From Basingstoke in England Alex Gonzato (Vocals / Guitar), Fraser Roskilly (Guitar), Jon Cullis (Guitar), Liam Kinslow (Bass) and Toby Bartlett (Drums) got together to form the indie band FlashFires.
The trio of guitars enable FlashFires to explore depths of sound which captivate the attention. The instruments are deployed, not to gain volume, rather enrich textures and the players are able to find space to thread the weaves expertly providing the audience with luscious symphonies of fret work. That isn’t to ignore all the other elements which are integral to the complete sound – the percussion chivvies along the pace and the bass accents the punctuation marks as vocal provides context.
Whilst taking their career as musicians seriously which has seen them wrangle over contracts since their inception in 2012 resulting in limited material surfacing, they still retain the infectious enthusiasm of a fresh band and their début EP The Play which comes out the 20th April is full of zest.
The Black Tears from Nuneaton in England is the grunge quartet of Lischana Lane (Vocals), Kady Jones (Bass), Barney Such (Drums) and Luke Smith (Guitar).
The Black Tears
With thanks to Kali for taking the time to write her thoughts on The Black Tears…
Let me introduce to you The Black Tears a new Darkwave style group who potentially will resonate with fans of Nightwish, Within Temptation, Paramore and K0Rn.
The Black Tears have carved their way with a grunge rock sound. Their material just shows that grunge and rock really do mix. Their music has been influenced by the 90’s Seattle Scene, though with unique blends the quartet have been able to mark out their own distinctive territory.
Whilst I really like Commitment & He Knows Love, from the three track single Philosophy of Perception – each of The Black Tears songs have a unique sound to them. The melody and female vocals add depth to each track.
A new two track single Liquid Fabulous, is set for release on the 17th April.
From Liverpool in England come Magnus Romo, Florian Winter, Ben Gladwin, Bendik Brevik and Richard Welsby, who from the indie-rock band Radiolane.
Radiolane – indie-rock from England
Radiolane produce music which finds the listener reminded of sounds of the last century, but they don’t wallow in the past, rather providing music which is at once retro and current. A group of talented musicians, the quintet it able to take the ears from calming melodic rhythms to energetic squealing guitars. Which ever way Radiolane play the bat, there is a strong focus on compositions and they are able to produce an out-put which is steeped in layers and textures, ensuring the audience has plenty to keep engaged, without ever making it an exercise in deep concentration.
Making a fine start Radiolane will be a band to keep an ear out for over the coming year and their début EP Here Comes The Rain Again, which came out last month and showcases the band in various guises, should rapidly establish a deeper fan-base. Already seeking to take their music out to an international audience, they played a short tour in Norway earlier this year.
JUNIORS from Leicester in England is the indie-gaze quartet of Jamie Hives (Vocals / Guitar), Jake Tasker (Bass), William Bond (Drums) and Daniel Lee (Guitar).
JUNIORS deliver music that floats across the room in undulating waves of sounds as the guitars draw gossamer threads which seem to hang in the air, entrancing the mind, whilst a percussion and vocal act like a wand in smoke – curling urgent eddies, as the bass tarries slightly behind scooping up the remnants of guitar notes as it progresses, giving the compositions a warming catharsis.
Formed as a three piece in 2013, it wasn’t until last year that JUNIORS emerged as a fully formed entity and able to provide the lustre to the out-put. The juxtaposition of the grating vocal and the dreamy instrumentation will perhaps tear audience perspectives apart, but when taken in totality of the quartet, there is a deliverable that holds the attention of the listener.
It will be interesting to discover the direction JUNIORS travel in the coming months as they have a clear choice between the banality of poppy plastic tat and developing their creative musical force. I certainly hope they decide to explore their musical ability and if that is their direction of travel I would counsel – a change of vocal style to blend with the instruments, not fight against it but, what do I know?
I wish JUNIORS all the best in which ever direction they head. At this moment – I most certainly recommend you getting to know the quartet.
Frank is a mod-rock quintet from Wirksworth in England comprising – Craig Wheeldon (Vocals), Garry McCabe (Rhythm Guitar), John Priestley (Lead Guitar), Andy Page (Bass) and Tom Furnival (Drums).
The sounds that thunder around the room remind of ’60s Mod and progressive rock as the pulsating music of Frank finds the listener split between donning a parka or allowing the washes of sounds to flow around the brain.
A solid wall of percussion and bass pummels the brain as the lead guitar joins in the punches to the face, which is pared down by a rhythm guitar that gives Frank an outstanding range of melodies that underpin the out-put, whilst vocal adds a distinct reference to Paul Weller, which gives the band a distinctive space. Given, as you know if you are a regular reader, The Jam is one of those nemesis bands of mine, it surprises me as much as it will you – that I am enthralled and have the quintet on my ‘must have’ playlist.
About a year old, sadly there isn’t much I have been able to hear and I hope Frank are able to rectify this in short order as those of us not local for live performances are missing out on an out-put that will appeal to an international audience.
There is a feisty edginess to Frank that captures the imagination as the driving sounds and delightful hooks find arms and legs flailing in syncopation.