Thirty five years ago the sextet of Chris D, Dave Alvin, John Doe, Bill Bateman, Steve Berlin and DJ Bonebrake – the original line-up of The Flesh Eaters – from Los Angeles (USA) last recorded an album – today the line-up released the follow up alt-rock LP – I Used to Be Pretty.
The fire and brimstone of earlier material has been diffused in to a slowly striding thread of compositions which, though less forthright in structure, nonetheless still convey a frustration with societal structures that continue to let down other than a few.
The hindsight of three decades have a regretful air the what was wrong in the ’70s and ’80s is no better now and an acknowledgement that despite protest nothing is likely to change any time soon either as so few around the world genuinely care enough to actually do anything other than live in a mire of ever more evidently delusionary ‘I’m all right Jack’ while pointing fingers of irrelevant accusation – one is minded of Martin Niemöller.
The new wave trio of Julia Kugel (Vocals / Guitar), Meredith Franco (Vocals / Bass) and Stephanie Luke (Vocals / Drums) from Atlanta (USA) who form the band The Coathangers will be releasing the LP The Devil You Know on the 8th of March.
The eleven tracks on the album (available on bandcamp) open with – Bimbo – which sets the scene for a release in which all the listener will be asked to do, is tickle the speakers louder and clear some space to dance the night away to the infectious beat, intoxicating melodies and interweaving voices.
The celtic-metal sextet of Matt (Vocals), Nicolas (Guitar), Tristan (Keyboard), Guillaume (Guitar), Matthieu (Bass) and Axel (Drums), from Lausanne (Switzerland), who form the band Norvhar will be releasing their début LP Kauna on the 16th of February.
Released as a standalone single today (available on bandcamp) – Fest In Midgard -, which is the second single to appear from Kauna, opens to a quiet strumming in to which the mind prepares for a softly laid celtic ballad only for the scabrous vocal to hurtle though the speakers, immediately cloaking the room in a bewitching Nordic folk-tale of legendary battles in dark forests.
Consecutive features by bands from Washington D.C. (USA) is it something to antagonism about Trump in the White House I wonder? This time around the new-wave trio of Mary Timony, Laura Harris, Betsy Wright who form the band Ex Hex who will be releasing the LP It’s Real on the 22nd of March.
Other than suggesting to turn up the speakers and loose yourself in the retrospective warm brushes of the music, I merely add if the eighth track – Cosmic Cave – of the eleven on the LP (which is available on bandcamp) doesn’t have you swooning and join in with the invitation to ‘come on dance with me‘ then you are probably reading the wrong music review site.
The Washington D.C. (USA) alt-rock duo of Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty will be releasing the LP White Stuff on the 1st of March.
Initially formed in 1987, in 2001 they disappeared from the scene to reappear in 2016, with the eleven tracks of White Stuff (available on bandcamp) being the follow-up studio recording to the 2000 album Pound For Pound.
Merging, through the album, both gritty, grinding riffs of grumbling rock with sparkled hip-hop the duo are able to create an album which attests to more than capable seasoned musicians who are able to slough away the jaded armour of longevity to deliver songs that have the vibrancy and freshness of a band approaching the start of their career.
The opening track is the title and firmly rooted in early garage-rock – White Stuff.