For those wanting a bit garagey flavor to their roots rock, Canadian artist Buddy McNeil and his Magic Mirrors got two albums, one EP and one digital track’s worth available on their Bandcamp. Their recent full length Introducing Once Again… takes classic Americana roots, injects it with some healthy late sixties/early seventies Rolling Stones and adds a (at times) very Hives-sounding vocals on the thirteen tracks offered.

At times a bit too clean-sounding for my tastes, the band still has a firm grip on classic American rock with some smooth ballads, nice rave-ups and a couple more country-flavored tracks thrown in for variety. Buddy himself has a nice screaming style to his vocal delivery and their fluid material is sure to have something for everyone.

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Bandcamp: http://buddymcneilandthemagicmirrors.bandcamp.com/
Website: N/A

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The Loud

December 19, 2011

Glam is alive and well in the UK! The Loud is receiving their fair share of hype in the British music press right now, including some write-up in The NME recently. On their new release For My Record Machine (For Never Letting Me Down) they offer up a blend of classic glam rock with more modern sounding britpop. Four tracks in total that oddly enough bring to mind the sound of Lou Reed‘s Bowie-produced Transformer album, the EP paradoxically manages to sound both fresh and retro at the same time. Nice hooks, great fuzzed-out guitars and a sound that stays true to its roots.

Two EP’s and two singles has been released so far (all available from Bandcamp, some as a free download) and I’m pretty convinced these guys are just starting out making a name for themselves.

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Bandcamp: http://theloud.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.theloud.co.uk/