The Actions – Let’s Talk – Single Review

The Actions is a dark rock duo from England.

The Actions

The Actions

I found this morning an email laying in my email inbox from 2015 – sadly it is not alone – however until I have read an email it is never deleted and there is always the assurance I will get back to introductions as soon as I am able, though quite evidently not always as quickly as I would wish – so if you are in  band, have sent me an introduction but haven’t had a response, it doesn’t mean I can’t be bothered, it merely means I haven’t got to it yet. As I have also mentioned – from time to time my delay works out as reasonable timing and this being a case in point…

…Released on the 14th was the single Let’s Talk. A gloomy composition that fills the room with dark clouds as the speaker breaking bass thumps through the ears with the echoing guitar weaving silken threads as the slowly punching drums provide a menacing backdrop through which the distorted vocal menaces the audience.

Let’s Talk is available through I Give You Give with all proceeds being donated to Médicins Sans Frontiéres, Save The Children and Greenpeace Environmental Trust.


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Black Furr – Fickle – Audio

Black Furr is an England based dark-rock duo.

Black Furr - Photograph by Jonathan Dadds at Paper Champion

Black Furr – Photograph by Jonathan Dadds at Paper Champion

Recently released was the four track EP Waves.

Take the speakers out in to the garden and allow the music to harvest the grass as the scowling guitar and percussion scythe the lawn. Deep puddles of sound bleed the eardrums as the duo deliver a soundtrack which tests the resilience of anything, be it organic or inorganic, within echolocation range – meaning that necessarily it is immediately on to my essential music playlist.

Those of sharper eyesight may well recognise the drummer of The Moon Apes looks familiar with this accompanying image of the guitar player – you would be right – Daniela Trojmar and Elias Elgerud have swapped instruments.

By way of an introduction the second track – Fickle.

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The Deadmen – Crystal – Audio

The US dark-rock band The Deadmen released their eponymous LP yesterday.

The Deadmen - eponymous LP

The Deadmen – eponymous LP

A ten track, roughly thirty six minutes, album (available via Eight Gang Switch) of superlative compositions.

Reflective of the realities of the journey of life with its ups and downs The Deadmen deliver music that has a serious demeanour, which is also able to find lustre in every rise and fall as they provide tracks that contains an impressive songwriting and performance ability. The underlying sombre mood is created through the anchoring of a brooding bass / percussion combination as the guitars tread on emotive melodies whilst the multi-layered vocals soar through the room in captivating harmonies discovering the listener wiping away tears from the corner of the eyes.

Having written all the above of the dour countenance of the LP, there is perhaps some inevitability that my selection from the album would be the the sixth track – the idiosyncratic rocking Crystal – a narrative of drug addiction – that is unlike anything else on the album.

I do advise grabbing hold of the LP and allow yourself plenty of time,  in a quiet darkened room, to fully enjoy the album with sharp objects and ropes safely out of reach as the full magnitude of the release seeps in to the marrow-bone.


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The Bowdashes – In Control – Audio

The Danish dark-rock outfit The Bowdashes are currently putting finishing touches to their début EP.

The Bowdashes

The Bowdashes

There is a deep bass, with strings slung so loosely the listener can practically touch them, so necessarily The Bowdashes are immediately on my essential music playlist. The gloomy atmosphere has an inherent beauty in which the audience wants to sell their soul at any-price as the growling just over three minutes of In Control rumbles through the speakers. A deft minor chord change part way through the song adds an unexpected allure and you just know these are a talented duo of musicians.

Already establishing a regular live performance schedule the EP will, with fortune, afford The Bowdashes wider audience and an outfit I look forward to hearing much more of in short order.

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Sofi Lofi – Restless Sun Breaks The Day – Audio

The Norway based dark-rock project Sofi Lofi released the LP Nuits de Gala earlier in the month.

Sofi Lofi - Mette Sofie

Sofi Lofi – Mette Sofie

My apologies to everyone for getting to this late as this has been with me for a few weeks now.

Sofi Lofi more normally perform as a full line up – Nuits de Gala (available on bandcamp) is a solo release by Mette Sofie.

An intense brooding presence that extends for almost thirty five minutes of unrelenting menace through the ten songs, however, the listener is unwilling to take a break from the pressurising waves of ambient darkness. The album is given greater stature by the minimal post-production that allows the tracks to highlight their raw organic oppressive presence. My selection of the album is the fifth song – Restless Sun Breaks The Day.

Word also arrives that the full band are currently breaking some ground towards another LP, I will keep you updated as I am able.

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