The Costa Rican rock’n’roll quintet Perceptions released the single Drive Me Crazy on the 1st.
Lasting less than three minutes Drive Me Crazy (available on bandcamp) does everything it needs to and more leaving – the listener in good mood as Perceptions don’t attempt to add embellishments to their blues driven trio of six string guitar line-up as the bass and percussion skips around the room in joyful abandon.
Formed in 2014 Perceptions have, unsurprisingly, established a local loyal live circuit and You Drive Me Crazy makes a welcome follow-up to the 2015 single Let Me Take You – for those of us who don’t have the opportunity to see them on stage.
I merely hope it isn’t long before they make more music available for a world-wide audience, with their songs which transcend geo-political borders.
The Raunchies from Rome in Italy is the rock’n’roll quartet of Gianluca Amato (Guitar /Backing Vocals), Federico Ferrigno (Rhythm Guitar / Vocals), Francesco Fiore (Bass) and Marcello Guglielmelli (Drums).
Doing exactly what it say on the tin The Raunchies deliver unfussy rock to get the feet moving. An ever tempting percussion and bass combination keeps the music tripping onwards, whilst the guitars swim around each other lending varieties of texture, from the soundtrack of an Ennio Morricone film score to ’60s British Blues, whilst the vocal adroitly adds the pastel brush strokes to the completed sound, to which from time a Wurlitzer adds a more than appropriate appearance.
The Raunchies are able to take the listener on a journey of sound, which one moment has the body in full dance mode, the next settling back in the chair and enjoying the progressions that wend their way around the room.
Formed a couple of years ago The Raunchies have taken their time in establishing a footprint before launching their début EP – Falk, which came out last month and the delay has been worth the while as the six tracks are a good showcase of the sounds. Having laid the foundations, I hope they build on the momentum and don’t leave it until 2017 for a follow-up.
White Ape from London in England is the rock ‘n’ roll quartet of Tommy Mack (Vocals), Jim Turner (Guitar), Mike Davies (Bass) and Olly Golding (Drums).
White Ape – Photo by Jess Drummond
From which ever angle you approach White Ape – don’t forget your dancing feet as the scintillating reference points of ska, rock-a-billy and Morricone will sweep you on to the dance-floor.
The music cascades around the wall like a pin-ball machine bouncing the ball at obtuse angles and variable speed. The percussion / bass combine to salve the audience in frothing footsteps, whilst the guitar sings of entropy, which scatters the dancers around the room and a vocal pithily espouses of social discord.
White Ape have the ability to extrude the elements of body sway and social context to afford the listener with plenty to keep them busy, be they sedentary or flailing around the room.
A six track EP – Waiting to Say This, which I have had the pleasure of dancing with – is planned for release on the 6th through Sotones Records.
From the EP – the opening track – A Run For Gringo.