The Red Rails

The Red Rails, a rock band from Ottawa in Canada is Kim Vincent (Guitar / Vocals), Chris Slaney (Bass / Backing vocals) and Steve Brogno (Drums).

The Red Rails - rock from Canada

The Red Rails

The mix of bluesy rock that The Red Rails produces is a well trodden path, what marks them above the crowd for me is the combination of relevant guitar twirls and slanting bass which gives the trio an impressively powerful sound. Without ever trying to break a mould of the genre that has worked for decades The Red Rails are able to create something which does have a difference, whilst being instantly recognizable for what it is.

A tight sounding out-fit who shake things up with tracks which range from the big stage to misty twists The Red Rails are garnering a dedicated local following. A début ten track LP coming out on the 15th July – A Living Fiction – which is a decent tour of their ability to write effective melodic sounds that captures the essence of their out-put  is preceded by a single – On The Line – which is track two on the album.

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Sounds Of Threat

Sounds Of Threat is the new-wave Las Vegas, USA, based quintet of Jesse Young (Vocals), Amy Pate (Rhythm Guitar), Aaron Prieto (Lead guitar), Tyler Whitacre (Bass) and Chad Henley (Drums).

Sounds Of Threat - new-wave from The USA

Sounds Of Threat

Nihilism virtually smashes its way through the walls as Sounds Of Threat spit out their rages and frustrations. There is a clear line back to the likes of Crass and Dead Kennedys, so how could I not be smitten. But to think of it as an imitation would not be to do the band justice as they look at life in the 21st Century.


Barely drawing breath in the individual tracks Sounds Of Threat enunciate their frustrations and realities of life within flailing shards of sound as the instruments craw slashes of ire and an ever present percussion steamrollers its way around the room, whilst a suitably harsh voice hammers home the message.

Despite the seeming chaos of it all, Sounds Of Threat deliver far more poignantly than many musicians who spend so long getting it all ‘perfect’ that the original perspective becomes subsumed within production, whereas,  these five grab hold of their ideas and deliver them with the same conviction as the original concept.  Of more importance to me is the connection between the idea of the song and its delivery than on how well the chords hold together.

By that don’t assume Sounds Of Threat can’t put a tune together, because they can, it is that they do it with passion and conviction that marks this out as a band with much to add to the world of music.

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New Cold War

New Cold War is a new-wave band from Las Vegas in The USA comprising Andy Harrison (Guitars / Vocals), John Brown (Guitars / Vocals), Cody Leavitt ( Bass / Vocals), Luis Mendez (Percussion) and Micah Malcolm (Percussion).

New Cold War - new wave from The USA

New Cold War

New on the block New Cold War was originally formed as a Studio Band to make a few tracks, but as fortune would have this quickly changed and they have transformed into a fully-fledged touring out-fit.

The feature for me of the band is the skittering percussion that invests New Cold War with a commanding presence. That isn’t to say that the rest of the sounds don’t fit together, they do, as the band produces music which hurtles around the head in a frenzy of activity. You can feel the sweat soaked notes flailing against the skin as the music energetically injects itself into the audience.

Members of the band all have other projects on the go, so it is a pleasure that they have been able to work out a schedule that meets the demands of everyone involved, including rotational drummers.

The début five track eponymous EP arrived in March and is an essential to add to any music collection. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to see the New Cold War live, by the fury of the recorded material, I would anticipate that their stage performances are great nights out.

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leaving richmond

leaving richmond is chill-wave combining electronics and instruments centred around Jordan Pier from Los Angeles in The USA.

leaving richmond - chill-wave from The USA

leaving richmond

The music of leaving richmond weaves into the room gradually filling up the empty spaces. There is something 80’s synth about it but it has all been shifted to a noticeably different dimension with the more complex melodies that can now be fused together. Through combining long loops of sound that are given time to expand, leaving richmond is able to create generous landscapes to fill with instrumentation and harmonics.

Whilst many who explore this style of music conclude with metronomic beats; By allowing the music more room to cover, both dynamically and sonically, leaving richmond is able to deliver sounds which have a more heady pace and range than would typically be anticipated. Whilst the songs are not overly long, given their breadth the audience is left feeling they have travelled far inside each piece.

As with most music of the genre, the more you hear the more it inveigles itself into the head and because of the broad sweeps of sound the brain is encouraged to relax and wander the themes with leaving richmond, leaving the listener with a roving imagination long after the last notes have fallen silent.

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The Yetis

The Yetis is the garage rock quartet of Christian Luengen (lead guitar / Vocals), Nick Gillespie (Rhythm Guitar / Vocals), Stefan Luengen (Bass) and Collins Horbowyj (Drums) from Allentown in The USA.

The Yetis - Garage rock from The USA

The Yetis

I had to check my geography on listening to The Yetis and I was pleased to see that I hadn’t lost the plot and Pennsylvania really is where I thought it was – a land locked North Eastern State of The USA, not balmy California beaches of the South West. By that you will know there is a summery cheerfulness to the out-put.


I personally enjoy surfy garage rock for many reasons, not least being the extended drawing out of vowels which is typical of the genre and The Yetis are deft exponents, which gives the music an immediate sense of calm fluidity. Although having been around a while with an extensive back-catalogue of music that isn’t all beaches and sunshine, the members are still students and bereft of funding, so releases are scarce. There are a few tracks they have recorded themselves to take a listen to, however,  I do hope that when there are a few more pennies in the pockets they don’t move away from the current recorded sound that has such warmth to it because of its very low production cost.

I look forward to hearing much more of The Yetis and wish them every success in the topsy turvy world of being  musicians.

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