Dead Stars

Dead Stars from New York in The USA is an indie-rock trio comprising – Jeff Moore (Guitar / Vocals), Jaye Moore (Drums) and John Watterberg (Bass).

Dead Stars - photo credit -  Danny Krug

Dead Stars – photo credit – Danny Krug

A calming fuzz emerges from the speakers on hitting play as Dead Stars deliver hazy melodies which are rounded up by a thrusting drive of bass / percussion that gives the music an immediate presence in the room. The trio have made steady progress over the five years of their existence and their new twelve track LP Slumber which comes out on the 17th of June sets a high-water mark in their development.

The material is signatured by a controlled delivery which belies the activity going on inside the tracks, which are layered with melody and hooks whilst giving the listener a sense of calmness, that is enhanced by the slightly fuzzed sound.

It will be interesting to see if Dead Stars can capitalise on the momentum of the forthcoming release and related tour. I certainly wish them well with their endeavours as they are a band who produce sounds which both entertain and engage the listener.

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Sharkmuffin

Sharkmuffin from Brooklyn in The USA is the garage rock trio of Tarra Thiessen (Vocals / Guitar), Natalie Kirch (Bass / Vocals) and Janet LaBelle (Drums).

Sharkmuffin - garage rock from The USA

Sharkmuffin

Scorching guitar sprawls around the room as a moody bass meanders menacingly whilst percussion impatiently harries the instrumentation and through the haze a foaming vocal articulates the pent-up energy unleashing itself into the ears as Sharkmuffin take over the speakers. The trio harness the sounds to deliver music with precision and focus that engages the audience and the additional noise making bits of kit when used add an extra layer and twist to the music.

About to set out on a tour extending through to July, the trio are also scheduled to spend some time in the Studio over the summer to record their début LP with a new EP currently being mixed and mastered, so do expect to hear much more of Sharkmuffin in the coming months something to which I am looking forward.

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1097 – Ep – Sharkmuffin is available on iTunes*.

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The John Steel Singers

The John Steel Singers from Brisbane in Australia is the surf psychedelia quintet of Trimmington Morrissey (Vocals), Scott Bromiley (Vocals /  Keyboards), Ross Chandler (Drums), Pete Bernoth (Keys / Trombone) and Luke McDonald (Vocals / Guitar).

The John Steel Singers - surf psychedelia from Australia

The John Steel Singers

The John Steel Singers provide a mesmerising journey through garage rock laden psychedelia as the multitude of vocals and instruments combine like soft waves foaming on the beach. The quintet are inveterate live performers with appearances across much of Europe in addition to their home country, with recordings appearing sparingly.

The falsetto voices are a trademark of The John Steel Singers and this enhances the music with its mushroom tea effect as the vocals slide between players in hushed tones, add to this the fuzzy instrumentation and the listener can’t do much other than sit entranced and nod in unison. The tracks are played to extended notes, which gives the music the surfy sounds of lo-fi garage rock.

The John Steel Singers is certainly well worth venturing out to see if their journey takes them near you, failing that a copy of the forthcoming eighteen track LP Everything’s a Thread (which is available on iTunes*).

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Calling All Astronauts – Hands Up, Who Wants Metal? – Video

Calling All Astronauts from England have a new six track EP – Hands Up, Who Wants To Die? coming out on the 13th July.

Calling All Astronauts - Hands Up, Who Wants To Die - Artwork

Calling All Astronauts – Hands Up, Who Wants To Die – Artwork

The opening track, Hands Up, Who Wants Metal? has been made available as a video in advance of the EP.

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