Luck,Now is a recently formed alt-rock band from Mantova in Italy. Initially formed as a duo – Manga and Vicky – now the live line-up of Gubba (Guitar / Backing Vocals), Ale (Vocals / Guitars / Synth), Vicky (Drums), Manga (Bass / Vocals) and Checo (Guitar / Backing Vocals).

Luck,Now - alt-rock from Italy


Luck,Now express a pent up frustration that burns its way through the lightness of the material and this combination of mutinous bass and percussion, pairing with cheerful synth and bright guitar gives the out-put an immediate attraction, to which the commentariate vocal strides successfully between the disparate concepts.

Formed out of the ashes of What,Really?, Luck,Now have utilised the experience, to develop a more textured sound. In many ways minding of Californian new-wave in the late ’70s Luck,Now freshen up the influences to deliver music that connects with the ’10s with the combination of depressing realities which are unable to repress the buoyant optimism.

I have only had the opportunity to hear the début EP, released on the 24th – just another lucky start (available on bandcamp), which was recorded by the formation duo taking all the parts, so it will be interesting to hear follow-up material with the full line-up. Given the recording in isolation, Luck,Now is a band with far to travel in the world of music.

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Nervous Germans

Nervous Germans is the alt-rock quartet of Sabine Ahlbrecht (Drums), Micki Meuser (Bass), Gary Schmalzl (Guitar) and Grant Stevens (Vocals), based in Berlin – Germany.

Nervous Germans - From Prussia With Love - artwork

Nervous Germans – From Prussia With Love – artwork

On hitting play it is apparent these are a group of experienced musicians, wait a minute – Nervous Germans – would that be the band that disappeared in 1984? It would be and they have resurfaced with new sense or purpose.

An interim LP Volatile was released last year, mixing new material with old. I have had the absolute pleasure of being sent the eleven tracks on the LP From Prussia With Love which is to be released on 5/5/15. I particularly like their sense of humour, which coincides with mine and for the first time in a long time I can use numerical date format without confusing either side of the Atlantic. Humour has always been part of the character of Nervous Germans with the iconic track Germans Can’t Play Rock’n’roll, as a prime example – which given that Grant is an Australian could be counted as pure sardony, which like all the best sarcasm, floated above the heads with no realisation and perhaps how a band formed in 1979 manage to find themselves on a site named – ‘Emerging Indie Bands‘.

Whilst the material is superbly played there is a genuine connection between the creative process and the delivery, which is so often missing from reformations, Nervous Germans are most certainly not going through the motions as they keep the ragged edges of music delivered with passion and finesse. There is a seductive warmth to the tracks that just finds you tearing off clothes and lighting scented candles as the luxurious waves of sound caress the audience in intimate embrace.

Running the gamut of rock references, to soulful blues, even finding time for a parody in the middle of the LP –  Happy Birthday Major Tom that doesn’t appear out of place – Nervous Germans provide evenly spaced tempo, which they fill with arching melody and rhythm as the bass / percussion combinations perform a lap-dance around the ears, to which the vocal, that runs with the eddies, rounds out the performance.

I wish I could share every track with you, but I can’t, so unlike me, you will have to wait until May the 5th for the full seduction performance of From Prussia With Love to be yours for the asking, which is perhaps a good thing, affording you time to select the candles in advance and ensure you are with a partner before hitting play. For now the one tune I am able to share – Superstars (and Superheroes) which is the opening number.


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Novakane from Coventry in England is the alt-rock quartet of Adam Collins, Jordan Nevin, Ryan Leaper and Will Malpass.

Novakane - alt-rock from England


Novakane is able to slip 90% cocoa chocolate with whisky to produce material which furiously stomps across the floor as the ploughing bass furrows the soil to which a triumphalism of guitar skips across discard, whist a harrying percussion ferrules the tracks ever forward as the vocal provides the conquering flag.

There is an after dinner warmth to an argumentative discourse over the preambles that Novakane induces with their layering wafts of sound that float across the room, as they make coherence of polarity, in compositions which finds the audience in concordant tempo.

Collins, Nevin, Coventry, you may ponder – have I heard this combination previously? You are right back in 2012 Urban Spirit were introduced. Novakane takes a darker template with more imagery as the quartet reflect on possibility as much as inevitability, in sounds which comment on the cut and thrust of 2015.

As I write, on the 12th, these are comments on five fresh tracks, merely hours old and given the starting point Novakane have far the potential to travel far, I merely caveat I also thought that of Urban Spirit. If this is the right combination of creators, expect to hear more. If not – expect me to be introducing Adam Collins and Jordan Nevine in another three years.


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The One2s

The One2s, from Philadelphia in the USA is the alt-rock quartet of Leiana (Bass / Vocals), Sean Bombz (Guitar / Vocal), Jay Dyer (Drums) and Tom Nuzzie (Guitar / Vocals).

The One2s - alt-rock from The USA

The One2s – alt-rock from The USA

Formed as a side -recording and local performance outfit for members of two other bands, The One2s have a sound that is far more than a whimsical diversion. The players switch roles and instruments in the delivery of their material, giving them wide-scope to travel, yet there is a cohesive style to the compositions as the quartet deliver fuzzy shoegaze which has the texture of melting centre chocolates to it that can’t help but captivate the listener.

The experience of the players in The One2s shines through the carefully delivered compositions, which they imbue with warming tones as the combinations of garage rock, rock ‘n’ roll and dream-wave float around the room. A solid spine of percussion allows the instrumentation a process of metamorphosis in shifting layers of waves, whilst a subtle vocal gives the resulting out-put a sense of an aural metaphysical soliloquy.

With a couple of EPs behind them – EP One, released in January 2014 and EP 2 in January 2015 and a single in late 2014, The One2s is a project I would like to see become a mainstay and with fortune not have to wait until January 2016 to hear the next EP.


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E S T R O N S based in Cardiff, Wales, is the alt-rock quartet of Taliesyn KällströmHugh ParryJames Keeley and Rhodri Daniel.

E S T R O N S - alt-rock based in Wales


Formed a couple of years ago E S T R O N S have spent much of their time garnering a live audience, playing across much of the country with their darkly dampened bass featuring strongly and as you know a prominent bass is always likely to capture my attention. Guitar glides spectrally across the room adding dichotomies that sheer the ears like sparks from a grinding axe, whilst a precise percussion pulsates inside the brain to which a soaring vocal delivers the furnishing in either Welsh or English excoriating of travails and spurious relationship.

E S T R O N S deliver compositions which captivate the audience with their doom laden temperament which wraps folds around the head whilst in the background muffle lays a beacon of light guiding towards a far off route of escape.

After a short break in which Taliesyn gave birth, they have an almost eponymous single set for release on the 6th April Aliens. Were the band named estroniaid then it would be eponymous, were they called estron and the single alien it would have been too. However, they aren’t and it isn’t –  E S T R O N S, have a new track coming out – called Aliens, that finds them in a more shoegazy moment and why did I mention the birth of a child? Björn makes his début appearance in the closing frames of the accompanying video.

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