The English rock’n’roll trio Fick As Fieves are set to release the single English Weather on the 22nd.
Fick As Fieves
You know that moment when you reach in to your wardrobe and catch site of your favourite piece of clothing and think – I don’t care what I am meant to be doing today – I am wearing this come what may?
The unpretentious sounds of Fick As Fieves always brings a delighted smile and English Weather is no exception. I feel like a joyful chipmunk discovering a hidden stash of nutrition – as I am allowed to share this with you prior to Friday.
Snaffle up the volume and clear some dance-floor – oh and a lasso-rope to swirl above the head would be handy too as, like a cowfolk riding a bucking bronco dressed in leather chaps, there is no dance-move that is too excessive as the bluesy guitar bleeds through the ears with the listener delightedly aiming to keep balance with their own frantic body sway.
If you are not whooping with delight, breathless and sweating profusely at the end of English Weather – you are either not listening through a full speaker system or are reading the wrong music review site.
Let’s once again get confessions out of the way – there was a theory that I was going to publish this article on the 18th – and once again my idea of a diary and real life have come a tad unstuck – so apologies to everyone involved that despite over a weeks notice, I still managed to get it wrong…
… Due for release on the 22nd – Oh My Love (Look at the Mess We’ve Made) – is able to swarm around the room in sarcastic humour and bittersweet recollection of personal circumstance without the audience needing to understand the context which ponders of a recent band break-up to appreciate the composition as it rattles through the ears.
The audience is drawn to thoughts of ’70s platform boots and painted faces as the fantastical sweeping soundtrack of gazey guitar and pulsing bass / percussion rounded out by a half-spoken vocal tumbles out of the speakers.
Prior to hitting play – ensure you are dressed in suitable attire as though attending The Rocky Horror Picture Show – and join in with the dance-steps and rousing chorus.
The US grunge duo No Kill released the single Eddie Vedder on the 14th.
Drenching the room in guitars which sound as though they have been soaked in wet grass for a week there is a sublime whiff of damp meadows as the scuzzy guitars sheer across the ears to the accompaniment of pulsing drum that slaps through the ears as the shadowed vocal hovers above the fray like a condor hunting on the thermals in the Andes.
After a two year break since 2015 a couple of songs have arisen this (available on bandcamp) and one can only hope they are now firmly back on track.
The US alt-folk troupe Sweet Soubrette released the single More Wind within the past twenty hours.
As those who have been with the various sites since the last decade will recall – I do quite like a ukulele and the lead instrument for Sweet Soubrette is just such.
Normally given a fragile architecture in which to work, which perhaps explains why the instrument is viewed as such a dainty little thing and far too often overlooked. In the case of this octet, sometimes decet – wind instruments, bowed strings, electric bass guitar, synthetic keys and percussion – alongside of course vocal – are unable to camouflage the distinctive tautness of the strings of an instrument which needs more credit for its versatility as in the right hands – to give credit Ellia Bisker does know how to play – rather than being a fragile whimsy it is a centre-point of focus more than capable of dealing with interlopers.
The Scottish rock’n’roll quartet, Shambolics, released the single Chasing A Disaster on the 5th.
Transporting the listener from the Eastern coast of Scotland to the South Western coast of the USA in Chasing A Disaster; Shambolics take the listener to a Californian retro-surf ride.
A bleeding guitar slips out of the speakers to the accompaniment of a ferris-wheel percussion as the pulsing bass rotates through the ears while a laid-back vocal shimmers, akin to a brightly sunlight cloud floating high in the sky, leaving the listener pondering of time on the beach on a warm summers day.
There is nothing to do other than skim out to sea, to catch the coasters.