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Neurotic Mirage – Psycho Carnival Record Review

April 14, 2019

Today, I’m excited to be telling you all about the newest release from Neurotic Mirage. Their second record entitled Psycho Carnival (recorded with Jeff Forrest at Doubletime Recording Studios) drops on May 5, 2019 and the band plans on a record release that night at Navajo Live at 8 pm. Neurotic Mirage is a local three-piece that has been active since 2015. Their sound can be classified as living somewhere in the realm of hardcore punk and metal; not quite metalcore, not quite all punk, but a “progressive punk” with varying undertones of metal.

In my thoughts while listening to this record, I can’t quite place another band in San Diego quite like them. Some of their stated influences include Tool, System of A Down, Nirvana, Mastodon, and The Deftones and you can hear many elements of artists like these in this record. In my review of the Rorschach record by Sweet Myths, I made some mention of their aperture of playing around with rhythms and time signatures. Neurotic Mirage also showcases this heavily, but in a fashion that carries a lot more weight to match their tougher style of music. Psycho Carnival ranges from songs with a more melancholy and/or upbeat pop punk vibe (“Follow” & “Feeling You Out”) or heavy 80’s thrash throwback beats and riffs (“She’s an Alien Hybrid” & “Runaway”), all the while mixing time signatures and tempos throughout. From themes of modern-day technology in the world, introspection, self-destruction, and human emotion, Psycho Carnival has something for a wide variety of alt-rock fans. Whether you lean more towards a harder/grungier and more meaty pop-punk, post-punk and metal, metalcore, or any various shade of rough and tumble alt-rock, you will find a lot to like in this record.

Neurotic Mirage’s tunes can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. You can also give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter (@NeuroticMirage), and Instagram (@neurotic_mirage). Their record release party for Psycho Carnival is on May 5, 2019 at 8 pm is at Navajo Live along with Abner and Bitter Kiddos. If you’d like to pre-order the record, you can do so through PayPal on Neurotic Mirage’s website linked here. Thanks so much for checking them out, and remember to #SupportTheScene.

– Ari

Record Review

Sweet Myths – Rorschach Record Review

April 3, 2019

This record came at just about a perfect time to review, as I’ve been on a real kick lately of listening to latin fusion or latin inspired music. Living in San Diego, there is definitely a lot of it. Today, I’m here to talk to you about the latest release from a four-piece called Sweet Myths, a band that definitely isn’t afraid to draw from a wide range of influences in cultivating their diverse indie sound.

Sweet Myths describes themselves as an avant-garde indie band, and I feel that is an accurate way to talk about their music. Their new record, Rorscach, is an absolute reflection of that and displays an immensely cultured creative style. Audible influences like early 2000s east coast indie rock and latin guitar riffs/rhythms come together in songs like “False God” and “Disco Doghouse”, while you can make out the band playing around with math-rock and jazzy jamming in “Fall In Line”. The large variety of clear (and probably unclear, as well) musical influences contained in this record are part of what make it special and on a larger scale, part of what makes San Diego such an incredible city. The rhythm section, however, is what really makes this record for me. Not to say that the lyrical content, vocals, or anything else is lacking; because that isn’t the case. But personally, the beats and flow of Rorscach are my favorite part, with my favorite song on the record being “Disco Doghouse”.

If you would like to check out Rorscach out the Sweet Myths discography for yourselves, you can find them on bandcamp or on Spotify. To keep tabs on what they’re up to, you can follow them on Facebook or on Instagram @SweetMyths. Their next show is on June 6, 2019 at Winston’s in Ocean Beach. Thanks for looking and remember to #SupportTheScene!

– Ari

Record Review

Ready Set Survive – Fight Single Review

June 14, 2018

As a horror fan, when I think of Ready Set Survive, usually their song Everyday Is Halloween is what first comes to mind. I have seen them perform a couple of times now and that song is still what stands out to me most from their repertoire. However, from this point going forward, I am sure I’ll be looking for this song in their set. With a feature from fellow San Diegan and rapper Soup the Messenger, this track is definitely something a little different.

The band’s latest single, “Fight”, is a politically-charged anthem with the middle class in mind. The thought-provoking lyrics call for change in an ambivalent and confusing social climate, and the heavy guitar-based melody echo the intensity of the song’s content and message. When Soup the Messenger’s first line hits your ear, it is somewhat unexpected but welcomed. His flow and delivery are a certainly meaningful addition to the song, as well as his lyrics to match the Ready Set Survive lyrics. If you like alt-rock or pop punk with hefty melodic rhythms and a meaningful message, give this single “Fight” a listen.

If you would like to check out “Fight” and the rest of Ready Set Survive’s discography, you can find them on Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora. For updates on when they will be playing their next show, like them on Facebook, give them a follow on Instagram at @ready_set_survive, or keep an eye on our social media pages to stay in the loop. Thanks for looking!

– Ari