The Rashita Joneses – Wide Eyes / Alien Ocean – Single Review

The US garage-rock trio The Rashitata Joneses released the double A side single Wide Eyes / Alien Ocean on the 1st.

The Rashita Joneses

The Rashita Joneses

Before you do anything – turn bass up high – treble to low and volume high, then kick the speakers. There is some pleasure in listening to new music particularly when you find that already by the 3rd of the month already two bands are on the long-list for Editors’ Choice For Band Of The Month.

The Rashita Joneses are able to find sufficient depth in the lo-fi production to deliver an eight minute and twelve second single that you wish lasted even longer. First to the turntable is Wide Eyes – a thunderous diaphony of colliding taughtly strung guitar and folding bass strings with a sprightly drum-kit that is likely to have broken weaker wrists with the force of the rebound whilst the mewling vocal echoes around the room.

The other track is the psychedelic Alien Ocean – my pick of the release which reverses the stringing of instrumentation to allow the guitar to sway around the room like that walk back from the pub after a long day therein whilst the drum skins are audibly collapsing inside the rims with the bass this time holding the perimeters as the vocal once again submerges to a hallucinogenic imagination of itself.

What is there not to enjoy?

Wide Eyes / Alien Ocean is available on bandcamp.

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BRONZi Blonde

BRONZi Blonde is a five piece rhythm and dance outfit hailing from Nashville, Tennessee in the USA. Their image and sound centres around the nonchalant, yet simultaneously punchy, persona of Scott Soder (Vocals / Bass). This stoner-rock ego is accompanied by the curiously-named SnakeLord (Synth / Programming), Dylan Wayman (Guitar), Stephan Gubanov (Drums) and Joe Gosnell (Trumpet).

BRONZi Blonde - rhythm and dance from the USA

BRONZi Blonde

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new writer to the site – Dom – who hails from North West England, a recent graduate with a keen interest in the music industry.

Rhythm and Dance, insufficiently describes this eclectic band. Whilst in one moment BRONZi Blonde may draw from funk influences, in another they might slip into indie rock or tear into wailing vocals reminiscent of Jack White (along with blues-influenced doses of guitar and harmonica). Yet, regardless of the genre, the band still manages to incorporate hip hop beats and satisfyingly-drawling vocals into every track. They have mastered consistency whilst embracing the capacity for almost-endless sonic evolution.

For example, LoveIsMagik is dominated by the tongue-in-cheek lyrics: ‘…Love is magic, Love is free, Y’all can’t have it, It’s all for me…’. Whilst these lines are ridiculous, it is the delivery of Scott’s vocals and his visibly-confident ego which sells the madness. Why? Because many of us see not only that his outlandishness is entirely intentional, but hear that the music just sounds… good.

BRONZi Blonde certainly deserve points for finding originality through their interpretation of various genres. The resulting sound is a concoction of rhythmic, swagger-fuelled, manic, stoner-pop psychedelia; a drunken Beck rolling out pop hits with an understated shrug of his shoulders. But the band should ensure they match their hard-hitting lyrics with intoxicating melodies more often, because, when it works, it becomes impossible to resist repeated listens.

Many thanks for your thoughts Dom and I look forward to discovering more, as I hope you, as a reader, will too. To connect with Dom here is his instagram account.

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The Pale White – Let You Down – Audio

The Pale White is an indie-noire trio from England.

The Pale White - Photo by Alex Blamire

The Pale White – Photo by Alex Blamire

Still gathering their focus the first track to surface by the trio is a ominous omnipresence of Let You Down which cloaks the listener in an oppressive opulence as percussion and bass combine to deliver opalescent opprobrium that sears the audience with branding forks.

The guitar and vocal don’t ease the chains as they equally unify to flay the room with sallow furrowed brow.

I sense The Pale White is a band I will be reporting on regularly once they have organised their thoughts as on first offering what is there to do other than rejoice?


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Bud Sugar – Get Familiar – Video

The English dance-hall quintet Bud Sugar are putting finishing touches to the EP Vibes.

Bud Sugar - photo credit Ian Rook

Bud Sugar – photo credit Ian Rook

The first track to surface from Vibes is the steadily paced Get Familiar which has the listener rolling shoulders in time whilst reaching out to hug those nearby.

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Enter The Haggis – First Defenders – Video

The Canadian celtic-rock band Enter The Haggis reveal another track from the LP Broken Arms which is being released in October.

Enter The Haggis - First Defenders

Enter The Haggis

Regular readers will be abreast of both Enter The Haggis who first featured in 2011 and the various videos that have surfaced from Broken Arms (available to purchase via the Enter The Haggis).

With First DefendersEnter The Haggis take a more sombre tone than much of their music, in a track which takes a look at the background to Canada Day.

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