The Fixation is the indie-rock quintet of Henry Soundy, Jamie Codrington, Scott Ellis, Ollie Moffat and Robbie Cockcroft split betwixt Oxford and London in England.
Just over a year ago I received an email to let me know about the band and as always promised I get there in the end, not always as quickly as intended, so my apologies to Scott for this prolonged delay in getting back to your message.
It is with some pleasure I finally reach The Fixation who deliver their corkscrew of music that has the audience bubbling with bouncing joy immediately on hitting play. The quartet are not seeking to present complication, rather unfussy good time fixes and like a round of shots of shorts so the music spears into the veins leaving the listener filled with pulsing pleasure.
A vocal which pitches higher, then ever higher, is accompanied by dampened guitars which perform sharp acrobatics across the ears as the percussion punctures into the ear with its precise lines to which bass, equally tautly strung, maintains equilibrium as it sets the tempo. Given the high pitch of it all The Fixation do not sound as though they are in a panic, rather, masters of all that they survey.
The latest EP – Is That a Gun In Your Pocket Or Is This Date Just Going Better Than Expected? discovers The Fixation in harder edge than earlier material and a direction of travel I, personally, hope they continue to pursue.
Audio Wrestling Association is the relatively new baleful-rock duo of Tim Beckett (Guitar / Vocals) and Sachin Sharma (Bass / Vocals) from Ashton-Under-Lyne in England.
Audio Wrestling Association
I have but one sadness when I was sent the introduction of Audio Wrestling Association and that is there is only one song to hear – Scratched. As you will note from the image above – a five string bass – how could I not be enamoured?
Compacting acoustic guitar with slack bass and superbly pitched half-spoken seamlessly split-vocal Scratched, which needs to be played on full volume and maximum sub-woofer to enjoy the extra string to its maximum, takes the listener on an almost four minute excoriation of the inner workings of the mind. Reflecting on broken promises, which is delivered in the bass-line, alongside the acoustic six stringer that accepts with shrugged shoulder, positing ‘such is life’ as the vocal expostulates the dichotomies. Audio Wrestling Association consists of two deft musicians able to wring the most out of the minimum and an exemplar of the adage – less is more.
With some fortune, the dearth of tracks will be quickly rectified. If perchance you happen to be in Manchester (England) and find Audio Wrestling Association on the billing – scratch any other plans you have for the evening.
The Italian shoegaze quartet Stella Diana are set to release the EP Alhena on the 27th.
Stella Diana – Alhena – artwork
The first of the five tracks – Shohet drifts out of the speakers in a hazy roll of fuzzy delay and impatient percussion, that minds of someone being taken for a walk by their dog, as they seek to amble so the dog pulls on the leash, leading the way, as it wishes to run and the combination of this unhurried guitar and frustrated drum allows Stella Diana to deliver a track that contains two distinct ideas which they mix into a generous palatte of sound that keeps the listener ever attentive.
The gauzed vocal adds to the atmosphere of other worldliness and mystery as it too sits out of kilter with the foiling musical accompaniment. You may be forgiven for thinking with all this out of synch that Shohet will emerge as a misfit of sounds, but far from it, the experienced musicians who make up Stella Diana are able to harness it all together and whilst the ears are aware there is much happening, the medulla oblongata settles the body into a comforting space in which to settle back and drift into a trance.
The Wales based alt-rockers E S T R O N S are set to release their début EP Whoever She Was… on the 11th of December.
E S T R O N S – Make A Man – artwork
From the forthcoming EP – Make A Man – which is itself being released as a single on the 4th of December is a bubbling glass of fizz as E S T R O N S deliver their tightly compressed signature sound of machine-gun drums and frenetic six and four string guitars which have the listener pogoing in joyful abandon. The vocal, as always adds a different texture to the sound with its expressive subtext giving E S T R O N S the ability to provide music that has power as well as poise.
Rapidly gaining broader attention Whoever She Was… will, with fortune, enable E S T R O N S to break to a more international fan-base.