Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son a rock band from East Brunswick in the USA is Bobby Mahoney (Lead guitar / Vocals), Jon Alba (Rhythm Guitar), Dan Cohen (Rhythm Guitar), Joe Larkin (Bass) and James McIntosh (Drums).

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son - rock from the USA

Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son


Utilising the trio of guitars to disperse melodies rather than volume Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son is able to create music that is generous on the ears without meandering into irrelevant channels as the bass and percussion maintain an urgency which keeps the tracks progressing and a well pitched vocal rounds the out-put.

Reminding of classic rock Bob Mahoney And The Seventh Son have wisely not attempted to re-invent the wheel though have updated the sound adding a lighter touch.

Maintaining a regular live presence and recorded out-put the quintet is worth getting to hear when you are after the lighter side of rock to the accompaniment of a summer tinge.

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Friends in Low Places – Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son is available on iTunes.*

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Patrimony

Trevor Martell (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Wyatt Phillipi (Bass / Vocals / Keys) and Jason Allenby (Drums / Xylo / Vocals) from Portland, Oregon, in the USA combine to form the rock band Patrimony.

Patrimony - photo by Jb Nelson

Patrimony – photo by Jb Nelson

Prowling out of the speakers come powerful deeply resonating guitars as Patrimony cast a scathing pall across the room. Taking a travel through their catalogue of material finds the audience transported across influences of British Rock, eight bar blues, psychedelia and heavy metal, which they wrap up inside a common thread of urgency that keeps the ears and feet active.


The trio play well together affording each element the opportunity to shine without becoming over-powering and it is their cohesiveness that gives Patrimony an instant recognizability. Whilst taking influence from expansive genres the music is compacted into clear themes, be they tracks running at less than three minutes to over seven, the brain doesn’t feel as though they are wallowing in largesse as the ever present sneer gives the material an impressive rawness that can’t but retain attention.

With a regular live performance schedule and plenty of recorded material along with more than capable musicianship and creativity Patrimony should and deserve to be more widely known, but such are the vagaries of the music business.

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You’re Telling Me Lies – Single – Patrimony is available on iTunes.*

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Rakunk

Rakunk an indie-rock quartet from Chicago in the USA is Thomas Benko (Drums), Taylor Briggs (Bass), Jonathan McIntire (Vocals / Guitar) and Tames McTigue (Guitar).

Rakunk - Indie-rock from the USA

Rakunk

Just goes to show how much the fronts flail around Chicago as Rakunk is a back to back review of bands from The Windy City. Not that I am complaining and hopefully you won’t be either. The quartet offer a completely different vortex of sounds as they deliver a knife slicing across the room that locks sharply to the plaster.


A tempestuous reflective of swarming guitars that remind of red-ants on the move usher the compositions around the ears, whilst percussion stands guard to pick up stray embers as the bass spearheads the sounds. A vocal triumphantly strides across the torn landscape as Rakunk sheers the ears.

The confident delivery allows the listener to become transfixed by the shifting soundscape of discovery that the quartet offer with tracks that blend progressive rock with fidget to provide the ears with music that transcends geo-political boundaries. A tumultuous beginning saw Rakunk with a line-up change in the middle of last year, that they have been able to absorb with maturity of bands far older.

Having had the opportunity to hear the début eponymously named four track EP set for release on the 27th – I would certainly recommend you grab hold of it when it surfaces.

I look  forward to writing more about Rakunk over the coming years as, if they are able to maintain momentum – they are a quartet to get to know now before you and I baulk at the ticket prices.

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Rakunk (EP) – EP – Rakunk is available on iTunes.*

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Image Society

Image Society is an indie band from New York in the USA comprising Jordan, Conrad, Sean and Brian.

Image Society - indie from the USA

Image Society

Tightly woven guitars wrap themselves around a percussion that storms its way around the room. Image Society deliver an out-put that has a fresh zing to it, easy to listen to but, not fallen over into the pit of radio friendly wallpaper music. The quartet use dampers to keep the notes brief and this enables them to give the sense of spaciousness inside the frenetic levels of activity that plays through each track, leaving the audience with plenty of time to follow the complete context of the pieces.


Somewhat jazz funk derived Image Society sharpen everything up, to deliver a sound that pushes forward with urgency, giving the music a surprising twist of intrigue.

A band that is well worth spending some time to explore as on greater familiarity the rich textures become more apparent and the whole perception develops to realise the Image Society is a quartet with considerable technical and compositional skill.

I wish Image Society continued success with their music.

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The Doom of Youth – EP – Image Society is available on iTunes.*

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Buzzmutt

Based in San Francisco, California, in the USA is the alt-rock quintet of Chase AnthonyJesse OlswangEric AlonzoScott Franklin and Jason Adams also known as Buzzmutt.

Buzzmutt - alt-rock from the USA

Buzzmutt

I thought my desk was breaking, then I realized it was in fact Buzzmutt with their grotesque-rock that sears into the mind with some considerable force. Refractive instrumentation and vocal fused with distorted electronics allow the quintet to discombobulate the audience as they deliver a sound that scrapes like a grater across the brain.


Buzzmutt have the ability to make the uncomfortable seem to be the right place to be and once you have threaded into the mindset it is a bit like PiL – absolutely as it needs to be and the longer you tarry the more there is to enjoy. Three years behind them; The quintet have a decent catalogue of material, each individual track breaking open a new can of worms to explore and rumour has it that there is a new LP scheduled for later this year.

To select any one track as representative of the sound is a bit like dipping in to a tombola and selecting a ticket – each has a similarity of concept, but each uniquely spaced. Given the number of individual songs they have in their repertoire (recorded material is available on bandcamp) these are undoubtedly immensely creative song-writers who almost certainly have far more to add to the world of music and I look forward to hearing the next thought process transferred to sound.

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