JUBA

JUBA a psychedelic rock band from Lisbon in Portugal is João Isaac (Drums / Backing Vocals), Joel Lucas  (Guitar / Keyboard / Backing Vocals), Miguel Marinho (Guitar / Backing Vocals) and Tomás Frias (Bass / Lead Vocals).

JUBA - Psychedelic rock from Portugal

JUBA – artwork: Dois Tristes Tigres.

You may have thought given the preponderance of vocalists that JUBA would essentially be a vocal out-fit, far from it, the voices are echoed into the background giving the garage rock style psychedelia something of a mellowed feel. Tracks flow through the speakers at a veritable trot and immediately the listener is intrigued as to how the combinations will work. There is no sense of disappointment as the quartet deliver subtle moods and colours to the material that rarely runs beyond the three and a half minute mark.


JUBA have managed to distil the essence of psychotropia and dilute it with diligently produced whisps of smoke, permitting the audience to enjoy a sound that has a dreamy quality which rests the brain, whilst upping the tempo focussing the mind more on the music than an internal exploration.

Their debut LP the, ten track thirty five minute Mynah is a distinctive and enthralling body of work.

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Umbrella Bed -Sweet Home Kamchatka – Video

Umbrella Bed from the USA have recently released their EP – REFILL – through Mad Butcher Records.

Umbrella Bed

Umbrella Bed

Not for the first time today, I have elected to use a song not on the release. I just really like the humour of combining Slavik prisiadki from West of Russia to sing a song about the far East of Russia and then whizz it all up with ska.

Refill – EP – Umbrella Bed is available on iTunes*.

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Leo and The Tolstoys – The Narcissus Fitness And Wellness Club – Audio

Leo and The Tolstoys from the Philippines have recently released a new EP – Mythological, Metaphorical.

Leo and The Tolstoys

Leo and The Tolstoys

It would appear that their need to experiment remains unsatiated as there is already the start of a new release in the form of The Narcissus Fitness And Wellness Club.

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Kid Tested

Kid Tested from Cleveland in the USA is the alt-indie rock trio of Shawn Mishak (Vocals / Guitar), Dominic Ricciardi (Bass) and Jim Beil (Drums).

Kid Tested - alt indie from the USA

Kid Tested

Offering a disparity of garage rock distortions to a range of genres gives Kid Tested an earthiness, yet beneath the surface lay experienced musicians who despite the manic nature of the sounds are absolutely in control of what they are delivering. A wealth of experience on the live circuit is reflected in their recorded material which contains that same sense of realism.


Whilst predominately playing music at a rapid tempo, they are also able to slow the sounds down considerably and in many ways the distortions and melodies combining gives the outfit a fun quirkiness despite that, inevitably for me, I prefer when they hurry through the tunes.

I also particularly appreciate how they have stayed true to their initial premise and rather than chasing a larger more mainstream audience Kid Tested has elected to remain off the radar, as undoubtedly there is the quality of playing and composition which if they took away the distortions would find this ‘radio friendly’. So it is with heartfelt thanks I say – I for one appreciate the choice to stick to their guns and long may they continue so to do. Recordings are rare, though I do believe a new LP is coming out in the middle of 2014.

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The Steepwater Band – Come On Down – Video

Back in October 2009 was the first review I wrote of The Steepwater Band.

The Steepwater Band

The Steepwater Band

It has been just over a couple of years since their last appearance on the website, so it is with a sense of nostalgia that I saw that the band have a new eleven track LP Live & Humble (which is available on iTunes*) scheduled for release on the 3rd December. Sounding exactly how it should, Come On Down is track four on the release.

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