Seasoned musicians who have spent many years driving up and down the USA playing shows, their début studio single American Kids is an opportunity for those of us from other shores to get to hear their music and the listener finds they have been missing out on an essential to the playlist. With fortune word arrives that American Kids is the first of a series of singles that are coming out this year.
The grungy rock’n’roll is heralded by a puddling drum-skin and slack guitar strings giving the song a contemptuous air as the lyric reflects of societal structures so wrapped up in self-serving interest that the spoon-fed propaganda of life around the world has become a rationale for division, rather than a reason for greater inclusion.
The US fusion-blues quartet The Claudettes released the LP DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM! a few hours ago.
The Claudettes – photo by Jaka Vinsek
Unlike the shouty album title this is a dozen track release (available on bandcamp) of welcoming and warm dirty-blues that grinds its way through the speakers filling the room with music that invites the listener to tarry in its company, like an invitation to share a drink in a ramshackle bar offered to a stranger in town – and long before the first song has run its course the audience feels The Claudettes are long-time travelling companions.
Each song offers something slightly different with the variety of vocals enabling the quartet to shake things up at will, while the various options of piano types and style lays down the template for the compositions as guitar and bass paint the imagery, while percussion plays an understated, though intrinsic, part in developing the atmosphere of the tracks.
My pick of the release being the second track – Give It All Up For Good.
I am once again late to another article, so my apologies to everyone for my poor administration.
Birthday Wish are all too familiar with my late replies as on the 7th of this month I dropped them an email apologising for the late response to an email of theirs from October 2016 to which I received an almost instantaneous response to let me know of the single Other. Minds which had been released on bandcamp a few hours earlier – it has taken me until now to actually get to that email too.
Infrequently releasing new tracks, with Other. Minds being the follow up to the 2016 EP Born To A Cause (also on bandcamp) is of very different flavour to the last, mathematical-architectured, release.
Other. Minds, though only lasting less than three minutes, seeps deep in to the marrow bone as the music drifts through the room in a hazy flow of synthesis and instrumentation as it slows down the pace of the day to a more gentle undulation and a track to pull out when life gets too frenetic.
Their début EP, the four track Illuminate Your Mind, that came out last week has an analogue feel of of warming valves in the amplifier as Pioneer Salesmen deliver a blend of ’60s brit-blues wrapped with ’50s rock’n’roll to create music to which finds the listener involuntarily swaying with the beat – best articulated by the second song on the EP – Takes Its Toll.
Long time in gestation there is still no final word on the long awaited début LP however, after various line-up chsanges which has delayed progression, the latest track to surface Soul Crushing Ecstasy finds the band sounding better than it has on previous features, with a more complex narrative, part of which is from the studio post-production, the bulk being from a new found self-belief therefore, it may be a tad premature to raise as a thought, I do however get the sense the album is finally on its way.