Sharkmuffin

Sharkmuffin from Brooklyn in The USA is the garage rock trio of Tarra Thiessen (Vocals / Guitar), Natalie Kirch (Bass / Vocals) and Janet LaBelle (Drums).

Sharkmuffin - garage rock from The USA

Sharkmuffin

Scorching guitar sprawls around the room as a moody bass meanders menacingly whilst percussion impatiently harries the instrumentation and through the haze a foaming vocal articulates the pent-up energy unleashing itself into the ears as Sharkmuffin take over the speakers. The trio harness the sounds to deliver music with precision and focus that engages the audience and the additional noise making bits of kit when used add an extra layer and twist to the music.

About to set out on a tour extending through to July, the trio are also scheduled to spend some time in the Studio over the summer to record their début LP with a new EP currently being mixed and mastered, so do expect to hear much more of Sharkmuffin in the coming months something to which I am looking forward.

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1097 – Ep – Sharkmuffin is available on iTunes*.

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Dark Model

Dark Model from New York in The USA is the vehicle for the Orchestral EDM compositions of Tatsuya Oe.

Dark Model - Orchestral EDM from The USA

Dark Model

The music of Dark Model strides across the room like a Prima Ballerina taking to the stage – confident, imposing, yet somehow vulnerable. Dark Model delivers a distinctive blend of symphonic classicism transposed as though undergoing electrosynthesis to the majestic and precise sweeps of the electronics.

Whilst it is tempting to wear a tuxedo before settling down to listen, there is no need to, as underneath the majesty lies a darker almost gothic horror to it and the audience can enjoy the theatrical creativity whatever their attire.

Whilst aurally there is plenty to hear and engage which is more than enough to satiate the ears. For the mind and to complete the storyline, due to the drama and conceptualisation this is music that would be better for a laser light show in a dark space to accompany it, or a solo dancer under a single spotlight on stage. That isn’t intended as criticism, but such is the nature of the music the brain wants to devour more. I would expect the music to continue to feature in visual media.

The début eponymous, just under an hour, sixteen track LP by Dark Model was released last month and is certainly one to add to the collection of creative music.

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Dark Model – Dark Model is available on iTunes*

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Mason Mercer

Mason Mercer from New York in the USA is the creator of experimental industrial rock.

Mason Mercer - Experimental Industrial Rock from The USA

Mason Mercer


An omnipresent metronomic mechanisation threads through the music which whilst having a formation is the aural equivalent of a panic attack as Mason Mercer reflects on a world that steamrollers over individual endeavour agglomerating writhing humanity into a robotic factory line harried into greater productivity.

Mason Mercer is able to transliterate a sense of panic to a musical format without it straying to the unfathomable and although the sounds crash and collide to portray the concepts, they are equally not so far off the range as to be incoherent and this balance is a testament to the finesse of the compositions.

A new five track EP – Slobber – was released on the 6th (which is available on bandcamp) which is well worth spending the nineteen minutes to hear and then immediately hitting replay. The dark brooding presence of the music chills the room, even on a warm day, with the sense of impending doom that oozes through the ceiling.

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The Quitters

The Quitters from Las Vegas in the USA is the agit-rock quartet of Marc Roqsberg (Bass / Vocals), Miqah Mayhem (Drums), Tommy A.K. (Guitar) and Dizzle Q Guapo (Guitar).

The Quitters - agit-rock from The USA

The Quitters

Rolling into the room The Quitters deliver an aural feast with their range of influences, which allow the band to provide a journey from the theatrical to the snarling rage. Essentially a message of change emanates from the band and with the ability to mix up the sounds the quartet are able to eloquently articulate their frustrations from the sources on which they draw to create their music.

The dexterity of references that The Quitters is able to draw from give them an incredibly powerful presence as the band slow down and speed up the tempo adding or subtracting layers without ever leaving the listener in any doubt that they are not impressed with the world order.

Having spent time on the live circuit and with releases behind them the quartet have gained the confidence to concentrate on the contexts of song, music and lyric which gives them a freedom to explore their musical and compositional skills. Providing the listener with music that at one moment spears into the bloodstream, other times gets the brain working and marks The Quitters out as a band with a difference.

A new LP – the eleven track Contributing To Erosion, through SquidHat Records which comes out on the 8th July  is a great development in the sound of The Quitters and well worth adding to the collection. Sadly, as of this moment, I can’t share any of the new tracks.

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Contributing to Erosion – The Quitters is available on iTunes*

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Dan Webb And The Spiders

Dan Webb And The Spiders is Dan Webb (Vocals / Guitar), Chris Amaral (Guitar / Vocals), Marc Valois (Bass / Vocals) and Stephen Benson (Drums) a garage rock band from Boston in The USA.

Dan Webb And The Spiders - Garage rock from The USA

Dan Webb And The Spiders


The walls starting bulging as the high octane energy of Dan Webb And The Spiders careens around the room. The earthy musk is palpable as the quartet delve deep inside, to deliver music, which has a spinning enthusiasm and can’t fail to instil in the listener the same zest.

Dan Webb And The Spiders have worked hard, both on the live circuit and with recorded material over the period so far of their existence and it is a sadness that the sounds are not far better known to a wider audience.

Whilst retaining the bubbling energy, the players are also to compose tracks which have a flowing and surprisingly melodic texture as guitars are given a sparkle. The ever present bass / percussion combination provides the music a rock solid foundation from which the guitars and vocals can revolve, whilst never loosing the impetus of the pile-driver.

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