Plaudits – Reasons – Audio

The English synth-rock quartet Plaudits are due to release their début EP Hinterland on the 1st of April.

Plaudits - Hinterland - CD

Plaudits – Hinterland – CD

A finer example of a band who put up with my bad temper could not be found than Plaudits who put up with numerous rants and still persevered, even going so far as to send me a promotional Hinterland CD. My thanks to Steven GreenChris ReidRich Green and Evie Robertson for putting up with it and far more than that – for being on the verge of releasing an EP more than worth adding to the collection.

There is a sense of luxury that slips into the room, making the carpet feel more like a thick rug in which to roll, as Reasons (the second of the five tracks) unfolds. A more punctuated number than the rest of the release with a hammering percussion that darts like a mosquito looking for prey as guitar and bass punch into the ears. The synths pitch and pummel as though in a sparring match whilst vocal maintains the tempo. Yet despite the sense of urgency in the just under three and a half minute track, the listener doesn’t emerge feeling as though they have been in a street-fight, rather feeling as though a gold-threaded robe has been placed on the shoulders.

This is a band to get to know in the early stages of their development and I look forward to discovering more of the music of Plaudits over the coming years.


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Broken Witt Rebels – Low – Video

The English blues-rock band Broken Witt Rebels will be releasing the EP Georgia Pine on the 25th of April.

Broken Witt Rebels - Georgia Pine - artwork

Broken Witt Rebels – Georgia Pine – artwork

The middle of the five tracks – Low is a precise definition of their music with dirty guitars and growling vocals spilling into the room. The only thing the listener needs to do is reach for a bottle of whisky.

From the 2nd of April until early May Broken Witt Rebels are on tour in England and one gig in Scotland.

The Water Rats London, UK

Sunflower Lounge Birmingham, UK

The Rocking Chair Sheffield, UK

Esquires Bedford Bedford, UK

Òran Mór Glasgow, UK

Manchester Academy 2 Manchester, UK

O2 Institute2 Birmingham Digbeth, UK

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London, UK

Georgia Pine is available on Amazon.*

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Curse Of Lono – No Trouble – Video

I did say I would come back to the English gothic-blues quintet Curse Of Lono and sooner than I thought, here we are again.

Curse of Lono - No Trouble

Curse of Lono

Delivered as a mellow acoustic rendition – my advice – yank up the volume, kick it harder and then set bass as deep as possible and the pitch as closely as you can find and it is possible to convert No Trouble to plenty of issues for the speakers to deal with and much for the ears to enjoy.

Minding of tumble-weed blowing across desert plains No Trouble, despite the trouble of the double negative of ‘you won’t have no trouble any more’ will fill the mind with larger landscapes than envisaged as the track expansively fills the room with complexities of wind and strummed instrumentation which billow to a vocal which talks to only you.

I will come back to Curse Of Lono next when I can share the bass unleashed and quintet in full flow as I get the sense through the song writing there is far more on offer than plaid.

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Electric Beans – Comptine Punk – Audio

Electric Beans is a French new-wave quartet.

Electric Beans - Sans Modération - artwork

Electric Beans – Sans Modération – artwork

Marking a mid-way point in development Sans Modération is a bakers dozen track album of live recordings lasting just under an hour and a quarter. With material from their first studio LP and five from the next album which is already in the wings, along with one new track on neither, it is well worth tying up the 14 hole DMs to dance alongside. Sadly, although I am able to take a listen,  I am unable to share any more than one song with you – the penultimate – Comptine Punk.

Whilst the music is more than worth taking time to gather in your friends to enjoy in riotous party, I do get the sense that Electric Beans are working too hard at trying to being interesting, rather than being who they are in reality and there is a danger they will be so subsumed in ‘ideas of PR’ they will forget why they actually write the music.

Time will tell and I sincerely hope I am proven to be wrong.


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