Sweet Jane is Danda (Guitar / Vocals), Ruairi Paxton (Bass), Donagh O’Brien (Drums), Neil Paxton (Keys / Guitars / Vocals) and Conor Paxton (Guitar) a psychedelic rock band from Dublin in Ireland.
You are left with the feeling Sweet Jane is the music that Hawkwind would have put together had they had a tighter reign. There is a potent chameleonic wave of tempos and sounds that drift lazily across the room, billowing progressively, to create music that completely wraps the head in its various textures.
Whilst the music is multi-layered with a range of sounds meeting the ears, it is not confusing, allowing the listener to relate to the out-put and become involved. Sweet Jane is a group of well versed musicians who handle their compositions gently, allowing the widely spaced refrains plenty of time to express themselves before blending in the next phrase, which gives the tracks fluidity and creating the over all effect of music that is emerging from smoke.
It was a few months ago that Dan, from the independent label Reekus Records, also based in Dublin, made contact, but this occasion, the slow progression from email to review suits the music well and I look forward to spending time in the future held by the soft embrace of Sweet Jane.
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For those who know the old website – I am back on the Indie Music Tips series, which for the future will be audio posts.
This is the 1st in the series as it makes sense to let the new readers catch up. Live Music, which I recorded with Francesca Baker who is involved with Shoreditch Radio as well as her own website – And So She Thinks.
After a lengthy delay – I would once again be interested in talking to people who have their perspective on ‘how to make a go of it’ for Independent musicians. If you would be interested in adding your thoughts, please drop me an email to tim @ emergingindiebands.com
Reveler – a rock band from the USA have a new LP – Iridescence – set for release on the 2nd September and in advance have a video to share.
Here is Undertow track three on the ten track release I have had the opportunity to hear and this gives a fair representation of what is on offer.
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Pröjekt F is Jonh M.Miller (Vocal), Dany Burton (Drums), William Hicks (Bass) and Simon Sayz (Guitar) an industrial rock band from Montreal in Canada. I had to double check the name of the lead singer and as far as I can tell Jonh is not a typo and neither is Dany the drummer.
Pröjekt F – photo credit NM Fotograph
Pröjekt F deliver their sounds like a sledgehammer, just make sure the plaster on the walls is in good condition before you turn the volume up and hit play.
Whilst they are able to deliver rumbling industrial rock, Pröjekt F, is also able to surprise with far more structured melodies which are seamed with pianoforte, but regardless of where they take the material it has a raw power that glitters like a bloodied axe scything away at the listeners head. Don’t duck as the precision and craft ensures you are in good hands and facing the whirling sounds is precisely how to enjoy this music and immensely enjoyable it is too.
This is a band you just know will have fans ramming their heads into the speakers on live performance to get the full experience. As I have already ruined my ears from decades of music listened too to loudly and suffer with tinnitus I would have little to loose by lining up at the front of the stage.
Although Pröjekt F has been around since 2006, they have only recently got round to releasing their debut LP – Skins.
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RAU is Maggy (Guitar / Vocals), Kay-Uwe Dörflinger (Drums) and Jim Albrand (Bass) an alternative rock band from Cuxhaven in Germany.
The music fairly tears into the room with a percussion that wraps itself into the head and involuntary the body joins in with the frenetic beat being set by the double time tempo. Whilst the overall effect is one of a band in a hurry, RAU, keeps it all under control creating a smartly composed out-put.
This part of Lower Saxony is a fine hotbed of creativity as established readers will recall another find covered last year on the old site. Introducing a range of influences, including reggae and US indie, RAU successfully take the lighter textures and give them a sanding to deliver a darker rock effect which holds together extremely well.
The vocal is finely delivered and creates a good contrast to the gruffer instrumental accompaniment lifting the music to a creativity which is a great addition to the world of music. I look forward to hearing more of RAU in the future. Their six track release Keine Sau Kennt RAU which sees them showcasing the breadth of their sounds, from the slower pace folk derivative to the higher tempo, which in my view is their core strength, should find them make a more decisive impact and build their audience.
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