Band of the Month – February 2017 – Readers’ Choice

The shortest month of the year draws to a close and time for the Readers’ Choice for band of the month.

Reptilians From Andromeda - Band Of The Month February 2017

Reptilians From Andromeda

Unusually, a band who haven’t featured for a while – from Turkey – Reptilians From Andromeda.

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Martin Strecker – Hvis Du Kysser Min Hånd – Single Review

Martin Strecker is a Danish alt-EDM creator based in Turkey.

Martin Strecker

Martin Strecker




Hvis Du Kysser Min Hånd stretches across the room like the kiss to the hand it presupposes as gilded electronic loops coalesce with a synthetic vocal – yet far from throwing the listener into hiatus Martin Strecker is able to elegantly feint a brush with the dorsal of the hand.

The evolving composition – as though a rose dropping fragrant petals as the flickering backdrop of synthetics spinneret around each other. Hvis Du Kysser Min Hånd (available on bandcamp) has queasy lilt that finds the hypothalamus bobbing in opposing directions all at once, yet the cilia don’t find themselves equally out of equilibrium as the threading intonations bounce around the room in a flow which equalises as much as it disintegrates.

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410

410 is the new-wave trio of Zafer Yerlikaya (Guitar / Vocals), Fırat Anıl (Bass / Vocals) and Berkan Çalışkan (Drums) from Beyoğlu in Turkey.

410 - new-wave from Turkey

410

Relatively newly out of the blocks, forming towards the tail end of last year, 410 is a band to get to know post-haste as their grumbling songs of protest, redolent of a country seemingly forever at war with itself within the various factions springing up in rapid succession.  410 create music that will resonate for all those from where-ever in the world who are fed-up with the old way of doing things and just want to see irrelevant festering bigotries sliced away like the gangrenous appendages they have become.




The dark menacing tones of the tracks weigh heavily reflecting of the crushing of opportunity as 410 deliver tightly compressed waves of sound that batter in to the audience.

Although not long in existence 410 are already establishing a loyal live performance following and their début five track EP Bağırdım Sokaklarda (available on bandcamp) deserves to enable them to discover a broader international audience – Turkish speaker or not – as the collection of protest material has immediate global relevance.

The track I have chosen to feature to introduce 410Çöp (Rubbish) – perhaps serves as a perfect song title for English speakers whether taken in translation or the immediate untranslated as read in English.

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Reptilians From Andromeda – Wicky Wacky Witches – Audio

The Turkish sleaze-rock duo Reptilians From Andromeda released the EP Sonic Rabbit Hole on the 5th.

Reptilians From Andromeda

Reptilians From Andromeda




I only offer this as an introduction, rather than a full band review, because my space is against the clock having been slowed down with pneumonia for a while which means I have a backlog of introductions to sieve through, but, I am certain I will come back to take a closer look at Reptilians From Andromeda in due course.

From the five track Sonic Rabbit Hole (available on bandcamp) – the shortest and penultimate Wicky Wacky Witches finds the listener all kinds of contorted knots in a cellar. Synthetics spiral across the room like shooting stars as the flattened vocal gradually takes control while the persistent percussion binds the audience ever tighter into arching back, as though harnessed to a Breaking Wheel.

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Merve Çalkan – Gözlerin – Video

Merve Çalkan is an alt-folk creator from Turkey.

Merve Çalkan

Merve Çalkan




With a sorrowful lament Gözlerin, the sixth of the eleven tracks on the LP Iyelik Eki speaks of the situation in Turkey, whilst encouraging a unity of spirit and attendance of others in greater distress.

The most recent Sofar show in Turkey (on the 19th) was cancelled at the last minute due to a nearby suicide bombing in Ankara – the first show that the Sofar Team in Istanbul have cancelled through the conflicts, giving this particular track, from an earlier show an even more poignant message.

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