Snapped Ankles – Drink And Glide – Audio

AustinZampiroloChestnutt and March from Epping (England) who form the artwave band Snapped Ankles will be releasing the LP Stunning Luxury on the 1st of March 2019.

Snapped Ankles

Snapped Ankles

While waiting for the new album their back-catalogue of garage derived spacey electro, available on bandcamp as is the new album, is well worth investing the time to get to know their music.

From the forthcoming ten track LP the penultimate song is Drink And Glide.

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Band Of The Month – November 2018 – Readers’ Choice

Time for the penultimate Readers’ Choice for Band of the month for 2018.

45. - Band of the month November 2018

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From England the rock band 45..

It’s Called Soul is taken from the three track single Godspeed (available on bandcamp).

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Jouska – Stopped Clock – Audio

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.

Jouska

Jouska

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.

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Seatbelts – Content Crush – Audio

The quartet of James Madden, Ryan Murphy, Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn who form the Liverpool (England) trippy rock band are working towards the release of the EP Please Slow Down.

Seatbelts - photo by Corey Rid

Seatbelts – photo by Corey Rid

The first track to come from the EP – Content Crush – is of slightly different air to previous material of theirs with a more dreamy and glazed eyes soundbase, having a tincture of British invasion in the swaying melodies while still retaining the hints of Talking Heads having had a night of heady spliffs.

The mellowed stretched bars, rich with bass clarinet, keys, and guitar,  seep through the room in layers of almost tangible smokey layers in to which the listener finds their synapses pulse in syncopated rhythm with a warm feel-good rush filling body and mind as the crunch of daily life recedes in to the distance.

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45. – Godspeed – Single Review

It was heading towards two years ago that the Bradford (England) trio of Craig (Vocals / Guitar), Chris (Guitar) and Matt (Bass) who form the core of the rock band 45. last featured. On the 17th they released the three track single – Godspeed.

45. - Godspeed - Single Review

45.

The extended gap is not a reflection of lack of new material, rather my own inabilities to keep up to date, later than deserved, an update.

The three tracks on the single (available on bandcamp) are each of different texturing.

The opening track – It’s Got Soul is a dark buffered composition which has the listener investigating to ascertain if they have moving foundations as the pulsing bass / drum combinations rumble through the speakers.

My pick of the release – Glorywalk – is a more emotional and empathetic treatise of a tautly strung lead guitar and snare drum which gives the piece something of a marching anthemic to it, though as the song progresses, in to earshot swims Puducherry cultural influences.

The closer and the title song, Godspeed, is a bright and breezy country-blues influenced rock composition, which appropriately links back to their americana-rock introduction.

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