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Fresh Spins on idobi Radio 9/6/2023

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Right then. The sun is out, the drinks are cold, and everybody is ready to party. This is what is all about, isn’t it? And what makes lounging around for the day with all your best friends even better? The hottest and freshest alternative tunes. This is what idobi Radio, idobi Howl and idobi Anthm specialise in and will forever and ever.

So sit back, relax and bask in the glory of having the best bands in the world soundtracking your long Summer days.

The Dirty Nil – Free Rein to Passions

The Dirty Nil recently released their new album Free Rein To Passions, a return to their sunshine-stained rock and roll roots. And there is no better representation of the fierce, flowery lust for life that idobi holds so dear and the record embraces than the title track. Combining classic rock shit-kicking riffs with frontman Luke Bentham’s insatiable howl, it’s the get-up-and-go anthem you never knew you needed.

VCTMS – Feed The Vice

Sometimes, violence is the only answer. That’s a mantra that VCTMS fuel their fury on, and you only have to listen to a second of their latest offering, “Feed The Vice”, to hear them put it into practice. Dischordent riffs that rip and tear at you with gleeful abandon matched with an attitude-rich display of vocal aerobics, it’s a track ready-made for inciting mayhem in the pit. With their new release Vol. V The Hurt Collection on the horizon, now’s the perfect time to join the gang.

Better Love – Losing Myself

Better Love craft the sort of pop-rock crossover goodness that is absolutely irresistible at this time of year. “Losing Myself” is their latest creation and incorporates pulsating synths with funk-riddled bass and caramel-smooth vocal refrains. It’s a foot-tapper, soul-searcher and heart-breaker all at the same time, and it shows off every beat the band has at their disposal in one delicious package.

Monasteries- Alone & Against

And now for something that’s going to pummel you into submission. Monasteries don’t let convention hold them back when creating their art, which is why tracks like “Alone & Against” exist. Throwing technical death metal, slam, deathcore, hardcore and straight-up heavy metal worship at the wall and having it all stick, the track tests the listener in the most unrelenting and unashamedly devilish way. From the first disgusting note to the final flurry of flesh and blood, it’s a hell of a ride.

I Prevail – Deep End (Stripped)

Though I Prevail have always prided themselves on being purveyors of punishment, they still have a tender soul at their core. That’s why their sentiments hit all the harder when they strip things right back. Their latest experiment is for “Deep End”, taken from their recent full-length TRUE POWER. Crashing like waves against the shore with soft string plucks and heavenly atmospheres, it is in its vulnerability on how hard it can be at times that they shine the brightest. There’s a reason why they are a phenomenon.

KEN Mode – The Shrike    

There is no limit on how far things can stretch regarding KEN Mode. 25 years and still finding new ways to stretch and pull at their noise rock blueprint. And “The Shrike” is what happens when you keep moving to your own beat in the way they have. Like laying on train tracks and letting carriage after carriage pass over you, it is a dizzying and distorted hellraiser with no regard for your wellbeing. And that’s just the way that we like it.


GIRLSGIRLSGIRLS may share a name with a legendary Mötley Crüe track but don’t expect any raucous rock and roll here. The order of the day is neon-stained scene-stealing, and that’s precisely what “Bittersweet” does. Pulled straight from the halcyon days of 2009, with plenty of dots of modern sensibility thrown it, it’s a post-MySpace classic. With this much energy in their ranks, there’s plenty more fun to come from these tickled pink boys.

Differences – Body

Differences are in a lane entirely of their own making. Shunning conventional in the name of creating music that can shapeshift into whatever they see fit, they like to call it Whatevercore. And with tracks like “Body” under their belt, they are set to propel into the echelons of scene scripture very soon. Bludgeoning one minute and ethereal the next, it is a track about respect, consent and letting people know that actions have consequences. Bands like this are so vital and are exactly what idobi is all about.

Protect Your Heart – Gone Forever

Protect Your Heart are keeping the easycore dream alive in 2023. Taking the heartfelt roots of pop-punk and adding in some tremendous heaviness for good measure, it’s a raucous mix. And “Gone Forever” in particular has a bit of everything going on. From the silky smooth chorus to the chaotic yet angelic breakdown, it’s a track you can’t help but fall head over heels for. Rousing, raw and really fucking catchy, you’ll have this one stuck in your head for weeks.

Kissing Candice- 97 Bucks feat. Taylor Barber

You only have to take one look at Kissing Candice to know you are in for a ride. Bringing their own brand of terrifying theatre to metalcore, their latest destructive piece feels like the past, present and future colliding. Featuring an appearance from Left To Suffer’s Taylor Barber, bringing animalistic intent to the table, the band blend machine gun riffing with nu-metal aggression in the most genius way. With what only feels like the tip of the iceberg regarding what they have up their sleeves, watch your back for this lot.

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