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Dan Luke & The Raid released the video for their debut single “Black Cat Heavy Metal” earlier this week.

“Black Cat Heavy Metal” is heavy on the bass, light on the drums and delivers a retro sound that you have to clap along to. The video for the tune syncs perfectly with the chill vibe. In the video, you’ll catch the band party hopping and enjoying good times with friends.

Although the bass and drums sound great on the song, guitarist Patrick Stewart also deserves appreciation. Towards the end of the song, Patrick delivers a noisy yet gentle guitar solo that compliments the ’70s vibe the song had given off since the start. The guitar solo gives “Black Cat Heavy Metal” the something it didn’t even know it needed.

The frontman of Dan Luke & The Raid is Dan Shultz. Does that last name ring a bell? Rock n’ roll clearly flows through Dan’s blood as he’s the little brother of Matt and Brad Shultz of Cage The Elephant.

Along with obvious praise from Cage The Elephant, a slew of other bands have taken note of the debut single. FIDLAR, Grouplove and Portugal. The Man all took to Twitter to share the song and praise the band. No big deal, right?

According to EW, the band is planning to release their debut EP later this summer. They’re also working on their first full-length album. To say they’re busy would be an understatement.

Thankfully, Dan Luke & The Raid aren’t too busy to head out on the road. The quartet is joining UK-based songwriter Declan McKenna on his tour.

With the support of big name bands, a quick tour, and an EP in the works, the future of Dan Luke & The Raid looks promising. Check out the video for “Black Cat Heavy Metal” and tour dates below.

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Our favorite teen idol, Declan McKenna, has recently announced that he will be dropping his debut album, titled What Do You Think About the Car? He will be releasing this compilation of boppin’ indie tunes on July 28th, through Columbia Records.

To get into the spirit of Declan’s album and music style, below are five artists that have similar styles and sounds as Declan. Also, since he IS an up and coming singer, hopefully recommending these artists will help everyone get into Declan’s music and indulge in his work as much as I do!

Sundara Karma

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Sundara’s simplistic, yet fun music alludes to Declan’s sound. Both came out of the same English indie music scene around the same time, adding to their similarities. Sundara’s lead single off of their new album, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, titled “She Said” is very similar to Declan’s song “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home.

Jake Bugg

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Everyone knows Jake Bugg, whether you’ve heard of him as being an influence from your favorite artist, or from his popular hit “Lightning Bolt”, he’s been involved in the indie music scene for what seems like forever. McKenna’s aura and presence is almost exactly like Bugg. McKenna has called Bugg one of his own musical influences, and one can make this connection just through appearance and music style. If you like cool, indie guys with great music, check these guys out.

Hippo Campus

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Hippo Campus’s music never fails to give off good vibes to anyone listening. Their newest album, Landmark, has a similar style to McKenna’s last EP, If you’re into just straight up indie music with good vibes and even greater instrumentation, these two artists fit the position.

Cage the Elephant

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Ah, a favorite and major influence in the scene of garage rock/alternative rock scene. Listening to McKenna’s raw vocals, one can come to the conclusion that McKenna gains influence from this Kentucky-based band. If you like Cage the Elephant’s album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, you’ll love Declan McKenna.

Blossoms

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Lastly, a newer band that has been on the rise since last year. Blossoms are an indie rock band from Manchester, England who happen to have very catchy and funky vibes. Just like McKenna, lead singer Tom Ogden has a raw yet nicely-executed vocal style. So, if you’re into songs like “Isombard” and “Brazil” by McKenna, be sure to check out “Honey Sweet” and “Getaway” by Blossoms.

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Looking for a young artist who happens to create great memes but also creates boppin’ tunes? Indie singer-songwriter Declan McKenna may be the one for you.

At only 18, Declan has accomplished way more than others twice his age have even attempted. Between enduring multiple tours in the last two years, releasing two EPs, and debuting a brand new single in January, Declan has taken the underground music scene by storm, quicker than his fans can comprehend. On top of this, McKenna also writes and plays every instrument heard on his songs.

In 2015, at 16 years old, McKenna participated in and later won Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition, which landed him a spot at the festival later that year. Shortly after the festival, he was quickly signed to Columbia Records – home to a plethora of household names.

McKenna’s first release, “Brazil”, received vast amounts of praise from various music critics all over. The song is mainly about FIFA and all of the negative connotations within the federation, along with all of the controversy that took place during the World Cup. He touches on subjects such as poverty and corruption, typically taboo topics that most artists don’t dare to write about. On top of this song, McKenna also touches on topics such as transgender adolescents, politics, and society in general.

The release of his new song, “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”, has skyrocketed him out of the underground indie rock scene and into alternative radio stations’ hands. On this track, McKenna discusses adolescents in today’s society and hardships they face. This song is also seemingly different when compared to other previously released songs. While other songs are heavily synth-based, this song is more alternative mainstream material.

From the moment I heard “Brazil” and its eerie yet welcoming intro, I was hooked and knew this young singer-songwriter was destined to be a star. Be sure to check out his music! Every song is a bop.


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