Softengine – “Something Better” Single *Eurovision Special*

Softengine are a Finnish five piece singed to Sony (Finland). As such, this isn’t an “Introducing” feature as these guys are already on their way, but their single is so good that I think it deserves a mention nonetheless.

Those of you who have been watching the recent Eurovision Qualifiers will already know this song, and if you don’t, you’ll believe me when I say that this was the only decent rock track to be played that night; and it rightly earned them a place in the final (well done chaps).

Trust Finland, home of Lorde, to put forward rock; and an actually credible act at that!

The calibre of “Something Better” places it alongside many of the top-tier rock bands that are played on Kerrang etc on a daily basis in my opinion. The strong falsetto in the chorus makes it instantly recognisable, and it doesn’t have that “Oh, that’s Europop” vibe to it that puts so many of us Brits off. Ignore that they’re in Eurovision – this is a good band.


In Dynamics – “Grace” single

In Dynamics are an unsigned, alt/math rock threepiece from Brighton. “Grace” is the single from their recently released EP “Questions”.

I heard this song just after it was released, and God knows why I didn’t review it then! Math rock can be quite a hit-and-miss genre sometimes: bands take the unpredictable element way too far, and you end up with the group’s collection of favourite riffs welded together into a horrible Frankenstein monster.

But not these guys.

Strong melodies. Clever chord progressions. A great structure. A distinctive voice. Dynamics. I love it.

The influences I can hear in this song are some of my favourite bands: Biffy Clyro, Grammatics, Minus The Bear, Arcane Roots – you name it. The contrast between driving verse, the tension building bridge, and the the gentle, but beautiful let-down of the chorus is a great one, whilst the middle 8/16/24 demonstrates the creativity of the band brilliantly.

There’s not much more to say other than: I love this.


Lakeside Drake – “Blackened Sky” single

Lakeside Drake are an unsigned, electronic rock duo from Canada.

Blending dreamy drums with prog rock vocals and guitar, this band sound eerily like the softer, jazzier side of Porcupine Tree; demonstrating no less skill or creativity than their legendary prog peers by any means. Their single “Blackened Sky” never really rises above a slightly raised voice, but it manages to convey a subdued poignancy, and a powerful ebb and flow to the momentum all-the-same.

What is particularly magical about this song is the way the ever-building choruses are dramatically cut off by gentle acoustic interludes. The dynamics are truly excellent, and the on-point, sorrowful vocals places them right up alongside the top prog bands in my book.

The band only joined Facebook in March of this year, so with an impressive 20k+ listens on their single so far, the pair are rightfully enjoying the buzz that seems to be surrounding them at the moment. Good luck to them.