Band of the Month – May 2018 – Readers’ Choice

With some fortune over here in the UK summer will perhaps finally make its entrance as May closes  – despite my enjoyment for the gloomier sounds musically I do quite like warm summer days – the Readers’ Choice for Band of the month, conversely, being from Tasmania is heading towards winter and an excellent idea that they have decided to release a new LP to warm up the chill of the months ahead…

The Silverbeets - Stay Tuned - CD

The Silverbeets – Stay Tuned – CD

The Silverbeets is a trippy-rock outfit and this is And I/You Thought from the album Stay Tuned which will be available from their bandcamp store from the 11th of June.

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The Silverbeets – And I/You Thought – Audio

The Tasmanian trippy-rock outfit The Silverbeets release the LP Stay Tuned on the 11th of June.

The Silverbeets - And I/You Thought

The Silverbeets

An eleven chapter album (available on bandcamp) which plays akin to an anthology of short stories in its approaching one hours run-time. Though each song can be heard in isolation, Stay Tuned is best heard in one sitting to fully enjoy, thereby allowing the compositions to lace one in to the other, resulting in the mind meandering to explore its own outer-reaches whilst immersed in the multi-textured weave that resonates of the summer of love.



The further the album progresses, the deeper the listener becomes entranced by psychedelic wash of the softly flowing LP with the pulses of the brain slowing to an almost imperceptible flicker from which there is no desire to restart the clock on its conclusion.

It has been a couple of years since the The Silverbeets last featured and although I was made aware of a release in the offing, some little while ago, I was becoming less convinced the delay would be warranted – now having had the opportunity to listen to everything I fully understand why their own perception of time expanded. If it is another couple of years before the next reveal I will fully understand the rationale.

There is no typical song on Stay Tuned, though The Silverbeets will be releasing the second track And I/You Thought on the 1st of June in advance of the full release.

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Captives – Paint It In Blue – Audio

The Tasmanian rock quartet Captives release the LP Over The Rainbow on the 30th of March.

Captives

Captives

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.

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Mayhem & Me

Mayhem & Me is the dark-folk trio of Majella EalesJeff Reeve and Paul Carwana from Hobart in Tasmania.

Mayhem & Me - dark folk from 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.

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Paul Luttrell

Paul Luttrell, from Hobart in Tasmania, is an electro-wave creator.

Paul Luttrell

Paul Luttrell

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.

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