On the 3rd The Brothers Comatose US bluegrass quintet released the single Get Me Home.
An excursion, from time to time, in to flights of fancy, is always a refreshing blast I find – and with Get Me Home (available on bandcamp) the only thing the listener it asked to do, is to join in with the foot-stomping melody.
Perhaps best heard in a run-down saloon bar with sawdust and creaking floorboards underfoot – however – wherever you are – the ragtime blends of strings can’t but inveigle their way in to the system and discover the audience joining in with a faces wreathed in smiles.
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The US folk-rock band The Contenders released the LP Laughing With the Reckless on the 3rd.
Merging Americana, country and protest folk in to the saucepan The Contenders are able to create music which has a wistful, though ultimately optimistic visage, that is highlighted by vocal harmonies and intricate, low-key, instrumentation, giving the sense of a timeless durability.
The sixth of the nine tracks – Save A Place At The Table being my pick of the release.
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The Judex is a rock’n’roll band from the USA.
Firstly, apologies to everyone that I am late to this, just for a change, as it has been hanging around in my email system since earlier this week.
Kill White Lights (available on bandcamp) is one of those tracks you need to be in a position to cause as much chaos as possible within your own environs, unless of course you are watching them play live, when they will be able to offer a helping hand. Teeter the speakers to tipping point at the edge of which ever surface you have them resting, don’t move the surrounding furniture, do turn up the speakers to full volume – pop on a pair of red brothel creepers – then hit play. The ensuing debris of broken bits crashing around you will attest that you are getting best of a stormer of a song.
Beneath the pulverising rock’n’roll The Judex are equally adept at putting across their scathing regard for a world in which folks living in plastic tubes fixate on the irrelevant whilst blithely ignoring the dying on their own front doorstep.
Rip-roaring rock’n’roll and social awareness – what more does one need?
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The Lavender Scare is a keys-rock outfit from the USA.
The Lavender Scare
With only a couple of tracks that I been able to hear, initial impressions are of a band who are able to diffuse dense compositions through a mesh and ultimately end up with songs that are hazy in texturing, minding of peering through misted windows.
Wolves Of LA balances an angular-jazz feed with gazey guitar, keeping the listener attentive thought its just over five and three quarters duration without having any sense of the time having passed.
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The US blues-rock quintet Bennett Wales & The Relief released the LP Flood Without Water on the 25th of October.
Bennett Wales & The Relief
A ten track album (available on bandcamp) that offers the listener a wide range of songs as the disparate influences come to the fore.
The quintet are at home with pulsing rock roaring through the speakers, as they are with the rumble of delta-blues and equally funky-RnB resultingly the audience doesn’t feel jarred by the changes in texture, rather leaning forward and turning up the volume just a little bit more to delight in the mix of material.
The closing track is the uptempo rock’n’roll foot-stomper – Sugar Walls and my pick of the release.
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