The Drip Effect

The Drip Effect from West Palm Beach in the USA is the alt-rock quartet of Oscar Ramirez (Rhythm Guitar / Vocals), Josh Hamilton (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Kyle Seiler (Bass) and Andrew Dery (Drums).

The Drip Effect - alt-rock from the USA

The Drip Effect 

Like damp walls in a cellar The Drip Effect fill the room with an oppressive gloom which seeps slowly into the brain leaving a shiver down the spine. Utilising the bass and percussion to form the frame-work there is no getting away from the omnipresent underbelly, to which the guitars enhance the mood, with their spectral interplay and the vocal is delivered in suitably couched terms. How could I not enjoy it?

Deriving the source code from rock refrains The Drip Effect are able to cloak the material in atmosphere through the contrast between the progression of the percussion and the lengthy reverb and delay and high pitch deployed by the guitars, which casts the pall over the sound.  Inside all the darker vestiges there lies a bitter-sweet resonance and it is this ability to add burnt toffee to the out-put that marks The Drip Effect as a band I recommend you spend some time getting to know.

Until recently very much a live performance band who have spent the couple of years of their existence getting out to do what they most enjoy. For those of us further afield a début seven track LP Dinosaw came out the end of last month is a welcome introduction to The Drip Effect.

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Cosmic Rays

Daniel Donjuan (Guitar / Vocals), Eduardo Silva (Guitar / Vocals), Anthony Delgado (Guitar), Juan Prado (Bass) and Danny Martinez (Drums) combine to form Cosmic Rays an indie-funk band from Santa Ana in The USA.

Cosmic Rays - indie-funk from The USA

Cosmic Rays

Brand new out of the traps Cosmic Rays have made a string of tracks available to hear over the past couple of months and are looking to catch up with live-performances to establish a local following.

Instilled in local garage surf, there is also a jazz funk feel to the sound along with some snatches that remind me of ’80s new wave, so all in all an range of interesting influences, which the quintet are able to turn around with a refreshing blast of sound.

Guitars work well together without trying to complicate the sound that breezes through the room, whilst the percussion marks out a sharp line of direction and a smartly presented vocal rounds out the sound. The tautly strung guitars give the music a nervous energy which Cosmic Rays are able to transliterate to a zesty lemon burst of sound.

A little too smartly pressed for my natural stomping ground, but nonetheless a fine entry to the world of music and an out-fit I would like to hear more of as they develop. I wish Cosmic Rays all the best for the future.

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Dead Stars

Dead Stars from New York in The USA is an indie-rock trio comprising – Jeff Moore (Guitar / Vocals), Jaye Moore (Drums) and John Watterberg (Bass).

Dead Stars - photo credit -  Danny Krug

Dead Stars – photo credit – Danny Krug

A calming fuzz emerges from the speakers on hitting play as Dead Stars deliver hazy melodies which are rounded up by a thrusting drive of bass / percussion that gives the music an immediate presence in the room. The trio have made steady progress over the five years of their existence and their new twelve track LP Slumber which comes out on the 17th of June sets a high-water mark in their development.

The material is signatured by a controlled delivery which belies the activity going on inside the tracks, which are layered with melody and hooks whilst giving the listener a sense of calmness, that is enhanced by the slightly fuzzed sound.

It will be interesting to see if Dead Stars can capitalise on the momentum of the forthcoming release and related tour. I certainly wish them well with their endeavours as they are a band who produce sounds which both entertain and engage the listener.

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Sharkmuffin from Brooklyn in The USA is the garage rock trio of Tarra Thiessen (Vocals / Guitar), Natalie Kirch (Bass / Vocals) and Janet LaBelle (Drums).

Sharkmuffin - garage rock from The USA


Scorching guitar sprawls around the room as a moody bass meanders menacingly whilst percussion impatiently harries the instrumentation and through the haze a foaming vocal articulates the pent-up energy unleashing itself into the ears as Sharkmuffin take over the speakers. The trio harness the sounds to deliver music with precision and focus that engages the audience and the additional noise making bits of kit when used add an extra layer and twist to the music.

About to set out on a tour extending through to July, the trio are also scheduled to spend some time in the Studio over the summer to record their début LP with a new EP currently being mixed and mastered, so do expect to hear much more of Sharkmuffin in the coming months something to which I am looking forward.


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