New Cold War

New Cold War is a new-wave band from Las Vegas in The USA comprising Andy Harrison (Guitars / Vocals), John Brown (Guitars / Vocals), Cody Leavitt ( Bass / Vocals), Luis Mendez (Percussion) and Micah Malcolm (Percussion).

New Cold War - new wave from The USA

New Cold War

New on the block New Cold War was originally formed as a Studio Band to make a few tracks, but as fortune would have this quickly changed and they have transformed into a fully-fledged touring out-fit.

The feature for me of the band is the skittering percussion that invests New Cold War with a commanding presence. That isn’t to say that the rest of the sounds don’t fit together, they do, as the band produces music which hurtles around the head in a frenzy of activity. You can feel the sweat soaked notes flailing against the skin as the music energetically injects itself into the audience.

Members of the band all have other projects on the go, so it is a pleasure that they have been able to work out a schedule that meets the demands of everyone involved, including rotational drummers.

The début five track eponymous EP arrived in March and is an essential to add to any music collection. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to see the New Cold War live, by the fury of the recorded material, I would anticipate that their stage performances are great nights out.


New Cold War – EP – New Cold War is available on iTunes*.

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leaving richmond

leaving richmond is chill-wave combining electronics and instruments centred around Jordan Pier from Los Angeles in The USA.

leaving richmond - chill-wave from The USA

leaving richmond

The music of leaving richmond weaves into the room gradually filling up the empty spaces. There is something 80’s synth about it but it has all been shifted to a noticeably different dimension with the more complex melodies that can now be fused together. Through combining long loops of sound that are given time to expand, leaving richmond is able to create generous landscapes to fill with instrumentation and harmonics.

Whilst many who explore this style of music conclude with metronomic beats; By allowing the music more room to cover, both dynamically and sonically, leaving richmond is able to deliver sounds which have a more heady pace and range than would typically be anticipated. Whilst the songs are not overly long, given their breadth the audience is left feeling they have travelled far inside each piece.

As with most music of the genre, the more you hear the more it inveigles itself into the head and because of the broad sweeps of sound the brain is encouraged to relax and wander the themes with leaving richmond, leaving the listener with a roving imagination long after the last notes have fallen silent.

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The Yetis

The Yetis is the garage rock quartet of Christian Luengen (lead guitar / Vocals), Nick Gillespie (Rhythm Guitar / Vocals), Stefan Luengen (Bass) and Collins Horbowyj (Drums) from Allentown in The USA.

The Yetis - Garage rock from The USA

The Yetis

I had to check my geography on listening to The Yetis and I was pleased to see that I hadn’t lost the plot and Pennsylvania really is where I thought it was – a land locked North Eastern State of The USA, not balmy California beaches of the South West. By that you will know there is a summery cheerfulness to the out-put.

I personally enjoy surfy garage rock for many reasons, not least being the extended drawing out of vowels which is typical of the genre and The Yetis are deft exponents, which gives the music an immediate sense of calm fluidity. Although having been around a while with an extensive back-catalogue of music that isn’t all beaches and sunshine, the members are still students and bereft of funding, so releases are scarce. There are a few tracks they have recorded themselves to take a listen to, however,  I do hope that when there are a few more pennies in the pockets they don’t move away from the current recorded sound that has such warmth to it because of its very low production cost.

I look forward to hearing much more of The Yetis and wish them every success in the topsy turvy world of being  musicians.

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Cloud Caverns

Cloud Caverns is an acoustic alt-rock band centred around Brandon Peterson and Dan Bouza based in New York in The USA.

Cloud Caverns - Photo by Keith Kevin Stein

Cloud Caverns – Cloud Caverns – Photo by Keith Kevin Stein

An interesting collection of tracks meets the ears on listening to Cloud Caverns, as although there is a recognizable under-current they deploy a variety of featured instruments with additional players on compositions and this inherently changes the range of sounds from the straight folk rock to the experimental and it is this variety of styles which makes the out-fit such an enticing proposition.

This is material which needs to be allowed to float around the head to achieve maximum value and I would strongly suggest taking some time out to allow space for a lengthy wallow inside the music that is Cloud Caverns. With thirteen additional players and nine additional instruments being brought in, on their recent twelve track release Gypsy Loft, which follows on from a five track EP, Blind Willow a year earlier, I would envisage live performance to be somewhat problematical, so expect to get to know the band through recordings, even if a next door neighbour.

The eclectic range of sounds are well worth savouring and I look forward to hearing more in the future.

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Lavola is Julian Cires ( Vocals / Guitar), Emily Dwyer (Violin / Vocals), Paul DeFilippis (Bass) and Matt Cabrera (Drums) an alt-rock band from Orlando in The USA.

Lavola - Alt-rock from The USA


The addition of the Violin provides Lavola the room to explore, a range of new sounds and effects, giving them a distinct sound and style. The music soaks the room in mist, whilst a despairing lyric sears through the music like a burning lighter to flesh.

With the opportunities to hand Lavola take advantage of the variances to allow the instruments to scope out the landscape of tracks. Affording them the chance to explore compositions which provide an illustrative accompaniment to the story-line, without it ever reeling out of control.

Undoubtedly skilled composers and musicians, there is an almost symphonic artistry to some of the pieces, yet it remains immediately accessible to fans of alt-rock and it is of little surprise that they are well received on the touring circuit, with audiences becoming committed followers.

Sadly, as with all the strongest and most creative music, the mainstream rarely give it the airplay it undoubtedly deserves, which is a great pity as Lavola deserve a far wider audience.

A recent release, the eight track This Book Is My Cowardice (which is available on iTunes*) is a great starting point to get to know the Lavola.

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