The US rock quartet Mobilities released the single Built From The Ground on the 15th.
Allow me to assist, when you hit play, no need to do as I did – check for a fault with the foundations of the building or contemplate – perhaps an earthquake? – as the speakers teeter and topple.
It really is the superb crunching drum roll, courtesy of Derick Thomas who can be found working with as little as the sparsity of a couple of toms, one hanging the other floor, a snare, a bass-drum and a ride and a hi-hat, that is causing all the damage – and that is even before everything in the band gets in to full flow.
A well balanced bass adds the to the sense of the room falling down around the ears, whilst meticulous guitar is able to give Built From The Ground (available on bandcamp) an unexpected spaciousness to the liquefying mass while vocal adds yet another dimension as it appears to surface at a completely different pace giving the single an all engrossing multitudinous layered texturing that will have the listener reaching for the replay button immediately.
Word also arrives that an LP – Time Hasn’t Swallowed Us Yet – is due for release on the 23rd of February 2018 – I find myself already wishing away January.
The new release (available on bandcamp) finds Absent Minded Professors in a different frame of mind than music of theirs featured previously with a searing heat burning out of the speakers as the high-impact rock fires through the room. That isn’t to say the layering of earlier material has disappeared as in addition to delivering punch they are also able to vary the dynamics within tracks to create a sound which has a slightly psychedelic flow.
The title track and first of the five on the EP – Flushed – serves as a good introduction to the ensuing texturing within the complete release.
The Brothers Caged is a classic-rock band from the USA.
The Brothers Caged
Found in the studio as a duo and in live performance as a quartet (plus one) – those who know the band will fully understand their inside humour of the + one of Adam Douglas.
Taking the listener back to the early ’60s prior to the development of heavy synth-driven rock which resulted in much fracturing of the genre rock The Brothers Caged deliver music steeped in multifarious layering of guitar which circles the room in rich melodies met with punching bass / drum work with vocal folding in the open spaces affording the music an expansive ebb and flow in which the synapses tempo, giving the music a trippy-feel.
The latest song to surface is OBJECTURE! – which is possibly the third reveal from what appears to be a slowly developing album with the working title – Closer As Time Goes By.
The more perspicacious longer stayed readers will have noticed that each of the previous two articles and this one are marginally out of normal cut-off point and I apologise for my poor administration once again becoming an unnecessary and undesirable fulcrum.
The US indie-rock band Twin Peaks released their latest single of the series Sweet ’17 Singles on the 6th.
Twin Peaks – photo by Carolina Faruolo
With an ever greater touring schedule Twin Peaks realised they would be short on time to get in to the studio and record, so earlier in the year decided they would put out a two track single each month as a means to showcase new songs the last of which is In The Meadow / We Will Not Make It (Not Without You).
In The Meadow finds the band in a more trippy mood than much of their other material with a luscious palette of backwashed reverb and echo drifting through the room.
The US new-wave quartet The Pistol Mystics release the EP Ammunition on the 1st of January 2018.
The Pistol Mystics
A four track release (available on bandcamp) that launches in to the room akin to a trapped bear freeing itself with combinations of 60s’ rock infused bluesy guitars roaring through the speakers, while snarling percussion charges through the ears with a snarling bass delivering the power to the compositions, with a deftly controlled vocal delivering the invective.
The Pistol Mystics have, in their début EP, been able to deliver songs of compressed rage, which are kept on a tight leash and the listener minds themselves of early Eddie And The Hotrods and I look forward to hearing more by the quartet.