July has been a month in which the long-list for band of the month has grown in to something more like a compilation triple LP… however, the end of the month has arrived and the Editors’ Choice for band of the month for July is…
The Welsh rock quartet Charlie Says released the EP Vena Cava on the 30th of June.
These are a highly talented group of musicians who during the course of the roughly eighteen minutes of the four songs are able to wrest a whole gamut of emotional reaction from the listener.
Opening with the pulverising title track – the room is transformed in to a heaving mass of frenetic head banging and wayward air guitar as the song hurtles past the dancing bodies.
Next is the heart-aching melody and vocal extravaganza of Heartshaped that finds the floor washed in tears and is my pick of the release.
The penultimate song Witches transforms the sound to a latino rumble that underpins a cinematic theme and the feeling of the intimacy of the vocal.
Sadly the end of Vena Cava is signalled by the opening bars of the closer No More Glory which fires in to a raw blues rock number that fizzes with energy – leaving those in earshot shouting for more and I do look forward to hearing more by Charlie Says in short order.
The Welsh rock trio The Flesh Velvet released the their début EP Chemical Elephant today.
The Flesh Velvet
The first of the four songs is Facedown which sets up a well put together roughly quarter of an hour of grungy rock which bleeds out of the speakers in smudgy riffs and intimates of a band who will quickly become better known.
The Welsh dark-metal band Ravenbreed are set to release their début three track single Hollowed on the 28th.
Ravenbreed – logo design by Richie Evans of Spark33
Two thirds of the single has been revealed in advance, the most recent of which is Lonely.
Another one of those moments in which you need to have your speaker system straining to stay on their anchors as you bury your head between the casements and if you don’t emerge with ears bleeding on completion of the tad under five and a third minutes song you either didn’t turn up the volume to maximum or you have appalling speakers, which probably means you never actually hear any music at all, rather reeds of noise.
The Welsh alt-rock project John MOuse will be releasing the LP Replica Figures on the 19th of February next year.
An eleven track album of dry wit which casts a scornful eye at the minutiae of the world around. The album works particularly well with its light touch production values that enable the acerbic humour to play to its best advantage with the songs having a sense that pulling on the the right thread the whole lost would tumble in to chaos – being in common with the precarious nature of societal constructs.