Band of the Month – January 2014 – Readers Choice

Unlike the band of the month Editors Choice there was a clear cut winner for the readers band of the month – as chosen by the readers of the stable of sites…

LOCO HOT-  להתבונן בך - band of the month January 2014 - readers choice

LOCO HOT- להתבונן בך

The Israeli outfit LOCO HOT – להתבונן בך take the band of the month January 2014 readers selection by a country mile.

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Milk And Kinski – Miss Sympathy – Audio

Milk And Kinski have recently demonstrated a new track – Miss Sympathy.

Milk And Kinski

Milk And Kinski


Somehow this month I find myself showcasing a few artists who are in search of new line-ups. Leon Milk – the Leon in Milk And Kinski will be better known to readers as part of The Milk Bar.

As always I raise my hat to musicians who despite it all going pear-shaped persevere, particularly, when they have sounds which strike a pose that makes sense.

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Etches – The Charm Offensive – Single review

Etches, from England, haven’t been around for too long and once there is more material to hear I will post a full review of the quintet.

Etches - The Charm Offensive - review

Etches – The Charm Offensive – artwork


A new single The Charm Offensive is being released on the 24th February.

Sliding of the speakers leaving the listener feeling like a herpetologist with a specialism in Serpentes The Charm Offensive slithers across the room filling it with writhing shapes. The track which extends to just under five and a half minutes is an extrusion of continual textures melting one into the other leaving the listener mesmerised by the sheer elegance and delicacy contained within the muscular frame.

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Torn Beloved

Torn Beloved from Ottawa in Canada is the rock band of Josee Martel (Vocal / Rhythm Guitar), Joel Falardeau (Bass / Backing Vocal), Greg Hanson (Drums) and Chad Spaz (Lead Guitar / Backing Vocal).

Torn Beloved - rock from Canada

Torn Beloved

A melancholic noir feel to the sounds of Torn Beloved is exacerbated by the wide spaces between notes hitting the ears, which gives the feeling of moss creeping up the shaded side of old gravestones. The dark and moody textures enable to quartet to provide the audience with a sensory exploration of deep purple hues, without it becoming overtly gothic. I just had to turn up the heating as I write such is the chill that exudes around the room.

Intelligently written songs give evidence to the groundwork that Torn Beloved have laid over the past three years as they deliver appropriately spaced and textured compositions, which enhance the atmosphere created. The music inveigles itself into the bloodstream, coursing washes of coolant to feed round the body.

Having focussed much of their energy in honing their live performance, it wasn’t until September 2013 that they released their eponymous debut LP and I hope that they are now able to spread their time more evenly between recording and live performance to enable those of us not in the local environs to shiver in pleasure to more songs, particularly, given that the recorded music oft uses judicious amounts of bowed viola and piano to add further to the mood.

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Torn Beloved – Torn Beloved is available on iTunes*.

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Band of the Month – January 2014 – Editors Choice

With a great line-up of bands in January, not a straightforward choice for the editors selection of band of the month.

CrashDollz - band of the month January 2014 - Editors choice

CrashDollz – band of the month January 2014 – Editors choice

There isn’t any-more time left to sit on the fence and the January 2014  Editors Choice for band of the month is the USA based four-piece CrashDollz.

CrashDollz – CrashDollzis available on iTunes*.

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