Greenhouse

Ryan Torres (Synth / Drums / Guitar) and Rex Hudson (Guitar / Vocals / Synth) from Denton in the USA combine to form the alt electronic outfit Greenhouse.

Greenhouse - alt electronic from the USA

Greenhouse

‘art house cinematography’ sound emerges through the speakers as Greenhouse explore with various phrases and overlay them with music that takes the listener on an aural extravaganza. The duo are able to take snatches of sounds and extrapolate a storyboard template in to which they insert synthetic and instrumental sounds to deliver an output that is steeped in visual imagery in to which the audience becomes totally focussed.


There is a subdued mute, almost an electronic version of garage rock, which forms the background of the work and the duo, by combining instruments and technology are able to produce tracks which are as unctuous as that spoon of the chocolate mixture, whilst containing a hint of the darker side of life. This mixture raises Greenhouse well above the crowd and although they have an established and loyal following, it is far smaller than the quality of the out-put deserves.

Whether you like your cocoa prepared as a warm chocolate with marshmallows and Jersey Cream or as a bitter black coffee, you will find something to attract the taste-buds.

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Django Voris

Django Voris is an alt-electro composer from New York in the USA.

Django Voris - alt electro from the USA

Django Voris

Whirling in to the mix of eclectic sounds are references from many strains of music and it is perhaps not really a surprise that Django Voris has a sound to which not only does a classical music based UK radio station (BBC Radio 3) declare a real sense of joy but also I, a cynical ’70s punk rocker and although it sits naturally in neither camp the way he is able to straddle both ends of the spectrum is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of the out-put.

I have had the opportunity to listen to much of his back catalogue along with his new LP Constantopolis which is set for release later this month. I can’t give you one particular reason why I should like this as: Jazz; Symphoneta and:


Electro-loops all feature, I could however give you a myriad of reasons why I shouldn’t, but I can’t but help to recommend you spending some time to get to know Django Voris as the quality of the output and engagement is a must for my ‘No idea, but I do’ playlist. I guess as a pointer as to why – when someone can turn a freestyle jazz track into a dub reggae beat you just can’t help be entranced.

It is with some pleasure that I introduce Django Voris for the sheer creativity and ability to compose music that ably spans the breadth of the spectrum delivering an out-put which captivates, entrances and takes the audience on a soaring auditory journey.

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The Bootlegs

The Bootlegs is Andrew Oliver (Vocals), Brady Burke (Guitar), Elliot Hepworth (Bass) and Ben Labenski (Drums) an alt-rock band from Oakville in Canada.

The Bootlegs - alt rock from Canada

The Bootlegs – Photo by Eric Riehl

It was back in May I first came across The Bootlegs with their video for Fail To Recall and at that stage there just wasn’t enough music for a review, that has all changed as the quartet who have been around for less than a year have been working hard on creating new sounds.

As Friday morning drifts into the afternoon as I write, this music suits the wind-down period extremely well. I recall back in the late ’80s when I had a ‘real job’ when all the staff were bought a drink to consume in the office on a Friday afternoon, a tradition I subsequently continued with with my own staff with my head-hunting businesses, until I finally gave up suits in the late ’90s that wind-down and collective easing of the pressure was a real boost to everyone and The Bootlegs would have been ideal to add to the mix. That isn’t to say it is all just noises for the background, as the band weave some intriguing progressions through their material which retains the ear of the listener.

Well structured melodies are accompanied by relevance of drum / bass combinations with vocals floating in and out of the mix as the quartet lay out their gentle carpet for the audience to lay and listen.

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Knock Me Down – EP – The Bootlegs is available on iTunes*

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Oh No Oh My

Oh No Oh My was an indie rock band from Austin in the USA composed of Greg Barkley, Joel Calvin, Daniel Hoxmeier and Tim Regan.

Oh No Oh My - indie rock from the USA

Oh No Oh My

A well established outfit, Oh No Oh My developed a sound which demonstrated their experience as musicians working together, with music that flowed as naturally as a river. Whilst over the years (and I was first introduced to them back in 2011 when they were already seasoned players together) their output took on a calmer note, ever retaining the original creativity they first displayed nine years ago having lost none of the genuine enthusiasm for their craft. Sadly they are now disbanded and played their last gig on the 24th August 2013, but I felt it was appropriate to tilt a hat to a band that has been fine stalwarts over the years and I wish all the musicians every success in their new musical directions.

The impressive back catalogue and touring schedule ensured that Oh No Oh My were readily accessible to those wanting to explore a fine group. It only remains a surprise that they didn’t had more significant exposure over the years, but that I guess is down to the vagaries of the music industry. It is just coming up to two in the morning as I write this and somehow the material is perfect for the time. Relaxed and melodic, but with enough zest to maintain the full concentration of a tired mind. The interplay between the various instruments allowed the band to play with compositions to deliver fairly complex baton changes mid bar and it is the ease with which they made these transitions that captures the attention of the listener.

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Between the Devil and the Sea – EP – Oh No Oh My from 2005 is available on iTunes*.

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The Known Pleasures

From Lake Havasu City in the USA comes Isreal Hendricks (Bass), Tom Smirk (Drums) and Jordan Meyers (Guitar / Vocals) also known as the alt indie band The Known Pleasures.

The Known Pleasures - alt indie from the USA

The Known Pleasures

Resounding waves of sound soar out of the speakers as The Known Pleasures combine influences from the past three decades to deliver a style of music which is both powerful in nature and also plays heavily with guitar melodies to provide the audience with material that fills the head.

A couple of years experience has seen the trio develop a good understanding between each other and they play to the strengths of the skills that lay within the band, exuding confidence in their out-put. The rolling drums which are a signature sound of The Known Pleasures are accompanied by intricate high speed guitar playing and completed by a surprisingly expressive voice which enables the band to inflect considerable emotive context into their work. Whilst in the main there is an underlying urgency to the progression of the tracks they remain tightly controlled and as a result despite the reality of the speed, one is left with a sense of calmness.

With the depth and range of the songs the trio are able to encapsulate as much musically as many bands with more players. A new seven track LP – Let The Old Dreams Die deserves attention.

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Let the Old Dreams Die – The Known Pleasures is available on iTunes*.

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