Consecutive features by bands from Washington D.C. (USA) is it something to antagonism about Trump in the White House I wonder? This time around the new-wave trio of Mary Timony, Laura Harris, Betsy Wright who form the band Ex Hex who will be releasing the LP It’s Real on the 22nd of March.
Other than suggesting to turn up the speakers and loose yourself in the retrospective warm brushes of the music, I merely add if the eighth track – Cosmic Cave – of the eleven on the LP (which is available on bandcamp) doesn’t have you swooning and join in with the invitation to ‘come on dance with me‘ then you are probably reading the wrong music review site.
The Washington D.C. (USA) alt-rock duo of Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty will be releasing the LP White Stuff on the 1st of March.
Initially formed in 1987, in 2001 they disappeared from the scene to reappear in 2016, with the eleven tracks of White Stuff (available on bandcamp) being the follow-up studio recording to the 2000 album Pound For Pound.
Merging, through the album, both gritty, grinding riffs of grumbling rock with sparkled hip-hop the duo are able to create an album which attests to more than capable seasoned musicians who are able to slough away the jaded armour of longevity to deliver songs that have the vibrancy and freshness of a band approaching the start of their career.
The opening track is the title and firmly rooted in early garage-rock – White Stuff.
The US experimental-dystopia project The Hathaway Family Plot released the LP A Flat Thing yesterday.
An eleven track, roughly forty one minutes, album (available on bandcamp) which requires the listener to put away any preconceived thoughts of song construction prior to hitting play.
A stretch of disparate instrumentation crackles through the room – on occasion forming agitated clumps on others a flat-line of no-wave, yet always holding an attentive audience whilst inviting them to wander in to dark spaces in their mind, as the looming oppressive presence of the tracks trigger the synapses.
My pick of the release being the fourth composition – Monetizing Fear.
The quartet of Sarah Pasillas (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Kyle Todaro (Drums), Austin Dean (Guitar / Vocals) and Ben Dorcy (Bass), from Seattle (USA) who form the alt-rock band Antonioni release the EP The Odds Were All Beating Me on the 10th.
Antonioni continually shuffle the pack to create tracks of very different atmosphere on the EP (which is available on bandcamp).
Sometimes the keys are given spotlight giving compositions an ethereal nature, other times the guitar leads the way generating songs of more corporeal texture.
Stutter-Step, the most recent song to be revealed and the closer on the EP is an animated two step track which chivvies the audience out on the dance-floor.