The US indie-spike quartet Manic Pixi are due to release the LP Iron Heart later in the year.
Manic Pixi – Iron Heart – artwork
The title track of the album dropped into my arms a few hours ago and I thought I would take the opportunity to share it with you soon as possible.
Whilst immediately recognisable by the distinctive vocal, Manic Pixi have compressed their sounds inside a vice from that which was introduced back in 2014 and Iron Heart unleashes into the room a pulverising stream which is best played when you can feel your skin hair being waved in the breeze hammering out of the speakers. Allow the quartet to fix the balance themselves and you will not go wrong.
All that is asked of the audience is to clear floor space as they flail around with ears bleeding in enthrals of punchy percussion, whilst bass is held in mute, which is why you are able to turn the volume as loud as it will go, then, thump the output again – this is not music to be played on tinny mobile phone speakers, rather to enjoy as it stands through a full speaker set up. The bristling guitar snaps like garters at an orgy and the finesse is provided as the fecund vocal gathers the components together akin to a skilled shepherdess.
Given this introductory track, there can be nothing other than to do than gather party minded folks to the launch of the full LP.
The US Stoner trio Bardus are set to release the LP Stella Porta on the 1st of April.
The opening track of the seven – Smoke Bath sets the scene for a smoke fuelled extravaganza as the fuzzy guitar fill the room with fug from which throbbing bass and pulsing percussion emerge, whilst the vocal rasps in the background.
Bardus deliver a sound which has speakers working over-time, yet the music that emerges sends an invitation to reach for a lighter and roll-up in staring eyed trance.
This has been in my in-box since January – my apologies to the English angst-rock band White Ape, Sotones Records and you for the late delivery of a review of EP Pig’s Head which was released on the 4th.
Introduced back in 2014 as a Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit White Ape have gradually changed Brothel Creepers to 14 Hole DMs over the years with material of more scathing socio-democratic perspective culminating thus far in an EP which for those who follow the politics of the UK will immediately raise an arm in the air with the title ‘Pig’s Head’, or a scowl of indignation – depending on which side of the fence one brawls – for those less au-fait – bear with me and it will all become clearer.
Fucking A Dead Pig’s Head the opener to the EP has to be my pick of the release as it reflects of a story surrounding the current Prime Minister of the UK. More than that the track has a wonderful hip sway that will find you skipping around the dance-floor in joyful footstep as strung out guitar slings loops around the room.
The track which raises White Ape above previous material on Pig’s Head is One Of These Days You’re Going To Get Yourself Killed as they play around with variable tempos threading inside one another and discovers previously unearthed compositional abilities.
Next is the immediately provocative anti-State Religion stance of Barabbas with a pulverising percussion that stamps holes in the walls as the bass bustles supporting pillars and the chorus finds the guitar and vocal joining in and inviting the audience for more leverage to bring the architecture tumbling down. How could I not think you should spend more time to listen to the track than read my words.
Closing the four track EP with Believe in which White Ape bring back those footsteps of rock-a-billy which they play so well and the listener finds themselves in shoe-shuffle to a condensed percussion that thumps off the ceiling in cantankerous mood, a track that reminds me of I Just Can’t Be Happy Today by The Damned and therefore an absolute pleasure to hear.
White Ape have been able to deliver a release from which any track could be the pick of the release – to my mind this should be a quadruple A side single, then I would have had a rationale to share every track with you – I think by now you will spot – even if you are not a regular reader – I am quite fond of the music of White Ape.