Holy Wave

Holy Wave from El Paso in the USA is the shoegaze quintet of Kyle HagerDustin ZozayaJulian RuizJoey Cook and Ryan Fuson.

Holy Wave - shoegaze from the USA

Holy Wave

Holy Wave deploy reverb with abandon to deliver sounds which are richly layered in textures of gossamer. Were the reverb to be further extended we would still be hearing the echoes in the middle of next week, however their ability to manage the transformative nature of the sounds which emerge to deliver coherence is a testament to their ability as musicians.

The psychotropic sounds snare inside the parietal lobe, distorting the senses, leaving the listener fixated by the floating sonics which seem to have physical characteristics. The music glides effortlessly around the room as refrains bounce into each other much like ripples in still water colliding and shearing off in alternating angles.

Currently on an extensive European tour to support the release of their latest LP, Relax, which came out on the 28th January, my advice for those who don’t often get the opportunity to catch them live, grab the opportunity, just plan to take the following couple of days off to allow the brain to resolve itself.

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Far From Eden

Far From Eden is the acoustic rock quartet of Kimberly Weiss (Vocals), Nathan Goff (Backing Vocals / Guitar), Carissa Hays (Djembé) and Donnie Rose (Guitar) from Dayton in the USA.

Far From Eden - acoustic rock from the USA

Far From Eden

Given the fact of the songs reflecting on the realities of life one can only assume the choice of name Far From Eden with the very close references to Steinbeck and being way to the East of the Salinas Valley it is intended to draw a reference point. However that doesn’t make the compositions and output an intellectual conundrum as the quartet deliver sounds with easy approachability. Though equally they are able to lay down trails of bait to explore.


Staying in theme with the previous two articles Far From Eden are on the darker side of the spectrum with their decortication delicately exposing the innards for investigation. The stark nature of the acoustics afford the band the opportunity to deliver material which has a stark naturalism and accessibility which is quintessentially wrapped in a Pandora’s box of aphorisms, affording the listener the opportunity to gain more as each layer is unwrapped, yet equally satiating at each level.

Ever busy on the live performance circuit in their tenure, I would only ask that Far From Eden make the music more widely available to an international audience with additions of recorded material.

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CrashDollz

CrashDollz is the Detriot, USA, heavy metal quartet of Nikki Darling (Vocals), Rachel Rekkit (Guitar), Brian Kaos (Drums) and Kevin “Krank” Kekes (Bass).

CrashDollz - Heavy Metal from the USA

CrashDollz

Hit play and you will soon find yourself with a stiff neck as head-banging is an essential accompaniment to the high energy rock thrust into the room by CrashDollz. As subtle as a brick in the face, this is music which is hurled into the audience.

The well-set framework of bass and drums allows CrashDollz to set this off with slick guitar riffs and a mewling vocal which gives the rock rooted material a jolt from the ’80s to the ’10s with a lightness of touch that makes the music far more than a throwback. This is a band who I should not be reviewing as they offer everything that a major label could possibly want from an act, yet, such are the vagaries of the industry and I am delighted that they currently remain precisely the reason Indie Bands Blog started back in 2009 and I wish them all the best for the future.

Accosting attitude, visceral vocals, glittering guitar, drilling drums, booming bass, vixen visuals – what else does a band need I ponder?

I leave this review feeling completely invigorated and refreshed as CrashDollz make the 21st Century seem relevant once again; in one fell swoop of engaging enthusiasm and impressive musical competence.

Thank you CrashDollz for doing what you do and long may you continue to do it, ever more loudly.

For now I am off to keep on wrecking my neck and exacerbate my tinnitus. Those of you who have been around for more than five minutes with my thoughts on the world will understand precisely why I had to select this tune by CrashDollz as something to consider….

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Trevor And The Joneses

Trevor And The Joneses is a rock band from Las Vegas in the USA comprising Trevor Jones (Vocal / Guitar), Chris Montijo (Drums), Dale Gilbert (Bass) and Joe Lawless (Guitar).

Trevor And The Joneses - rock from the USA

Trevor And The Joneses

Hammering tongs announce the arrival of Trevor And The Joneses. High energy soft drinks seem more like sleeping draughts on taking a listen to the quartet who deliver their sharply defined music, which, even on down-tempo kick the shins with the deep registers of bass and percussion forming the precursor to their sound.

Blending in a variety of influences there is a slightly psychedelic feel to the material, which seems somewhat at odds to the comments of infusions of energy that the band inject into the audience, but the echoing guitars in these instances form a focus for attention rather than a backdrop for hallucination as Trevor And The Joneses keep the moments driving forward, even in more acoustic led tracks which extend as far as 9 and a half minutes.

To my mind their abilities are best showcased when they turn up the pace and stack the notes more densely as it is here that they sound the most coherent and impressive.

With a couple of years behind them and one LP – the ten track There Was Lightening – which came out just over a year ago, I look forward to Trevor And The Joneses releasing some new sounds during 2014.

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Adrian

Adrian, a rock band from Austin in the USA is centred around Adrian Conner (Guitar / Vocals).

Adrian - rock from the USA

Adrian

Formerly known as Adrian And The Sickness, but recently abbreviated to Adrian the essential sounds remain as ever. A rock rooted vocal extravaganza. There is a considerable amount to be gleaned from the out-put, which has vocal delivery from the fresh rose bud to grungy leather clad, supported by sympathetic instrumental.


The pile-driving tracks shatter through the room with raking precision before furrowing into the brain, whilst the vocal peers from above like a golden eagle, spotting prey. Whilst structured the music is far from formulaic with metal references been drawn from as far and wide as Australia, the UK and the USA all funnelled into a sound which rests on the vocal, which, without fail, exceeds its requirement.

A new LP – the ten track Be Your Own Saviour is set for release on the 30th January, which is a fascinating journey though acoustic rock, no vocal interludes and focussed heavy metal.

The only sadness with the release is the band name change mid-way through the process of the release, with it coming out under the banner of Adrian, though the press material and LP cover is all under the old band name Adrian And The Sickeness. That is just a bad marketing decision and doesn’t deflect from the satisfaction of the album but will hit ongoing sales. Musically that is undeserved, though inevitable as it is a promotion disaster. I have commented on many occasions previously that bands should never do this and undoubtedly I will be commenting frequently in the future on this self same issue.

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