Norwich alt rockers Prey Drive kept busy in 2019 performing alongside the likes of Fatherson and Free Throw, but now they’re looking forward to the treats and excitement of 2020, starting with the release of their brand new single, ‘Shinjuku’.
“Shinjuku is a district in Tokyo that I had the pleasure of working In for a while,” vocalist Brad had to say of the new song. “It’s one of the brightest places on Earth due to the vast amount of neon signs and advertising they have all over their buildings. Tokyo was a place I had always wanted to travel to and it didn’t disappoint. It was a completely different way of life, culture and even though is densely populated, felt clean, calm and a breath of fresh air.”
If you’re into Balance & Composure and Turnover then Prey Drive will be right up your street. We caught up with the band, who introduced us to KROD Records by picking 5 of their favourite artists signed to the label.
Flèche have quite a substantial back catalogue already consisting of 2 full-length albums and one EP. Their second and most recent album, ‘Do Not Return Fire’, combines various elements of dancey, indie vibes with more aggressive heavy/math rock.
When listening to the album, I can hear a plethora of influences, sometimes sections sounding like Minus The Bear, other parts reminding me strongly of British punk rock band The Cribs. The singer also has a very similar tone to Brandon Boyd from Incubus.
Cold Reading are first and foremost super lovely guys. Hailing from Switzerland, we had the pleasure to play a couple of shows with those guys last year, and they blew us away. They remind me of a blend of Hell Is For Heroes and Placebo in places, but their sound is far more complex and shows a huge range of influences and styles, which makes for really interesting listening! They’re just a super tight band whose latest album ‘ZYT’ is definitely worth checking out as both aurally and visually it’s extremely ambitious and impressive.
The Deadnotes‘ first album, ‘I’ll Kiss All Fears Out Of Your Face’, is a record that feels like it’s full of passion. You can hear the hard work that’s gone into it. We had the pleasure of playing with these guys in Brighton last year and it comes through even more live, but yeah, it’s definitely a stand out record for us on many levels — so much so that we covered ‘Cardboard’ as part for the recent ‘KROD Records (The Five Years)’ compilation.
ELM TREE CIRCLE
Elm Tree Circle (4-piece from Germany) were one of the first bands I listened to when I came across KROD. They remind me of UK punk rockers Ducking Punches, who happen to be from the same town as us. Their 2018 album, ‘The Good Life’, is great. If you enjoy bands like The Menzingers and The Swellers then you will love these guys. Listen to ‘Feel The Burn’ and turn it up loud!
Bloodsport have recently joined the KROD family. They’ve recorded a few singles with the soon to be legend Bob Cooper. Their new song called ‘The In-between’ is so fucking good! You can tell they take influence from bands such as Knuckle Puck and Trash Boat. The music is high energy and at times fast-paced. I can’t wait to catch these guys live.
Prey Drive‘s new single, ‘Shinjuku’, is out on April 22nd 2020 via German record label KROD Records. You can pre-save the song at various sites here.
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