Galvarino from Los Angeles in the USA is the rock trio of Grady (Guitar / Vocals), Dusty (Bass) and Jack (Drums).

Galvarino - photo by Chris Knific

Galvarino – photo by Chris Knific

The way to get the best out of Galvarino is to set your speakers as high as they will go – kick them to get an extra boost as the scrummaging sounds of the trio scamper around the room.

Fusing brash percussion and bass with festering guitars Galvarino find the audience quickly caught up in movement as rock-a-billy meets heavy duty 1980’s British Rock fused with Americana, yet it doesn’t sound like a retrospective step backwards, rather a refreshing tumult of well worn leather jacket and newly minted frolics. The trio is able to invest into the audience a sense of togetherness in a whirl-wind of rock-n-roll.

The band has languished behind their ability since inception a couple of years ago as they have concentrated on local live performance, sadly neglecting the wider audience, which has perhaps held them back. Of positive news I am led to understand that plans are afoot for an LP later this year which may give those of us not in Los Angeles an opportunity to hear more.

Once I have additions to report – be assured I will let you know as I do enjoy Galvarino and am sure you will too.

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TrunkWeed from Baltimore in the USA is the fuzz-rock trio of Kyle Phass (Drums), Tucker Neil (Bass) and Brady Kelly (Vocals / Guitar / Synth).

TrunkWeed - Fuzz Rock from the USA

TrunkWeed – Fuzz Rock from the USA

TrunkWeed deliver sounds that hark of open spaces and the listener can imagine themselves at a beach looking out to a hazy horizon as the trio combine reverb, echo, delay and fuzz. The percussion bounces around like a playful puppy whilst the bass maintains a steer as the guitars fluidly eases its way between sharp spikes of notes to mesmeric elongation to which the vocal strives to – nay successfully provides the cohesion. The light touches of synths affords the out-put its dreamy quality that finds the brain melting into the material.

The audience can listen whilst laying back on the lounger or get up and flail arms and body around and either way TrunkWeed provides music which adds to the joy of living.

Newly formed, TrunkWeed have made a great start with performances that belie the age of the band and it is of little surprise they are establishing a presence in the live circuit added to which they have made recordings available for those of us who don’t get the opportunity to see them on stage.

I look forward to keeping track of their development and future releases, which I am led to believe includes a live LP – one track of which I have had the opportunity to hear. I would not be surprised to find that a fourth player be added to the line-up as the synths give TrunkWeed an added dimension which with only the three is difficult to replicate on stage with only six arms available.

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The Great Duck War

The Great Duck War is the garage rock trio of Reid Kurkerewicz, Noah Huber and Justin Huber from Madison, Wisconsin, in the USA.

The Great Duck War - garage rock from the USA

The Great Duck War

Relatively newly formed and set to release their début EP in February The Great Duck War is still a band in development, attested by an early name change from Lachrymose Soup. Although I have not had the opportunity to hear more than three songs what I have heard has been a good to experience.

The Great Duck War set their stall in loosely hanging structures giving the material an effervescent zeal that fires the feet in sympathy with the vivacity of it all. Lo-fi production, as longer term readers know, is always something that I enjoy and the trio defines precisely why that is the case.

Simply constructed tracks are not complicated in performance and the audience feels they are very much part of the sounds as The Great Duck War takes the listener on a ride of fuzzy guitars and bellowing bass with a tempo that lifts the body into frenetic dance-steps as a vocal skips around the room enthusiastically.

I look forward to their forthcoming eponymous release.

Sweet Cassidy which is set for release on the EP is available on bandcamp.

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Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son a rock band from East Brunswick in the USA is Bobby Mahoney (Lead guitar / Vocals), Jon Alba (Rhythm Guitar), Dan Cohen (Rhythm Guitar), Joe Larkin (Bass) and James McIntosh (Drums).

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son - rock from the USA

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son

Utilising the trio of guitars to disperse melodies rather than volume Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son is able to create music that is generous on the ears without meandering into irrelevant channels as the bass and percussion maintain an urgency which keeps the tracks progressing and a well pitched vocal rounds the out-put.

Reminding of classic rock Bob Mahoney And The Seventh Son have wisely not attempted to re-invent the wheel though have updated the sound adding a lighter touch.

Maintaining a regular live presence and recorded out-put the quintet is worth getting to hear when you are after the lighter side of rock to the accompaniment of a summer tinge.


Friends in Low Places – Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son is available on iTunes.*

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Emmas Ringer

Emmas Ringer from Ottowa in Canada is the alt-rock trio of Scott McCooeye (Keyboards), Scott Maybee (Guitar / Bass / Vocals) and Owen Coffin (Drums / Vocals).

Emmas Ringer - alt-rock from Canada

Emmas Ringer

Like paint-stripper Emmas Ringer bubble the walls of the room in a definitive act of finalisation. The scouring guitar shrieks peals of chords that tear lumps out of the ears, whilst percussion remorselessly remonstrates as the synthetics add fourth dimensions to give the trio a sound that wrestles the audience into submission as vocal stands like a demo-banner – highlighting the points of reference. Of slight query, is how in live performance all the elements work as in recorded material the bass adds a menacing presence.

Emmas Ringer deliver a harrowing sound-track of realism to the world of societal strife in the ’10s without being overtly political and it is the ability to encapsulate an aural manifestation of the realities of life without the need to march stridently behind a mantra that gives the out-put a powerful presence that gives the music its impact.

Having had a few hiccups along the way with break-ups and reformations including a band name change from Emma’s Ringer  dating back to the last decade, I hope that Emmas Ringer is able to steady the tiller on their own ship and I look forward to hearing more over the remainder of this one.


Generations – Emmas Ringer is available on iTunes.*

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