Spotlight Report Top Picks #2

Photo: Trophy Eyes

In this week’s edition of Spotlight Report Top Picks, we have some goodies right down pat. From Enter Shikari‘s inspiring and emotional documentary to Trophy Eyes‘ amazing single “Chlorine”, your ears will thank you for what we’ve put together here. Shout out to all the fans that make it possible for these bands to live out their dreams; they wouldn’t be able to do it without you.

Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep Tour. UK Arena Tour 2016 Documentary’

Discovering “Sorry You’re Not a Winner” was the first time I was ever exposed to a band that could cleverly combine electronic and post-hardcore genres together. Enter Shikari were never a one-hit-wonder band because in all honesty, they have spread their wings over the last few years of their music career. In this documentary, the four-piece from Hertfordshire, England have showcased their passionate ability to make people feel infinite and grateful when attending their shows; to when Rou gives out coffee to his fans to when they carefully pick out songs for their setlist and prepare for show production, the amount of dedication and hard work has really paid off for them to be playing arena shows. This documentary is just another way of showing that Enter Shikari are a band full of heart and soul, really embracing the amazing experiences they have had so far. To see them progress has been totally wonderful and incredibly rewarding.

CERES – “Laundry Echo”

Anthemic Melbourne quartet CERES have been turning heads since the release of their epic single “Happy in Your Head”. Last week, the alternative/indie band dropped another banger of a track titled “Laundry Echo” capturing exclusive footage from shows they have done so far. With echoing guitars, fierce drum beats and just overall, solid musicianship, “Echo Laundry” is another favourite you can spin for days. This number is off their upcoming sophomore record Drag It Down On You which will be available for release on September 2 via Cooking Vinyl Australia.

Bayside – “I’ve Been Dead All Day Long”

With an ongoing passion for music, American punk band Bayside have still been kicking it since the early 2000s. Only a couple of days ago, the band released the music video for their new track “I’ve Been Dead All Day Long”, showcasing Anthony Raneri and Nick Ghanbarian picking up some lucky fans for a casual drive, while also getting the opportunity to listen to tracks off their upcoming seventh record Vacancy. “I’ve Been Dead All Day Long” is an upbeat track with a subtle dose of rock n’ roll that eases your soul. By the end of the video, you’d want some milkshakes from McDonalds too. Vacancy will be available for release on August 19 via Hopeless Records. The band will also be embarking an Australian tour in November with support acts Young Lions and Far Away Stables.

Our Past Days – “Bloom Where You’re Planted”

With the new launch of Australian record label Greyscale Records, it has had them showcase their first band they have signed to their roster. We present to you an incredible band encompassing hardcore and pop-punk roots, Our Past Days. Their atmospheric and diverse sound equates to the combination of bands such as Knuckle Puck and Sum 41. Although “Bloom Where You’re Planted” was released last year, the Sydney outfit have showcased such epic instrumentation in this one in particular; from the earth-shattering riffs to the solid vocals, there’s so much love booming into this song. Their debut record Keep Safe will be available on September 2 via Greyscale Records.

Trophy Eyes – “Chlorine”

Releasing their absolutely breathtaking track “Chlorine” yesterday, Newcastle, Australia punk band Trophy Eyes have unleashed something extraordinary to the world. With “Chlorine” already creating a lot of buzz from fans, their music has focused more on their cleans while also forming a pleasant, shoe-gazing feel to the track with similar vibes from alternative rock UK band Basement. I don’t know about you but when I first listened to this, all I thought in my head was ‘wow’. Now who wouldn’t be excited for this band? You’d be crazy not to. Their upcoming sophomore record Chemical Miracle will be available on October 14 via Hopeless Records / UNFD.

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