Red Telephone – Victoria Park – Single Review

Red Telephone, a Welsh trippy-rock band, release the single Victoria Park on the 19th.

Red Telephone - photo by by Rhianedd Sion

Red Telephone – photo by by Rhianedd Sion

With only two songs around that I have been able to hear – both attest to a band unafraid to take the path less travelled to deliver their thoughts on the world around.

Vaguely retrospective musically, Victoria Park, is less crammed than their first track, Kookly Rose (available on bandcamp) with Red Telephone quickly identifying that taking ideas out of compositions can conversely leave them feeling more expansive, which in this case allows the track to be both a reminiscence of childhood, while simultaneously contemplative of the here and now.

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Estrons – Body – Audio

The Wales based alt-rockers Estrons will be releasing the LP You Say I’m Not Enough, I Say You’re Too Much on the 5th of October.

Estrons - Body

Estrons

Since their introduction in 2015, Estrons have always been a delight to feature, most specifically for the bulging bass strings that can be seen poking through the speakers and Body, the fifth of the ten tracks on the album, maintains the continuity.

A track which captures the raw energy of the band as in addition to the bass,  burrowing guitar, stomping bass and intensity of vocal pour in to room infecting the listener with a refreshed verve for the day.

Supporting the release of the album Estrons are touring through to December.



Thu 20 Sep 2018 V11 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Fri 21 Sep 2018 Psycho in Mind Festival 2018 Tilburg, Netherlands
Sat 22 Sep 2018 Reeperbahn Festival 2018 Hamburg, Germany
Sun 23 Sep 2018 Maze Berlin, Germany
Sat 06 Oct 2018 DIALS 2018 Portsmouth, UK
Sat 13 Oct 2018 Twisterella Festival 2018 Middlesbrough, UK
Sun 14 Oct 2018 Llanelli Library Llanelli, UK
Thu 01 Nov 2018 Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen Leeds, UK
Fri 02 Nov 2018 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, UK
Sat 03 Nov 2018 Think Tank? Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Wed 07 Nov 2018 Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK
Thu 08 Nov 2018 The Louisiana Bristol, UK
Fri 09 Nov 2018 The Bodega Social Club Nottingham, UK
Wed 14 Nov 2018 Cavern Club Exeter, UK
Thu 15 Nov 2018 Castle & Falcon Birmingham, UK
Fri 16 Nov 2018 The Green Door Store Brighton, UK
Sat 17 Nov 2018 Galeri Caernarfon Caernarfon, UK
Fri 23 Nov 2018 The Parrot Carmarthen, UK
Thu 06 Dec 2018 The Globe Cardiff, UK

You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough – Estrons is available on iTunes.*

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Band Of The Month – July 2018 – Editors’ Choice

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…

Charlie Says - band of the month July 2018

Charlie Says

… from Wales – Charlie Says.

Vena Cava – EP – Charlie Says is available on iTunes.*

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Charlie Says – Vena Cava – EP Review

The Welsh rock quartet Charlie Says released the EP Vena Cava on the 30th of June.

Charlie Says

Charlie Says

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.

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The Flesh Velvet – Facedown – Video

The Welsh rock trio The Flesh Velvet released the their début EP Chemical Elephant today.

The Flesh Velvet

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.

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