The English new-wave musician and visual artist Ashley Reaks released the LP – If I Hadn’t Become An Artist And A Musician I Would Have Been A Serial Killer Or Killed Myself on the 29th.
Ashley Reaks – If I Hadn’t Become An Artist And A Musician I Would Have Been A Serial Killer Or Killed Myself – artwork
From the nine track album (available on bandcamp) the opener – Mr Death Is Dead which has also been made available as a video, featuring some of his art. The combinations LP and song title, along with the art provides self-explanation as to the uncompromising and societal angst nature of the work of Ashley Reaks.
COLIC is the lo-fi-gaze duo of Jimmy Turner and Meghann Dyke recently relocated from Charlotte to San Diego, both, in the USA.
Sallow melodies thread across the room as though ashamed to make an entrance as COLIC deliver music of the browbeaten realities of the 99% who are expected to aspire to their ‘betters’. Inside the fluctuating gait lies a steely resistance that gives the material its mettle which camouflaged by the rubbery texture will spike a shank into the unwary.
One can’t but draw reference to Winston Smith and Julia to extract the juices of the music as the trysts of inter-woven layering become ever more brazen the more that is heard and one is only searching for the LP named Room 101 to reach the anticipated inevitable conclusion. With some fortune COLIC have escaped the outer-reaches of the KKK in North Carolina and now find themselves ensconced outside WASP territory and safely landed in the relative sanctuary of the State of California and the listener can imagine a less toxic ending to 1984 in an environment in which they can flourish.
I look forward to discovering more of COLIC, who despite having only been in existence for less than six months have managed to release twice that many tracks – all of which are available on bandcamp.
Luna Plexus is an industrial-blues quartet from England.
Not for the first time, nor likely the last, I start with an apology. The one and only track by Luna Plexus – Beast – I was alerted to at the end of April and I have only just caught up with it, of more fortune I am led to believe there is more music to follow imminently by the quartet who are beginning to find a foothold in live performance too.
Futuristic whorls open the just under four and a half minute track before the growling guitar riffs are riven asunder by throaty bass which tears through the ears, whilst threshing percussion careens between steel and skin like a warrior striding up the beach slaughtering all before it as the vocal spins around the room in various trajectories – leaving the listener frantically clawing for more of the highly addictive material or as the spoken off-stage comment has it more succinctly at the conclusion – ‘I liked that, it was really good’.
The Society is a four-piece indie-light band from England.
The Society – Photo by Ryan Lloyd
Operating in a crowded market-place with style of music I very rarely feature. Despite being extremely user friendly The Society don’t produce music that will get lost in the world of ‘disposable radio songs’ – their latest track is Begging.
Inside the pristine veneer is a context of infectious instrumentation which travels through much of the range of the speakers – turn to loud with maximum dynamic range between tweeter and sub-woofer and you will discover the subtle interplay between the two six string guitars from which bass counters like a belligerent reprobate which is what gives it the interest.
The lightly touched dance track will undoubtedly travel far on the mainstream of ‘pop’ for the summer, though were that all it wouldn’t be here.
The Society are able to walk along the finely balanced edge between trivia and value to the world of music – the fact I am asking you to consider it, tells you which side of the balance I think it lays.