Originally formed in Malta and now based in Sheffield – England, Jeffrey Zerafa (Guitar / Vocals), Kriz Zahra (Bass / Vocals) and Chris Mallia (Drums) make up the indie rock band Cable35.
On hitting play the listener is shipped far from either Malta or England, surfing up on West Coast USA beaches as the LA inspired garage rock streams into the room. Sublime use of the lower registers of the bass rebound around the room before the fused guitar and hammer and tong drums hurry it all forwards. The combination of the two vocals provides some well formed echoes and definition to the voice which otherwise could easily become lost in the frenetic activity.
As creditable musicians Cable35 are able to do more than merely make a noise, as hidden within the hive of activity are some well structured melodies which gives the music a purpose and direction and the whole imagery is well controlled, enabling the audience to grab hold of something of substance.
The old site was going through a bit of a hiatus when I was first sent details of their seven track LP – Fungus – which saw a supporting tour across the UK and a stop over in Malta, during the summer. From a more recent email exchange, I believe the band is organising another UK tour during October and November along with some new videos. Whichever way you are able to connect with Cable35, they are a great example of a band who take the straightforward and add considerably by being strong players of their instruments and decent songwriters.
I was reminded of a comment I heard by Barrington of Whitemoor – Spend your money on guitar tuners and rehearsal time before investing in elaborate stage banners – Cable35 have invested their money wisely over the years and can comfortably now afford to start investing in Elaborate Stage Banners.
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The Inky Depths is Adrian Woodward (Vocals / Guitar), Leo Sutherland (Drums) and James Lewis (Bass) an Indie band from London in England.
The Inky Depths
Welcome to The Inky Depths, who have a decent sound hidden under the nutshell and so we find their new thirteen track LP set for release at the end of the month – Just A Phase.
Inside the creativity, there is a lack of self belief I feel, which in my opinion has held them back these past few years, as the music which harks back to ’60s rock has plenty to engage the listener.
I am delighted they took the time to reach out to me and it is a pleasure to proffer to you, the arbiters of music, a band who prefaced an email with ‘I’m writing to tell you about about by my band, The Inky Depths, which may be vaguely appropriate for you to feature.’ Now, much as I lambaste arrogance, deference bothers me too. I am merely a writer of reviews and these guys do all the hard work. My thanks, as always are extended to the creators of music, making the world a better place in which to live.
My thoughts – well worth a moment of your time – and please support them on their Facebook Page and I assure you the 13 track release, which I am unable to share at present is a delight of fanciful rock ‘n’ roll and heart felt soul.
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Letters To Fiesta is Daniel (Drums), Andy (Bass), Tom (Guitar) and Anna (Vocals / Synth) an ambient dance band from Manchester in England.
Letters To Fiesta
Tetchy is my middle name, as you well know and hats off to Kim from Super Cat PR who once again had to negotiate my red mist – but gladly we came to what I needed. As you will also be aware if you have been with the Indie Bands Blog stable for more than a couple of months I rarely have anything other than scant regard for PR firms and Super Cat PR is one of those very rare firms who try to meet both the band and the reviewers needs – so for a change I pass on a – do consider if you feel the need to use a PR firm – I digress – Letters To Fiesta…
An exploration of the subterranean comes to mind as the quartet lever open hidden oysters which echo around the helix and targus gathering intensity prior to swooping into the tympanic membrane where the mesmeric waves of sound coalesce before flowing through the cerebrum and in turn dissapating through the whole stystema nervosa and the audience is left wreathed in the glow that is Letters To Fiesta.
Influences from 18th century Chorale and electro ’80s resonate in delightful unison as the audience lays back in a never ending circle of exploration which can’t help but captivate the mind. Bach meets Human League by way of Iceland and the 21st Century meets Letters To Fiesta.
The readers on the UK, just knew I couldn’t leave the reference to the UKs Fiesta soft-porn magazine which has been around since 1966 with the ever present comment – the magazine for men which women love to read – and somehow the name of the band, makes some sense, though Letters To Fiesta is more ‘The band for the highbrow which the lowbrow love to listen to’ and I am happy to include myself in that latter category and not in anyway feel excluded.
A new six track release is set for release in late October – Aphorism – and having had the opportunity to take a listen, I recommend you get hold of it when it appears.
Here is the opening track – Tears Apart.
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Mi Mye is an alt indie band based in Wakefield England with the line-up of Jamie Lockhart (Vocals / fiddle / guitar / piano), Rob Slater (Drums) and Danual Chadwick (Bass).
Mi Mye – artwork for Sometimes Life’s Cool
Having originally formed as a concept by Jamie a decade ago in Skerray in Scotland there is still a rich seam of celtic folk to be found in the material. I am given to mind of Reader’s Wives with the the wry look on the world through the eyes of the songwriters. Sporadic releases over the past few years sees Mi Mye with a new eleven track LP Sometime’s Life’s Cool being released on the 4th November and having had the opportunity to hear the new release
I can say it find the band in great form with a more rock centric sound to the LP than previous releases, that isn’t to say there are not sidesteps into the more acoustic folk foundations. Sadly I am unable to stream any of the tracks at this point, but hope to be able to rectify that in due course.
With the alternative spectrum of instruments at their disposal the band is able to deliver inflections of sounds which greatly enhance the emotional twists and turns of the music as the listener is taken on the tumultuous turmoil of anxiety and isolation. The journey travelled is wrapped in sumptuous playing and though they do occasionally add a fourth member to the line-up, the audience can’t help but be impressed by the breadth of ability the musicians possess.
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Japanese Fighting Fish is Karlost, Gareth, Phil and Joe a London England based alt-rock band.
Japanese Fighting Fish
A well measured and paced sound is delivered by Japanese Fighting Fish and you immediately know this is an act with experienced musicians as they allow the power of the compositions to make the statement rather than attempting to add needless flourishes into the mix.
Percussion and bass seamlessly coexist laying the foundation for the pieces with the guitars laying on a scintillating wave of colour and the vocal brings the material together with a voice that, layered with gravel, suits the music to a tee. Whilst I enjoy the sounds I am left with a feeling that to some extent this is a band who are trying a bit too hard to be interesting and although the music sounds genuine there is a perception that threads through the music that they are not enjoying the music for its very originality and are seeking to deliver a ‘sound’. Their live performances may mitigate this sense, I couldn’t say. Don’t take that as a reason not to get involved, as you know, I like my music with the scuffed edges and I find it all a little too polished.
Having had the opportunity to listen to the new Japanese Fighting Fish ten track LP Day Bombs which is set for release on the 30th September I can confirm it is a fine body of work and well worth getting hold of when it comes out as the strength of the compositions and musical prowess nullifies my minor criticisms.
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