Blind Beggar – Big Black Hole – Single Review

The Welsh psychedelic-fuzz quartet Blind Beggar were introduced earlier in the year.

Blind Beggar - Big Black Hole

Blind Beggar

The latest track to surface – Big Black Hole is a quicker number than music previously featured, though don’t take this out on a training run as a metronome for the pace, as that needs to be placed in context.

Blind Beggar have the knack of delivering a guitar that sounds as though it is being played in slow-motion, to the extent it appears they have been able to slow down the speed of sound as the fuzzy bending chords drift through the room while the percussion and bass pulse in double time giving the composition both a noticeable bounce and a hypnotic calmness with vocal seemingly appearing from another dimension entirely with its extended enunciation.

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Them Rumblin’ Bones – Eponymous – LP Review

The Australian rock trio Them Rumblin’ Bones released their ten track début eponymous LP on the 13th.

Them Rumblin' Bones

Them Rumblin’ Bones

The opening track Cravings sets the mood for the album with a heavy dose of hard-hitting rock that rattles from the speakers in a power-packed just over three and a half minutes of screaming rock.

Next is Troublin’ Times, which buffers the punches marginally in a rumbling current of guitars and percussion highlighted by a classic heavy-metal vocal in a number that varies pace and texture.

My pick of the release is the third – American Songwriter, which is an altogether different frame of mind which has an extemporised flow of instrumentation and precisely snapped drums, giving it an organic flow that forms into intriguing, almost tactile shapes as it evolves.

Taste It takes the mind straight back to ’70s rock in a roomy upbeat tempo.

Bye Bye It’s Over – gladly doesn’t mark the end of the album, merely the end of the first half and discovers Them Rumblin’ Bones in full flow of rocking rock ‘n’ roll. Well worth putting on immediate repeat.

Dragon’s Tounge is as an intricate interweaving of brooding measured rock in approaching five and five sixths minutes of sub-woofer twitching bass-line.

The longest track on the album at beyond six minutes is California Sun, but none of the three hundred and seventy nine seconds are extraneous as Them Rumblin’ Bones deliver a jogging boogie-blues that has the audience bouncing along with the skipping drum-kit and bass. Worth the price of the LP on its own.

Woke This Man once again allows guitar to take centre stage in a whammy bar blousy funkadelic blues number.

If you are a particular fan of blues rock – Racing Red Lights is where you need to be heading, in what is the most emotive track on the LP.

Closing with Shadowbox A BillionaireThem Rumblin’ Bones, add another player giving the two six string guitars the spotlight as they snake around each other, not as lead and rhythm but as though one and once again allowing them to deliver a track that has the sense of being an organic being and the only regret is that it only last for a fraction over five minutes.

Experienced musicians, which is more than borne out in the manner by which they approached the album, as they selected to create the final thoughts in what can be considered ‘jammin sessions’, giving the just under fifty minute LP (available on bandcamp) the feeling that it is a living and breathing entity, enabling the listener to head back and discover something new each time.

I am already looking forward to the follow-up.

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UK Feds – National Treasure – Single Review

On the 21st of October the English ska-rock quartet UK Feds will be releasing the single National Treasure.

UK Feds

UK Feds

The landscape is different for those that know UK Feds who normally play with a more hopping ska beat to the undertow and less effrontery, though equal derision of the world surrounding their reality.

For those who are new to them, but know the site with more familiarity it will be of no surprise that National Treasure tickled my fancy. Turn the volume higher than you thought was possible, bass as deep as it will go, with treble extended to its highest reaches then kick the speakers to make sure before hitting play.

A scouring guitar fuzzes around the room like a Mentos in a fizzy cola whilst flailing vocals scrawl around the walls as judgemental bass booms out of the sub-woofer while threshing drums pull out lumps of plaster in a track that rages against a system of self-protection.

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Tim Woodbridge – Who You Are – Single Review

The English retro-rock creator Tim Woodbridge from England releases the single Who You Are on the 19th of October.

Tim Woodbridge - Who You Are - artwork

Tim Woodbridge – Who You Are – artwork

There is a warming connectivity between Who You Are and the listener as notes and vocals bow towards the ears akin to a sunflower tracking the warming star. It is easy for the audience to envisage they are in a time-capsule heading towards the era of flower power as the track drifts though the ears.

Whilst there is much to enjoy, in the just under three and three quarter composition, of particular reference are the analogue synth and extending bending of notes towards the end of phrases that particularly captivate. Despite the retrospective nature of the techniques Tim Woodbridge does not leave a taste that this has been a pastiche of what has come before, rather an update on ‘that was then’, with ‘this is now’.


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The Echo Session – Wait And See – Single Review

The Scottish indie-gaze outfit The Echo Session release the single Wait And See on the 25th of November.

The Echo Session - Wait And See

The Echo Session

Within the past few hours – in advance of the release – Wait And See (available on bandcamp) was made available.

Akin to its predecessor single But I’m ScaredWait And See doffs more than a nod towards ’60s brit-rock as the just under three and a third minute track meanders through the room in gently rolling waves of guitar and subtle keys with accompanying sympathetic percussion and bass giving the lilting sense of movement which is all connected by the vocal.

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