It’s hard to find quality in today’s modern rock bands. Tune into a modern rock station and what you get is a playlist of esteemed bands from a bygone era faultily mashed with shallow, supervised by a suit and tie contemporaries. It’s a shame, really. The Alternates seem tailor-fit for what a modern rock station used to sound like before this past decade heavily distorted the influence of younger bands, whose frame of reference doesn't go any further than vacuous, deafening noise and trite post-grunge. When you listen to the Alternates’ meaty, reverberated riffs and soulful delivery, it’s apparent the LA band have overseen the modern designation of what guitar rock has become and gone back to its more Southern-tinged seventies touch. That’s not to say they have modest aspirations – the songwriting found in their EP Spiders and Webs balances a fuzzy tonality with lighter-hoisting choruses, all executed with casual confidence. As long as they continue to evolve within their classicist intentions, their upcoming debut long player may give the radio airwaves a much needed rattling.