Super Hard Boys

Super Hard Boys from Köln in Germany is the alt-rock quartet of Nima DavariArkadius KilaThomas Pischke and Frank Heßeler.

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Super Hard Boys ply hammering bass into the ears, whilst a sharply driven percussion fixes the nails in position for axe wielded guitars to deploy their force, whilst an otherworldly vocal shimmers around the room. These are an uncompromising quartet I implore you to get to know better.

The solid wall of Super Hard Boys ploughs through the room in a menacing force majeure which sublimates all before it and you will find yourself checking that the foundations of the building are not liquefied as the unremitting pulsating sound that marks out the band continue to pour forth. This is with no doubt music to turn as loud as you are able to squeeze from your amps and your ears will start to throb with anxiety, whilst your brain pulses with the sounds.

To be found playing locally I would hope that their recent eponymous début fourteen track release of recordings from 2012 will find Super Hard Boys greater exposure.

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The Drip Effect

The Drip Effect from West Palm Beach in the USA is the alt-rock quartet of Oscar Ramirez (Rhythm Guitar / Vocals), Josh Hamilton (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Kyle Seiler (Bass) and Andrew Dery (Drums).

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The Drip Effect 

Like damp walls in a cellar The Drip Effect fill the room with an oppressive gloom which seeps slowly into the brain leaving a shiver down the spine. Utilising the bass and percussion to form the frame-work there is no getting away from the omnipresent underbelly, to which the guitars enhance the mood, with their spectral interplay and the vocal is delivered in suitably couched terms. How could I not enjoy it?

Deriving the source code from rock refrains The Drip Effect are able to cloak the material in atmosphere through the contrast between the progression of the percussion and the lengthy reverb and delay and high pitch deployed by the guitars, which casts the pall over the sound.  Inside all the darker vestiges there lies a bitter-sweet resonance and it is this ability to add burnt toffee to the out-put that marks The Drip Effect as a band I recommend you spend some time getting to know.

Until recently very much a live performance band who have spent the couple of years of their existence getting out to do what they most enjoy. For those of us further afield a début seven track LP Dinosaw came out the end of last month is a welcome introduction to The Drip Effect.

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Jingo

Jingo based in London, England, is the alt-rock quartet of Katie Buckett (Vocals / Keys), Jack Buckett (Guitar / Vocals), Joseph Reeves (Drums) and Chris Smith (Bass / synths).

Jingo - alt-rock from England

Jingo


Experienced musicians from previous bands Jingo is just over a year old and their previous time playing is immediately evident as the quartet have shaped quickly together. With a breadth of influences and geographic upbringing with in the band, their melodic compositions have an inclusive world music flavour, which is easy to ingest.

With the addition of the synthetics Jingo is able to infuse a warming cinnamon stick to the out-put that they don’t overplay and the material maintains a rock driven progression with the guitar interweaving betwixt the smoothing keys, whilst percussion and bass give a booming foundation to which the vocal, oft reflecting on human interaction with the natural order, is given a canvass on which to shine.

A début LP is in train which will raise the profile of Jingo and it would come as no surprise if they make a significant impact in the live circuit during the course of the summer.

A little to tidy for my everyday playlist, but certainly a band I will be adding to my evening summer party track selection.

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Humbug

Humbug is Ben Rotherham (Vocals / Guitar), Matt Dominey (Drums), Dale Holt (Bass) and Ferghal Swanwick (Keys) an alt-rock band from Southend-on-Sea in England.

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Humbug

I could provide a list of superlatives to introduce Humbug, but it wouldn’t help much to explain why this is a band you need to get your ears wrapped around. Despite shifts in members and instruments in their brief existence, instantly on play the listener can hear something of undefinable quality and resonance.

The richly emotional vocal is a starting point on which the focus can remain, but to do so would be to miss the scintillating bass with its rich reflectivity and to keep the mind on that would be to avoid the pulsating percussion which weaves in and out of tracks. So perhaps it is the guitar which gives the music the feeling of walking barefoot on softly layered peat, if not that it must be the harmonic echoes of the keys with the lustrous textures. In reality it is none of those – it is the whole – which is far more than any one individual element adds to the sum of Humbug.

Humbug is a delightful out-fit where the jigsaw puzzle of constituent parts fall into place on opening the box; With music that takes over the mind, soul and body. There is such little to hear, this is all that saddens me and I look forward to discovering more from the quartet with much to add to the world of music.

Given their shaky line-up origins, I hope they are able to settle on this set-up for some considerable time to come. Best for the future – Humbug.

Even if it all falls apart tomorrow, already, Humbug sit in the pantheon of the inspirational and like all iconic bands – the first pieces of music are the testament by which subsequent pieces can be judged not hidden away in the ‘we were learning’. If not given exposure now, expect this quartet with their few songs thus far will be identified, by those who follow in time to come, as ‘influenced by’.

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