Echo Nebraska – Hold Up To The Fire – Audio

It was back in 2014 that the Canadian folk-rock quintet Echo Nebraska last featured with their début EP Send The Ships, it is therefore with some pleasure to return with news of their latest (and follow-up) LP Hold Up To The Fire which was released on the 1st of June.

Echo Nebraska - photo by @njdav

Echo Nebraska – photo by @njdav

Although Echo Nebraska have not been completely hidden away from sight, regularly playing live, the death of one of the trio of founding members Gunn Park has found they have remained away from the studio until now.

In recognition of their travails over the years and the respect with which they still hold Gunn, the song and title track – Hold Up The Fire, which is the fourth of the ten of the thirty seven’ish minutes of the melancholic folk rooted album – which is full of gems – too whom it was written in dedication, seems an apposite re-introduction and I merely hope that having broken the fast they feel able to reveal more music without the, understandable, four year gap for those of us spread more widely than able to catch them live.

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Band Of The Month – May 2018 – Editors’ Choice

Time to start packing away the chapter of what has been a month of admin issues with the site having fallen over for a day and a bit, with the Editors’ Choice for band of the month – not that the music has been other than an ever present daily delight – here’s to less troublesome June.

Scratch Buffalo - photo by Johanna Hung Photography

Scratch Buffalo – photo by Johanna Hung Photography

From Canada, the garage rock trio Scratch Buffalo.

Alligator from their eponymous LP which is available on bandcamp.

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Basement Revolver – Baby – Audio

The Canadian sadcore trio Basement Revolver will be releasing the LP Heavy Eyes on the 24th of August.

Basement Revolver

Basement Revolver

Basement Revolver somehow seem like a trio who must have been in the collection for many a year as there is something comfortingly familiar in their music, which is not due in any part to ‘sounds like’ rather their music having a confidence and calmness which, like heading out to a favoured bar, nestles itself within the brain with an immediate sense of pleasurable anticipation.

Given that there is only a brief catalogue of music, only dating back just over a couple of years, Basement Revolver already mark themselves out as a band who rate a long reach and legacy and I look forward to hearing more. The first song to surface from the dozen track album is the opener – Baby.

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The Houses (Where We Grew Up) – We Will Break / Up Someday – Single Review

The Houses (Where We Grew Up) is a Canadian slowgaze duo.

The Houses (Where We Grew Up) photo by Caitlin Johnson

The Houses (Where We Grew Up) photo by Caitlin Johnson

We Will Break / Up Someday surfaced last week in two versions. One – a radio edition, running for a sliver under four and half minutes the other – the full version which is nine and a sixth minutes of progressive shimmering guitar threaded with a pastel synth through which an unexpectedly expressive drifting vocal slips in to the room all of which is bustled along by a frenetic drum-kit and resulting in a song that has ever more varied texturing and complex layering the longer it progresses – is the more appropriate version to introduce The Houses (Where We Grew Up).

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Scratch Buffalo – Kill The Sky – Audio

The Canadian garage rock trio Scratch Buffalo release their eponymous LP on the 18th.

Scratch Buffalo - photo by Johanna Hung Photography

Scratch Buffalo – photo by Johanna Hung Photography

Doing everything that is essential in garage rock, the eleven track album, recorded in a couple of days, mainly live, (available on bandcamp) finds the raucous rock’n’roll is delightfully tempered by some some unexpected melodic and multi-textured tracks, the fifth Nightmare Coming being an example, nestling within others that tear away the paintwork with their brusque barbed bristles. Of most distinction is the duality of vocals, sometimes two on a track, sometimes one and on occasion harmonised which enable Scratch Buffalo to strike out their own distinct space.

By way of an introduction to an LP I do heartily recommend adding to the collection, the third track – Kill The Sky, though not my pick of the release it is one of the only two I am cleared to share with you at this stage it does set a fair signpost to the release as a whole.

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