Royal Trux – White Stuff – Audio

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.

Royal Trux
Royal Trux

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.

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The Hathaway Family Plot – Monetizing Fear – Audio

The US experimental-dystopia project The Hathaway Family Plot released the LP A Flat Thing yesterday.

The Hathaway Family Plot
The Hathaway Family Plot

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.

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208L Containers – The Walnut King – Audio

The Tasmanian garage rock band 208L Containers released their début LP Knitted Family Helmet today.

208L Containers
208L Containers

A stomping seven track album (available on bandcamp) which crams a disparate range of points of conversations, some inane others of strident polemic, inside foundation shaking rumbles of compacted distortion.

The disengaged vocal sets the scene for the LP which neatly manages to mix both inconsequential noises of the mundanity of life with pointed rhetoric on issues of wide consequence as the reflective disquiet of the instrumentation thunders through the release.

My pick of Knitted Family Helmet being the closer – The Walnut King.

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Niights – Trail of Blood – Audio

The US gazerock quartet Niights released the LP Hellebores, Pt. I on the 4th.

Niights - Trail of Blood
Niights

The six track album is a wash of luscious textures that float across the room in a hazy voile of dreamy spires warmed by melted guitar, expanded keys and hypnotic vocal.

Trail of Blood is the fourth song.

Hellebores, Pt. I – EP – Niights is available on iTunes.*

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Antonioni – Stutter-Step – Audio

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
Antonioni

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.

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