Cat Aids

Cat Aids from Bejing in China is the growl-rock duo of Percy Piss Wizard (Drums) and Gustav Von Kluster fuk (Bass).

Cat Aids - Growl Rock from China

Cat Aids


Cat Aids is a band that will either immediately catch an interest or never grow on you as their combinations of experimental grunge, side-swipe and lack of desire to take themselves or life too seriously. Their live performances are, by all accounts met with great humour and a recent split-release on Nasty Wizard Recordings, will either add to their fan-base to stop it in its tracks altogether.

As the duo acknowledge – ‘six tracks of either absolute genius or absolute rubbish’, I think they are good fun. There is an industrial squeal that winds its way through tracks, and a bass / percussion combination that bears a vague semblance of syncopation, whilst a grumbling vocal scatters lyrics.

I look forward to hearing much more by Cat Aids.

CAT AIDS & GO TSUSHIMA is available on bandcamp.

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Begum

Begum from Delhi in India is – Kshitij Dhyani (Bass), Karan Singh (Drums / Keys) and Kartik S Pillai (Guitar / Vocals) – a band of eclecticism.

Begum - eclecticism from India

Begum

Confluences of psychedelia, tradition, reggae, rock, experimentalism and more meets at Begum and the resulting out-put is somewhere to spend many a happy moment. Formed last year, their début ten track LP Bagh appeared last month and is a tour of much variety.


The trio do not chain themselves to any one idea and this flexibility means that each track serves a highlight to the style each and every-time as they rarely come back to explore the same idea again. The deftness of touch displayed by Begum is a testament to their observational style, though one doesn’t feel as though listening to compositions that hold no relationship to the emotional consideration of the players rather a reality of their very connectivity with disparity.

Surprisingly Begum is, at present, more of a side-project than core focus with each member being involved with other things, which perhaps means the longevity of the band is in question. For now, with fortune – it does exist and producing music that adds much to the tapestry, long may they decide to work with each other.

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The Koniac Net

The Koniac Net from Mumbai in India is the rock quintet of David Abraham (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Jason D’Souza (Guitar / Vocals), Aaron Dmello (Guitar), Adil Kurwa (Bass) and Karun Kannampilly (Drums).

The Koniac Net - rock from India

The Koniac Net

A kaleidoscope of colours reflect across the walls as The Koniac Net deliver measured and retrospective mellowing moods of sound. Whilst gently steeped, the compositions are not tepid, as the quintet invest numerous layers within the tracks that engage the audience in the flowing aural delights.

Bass and percussion form a solid spine to the music, around which, the guitars are given the space and time to inveigle the ears with glistening distractions, whilst, the vocal guides the pieces along distinguishable paths. Although very easy on the audience, there is plenty of activity to warrant replays of tracks to explore further the spread of ideas.

The Koniac Net have mastered the art of delivering music which has a gentle timbre, while simultaneously adding sufficient seasoning to serve up an intriguing blend of sounds to keep the listener engaged and wanting to come back for a second helping.

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Abiogenesis – EP – The Koniac Net is available on iTunes*

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Zoo

Zoo from Kolkata in India is the alt-synth quartet of Tanya Sen (Vocals / Soundscapes), Bodhisattwa Ghosh (Programming / Synthesizers / Guitars), Bijit Bhattacharya (Bass) and Rohit Nandi (Drums / Interference).

Zoo - alt-synth from India

Zoo

The depth of riches with which Zoo invests their sounds finds the music undulating around the room as though on a thermal current, as the combinations of instruments and electronics provide the audience with thick pile wool carpets in which to wriggle their toes.

Although having been around for a few years, it was only this month that their début seven track release Atoms & Combinations appeared. They have used their developmental period to put out a first release which does them considerable credit.

Zoo build their sounds through waves of coalescing inputs, which gives the music multifarious textures for the listener to consider. Although layered, the out-put is delivered in a way that gives it an immediate accessibility. The band produce sounds which are more jacket and chinos than ripped t-shirts, but they are not asking the audience to sip dainty cocktails, producing tunes which work well at a chilled out sunset party overlooking the beach.

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Unohu

Unohu from Mumbai in India is the alt-rock trio of Sarthak Karkare (Vocals / Guitar),  Yohann Coutinho (Bass) and Shashwat Karkare (Drums).

Unohu - alt-rock from India

Unohu


Well driven sounds nail themselves into the ears as Unohu deliver songs which would sit well anywhere you can find a rock audience. The trio are able to give themselves room to negotiate the compositions which have a spaciousness to them that fools the ears to thinking there must be more than three players.

The music is both steeped in melody and driving impetus, giving the band a solid platform from which to develop the textures, resulting in the listener receiving well conceived and developed pieces of music which immediately capture attention.

A couple of years behind them Unohu have been honing their craft in live performance and their debut EP a four track – Asunder only appeared in June. Through allowing themselves time to establish their skills, the trio have been able to deliver a fine primary release, which both texturally and in range sets the band in good stead to establish a far broader international audience. The selected songs demonstrate both the ability and spaciousness of Unohu.

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