Satan Takes A Holiday – Ladder To Climb – Video

The Swedish new-wave trio Satan Takes A Holiday release the LP Aliens on the 24th.

Satan Takes A Holiday - Aliens - Vinyl and CD

Satan Takes A Holiday – Aliens – Vinyl and CD

From the eleven track album (available through Despotz Records) the third – Ladder To Climb is a just under three minutes, speaker bulging, ball of energy.

I look forward to hearing more from Satan Takes A Holiday in the near future.


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Recent Passings – I Write About The Dead – Audio

Recent Passings is the new-wave project of Pat Tintle from the USA.

Recent Passings

Recent Passings

As you, if you are a regular reader will know, bass strings stretching far below the fret-board always capture my attention as they thump around the room and Recent Passings  blow sublimely around the room.

One can’t help but think of early CBGBs on hitting play as the laid-back pacing, though distinctly firebrand of fulminating frustration pulses through the speakers as combinations of drums and instrumentation claw their way out of the speakers akin to a malcontented sprite, whilst the flatness of vocal captures the essence of the backdrop, leaving the listener saddened by the fact there are not more than three tracks to hear (available on bandcamp) and I, for one, certainly hope to hear more in short order.

By means of an introduction – I Write About The Dead.

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Destroy Boys – Methatonin – Audio

The US new wave trio Destroy Boys released the AA side single Methatonin​/​Gold Medal earlier in the month.

Destroy Boys

Destroy Boys

I am sure there is a reason I didn’t catch their earliest material though it is a reason I fail to recall.

With some delight I am able to correct that error with the Metathonin (available on bandcamp) and introduce a trio I aim to feature again in short order.


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IDLES – Stendhal Syndrome – Video

The English new-wave quintet IDLES are nearly ready to release the LP Brutalism.

IDLES - Stendhal Syndrome

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.

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Bad Pop – Bad Pop – Audio

The Canadian new-wave trio Bad Pop released their eponymous two track single on the 27th.

Bad Pop

Bad Pop

Blowing any lingering cobwebs and dust in to the corner of the room – the more than capably delivered two minutes and ten seconds of the title track Bad Pop hurtles around the room.

Tightly compressed waves of bass guitar cause the ears to twitch in anticipation prior to the sledge-hammered drum kit pulsing the cochlea and just when you thought there can’t be anything else that is going to improve this – the guitar and voice burst in to full flow and you realise you haven’t cleared enough space in the room as you collide with desks and chairs whilst enthusiastically pogoing alongside.

Bad Pop, who surfaced from Hot Panda, is a band who are not attempting to spark a revolution, rather, reminding the audience – no matter how bad things get – music can always make life feel better.


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