The Sun And The Sea

The Sun And The Sea the ambient rock band from Springfield in The USA centres around Tim MooreMax Sauer and Chris Rhein with additional players as makes sense.

The Sun And The Sea - ambient rock from The USA

The Sun And The Sea – photo by David Mullis

Formed from the embers of The Graduate in 2011 The Sun And The Sea deliver sounds which envelope the room in gazey echoes. An easy flow of music meanders around the brain combining instruments and electronics in shifting harmonies which settle, like fine down, on the ears of the listener.

The Sun And The Sea travel a precarious path betwixt vacuous wallpaper and interest, always managing to stay on the right side of the lines. Don’t expect to be challenged, as that is not the purpose of the music, rather, like a self-levelling suspension it is designed – and delivers – a calming space in which to settle. Drawing on influences from astrological science the trio are able to transfer written word and radio-spectrum telescopy to an aural representation, of the likes of pulsar winds, leaving the audience in a state of wonderment.

Given the potential for extravagant interpretations of astrophysics, The Sun And The Sea retain a tight reign on the material livings the listener satisfied, not perplexed.

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The Bloodtypes

From Portland in the USA emanate – Schneck Tourniquet (Vocals / Keys), I.V. Frehley (Guitar / Vocals), Jesse B Negative (Bass / vocals) and Matt O Dermic (Drums) a new wave outfit that goes under the moniker of The Bloodtypes.

The Bloodtypes - new wave from the USA

The Bloodtypes


I am reminded of The Nuns and how could I not suggest The Bloodtypes? Turn up the volume and be prepared to ruin your furniture as you chase the notes around the room, careless of it all. The Tourniquet around the arm will ensure that the intravenous epidermic needle regardless of whether you are B- blood type will be infused with skittishness as the quartet deliver simple constructs which sear into the brain.

 

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Hobosexual

Hobosexual a rock band from Seattle in the USA is the duo of Ben Harwood (Guitars / Vocals) and Jeff Silva (Drums).

Hobosexual - timeless rock from the USA

Hobosexual

Grimy bluesy rock ‘n’ roll rumbles around the room in scruffy denim as the sounds of Hobosexual pour out of the speakers. Rock of All Ages is perhaps a quote to use out of context when getting to the essence of the band who have a timeless quality. Despite my only having had the opportunity to hear recorded material it is evident these are musicians having fun with what they do and the fanatical response they gain when playing live is not a surprise at all.

Whilst being enjoyed by the creators, this is not frivolous material as the duo deliver well considered and paced tracks which infect listeners with a nodding head. Musical experience extending well beyond the coming up to four years of existence as Hobosexual is evident in the confidence and easy delivery that the duo have in playing around with a tried and tested formula, retaining its core essence, whilst dripping in flecks of gold.

As you well know, this is a genre to which I tend to be ambivalent, in this instance Hobosexual produce music that fills me with enthusiasm. When done well, the gritty realism of rock, is difficult to surpass.

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Marque Dos

Marque Dos from New York in the USA is the synth-pop quartet of Andrea Scanniello (Vocals / Keys), Kelly McCarthy (Vocals / Keys), Chris Nova (Vocals / Bass) and Ralph Nicastro (Guitar / Keys).

Marque Dos - synth-pop from the USA

Marque Dos


Very recently formed by half the member of Boxed Wine, who remain intact and on course, with two additional players Marque Dos bring back recollections of early pioneers of the genre, but without the gloominess.

Although there is only the one track so far City At Night, if is a signpost to the direction of travel, then I would anticipate if you are a Mediterranean Clubber, you will become very familiar with their sounds this coming summer.

For a change including the term ‘pop’ in a description isn’t a denigration but a vote of confidence.

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Little Sluggers

Little Sluggers is Jason D. Borntreger (Guitar / Vocals) and Jake Faber (Drums / Vocals) a garage rock duo from Tallahassee in the USA.

Little Sluggers - Garage Rock from the USA

Little Sluggers

Despite, or maybe because of, not taking themselves too seriously hurtling across the room comes some easy to navigate music that hits the spot track after track. Little Sluggers have been around for about eighteen months now and haven’t sought to change their lo-fi production in the two EPs so far released and I hope it remains that way.


The duo are able to deliver music which whilst sparse in construct more than makes up for it in heartfelt enthusiasm as they grab hold of the listeners and feed them with catchy hooks inside traditional lyrics. There are myriads of bands around the world who play with a variation on this theme and it is always a pleasure to find a local act which but for the breaks of life would establish a wider audience.

I wish Little Sluggers every success with their time in the music business and with fortune, they will find a far broader audience than so far achieved. They stand as a great example to similar bands who get a real kick out creating music, as despite it all, they continue to play regularly as a live act and making their songs available on recording.

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