Deadcuts

Deadcuts from London in England is the alt-rock quartet of Mark Keds (Vocals / Guitar), Jerome Alexandre  (Vocals / Guitar), Trevor Sharpe (Drums) and Mark McCarthy (Bass).

Deadcuts - alt-rock from England

Deadcuts

What better way to start a Sunday (as I write) than listening to music emerging from a crypt. Deadcuts combine fuzz and gloom to create sounds which coat the room in a blanket you just don’t want to leave. Well written material rebounds with echoing guitars which lean across each other, giving the sounds a sense of being touchable, whilst bass and percussion loom behind, giving the tracks their oppressive atmosphere. Vocals are delivered as-though from another dimension.


These are experienced and talented musicians who are able to portray, sonically, impressively encapsulating imagery and deliver music that is best taken in large doses. Reference points from standard bearers of the darker side of rock of decades gone by are clearly identified, but Deadcuts do not fall in to the trap of trying to recreate the past, rather bring a 21st century dimension to the compositions.

A couple of years behind them the quartet are developing a strong local following and establishing a profile, it would be deserved if 2014 found Deadcuts making larger strides and I look forward to hearing more.

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StoneThief

StoneThief an alt-rock band from London in England is Lee Fletcher (Vocals / Guitar), Antonio Ramirez (Lead Guitar), Antonio Manuel (Bass) and Paul Douglas (Drums).

StoneThief - alt-rock from England

StoneThief

Utilising the two guitars StoneThief is able to take a progressive rock concept and add some entertaining new wave chords which they define in a more tempered melodious format to deliver a sound which is refreshingly contemporary. The delivery is smartly attired, but there are frayed edges to the jackets, which gives the material something with which the audience can get to grips.

The vocal, on initial play, seems somewhat out of context, but let the music flow and it merges into the landscape adding a defining storytelling, whilst guitars float through the tracks. Bass and percussion hold the compositions in a solid frame allowing the whole sound of StoneThief to permit the strings to paint the images.

A year and a half or so behind them the quartet were able to put out a ten track eponymous LP in the latter part of 2013 in addition to an EP – That Look which has afforded them the opportunity to define their out-put. After working hard building a profile in the local circuit it appears that a few more doors are already opening for StoneThief in 2014 and I wish them all the best.

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Dynoride

Dynoride from Cambridge in the USA is the alt-rock trio of Burnell Eckardt (guitar / vocals), John Taylor (bass) and Jacob Laird (drums).

Dynoride - alt-rock from the USA

Dynoride

Most definitely a band to see and hear live where Dynoride excel and with good fortune in addition to studio releases they also have some live LPs to enjoy. Half spoken vocals are delivered in a maelstrom of guitar and persuasive percussion. Even listening to the music from afar I just need to jam my head into the speakers, little surprise I suffer from tinnitus.

Don’t anticipate a clean well shaven sound to rattle round the ears as the slightly distorted over-loud material weaves its way around the room. It is the infectious reality of it all that makes Dynoride such an entertaining proposition. I am writing this review in 2013 for publication in 2014 and already I find myself thinking ‘editors band of the year 2014’?

Intriguingly from being a regular live act they have announced that there are no shows planned until March – I wonder if there is a Studio release coming up? I must ask, but as it has already taken me since 2012 to get to their introduction I will ask post review.

I particularly raise my hat for their respect for fellow musicians – acknowledging the previous band and introducing the follow on act before they have played a note – as evidenced in the video following.

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Live at the Shop – Dynoride is available on iTunes*.

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Amy Gore and Her Valentines

Amy Gore and Her Valentines is Amy Gore (Vocals /Guitar), Leann Banks (Bass / Vocals), Joe Leone (Drums) and Franklin Hambone, Jr. (Lead Guitar) an alt-rock band from Detroit in the USA.

Amy Gore and Her Valentines - alt-rock from the USA

Amy Gore and Her Valentines

Taking the sounds of Americana rock and scuffing up the edges with influences of new-wave Amy Gore and Her Valentines make the music both more entertaining and more broadly interesting. By all accounts very much a band to see live, from over here in England the recorded music works just fine too.

Bass and percussion harry along big loopy guitars, like a terrier nipping at the heels, added to which distortion gives the material a far more earthy and gritty feel. Whilst Amy Gore and Her Valentines can also play rock ballads, the addition of a Hammond organ gives these moments a retro smile, avoiding them becoming slushy moments.

Not attempting to spread any big message, the band delivers sounds which leave the listener wrapped in ‘feel-good’ and given the current state of much of the world that is no bad thing.

Amy Gore and Her Valentines interact well and the audience is infused with the enthusiastic sense of fun.

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The Poulsons

The Poulsons from Leeds in England is the alt-rock quintet of Jayz, Clint, Gizmo, Dylus and Fredrick.

The Poulsons - alt-rock from England

The Poulsons

On hitting play I am somewhat reminded of that smear left on a page after erasing pencil as the blurred sounds weft their way around the room. Combining a range on influences The Poulsons have something of a resonance of Hawkind for the ’10s. Able musicians submerge their playing, which is a hive of activity, into the mixing desk and emerge with an agglomeration of sounds which entice the listener to become ever more involved.

Regardless of which way you turn any the knobs on your amplifier the vocal will ever remain subsumed in the out-put whilst surrounding it are instruments that twist and turn their way into engaging shapes of social commentary and stark isolation. The tracks are addictive and you just never want them to end though they do, with startling suddenness, sometimes in mid-chord.

Just over a year into their existence The Poulsons have released a debut eleven track LP Fire ‘n’ Fear, which is a worthy addition to the collection.

I look forward to hearing more of the band, who have developed an iconic and immediately distinctive sound.

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