From Scotland, The Urchins, have their debut single I Feel A Fall Coming set for release on the 7th April.
The Urchins – I Feel A Fall Coming – Artwork
A full review of The Urchins would make sense and I hope to be able to do that in due course, for now the two track single is a good place to introduce the band.
The title track – I Feel A Fall Coming – combines tempered percussion, delicious bass, flighty guitar along with cathartic Hammond organ to which the vocal adds the drips of honey in a track that runs to just under four minutes. Whilst, there is a familiarity with Factory Records, the quintet have updated the sound to deliver a track which needs to be left on repeat as the sprawling dance beat bounces around the room.
Introducing a refrain from a mouth-organ to the sound gives Getting Old Too Soon a quirky twist to a straight rock derived number. Taking the notes away from major chords allows The Urchins to inject a plaintiff emotional tug to the track which runs an identical nine seconds less than four minutes as the opener. This is the track that is my pick of the release with the similarity of chord progressions and fuzz to Tommy Gun by The Clash.
A fine début release and I hope this will find The Urchins becoming far more familiar to a wider audience.
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With animations by MJ Sella – Glimpse Trio from the USA have released a new video for a track from their eponymous LP.
Glimpse Trio – Scratch
Scratch is track fourteen of the twenty four on the January release – Glimpse Trio (which is available in iTunes*).
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Indian Summer an alt-rock quartet from Coventry in England is Nathan Wood (Guitar / Vocals), Benjamin Scott (Guitar / Vocals / Synth), Tim Hegan (Bass) and Sam White (Drums).
Shimmers of shoegaze feed through the guitars as Indian Summer deliver music which lives up to the band name, somewhat mournful, yet with that lightness of late autumn sunshine. Formed mid 2013 the quartet recorded an eponymous five track EP in December that they have released as a pay as you like download on bandcamp in which they explore some of the different influences of the players.
The quiet backdrop of electronics adds a warmth to their sound which would otherwise sound quite sharp to the ears as they tighten the strings and voices to the higher registers. As you know, being a fan of stretched bass, it sits at the opposite end of the fret to my personal taste, nonetheless no less the engaging for it.
Indian Summer have made a fine start and have the ability to write tunes with catching melodies, whilst having a depth of emotional context and I would anticipate that with more experience and confidence they will be releasing material which snares a broad international appeal.
My choice of track for the introduction to Indian Summer is unsurprisingly one in which they allow the bass and percussion to rumble a little.
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Molotov Jukebox, from England, have come along way since first being introduced back in March 2012.
From their forthcoming debut LP – Carnival Flower – which is being released on the 31st March is Neon Lights.
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Sound Bullet an alt-rock band from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil comprises Guilherme (Vocal / Guitar), Ton (Guitar / Vocals), Fred (Bass / Vocal) and Pedro (Drums).
If you suffer from tinnitus you will appreciate why Sound Bullet makes so much sense. The high pitched notes are like stabbing a toothpick into the eardrums to scratch away the constant irritation, only this time it is with music, no less painful to the timpani, but far more excoriating and satisfying. Is that the way to judge music I wonder…
Never mind my broken ears – Sound Bullet expose nerve jangling mewls that test the upper registers of the speakers as they deliver music which harks of isolation and for the very fact of the chords selected gives it a powerful ice hewn statuesque prominence. The audience is reminded of the world supposedly connected, yet distanced by copper wires and fibre, reaching out, but never quite meeting hands in a landscape of stacked silos.
The sparkling shards of ice are tinctured with rainbows of colouration as Sound Bullet combine as a unit do deliver sounds which refract endlessly. I look forward to hearing more.
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