Neonfaith

Lay, Fef and Megan Faye – also known as Neonfaith is an electro-indie outfit from New York in the USA.

Neonfaith - alt-indie from New York

Neonfaith

The cross-current of subwoofer breaking bass is a pure delight. Neonfaith deliver music which demands the lights are dimmed as waves of sonic energy pulsate across the room driving the mind into a warp of influences.  Hints of ’80s new wave, celtic folk and vocal rock are combined teasingly, to engage the listener in the melange of twists and turns as the electronics sweep the audience up on their feet to sway in cohesion with the pulsating music.


A new EP is scheduled for release on September 24th 2013 which will cement their recordings and should attract a wider audience to the dark ribbons that is Neonfaith. The trio have an immediately recognisable creativity that has the potential to work particularly on the European club scene so it will be interesting to see if this release pushes them into the greater visibility that they deserve with the potential of some festival appearances next year.

I will certainly be keeping my ears open for future material from Neonfaith.

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Lumerians

Lumerians is Tyler Green, Marc Melzer, Jason Miller, Christopher Musgrave and Tony Peluso a prog rock band from Oakland in the USA.

Lumerians - prog rock from the USA

Lumerians

Lumerians offer a nostalgic trip into psychedelia as the music floats above the head in a kaleidoscope of colours to entrance (as in the verb not the noun – completely different enunciation and meaning – but as a regular reader you will already know this) the mind.

The structures formed by the quintet extend ever upwards and on each occasion that the listener thinks they have met the edge, so it disappears once again into the distance. Whilst resonating of earlier years Lumerians is a band cognisant of their time and capture the tracks within six minutes, giving extended play to those of a mind, but not extending it beyond the bearable. They are even more impressive with tracks running at less than three minutes as they encapsulate the whole atmosphere of a fractals.

I have seen comments that the band is somewhat experimental, but to my ears this is following a well trodden path of progressive psychedelic rock, though bringing it to a currency and a place in which the listener can comfortably lay in the knowledge that there is a definitive direction of travel.

With delightful use of instrumentation and current technology Lumerians is a band who nestle very comfortably on my – must do this again – playlist and I would suggest should also sit on yours.

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The High Frontier – Lumerians is available on iTunes*.

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Our Lady

Our Lady is the four piece emo outfit of Molli (Cello), Tim (Vocals / Guitar), Kyle (Drums) and Matt (Bass) from Springfield in the USA.

Our Lady - emo from the USA

Our Lady

Through introducing a cello Our Lady is able to create music which is full of mystery and melody as the slightly ghostly sounds float around the room accompanied by a disjointed vocal accompaniment. The highly charged out-put is wrapped in angst as the band seek to explore the angsts of daily life.


The quartet spend much of their energy in live performance and I would expect these would be suitably emotional experiences for both Our Lady and the audience. Whilst there is a certain sense of suspense in the music, it is equally accessible enough for those not completely sold on the genre, as the content is audible and runs in context, creating sounds which have the potential to appeal to fans of broader alternative indie rock.

Whilst this wont be sitting on my everyday playlist, there is certainly space to add Our Lady to the music collection as they are able to deliver material which has an attractive creativity about it and I am particularly smitten by the use of the Cello to create music with a difference.

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My Peoples

My Peoples is the reggae five piece of Michael DayaoLansky MalinaoSteve SaltaJosh Hoover and Gary Pitman from San Francisco in the USA.

My Peoples - reggae from the USA

My Peoples

It was November 2010 that I was contacted by Michael of My Peoples and here is some evidence that I do always get back to read emails and listen to the music, just not necessarily that same day.

My Peoples is an intriguing take on the twists and turns of music as they combine Ska, dub and roots reggae with hip hop, rap and pop rock to throw out something that should be horrible, but it isn’t. I am happily engaged with a moonstomp as I type, as the music hones down to the core vestiges of the master / slave struggle inflecting their independence and bring it bang up to the second decade of the 21st Century.

The quintet is able to deliver music which at once is expressive joy, whilst reflective of the darker seam of fracturing in society, without it becoming a political diatribe. This is music that draws people from many walks of life together in the same way that its early derivations did so successfully and in many ways is the approachable cousin of rap and hip hop –  pointing to a direction that it could have developed in to as a cohesive and unifying protest sound and I raise my hat to My Peoples for striking an alternative direction of travel, which has far more impact that its relative.

Since the initial introduction My Peoples has developed far further, so whilst I apologise to Michael for the three year delay, somehow that doesn’t seem so bad.

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Parquet Courts

From Brooklyn in the USA we find Andrew Savage (Vocals / Guitar), Austin Brown (Guitar), Sean Yeaton (Bass) and Max Savage (Drums) also know as the new wave band Parquet Courts.

Parquet Courts - new wave from the USA

Parquet Courts

Harking back to the ’60s Parquet Courts seek to explore how the blocks fit together and more than that emerge with different patterns. I am sort of reminded of a Rubik’s Cube having been spliced and replaced – no matter how hard you try – there is no perfect settlement. A delight of discordance challenges the ears as guitars and vocals out of tune proffer a sound which for no reason makes perfect sense.

Wrapped up inside shiny wrappers you will find Parquet Courts as they throw out barbs to the world around them. This is music, challenging social mores in brief snippets, which hook or miss as they dart out. For me the wild guitars snarling across the landscape make for a paragraph which makes perfect sense. Around it all sits a vocal diatribe of invective, incised with percussion and bass, that drive the sounds to move the body of the audience in to a pogo – well I am knocking everything over as I attempt to write the review.

Music which tries to do nothing more than challenge the listener to take a look at their positioning always wins my vote. When it does in the concise format of a band who wrap much of it inside three minutes. Well, is it any surprise I recommend you take a moment or two to listen.

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Borrowed Time – Single – Parquet Courts is available on iTunes*

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