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The weather’s getting warm and that must mean summer is on its way. This can only mean we’re going to be spending some time outdoors with friends or by ourselves listening to music.
If you’re anything like me, you like to update your playlist with some fresh new indie rock bands every couple of months. That way you don’t get too burned out listening to the same bands over and over again.
So, I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my favourite new indie rock songs to help you freshen up your playlists while also introducing you to some really talented independent artists on the rise that is just waiting for you to check them out, subscribe to their Spotify channels and tell your friends about them!
You can listen to our full playlist which contains the artists’ music, and know more about the artists by scrolling down the page.
1) GABRIEL’S DAWN – Gabriel’s Dawn (Album)
If you’re looking for new indie rock music to update your summer playlist right now, look no further than Gabriel’s Dawn.
The band is based in Leicester, UK and they’ve just released their new album Gabriel’s Dawn. The album is full of songs that will make you feel like summer has come early.
The band combines Britpop with indie melodic pop-rock and other genres like new wave and a retro guitar style to create their own unique sound.
The album was recorded and mixed by band member Leon Jones at his own studio in Stoke on Trent throughout 2021. What a piece of art! Our favourite track is Loose Canyon and we are sure you will love it too. Listen to the album on Spotify and follow the band, also check their social media!
2) JAMES & PAUL – Tabula Rasa
James & Paul are a new band based in the United Kingdom, Morpeth. The duo just released their second album, Tabula Rasa, and it’s got everything you need to update your summer playlist: acoustic style rock, alt-rock, pop, indie melodic pop-rock, singer-songwriter, full band sound… the list goes on!
James & Paul’s newest album is packed with catchy melodies and lyrical substance—the kind of music you want to hear again and again. Their style ranges from classic rock to acoustic ballads to full-band sing-alongs. And their lyrics are so relatable that you’ll feel like you’re singing along with them instead of just listening!
If you love music with a message and a groove, then you should definitely check out James & Paul today! Their album is available now on Spotify, check it out and follow the band.
3) VINCE CHINASKI – Unconditional Love
If you’re looking for some new indie rock songs with a romantic taste to update your summer playlist right now then Vince Chinaski is an option.
A singer-songwriter based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the artist has just released the single “Unconditional Love” and it’s everything you could want from a romantic summer song: It’s melodic, nostalgic, catchy and easy to listen to.
The song sounds like it was written by an old friend who knows exactly what kind of music will make you feel nostalgic for days gone by. It’s soft rock at its best—you’ll find yourself singing along before you know it!
If you love retro guitar sounds and soulful vocals, then this track is definitely worth checking out. Enjoy and follow the artist on Spotify!
4) ZETA ZEROES – Toxic Rob
When it comes to new music, we’re all about the indie. And this week, we’ve got a track that’s sure to power up your summer playlist.
Today we’re excited to share Toxic Rob by ZETA ZEROES, the newest release from an independent one-man band based in Washington DC. If you’re looking for something with a little bit of everything, then this is definitely the song for you.
It’s got everything from hardcore punk rock and skater rock to male vocals and quirkiness. The best part? It’s nostalgic without being cheesy—it’s an anthemic throwback that will make you want to jump up and down in your chair… or on the nearest skateboard!
If you want more great content like this delivered right to your inbox every week, be sure to follow the band on Spotify!
5) ROBBIE RAPIDS – Adolescent Lover
It’s time to update your summer playlist with some different music from an independent artist.
Robbie Rapids—a rock band based in Atlanta—has just released Adolescent Lover, a song that you’ll feel pure nostalgic feelings, and go back to the 90s too.
The 90’s soft rock vibe is paired with the alt-rock vocals of singer/guitarist Robbie Rapids himself, who has been compared to John Frusciante.
The song starts with an instantly recognizable guitar riff that sounds like something you would hear in a ’90s soft rock radio-style song. Then the chorus kicks in and we’re hit with some alt-rock influences, but still with a pop sensibility.
If you haven’t checked out Robbie Rapids yet, you need to get on that, watch his music video and follow the artist on Spotify.
6) LITTLEDNGR – I love Danger
The new single from these amazing musicians is a perfect song to update your summer playlist and put it in the first position. LITTLEDNGR‘s I Love Danger is a dark-pop anthem that will have you hitting repeat on Spotify all day long.
The track opens with cinematic guitar chords, backed by atmospheric synths, before introducing the band’s unique blend of alt-rock, electronic effects, and cinematic elements.
The song’s chorus features both male and female vocals that are layered over each other in a way that sounds like they’re singing literally together like in a proper show—an effect that adds depth to their overall sound.
LITTLEDNGR is based in Los Angeles and has been featured on a number of music blogs as well as Spotify’s official playlists. If you like what you hear here, check out the rest of their work.
It’s pure art and the producers from PopHits.Co declared them their favourite! Hello Netflix producers, this band’s track should be on a cinematographic series’ soundtrack collection right now. Well, we will leave it for you to take your own conclusions. Don’t forget to follow the band on Spotify, they totally deserve it!
7) ALDÍS FJÓLA – Burn
If you’re looking for a new metal rock song to update your summer playlist, look no further. This single from Aldís Fjóla is the perfect addition.
The band is based in Iceland, Reykjavík. They have been making music for some time, and their experience brought us their newest single Burn, which was released on June 1st this year, is one of the best songs we’ve heard from them yet.
We love this band because of their 90’s rock sound and female vocals that remind us of Evanescence (in a good way). Their latest single has a bit of a nostalgic feel to it; it reminds us of when we first started listening to alternative rock bands like Smashing Pumpkins or Nirvana.
This song would be perfect for anyone who loves those bands or any other similar ones like Alice In Chains or Stone Temple Pilots. If you’re looking for a new band to listen to this summer while cruising around town with friends or just relaxing at home after work then be sure to check out Aldís Fjóla right now and follow them on Spotify!
8) BRADLEY DENNISTON – 15 Minutes To Midnight
If you’re looking for a new indie-rock anthem to add to your summer playlist, look no further than 15 Minutes To Midnight by Bradley Denniston.
The band has been around for some years and is based in Los Angeles. They’re known for their 80’s rock vibes and super catchy synth effects, which can be heard on this single. The song was released last year and has already gained some attention on Spotify.
The song features a catchy guitar riff that sounds like it was ripped straight from an 80’s rock radio or film, with super catchy vocals and synth effects that give it a modern edge. It’s the perfect song to jam out to this summer. If you listen to it while driving it’s gonna make you feel like a superstar waving your head.
If you like the sound of this song and want to check out more from the band, they have several other singles available online. You can also follow them on Spotify and Instagram to stay up-to-date with their latest releases.
9) FLEETING PERSUASION – Night Arrives
Fleeting Persuasion from Melbourne, Australia has just released a new single called Night Arrives, and it’s all you need to hear to fall in love with their sound.
Their style is a mix of alt-rock, pop-rock and dream pop—it’s guitar-driven but also washed-out and shoegaze-y. It’s dreamy but also punchy, with a little bit of post-punk thrown in for good measure.
The vocals are delivered by a male singer who sings about love and loss over the top of the guitar-driven instrumentals. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to put on your headphones at night and watch the stars from your bedroom window while thinking about how much this one particular person means to you.
If you love indie rock music with a pop-rock vibe and some shoegaze elements, follow the band on Spotify and check out this new single by Fleeting Persuasion—it’s definitely worth your time!
10) FRAGILE CREATURES – Grandaddy
In case you hadn’t noticed, the temperature is rising, and that means it’s time to add some new songs to your summer playlist. We’ve got just the thing: FRAGILE CREATURES has released their latest single, “Grandaddy,” and it’s all about getting out there and making the most of every moment.
If you’re looking for something with a classic sound, this is it—it’s pop romantic alt-rock with an indie melodic pop-rock twist. It features super catchy guitar riffs and vocals that are sure to get stuck in your head for days on end.
If you’re looking for something that will remind you of those long days spent on the beach or youth, this is it—it’s classic rock at its finest. If you need a pick-me-up or just want to chill out and relax after a long day at work or school, this is exactly what you need.
So what are you waiting for? Check it out and follow the artist on Spotify!
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