The Belgian alt-rock duo Candlebags released the EP Voyager on the 8th.
Candlebags – Voyager – artwork
With each track on Voyager offering something fresh as is the wont of Candlebags who approach songwriting and delivery with a completely open mind, resultingly each composition having its own distinctive quality. The first of the five tracks Do That Thing having a vaguely garage-dance feeling.
The Belgian rock trio Firefang will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 13th.
The fuzzy barrage of sound that escapes in to the room on hitting play grabs hold of the listener and has them captivated by the Firefang offerings of rock ‘n’ roll and dirty blues.
Able to deliver sound in a blaze of speed as well as slowing the tempo the trio superbly control what could easily become a chaotic confusion which they turn in to music that holds the attentions and makes the audience look forward to catching up with more of their compositions.
Guitar can at one moment be bursting with distorted garage chords, the next delicately picking its way along the fret-board whilst vocal ranges from scratchy larynx to delicately pivoted ballad. The percussion equally runs between storming the gates and providing a measured framework for tracks. Bass sometimes takes the place of supporting pivot other times bludgeoning the eardrums.
Wherever they turn their focus in the roughly thirty four minutes ten track album (available on bandcamp), Firefang play a deft hand, with two guest instrumentalists joining in on various songs, keeping the listener enthralled.
My selection is the third and longest number – Waiting List.
The Belgium based rock quartet Hitherside revealed their latest track in the past few hours.
Say Goodbye to the Enemy identifies precisely why Hitherside have been a feature on the various sites since 2012. Powerful bass and percussion thud through the speakers with guitar creating clouds of melodies which spread around the room while the distinctive vocal harnesses the sounds and captures the listeners attention in its expressive timbre.
Always a pleasure to return to I look forward to Hitherside gathering a collection of songs for a fuller release as they predominately reveal music as stand alone singles yet they are a band that once you have hit play you immediately want to hear more from.
The Belgian sombre-rock trio Pilod released the LP Black Swan on the 22nd.
Akin to drawing black-out curtains across the windows during a power-cut the darkness immediately envelops the listener on hitting play as Pilod deliver their low-slung dampened sounds.
The clash of cymbals gives the music an intriguing counter-point as they are the only point of light in the bleakness.
There is an impressive mastery to the out-put which rather than afearing the audience finds the mind embracing the compositions and as opposed to fervidly scrabbling for light – desiring the immersion to extend far longer.
From the nine track just under forty minute Black Swan (available on bandcamp) the fifth and longest – coming in at three hundred and seventy seventy seconds – my pick of the release Level 4.