The new-wave project of Derek January is the newly formed Boy Wonders from Pittsburgh in the USA.
If like me you wondered what CBGBs would have sounded like if they had done a breakfast session Boy Wonders answer the question. More than that they take a look at Devo mid-morning, but rather than sounding like an idea gone wrong, they are able to pitch in with new ideas.
Boy Wonders are able to take retro and sling it in to the future and one senses that they are a band not of the ’10s rather the ’20s as they contemplate of a narrative of post Clinton / Trump run-off and a post apocalypse of The Stasi having returned from East Germany to consume the USA. There is a sadness and bitterness that shuffles out of the speakers which reminds me somehow of Brave New World by Huxley.
Considering I have only had three tracks to hear as that is all there is as they haven’t yet played live or got round to anything else you may think I am being a little presumptive. My thoughts are a little different – if you don’t have Boy Wonders on the playlist you are perhaps more interested in musical history and this isn’t the site you should be reading.
I anticipate by the time most people will have got round to them they will be a four piece as they create music that needs more than two players for full live effect.
Where can you find the music, their current social media page and their website? Bandcamp.
The US synth-wave duo XYLØ released the LP America on the 26th of February.
The title track and third of the six eases its way around the room as though an expert plasterer smoothing out many lumps and divots, yet the slight distortion gives America a brush stroke which they proffer to the audience to paint their own imagery and rather than developing as a bland canvass they are able to create music of intrigue.
XYLØ, despite this being their début album have learnt the knack of creating music with perspective, allowing the listener to ‘envisage’ – rather than painting the wall and leave nothing to the imagination.
From Seattle in the US surface Tariq Khan (Vocal / Guitar), Matt Wingert (Lead Guitar), Mary X (Bass) and Mike Domingo (Drums) who form the new-wave outfit SSNACKSS.
There are bands for which you need to attempt to destroy your speakers and SSNACKSS is one of those where you need to find volume you didn’t know existed and then kick the system to make it louder still, unless your ears are bleeding you miss the whole point of the quartet.
Snarling guitars claw chunks of plaster from the walls whilst pneumatic bass excavates the flooring as vibrating percussion takes care of the ceiling, surrounded by which, a pernicious vocal stands in victorious salute of the mayhem strewn.
SSNACKSS do not deal in subtlety, rather in confrontation of a world with which they find tangential circumspection as they blast contemplation of issues in which they stand in conflict.
A couple of years into their existence they put out their début eponymous LP late last year (available on bandcamp) and are beginning to string together live performances.
I look forward to discovering more of SSNACKSS who insist on too many consonants and far to much capitalisation in their name. Though perhaps that is because I am from the UK and always prefer the understated name and the very loud music to make a point rather than being in the USA where to not shout the band name loudest is to not be heard.