The liquorice-rock quartet Secret Tongues from England recently surfaced with a new track.
I recall on my last review the quartet were bemused by my genre description and it is only perhaps when you have munched your way through a carton of Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts that it will make sense, as, until then the contextualisation of the bitter-sweet sounds of Secret Tongues is perhaps little more than an abstract description of the music.
The newest track – Glass Beach – (available on bandcamp) is their signature sound of a beguiling sense of softness swathed in sharp contrasts of tangy pithiness.
The English new-wave quartet White Ape released the three track single Drones Clones Ramones a few hours ago.
Opening with the title track the distinctive vocals of Tommy Mack strides purposefully in to the room surrounded by a strident phalanx of instrumentation that pulverises all before it and my pick of the release, signifying the malcontent which has emerged ever more forcefully each time White Ape have been returned to…
… since their introduction back in 2014with a song by similar title to their first feature though this time round – very different intent – as the good humour and rock-a-billy of A Run For Gringo has been replaced with forceful fusillade of bullets which ricochet around the room finding the listener ducking from the shrapnel in Another Run For Gringo.
The closer is I Get Excited When You Call My Name – a track in which White Ape encapsulate a world where to have a ‘social media’ recognition seems to be the pinnacle of success sought by so many in a snarky frustrated and very angry piece of music, which reminds me of the ability to articulate ideas in abstruse song titles, powerful musicianship and deftly delivered vocals à la The Stranglers – which White Ape is able to do without the use of keyboard.
It has been over four years since English indie-rock quartet The Indieannas last featured.
Half the band remain with Courtney Goddard and Chris Morton joining Ged Potts and Mark Whibberley – resultingly both time and different players discovers The Indieannas delivering a different emphasis to the output – though still retaining recognisable elements.
A slew of new material arose at the tail end of last month – tracks with a more rock driven emphasis than previous songs. Amongst the numbers to appear was Rising.
The English new-wave quintet IDLES are nearly ready to release the LP Brutalism.
IDLES – Stendhal Syndrome
The latest track to surface from the album is Stendhal Syndrome, which is an acidic parody of dismissal of art in a track that celebrates the diversity of creativity.
The message being, accept that what you may like, others may not and vice-versa – it doesn’t matter. It is for the very fact of the diversity that makes for freedom of expression, which shouldn’t be shut down based on arbitrary emotional disconnection.