Bradley Wik – New Single Release

Bradley Wik and the Charlatans have released their new single “Some Girls (Still Love Rock N Roll)” off his upcoming album titled “In My Youth, I’m Getting Old…” scheduled to release on Sept. 15. For a classic rocker, check the track out here:

The sound of the song has rightfully drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and the Replacements. It harkens back to the time when bands got together in one room to record the familiar sounds of guitars, bass, drums and keys straight from live to tape for a real performance and connection to classic rock n roll.

The album’s namesake is about Wik’s battle with drugs and alcohol, failed relationships and personal struggles and acts as a product of coming to terms with his chosen lifestyle. The songs are also meant to have people relate to them, whether by helping remember their hometown, friends, lost loves, hopes or regrets. Wik’s songs are snapshots in life, from nights filled with dancing, drinking and laughter to dark nights of defeat.

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Image via Bradley Wik

Wik’s approach to his sound is to break away from modern conventions and to return to his rock n roll roots and all the rawness and organic power it has.

“It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does have to be worth it,” Wik said. “What makes music great? The stories. And the moment where someone listening says, ‘that’s me.’”

To stay up to date with Wik, be sure to follow him on Soundcloud and his official website.

Avery LR – Song Review

Rapper Avery LR released his 25-plus track album that featured the thought-provoking song “Never Surrender” that provided a spotlight on sexual abuse, drugs, and teen suicide. Check out the moving video here:

Right off the bat, “Never Surrender” hits hard and doesn’t hold back any punches. Avery LR puts his heart into the track and the music video successfully accompanies the brutally honest lyrics. The opening lines set the stage about his hard life and tough upbringing: “Back in ’96, that’s when life got hard / My Grandmother died, mom’s locked in the yard.” Avery discusses the hardships of having his father killed by the cops and growing up without positive direction, yet using his frustrations he felt in this situation as well as his struggles in school as motivation to overcome it all. The positive message behind this track is a useful tool for anyone who is going through similar circumstances.

The lyrics also delve into a narrative about a girl being inappropriately touched by her father, with the music video showing this part of the story in full effect to really drive home the message of the song. Avery’s commentary is all about real talk and rough situations, and the video matches the theme well without being too explicit, showing just enough to get the idea across and still be accessible to all who watch it. The most difficult topic Avery raps about in the song is how people who are unable to deal with the situation commit suicide, serving as a reminder that there’s always a way out before taking one’s own life. Although Avery’s lyrics originate from a very personal standpoint, the song covers universal themes that could be used to motivate listeners to take charge of the unfair situation they are in.

“Never Surrender” is a very bold song that tackles serious issues, and Avery knows how to use his talent to enlighten listeners about topics they may be unaware of. The song is also a good representation of the “Surviving 2017 Mixtape” it originates from. If you are in the mood for a 2Pac-influenced, free-style gangster rapper with substance behind his words, look no further than Avery LR and his single/video “Never Surrender.”

To stay to date with all things Avery LR, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube.