Surfacing from New York in the USA the trio of Ian, Josh and Mike form the new-wave band Monograms.
Combining elements of Blondie and shoegaze the listener is led into a treat of CBGBs reworking as Monograms elongate flat extenders far more than is politic and it is for this melodious drone that they capture the attention.
Only a band from Brooklyn or San Francisco could display such disdainful disinterest in their out-put that the listener falls into a tumble of delight as they deliver a sound which the audience carries high on their own shoulders. Early Blondie and the life cycle of The Nuns and Ramones were able to carry-off the nonchalance with such aplomb as underneath the laissez-faire delivery Monograms have a passion to reflect of how they feel treated by the world around their lives.
A couple of EPs behind them Downer and Fader – Monograms is a band the wider sphere needs to add to their playlist to remind them of the contempt with which the 1% treat the 99% as they reflect of the branding of the slavery of socio-capitalism by which the bailout of banking is deemed a ‘success story’ followed by decades of ever greater collateral damage of the irrelevant 99% of the worlds population to maintain the posture of what was a failure of a economic and social model in the ’70s and their forbears protested about that is coming home to roost in the ’10s.
The English indie troupe Youth Club for Яich Kids are keeping themselves busy this year as Open Arms marks the second single release of 2016.
Youth Club for Яich Kids
Open Arms has a more restrained undertow than the previous release and although the listener finds themselves heading towards a summer beach, rather than basking in bright sunshine the track minds of the warming evening bonfire to dance around.
The vocals of Harry Thomas gives Youth Club for Яich Kids an estuary English distinctiveness, but it is the sublime interplay between the two guitars of Liam Cox and Harry which gives the quartet its lift as the combinations of twelve strings weave into one another with an electronic fusion providing the melting candle-wax. The bass of Alex Hayward and percussion by Conor Hayward are integral in building skeleton that allows the flowing luxuriance to envelop the listener in a sense of relaxed pleasure as each element is integral to the overall out-put.
A little on the radio friendly side to be added to my everyday playlist Open Arms nonetheless is a track to add to the summer barbecue curation.
Audacity is a US garage rock band who were introduced earlier this year.
From the LP Hyper Vessels being released on the 1st of April – the last of the dozen tracks – Lock On The Door.
This is a song which adds more weight to their introduction, which was also a number from the forthcoming album, as this finds the accelerator pedal having been lifted and Audacity heading towards a distorted shoegaze sound which minds the listener of watching molten glass gently folding.
It has been three years since the US synth-rock band Pet Tigers last featured.
Pet Tigers – Short Leash – artwork
Slimmed down to a duo Pet Tigers retain their infectious joy and I hope it isn’t another three years until I get back to the music. In case that is what that happens – albeit of poor recording quality – I have something to provide an update their development
From the LP Short Leash, a live version of the twelfth of the fourteen tracks – Get Over It.
The US indie-grunge band Hobart W Fink were initially introduced in 2013.
Hobart W Fink – The Post Hummus EP – artwork
Hobart W Fink have travelled far, both metaphorically and literally in the intervening three years.
Establishing ever wider live performance presence over greater geographic spread the band are still able to retain their enthusiasm for what they do and what they create.
From the three track single The Post Hummus EP – the middle – Never Doubt discovers Hobart W Fink with the same energy yet a more sophisticated sound which still retains the playful roots of their musical ideas.