The US new-wave quartet The Pistol Mystics release the EP Ammunition on the 1st of January 2018.
The Pistol Mystics
A four track release (available on bandcamp) that launches in to the room akin to a trapped bear freeing itself with combinations of 60s’ rock infused bluesy guitars roaring through the speakers, while snarling percussion charges through the ears with a snarling bass delivering the power to the compositions, with a deftly controlled vocal delivering the invective.
The Pistol Mystics have, in their début EP, been able to deliver songs of compressed rage, which are kept on a tight leash and the listener minds themselves of early Eddie And The Hotrods and I look forward to hearing more by the quartet.
The Northern Irish new-wave quartet Saint Sapphire were introduced earlier in the year.
Saint Sapphire – photo credit Zoe Faulkner
With typical aplomb the latest single to be revealed by Saint Sapphire – Scream – is a free flowing fuzzy ball of high octane rock’n’roll attesting to their ability to put together feisty songs that simultaneously have the listener launching themselves around the room in good humour.
The US new wave quartet New City Slang released their eponymous LP on the 20th.
New City Slang
A dozen track album (available on bandcamp) of furious temper and intricate webbing – with the genre of new wave regular readers will know it is not likely that I am going to say other than turn up the volume and add the LP to the collection.
New City Slang, however, are more than just a re-imagination of three minutes, three chord ‘late ’70s rock, rather a quartet who infuse their material with some inventive blues, timing shifts and are equally adept at delivering slower tempo pieces – with my pick of the release being one of those more involved tracks – the third – Johnny Johnny.
The English new wave quartet Swears released the single Faith In The Nation on the 5th.
14 hole DMs are the prerequisite footwear priot to hitting play and starting to pogo – oh and then hit play… Faith In The Nation is a feisty track in which to clash safety pins and bondage straps with an accompanying audience on the dance-floor as the sarcastic lyric swathes through the ears whilst unremitting bass pummels the jawbone while the pulsing drum-kit switches between snare and a bass-drum you just know isn’t going to stay its anchors whilst an unexpected duo of rhythmic guitars swagger through the room in flashing strobes of shimmering layered melody, giving Faith In The Nation a zingy melodic twist.
The US new wave quartet Casual Friday release the LP Quarter Life Crisis this year.
Introduced in 2015 next appearing in the 2016 New Year Ninety Chart, the interminable delay in a follow-up is less to do with them not releasing material rather my own inability to keep up with emails – though with great fortune I have finally got my act together to discover a band who have tautened everything up to a perspiration inducing soundtrack.
Released yesterday was the first track from the album – Self Destruct – a song which finds them with a far more compressed sound and my initial experience on hitting play may serve as a lesson I have learnt to pass on to you – before hitting play – ensure you have the speakers hassling that elusive ‘volume 11’ setting and make sure you have cleared plenty of space around you – I didn’t do the latter and ended up with bruised shins and scattered furniture all over the shop.
There is a refreshed website to reflect of their development.