Everafter

Alexis Daperis (Vocals / Guitars), Stefan Daperis (Bass / Vocals) and Tim Wiltshire (Drums) from London, England, combine to form the indie-rock band Everafter.

Everafter - indie rock from England

Everafter

Booming anthems rebound around the room as Everafter fill the ears with high-octane enjoyment. It helps that there is a resounding bass that rattles the sub-woofer, but even were that not the case I would enjoy the way the three merge easy going sequences with a delivery which gives the resulting out-put an effervescence that means I just can’t help but dance around the desk.

I often complain about music of the mid-Atlantic and whilst Everafter have clear references to the USA, they avoid what so many British bands end up with when combining US influences –  a vocal so mangled as to be something that emanates from the Sargasso Sea – as there is a genuine infectious enthusiasm that naturally feeds through the sounds. These guys aren’t trying to be something they aren’t.

Their début LP which came out in April, Everything Is One, I haven’t had the opportunity to hear in full, but judging by the three tracks I have listened to, I can’t think of any reason not to give it a spin.

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Everything Is One – Everafter is available on iTunes*.

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Jingo

Jingo based in London, England, is the alt-rock quartet of Katie Buckett (Vocals / Keys), Jack Buckett (Guitar / Vocals), Joseph Reeves (Drums) and Chris Smith (Bass / synths).

Jingo - alt-rock from England

Jingo


Experienced musicians from previous bands Jingo is just over a year old and their previous time playing is immediately evident as the quartet have shaped quickly together. With a breadth of influences and geographic upbringing with in the band, their melodic compositions have an inclusive world music flavour, which is easy to ingest.

With the addition of the synthetics Jingo is able to infuse a warming cinnamon stick to the out-put that they don’t overplay and the material maintains a rock driven progression with the guitar interweaving betwixt the smoothing keys, whilst percussion and bass give a booming foundation to which the vocal, oft reflecting on human interaction with the natural order, is given a canvass on which to shine.

A début LP is in train which will raise the profile of Jingo and it would come as no surprise if they make a significant impact in the live circuit during the course of the summer.

A little to tidy for my everyday playlist, but certainly a band I will be adding to my evening summer party track selection.

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Jekyll

Jekyll from Thornton-Cleveleys in England is the rock quartet of Joel Foster (Guitar), Jonny Chatterton (Guitar / Vocals), Lewis Armistead (Bass) and Liam Singleton (Drums).

Jekyll - rock from England

Jekyll

It was a pleasure when I alighted upon Jekyll with their blend of melodic rock. Reminding me of many earlier references, but sounding like none in particular, the quartet deliver sounds full of shifting dynamics with their melancholic perspectives. Though of reflective moods the quartet does not have the listener reaching for the razor-blade, rather, offering an empathetic hand to a troubled world as they reflect on the trials and tribulations of existence.

Jekyll play with the lower registers in away that gives the music a grandeur without pomposity as the demure style of delivery which dreamily wisps around the room in expansive chords. The duality of guitars drift lazily between one another allowing the band to create sounds which are more usually synthesised and evidence of their ability as musicians as well as song-writers to extract the most out of the gear at hand.

Currently gaining a local following I would expect to see more of Jekyll in short order to a wider audience.

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Ep – EP – Jekyll is available on iTunes*

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Musique Le Pop

Musique Le Pop from Fredrikstad in Norway is the electro-indie trio of Christoffer Schou, Jon Kristian Furuheim and Elisabeth Thorsen.

Musique Le Pop - electro-indie from Norway

Musique Le Pop

Underneath the shiny veneer Musique Le Pop have a heart and soul and there is nothing wrong with making music that is on first glance is so light on it’s feet that it makes helium filled balloons seem heavy, as long as you do it with credence and for all its ease, there is integrity within the sounds. Within the lightness are barbs as the trio combine synthetics, drum machines, vocal and guitar to deliver rainbow coloured textures of music.

Straddling a difficult precipice Musique Le Pop on the one hand remind of ‘Disco’ whilst simultaneously of synth-wave and they handle the balance well with the darker hues whirring inside the glitter. Whether it is a style that will resonate with fans of either is more difficult to judge, but I raise my hat to them for working with it.

I personally gained much from their five track début EP l’été which was released yesterday as the tracks stray from the beach dance party to a Gauloises smoke filled Café on the South Bank of the Seine.

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l’été EP – EP – Musique Le Pop is available on iTunes*

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Humbug

Humbug is Ben Rotherham (Vocals / Guitar), Matt Dominey (Drums), Dale Holt (Bass) and Ferghal Swanwick (Keys) an alt-rock band from Southend-on-Sea in England.

Humbug - alt-rock from England

Humbug

I could provide a list of superlatives to introduce Humbug, but it wouldn’t help much to explain why this is a band you need to get your ears wrapped around. Despite shifts in members and instruments in their brief existence, instantly on play the listener can hear something of undefinable quality and resonance.

The richly emotional vocal is a starting point on which the focus can remain, but to do so would be to miss the scintillating bass with its rich reflectivity and to keep the mind on that would be to avoid the pulsating percussion which weaves in and out of tracks. So perhaps it is the guitar which gives the music the feeling of walking barefoot on softly layered peat, if not that it must be the harmonic echoes of the keys with the lustrous textures. In reality it is none of those – it is the whole – which is far more than any one individual element adds to the sum of Humbug.

Humbug is a delightful out-fit where the jigsaw puzzle of constituent parts fall into place on opening the box; With music that takes over the mind, soul and body. There is such little to hear, this is all that saddens me and I look forward to discovering more from the quartet with much to add to the world of music.

Given their shaky line-up origins, I hope they are able to settle on this set-up for some considerable time to come. Best for the future – Humbug.

Even if it all falls apart tomorrow, already, Humbug sit in the pantheon of the inspirational and like all iconic bands – the first pieces of music are the testament by which subsequent pieces can be judged not hidden away in the ‘we were learning’. If not given exposure now, expect this quartet with their few songs thus far will be identified, by those who follow in time to come, as ‘influenced by’.

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