Turning their attention to another aspect of life President Of What? take their tongue in cheek sharp scissors to the subject of marijuana which they lay to a backdrop of urban rap – giving the song an even greater sense of their cynicism of the perspective taken by many bureaucrats with the hyperbole and hysteria surrounding the smoking of weed.
The Irish angst-rock duo President of What? released the single Sad Awkward Little Virgin Boy on the 7th.
President of What?
With a more emo centred sound than music of theirs previously featured in Sad Awkward Little Virgin Boy (available on bandcamp) the track is self-reflective look-back at personal anxieties for a young teenager.
The US angst-rock creator Charlie Mess was introduced last year.
Charlie Mess – Double Space – artwork
With quite different paint brushes the newest LP to surface, which came out earlier this month and available on bandcamp, Double Space is a roughly thirty eight minutes nine track album that minds me of the works of Edvard Munch as the painful realities of life scream through the room akin to descriptors of eviscerating wounds to the mind.
For those who like their music of gentle waves, probably not only is the wrong site to be engaged, but also a release to swerve in wide arc. For those of us who like music of raw honesty – set aside the time and turn everything up to full volume and allow the distortion to wreak havoc with the senses.
My pick of the release being the second track – Rhyme.
I Wasted It has a garagey-grunge through which the singular vocals laments woes in life, in a song that reminds exactly why Quinn are always a pleasure to come back and hear with its always dampened demeanour.
Surfacing in Växjö, Sweden – Dante Enocson (Vocals / Guitar), Victor Galeano (Drums), Jonas Loman (Bass) and Pontus Oskarsson (Guitar) combine to form the angst-rock band Ikiryo.
With a sense of inner-turmoil the music tumbles out of the speakers in refrains of lamenting woe. To the palette of emo, Ikiryo, adds progressive-rock insularity and an outward facing shoegaze tint giving the material extended stretchers of anguish.
The vocal hauntingly yawps as if espying the Gates of Hades while the combinations of guitar fluctuate between invitational pirouettes and staunch barriers of entry as the bass highlights the oppressive morose sentiments of the music and under-pinning the weight of the structure lays a solid percussion which, from time to time, launches everything into the air and ably gathers the scattered elements back in to shape.
You may mistakenly get the sense from this article it is a criticism that Ikiryo are neither this nor that – it is however for their very ability to pull in ideas which they convert to their own slot in the music scene that makes them of considerable interest and a band I will be keeping an ear out for with future material.
A few years into existence Ikiryo haven’t rushed out releases, with their début LP – Asleep/Awake (available on bandcamp) only arriving last month, I only hope it doesn’t take another three years for the follow-up.