The Scottish alt-rock quartet Maps And Plans released the EP Hold Steady on the 17th.
Maps And Plans
Thumping out of the speakers like a prize-fighter launching an assault Maps And Plans make more than a slight nod to influences to mod in music that is tightly held together with a bursting energy that shakes the foundations, though they are equally adept at slowing down the pace to expose a softer underbelly
From the four track EP (available on bandcamp) the second A Ghost Between Us.
Their latest release – The Rules – is an approaching five minutes of summer-vibe that fills the room with gliding feet as the silky synth presses through the body in warming waves of sound that extend an irresistible invitation on to the dance-floor with its retro-80’s flavouring.
The Amber Bugs from England recently revealed a live performance acoustic-rock track.
The Amber Bugs
Normally to be heard as a plugged-in indie rock band in Relax, The Amber Bugs, allow themselves to showcase a more wistful side to their performance abilities. A band who first made contact last year that it has taken a while to get back to, though do aim to feature again in short order with their more driving brand of rock.
Yardlander is a relatively new English brooding-rock quartet.
Having spent time honing on their craft on stage they recently revealed their first track for those not within reaching distance to hear as a recording – Kiss With Teeth.
On hitting play you may ponder the thought of ‘relatively new’ as thundering across the room spins a tune which many musicians of long teeth would be delighted to be able to produce as the quartet deftly weave betwixt one another, allowing each element to shine in turn, in a track which would not be lost on a windy and rainy day at Glastonbury.
Somewhat retrospective in nature, Yardlander, dampen rather than expand notes giving the song a resplendence of the 21st Century and is finely juxtaposed with the derivations of the sound, as whilst those of longer musical catalogues will naturally expand phrases, the quartet catching out the unwary, shorten them.
The English slewed-rockabilly trio Honkies release the AA side single Entitled to Nothing / Moving to Berlin on the 28th.
That moment when you have had a beer too many, but are still the life and soul of the party? Honkies express it superbly in the two track release (available on bandcamp) as the music winds back, to double-check, inside its own thought process with the audience swaying in good humour as the songs slur across the room.
Pub rock as it should be played – turn it up and join in with Moving To Berlin (Mono).