EdTang & The Chops – Eponymous – EP Review

EdTang & The Chops from the USA release their eponymous five track EP on the 16th May.

EdTang & The Chops - EP artwork

EdTang & The Chops – EP artwork

Opening with When Death Should Find Us and immediately there is no doubt that is the same EdTang & The Chops I reviewed back in August of last year as immediately my feet feel the need to join in and my furrowed brow lifts to a smiling visage. Which given the subject of the song may seem to be an anomaly. A great opener and worth the cost of the release by itself.

Next up comes Willy Loman and in this piece the quintet take the sound right back to the roots of their influences with more than a hint of blues country rock that just demands the volume is flicked upwards. Intriguingly at 1:15, which is repeated at intervals through the song there is an electro-organ sounding interlude from a song I know well, but can’t place, but know it was something to do with electro-pop from England. A great eulogy to the Arthur MillerDeath Of A Salesman character.

Brothers In The Way Back takes a sway towards bluegrass and although the vocal I so much is enjoy, is always to the foreground through the EP, here it is given a showcase on which the mind can focus. Keep up the whisky and cigarettes I implore… My pick of the release.

A Lapsed Catholic is almost the reverse of the last piece with ears being pinned towards the instrumental, which is given space to explore the guitars in more detail.

To finish is Leaving Of Liverpool , a decent cover of the original.

A harder edge to the material that has preceded it, the EP marks a fine step in the development of EdTang & The Chops.

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Vivid Riot – Compilation 2 – LP Review

There are a select few promoters whose emails I look forward to receiving and Nick from Vivid Riot is one of those.

Vivid Riot - The Compilation 2

Vivid Riot – The Compilation 2

This is an atypical review for a couple of reasons – it is not released by a band and secondly it is a compilation, which should make it something I don’t review. However the roster on Vivid Riot is so strong, that of the fourteen tracks, there isn’t one band I don’t like.

I don’t intend to either list the bands or the tracks, or even choose a pick of the release, but this article does conclude with a stream of the full LP which came out on the 18th and can be downloaded on bandcamp for free, any donations will find the money heading to a homeless charity over here in the UK.

Ranging from the rakish to electronica, Compilation 2 has something for everyone who enjoys exploring vivacious unsigned bands and having it all in one space will make this an LP you will want to pull out time and again. Some of the bands have already been introduced, those who haven’t, do expect to see thoughts on most of them at some point in the future.

If you are an aspiring band with spirit and integrity, then I do recommend dropping Vivid Riot a note, as they will work as hard on promoting you as you work on your music.

Turn up the speakers and enjoy Compilation 2.

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Southern Brotherhood – The Basement Sessions – EP Review

The English band Southern Brotherhood have a new three track EP – The Basement Sessions –  set for release on the 15th May.

Southern Brotherhood - Basement Sessions- art work

Southern Brotherhood – Basement Sessions- art work

Opening with Baby Girl, which is a well defined blues rock track that Southern Brotherhood don’t bend far off the straight and narrow. A well constructed piece of music for devotees of the genre.

Next is Right Back Where We Started, which to my mind, finds the band in a more creative space, as although the roots of the sound is identifiable, they seem to have developed in maturity and confidence. Southern Brotherhood deliver a sound which combines Americana with English rock to create a track which allows the individuality of the players to flow more naturally as they are not trying to fit inside a proscribed formula. My pick of the release.

Concluding with the longest piece, which runs at just under seven and three-quarter minutes. Serenade, continues that improvisational streak and for me, this EP finds Southern Brotherhood marking out some of their own territory and as a result sound much more impressive for the change in the song-writing process.

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KynchinLay – Drink Me – EP Review

KynchinLay from England are on the brink of releasing their five track EP Drink Me.

KynchinLay - Drink Me

KynchinLay – Drink Me

It is always a pleasure to receive hard copies of releases and it is even more appreciated when it is one of only two hundred CDs available. You may recall in my review of KynchinLay back in August I bemoaned the lack of an EP and Drink Me more than makes up for the wait.

Opening with the discordant Leave Me Alone, the band set out the mood of the release, with its brooding presence, casting clouds around the room as the trio deliver a menacing opener which is filled with melodic textures giving the track the sense of an impeding tempest in a piece which extends to a second under four minutes.

The acoustic Live Free Or Die finds the band in a completely unexpected space as the social commentary of the lyric is given centre stage. This is a powerful and superbly executed piece of song writing. Dylan, Gospel, Folk and Hammond Organ combine in a piece of music you just need to replay immediately. I recommend getting hold of the CD and the Digital Download on it’s release in May for this track alone.

Next up comes Public Execution which takes the listener back to the darkness of the trio. KynchinLay have the ability to write songs which develop the mood of the lyrical content within the instrumentation and off-stage sounds, giving the audience both an immediate auditory enjoyment, whilst creating additional context to the pieces.

Dogfathers deploys the bass that as you well know is always my very reason for existence and for the fact of the depth of resonance, my pick of the release.

With sadness we come to the final track My Heart the off beat reggae / Klezmer influenced composition lifts away the gloomy clouds of Drink Me as Kynchilay deliver a gem of a release.

You have a few hours head-start to contact the band to place an order for the CD as the official launch of the CD is this evening in Liverpool at Threshold. My thoughts – if you are near to Liverpool, change your plans for this evening. If you can’t make it or want to ensure you have a copy of the CD drop them a message via their Facebook Page, as, at present the website is being finalised.

I hope the release of Drink Me gives Kynchinlay the step up the ladder they richly deserve as they are highly talented song writers and musicians with much to offer an International audience.

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Molly Beanland – Real Life – Single Review

Molly Beanland from England has a new single coming out on the 31st March.

Molly Beanland

Molly Beanland

Real Life is a precursor to a forthcoming EP – Night Dreams.

Relax, find a partner to lay back with and let the emulsion of Real Life drip oils on your moving bodies. The exotic vooice streams across the torso as the sounds weave betwixt intertwined bodies. The only sadness being this last for only 3:54 seconds.

One hopes for a night of exploration with the EP appearing later this year and I look forward to being able to provide you with a preview of the release.

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