Superfecta

Superfecta is Andy Urwin (Vocals), Danun Todd (Guitars), Junior (Drums) and  Max D Pinto (Bass) a rock band from London in England.

Superfecta - EP artwork

Superfecta – EP artwork

Well delivered spacey guitar riffs encase the classical big stage rock sounds that define Superfecta. They are also able to let the audience get out the air guitars to join in with faster anthemic rock numbers.

A couple of years behind them, the quartet have developed in to fine musicians and there is nothing to criticise about the studied output yet, as you know, it is the very fact of that flawless radio friendly delivery that I struggle to find a heart and soul which seems to have been ironed out along with all the other creases, but as always, that is just me and shouldn’t put you off as Superfecta have worked hard to get their songs sounding as they do.

They chose to spend a year focussing on rehearsal and live performance before hitting the studio this year to produce their debut EP – the eponymous four track release which came out yesterday. Even the artwork sets the tone of the considered nature of the band as this is part of a storyline as yet undisclosed.

I have much time for these guys and raise my hat to their hard work but – too ‘perfect’ or just Superfecta? Time will tell and I will leave you to be the judge.

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Superfecta – EP – Superfecta is available on iTunes*.

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Katana Splatter Combo – Risky Island – EP Review

Katana Splatter Combo is a solo project of Nikos Tsamasiros who hails from Athens, Greece. This is a look at his newly-released debut EP titled Risky Island, which is a visceral combination of math-tinged experimental rock and instrumental hardcore, composed entirely in MIDI sounds.

As you can tell by the considered approach – thank you once again Robbie for taking the time. If you have a band you just want to review, please feel free to drop me a note to tim @ emergingindiebands.com

Katana Splatter Combo

Katana Splatter Combo

With those varied elements it would be easy to make the mistake of overcomplicating things and producing a frantic mess. Thankfully, this is not a trap the artist falls into, as each composition contains a nice balance of energies which means no one track outstays its welcome.  From the beginning Risky Island proudly bears its homage to video games, with a 24-second “theme” designed to loop on the title screen of the best retro game that was never made. The first “proper” track, Stage 1 – Forest showcases the razor-sharp bite of the heavier influences, with angular and distraught riffs flying thick and fast. I found this track the catchiest off the album, love the way the song begins quietly before launching into the heavy MIDI guitars.

The album continues with Stage 2 – Underwater, which continues the frenetic proceedings with breakneck riffs before calming into a (relatively) relaxed groove, perfect music for the submerged shenanigans of an 8-bit hero.

At this point it would be good to reiterate out how catchy these songs are – these tracks get stuck in my head so easily! The next track is Stage 3 – Sky, a rapid succession of phrases compounded by percussion which would make Zach Hill sweat. In my mind’s eye I can see a level from a Mega Drive game playing out to this song, on some secret base set in the clouds.

Stage 4 – Beach is one song I can’t particularly imagine going well with the typical sun-and-sand coastline imagery, as it’s extremely dark and dissonant. It is however a compelling track which grows into a monster by the end.

Lastly we have Stage 5 – Volcano and Final Boss, the cacophonous finale to this hectic ride. Sustained bass notes play under a series of bouncy lead guitar to lend Risky Island a triumphant conclusion.


I really enjoyed this album, both for the music and the concept. After speaking to the artist his appreciation of bands such as Tera Melos, The Mars Volta and Hella began to show through in the music, though there is plenty of individuality in these compositions. Somehow, the lack of human performativity works well with the frantic musings of its math-rock inspirations, as this kind of music definitely has something robotic about it.

Turning the album into a videogame soundtrack completes this concept, and making it readily available on the internet will broaden its accessibility. Thank you Nikos Tsamasiros for bringing us Katana Splatter Combo and the chaotic statement that is Risky Island, I look forward to future releases from you.

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Samuel Organ – Y – EP review

Thanks to Robbie for yet another review.

This is a look at Y, the latest solo release from multi-instrumentalist Samuel Organ, best known for his work with the genre-defying Brighton (England)  group The Physics House Band. Unlike the largely chaotic output of the latter, this EP is a collection of laid-back electronic tracks all with unique personalities.

Samuel Organ

Samuel Organ

Y begins with Drench, which is for me the stand out track of the collection. The lazy, hip-hop groove and angelic synth pads make the song reminiscent of classic trance music, like the sonic embodiment of that post-euphoric rush after an eventful night out.


Next up is Slowww, which uses a series of sampled noises to create a dirty, industrial rhythm while various synths provide a really pretty melody throughout its short time span.

Finally there’s E/\/\ER/\LD, the (somewhat) hipster title for another slice of scuzzy electronica, at once clean and bright yet pleasingly jumbled and dirty.

Y weighs in at around the ten minute mark which left me wanting more, though there are two more Samuel Organ EPs to dig your teeth into. According to the artist there is an album in the works, in the meantime check out more of his work and everything by The Physics House Band as there’s a lot to explore and appreciate.

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Great Hare

Great Hare a dream rock band from Gothenburg in Sweden is Lars Olausson (Drums), Kalle Mogren (Guitar / Vocals), Anders Holmström (Guitar) and Berne Randulv (Bass).

Great Hare - dream rock from Sweden

Great Hare

Four friends who earlier had been in bands decided to get together to break the monotony of nine to five and because they were missing the pleasure of creating music and so came to fruition Great Hare.

In many ways reflecting that escapism, so the audience is taken on a floating ride of shimmery summer haze as the guitars weave their way across the room in tracks which can extend for over six minutes of dream rock. From the early days of an attic as an audience the escapology has turned in to a fully fledged recording outfit and more and more sounds are being released. Each a testament to their ability as musicians.

Perhaps it is the Swedish air, maybe it is because they have already had success as musicians in earlier iterations, but what ever it is Great Hare have a quiet relaxed confidence that gives the compositions a natural and easy air about them. As with the length of the tracks, the listener is left in a rested and unhurried mood as the notes gently and calmly settle on the ears.

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What Went Wrong? – Single – Great Hare is available on iTunes*.

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