Human Colonies

Human Colonies from Bologna in Italy is the lo-fi shoegaze outfit of Giuseppe Mazzoni (Guitar / Vocals), Roman Dagner (Guitar), Davide Hare (Drums) and Sara Telesca (Bass).

Human Colonies - lo-fi shoegaze from Italy

Human Colonies

Your speakers haven’t broken when you hit play, the vocal is that immersed by Human Colonies. There is an interesting trend developing in music of reflecting the realities of the world around where the voice is become ever more hidden, which to me is the testament of where the vast majority of the world now sits, unheard and irrelevant as politicians justify the ever growing excesses of the few in a cycle of contempt. But let’s leave aside my own perspectives, those who know the website are already well aware of where to find my writings as an anarcho-capitalist, who can find a political argument over a photograph of a carpet, so let us head back to Human Colonies.

I hit play and thought – no, but there was something hanging in my head then I hit play again and once again thought no – but still a nagging feeling then I hit play again and thought – yes I can contextualise this and music is all about personal connectivity, for me the connection is the washed away voices, for you it may be something else, but I do urge you to give Human Colonies a decent run out.

You can tell how new the quartet really are by their EP being named Demo and that isn’t short for demonstration. With some delight I find myself being able to interpret the sounds to a vacuum of Societal disconnect, which resonates with me, for you it may well be the shimmering guitars and mild distortion, however you approach it an interesting sound is emitted by Human Colonies.


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Solokkhz – Bring The Bass Back – Audio

Solokkhz from Israel is gearing up for The Balaerics season.

Solokkhz - Bring The Bass Back

Solokkhz – Bring The Bass Back

Once again this year I will be looking for reviewers heading out to the Summer Clubs and in return for reviews of the latest sounds will be VIP passes for two and backstage passes to the major venues. If you are interested drop me an email to tim @

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Sugar Stems

Sugar Stems from Milwaukee in the USA is the alt-indie quartet of Betsy Heibler (Vocal / Guitar), Jon Heibler (Drums), Drew Fredrichsen (Guitar) and  Stephanie Swinney Conard (Bass).

Sugar Stems - alt-inde from the USA

Sugar Stems

Swarming out of the speakers like bees come a flurry of notes which disperse into a dance-troupe and it isn’t possible not to join in. Like a warming summers day Sugar Stems are invigorating, enjoyable and uplifting. Whilst the name and style of music may raise the thought of saccharine sweetness cast those doubts aside, as there is a garage rock growl which threads its way through the rock-a-billy rock led material. This is another of those bands who due to the vagaries of the music industry have sadly been overlooked for far too long.

The feel-good factors are underpinned by the ability to drive the music with precision and having the listener reaching for the brothel creepers. Although not having had the opportunity to see a live show, I am led to believe that the hewn edge of the music is ever more present on live performance than on recordings.

Sugar Stems deliver material which is sharp and well defined whilst simultaneously allowing the audience to let their hair down. With plans for a new release sometime this year to follow up their ten track April release Can’t Wait I wish them all the best for 2014…. I am just off for another spin around the floor….


Can’t Wait – Sugar Stems is available on iTunes*

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The New Infection – Broken Doll – Video

The English band The New Infection have released a new video to brighten up the day.

The New Infection - Broken Doll

The New Infection – Broken Doll

Having already played their first gig of 2014 and released a new music video for Broken Doll, The New Infection are not wasting any-time in making the most of the year.

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