Only a short month in February – yet there were over forty musical acts on the long-list for the band of the month.
Empress xX – band of the month February 2017
The Editors’ Choice for band of the month for February is from Scotland – Empress xX.
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Terrestria is a Scottish indie-rock quintet.
Terrestria – Photo by Graeme K Cunningham
Today they released their début single Collide.
A just over four and a half minutes track that melts influences from indie-dance to soaring rock riffs, which they are able to turn around to an output which simultaneously has fleet-footed sparkle to it, driving pacing and spacious melodies, without the listener ever feeling lost in the sounds that swell around the room.
A well put together début – Collide builds its intensity through the composition, opening with jangling guitar and closing with roaring combinations, not an easy mix of ideas to bring together and to their credit Terrestia demonstrate that innate ability in a first offering which sets them a high bar to reach for future releases.
Currently actively pursuing gigs, the single can’t but help in that quest.
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The Scottish alt-rock quartet The Calm Fiasco release the EP The Fear on the 24th of March.
The Calm Fiasco
When initially introduced last year the The Fear did have a launch date of the 20th of April 2016 – the delay has enabled a further track to surface.
Just Don’t Care Anymore sweeps around the room in confident circles of bass / percussion combinations as guitar provides a slightly psychedelic tinge through which vocal rips in to the ears.
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The Scottish rock ‘n’ roll band Shambolics are due to release the single Love Collides next month.
The clarity of delivery gives Shambolics a snappy beat that the moment the sounds flow in to the room the listener finds themselves joining in with the joy of it all.
First looked at back in August of least year; in Love Collides, Shambolics, deliver similar zestiness that covers the listener in a refreshing tangy sharpness though have, in the three minutes and fifty seconds of the song, marginally softened the sound giving the piece a more rounded moulding within which they find themselves space to add a subtlety from which they are able to deliver a track layered in textures.
I was enthusiastic when they were first featured I am even more enamoured now and do suggest keeping an ear out for Shambolics: A band, if there is any justice in the music industry, you will hear much more of them in the near future.
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The Scottish hip-hop creator Empress xX released the EP Turning Tables earlier in the month.
Empress xX – Turning Tables – artwork
Scorching through the speakers is a skillfully delivered wry and scornful commentary of societal malaise as Empress xX delivers tracks that finds the listener smiling while infected by the controlled fulmination.
From the five track release (available on bandcamp) my pick of the release is the penultimate – Quiet Contemplation.
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