The Circus Villains is the british-blues quartet of Luke Taylor (Vocals / Guitar), Matthew Fisher (Vocals / Guitar), Daniel Skilbeck (Bass) and Bob Mackenzie (Drums) originally from Darlington in England, now spread in Manchester and Liverpool.
The Circus Villains
Having had the opportunity to listen to the back-catalogue I am able to attest the best way to approach their music is with bass speakers boosted a little, though not to the extent that treble disappears, to fully appreciate the luxurious effect of the four stringer which bulges the speakers with the two guitars weaving magical mysteries, sometimes acting as lead and rhythm other moments both flowing betwixt each other in harmonics in which the mind becomes transfixed as the shape changing percussion conducts the combinations while the duo of voices enable compositions to take completely different dynamics, one moment merseybeat tipped, the next indie-rock flecked.
Their most recent release- the single Tell Me – which has a heavier sound than previous material, can’t do anything other than secure them greater traction and a band I would anticipate will be securing greater visibility in the coming months with their knack of being able to turn classic rock, which has endured for decades, in to a fresh canvass and likely to draw in fans of the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s as much as those of the ’10s.
The English synth-wave quartet Bear Muda revealed their début Looking (Eyes Shut) – single a few days ago.
Electro-drum pad and creamy synth are merged with natural percussion, bass, guitar and vocals to deliver finding the listener drifting back in time to the early ’80s with the listener pondering what ever happened to that flamboyant, romance-period outfit last seen being packed in to a box to put in the attic; much like Dorian Grey, Bear Muda are able to hold back the years whilst living in the present in Looking (Eyes Shut).
Whilst retrospective of countenance Bear Muda are able to invest the music with a ‘nu’ to the foundations of new-romanticism and thereby providing a fresh set of linen.
The English indie quartet Sugarmen released the LP Live Freaks on the 10th.
Sugarmen – Central Line
A nine track release recorded live in Sheffield (England) – the mod tinctured second song – Central Line – zings through the room in soaring temperament which finds the listener, even if they were not at the gig, stamping around their own venue with arms raised aloft and feet hitting the ground with enough force to immediately rebound skywards.
Future Sound Cartel – photo credit – Jollyon Harrison
Their most recent single – We Don’t Like You – is a trippy blend of instrumentation and minds of Psychic TV (PTV3) with its solid foundations of rock structuring, bending in to warped shapes conducted by the imaginative winding vocal.