For a long time, Endless Boogie was considered "the best-kept secret in New York's rock scene". Starting out in 1997 as a jam band between a couple of Matador Records employees and the excentric rare vinyl dealer Paul Major, they played their first live show in 2001 opening for Pavement's Stephen Malkmus. Since then, their formula has roughly stayed the same: take the most infectious riff you can find, repeat it ad infinitum, and have Paul recount fragmented tall stories from his rock'n'roll past, punctuated by his scorching solo guitar playing. Endless Boogie do exactly what their name implies: this is one rocking party that never ends.
Some people call it a vibe, others call it a groove. Handsome Jack calls it 'boogie soul', an organic concoction of deep dark mid-tempo boogies, smoky upbeat burners, and soulful feel-good rockers. Hailing from Buffalo NY, Handsome Jack had their humble beginnings as a blues garage rock band while still in high school. Eventually they moved out of the garage and developed their sound into a natural soulful boogie that remains rooted in raw blues, earning the admiration of fellow rock travelers such as Black Crowe Chris Robinson and Ben McLeod of All Them Witches.
Ukraine might not be the most obvious place to start a doom metal band, but that is exactly what Igor Sidorenko decided to do when he was stuck in a rut back in 2007. The band's progress since then has proven him right: from their humble beginnings in the local metal underground, Stoned Jesus has moved on to become one of the current scene darlings. It might have something to do with the tight songwriting, solidly based in traditional stoner doom but touched by Igor's many influences and prog background. No wonder Napalm Records wanted a piece of that, releasing their breakthrough album 'Pilgrims' in 2018.
London-based Swedish Death Candy are a prime example of the term "hot shit". Their incredibly infectious songs hit that highly rare but magic sour-sweet spot between heavy psych grooves and serious pop sensibility, with a keen sense of musicianship to boot. The release of a demo EP in late 2014 and a fast-growing buzz about their highly engaging and ferociously loud live show immediately caught the attention of music fans, their peers, and the industry alike. An NME Radar feature and BBC Radio 1 support soon followed, leading to live support slots with the likes of Wand, Yak, and Kvelertak. A force to be reckoned with for sure!
Practically born in the surf of Laguna Beach, and transplanted to the garage-punk nexus of the Bay Area, one-man dynamo Ty Segall has been at the forefront of the region's thriving garage scene for more than a decade. Throughout his prolific career, he has constantly shifted projects and moods, ranging from eclectic pop to fuzzed-out noise to acoustic folk. On his latest couple of albums, he seems to have boiled down all these influences into a style that is unmistakably his own, while effortlessly moving across the musical spectrum. With The Freedom Band, he has assembled a bunch of skilled musicians to put on the best damn rock show you can imagine.