From Seattle in the US surface Tariq Khan (Vocal / Guitar), Matt Wingert (Lead Guitar), Mary X (Bass) and Mike Domingo (Drums) who form the new-wave outfit SSNACKSS.

SSNACKSS - new-wave from the USA


There are bands for which you need to attempt to destroy your speakers and SSNACKSS is one of those where you need to find volume you didn’t know existed and then kick the system to make it louder still, unless your ears are bleeding you miss the whole point of the quartet.

Snarling guitars claw chunks of plaster from the walls whilst pneumatic bass excavates the flooring as vibrating percussion takes care of the ceiling, surrounded by which, a pernicious vocal stands in victorious salute of the mayhem strewn.

SSNACKSS do not deal in subtlety, rather in confrontation of a world with which they find tangential circumspection as they blast contemplation of issues in which they stand in conflict.

A couple of years into their existence they put out their début eponymous LP late last year (available on bandcamp) and are beginning to string together live performances.

I look forward to discovering more of SSNACKSS who insist on too many consonants and far to much capitalisation in their name. Though perhaps that is because I am from the UK and always prefer the understated name and the very loud music to make a point rather than being in the USA where to not shout the band name loudest is to not be heard.

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Everafter – On The Eventful Road – Audio

The English indie-rock trio Everafter are due to imminently release the two track single On The Eventful Road in support of cancer research.

Everafter - On The Eventful Road -artwork

Everafter – On The Eventful Road -artwork

First introduced back in 2014, it is almost a year since their music last featured, only due to missed timings – sadly, not withstanding I am delighted to have permission to share a track from the release in advance of it surfacing for general release.

Everafter are always able to take ideas and put a new spin on them and the recognizable refrain of Do They Know Its Christmas? in On The Eventful Road does not detract from the originality of the track. What is of far greater surprise and intrigue is the way they have been able afford wider space to explore their abilities as musicians and they acquit themselves with aplomb.

With the more measured pacing of On The Eventual Road and the B Side – Last Boat To St. Helena, Everafter demand more of themselves than they have previously and I look forward to their future directions of travel as this single certainly raises expectations.

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The Aprons – Day Off – Video

The Israeli atmospheric-indie duo The Aprons are planning to release the LP Any Human Heart later in the year.

The Aprons - Day Off

The Aprons

The first track to appear from the album is Day Off.

Although it has been three years since The Aprons last featured, there is an immediately recognisable sound that floats into the ears. Their music always makes me think of dandelion clocks dispersing in the breeze as the tracks have the delicacy of gossamer wings and Day Off is a good example of their style.

A mirage like vocal is surrounded by softness of instrumentation while the bass and percussion form the solidity of Day Off as The Aprons make a welcome return in to earshot.

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Band of the Month – February 2016 – Editors’ Choice

With thanks once again to all the music creators of the world for all that you do for the rest of us.

Time for the Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month once again…

Charlatan - Photo by Jim Toohey

Charlatan – Photo by Jim Toohey

From the USA – Charlatan.

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