Some Gifts, from Los Angeles in the USA is the alt-rock trio of Vic Lazar (Vocals / Guitar), Steve Aguilera (Drums) and Mike Jung (Bass).
A couple of years into the process Some Gifts has developed an understanding between the interplay of the elements, which when added to the experience they have as musicians in prior bands, allows them to deliver music which belies the age of the unit.
With a style of music that sits in a crowded market place it would be easy for Some Gifts to get lost in the hubbub, particularly given they are not seeking to break the mould, but there is a je ne sais quoi which captures the attention. The material is straight-up rock, which they fleck with swaggering guitar and burring bass to which the percussion bubbles around like an excited puppy exploring new territory and somewhere in that mix is a tint of psychedelia which enables the trio to give the compositions legs.
Currently putting the finishing touches to an LP, which is currently scheduled for release in November, Some Gifts are a trio who provide material which gets better the more you listen and I look forward to hearing the new album.
Polysemy is the psychedelic-electro project of Dalton Moehnke from Ashland in the USA.
Meanderings of sound filter through the room accompanied by a backdrop of pulsating loops as Polysemy delivers, distorted vocal, dreamy spires and the occasional recognizable instrument.
As would be anticipated the tracks are fairly lengthy and the audience find themselves drawn into the mythical caverns and luscious forests that the music evokes in the mind. Whilst somewhat experimental in nature, the material is more ‘lucid dreams’ than stretching the envelope of connections, as Polysemy does offer a narrative to the tracks, indistinct and fantastical as it may be, but nonetheless discernible.
The sounds have a hypnotic effect which keeps the brain focussed and you can feel the synapses ebbing and flowing with the material. The longer you spend in the company of Dalton, the more you will find the mind expanding to take in the luxuriant textures which weave around the head.
Just over a year into existence Polysemy is well worth taking time out to explore, just make sure you don’t have any meetings to attend afterwards, else you will find your thought processes will still be coloured with psychedelic imagery.
Alex Gruenburg, Alex Heigl, Jon Mann and Chris Jimenez from New York in the USA form the garage rock band Best Behavior.
Best Behavior – Photo by Mike Prieto
Melting psychedelia, surf and garage together Best Behavior provide the ears with some fine slices of sound you will want to stream through the ears frequently. Formed at the beginning of the year they have been able to get out an early LP, which was released on the 14th, Good Luck Bad Karma (available on bandcamp), that will enable them to build on the local buzz currently surrounding them, to a far broader audience.
Best Behavior is able to deliver slowly paced numbers which contain sparkly guitars as well as faster echoing strings, allowing them to keep audiences invested in the activity. There is an underlaying ’60s felt to the out-put which they successfully add to the mix, without it becoming the core of the sound as the quartet provide a surprisingly wide range of textures given the base-line of easy framework.
These twists and turns are what makes the band add considerably to the world of music. The tracks rarely stretch above the three minute mark, yet Best Behavior is able to pack those nuggets with complexities that seems to stretch time.
B R E N D A is the garage rock quintet of Matt Horne, Brenda Mahler, Colleen Doyle, Kyle McCoy and Chris Lee from Louisville, in the USA.
B R E N D A
Formed earlier this year B R E N D A have hit the ground running with the release of their eponymous EP (which is available on bandcamp) last month and a developing roster of live performances. They are deservedly creating considerable local enthusiasm and there is no reason this can’t be replicated globally with their well put together sound.
The guitars sweep around the room in grainy fuzz, whilst the percussion and bass rumble contentedly, to which vocals wind a cloth of melancholia. B R E N D A is able to combine sounds which filter through heavy mesh, with a clarity of purpose that captures the attention of the audience keeping them engaged in what is coming next. Rather than attempting to flood the ears with a flurry of chords, the band play sparse notes and open tempo beats allowing the echoes and reverb to fill the gaps, giving the material the space to breathe and providing the listener with more for the very fact of less.
B R E N D A is a band who have much to add to the world of music and I am pleased to be able to get to share them with you at the start of what should be a fun ride for everyone concerned.
Threshing their way out of Chicago in the USA surface Ryan Murphy (Guitar / Vocal), Will Wood (Bass / Vocal) and Josh Lambert (Drums / Vocals) who form the angst-rock band Vamos.
Funnelling between tight syncopation and tune and completely out of kilter Vamos fills the ears with a sense of abandoned tenement buildings as the trio cast scowling visage across the current landscape of societal disquiet.
The meshed sounds seem to echo across steel girders of forlorn echo before emerging into the room, where they giddily bounce their way around the room prior to diving into the brain in invective commentary.
Vamos provide a soundtrack which is best served by speakers turned up full affording the raw energy free reign to vent its spleen to the audience.
Their début LP Spiderbait (which is available on bandcamp) surfaced the day before yesterday and I do suggest giving it a run out in full as by imbibing the full menu degustation the context will clarify to provide context and satiation.
Most certainly a band with much to add to the world of music as they draw influences from iconic acts of previous decades, whilst creating their own space of exploration.