The Art Of Amputation

The Art Of Amputation from London in England is the five piece progressive rock quintet of Freddy de Lord (Keyboards / Vocals / Saxophone), Hugh Fox (Drums), Allan Harrod (Vocals / Guitar /  Keyboards), Mark Hyden (Guitar / Vocals) and recent addition –  Tim Harrod (Vocals / Percussion) – so recent there are no images of the quintet, hence the four below.

The Art Of Amputation - Progressive-rock from England

The Art Of Amputation

Mystical and mythical pirouettes of smoke spiral towards the ceiling as The Art Of Amputation deliver their contemplative sounds. I always feel that I must finally being growing up when I find myself writing about Prog-rock as the lingering notes are so far away from three chord ’70s punk, that one gets the feeling there should be more than one word for the general concept of ‘music’.

The superbly textured eddies of calmness that define The Art Of Amputation luxuriantly float around the timpani, but there is no pretentious over-play as the quintet utilise the instruments and voices to develop the theme of the composition not confuse it and the exquisite caresses between keys and semi-electronic percussion provides the audience with harmonics that need continually replay.

Whilst not – unsurprisingly – something for my everyday playlist, when in more considered mood, I can’t think of a much finer recommendation to accompany an evening with those of artistic and musical leaning.

A new single – Distorted Pop Song is slated for release on the 17th November and is most certainly a piece of music to get to know and hold close.

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The Slow Readers Club – Don’t Mind – Video

The Slow Readers Club from England released their most recent single on the 22nd of September.

The Slow Readers Club - Don't Mind - artwork

The Slow Readers Club – Don’t Mind – artwork

A video for Don’t Mind surfaced recently.

Don’t Mind – Single – The Slow Readers Club is available on iTunes*.

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Best Friends

Best Friends is a garage rock quartet from Sheffield in England, comprising Lewis Sharman, Tom Roper, Ed Crisp and Jonny Gaymer.

Best Friends - photo by Josh Rock Photography

Best Friends – photo by Josh Rock Photography

The sheer joy of Best Friends bounces around the room with their mash-up of surfy pop and garage rock and the listener can’t help become an active participant. The quartet are able to merge psychedelic trails of smoke into lengthier pieces, equally they can play tracks which are kept short and the content shorn of adornment, both leaving the ears happy and the body leaping around the room in delight.

A hard hitting percussion keeps the material at a trot as the bass lays down solid foundations for the guitars to weave their way through the music and a sharply defined vocal completes the format. Best Friends have an effervescence and enthusiasm, which they have retained through their few years of existence that allows them to continue to surprise established fans, whilst to those coming across the music for the first time will find common ground in the sparkle that glimmers out of the sounds.

Ever touring up and down the UK Best Friends play to enthusiastic audiences, who, like the quartet just want to party. The recorded material is a little scarcer on the ground.

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Happy Anniversary / Nosebleeds – Single – Best Friends is available on iTunes*

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Cat Aids

Cat Aids from Bejing in China is the growl-rock duo of Percy Piss Wizard (Drums) and Gustav Von Kluster fuk (Bass).

Cat Aids - Growl Rock from China

Cat Aids

Cat Aids is a band that will either immediately catch an interest or never grow on you as their combinations of experimental grunge, side-swipe and lack of desire to take themselves or life too seriously. Their live performances are, by all accounts met with great humour and a recent split-release on Nasty Wizard Recordings, will either add to their fan-base to stop it in its tracks altogether.

As the duo acknowledge – ‘six tracks of either absolute genius or absolute rubbish’, I think they are good fun. There is an industrial squeal that winds its way through tracks, and a bass / percussion combination that bears a vague semblance of syncopation, whilst a grumbling vocal scatters lyrics.

I look forward to hearing much more by Cat Aids.

CAT AIDS & GO TSUSHIMA is available on bandcamp.

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