Approaching Black & White is an alternative rock trio from the USA.
Approaching Black & White
There are only three tracks around, for those of us who haven’t had the chance to see them play live, the latest of which being Evergreen (available on bandcamp), my apologies for getting to this a little late as it has been sitting in my email inbox for a few weeks now.
The slightly emo tinged, just under two and a half minutes, track has an underbelly of sadness, which they are able to evoke through a rising and falling beat, giving Evergreen a feeling of organic flow in which the listener remains attendant.
Approaching Black & White is a trio I look forward to hearing more of in short order.
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MRYGLD is the alternative-rock quintet of Shane Jewell (Lead Guitar), Alyssa Jewell (Keyboards / Vocals), Will Johnston (Drums), James McCauley (Bass) and Brandon Snipes (Vocals / Guitar) from Birmingham, Alabama in the USA.
The quintet, although relatively new as an entity comprise of experienced musicians, which shows in the exceptional quality of output. Starting out by making their material widely available MRYGOLD have already recorded a six track eponymous LP due for imminent release with word of a further LP already in the wings along with starting to establish a live performance schedule.
The understated melodies flow through the room in brushed quietness as the two six string guitars twine around each other while unobtrusive, though insistent, percussion keep the songs flowing with the bass sweeping up loose ends as combinations of two voices give the songs an alluring beauty all of which is played to the almost imperceptible analogue synth which gives the compositions a dreamy texturing that rounds out the sound.
MRYGLD is a quintet I look forward to hearing much from in the coming years and an outfit I would anticipate will be making themselves well known to audiences around the world.
By way of an introduction One Foot.
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The Real Fits is a US alternative rock quintet.
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Over the past eighteen months or so The Real Fits have split their time building a live performance circuit along with releasing recordings for those of us not able to get to their shows – the latest of which is Pretty Bastard.
Layered guitars immediately gives the track a striking sonic range as gaze-rock fuses with rock’n’roll with percussion tying the two distinctive patterns together as bass sweeps aside trailing remnants giving the song a sense of continued expansion and compression whilst the impressive vocal flows in a mesmerising simultaneous chromatic semitone which provides Pretty Bastard with its intoxicating dynamic allure.
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The Oohz is an English alt-rock project.
Most recently to surface the track Strange Body has a beguiling winding guitar that wraps itself around the listener like a snake; holding the audience in attentive delight. The song is steeped in ’70s glam-rock, yet, doesn’t sound frivolous as within the soundtrack lays a gothic temperament that is expressed through the bass and percussion which seem to be playing at a different tempo to the vocal and guitar, giving the composition considerable intrigue.
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Nomura is an alternative rock trio from Southampton in England. The band comprises of Jack Chapman (Bass), Liam Scott (Drums) and Calum Newbiggin (Guitar / Vocals).
Once again my thanks go to Dom for his thoughts.
That only three local lads could reside at the root of music which creates a complex brand of simplicity is initially hard to wrap one’s head around. Within The Cobblers Riff choppy drums and a pulsating bass rhythm guide Calum’s fluctuating vocals. Clean guitar reverberates and fills the space behind this melody, giving the softer verses an illusion of containing more than the mere sum of three instruments. This tranquil wall of sound builds in the second half of the track, progressing into more of a Maths-rock style reminiscent of Arcane Roots. The golden moment in the track is during this close, as a satisfying layer of distorted guitar seats itself beneath the increasingly-desperate vocals which endlessly beg: ‘Please don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made’.
For those familiar with the scene of young alternative and post-hardcore bands, perfecting the winning formula of delivering sincere emotion through tempered angst is a difficult task, but one that Nomura nails. Listen to The Cobblers Riff –
and then listen to Candles in the Parlour, because both are worth your time.
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