Boys Of Terror

Boys Of Terror is Erik Löfving (Vocals / Guitar), Christopher Anderson (Drums) and Olle Mossberg (Guitar) plus Kalle Mossberg (Bass) in live performance is an indie band from Gothenberg in Sweden.

Boys Of Terror - indie from Sweden

Boys Of Terror

Melodies emerge predominately from the thinnest guitar strings, as Boys Of Terror produce their summery sounds which reach into the tweeters. As a regular reader you will know I have an almost obsessional interest in bass notes, so it is a pleasure to find a band who play at the opposite end of the spectrum I can recommend you spend time to consider.

The lightness of the tones, does not find the music feeling as though it lacks depth as Boys Of Terror are able to add glistening echo, which gives the effect of light diffracting through a crystal, with angles of notes that wrap themselves around the ears in fragile shimmers of sound.

Formed originally in 2013, Boys Of Terror have had a variety of line-ups, which led to the delay in their follow up of a Demo EP  from June 2013 – the LP What Everybody Feels not appearing until the beginning of the month. A summer Scandinavian and UK tour in support, should see them gathering a deserved wider audience.

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Nervous Germans

Nervous Germans is the alt-rock quartet of Sabine Ahlbrecht (Drums), Micki Meuser (Bass), Gary Schmalzl (Guitar) and Grant Stevens (Vocals), based in Berlin – Germany.

Nervous Germans - From Prussia With Love - artwork

Nervous Germans – From Prussia With Love – artwork

On hitting play it is apparent these are a group of experienced musicians, wait a minute – Nervous Germans – would that be the band that disappeared in 1984? It would be and they have resurfaced with new sense or purpose.

An interim LP Volatile was released last year, mixing new material with old. I have had the absolute pleasure of being sent the eleven tracks on the LP From Prussia With Love which is to be released on 5/5/15. I particularly like their sense of humour, which coincides with mine and for the first time in a long time I can use numerical date format without confusing either side of the Atlantic. Humour has always been part of the character of Nervous Germans with the iconic track Germans Can’t Play Rock’n’roll, as a prime example – which given that Grant is an Australian could be counted as pure sardony, which like all the best sarcasm, floated above the heads with no realisation and perhaps how a band formed in 1979 manage to find themselves on a site named – ‘Emerging Indie Bands‘.

Whilst the material is superbly played there is a genuine connection between the creative process and the delivery, which is so often missing from reformations, Nervous Germans are most certainly not going through the motions as they keep the ragged edges of music delivered with passion and finesse. There is a seductive warmth to the tracks that just finds you tearing off clothes and lighting scented candles as the luxurious waves of sound caress the audience in intimate embrace.

Running the gamut of rock references, to soulful blues, even finding time for a parody in the middle of the LP –  Happy Birthday Major Tom that doesn’t appear out of place – Nervous Germans provide evenly spaced tempo, which they fill with arching melody and rhythm as the bass / percussion combinations perform a lap-dance around the ears, to which the vocal, that runs with the eddies, rounds out the performance.

I wish I could share every track with you, but I can’t, so unlike me, you will have to wait until May the 5th for the full seduction performance of From Prussia With Love to be yours for the asking, which is perhaps a good thing, affording you time to select the candles in advance and ensure you are with a partner before hitting play. For now the one tune I am able to share – Superstars (and Superheroes) which is the opening number.

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Novakane

Novakane from Coventry in England is the alt-rock quartet of Adam Collins, Jordan Nevin, Ryan Leaper and Will Malpass.

Novakane - alt-rock from England

Novakane

Novakane is able to slip 90% cocoa chocolate with whisky to produce material which furiously stomps across the floor as the ploughing bass furrows the soil to which a triumphalism of guitar skips across discard, whist a harrying percussion ferrules the tracks ever forward as the vocal provides the conquering flag.

There is an after dinner warmth to an argumentative discourse over the preambles that Novakane induces with their layering wafts of sound that float across the room, as they make coherence of polarity, in compositions which finds the audience in concordant tempo.

Collins, Nevin, Coventry, you may ponder – have I heard this combination previously? You are right back in 2012 Urban Spirit were introduced. Novakane takes a darker template with more imagery as the quartet reflect on possibility as much as inevitability, in sounds which comment on the cut and thrust of 2015.

As I write, on the 12th, these are comments on five fresh tracks, merely hours old and given the starting point Novakane have far the potential to travel far, I merely caveat I also thought that of Urban Spirit. If this is the right combination of creators, expect to hear more. If not – expect me to be introducing Adam Collins and Jordan Nevine in another three years.

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Junior Bill & The Scallies

Junior Bill & The Scallies from Cardiff in Wales in the ska-hop quintet of Junior Bill (Vocals / Guitar), L-Hyo (Vocals), Joel Beswick (Keyboards), Rory Saunders (Bass) and John Whittles (Drums).

Junior Bill & The Scallies - Ska-Hop from Wales

Junior Bill & The Scallies

Junior Bill & The Scallies deliver bounding music which skips happily around the room. The keys are given wide run-out which lightens the tone of the sound, as the bass is given more of a background effect than may be usually anticipated. The joy of the off-beat is not lost however as the quintet add their own stamp on the style and where appropriate they can pulse the bass as well as anyone.

With a catalogue dating back to 2013 Junior Bill & The Scallies have become more confident over the years in their reflections, which has enabled them to take the music to even broader reference points. The resulting out-put ensuring the audience remains invested in each composition, to find out where they are stepping next, with tracks one moment heavily influenced by hip-hop, the next dub reggae along with other flecks of taste such as rap or samba-funk. Whichever way the material is cut, the ears remain enthralled.

Playing live performance predominately in Wales and the West of England, I hope they gain further traction across more of the UK as well as finding space to play to international audiences as this is music that works without borders. Until such time as they pass your doorstep, the releases, most recently Som Do Brasil, are well worth adding to the ‘reggae mood’ collection.

Inevitably, having mentioned how bass can be softened, I have chosen a track with an enhanced four string as the showcase track.

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Phobos

From Linz in Austria – Tom (Guitar / Vocal), Kevin (Bass) and Michi (Drums) got together to form the rock band Phobos.

Phobos - Foto Christian L. © 2014

Phobos – Foto Christian L. © 2014

Like an ill-tempered Rottweiler, Phobos send growls of sound around the room in a continual snarl. Rumbunctious bass lines gouge through the walls, whilst guitar holds a melodic grumpiness that tethers the trio together as the vocal swelters in its own gravely discourse. To me the highlight is the drum kit that lays to waste all before it in superbly delivered story-telling flowing from out-right forment, to flicking snake-tongue, giving the tracks their finesse, which raises the whole out-put of band from – here is another rock band, to here is Phobos and well worth spending time to get to know.

Formed back in 2011, from a concept conceived in 2009, for reasons I have been unable to fathom development has been slow, with the first EP Bad Seed (which is available on bandcamp) not arriving until 2014. One can only hope it doesn’t take until 2017 for a follow-up as they have much to add to the world of music. Currently seeking to raise frequency of live performance, this on its own should raise awareness locally, though the music equally has the potential to travel around the globe.

I look forward to Phobos becoming a fixture, rather than an occasionally occurring filament.

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