The English alt-rock quartet Dead Natives last featured in November of last year.
In their latest release Keep This In Mind, which came out towards the tail end of last month, they return to the sound which first drew my attention just over a year ago.
As regular readers will know, I do enjoy music that threatens the plaster on the walls with a grumbling bass. Whilst Keep This In Mind is of their own retrospective catalogue the development in sound is easily discerned with the vocal laying in its most comfortable pitch, as do bass and guitar with a rumbling drum kit harrying laggards, like a sheepdog herding sheep in the far reaches of a hill on a rain swept day and keeping everything tighter than previous music featured, leaving the listener appreciative of the intervention in to the day.
I apologise to one and all for the late posting of this article, which has lain in my inbox since the end of January.
The English grunge-metal quintet Phoxjaw release the LP Goodbye Dinosaur... on the 23rd.
The first track to surface, the second of the six on the album, which is available as a standalone single on bandcamp, Triceratops – is of less furious disposition than music of theirs previously featured with the song allowing a completely unanticipated tenderness of vocal to swim in the pond while the composition feeds on bewitching melodies – do take all of that in to the context of their musical style and don’t expect to be crooned by a rock-ballad.
The English blues-rock band Bear Witness released the LP Dreams Of Fame on the 28th of February.
Bear Witness – photo by Jacobe Lando
Blues-rock is melded with heavy-metal and indie-rock in what should be an angularity of failed connectivity, yet Bear Witness are able to easily join all the junctions together in a watertight seal that leaves the listener reaching for a faded leather jacket and a silk shirt at one and the same moment without feeling in the least bit out of sorts.
From the six track album my pick of the release is the grungy penultimate song Could One Be You where smouldering guitar riffs combine with slipping drums whilst fiery bass conjoins with a wandering vocal to deliver a song that tousles the hair and pinches the cheeks as it passes through the room.
The English electro-goth duo SSHH released the single Rising Tide on the 2nd.
The release actually contains one original and seven remixes, excessive? I pass no comment, every musician does as they think suits the character of their vision, other than to be enamoured by the original version of the song that swarms through the ears as though cockroaches having found an opening in a floor-board as the hypnotic vocal and clicking electronica burrows in to the brain.