range, great tone, and have a powerful delivery that energizes this song for both your CD listening experience, and Live Show.

Listen, Rock, Shred, Repeat!

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Artist Review: Free From Gravity

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


We get a breath of fresh air with Alt/Rockers Free From Gravity‘s influential, innovative, and eclectic sound. Their most recent EP Saints & Sinners is a collective record of well-polished, well-written, and captivating songs for pretty much any Alternative/Rock listener, with a sound that other solidifying elements that make Free From Gravity a band you can easily add to your shelf of favorites thus far.

We hear a dynamically great mix of older Rock influences, 90s, and a sensibility of today’s Rock elements. 

You can hear a very guitar-driven, ambient sound in their opening track “Crazy Lady”. A great down-tempo song with a lot of guitar textures, complimenting solos, and great R.E.M. inspired vocals that fit perfectly into the song’s craft and soothing melodies with a Pink Floyd feel to it. It has great melody sequences, terrific production value, and astonishing guitar work that helps bring out the band’s musicianship in its entirety.

We then jump to the next two tracks, “Dance With Me” and EP-title track “Saints & Sinners”. Two brilliant up-tempo tracks that bring out the band’s charisma and fun factors that get you humming along to the extremely catchy choruses. These tracks demonstrate a very ever present energy and a sound that can help you picture a great live show. There are great harmony structures in all the right places, which solidifies the powerful choruses and great build ups in the verses into the pre chorus & chorus.

The end track, “Step Into The Sunlight”, is a feel-good track that ties together all the elements that this EP definitely offers. Great eclectic Alt/Rock that has a very uplifting feel, a fun & witty approach that definitely would make their live show a great experience (and guarantee that it does), and ingredients from all the spices of our favorite eras of rock that fits into today’s sensibility of the genre. Saints & Sinners is definitely a great EP for all Rock listeners alike. And in case you found out about them through this review, just remember you heard it from us first.

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