While many rock bands and solo artists have opted to postpone their releases until touring can resume, a selected few have graced us with new music to help fans get through the rest of 2020. This list will dive into the new (or semi-new) music Rock Is Dead has been loving this Fall. Below you'll find hard rock, the blues, emo and Mongolian throat signing. Intrigued? Keep reading...
1) Larkin Poe
With ten years and five albums already in the books, Larkin Poe can hardly be classified as a "new music" find. While these Nashville based sisters have been touring for a while, it was their 2019 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album that pushed the sisters to the top of everybody's list. This November will see the release of Kindred Spirits, a new album of all acoustic covers with a bluesy twist. Check out their cover of Lenny Kravitz's 1998 hit "Fly Away" here.
2) Strange Breed
Rock Is Dead has been loving Strange Breed since they dropped their debut album "Permanence" late last year. The four piece, all queer, all-female, alternative rock band from Vancouver uses their music to raise awareness for issues like mental health and sexual assault, and routinely donates a portion of their album sales to grassroots organizations that aims to fight for similar causes. Their new single "Reputation" is out now and can be heard here.
3) The HU
The best way to describe The HU is to imagine Mongolian throat singing meets Sons of Anarchy. No seriously. These guys are badass and incredible musicians. The band pairs the traditional sounds of their homeland with desert rock vibes from the west and have created something completely original. This year, the band joined forces with Halestorm's Lzzy Hale for their latest single "Song Of The Woman" (watch here). The track was added to the 2020 release of The Gereg (Deluxe Edition) which features remixed versions and acoustic tracks from their highly successful 2019 release The Gereg.
4) JJ Wilde
Like many artists, this year was looking to be a big breakthrough for Canadian rocker JJ Wilde. She kicked off 2020 on tour with The Blue Stones and found huge success with her single "The Rush." The song reached No. 1 in Canada and continues to make appearances on rock playlists globally. This summer Wilde released a new album along with the incredible catchy new single "Best Boy." Releasing the track along with a hilariously raunchy music video, Wilde has gained her second No.1 in Canada proving that she isn't slowing down anytime soon.
Calling all emo kids - this one's for you! Evolving from the days of Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, HAUNTER took what they loved from the early 2000's and combined it with modern day influences like Chvrches and Imagine Dragons. Their first single "Risk Is All" is out now and proves to be promising. Check out the new single on the band's YouTube page here.