Band of the Month – June 2018 – Readers’ Choice

How did that happen? Half of the calendar months of 2018 have already happened…. The upside being – it is time to discover the Readers’ Choice for Band Of The Month for June.

Charlotte Morris - Band Of The Month June 2018

Charlotte Morris

From the USA – the acoustic-rock creator Charlotte Morris.

To New York, With Love – EP – Charlotte Morris is available on iTunes.*

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The Vedettes – Silver – Single Review

The English indie quintet The Vedettes, having played their first live performance on the 12th released their début single – Silver – on the 24th.

The Vedettes

The Vedettes

I suppose, fairly typically of me, that with only two songs around I would find myself drawn more to the unreleased demo rather than the song that made the cut – however both demonstrate something slightly different.

The unreleased song Get Up is a compacted pacey composition that fires sharp punches out of the speakers.

The song that has been released – Silver – opens with an echoing guitar accompanied by thudding percussion prior to flowering in to a breezy indie-dance track of classic construct. A powerful and precise performance on drum-kit gives the song a beefy spine while the guitars and bass fade to support a spotlight on the voice, an extended bridge, which sees out the track once again affords instrumentation and in particular guitar an opportunity to shine.

Underpinning the mainstream sounds of Silver lay some players with self-evidently expressive talent and I wish The Vedettes every success in finding a means to allow those abilities to shine through and afford the quintet a point of difference in a style of music that is, otherwise, a crowded market place.

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War Waves – Sleep – Audio

The English anxiety-rock quartet War Waves will be releasing the EP Be Well on the 7th of December.

War Waves

War Waves

In advance, the song Sleep was released yesterday as a standalone single (available on bandcamp).

Think emo that has put on a smart pair of trousers and parted its hair and you will be in the right frame of mind on hitting play. The wringing restlessness trickles out of the speakers ensnaring the listener in its flattened frame as the room fills with the palpable feel of emotional-angst.

Emo is an oft maligned genre dismissed by many as merely the sound of growing pains. It is far more than that, as pretty well everyone at some point in time during every year, regardless of their age, goes through a crisis of confidence and in SleepWar Waves have been able to reflect, albeit with a slower hand though no less insightful, of when life just seems to pile on a heap of issues all at the same moment.

In so doing, War Waves, have also been able to salve at least one existential crisis for their fan-base as this marks their first release since 2016.

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Collider – Glockster – Video

Collider is a Danish progressive-folk quartet.



From a recent live session the track Glockster surfaced, which articulates of their breadth of influences and abilities to turn those ideas in to complex compositions which hold the audience enthralled.

Jazz, blends in to gaze, only for angles of maths-rock to spike the curves while becoming creased in to folksy flute yet all allowed to hang in compressed and expanded texturing… Best approached with an open mind and time to hand as in likelihood the listener will find themselves digging the collection of late ’60s and early ’70s LPs in which to reminisce.

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Theory Of Youth – Oscura – Audio

It is a couple of years since the French angst-rock band Theory Of Youth were introduced.

Theory Of Youth - Oscura

Theory Of Youth

Their most recent LP Noise To My Mother, which was released last week and is available on bandcamp, is a gnarly approximately three quarters of an hour, eleven track, collection of murky rock.

Songs surface in a disparity of languages and tempos, making for – what to me – is a most excellent way to spend the time. My pick of the release being the 5th song Oscura.

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