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Game on: Portugal vs Wales

Honestly, it was going to be football songs until I heard the Manics’ lyrically difficult Together Stronger and then realised that it couldn’t be football songs. So instead we’re going to rock out.

Rocking out for Wales is HARK, who come out of Swansea bearing monstrous riffs with big beards and black t-shirts. They’ve got very pleasing graphic design and they’re touring this summer, so you know, go and see them.

Rocking out for Portugal are Twin Transistors, who come from somewhere in Central Portugal and describe themselves as a locomotive in motion, a steamroller, and as having weight, density and power. Physically and metaphorically, they are correct.

Who rocks out more? Wales or Portugal?

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Stelle – Twin Transistors [Admirably restrained and cool stoner/doom]

Palendromeda – HARK [Ankle-deep in riffs, dripping with Welsh rock power]

 

 

 

 

 

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Game on: Portugal vs Austria

It’s time for a bit of rock. You don’t really think of Portugal and Austria as rock countries, but everywhere has a rock scene.

For Portugal, we have The Dowsers Society whose groove is steady and who supplement their general stoner/drone vibe with chiming guitars and big echoey vocals.

For Austria, The Red Stags are taking us on a terrific ramble with laid back guitars, with bluesy solos and other general invocations of the void.

Portugal vs Austria - whose droning rockers rock harder?

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New Found Land – The Dowsers Society [Slow burning desert rock]

Voidrider – The Red Stags [Multilayered stoner blues odyssey]

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Game on: Germany vs Ukraine

Well, well, well, it’s the country that just won Eurovision vs the country that came last in the final. In football I hear that it might be a bit tighter than that though.

Germany are represented by rock diva Jennifer Rostock and her song Kaleidoscop, and Ukraine are represented by Stoned Jesus, a band that rock in a similar way to Red Fang, and their song Here Come The Robots.

Which did you like better, Germany or Ukraine?

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Kaleidoscop – Jennifer Rostock [Impressive, energetic rock with Jennifer’s fabulous vocals and bonus mirrorball leotard]

Here Come The Robots – Stoned Jesus [Riffy, hooky intense rock with a nice stoner rock breakdown]