It was back in September 2012 the English garage-rock quintet Idles last featured.
Idles – MEAT – artwork
With a change of only one player, Andy being replaced by Lee Kiernan, there is a recognisable thread to the music of Idles.
The four track EP, MEAT is due for release on the 29th. The second piece is The Idles Chant which is a rumbustious rock ‘n’ roll number that will have you thrashing around the room in abandon and frenzied footstep, whilst joining in the vocal gaps.
I have no idea why it has taken me three years to get back to Idles, I certainly hope it doesn’t take that long again.
The French industrial-metal trio SOFY MAJOR are set to release the LP Waste on the 30th.
The title track, Waste, which is the first of the nine on the album is a menacing torture of implosions. Whilst fuelled with rage SOFY MAJOR express the frustrations within tautly held reigns. The growling track features metallic blackness as the bass which sits on slack strings, flattens the room, for the guitar to thread through victoriously and a stroppy percussion thrashes aside any remaining scraps standing. Rounding out the sound is the call to arms of a gritty vocal, leaving the listener feeling that they are witnessing the progression of unstoppable unsympathetic destruction. Along with the need to play the whole three and a half minutes through again, to enjoy the crunchiness of it all, particularly the close, which due to its abrupt conclusion, leaves the ears ringing in the silence.
From the 16th until the 31st of this month SOFY MAJOR will be on a pan-European tour and from the 3rd to the 13th of November, performing around France.
The Australian indie-rock duo Foreign Architects release their latest single Fall on the 16th.
Foreign Architects – Photo: Jonathan Wong
The munching percussion furrows its way across the room as Foreign Architects utilise the drum-kit as a lead instrument in Fall, how could I not be enamoured? The solidly planted guitar and bass amplification maintains the fulminations of the sticks. Vocal adds a different dimension to the two and a half minutes of rumble as it is of softer tone giving the duo the ability to thread a brief song with much to consider.
It is little surprise Foreign Architects have garnered much regional interest, Fall sows the seeds for a much broader international following than having been gained from a trip to Singapore.
The Australian alt-rock band Apes were introduced last year.
Apes – Dimension – artwork
Their most recent release, the single, Dimension, which was released on the 2nd finds Apes in a more blues-rock mood. The pace is slowed and gruffly ballooning guitars sweep across the room to be accompanied by a bass kick that must have necessitated the drum-kit to have been anchored to the floor. The vocal, that pitches well above the rumbling accompaniment, adds a sonic contrast to the track and the three minute opportunity to play air-drums adds much to the day.