Fox And The Law

Fox And The Law is a blues-rock band from Seattle in the USA comprising Guy Keltner (Guitar / Vocals), Peter Williams (Guitar), Patrick Dougherty (Bass) and Dan O’Neil (Drums).

Fox And The Law - blues rock from the USA

Fox And The Law

I find myself asking you to consider garage rock with tinctures of 70’s progressive rock as Fox And The Law rattle around the room. There is a raw energy that the quartet scrawl into the compositions, whilst a more melodic and meandering felt allows them to consider the spaces, however unlike the influences of decades gone by they do not get lost in a misanthrope of self indulgence as the sounds all connect directly with the listener.


Fox And The Law are able to distil the tracks and consequentially are able to offer their take in what often runs to under three minutes of conjecture, without missing an inference. Equally they can stretch the time-frame in excess of five minutes without loosing the attention of the audience.

The ever present thunderous percussion ensures the cart stays on the path and when it looks like straying the four string hammers it all back into line as the guitar prances like an unbroken horse and the vocal sits outside the ring in a time-shift. What makes for a remarkable conclusion is that Fox And The Law are able to turn all the disparate threads into a troupe of finely delivered compositions which keeps the audience enthralled.

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BLXPLTN

BLXPLTN is the new wave trio of TaSzlin Muerte (Electro Drums / Vocals), Jonathan Horstmann (Bass / Synth / vocals) and Khattie (Guitar) from Austin in the USA.

BLXPLTN - new wave from the USA

BLXPLTN

A flow of molten metal sears through the speakers as BLXPLTN deliver their rage in a furious exchange. Laying down and listening to the music is not an option as the trio raise challenges to preconceptions and the status quo.


The mix of electronics and instrumentation allows BLXPLTN to produce an industrial backdrop to the flailing axe like guitars in an unending stream of volatile explosives. More than this, despite the high energy and frustrations, the trio is able to harness the under-laying power to deliver impressively layered sounds that capture the audience between a pogo and stark fascination.

These are a group of experienced musicians, although BLXPLTN itself if only about a year old and their prior knowledge is brought to bear, enabling them to deliver music full of angst, whilst able to create music which holds up in its own right.

An LP – Black Cop Down, which is nine tracks pursuing the theme of social justice, is set for release next month.

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Haunted Disco

Haunted Disco from Little Rock in the USA is the electronic experimental music vehicle for Matthew McMurry.

Haunted Disco - experimental electronica from the USA

Haunted Disco – experimental electronica from the USA

The aural tapestry that emerges into the room by Haunted Disco is flecked with a mix of influences and although the constructs flail towards the outer edges of the envelope, there remains a recognizable direction of travel and ready accessibility. McMurry generates an ethereal feeling, which allows the listener to alight on the carpet of sounds and drift with compositions.

The pieces float around the room as though layers of smoke and the tracks are allowed to slowly build to their pitch, prior to extending their reach and it is the almost ambient nature of the resulting out-put which give the material its easy digestibility.

Haunted Disco is a sound to take out on an extended session and let the mind travel on the journey, rather than slicing into small chunks.

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SubRosa

SubRosa from Salt Lake City from the USA is the doom-rock quintet of Rebecca Vernon (Guitar / Vocals), Sarah Pendleton (Violin / Vocals), Kim Pack (Violin / Vocals), Levi Hanna (Bass) and Andy Patterson (Drums).

SubRosa - doom-rock from the USA

SubRosa

Shimmering out of the speakers, the strings are the highlight of SubRosa, as the enthralling sounds waft about the room in a stream of vastitude. Lengthy tracks – many running up towards the quarter of an hour mark do not leave the listener in a glaze of glassy eye. Underscoring the compositions are fevered brows of excoriating expositions.

SubRosa is able to extrapolate aromas which drift around the room in lugubrious apothecary and the audience in drawn into the spacious conjectures.  Of particular delight is: The violin; (uncredited) Pianoforte and; Wind instruments, which as regular readers know I have a hankering to hear, provides many of the tracks with a ghostly tincture. There is a contemplative resonance to the sounds that gently wrap themselves into the consciousness of the listener as the quintet deliver their rumbling textures which score the mind as percussion and vocal add the finesse to the orchestration.

With their last release appearing back in 2013, I look forward to hearing more new material in the near future.

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Azwel

Azwel from New York in the USA is the melodic multi-instrumentalist Jason Perrillo.

Azwel - melodic rock from the USA

Azwel

There is a lightness of sound that drifts around the room as Azwel delivers songs which are dipped with influences of Britpop and ’70s rock. The process of delivering the pieces of music demands considerable patience as each piece is full instrument and vocal and the listener would be none the wiser that it is a one man show.

Whilst very easy on the ears, some songs do have the toes tapping along, others allow the audience to enjoy the lilting guitar chords and although very much middle of the road, one doesn’t leave with the impression of having watched paint dry as there is more to this than elevator music. Not something to rattle out at a rave, but something to play when music forms more than a backdrop, but less than the centre of attention.

In addition to working hard to put the recordings together, Azwel is a prolific creator with at least one LP appearing annually. The most recent of which came out at the end of last month – the nine track – From Now On.

I raise my hat to Jason for his abilities, as a songwriter / instrumentalist and vocalist and long may Azwel continue to add to the weave of experience.

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