The Grey Merchant – Convenience – Single Review

The Irish rock band The Grey Merchant release the single Convenience on the 31st.

The Grey Merchant

The Grey Merchant

For those who are fans of heavy-metal the chord structures and vocal technique in Convenience will immediately remind of one specific band, however, rather than sounding like a pale imitation of Motörhead, The Grey Merchant are able to carve out their own space as they relax the pace.

Convenience (available on bandcamp) is a margin of over a three minute track that is able to compress and expand the pressure waves giving the piece an undulating organic flow in which the listener immerses themselves in joyful thrashing of the neck and already looking forward to the next release.

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Bad Sea – Over My Head – Audio

Bad Sea is an Irish alt-folk duo.

Bad Sea

Bad Sea

Less than a handful of tracks are around, each with slightly different structure, what holds the ideas together is the absorbing vocal which spirals around the room in far reaching range of octaves that cement the listener on the spot. Bad Seas are not aiming to create music of complexity rather provide sympathetic backstage lighting to spotlight the absorbing voice.

The most recent track to surface being – Over My Head.

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President of What? – You Wouldn’t Believe How Hard It Was to Get That Up My Sleeve – Audio

The Irish lofi-angst duo President of What? released the LP The Owners Will Be Home Soon on the 4th.

President of What?

President of What?

A roughly thirty one minutes – dozen track album of pained extrusion which will either have you running for the hills or wrapped in enthralled silence – on the basis that I am asking you to spend time with them tells you that I do enjoy their out of tune, out of time, out of kilter compositions which meander across contemplatives of the minutiae of life in quizzical perspective.

President Of What? strip away any pretentious processes whilst laying bare inner turmoils in compositions which reminds of desperately striking damp Swan Vesta pink sulphur waxed Matches and convincing one-self – this one will sort it all out – only to discover that akin to the veneer of life, waxed matches really are not that effective in rainy conditions and will soon flicker to charred corners. If you have ever attempted to light a wet cigarette in the rain with a damp box of Swan Vesta you will understand the analogy, else will likely be scratching your head in confusion.

The ninth track on The Owners Will Be Home Soon (available on bandcamp) is You Wouldn’t Believe How Hard It Was to Get That Up My Sleeve.

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The Escape

The Escape from Naas in Ireland is the i-generation rock trio of Tadhg Flinter (Guitar / Vocals), Tom Byrne (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Kian Ringwood (Drums).

The Escape - i-generation rock from Ireland

The Escape

I know from time to time you ponder whether my tinnitus clouds my hearing and so you may ponder with The Escape, but as always – I hope we will agree to agree, this is music that adds to the weave of life.


Cleaved out of hewn flint there is no finesse or contemplative within The Escape and for this I can’t help but be drawn to comparisons with The Fall with scattered chords, off the scale vocals and a percussion that rattles in another room and because of those juxtapositions I just need to hear more. The very discordance of it all makes for an out-put that makes for a joyful space in which to reside as the tracks resonate of the here and now. Archaic symbolism veering against social diaspora and the resulting out-put has a burst of energy which like a squeeze of lemon in the eye gives pleasure for its very discomfort, self-confidence tinged with confusion.

Only three tracks are extant from three months ago and Kian only arrived three weeks ago, so it will be of intrigue to explore how things develop over the coming while. One of my favourite bands of the year thus far for marking exactly how the world lays and therefore speaking for a generation.

I welcome The Escape and thank them for being exactly of the moment and precisely why Indie Bands Blog started those five years ago, welcome to music of the i generation and as a reader – on this occasion – if you are on a mobile – you have it exactly right.

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Peaks

Peaks a techno duo from Dublin in Ireland is Rory Caraher and James Hyland.

Peaks - Techno from Eire

Peaks

There is something of an experimental air to Peaks as they play around with textures, tempos and extremes. As to be anticipated tracks can ever be extended and the pair do a fine job in distinguishing the lines of between enough and too much. Though, an extra few minutes to pieces would be perfectly plausible with their material that is best suited in the trance arena.


Each iteration of new material finds Peaks in a new mood, which gives the music an added appeal, as they are not seeking to recompose previous works as many do in this genre and it perhaps this adaptability of style and moment that affords the duo the room to step away from the anticipated. Whilst most of what is reviewed involves at least one string based instrument along the way, it is always a delight to be able to suggest something that lives inside loops and electronics as creative thought and value to the world of music, which Peaks achieve with ease.

A new double A side single – IJWU / Barrels is just a couple of days behind schedule as I write on the 9th, so it may well be live by today – which again changes the shape of Peaks.

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