Rocha – Quebra Mundo – LP review

The Brazilian rage rock quartet Rocha released their six track LP Queba Mundo on the 24th December.

Rocha - Quebra Mundo

Rocha – Quebra Mundo

All over in less than twenty minutes Rocha provide sharp tracks of social commentary. Opening with the very brief Vaza which sets out the stall of Quebra Mundo with an encouraging call for cohesion amongst the disaffected and a ray of hope worth working towards.

Filosofia sets out to frame the dichotomies of the message taught and the realities of life in a searing white heat of vocal, instrument and percussion gaining coherence as the track develops over the just under three minutes.

Cinza is a tempestuous affair looking at personal relationships as the percussion is left to run riot across an even faster tempo.

The Title track offers a more conciliatory tone as Rocha open up the spaces between the notes affording the listener a slight breathing space.

Guerra De Nervos aurally does exactly what it says on the tin – The fastest track on the LP, running for two minutes fifty five seconds of interplay between the players. My pick of the release simply for the control at speed.

Concluding with Autoridade which finds Rocha in fine form as they introduce a different side to the band, a more playful and inventive streak with a track that extends for over five minutes.

Quebra Mundo is an LP to sheer away any sluggishness and is available through bandcamp.

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The Late Twos – Never Mind – Single Review

The Late Twos from Northern Ireland have just released their latest single Never Mind.

The Late Twos

The Late Twos

Taken from the forthcoming EP Get Down Before I Pull You Down. It has only been ten months since I first introduced The Late Twos and in that time they have added significantly to their sound.

There is a sense of more confidence that seeps out of the track. Whilst still immediately recognizable with some delightful interplay between the guitars. Never Mind has a clarity and energy that zips across the room immediately on hitting play and before you know it you find yourself joining in with the lyrics and whirling around the room with the beat as delightful percussion rolls deliver solidity and definition.

Impressively handled tempo changes give the track a quality that raises this above a packed genre. If this is anything to judge, the EP will be a stormer and set up The Late Twos for a very successful 2014.

Never Mind – Single – The Late Twos is available on iTunes*.

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Luna Is Honey – TWODRINKSONTHEROOF – EP review

It was back in May 2011 that I first introduced Luna Is Honey from the USA.

Luna is Honey

Luna is Honey

Although they have been busy over the past two and a half years for some reason I have missed much of what Luna Is Honey have been up to, so it was with some pleasure that I received a tweet to alert me to a new EP.

In addition to a digital version of the release which is available as a pay what you like through bandcamp, Luna Is Honey have also created an eleven minute lyric video for the diversity of sounds on the three track EP TWODRINKSONTHEROOF, which has a retro dance-floor groove running through the pulse of the title track.

WINTER FRESH is a more progressive rock derived sound which is closer to the music of the original review.

Concluding with ROBOT ARMS which is something more of a futuristic experimental funk number.

I hope it doesn’t take me another 30 months to once again catch up with Luna Is Honey.

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Stellarscope – March Of The Lonely – LP review

Sometimes it surprises me how long I have been reviewing bands and it was back in 2010 I first took a look at Stellarscope.

Stellarscope - March of the lonely cover art

Stellarscope – March of the lonely cover art

On the 8th October 2013 they revealed their latest release, the 14 track LP March Of The Lonely. Opening with Stay Away From Me there is a recognizable sound, though perhaps more matured as the instruments blend more subtly in to each other. This is a delightful opener and if nothing followed, worth the price of the LP on its own.

Fashionably Late, Again is another fine delivery which finds the band squeezing in the style that Tom Lugo has a penchant for – Shoegaze.

Damn, I Hope Your Happy and you can probably guess by now why this LP is such a treat for me purely for the song titles. This takes a new tangent of exploration and is somewhat space rock in the ears.

Set The World On Fire brings in connectivity from across the globe as the track swims in incantations of tribal dance.

Breaking the pace we find Never Fit In with a more considered pace and the evocations of Stellascope are given space to fill the room prior to sloping into the ears.

Overblown immediately ups the ante and you can feel yourself in the world of Las Vegas. Though why Overblown and Las Vegas should have hit my head in one sentence I am not absolutely convinced was the intention, but for me the pick of the release for its gemstone spark in my head.

Next up is One Terrible Place – a shimmering glide of vocals and percussion.

Status Quo isn’t a pastiche of the iconic British band, rather an interesting switch of emphasis as delay is sliced on vocal and the guitars are left to reverberate in the background and intriguing track for the contrasts.

Hypervolicity Stars is next. A sound of echos, rising and falling. Stellarscope are utilsing this LP to identify the diversity of sounds and for long time fans it makes perfect sense.

It Is Too Late once again ups the ante with rock melodies subsumed behind the gauze that defines the sound of the band.

At just shy of eight minutes Island Universe gives the listener a retrospective of March Of The Lonely, as pace and texture flow across each other like melting silica.

All For You brings forth distortion with little of the accustomed planing as the trio once again gather the audience by the scruff of the neck like kittens to proffer us new experiences of Stellarscope.

Conversely Up In Smoke lands us in familiar territory though it takes time to reorientate to after the previous tracks.

Concluding with the title track March Of The Lonely, Stellarscope has throughout the LP once again set out their wide ranging stall over about fifteen years of ever exploring and they are now very comfortable in asking the audience to come to them, rather than the other way round.

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An Interview With Adam Elara About The EP Destroy Something Beautiful

I had a chance to catch up with Adam Elara of Southerland Nights once again.

Southerland Nights - artwork for Destroy Something Beautiful

Southerland Nights – artwork for Destroy Something Beautiful

On this occasion we had a conversation about the forthcoming release, set for the 18th – Destroy Something Beautiful.

The collaborative video for Here I Am is here.

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