Tetra is the angular rock quartet of Kevin Caldwell (Vocals / Bass), Stuart Lynas (Guitar / Synth / Vocals), Jay Buckley (Guitar) and Jordan Halliday (Drums) from Glasgow, Scotland.
Tetra put out material of progressive mathematical theorem, even by the very name, indicative of three, though with four players in the band. That doesn’t mean to say you will become lost in a battle of wit to understand the music. The snappily delivered dampened strings polarise across the ears giving the material a psychotropic feel.
For those of us who suffer from acephalgic migraine, Tetra is able to aurally translate Scintillating Scotoma, for those who don’t, the buffering colours of distortion shard one against the other in an aural contusion which fascinates as much as it discombobulates.
The structures of the sound are fragile sunlit shards of ice set to shatter on touch. Tetra is able to to play with the icicles and deliver music of intrigue as they kaleidoscope the light across their deftly maneuvered crystals.
Having had the opportunity to listen to material of older stature, which I enjoyed. I do find that their latest angle of delivery Tank (available on bandcamp) finds Tetra in more confident mood as they firmly grab hold of the edifices and throw them around the room with no fear of breakage.
The Circus Ship – an angsty-rock band based in Glasgow, Scotland is Disa, Harald, Nils and Daniel.
The Circus Ship
Swedish spaciousness meets The Gorbals tinged with a smattering of Celtic-rock and you just know you are in for a good time and The Circus Ship do not disappoint. The quartet hail from Sweden and on the banks of the Forth in Scotland and have taken to their adopted home with some distinction.
Underpinning the compositions lays a narrative of friction, which they are able to translate through pulsing bass / percussion that combines with a guitar framework that sweeps with echoes, which the scowling vocal unifies with anthems that demand of joining in the choruses fusing the audience immediately with The Circus Ship.
Having had the opportunity to take a listen to their back catalogue, that includes home demos which you know is always my preference to get the cut through the gloss and polish of production studio, my only sadness is that they are at present not travelling far away from their territory to get out to see them live.
For those of finer ears than my own tinnitus ringing, a recent release through Last Orders Records – Barney (available on bandcamp) is a decent place to get to know them, particularly as it includes two live tracks out of the five. Live recording or performance is the essence of The Circus Ship, where the connection becomes strongest as it is the minor imperfections that gives the material its power.
I look forward to hearing much more and wish The Circus Ship the best in the tumult that is the music business, as they have much to add.
Dialects from Glasgow in Scotland is the maths-rock quartet of Conor Anderson (Guitar), Steven Gillies (Guitar), Ali Walker (Bass) and Jonny Gormley (Drums).
The industrial excavations of Dialects soon have you looking at the walls to ensure it isn’t they that are furiously cascading around your head. When maths rock comes right, it is a joy to behold, rarely it does, though in the hands of the quartet the carefully constructed pyramids are felled in measured temperament leaving the audience smitten by the smote.
Cleavers of grinding guitar axe their way through the cortex like a finely tuned sawmill at peak production. Dialects leave the audience with a sense of perfectly articulated jaw as the jangles of angles reverberate around the head.
Pugilistic percussion is swathed in felts of beguiling bass to cleft a hidden southpaw right-hand upper-cut to the senses as the guitars serve as a valedictory salute to the unconscious.
Dialects deliver an uncompromising flow of precise compositions that take no prisoners along their path. Catch them in the wrong moment and it will discombobulate. When in the right mindset this is music which confabulates and an absolute joy.
I raise my hat to Dialects for not being afraid to challenge the listener and as importantly for putting ‘pure maths’ into maths-rock.
Sticks And Stones from Dumfries in Scotland is the alt-folk trio of Aiden Halliday (Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Kick-Drum), Angus Bruce (Keys) and Peter Wall (Lead Guitar).
Sticks And Stones – Into The Wild – artwork and track list
On hitting play the listener is immediately struck by the intensity of the out-put of Sticks And Stones. There is an earthy dirtiness to the sound which gives the music credence. The instrumentation serves as a back-drop to the charged vocal as the trio weave electronics and acoustics into pieces which capture the sentiment of the songs.
Even on recording one is left with a feeling that the songs are reproduced with the same emotional process as the initial concepts in the writing. Sticks And Stones vary speed of delivery to provide the connections between the unravelling storyline and the music that sears past the ears. The crescendos and fades draw in the listener to the compositions as the guitars express the turmoil and the keys give the flourishes to which an immediately recognizable vocal, that has the ability to express the sadness and frustrations, allows the band to offer a selection of songs you just want to add to your playlist.
A début LP – Into The Wild, which came out in October, through Distilled Records is a good way to get to explore Sticks And Stones.
Hailing from Fife in Scotland comes the brooding-rock duo of Alan Wyllie and Graeme Currie who form Milton Star.
As regular readers know, I do have a predilection towards deep notes and there is absolutely no chance I could avoid asking you to spend some time with a rich baritone vocal, add to which a morose funereal procession of purple velvet oppressive cloud encircles the room, Milton Star is an out-fit I highly recommend taking time to get to know.
Summoning images of crimson welts dripping blood, Milton Star is not to be taken with a razor-blade to hand as the luxuriant sounds encase the mind in a beautiful sadness that draws illimitable inconsolable perspectives from the darkest recesses of the mind. I am led to Leonard Cohen as Milton Star circulate with their reflections.
The compositions contains textures which belies only two players as Milton Star combine intense melodic formulations with a continual flow of under-current, which gives the sounds a depth of exploration that most multi-player line-ups fail to deliver. The duo are experienced musicians who have used their knowledge to form an entity which is able to afford the audience an emotionally complex journey of discovery.
How the pieces would transpose to live performance is another story all together, as Milton Star deploy various instruments and techniques to produce their luxuriant recordings.