Protovulcan – The Force Remains The Same – Audio

Surfacing from Chicago (USA) the trio of Nicholas Ammerman (Guitar), Deric Criss (Drums) and Will MacLean (Moog Bass / Wurlitzer / Vocoder) are the dystopian-rock band Protovulcan who on the 25th of January 2019 will be releasing the double LP Life Is Twigs / Psychic Pinball.


Three years since their last LP, Stakes is Low (available on bandcamp), their return is more than welcome.

The first track to surface from the release – The Force Remains the Same – is marked by a darkness that rumbles through the room in which extensive use of delay pedal gives the music its irrepressible oppressive presence, laying all ground to dust in its wake.

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Jamie Woodfin Jr. – Life In A Bubble – Audio

The alt-rock project of Jamie Woodfin Jr. from Louisville (USA) creates music of dark demeanour.

Jamie Woodfin Jr

Jamie Woodfin Jr

A week yesterday the twelve track LP Synchronized Noise (available on bandcamp) was released. An album that displays a variety of influences in the output, with each track drawing from different wells, though always in common is a rooting in rock and a brooding, oppressive, countenance.

The half-spoken vocals enables the songs to create searing rumbles of ominous presence which roll through the room as though borne of stormy clouds.

Life In A Bubble is the sixth track.


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Band Of The Month – November 2018 – Editors’ Choice

Slightly later than normal, the Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month

Vacant Stares - Band Of The Month November 2018

Vacant Stares

…from the USA – the gothwave quartet Vacant Stares from the USA.

A R 1 5 is from their eponymous EP which is available on bandcamp.

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Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves – Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone to Kill – Audio

Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves, the electro-country project of Owen Lake with Pamela Stein Lynde (Vocals), Domenica Romagni (Vocals), Anica Mrose Rissi (Fiddle), Mike Mulshine (Bass synthesiser), Mark Harris (Electric Guitar), Dave Van Allen (Pedal Steel) and Mark Eichenberger (Electronic Drums) in live performance, from Princeton (USA), releases the LP The Best of Your Lies on the 30th.

Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves

Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves

Drawing from the well of sad-times country Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves in The Best of Your Lies are able to paint far more than the anticipated bible-belt white Christian fundamentalist self-pity and are able to deliver a sound track which invites a broader audience to the room with an intriguing dozen track, roughly forty minutes, of drifting electronica melancholia (available on bandcamp) and as regular readers know I am always a sucker for a Pedal Steel, thereby making this a release I recommend getting to know on its release.

Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone to Kill is the fifth of the songs.


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For What It’s Worth – Straw Man – Audio

Mike Beyer (Guitar), Chris Beyer (Guitar / Vocals), Cody Hermann (Bass) and Mike DiLello (Drums) from West Islip (USA) who form the indie-light band For What It’s Worth released the EP Heavy // Hollow on the 23rd.

For What It's Worth

For What It’s Worth

The five track EP (available on bandcamp) feathers through the room as though borne on owl wings barely stirring the air, yet, despite its ease of flight are deftly created and intricate compositions which are, rather than on first light – simple constructions, complex layers of texturing in which the ears discover multidimensional interweaving of instrumentation and voice with the music having a mesmeric, somewhat ethereal, attraction.

Influences of indie-dance, maths-rock and roots rock are combined in to calmly delivered and consummate pieces of music – my pick of the release being the second – Straw Man.

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