The English dreamwave quintet Heavy Lids released their début single Neon Graffiti on the 8th.
Heavy Lids have flown under the radar since their appearance towards the end of last year and with fortune this single will mark a step change in visibility. It is very easy to overlook Sheffield, their hometown in England, for its musical heritage and spread of international influence. To do so is somewhat shortsighted as is, in my view, the potential for these five.
Neon Graffiti is a track which immediately seeps deep in to the listener as the combinations of slowcore synth, gazey guitar and ethereal vocal rotate around subtle, yet demanding bass and percussion. I posit Heavy Lids are a band to get to see now in the early stages of development prior to needing to take out a loan to afford to see them perform live in a few years time on much larger stages.
The Italy based agit-rock quartet polemica released the LP Breach on the 9th.
A ten track album (available on bandcamp) that winds its way deep in to the mind of the listener as the quartet reflect on a world of social-injustice and deliver intriguing queries and angles of perspective all wrapped inside combinations of synth and guitar which have a dystopian presence that looms through the room with the pacey percussion inviting the listener to become involved with the music on the dance-floor while the immersive and expressive vocal unerringly sweeps through melodies and sneering contempt.
The music minds of the likes of the ’80s UK protest bands such as Crass, Poison Girls, Canker Opera etc. with the politically charged message and challenging constructs which veer from structured rock’n’roll to almost experimental spikes – hence with no doubt – as longer stay readers will know – a sound I have no hesitation in recommending to add to the essentials of life playlist.
The English british-blues quartet The Howling Tides will be releasing their eponymous EP on the 29th.
The Howling Tides
A scorching weave of heavy metal seared rock’n’roll pulses through the room as the five track EP delivers its delicious riffs which invite the listener to tarry in their company with a bottle of whisky to hand. An invitation not to snub, I urge.
The English funk-rock quintet The Fleas released the LP Square Peg on the 9th.
An eclectic bakers dozen album (available on their website) which keeps the listener invested to discover what is coming next as The Fleas, appropriately, use the LP to showcase their breadth of influences and styles.
With usual scorn at the mundanity of the world around Pet Um, the English experimental-electronica project, revealed a new song last week.
By title alone – SQUARES_MAKE_THE_WORLD_GO_ROUND – pretty much sums up on the tin the scathing perspective of the new world order making it once again a pleasure to return to a sound creator with prolific output, a dry sense of humour and the ability to create music from the most unexpected sources.