Kobadelta from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England is the alt-indie quintet of Dom Noble (Vocals), Alex Malliris (Guitar), Chris Malliris (Drums), Jonathan Marley (Bass) and Jordan Robson (Synths).

Kobadelta - alt-indie from England


Like light from flickering wax enveloped candles Kobadelta partially illuminate the walls of a dank cellar with their brooding gothic inspired film-noire encapsulations of sound.

There is a warming rush that sweeps over the listener as Kobadelta extend their reach across the gloom, to tempt the audience to follow the purple sash into the unknown and following the enticing caress is to end in a warming underground cave of bliss as the quintet writhe their sounds around the brain.

Earlier iterations of their material hinted at the potential that lay within the band and their as yet unreleased four track EP –  Remain Distracted – which I  have had the fortune to be massaged by, extends the darkness with a satisfying embrace that out-reaches by far their previous release Hidden Door which came out earlier this year and of itself was and is an EP to unfold as the sun drops in the sky.

The new release, has a date set for the 26th September in their home town with support from the likes of Goy Boy McIlroy and should be a great night out – I just hope the stage lights are kept dimmed.

The only track I am able to share with you at this juncture is the second of the four – Repetition.

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Honey Bucket

Honey Bucket is the alt-rock trio of Matt (Guitar / Vocals), Jon (Drums) and Vince (Bass / Vocals) from Portland in the USA.

Honey Bucket - alt-rock from the USA

Honey Bucket

The sounds seep through the room like water through green tea leaves  – infusing the spaces with tinctures of colour. Honey Bucket produce material which appears benign, but has a distinctive and fulsome character. The trio create music which is endowed with understated munificence and spending time with them is time well spent.

The songs have semblances of garage rock, imbued with psychedelic surf and tempos switch between the lay back and ingest to the get up and dance frenetically, yet whichever the iteration there is a fuzziness that gives the resulting out-put an engrossing detail.

Not long out of formation – just over a year, Honey Bucket have already released two LPs and a three track single along with a heavy live performance schedule. Were the dice not loaded then they would already be a band you already knew, but the world doesn’t work like that, sadly.

I heartily recommend getting hold of the back catalogue (which is available on bandcamp) and keeping your ears pinned back for the inevitable next release.  It is thanks to bands like Honey Bucket that being a music reviewer becomes so rewarding, as does my email in-box.

I wish them all the best and even if the rest of the world doesn’t get on the band-wagon for some obscure reason they will certainly sit on my play-list.

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CANDY DARLING from Bristol in England is the alt-rock trio of Emily Breeze (Vocals / Guitar), Rob Norbury (Guitar) and Adam Coombs (Synth).

CANDY DARLING - photo by - Tom Medwell Photography

CANDY DARLING – photo credit – Tom Medwell Photography.

Newly out of the blocks and with only a couple of songs I have had the opportunity to hear, which now sit on constant loop – CANDY DARLING is a band to play whilst dripping candle-wax in a BDSM chamber.

The fetishistic sounds of CANDY DARLING commandingly stride across the room like a mistress in her Kiara Stilettos – whip in hand – and the audience can only submit with a sense of tingling anticipation.

The acerbic lyric pours scorn whilst the mesmeric instrumentation teases the audience with flicks of the wrist.

The début single MONEY – they do befittingly like their capitalisation –  is set for release on the 1st September.

The B side being TEMPLES.

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Casual Strangers

Katey Gunn (Vocals / Lapsteel / Triwave), Paul Waclawsky (Vocals / Guitar), Jaylinn Davidson (Synth / Bass) and Jake Mitchell (Drums / Samples) from Austin in the USA combine to form the alt-rock outfit Casual Strangers.

Casual Strangers - alt-rock from the USA

Casual Strangers

Drifting across the room are the smoky wisps that is Casual Strangers, with their sonic textures combining instrumentation and electronics to provide ever building layers of sound.

Casual Strangers manage to negotiate a difficult space as although there is hint of psychedelia, it doesn’t become trippy and whilst arty doesn’t become self-indulgent and the listener is left with complexities of sound that fascinate the brain and find themselves drawn in to discover more. The vocal adds a spectral dimension to the already spacey sounds.

References can be drawn from a slew of genres and rather than muddle it all into a mess Casual Strangers is able to emerge with music that has an elegant eroticism that will, with fortune, provide them with the leverage to grow a wider audience.

Just over a year old the quartet have recently released their début ten track eponymous LP – which provides just over half an hour of pleasure and well worth getting hold of and dimming the lights to enjoy.

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Megafauna – an alt-rock band from Austin in the USA is the line-up of Dani Neff (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Zack Humphrey (Drums), Bryan Wright (Bass).

Megafauna - artwork - Shelby Hohl

Megafauna – artwork – Shelby Hohl

A grungy exploration slithers out of the speakers as Megafauna reflect on spaces of isolation. There is an underlying malcontented consideration of the world that lies within the compositions, that results in a darkness flowing into the head. This gives the music a haunting beauty, which the trio deliver to the audience in foils of progressive rock, that never strays off the direction of travel.

The expressive tracks are both well written and delivered as Megafauna produce sounds which the mind finds itself becoming ever more intrigued by, the longer the period of exposure. The tracks are delivered at a pace which gives them a graciousness, into which the trio inject embellishments of musical tapestry that captivate the imagination, whilst the lyric wrests between conflicts of mechanisation and nature.

With releases dating back to 2010 Megafauna have used the time to invest their music with more evocative writing and there is a clear line of progression through to their latest release, the eleven track Maximalist.

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