Band of the Month – December 2017 – Readers’ Choice

The final post for 2017 arrives with the Readers’ Selection for the Band Of The Month for December.

Locks - Band Of The Month - December 2017

Locks

Based in England – Locks.

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Georgee Landy – Half The *Ish – Single Review

Georgee Landy is an English beat-poet.

Georgee Landy

Georgee Landy

Recently to be released was the song Half The *Ish which ponders of the changing nature of interpersonal relationships, with many finding the shift from physical connection to flat screen connectivity is a ‘natural evolution’ whilst considering the dynamics of the ever growing impact of virtual reality and where that will fit in to the psyche.

Neither critical nor supportive of the realities of a world in which physical connections are perceived, quite often, as of less import than digital codecs – Half The *Ish extrapolates the processes of pixelation to a world in which the world itself becomes as envisaged by a tech-provider – though pointing out that humans are living breathing beings not binary coding.

Backing vocals are the voice of English singer Bex Grant.

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The Oi Oi’s – Holy Moly – Single Review

The Oi Oi’s is a relatively new English brit-blues trio.

The Oi Oi's

The Oi Oi’s

For those of us who haven’t been able to catch them live since their first performance in April they did recently reveal their début single.




Holy Moly rumbles through the speakers akin to a heavy steam engine pressing down on the sleepers. A bass guitar which seems to surface from underneath the floorboards cracking the pins underfoot marks out the territory of The Oi Oi’s as they challenge the sub-woofers to a duel accompanied by a drum-kit struck so hard the listener can envisage the whole set bouncing around the stage with the riffs of guitar bending through the room like a meandering river forming oxbow lakes whilst the vocal, almost incidentally, threads through the composition.

I mean to cast no aspersions towards the vocal content as without it Holy Moly would be incomplete and is an integral part of the song, however, the combinations of instrumentation and percussion is that which fully captures the attention.

It is of little surprise that the guitars are threaded to almost double their length, to enable rapid string change as I can’t image they last a full set on any occasion it would also not come as a surprise that along with the drum-kit having a surfeit of spare skins and sticks there isn’t also a plaster cast on-hand to support broken wrists.

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The Ringards – Alice In Nutshell – Single Review

The English alt-rock band The Ringards revealed a new track last week.

The Ringards - Alice In A Nutshell

The Ringards

This is the third time that The Ringards have featured and on each occasion they have offered something slightly different in influence, attesting to a group of musicians with differing approaches, yet able to melt those ideas in songs in which the listener becomes engaged.

Alice In A Nutshell has a ’60s brit-blues formulation mixed with 00’s garage to create a song which has a warm analogue texturing , clever melodic twists, tempo changes and a flattened dynamic range giving the composition plenty in which to invest the ears and I look forward to discovering more of their music through 2018.

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Capes – Revival – Single Review

The English electro-beat duo Capes revealed – Rival -their début single yesterday.

Capes

Capes

If you have ever felt that there is some niggling and unreachable worry which needs itching you will be au fait with the concept of the music of Capes.

Like a deep rooted hornet sting in the sole of the foot the burred edged of synth saws through the nerves whilst the deep drops of bass loops send shivers of pleasure up and down the spine as percussion drives home the pain/pleasure principle leaving the vocal to calmly extract the poison resulting in the audience coalescing on the dance floor with the retro-sounds of minimalist ’80s club.

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