Slack

Slack is the indie-funk quintet of – Robert Guinvarch, Tyler Dawn, Nigel Hardy, Patrick Murphy and Austin Perkins from Monterey, California in the USA.

Slack - Indie-funk from the USA

Slack

There is a beautiful contextual conflict that lays with Slack as the music has the listener swaying in tandem with another whilst a thorny lyric rails against the gentleness of the flows of sound and it this stark contrast that gives the quintet an out-put you just feel the need to explore further.


Slack is exactly the sort of band the concept of what was then indie bands blog was set up to showcase last decade. I am often sent missives to consider what is referred to as ‘street music’ which is normally a rehash of a suburban white-picket fence masquerading as childish hip-hop written by ‘wannabe gangsters’ who sound more like their MTV subscription is probably due. This is a quintet who bring the ‘Street’ back to the tarmacadam, not the thick pile fitted carpets.

With a steady stream of releases and live performance Slack is a band I would heartily recommend getting hold of their catalogue (which you can find on bandcamp) and if you are their way get out to see as they bring bitter-sweet humour to compositions that are finely executed.

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Image Society

Image Society is an indie band from New York in the USA comprising Jordan, Conrad, Sean and Brian.

Image Society - indie from the USA

Image Society

Tightly woven guitars wrap themselves around a percussion that storms its way around the room. Image Society deliver an out-put that has a fresh zing to it, easy to listen to but, not fallen over into the pit of radio friendly wallpaper music. The quartet use dampers to keep the notes brief and this enables them to give the sense of spaciousness inside the frenetic levels of activity that plays through each track, leaving the audience with plenty of time to follow the complete context of the pieces.


Somewhat jazz funk derived Image Society sharpen everything up, to deliver a sound that pushes forward with urgency, giving the music a surprising twist of intrigue.

A band that is well worth spending some time to explore as on greater familiarity the rich textures become more apparent and the whole perception develops to realise the Image Society is a quartet with considerable technical and compositional skill.

I wish Image Society continued success with their music.

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The Doom of Youth – EP – Image Society is available on iTunes.*

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Buzzmutt

Based in San Francisco, California, in the USA is the alt-rock quintet of Chase AnthonyJesse OlswangEric AlonzoScott Franklin and Jason Adams also known as Buzzmutt.

Buzzmutt - alt-rock from the USA

Buzzmutt

I thought my desk was breaking, then I realized it was in fact Buzzmutt with their grotesque-rock that sears into the mind with some considerable force. Refractive instrumentation and vocal fused with distorted electronics allow the quintet to discombobulate the audience as they deliver a sound that scrapes like a grater across the brain.


Buzzmutt have the ability to make the uncomfortable seem to be the right place to be and once you have threaded into the mindset it is a bit like PiL – absolutely as it needs to be and the longer you tarry the more there is to enjoy. Three years behind them; The quintet have a decent catalogue of material, each individual track breaking open a new can of worms to explore and rumour has it that there is a new LP scheduled for later this year.

To select any one track as representative of the sound is a bit like dipping in to a tombola and selecting a ticket – each has a similarity of concept, but each uniquely spaced. Given the number of individual songs they have in their repertoire (recorded material is available on bandcamp) these are undoubtedly immensely creative song-writers who almost certainly have far more to add to the world of music and I look forward to hearing the next thought process transferred to sound.

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Albert Bagman

Albert Bagman from Baltimore, Maryland in the USA is a solo melancholic rock project.

Albert Bagman - melancholic rock from the USA

Albert Bagman

Slowly drifting out of the speakers comes a puff of smoke that gradually permeates through the room as Albert Bagman surreptitiously brings together eight bar blues with grunge rock to pervade the soul.


As with all solo creators I can only marvel at the patience as each instrument is laid down one over the other allowing the audience an insight into the minds eye. The extrapolation of which leaves the head reeling from the declensions that arrive. What most drew me to the music of Albert Bagman is the way in which an idea that initially seeps out of the speakers is brought to life as the tracks develop, becoming ever more complex billows of oil-fuelled cloud.

About a year into the concept of Albert Bagman after time as part of a band it will be interesting to hear how the music develops, as early full instrumentation when being met with a request for live performance resulted in electronics appearing in the thought process.

I leave you with a machine backed number followed-by a full instrumental track. Some quandary Albert Bagman faces as both are of considerable interest.

As of yet, there is no website, or social media page – I can a link to bandcamp. I am led to believe a new label may surface called Hebegebee Records – keep your eyes out for more information on this as it evolves.

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David Bierman Overdrive

David Bierman Overdrive from Detroit, Michigan, in the USA is the alt-indie quartet of David Bierman (Vocals / Guitar), Jim Faulkner (Drums), David Feeny (Pedal Steel /Organ), Stephen Palmer (Guitar) and Kevin Perri (Bass).

David Bierman Overdrive - alt-indie from the USA

David Bierman Overdrive

Reminding of the effervescent and confident challenges of The Tom Robinson BandDavid Bierman Overdrive brings together a schema of experienced musicians and rather than sounding like a jaded last hand offer sparkling bright champagne bubbles to skitter around the room with your partner.


Setting consternation to a rock-a-billy footstep, I can just tell that only two bands into full review mode for the year after the New Year Ninety of yesterday that 2015 is set to be a blinder.

David Bierman Overdrive have a well deserved confidence that doesn’t veer into arrogance as they bring grass-blues and UK new-wave together in an engagement with the second decade of the 21st Century.

A  blend of flat chords gives David Bierman Overdrive the footing to make a point of difference as the slackly tied skins of the drums echo across the room as conversely a gnarly bass bends over itself such is the tautness as the keys play in muted sympathy giving a third dimension to the sounds, whilst the vocal establishes the theme with a vituperation that gives the material the connection with the audience.

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Standard Skies – David Bierman Overdrive is available on iTunes.*

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