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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Puppy – World Stands Still – Video

The trio of Billy HowardJock Norton and Will Michael from London (England) who form the rock band Puppy will be releasing the LP The Goat on the 25th of January 2019.

Puppy

Puppy

Slugging bass and drums launch through the speakers in the seventh of the dozen tracks – World Stand Still – with the listener anticipating a high energy heavy-metal number to burst through the room only for Puppy to slow the track to what the ears attune to be a 45 rpm record playing at 33 ⅓, though rather than feeling short changed the mind swiftly attunes and revels in the laid back heavy-rock rhythms.

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Neurotic Fiction – Collateral – Audio

The English garage rock quartet Neurotic Fiction will be releasing the LP Pulp Music on the 16th.

Neurotic Fiction - Photo by Luke Penny

Neurotic Fiction – Photo by Luke Penny

A not inappropriate name for the band as they feature the upper registers of the guitar giving the tracks something of panicked air which is laid against a contrasting silken voice giving the compositions both a graceful floating sweep and sense of wariness of imaginary hidden dangers up ahead.

The second of the ten tracks on the album (which is available on bandcamp) is Collateral – a song that hurtles through the room in a blurry flurry.

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