With thanks to you a reader of the site for taking the time out of your day to discover what is here – without you – this would be a very quiet echo chamber. The August Readers’ Choice for band of the month is…
The US folk-rock project Night Shop releases the LP In The Break on the 14th of September.
Having spent many years on the road as a drummer, in 2016, Justin Sullivan decided it was time to take a break for a year or so from the rigours of touring and found a reinvigorated pleasure in the the creation of the more raw and personal songs which had drawn an interest in music in the first place and the catalyst for the vehicle Night Shop – which saw the release of the eponymous EP in early 2017.
In The Break, given the context of music development perhaps better explains the album title (available on bandcamp), is a self-reflective collection of eleven songs that have an honest attraction to them which sears deep in to the listeners bone-marrow. Whilst introspective in process the audience doesn’t feel as though they are a voyeur peeping through the windows, rather an invited participant to draw their own stories from the wistful flow of the soft compositions.
SixTwoSeven, the US alt-rock quartet, released the AA side single New Solutions / A Winter in Palmyra today.
The two songs are quite different to each other with A Winter In Palmyra being a keys suspended twisting journey that minds of the gnarled roots of a tree clinging precariously to the edge of a cliff drop.
New Solutions, my pick of the release, is a more forceful composition opening with harmonised vocals laid against their signature blurry guitar before opening to a piano twirling rap section, a cycle through which the song continues.
After a long break since being featured in 2015 within the past couple of months two new singles have surfaced – Basement and St. Elwood – with fortune this is indicative of a new LP, or EP at least, on its way imminently.
The compacted high energy rock that Redkey deliver is reminiscent of a new wave / heavy metal crossover, having, as it does, a retrospective bootstrap. Pulsing and emphatic bar endings create the intensity of the music and its tautness which ensures there are no stray hairs on the collar while affording the sharply cut songs their clearly defined and strong presence.
Making the selection for The Editors’ Choice for Band of the Month always gives an opportunity to stop and dig through the music featured once again and it always proves to be the case that there has been some sublime songs released in the past month – August 2018 proving to be no exception.
Rodes Rollins – Photo by Emily Chang
From the USA the alt-rock musician Rodes Rollins is this months selection.