Five State Drive an indie-rock band from Orlando in the USA is Mike Battista (Drums), Jeff Borer (Guitar), Tae Kim (Guitar / Vocals), Branden Wycuff (Bass) and James Aspinall (Vocals).
Five State Drive
Formed in late summer ’13 Five State Drive have a limited amount of material to hear, but of what there is, has plenty to keep the ears occupied. The percussion scrambles across tracks like a crab making a dash for the sea alongside which the guitars ripple melodics and roar riffs giving the outfit an intense urgency, whilst simultaneously a sense of self-containment and calmness.
Amongst the few pieces of music lay some acoustic renditions and it is when taking a listen to this that the sympathetic nature of the players comes to the fore and listeners are provided with the evidence that these are decent composers who can temper their sounds, which gives the immediate impression that given the right commitment the quintet could travel some considerable distance inside the vagaries of the music industry.
They have started life with enthusiasm and ability, time and confidence will be the final arbiters of the potential of Five State Drive, they thus far seem to be doing all the right things and I wish them the best for 2014 and beyond.
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The Maltese outfit Godzilla Power Hour recently released the EP Prehistopop.
Godzilla Power Hour
The EP title provides a decent genre definition for the bending synths and lo-fi nature of the outfit and to help spread more visibility for the EP, which is available on bandcamp, Godzilla Power Hour have a new video for the track Something I’d Decline.
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Blondstone from France are finalising the release of their debut LP.
From the forthcoming LP is Oulala.
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Spit Shake Sisters the garage rock quartet of Harrison (Guitar /Vocals), Rivers (synth / guitar / vocals), Ben (Bass / Vocals) and Zal (Drums) is from Brighton in England.
Spit Shake Sisters
Ignore the obvious pastiche of The Nuns and we find Spit Shake Sisters have some sounds of their own to resonate. The only sadness is they wanted to subsume themselves inside another band from before when the players were born, but on peeling back the plastic we find sounds of crawling locusts emerging from the pupae. Moving onwards….
Spit Shake Sisters send tightly knotted reflections of The Kinks swarming into the room as they gather their skirts and scuff around the floor lathering layers of dust on the audience. There is a concurrency that filters inside the retrospective to deliver music which is of its time, as dragging bass lines harpoon the six strings towards the audience, whilst in the background plays a landscape. Vocal temptations draw the listener towards the speakers.
I want to engage with Spit Shake Sisters, they need to get over being a band that was of its prime in the early ’80s, particularly when on stage they don’t don the habits they use in promotional material, if ever there was a band who needed to change their plastic profile and name – as inside it all they are of relevance to the ’10s if only they ever get to believe it.
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Chris MacTire and Ralph Nicastro of the US band Boxed Wine joined me for episode 16 of Indie Music Tips.
Indie Music Tips #16 Free Music With Boxed Wine
For the past few months I have been gradually transferring the series to this URL and here is the first of the fresh as yet unheard recordings, only, my apologies to Chris and Ralph that it has taken me since our conversation in June to get here.
In this episode the conversation centres around the concept of giving your music away for free and how you can gain leverage from taking that option. We also touch on alternative revenue streams, marketing of a full LP, the importance of track order on a release and understanding your audience. Somehow we also touch on transforming into Beyonce…..
Boxed Wine of Bandcamp.
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