HEAVEN THE AXE

In Melbourne in Australia you will find Phoebe Pinnock (Vocals), Steve Watts (Guitar),  Mat Silcock (Guitar),  Trav Price (Bass) and one of Aramis SV, Tommy Rossell or Matt “Skitz” Sanders (Drums) making up the band HEAVEN THE AXE.

HEAVEN THE AXE - heavy metal from Australia

HEAVEN THE AXE

I was idling around looking at my personal Facebook news thread and spotted a video posted by a broadcaster in Australia of a band full of capital letters and despite my initial aversion to the capitalisation, I took a listen and here we are with a heavy metal band who livened up the afternoon, living up to that shouted name, HEAVEN THE AXE.

Crunching out of the speakers come flying nuts and bolts which have been through the grinder and the band spray the walls with pit marks. Control is what many metal bands lack, HEAVEN THE AXE however have learnt how to hold the ballistics in a well directed gunfire and the music just demands finding ever increasing levels of volume. The exquisite interplay of, Australian and the genre in general, misogyny is superbly played as a ruff, as Phoebe plays with the concept of her sexuality and her vituperative vocal to throw the backwardsmen a double uppercut.

I had a very brief telephone chat with Franky who handles the questions just to check on the drummer, to find there really isn’t a permanent drummer for the band so it is all on rotation. I do hope they can sort this out – the sooner the better – as a metal band without a permanent drummer is a bit like a call centre – hot desking.

As a statement concept how could I not like HEAVEN THE AXE. As superbly honed musicians I can’t do anything other than recommend spending some time with them.

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Good Things Come to Those Who Hate – Single – Heaven the Axe is available on iTunes*

Those connected with me personally on Facebook will know well of my regular sojourns to the Yarrowee River to catch Cat Unwrapped on Tuesdays and Thursdays for her two hour show on Voice FM. If not – Tuesdays and Thursdays 13:00 to 15:00 BST.

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The Wyld

The Wyld a raprock trio based in Mount Eden in New Zealand is Joe Pascoe (Guitar / producer), Mo Kheir (vocals) and Brandon Black (vocals / production).

The Wyld - raprock from New Zealand

The Wyld

I am wreathed in smiles as I find another cohesive rap / hip hop undercurrent which has found space to grow and the grin gets even wider when I find it emerges from New Zealand. The trio filter the dross to, deliver music which flows with invective and musical competence to leave a clear fluidity of sounds that buffer the head from side to side in a valedictory salute.


I oft bemoan the world of want to be ‘ghetto’ music with its perpetual racism and misogyny positing there is a legitimate ground on which to play and whilst I was able to find in My Peoples a cousin relationship , I find a direct progeny with The Wyld, so it is with some excitement that I take this opportunity to introduce a band who have a handle on the realities of the 21st Century and choose to neither  portray themselves as victims or protagonists and for that very fact are the more powerful and relevant.

The grained guitar enables the material to gather relevance and barbed wire wrist cuffs whilst the electro structures are Meccano kits of spanners and bolts, holding it all in to shape as the vocals deliver viper flicks.

A new EP – Abstract – is set for imminent release and my advice is – get there as soon as possible  – for the best of hip hop – The USA has been superseded by New Zealand.

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Ghost Wave

The garage rock outfit Ghost Wave from Auckland in New Zealand contains Eammon Logan, Matthew L Paul, Mike Ellis, Jamie Kennedy and Andy Frost.

Ghost Wave - Garage Rock from New Zealand

Ghost Wave

Ghost Wave float the notes airily across the room before they settle in the ears where they go to work in a blend of echo, delay and fuzz creating sounds that beguile the listener with their rolling rhythms.  Before you know it half an hour has passed in a state of hypnosis.

The combination of psychedelic rock and ’80s indie provide the audience with sounds that hold them in rapt attention without being aware of it. The tracks in the main are fairly brief which comes a surprise after hearing what seems like airy spaces, which is a testament both to the songwriting skills and the technical ability of the players. The lack of formulaic structure allows the pieces of music to flow through a full story from end to end, giving it a more languid feel.

Inside the distinctive sound that is Ghost Wave the band is able to generate different textures by playing with tempo and effects giving them a broad area of discovery and each iteration is a delight of music filtered through gauze.

A recent LP, the ten track Ages (which is available on iTunes*), should see the band raising their international profile to fans of garage rock.

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Sherpa

Sherpa is Early SansBen JackDaniel Barrett and Vince McMillan – an alternative indie band from Auckland in New Zealand.

Sherpa - alternative indie from New Zealand.

Sherpa

There is a retrospective ’60s feel to Sherpa. The music calls to mind glass blowing, as the molten silica is formed into recognizable shapes. Sherpa deliver a slightly fuzzed undercurrent that, as it develops, winds in to focus and the music takes on distinguishable formations.

Easy to engage with and immediately engrossing the quartet have a decent handle on song writing and composition. Their earlier work, despite its undoubted strength, I am left with a slight feeling of the munchies, akin to eating a Chinese takeway – satisfying, but – the hunger pangs arriving soon afterwards. The reason for this is the frequent lack of a well defined percussion and bass line, which as regular readers know, I often need, to shape the out-put. Sherpa benefit by bringing these lower registers more easily accessible to the listener, as they do on their recent  single – Love Films, which sadly I am unable to share with you.

I am hoping that Sherpa continue with this sharper definition in the forthcoming LP as it raises them to a far higher plane and a space which gives them a far stronger impact. It will be interesting to see if the quartet have transitioned to a more powerful sound as the single would indicate, or whether the single is a one off – time will tell.

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Lesser Flamingo – Sherpa is available on iTunes*.

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Little Bastard

Little Bastard a seven piece roguish country rock band from Sydney in Australia is Matt MasonRoss TipperJohnny TookEd RoweDaniel D’arcyTrevor Davies and Liam Hoskins.

Little Bastard - country rock from Australia

Little Bastard

Mid-west America couldn’t come up with anything more Americana country blues than Little Bastard. Essentially a live performance act, though how the seven of them fit on the stage I am not quite sure, but there is plenty to enjoy by listening to recorded pieces. Every conceivable instrument from fiddle to harmonica appears at some stage or another and it is all delivered with an infectious sense of fun that the audience can’t help but get tapping along to.


Inside the framework of the upright mid-west, Little Bastard inject some Australian nonchalance and the resulting compositions skitter across the room on the verge of a breakdown, but it is all kept in order and the exuberant sounds continue to rattle round the head long after the music has stopped.

Gaining considerable visibility around Australia on the festival circuit, this is an out-fit who need to bring their rays of sunshine to an international live audience as this is music that works just anywhere.

Turn up the volume and enjoy a rollicking good party with Little Bastard.

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