Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son a rock band from East Brunswick in the USA is Bobby Mahoney (Lead guitar / Vocals), Jon Alba (Rhythm Guitar), Dan Cohen (Rhythm Guitar), Joe Larkin (Bass) and James McIntosh (Drums).

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son - rock from the USA

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son


Utilising the trio of guitars to disperse melodies rather than volume Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son is able to create music that is generous on the ears without meandering into irrelevant channels as the bass and percussion maintain an urgency which keeps the tracks progressing and a well pitched vocal rounds the out-put.

Reminding of classic rock Bob Mahoney And The Seventh Son have wisely not attempted to re-invent the wheel though have updated the sound adding a lighter touch.

Maintaining a regular live presence and recorded out-put the quintet is worth getting to hear when you are after the lighter side of rock to the accompaniment of a summer tinge.

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Friends in Low Places – Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son is available on iTunes.*

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Patrimony

Trevor Martell (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Wyatt Phillipi (Bass / Vocals / Keys) and Jason Allenby (Drums / Xylo / Vocals) from Portland, Oregon, in the USA combine to form the rock band Patrimony.

Patrimony - photo by Jb Nelson

Patrimony – photo by Jb Nelson

Prowling out of the speakers come powerful deeply resonating guitars as Patrimony cast a scathing pall across the room. Taking a travel through their catalogue of material finds the audience transported across influences of British Rock, eight bar blues, psychedelia and heavy metal, which they wrap up inside a common thread of urgency that keeps the ears and feet active.


The trio play well together affording each element the opportunity to shine without becoming over-powering and it is their cohesiveness that gives Patrimony an instant recognizability. Whilst taking influence from expansive genres the music is compacted into clear themes, be they tracks running at less than three minutes to over seven, the brain doesn’t feel as though they are wallowing in largesse as the ever present sneer gives the material an impressive rawness that can’t but retain attention.

With a regular live performance schedule and plenty of recorded material along with more than capable musicianship and creativity Patrimony should and deserve to be more widely known, but such are the vagaries of the music business.

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You’re Telling Me Lies – Single – Patrimony is available on iTunes.*

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Rakunk

Rakunk an indie-rock quartet from Chicago in the USA is Thomas Benko (Drums), Taylor Briggs (Bass), Jonathan McIntire (Vocals / Guitar) and Tames McTigue (Guitar).

Rakunk - Indie-rock from the USA

Rakunk

Just goes to show how much the fronts flail around Chicago as Rakunk is a back to back review of bands from The Windy City. Not that I am complaining and hopefully you won’t be either. The quartet offer a completely different vortex of sounds as they deliver a knife slicing across the room that locks sharply to the plaster.


A tempestuous reflective of swarming guitars that remind of red-ants on the move usher the compositions around the ears, whilst percussion stands guard to pick up stray embers as the bass spearheads the sounds. A vocal triumphantly strides across the torn landscape as Rakunk sheers the ears.

The confident delivery allows the listener to become transfixed by the shifting soundscape of discovery that the quartet offer with tracks that blend progressive rock with fidget to provide the ears with music that transcends geo-political boundaries. A tumultuous beginning saw Rakunk with a line-up change in the middle of last year, that they have been able to absorb with maturity of bands far older.

Having had the opportunity to hear the début eponymously named four track EP set for release on the 27th – I would certainly recommend you grab hold of it when it surfaces.

I look  forward to writing more about Rakunk over the coming years as, if they are able to maintain momentum – they are a quartet to get to know now before you and I baulk at the ticket prices.

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Rakunk (EP) – EP – Rakunk is available on iTunes.*

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Bleach Party

Bleach Party from Chicago in the USA is the garage rock quartet of Meghan MacDuff (Vocals / Guitar),  Bart Pappas (Guitar), Richard Giraldi (Bass) and Kaylee Preston (Drums).

Bleach Party - photo by 9 Muses Photo

Bleach Party – photo by 9 Muses Photo

It is perhaps apposite that Bleach Party from The Windy City fuse garage and surf rock into a tsunami of sound that envelops the room in swirling guitars that snuffle around the room exploring the darker crevasses. There is a relentless wave of sound that sweeps up all before it in a maelstrom of fuzz in which the listener becomes a tangible element.


I rarely recommend turning down the bass, as you know, in this instance pare it back and you will be in a space full of sounds you just want to play over and over again with various adjustments. There are few bands on the circuit able to deliver music which works equally well with full treble as full bass and no matter where you set the equalisers you will find Bleach Party fill the ears with joy – all you need to do is turn up the volume and let the quartet take care of the rest.

It was a fan of the band who made contact – and my thanks to Selina for doing that – I look forward to hearing more. If you would like to see a band featured just drop a note to tim @ emergingindiebands.com.

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Slack

Slack is the indie-funk quintet of – Robert Guinvarch, Tyler Dawn, Nigel Hardy, Patrick Murphy and Austin Perkins from Monterey, California in the USA.

Slack - Indie-funk from the USA

Slack

There is a beautiful contextual conflict that lays with Slack as the music has the listener swaying in tandem with another whilst a thorny lyric rails against the gentleness of the flows of sound and it this stark contrast that gives the quintet an out-put you just feel the need to explore further.


Slack is exactly the sort of band the concept of what was then indie bands blog was set up to showcase last decade. I am often sent missives to consider what is referred to as ‘street music’ which is normally a rehash of a suburban white-picket fence masquerading as childish hip-hop written by ‘wannabe gangsters’ who sound more like their MTV subscription is probably due. This is a quintet who bring the ‘Street’ back to the tarmacadam, not the thick pile fitted carpets.

With a steady stream of releases and live performance Slack is a band I would heartily recommend getting hold of their catalogue (which you can find on bandcamp) and if you are their way get out to see as they bring bitter-sweet humour to compositions that are finely executed.

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