The Tasmanian rock quartet Captives release the LP Over The Rainbow on the 30th of March.
The first song to surface from the album – Paint It In Blue – rattles around the room on an energetic drum-kit which chases along the track giving it a solid frame from which the instrumentation, that is more open architecture than much of their previous material, flashes both pressured rock riffs and glittering melodies.
The tempo of the song has the illusion of shifting as the track progresses with the energetic sections being laid aside shimmering phrases resulting in just over three minutes of music that keeps the listener wondering where it is heading next.
Mayhem & Me is the dark-folk trio of Majella Eales, Jeff Reeve and Paul Carwana from Hobart in Tasmania.
Mayhem & Me
Mayhem & Me have the ability to fill the room with a wet sandbag of acoustic led material. An eponymous four track EP surfaced in August (available on bandcamp) and I look forward to news of future material by a trio who are able to take a straight forward idea and turn it into an introspective soliloquy, which finds audience gripped in the ensnaring embrace of the vice-hold of drying leather bondage-straps.
The thickly stringed acoustic guitar is given reign to flight, whilst the electric guitar lays subdued in harmony as it meets a deeply resounding bass which tethers the material with reverberating strings that darken the room as the vocal, like a hawk spotting prey, dives to the foreground garnering travel and sight to which the instrumentation gathers in flock.
Mayhem & Me are able to cloak the audience with weighty contemplation through the measured pace which they intransigently refuse to hurry, leaving the listener in enraptured desire, as the music gradually unfurls itself in the ears.
Light the candles and bring out the scarlet ties to join Mayhem & Me in their exploration of inner turmoil.
Paul Luttrell, from Hobart in Tasmania, is an electro-wave creator.
The fixation on electricity cables in imagery, gives a fair indicator of the sounds of Paul Luttrell, which spark and short in alternative / direct currents of recognisable electronic experimentalism which is earthed by luscious melodies. The contrast between the jousting electronics and the pondering vocal gives the out-put a melancholic air creating something of considerable interest.
Instrumentation ranges from clearly recognisable, to highly synthesised as Paul delivers packages of sound which at one moment are blissfully gliding across the room next, as though crossing a patch of dampness, fizz into showers of confabulated distortion that as quickly as sent into upheaval are soothed by calming vocal.
An experienced music who played previously with others, Paul Luttrell decided to start out on his own journey of discovery and the earlier experiences allow him to create an out-put that whilst pushing the edges of the norm do not tear the envelope and the audience feels able to relax in the company knowing there is a grid at the end of the wire.
A substantial, just over forty minute twelve track, début LP – Perpetual Buzz (available on bandcamp) surfaced last week, with tracks ranging from under a minute to almost five, allowing Paul Luttrell the opportunity to lay out sign-posts for future directions of travel, a journey I look forward to following.
From Perpetual Buzz – Sick & Twisted – the sixth track.
The Silverbeets is the alt-rock the quartet of Farnz Cordeaux (Guitar / Vocals), Jamie Scott (Guitar / Vocals), Jeff Reeve (Bass) and Billy O’Brien (Drums / Guitar) from Lutana in Tasmania.
A mixture of influences are stirred into the melting pot that is The Silverbeets and what emerges are carefully crafted melodic tracks that have a vaguely psychedelic feel. More akin to the feeling of having walked into a marijuana smoke filled room than tripping out on psychotropics and the light headed feeling allows the audience to enjoy the mellowness of the quartet.
A plethora of guitars are deployed on recording, I notice both a guest guitarist and even the drummer getting involved with the six stringer on their début LP – Purple Stems (which is available on bandcamp), slimming back to two in live performance. The guitars are not used to create volume rather the intoxicating melodies which The Silverbeets deliver unhurriedly. An active percussion gives the compositions a solidity, whilst the jabbing bass provides the depth as the mixture of voices subtly swipe at social mores as they swirl around the ears.
Everything about The Silverbeets is understated, which gives the material its space in the crowd and the ability of the players to forge from this tracks that capture full attention, marks them out as a band to add to the ‘music for moments of contemplation’ playlist and I wish them every success in the world of music.
From Hobart in Tasmania we find the alt-indie duo of Peter Escott (Vocals) and Julian Teakle (Bass) who together with their electronics make up The Native Cats.
The Native Cats
Firmly rooted like a solid oak tree in the lower registers The Native Cats captivate with their intriguing compositions. Two players who remind me of Joy Division and vocal a la Ian Curtis – how could it not be of interest? Snaking across the room, the music wends its way into the bones before it reaches the ears and the body is left in fluviolacustrine ebb and flow.
The floating sinews of sound coalesce into spectral shapes and the listener can’t help but become engaged. These are highly capable musicians who have been able to graft new wave with isotronics to deliver a sound that peps as it rehydrates the mind, as it leaks the soul in a meandering malaise of momentum. Or to put it another way, the ebb flow of the music sucks in the audience.
I don’t often find myself in Tasmania, however when I do, there is some top notch music which encapsulates in a microcosm like a coral reef the brightest and most captivating there is to find in underground bands. It is perhaps the scarcity of these jewels that keeps many Island Nations as stunning places to explore.
Some may find it too much of a sound alike, but to my mind this is PIL and Joy Division wrapped up in one for the 21st Century and a real pleasure to add to the website.