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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Ignite The Borealis

Ignite The Borealis is an indie-rock group from Grand Rapids in The USA comprising Jake Vanravenswaay (Backing Vocals / Guitars), Matthew Loveless (Drums), David Mouatt (Vocals / Guitars) and Justin Gargus (Bass).

Ignite The Borealis - indie rock from The USA

Ignite The Borealis


Ignite The Borealis is able to switch between the mournful and the cheerful with easy strides, within the remit of what is ostensibly rock driven reference points. The architecture of the tracks remains fairly constant, it is the rhythm section and melodies which enables to the quartet to deliver their differential.

A well polished sound by Ignite The Borealis allows the audience to enjoy the structures of the tunes, knowing a foot won’t be put wrong. Whilst true, there is a radio friendly nature to the tracks, the band is able to scuff the edges a little allowing the ears to find sections with which to grapple and engage.

A recent change in bassist has given the band a slightly different sound than previously offered and it will be interesting to hear the results of this slight shift in dynamics on their LP Frid & Arid, which is pencilled in for release during this summer.

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Sounds Of Threat

Sounds Of Threat is the new-wave Las Vegas, USA, based quintet of Jesse Young (Vocals), Amy Pate (Rhythm Guitar), Aaron Prieto (Lead guitar), Tyler Whitacre (Bass) and Chad Henley (Drums).

Sounds Of Threat - new-wave from The USA

Sounds Of Threat

Nihilism virtually smashes its way through the walls as Sounds Of Threat spit out their rages and frustrations. There is a clear line back to the likes of Crass and Dead Kennedys, so how could I not be smitten. But to think of it as an imitation would not be to do the band justice as they look at life in the 21st Century.


Barely drawing breath in the individual tracks Sounds Of Threat enunciate their frustrations and realities of life within flailing shards of sound as the instruments craw slashes of ire and an ever present percussion steamrollers its way around the room, whilst a suitably harsh voice hammers home the message.

Despite the seeming chaos of it all, Sounds Of Threat deliver far more poignantly than many musicians who spend so long getting it all ‘perfect’ that the original perspective becomes subsumed within production, whereas,  these five grab hold of their ideas and deliver them with the same conviction as the original concept.  Of more importance to me is the connection between the idea of the song and its delivery than on how well the chords hold together.

By that don’t assume Sounds Of Threat can’t put a tune together, because they can, it is that they do it with passion and conviction that marks this out as a band with much to add to the world of music.

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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.

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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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