Brushes dipped in keys, bass, guitars, drum and vocal allow Karate Chop, Silence to paint the room in in trippy washes of colour in which the audience can be discovered swooping around in paint spattered free-expression dance-moves.
Their début, roughly thirty seven minutes LP – NO MSG – that is available on bandcamp is highlighted by the middle song Insanity.
Back in November of 2016 I was first alerted to QWAM, yet sadly I didn’t get round to the email at the time – so – long overdue and with apologies all around finally I catch up to introduce a band who should have been on my playlist of essential music two years ago.
Spiky high-octane energetic rock ‘n’ roll comes tumbling out of the speakers as though drawn by a pride of lions spotting a herd of passing antelope as the musculature of the frame launches through the room while the supple gracefulness of the considered compositions catches the ears and the audience is conflicted as to whether to don the obligatory 14-hole Dr. Martens and pogo in frenetic delight or allow the cleverly constructed songs to wash through the brain.
Most recently QWAM released the five track EP Feed Me (available on bandcamp) which is a must have addition to the collection along with their other four songs, which too are to be found on bandcamp.
If you happen to be in and around New York, I do suggest checking if QWAM have a gig on as I don’t imagine this would be an evening of regret. For those of us further afield, one can only trust that they are able to secure an intentional touring circuit in short order.
By way of an introduction from Feed Me – the second song – Glitter Paint.
The Swedish retro-rock’n’roll quartet, The Vanjas, released the single My Girls on the 26th.
The Vanjas – Photo by – Zig Criscuolo
The room is flooded in warm analogue tones as The Vanjas invite the listener in to the world of the ’50s and ’60s dance-floor in My Girls.
The audience finds themselves tempted in to the feel-good factor of the composition and jiving through the room with a smile on their face.
If you are already suffering pre-Monday morning blues – My Girls – has a simplicity and heart-lifting vibe that will dispel those darkening clouds and leave the world looking a far better place than was the case two and three quarter minutes earlier.
The Canadian darkwave project of Remi Monroe – Eye Steal – is finalising details of the LP From Worm To Ink for release later this year.
It appears that today is another of those demanding for apologies to one and all for late conveyance, this too has been long in abeyance in the winding entrails of my email inbox – though on this occasion from an initial introduction of November last year.
No End, from the forthcoming album which surfaced this month, is a dark platelet of oxygen starved blood in to which the listener is drawn to offer their own sacrifice to extend the dying breaths of an imposing composition which attests of an album that I anticipate to be an essential to the ‘music that makes a difference’ playlist.
Late as I may be, I highly recommend getting to know Eye Steal and look forward to being able to feature future material.
The US seductive electrogoth creator Illuminatè Steele releases the LP Davidian Sex Club on the 13th of March.
Illuminatè Steele – photo credit – Dan Norman
It is of little surprise I am late to getting round to featuring this track which has been hanging around in my email inbox since early this month – as I have ever since been attempting to untie myself from the bonds of purple sash with limbs encased in baby oil fastened to the bed rails of a cage encased within a dungeon to which I was transported when this arrived on the 9th – or is that all just a figment of my imagination – try A Darker Shade of Heaven and I think you will be more empathetic than you are at this moment in time.