Seb Olrog (Drums), Alex J (Guitar / Vocals) and Lee Switzer (Bass / Vocals) from Reading in England form the protest-rock outfit Launch Control.
Having been around for a few years, since the reveal of the single Cardiac Arrest in 2012 (available on bandcamp) Launch Control have never lost their zeal in delivering music of political fulmination wrapped in high octane pulses of rock.
As regular readers will know I am often to be found wearing a pair of 14 hole DMs as I write reviews, ready to launch in to a pogo at any opportune moment and unsurprisingly I have spent as much time colliding with desks and chairs listening to the back-catalogue of material as I have spent at the keyboard typing. For those wishing to keep their furniture intact – Launch Control are not a trio who work purely by volume and sweat on the brow as the music and lyric flow around each other with considered approach.
The percussion sets the mood for the pieces, whilst guitar delivers the compression while the bass is given the space to flow betwixt the two as vocal, rather than raging, delivers considered enunciation, the totality of which is a series of songs which allow the audience either to hoick up the speakers or leave them on level playing field and in either setting Launch Control are able to deliver compositions which clearly assimilates the context of their framing.
From their most recent release Behind Redacted Lines (also available on bandcamp) Moving Targets.
The US electro-groove trio The Gods Themselves released the LP Be My Animal earlier in the month.
The Gods Themselves
Limber up your joints and find some dancing gear before hitting play as the roughly thirty seven minutes – nine track album extends an invitation to slide with the combinations of synthesis and instrumentation and one is immediately drenched in pulsing strobes of purple and blue light.
In Be My Animal, The Gods Themselves, take the listener on a journey encompassing influences from: Funky snake hips; Blitz club; rock ‘n’ roll to; Discotheque. Yet never sounding retrospective as the trio are able to freshen up all the influences providing an entrancing sultriness that has the audience merely pondering ‘If this were a double LP it still wouldn’t extend long enough and can we have 12″ vinyl extended versions of each song please’? .
My pick of the release is the atypical sounding fourth track – Speak In Tongues.
The Canadian new-wave trio Bad Pop released their eponymous two track single on the 27th.
Blowing any lingering cobwebs and dust in to the corner of the room – the more than capably delivered two minutes and ten seconds of the title track Bad Pop hurtles around the room.
Tightly compressed waves of bass guitar cause the ears to twitch in anticipation prior to the sledge-hammered drum kit pulsing the cochlea and just when you thought there can’t be anything else that is going to improve this – the guitar and voice burst in to full flow and you realise you haven’t cleared enough space in the room as you collide with desks and chairs whilst enthusiastically pogoing alongside.
Bad Pop, who surfaced from Hot Panda, is a band who are not attempting to spark a revolution, rather, reminding the audience – no matter how bad things get – music can always make life feel better.