Nate Hitchcock (Vocals), Chris Bacchus (Guitar / Vocals), Joe Sap (Bass / Vocals) and Marshal (Drums) form the new-wave outfit Sunny Gang from Newark in the USA.
Before you reach for the play button – stand up and shift the furniture out of the way – Sunny Gang hurtle into the room with an infectious abandon that will find you with flailing limbs. It was a year ago that Joe dropped me an email, which sadly has lain dormant until now, my apologies Joe and to you for not getting to this sooner.
On the positive side since the introduction Sunny Gang, in their two subsequent songs, have been able to been able to find a sound that has even more global reference. Not loosing the hip-hop roots the music has nonetheless become more inclusive with emphasis placed more on the texture of the song than the music sitting as backdrop to vocal and resultingly become more ferocious.
Percussion and bass form the raging spine of the work around which vocal and guitar can explore the minutiae allowing Sunny Gang to deliver a blistering attack whilst still maintaining their structure and allow the listener to concentrate only on not loosing their own footing, knowing that the tracks will not disappoint.
How could I not suggest taking time to get to know a band with such an ironic name?
The US alt-indie quartet released the LP – Thinkers at the end of last month.
Epsilona – photo credit @goodthompson
With an eclectic mix of styles, from indie rock, through funky soul, to psychedelia there is a recognisable thread to the output of Epsilona who feature spiralling guitars and smooth-groove finishing touches.
The penultimate of the six tracks on Thinker is Trance which is a melodic approach to psychedelia that theoretically should be at odds with itself, but Epsilona are able to pull off the feat to deliver a number that melts easily into the ears. High pitching guitars are swirled around the room in echoing tableaux vivants with calmly generated changes of pace whilst percussion and bass keep to the background and the scarcely opined vocal too remains subdued.
It is a couple of years since the US alt-rock outfit Parquet Courts last featured.
Towards the end of last month Parquet Courts released their latest LP, the nine track Monastic Living.
As is their inimitable style, songs on the album range from forty five seconds to four hundred and seventy nine. The opener – No, No, No! runs for seventy one seconds of self parody. Uniquely, this is the only track, on Monastic Living with vocal as the LP finds Parquet Courts in a more experimental mood in a release that features few rock structures though plenty of expansive drone.
Schizo Fun Addict and The Bordellos – both from the underground rock the former from USA the latter England – released the split LP Kassette on the 24th of November.
Schizo Fun Addict / The Bordellos
For those of longer stay, in what is in danger of becoming an annual event, the alt-rock band Schizo Fun Addict and the agit-rock trio The Bordellos have put together another split release. On this occasion the twenty two track album – Kassette.
The shortest track by Schizo Fun Addict on the album – The Pale Horse – running at precisely sixty seconds is a thumper of a number as it collapses into its own galloping pace.
By The Bordellos – Temperature Drop resonates of the escarpment of consternations in their angular perspective of the world.
Cross Record is the US ethereal rock project centred around Emily Cross who are due to release the LP – Wabi-Sabi on the 29th of January 2016.
Cross Record – Wabi-Sabi – artwork
The fourth of the nine tracks – High Rise – splinters into the room in fragmentation before reforming to a forlorn minimalist shape that slowly circumnavigates the listener in a chilling hue of guitars and synthetics whilst the percussion stamps out a path of circumspection over which an almost mythical vocal shimmers above the circling outline. The track only lasts for one hundred and eighty seconds, but life stands stock still for the duration and extracts much from the subconscious in such a brief number of ticks of the second-hand.
Not music to play just before planning a restful nights sleep, but most certainly to add the playlist for contemplative mood.