Band of the Month – April 2015 – Editors’ Choice

Another month closes out and the Editors Choice for Band The Month has been another tussle to decide with all the great music that bounces across the desk.

The Franklys - band of the month April 2015

The Franklys

Based in England – The Franklys is the selection for April.

Puppet – Single – The Franklys is available on iTunes.*

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Emergency Protocol

Emergency Protocol from Staten Island in the USA is the emo-rock trio of Roemello Agjmurati (Guitar / Vocals), Chris Guzman (Drums) and Domenick Buono (Bass / Backing Vocals).

Emergency Protocol - emo-rock from the USA

Emergency Protocol

More perspicacious readers will understand precisely why I rarely feature emo-rock, with the preponderance of high-notes, however it is always a pleasure to find a band in the genre to suggest you spend time with and Emergency Protocol is a case in point.

Blazoning guitar spirals around the room in munificent valediction as it marches triumphantly to the next idea, whilst percussion scrubs up the remaining eddies of sound as the bass petulantly stomps in fury decelerating the fulminations, giving Emergency Protocol both impatient urgency and lingering moments. Vocal bridges the contexts and the audience is left with a sense of having taken a welcome cold spritz as the trio pass through the ears.

A couple of years into their existence Emergency Protocol bring the emotional back into emo, yet the audience doesn’t feel as though they have been put through the wringer as the players are able to put to forefront the well constructed soundscape that hails of influences of maths-core which will bring audiences not normally connected by the genre into the fold.

I look forward to hearing more of Emergency Protocol as they have much to add to the world of music.

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Silent Sounds – Emergency Protocol is available on iTunes.*

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Thomas Truax – I’ve Got To Know – Video

The US born – England based Steampunk creator Thomas Truax released the LP Jetstream Sunset last month.

Thomas Truax - Jetstream Sunset - artwork

Thomas Truax – Jetstream Sunset – artwork

Truax, who initially featured back in 2012 and has appeared frequently since, continues to create original music and original instruments after over a decade of stretching the imagination. Track seven of the eleven I’ve Got To Know features Brian Viglione with Truax’s drum machine – Mother Superior and Truax playing his Scary Aerial.

Jetstream Sunset – Thomas Truax is available on iTunes.*

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Pokemon Dad ( 宠物小精灵爸乐队 )

Pokemon Dad ( 宠物小精灵爸乐队 ) based in Shenzhen, China is the dreamy-rock quartet of Kevin Pinner (Drums), Paul Wade (Guitar / Vocals), Greg Merrell (Guitar/ Vocals) and Jonathan Howland (Bass).

Pokeman Dad ( 宠物小精灵爸乐队 ) - dreamy-rock based in China

Pokeman Dad ( 宠物小精灵爸乐队 )

The players, all originally from the USA formed Pokemon Dad about eighteen months ago in their new residency, delivering material which reflects of the broad influences of the band. Psychedelia, maths-rock and indie-rock coexist within the dreamy spires of sound. The quartet are able to creative expansive gaps in chords without loosing impetus, which gives the pieces their spacious nature as echoes and reverb flood the room.

Pokeman Dad are able to drive concepts of maths-angularity with the folding features of psychedelia effectively and the resulting out-put marks a difference of space. Guitars and voices are not used to add volume, rather paint the rich textures which gives the material its interest.

Track lengths are also highly variable from under two minutes to approaching six, but the listener is not left in a state of confusion as there is a thread of sound that gives Pokeman Dad its distinctive style, which is well worth investing time to get to know.

Their début LP Casual Males (随便男人) was released last month, to follow up an eponymous two track single that surfaced in January of last year.

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Casual Males – Pokemon Dad is available on iTunes.*

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