We like to think of Tracks Of The Week as an international affair, and it showed last week, with Indonesian spectacular Isyana Sarasvati leading the march to victory with her new single My Mystery (opens in a new tab).
Gun, the Scot, finished second with street brothers (opens in a new tab), while Floridian guitar hero/crooner Mark Tremonti took third place with a more than honorable version by Frank Sinatra My path (opens in a new tab).
This week’s hopefuls follow – don’t forget to vote at the bottom of the page!
Monster Truck – Golden Woman
Canada’s shaggy millennial-era rock monsters are back with a bang – or rather, a total banger, than galloping, gregarious golden woman certainly is. Kind of like the audio equivalent of a big shaggy trucker’s beard, spraying cheap beer while its owner makes fun of Motorhead or something similar without any sense. Don’t expect poetry or anything clever (they call themselves “Monster Truck” for heaven’s sake, the nuance isn’t exactly written in their contract), but it would take a disposition of steel so as not to have a very good time when the chorus engages.
Heat – Hollywood
Heat’s music has always sounded like palm trees and California sunshine, rather than the ice and snow of their homeland. On Hollywoodthe Swedish melodic rock crew pulls it off, mixing all the 80s worth of glistening synths, cherry-red Chevys, Whitesnake-sized guitars and a no-nonsense chorus with tastes of The final Countdown racing through his veins. Former singer Erik Gronwall left big shoes to fill. Here, the “old”/new leader Kenny Leckremo feels amply up to the task. Their new album force majeure comes out in August.
Blacktop Mojo – Honey I Won’t Tell
Part of a three-song tale of “heartbreak, murder and deceit” – on these Texans’ self-titled fourth album – it’s a smoky-eyed ballad, all about big feelings, whispered secrets and powerful chops. that serve the song rather than stifle it. The kind of hard rock that’s both powerful and tender that will make you cry or make you want to punch. Or both. Hefty but rather beautiful catharsis in just three minutes? We’ll take that.
Black Star Riders – Better Than Saturday Night
BSR’s new single is here and it wants to give you all the feel of the weekend, with an added touch of warmth. Ricky Warwick is now the sole founding member (original guitarist Scott Gorham amicably retired last year and will return for live dates next year), though Thin Lizzy’s legacy hangs in the balance. bright waves through hearty, celebratory riffs and bittersweet edges in The Voice of Warwick. The bad news? We will have to wait until January 2023 for their next album, Wrong side of heavenfollowed by the band’s 10th anniversary tour in February.
Gogol Bordello – Teroborona
Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello have taken one of today’s most turbulent events and graced it with something badass – a brilliantly frenzied knee, complete with fierce teething. Sharing its name with a term for Ukrainian civil defense units, Teroborona is accompanied by a video that shows the daily activities of the many brave civilians involved. “Many of my artist and musician friends had to take up arms and join Teroborona,” says Fireball frontman Eugene Hütz (himself of Ukrainian origin). “This is a dedication to their courage and the courage of all defenders. The song is rooted in the traditional Ukrainian dance ‘Arkan’, one of the true Ukrainian Hutzul spirits.” All proceeds go to their Cauze campaign (opens in a new tab).
Michael Monroe – Everybody’s Nobody
“It’s a tongue-in-cheek story about letting go of the ‘good old days’ and finding the things that make you happy here and now,” says the prodigal son of the Finland/Tasmanian Devil-in-residence peroxide. “A lot of artists in our position seem content to bask in the glow of nostalgia.” There’s got to be said, there’s quite a bit of nostalgia in this glitter-strewn anthem — all Cuban heels, graffitied locker rooms and misty-eyed farewells to the glory days — but delivered with such a conscious bite that its aftertaste is fresh and spicy. Pleasant.
Coleman Rigg and the Ridge Runners – The Truth
come clean launches with a stiff post-punk verse that could almost be Franz Ferdinand before finding its way to a chorus that creaks and soars skyward with cathartic aplomb. “I started out writing this song that was really inspired by grunge and the 90s aesthetic,” Coleman says, “and then expanded from there by adding less obvious arrangements like synths and samples—creating unique texture and soundscape. It’s a whole new sound for us, and I think something unique in the Philadelphia scene – hard rock mixed with dark new wave sounds.”
Voodoo Blood – Black Mirror
Manchester-based stoner/blues band Voodoo Blood released a few EPs in the late 2010s and have been pretty quiet ever since, but vocalist Kim Jennett hasn’t gone away entirely. She appeared on The voice, worked on a solo album, and in 2019 won our Tracks Of The Week competition with her let me be the one Single. Now she’s back with new material from Voodoo Blood, and a song that rips and snorts in all the right ways. black mirror features a manic riff, while Jennett is the owner of a set of tonsils that surely must have been shredded by the climax of that thundering scream.