Antesaint is the rock quartet of Hayley Smith (Vocals / Bass), Sam Sharpe (Rhythm Guitar), Thomas Wilkinson (Lead Guitar) and Joe Hunter (Drums / Vocals) from Barnsley in England.

Antesaint - rock from England


Intricate streams of notes circulate around the room as Antesaint announce their arrival. The forlorn vocal sits as a mourning lament to world that has lost its way as the fragile disambiguation of the sounds fragment in the ears in an emotional commentary.  The quartet is able to portray thoughts on tenuous threads of connectivity which speak volumes of reality.

Finely balancing fractional discourse with a solid backing Antesaint provide delicacy, which enhances the resulting out-put, of what are essentially rock driven compositions. There is a powerful undercurrent of thematic chords and riffs to allow fans of rock to engage, whilst a wispiness of meandering progressions affords the band to explore new horizons that draws in alternate audiences.

This is an interesting line of travel that ploughs new furrows for others to pursue as Antesaint add tenderness and a sense of insecurity locked within confident outpourings of emotionality. Originally formed as a trio the addition of Tom has given the band a renewed impetus.

I give them credit for the manner in which they are able to shed a tear without shame and they deserve support for the intensity of the resulting out-put.

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Serinette from Middlesborough in England is the alt-indie quintet of  Lou (Vocals), Stu (Bass / vocals), Dave (Guitar / Vocals), Paul (Drums) and Jas ( Keys / Guitar / Vocals).

Serinette - alt-indie from England


Encapsulating  the direction of travel that sits for indie-rock in the the ’10s Serinette is precisely on the pulse of what is becoming less and less alt-indie and more the defining sound of indie-rock in the UK in 2014. This segment of combining synths and instruments in a dance derivation of indie-rock is becoming more congested and this quintet are a fine exponent, who rise above the growing mass.

Serinette switch between the dance driven and the more thought provoking with easy flicks of tempo, whilst maintaining a captivating sound. The lasting memory for me is a vocal which has the ability to add a luscious finish to the out-put whatever the mood of the track. Inside the easy flowing compositions lay weaves of mesmeric instrumental combinations to which the electronics add an audible gravitas.

The fulcrum of this 2014s’ movement pivots on maintaining an under-current of driving progression, around which hip snapping beats regularly come to play whilst the synths provide a moody layer which is in-tune with much of the world, struggling with everyday realities of life. Interestingly for ’70s punk rockers like me who created sounds based on confrontation, whilst the music is far less aggressive, it has no less intensity and I am enjoying the sounds of this year in the UK enormously.

I am waiting on an MP3 of Serinette’s single due for release in July – Pushing Me Slowly, but like an excited puppy, I couldn’t wait. However as there is a week between me writing these thoughts and them being published – I may well have them along with a video by the time you read this, in which case you will have already have received notification of the video from me.

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Call It Reckless

Call It Reckless from Norwich in England is the indie-rock quintet of Rachael Holland (Vocals), James Harpham (Guitar), Tom Griffiths (Guitar), James Bussey (Bass) and Marc Allum (Drums).

Call It Reckless - indie rock from England

Call It Reckless

A soaring sound emerges from the speakers as Call It Reckless join in the throng of bands in this mid-Atlantic coalescing morass of music, yet there is something that finds them rising above the plethora, as inside the commonality of chords lays some not insignificant singularity. The effervescent enthusiastic abandonment raises a smile in the heart, as the quintet throw their heart and soul into the compositions. which have the feet tapping along in harmony as the exuberance gushes into the ears.

This is a difficult space to make a mark, particularly given the mood shift in music over the past few months and I hope that these talented individuals do diverge from their current space, which is in danger of becoming rinse and repeat.

Whatever you do, don’t take the concluding paragraph as a negative, this is a band with so much more to give and one I would really like to see do well as I think they could – if only they chose to travel their own route rather than trammel the current path.

This should be a sound from which I recoil, given the awful drawled accent, which you know I find instantly grating, along with attempting to mine a barren and unfertile soundscape that lies in the Sargasso Sea, but I don’t and that is a testament to the underlying abilities that lay within Call It Reckless. I just hope they redirect their compass of travel to explore their individuality rather than their commonality.


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Telepathy from Colchester in England is the experimental metal quartet of Piotr TurekAlbert Turek, Richard Powley and Krystian Turek.

Telepathy - experimental metal from England


Telepathy add a miraged twist to metal with their multi-dimensional meanderings to a solid spine of instruments. Rather than pursue the more usual line of hammering sounds nailed to their conclusion, the quartet explore the potential of chords in a psychedelic flight of fancy which provides the resulting music with an airiness and breathability which akin to a Trojan Horse relaxes the guard, yet once inside the brain, fires spikes of thunderous energy around the head.

With tracks raging from well under two minutes to approaching eight Telepathy are able to throw out continual surprises which keeps the listener in a thrall of discombobulation. The quartet deliver what is probably the nearest Metal will ever come to ambience as they elongate the notes into a curling wisps of sound, whilst the core remains as contiguous and closely weaved as your would anticipate from an all out metal out-fit.

Their most recent LP 12 Areas was released in May and the seven track release which extends for over thirty five minutes is a fine place to dwell in a kaleidoscope of music.

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Allusondrugs an alt-rock band from Castleford in England is Jason Moules (Vocals), Drey Pavlovic (Guitar), Damo Hughes (Guitar / Vocals / Effects), Jemal Malki (Bass) and Connor Fisher-Atack (Drums).

Allusondrugs - psychedelia from England


The mind seems to fold into the music as Allusondrugs deliver their fluid compositions. The instrumentations merge one to another giving the resulting out-put a flow which reminds me of folding stiffened egg-whites to melted chocolate to make a Mousse: Luxuriant; Enticing and Moreish.

There is no need to reach for a kaftan as Allusondrugs sweep out of the speakers, this is not LSD enhanced, rather a herbal tea of psychedelia with roots firmly entrenched in British ’70s heavy metal with clearly delineated progressions.

The quintet, whilst each adding a distinct contribution to the songs, become as one and the ears become aware of a singularity of sound that carries the audience on the floating clouds, which, as mentioned, do not stray off the flow of the compositions. Allusondrugs have the ability to write songs which retain a core static around which the resulting music is allowed to ebb and flow.

A new LP – eponymously named is set for release on the 21st July. Having had the opportunity to hear the six track – twenty one minute release I have some confidence this will raise their profile to a far wider audience than the already vociferous following as it takes the band to a far more confident and dynamic space than previously fenced.

A single from the LP – track four- Nervous – was released on the 28th April, which marks a bridge between their earlier material and the new, however it is by far from my favourite of the forthcoming album, but what do I know?

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