Nomura is an alternative rock trio from Southampton in England. The band comprises of Jack Chapman (Bass), Liam Scott (Drums) and Calum Newbiggin (Guitar / Vocals).

Nomura - photo credit - Julian Holman

Nomura – photo credit – Julian Holman

Once again my thanks go to Dom for his thoughts.

That only three local lads could reside at the root of music which creates a complex brand of simplicity is initially hard to wrap one’s head around. Within The Cobblers Riff choppy drums and a pulsating bass rhythm guide Calum’s fluctuating vocals. Clean guitar reverberates and fills the space behind this melody, giving the softer verses an illusion of containing more than the mere sum of three instruments. This tranquil wall of sound builds in the second half of the track, progressing into more of a Maths-rock style reminiscent of Arcane Roots. The golden moment in the track is during this close, as a satisfying layer of distorted guitar seats itself beneath the increasingly-desperate vocals which endlessly beg: ‘Please don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made’.

For those familiar with the scene of young alternative and post-hardcore bands, perfecting the winning formula of delivering sincere emotion through tempered angst is a difficult task, but one that Nomura nails. Listen to The Cobblers Riff

and then listen to Candles in the Parlour, because both are worth your time.

Dom, not only writes about music, he also creates it and when I am able to get him out of his shell – you may find me penning some words about his own musical endeavours. For more of his world – you will find him on Instagram.

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BRONZi Blonde

BRONZi Blonde is a five piece rhythm and dance outfit hailing from Nashville, Tennessee in the USA. Their image and sound centres around the nonchalant, yet simultaneously punchy, persona of Scott Soder (Vocals / Bass). This stoner-rock ego is accompanied by the curiously-named SnakeLord (Synth / Programming), Dylan Wayman (Guitar), Stephan Gubanov (Drums) and Joe Gosnell (Trumpet).

BRONZi Blonde - rhythm and dance from the USA

BRONZi Blonde

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new writer to the site – Dom – who hails from North West England, a recent graduate with a keen interest in the music industry.

Rhythm and Dance, insufficiently describes this eclectic band. Whilst in one moment BRONZi Blonde may draw from funk influences, in another they might slip into indie rock or tear into wailing vocals reminiscent of Jack White (along with blues-influenced doses of guitar and harmonica). Yet, regardless of the genre, the band still manages to incorporate hip hop beats and satisfyingly-drawling vocals into every track. They have mastered consistency whilst embracing the capacity for almost-endless sonic evolution.

For example, LoveIsMagik is dominated by the tongue-in-cheek lyrics: ‘…Love is magic, Love is free, Y’all can’t have it, It’s all for me…’. Whilst these lines are ridiculous, it is the delivery of Scott’s vocals and his visibly-confident ego which sells the madness. Why? Because many of us see not only that his outlandishness is entirely intentional, but hear that the music just sounds… good.

BRONZi Blonde certainly deserve points for finding originality through their interpretation of various genres. The resulting sound is a concoction of rhythmic, swagger-fuelled, manic, stoner-pop psychedelia; a drunken Beck rolling out pop hits with an understated shrug of his shoulders. But the band should ensure they match their hard-hitting lyrics with intoxicating melodies more often, because, when it works, it becomes impossible to resist repeated listens.

Many thanks for your thoughts Dom and I look forward to discovering more, as I hope you, as a reader, will too. To connect with Dom here is his instagram account.

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