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California’s Burning – July 2020

California’s Burning – July 2020

Welcome to my take on a concept that is hardly new, but it’s something fresh to talk about and much more interesting than listening to the government’s COVID-19 briefings (whenever they crop up). So, welcome to my playlist of the month! Here are some lovely songs that I’ve been listening to and want to share with the world, really. So, without further ado, in no particular order…

Evanescence – The Game is Over

All bands, after a certain period of time, seem to produce music that is very different from their debut albums from many moons ago. Evanescence is one of the exceptions from this sweeping generalisation. With their new album, ‘The Bitter Truth’ on the way in late 2020, newly released single ‘The Game is Over’ provides a new, yet familiar, perspective on a band that just keeps on delivering nearly two decades after their debut outing.

Evanescence – ‘The Game is Over’ video

Bring Me The Horizon – Parasite Eve

Sheffield’s favourite sons journey into a very, weird, strange place with their latest outing. Edited by Oli himself, Parasite Eve is a journey that basically echos our very current, ongoing situation with COVID surging the planet.

Following in the same roots as ‘Ludens’, Parasite Eve provides a familiar, yet different sound to BMTH’s evolution. With breakdowns, drops and hard-hitting vocals, there’s plenty of good times to be had listening to this track. I, for one, am very excited to see where they go next.

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Parasite Eve’ video

Hot Milk- Candy Coated Lie$

Every year, on the Late May Bank Holiday weekend there’s a rock/pop/alt festival called ‘Slam Dunk’. This year, for the first time, I was planning to go. Obviously, that never came to fruition. But instead, a few weekends prior, an online ‘festival’ was organised and aired in order to raise money for NHS charities: ‘Five4Five Fest’. Joining the lineup that evening was Hot Milk: a young, fresh, powerful energetic group who are quite possibly my new favourite band of 2020.

Hot Milk have released, to date, about twelve songs in total, but their collective energy, Hannah’s Mancunian under-tones and catchy guitar hooks are an absolute perfect combination, even to the point where the legendary Foo Fighters asked them to be one of their support acts on tour. Candy Coated Lie$, along with it’s video, is my absolute favourite release to date – you should definitely give them a listen. Oh, they’re also unsigned – at this stage, their potential is unreal!

Hot Milk – ‘Candy Coated Lie$’ video

Lizzy Farrall – Addict

Five4Five Fest turned out to be a worthwhile investment of my time as I also discovered the ridiculously talented Lizzy Farrall. Apple Music describes the album ‘Bruises’ genre as pop, which I disagree with. Lizzy takes some very deep topics and experiences, and twists them into a somewhat psychedelically dark indie electro-rock conglomeration that just plays so easily into your ears. ‘Addict’ is certainly one of my favourites from the album.

Lizzy Farrall – ‘Addict’ video