On the 22nd of February 2019 the trippy-garage quintet of David Aguilar (Lead Vocals / Harmonica / Keyboards / Percussion), Gary Andrijasevich (Drums / Vocals), Tim Abbott (Lead Guitar / Electric Sitar / Harmonica /keyboards / Vocals), Derek See (Rhythm Guitar / Twelve String Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals) and Alec Palao (Bass / Vocals) from San Jose (USA) who form The Chocolate Watchband will release the LP This Is My Voice.
The eclectic range of instrumentation and variety of voices to hand enable the quintet to deliver music of both varied weave and texturing, though they never dig in to the toolbox in an attempt to add frippery, rather keep the music well rooted in raw garage freshness.
The eleven track album (available on bandcamp) invites the listener to slough off the trials and tribulations of the day and join them robed in a tie-dyed kaftan.
The third and title track on the LP is the tripped out and sitar laden This Is My Voice.
Surfacing from Chicago (USA) the trio of Nicholas Ammerman (Guitar), Deric Criss (Drums) and Will MacLean (Moog Bass / Wurlitzer / Vocoder) are the dystopian-rock band Protovulcan who on the 25th of January 2019 will be releasing the double LP Life Is Twigs / Psychic Pinball.
Three years since their last LP, Stakes is Low (available on bandcamp), their return is more than welcome.
The first track to surface from the release – The Force Remains the Same – is marked by a darkness that rumbles through the room in which extensive use of delay pedal gives the music its irrepressible oppressive presence, laying all ground to dust in its wake.
The synthwave creator Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Melbourne (Australia) who performs as Kids At Midnight is preparing for the release of the début LP early next year.
Somewhat reminiscent of mid ’90s club electrosynth the newest track By Your Side, which was released as a stand alone single on the 30th of November, adds a luxurious blanket of soft felt that wraps around the listener with the subsumed soundtrack, as though suspended on fine silk borne by a soft breeze, melting even the most fractious moment in to one of gentle teasing.
WARNING – the social media page links to Facebook which is perfectly fine to use.
The link to a website on the Facebook and the Soundcloud artist pages to a website both link to a site that has been hacked – do not click the link to the website for the band name page. I have alerted the Kids At Midnight representative and if this message warning message is removed from this location then the issue will have been resolved.
The trio of Craig (Guitar), Jimmy (Bass) and Rob (Drums) from Leicester (England) who form the maths-rock band Jouska are planning for an LP next year.
On the 30th of November they released the two track single Lunapark (available on bandcamp), both of which will be on the album, immediately strikes the ears with the finesse of interplay, in what are predominately instrumental compositions.
While being of the sharp angles anticipated by mathematical-rock they have been able to invest a sense of the sharp rebound of a snooker ball cannoning off the cushion of new rubber on a snooker table, which gives the music an unexpected organic ebb and flow.
My pick of the single – the second track – Stopped Clock, this sense of a living and breathing being is further enhanced by a shifting timestamp which gives the music, as well as spiked points, an ever changing signature. It of course does help, to my ears, that a prominent bass guitar proffers strings through the speakers for the listener to pluck.