After a break to deal with the realities of day to day life The Missing got back together just over a year ago and this month released the LP They Live which is available on bandcamp.
An eleven track album which was recorded with everyone in one room together and little post production aiming to capture the essence of the sentiment of the release which reflects of the problems that led to the extended break. Despite the personal nature of the soundtrack the listener doesn’t sense they are being drowned in self-pity, rather a narrative of which they can draw parallels to their own lives. Despite being rusty there is little doubt these are capable musicians as rather than sounding like a band who have cut their first recording in five years the LP feels as though this is a natural continuation of where they left off and the intervening years were just imagined.
The roughly forty two minutes LP is a showcase in driving rock as percussion and bass never relent their hold on the speakers, with guitar providing the distinctive nature of the individual tracks threading from crushing riffs to spacious chords with vocal ranging through roaring growls to quiet commentary.
Welcome back to The Missing who as the album title informs – They Live – and I look forward to coming back to them later in the year.
The Croatian alt-rock trio The Moose Rush release the LP Don’t Pick Your Noise later in the year.
Them Moose Rush
From the forthcoming album – Radio Violence – is a less angular sound than much of their material previously featured with a growling backbone that rails against the propagandised normalisation of oppression through mind-numbing mundanity.
The Australian new-wave quartet Mount Defiance release the EP Yankee Flat on the 4th of August.
From the EP – Teamwork is a delightful combination of guitar strings that are slapping against the floor, muzzy-fuzzy garage and a superbly pitched vocal that sounds so begrudging in accompaniment you can feel the disdain of a teenage tantrum snapping around the room – whilst simultaneously delivered as music to enjoy whilst revelling in its cleverly placed sarcastic humour.
It is this juxtaposition that makes me urge you to grab hold of the release as soon as you are able – and – if you happen to be in Melbourne (Australia) on the 28th of July – you can get it more quickly than the rest of us at the launch show at The Workers Club in Brunswick Street.
Mount Defiance is a band I look forward to coming back to later in the year.
It was back in 2014 that the English heavy-metal band SKAM were initially introduced.
SKAM – Fading Before The Sun – artwork
Their newest single Fading Before The Sun, which was released last week, does everything that have established themselves for doing well – driving classic rock that finds the listener headbanging alongside in delight.
A model that has served well over decades for many and SKAM demonstrate once again why this is a style of music that is, deservedly so, long lasting.