Surfacing in Växjö, Sweden – Dante Enocson (Vocals / Guitar), Victor Galeano (Drums), Jonas Loman (Bass) and Pontus Oskarsson (Guitar) combine to form the angst-rock band Ikiryo.

Ikiryo - angst-rock from Sweden


With a sense of inner-turmoil the music tumbles out of the speakers in refrains of lamenting woe. To the palette of emo, Ikiryo, adds progressive-rock insularity and an outward facing shoegaze tint giving the material extended stretchers of anguish.

The vocal hauntingly yawps as if espying the Gates of Hades while the combinations of guitar fluctuate between invitational pirouettes and staunch barriers of entry as the bass highlights the oppressive morose sentiments of the music and under-pinning the weight of the structure lays a solid percussion which, from time to time, launches everything into the air and ably gathers the scattered elements back in to shape.

You may mistakenly get the sense from this article it is a criticism that Ikiryo are neither this nor that – it is however for their very ability to pull in ideas which they convert to their own slot in the music scene that makes them of considerable interest and a band I will be keeping an ear out for with future material.

A few years into existence Ikiryo haven’t rushed out releases, with their début LP – Asleep/Awake (available on bandcamp) only arriving last month, I only hope it doesn’t take another three years for the follow-up.

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Theory Of Youth

Holy (Vocals / Guitar) and Thomas (Bass / Vocals) from Paris in France along with a drum machine and programming combine to form the angst-rock band Theory Of Youth.

Theory Of Youth - angst-rock from France

Theory Of Youth

Like raising a bonnet on a car to look at a frozen metal engine on a Siberian winters day Theory Of Youth do not seek to make easy bedfellows with their discordant threshing rock. However, investigate a little further and you will find a sense of opprobrium that is not slanted to the listener but to the edifices of a world of indifference.

Contemplating of the shards of glass hurled towards the 99% Theory Of Youth espouse of a sense of isolationist desperation as the music shears through the listeners ears in a threshing mill of hopelessness.

The angular panic-stricken discordance evokes of a life without self-determination, only industrial manipulation as the barbed wire of confinement pierces the skin of tentative approach. This is music that will either find you running headlong into the thorns and enjoying every barb or turning back in despair and Theory Of Youth rightly make no apology for their bristled spine.

With a couple of releases behind them, the most recent El País De Las Maravillas an eleven track LP which came out on the 18th (available on bandcamp). Much as I would wish to believe this will fish them greater exposure, I fear it will merely find Theory Of Youth with a more concentrated audience. By the fact that you take the time to read the site, I am hopeful you too will appreciate their endeavours.

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Fine Wives

Based in Johnstown in the USA Christopher S. BellRod FisherGerald Mattis and Matt Miller form the angst-rock band Fine Wives.

Fine Wives - angst-rock from the USA

Fine Wives

Those who remain alert will be pondering the idea of Christopher S. Bell as a name known and you are quite correct from the previous article about C. Scott And The Beltones – the one and same. However no need to get out the log-tables with Fine Wives who lay their hearts on their sleeves and make it slightly easier for the listener to understand.

A lo-fi jig-saw puzzle spreads across the room in hazy discolouration, though, rather than leaving the listener to connect the pieces the players tease the edges towards each other, whilst leaving the listener to fill in the spaces.

The members do not seek to add volume, rather generate textures which fan inside one another, like bird flight feathers, allowing Fine Wives to provide music which signals dissent, without trying to lead the revolution, as they ponder of dysfunction and request the audience to reconsider their own blind-side and leaving it to them to respond, whilst like a Matron, scowling at the unrepentant.

From the LP Thin Lives (available on bandcamp) the opening of the six tracks Western Standards.

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Threshing their way out of Chicago in the USA surface Ryan Murphy (Guitar / Vocal), Will Wood (Bass / Vocal) and Josh Lambert (Drums / Vocals) who form the angst-rock band Vamos.

Vamos - angst-rock from the USA


Funnelling between tight syncopation and tune and completely out of kilter Vamos fills the ears with a sense of abandoned tenement buildings as the trio cast scowling visage across the current landscape of societal disquiet.

The meshed sounds seem to echo across steel girders of forlorn echo before emerging into the room, where they giddily bounce their way around the room prior to diving into the brain in invective commentary.

Vamos provide a soundtrack which is best served by speakers turned up full affording the raw energy free reign to vent its spleen to the audience.

Their début LP Spiderbait (which is available on bandcamp) surfaced the day before yesterday and I do suggest giving it a run out in full as by imbibing the full menu degustation the context will clarify to provide context and satiation.

Most certainly a band with much to add to the world of music as they draw influences from iconic acts of previous decades, whilst creating their own space of exploration.


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Missiles of October

The trio of Lionel Beyet (Bass / Vocals), Bob Seytor (Drums) and Mathias Salas (Guitar / Vocals) from Brussels on Belgium combine to form the angst-rock band Missiles Of October.

Missiles Of October - angst-rock from Belgium

Missiles Of October

Missiles Of October is precisely what you need to play loudly as you creep slowly through a traffic jam and you will find the palpable mood of mutual frustration amongst your fellow protagonists shifts to a nod of agreement as you are given headway to  make progress. Unthreatening, yet sympathetic of the chaos surrounding.

What marks Missiles Of October out from the many antagonist rock vehicles that exist, is their cohesion – none of the candour is displaced, merely they are able to deliver it without flecks of asinine spittle dribbling down their faces.

Most certainly a band to get to know and one which I look forward to hearing much more of in the future.

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