King Lizard – I Can’t Be Your Lover – Video

King Lizard from England recorded an acoustic version of the track I Can’t Be Your Lover.

King Lizard

King Lizard

I can’t Be Your Lover is track three on the twelve track LP A Nightmare Livin’ the Dream!.

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Sex With Strangers

Sex With Strangers from Vancouver in Canada is the alt-rock band of Hatch Benedict (Vocals / Keys), Mike Gentile (Bass), Alexis Young (Vocals / Keys), Cory Price (Guitar) and Dan Walker (Drums).

Sex With Strangers - alt-rock from Canada

Sex With Strangers

With seven years behind them and the release of their fifth LP – the ten track – You Know Something We Don’t? just recently, Sex With Strangers has more experience than most of the bands reviewed, which is evidenced in the quality of their material. Despite the relative longevity the quintet retain a fresh enthusiasm that is so often lost by bands of long standing.

Drawing from a wide compass of references Sex With Strangers is able to convert those influences to deliver rock romanticism with a dash of turbulence to produce music which has a gloominess that envelops the mind in the journey of sound. The delightfully constructed compositions float around the room as threads of silk, which fascinate the ears as the quintet amalgamate into a single unit whilst the instruments and vocal paint the story-lines.

Without ever over producing the reproductions Sex With Strangers deliver recorded music that would sit well in any-ones play-list as an example of a band who haven’t lost their way, yet are able on each release to add something new and I am given to believe that their live performances are something of a pleasure to attend.

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You Know Something We Don’t? – Sex With Strangers is available on iTunes*.

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Marla Mase with True Groove All-Stars – She Hooked Him Up – Video

I last caught up with Marla Mase from the USA back at the start of 2013 for an interview.

Marla Mase

Marla Mase

A recent show at The Cutting Room in New York was captured on video and here is the track She Hooked Him Up.

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Mamaku – Mon Ami – Video

The New Zealand based Mamaku released their LP Twigs Of Gold earlier this year.

Mamaku - Mon Ami

Mamaku

A new video for Mon Ami which is track eight of the eleven on the album has recently been made available.

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A Breach Of Silence

A Breach Of Silence from Brisbane in Australia is the metal quintet of Mat Cosgrove (Guitar), Blair Layt (Bass / Vocals), Andrew Cotterell (Drums), Rhys Flannery (Vocals) and Kerrod Dablestein (Guitar).

A Breach Of Silence - Metal from Australia

A Breach Of Silence

Tearing the speakers asunder A Breach Of Silence hurtle into the room like marauding Visigoths. It is easy to cause disturbance and scream loudly, as Chris from Eclipse Records will attest to my vitriolic response to  a casual email – what marks these guys out, is their ability to hold the sound together with some smartly composed chord progressions charging around the head.

A Breach Of Silence are able to deliver impressive tempos to their songs which steep the listener in sweat and graft, whilst maintaining a balance of rapidity and listenability as the guitars add mellowed nuances to the out-put as bass and percussion hurl pole-axing blows of power. Of additional note is the vocals which can with consummate switch between bassy growl and gruff to sublimely melodic pitch perfect singing. A change of line-up to include a fifth player has enabled the band to add considerably to the quality of the music as they are now able to explore the themes of the songs in a more meaningful way.

It is these intelligent combinations that make A Breach Of Silence a band well worth getting to know. Already well supported in their native Australia it will be interesting to see if they can broach the shores of countries abroad.

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Dead or Alive – A Breach of Silence is available on iTunes*.

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