410 is the new-wave trio of Zafer Yerlikaya (Guitar / Vocals), Fırat Anıl (Bass / Vocals) and Berkan Çalışkan (Drums) from Beyoğlu in Turkey.
Relatively newly out of the blocks, forming towards the tail end of last year, 410 is a band to get to know post-haste as their grumbling songs of protest, redolent of a country seemingly forever at war with itself within the various factions springing up in rapid succession. 410 create music that will resonate for all those from where-ever in the world who are fed-up with the old way of doing things and just want to see irrelevant festering bigotries sliced away like the gangrenous appendages they have become.
The dark menacing tones of the tracks weigh heavily reflecting of the crushing of opportunity as 410 deliver tightly compressed waves of sound that batter in to the audience.
Although not long in existence 410 are already establishing a loyal live performance following and their début five track EP Bağırdım Sokaklarda (available on bandcamp) deserves to enable them to discover a broader international audience – Turkish speaker or not – as the collection of protest material has immediate global relevance.
The track I have chosen to feature to introduce 410 – Çöp (Rubbish) – perhaps serves as a perfect song title for English speakers whether taken in translation or the immediate untranslated as read in English.
The Turkish sleaze-rock duo Reptilians From Andromeda released the EP Sonic Rabbit Hole on the 5th.
Reptilians From Andromeda
I only offer this as an introduction, rather than a full band review, because my space is against the clock having been slowed down with pneumonia for a while which means I have a backlog of introductions to sieve through, but, I am certain I will come back to take a closer look at Reptilians From Andromeda in due course.
From the five track Sonic Rabbit Hole (available on bandcamp) – the shortest and penultimate Wicky Wacky Witches finds the listener all kinds of contorted knots in a cellar. Synthetics spiral across the room like shooting stars as the flattened vocal gradually takes control while the persistent percussion binds the audience ever tighter into arching back, as though harnessed to a Breaking Wheel.
With a sorrowful lament Gözlerin, the sixth of the eleven tracks on the LP Iyelik Eki speaks of the situation in Turkey, whilst encouraging a unity of spirit and attendance of others in greater distress.
The most recent Sofar show in Turkey (on the 19th) was cancelled at the last minute due to a nearby suicide bombing in Ankara – the first show that the Sofar Team in Istanbul have cancelled through the conflicts, giving this particular track, from an earlier show an even more poignant message.