Like the warm current on the Gulf Stream drifting off the West coast of Ireland – Gone Tomorrow – (available on bandcamp) invites the listener to dip their toes in to the cold ocean to find that despite the stormy waters there is comfort to be found in the forlorn context.
Brushed cymbals afford the composition a mesmeric quality as guitar twines across notes that require dexterous fingering through which a bass, that evokes of the frothy surf of breaking waves, burbles – all of which surround a tender vocal that the audience finds themselves reaching out to touch.
The beauty of Gone Tomorrow is to be found in its melancholic thread.
A rising bridge towards the latter section provides a startling interruption as the climactic intensity of the reality of the moment contemplated comes in to sharp focus prior to drifting back to the quietly paced introspection.
With an extensive back-catalogue, after a break of a few years, they have recently started to reveal new material and a welcome return it is too. Rumours exist that they may well be releasing an LP later in the year, on which this would be the title track.
The wry lyrical humour is matched by a tap along soundtrack without ever veering in to the kitsch as they balance the light-hearted with the ability to put together songs that capture the attention of the audience.
By way of an introduction – Try Not To Think About It.
The Irish rock band The Grey Merchant release the single Convenience on the 31st.
The Grey Merchant
For those who are fans of heavy-metal the chord structures and vocal technique in Convenience will immediately remind of one specific band, however, rather than sounding like a pale imitation of Motörhead, The Grey Merchant are able to carve out their own space as they relax the pace.
Convenience (available on bandcamp) is a margin of over a three minute track that is able to compress and expand the pressure waves giving the piece an undulating organic flow in which the listener immerses themselves in joyful thrashing of the neck and already looking forward to the next release.
Less than a handful of tracks are around, each with slightly different structure, what holds the ideas together is the absorbing vocal which spirals around the room in far reaching range of octaves that cement the listener on the spot. Bad Seas are not aiming to create music of complexity rather provide sympathetic backstage lighting to spotlight the absorbing voice.
The most recent track to surface being – Over My Head.