The Horn The Hunt – Black Fire – Video

The Horn The Hunt have a new video for Black Fire.

The Horn The Hunt

The Horn The Hunt

I am looking forward to when Indie Bands Blog is back up and running as the reason for many of these audio and video posts will be more evident.

The Leeds based band were featured on the old site but I can’t at this point in time give you the old URL as all you will get is a 404.

For now here is the latest tune – Black Fire.

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Hobart W Fink

Jayk Gallagher (Vocals / Guitar), Marie Bollinger (Vocals), Brendan Kelley (Bass), Luke Harvis (Lead Guitar) and Byron Pagdilao (Drums) make up the Los Angeles, USA based indie rock band Hobart W Fink.

Hobart W Fink - indie rock from the USA

Hobart W Fink

I wondered whether the switching between vocalist by Hobart W Fink mid-track would grate and become nothing more than a confusion after a while, but they use the changeover particularly well and the music gains perspective through it and the more you hear the better it becomes. Fairly lengthy tracks (well over four minutes typically) gain resonance and intrigue as the voices tell different parts of the story.


The accompanying instrumental, I just enjoy for its carefree attitude which complements the two voices with their more studied off key vicissitude and the whole sound in combination fully wraps the listener in  tight grasp and joining in with the chorus.

There is undoubtedly a capable songwriter involved in the band as the stylised compositions have a tonality which keeps the audience in full focus and whilst easy for the ear to engage with, the tracks are far from easy to play as tempos switch up and down, along with keys, whilst retaining an animate flow.

I look forward to hearing more of Hobart W Fink who as an entity is just over a year old, as they have much to add to the world of music and with experience and confidence have the potential to be of even greater significance.

The name of the band is just a joy as don’t you like me, just need to do a wikipedia search to find out about this man- who must have been an eminent surgeon? In time I am hopeful we will find this entry is filled in with the details of these guys from Los Angeles, not, as I write – a void.

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Plus

Plus is Paul Hiller (Bass / Synth / Vocals), David Powell (Guitar / Synth / Vocals), Dave Farina (Drums / Synth / Samples / Vocals) and Cameron Gharaee (Synth / Guitar / Vocals) an electro-rock band from Los Angeles in the USA.

Plus - alt electro from the USA

Plus

It is something of a surprise to find Plus emanates from Los Angeles and good on them for challenging the local mores, as importantly, regardless of their home base there are some smartly crafted tunes to be found.


On the surface this all sounds very clean and glossy, but there is an underlying current that scratches at the veins and the mind is forced to focus and finds there is a deftly able quartet at work as they deliver music which has a liveliness to it that belies the umpteen computers being used to generate the noises to accompany drums, guitar and vocal. Avoiding the trap of ever present loops Plus use the technology intelligently so that the synthesized sounds form a framework not a focal point which enables the listener to relate to the out-put.

I am not sure what is it about this I really enjoy. Is it I feel wish that Plus just get a little bit grittier and subsume themselves in the European scene, or is it because the frothiness is just a pleasure in its own right? Either way, the material serves its purpose admirably, as I just need to hear more to keep on scratching that itch and will keep playing their music on the playlist – ‘One more time please’.

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Lizzie and The Yes Men – Unstoppable – Video

Lizzie and The Yes Men released their latest single Unstoppable on the 19th August.

Lizzie and The Yes Men

Lizzie and The Yes Men

Once I have some more background information I will be sure to update the information on this English alt-rock outfit.

Unstoppable – Single – Lizzie and the Yes Men is available on iTunes.*

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XOVA – Little Lion – Audio

XOVA who has been written about previously have a charity release – Little Lion.

XOVA

XOVA

In aid of the Crohns and Colitis UK Charity 50% of proceeds will be donated by XOVA.

Little Lion is available on iTunes. Emerging Indie Bands will not be taking a commission on any purchases made through this link.

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