Destrends is a new-wave trio from Australia I will come back to in full when there is more to hear.
Destrends – My Friend – artwork
The only sadness about My Friend is that this is the only song I have been able to hear by Destrends, though word arrives of a follow-up track in a short while and their début EP later in the year. With mention that the vocal reminds me of Dave Vanian, there is little more I can add about the track…. Of further joy – no matter how long you leave this on loop you will still want to be pogoing to it until you collapse from lack of energy.
Killing Kuddles is the new-wave trio of Elwood Kuddles, Steven Walker and Adrian Hruszkewycz from Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.
Killing Kuddles -new-wave from the USA
If ever music was made for the throttle pogo Killing Kuddles realise it with their foot to floorboard freneticism, which can’t but have you minded of CBGBS ’75-78. The abandonment and free-form thought of the creations, which reflect of a world in which they find much to disagree is directly hurled though the speakers and in the music you hear pulsating around the room.
No matter how much you move everything out-of the way, you will still crash into something in a wild sense of oblivion. If you are still supine after hitting play, I think you are probably reading the wrong website and the excitement of a weather forecast may be more appropriate.
Disparaging bass throws itself around the walls, whilst a scatter of percussion fires shots around the head as a basic chord structure on the guitar expresses all that is needed and the vocal leaves palpable traces of phlegm in the eardrums – what more does music need?
RiceCrackers is an alt-rock quartet from Boston in the USA comprising Olivia West (Vocals), Huxley Rittman (Guitar), Yoshi Ady (Bass) and Andy Jung (Drums).
The underlying perturbation which slides into the room wraps the mind in a sense of unease as RiceCrackers deliver their sounds of societal disquiet. A disparity of influences, gives the quartet a distinctive space, as rumblings of furious temper meet measured harmonics.
The grungy four stringer gives the material an ever present omniscience as RiceCrackers introduce percussion which at one moment leads the tempo and next brushes up the remnants, whilst guitar is allowed scope to explore melancholic melodies, to which an instantly recognisable signature vocal slices through the sound.
Recently established and beginning to develop a live performance presence, RiceCrackers have also recently released an EP – Kolohe Kid (which is available on bandcamp) in which they showcase their varying sounds. With songs usually lasting well under three minutes, in which they pack much fire-power, it is perhaps of no surprise that I have selected a track that lasts for over four. However, given the off-beat ska influence, it is exactly as you would have expected.
I look forward to getting to hear more of RiceCrackers and it will be interesting to discover the future direction of style for the quartet.