Smokin’ On Planes – Parallel Lives – Audio

Smokin’ On Planes is the rock trio of Nick Galasso (Vocal / Guitar), Miguel Teixeira (Bass) and Omri Malal (Drums) based in Washington D.C. (USA).

Smokin' On Planes

Smokin’ On Planes

Their music has a completely absorbing flow, which akin to molten lava sliding down the slopes of a volcano has a variable viscosity, which gives the compositions their engaging textured dynamics. Formed earlier this year, there are only three tracks I have been able to hear, each of which has a retrospective air and a similarity of demeanour.

Parallel Lives is their signature combination of powerful bass and drum which are melded with a hazy ebbing and flow of the guitar which all in tandem with the Knopfleresque vocal delivery draws a reference to Dire Straits, though not as an imitation, merely an influencer and a trio I look forward to hearing more from in short order.

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Vinz Clortho – Endless Road – Audio

The US gnarly-blues quintet Vinz Clortho are working towards the release of their début LP, which is due out later this year.

Vinz Clortho

Vinz Clortho

On the 22nd they will be releasing the track Endless Road, which joins their previous two singles as their full recording catalogue thus far – marking of a band who have much to add to the music for road trips playlist and an album I look forward to being able to add to the collection.

On pulling in to a semi-abandoned town in the middle of nowhere Endless Road is precisely the track that you would want hear rumbling out of a dimly lit bar as immediately there is a sense of welcoming to a fellow-traveller and ahead beckons a certainty of an evening in company with those, as yet unknown, who will become life-long friends.

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daisybones – Choke – Audio

The skater quartet of Dillon Bailey (Vocals / Bass), AJ Ciardi (Drums), Jordan Prange (Guitar) and Lucas DeLisle (Synth), from Boston in the USA who form the band daisybones will be releasing the LP Gold on the 9th of November.

daisybones

daisybones

The second of the ten tracks on the the album – Choke – itself available as a stand alone single on bandcamp – launches through the speakers in a blur of activity, to soon slow to a funereal pace, prior to gathering up its skirt and tumbling through the room again – in a loop of continuum. That they are able to do this within a track that lasts for less than two minutes, yet doesn’t leave the listener feeling discombobulated, attests to a quartet who have much to offer the world of music.

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No Alarms – The Landing – Single Review

No Alarms is the Detroit (USA) indie-synth quintet of Andrew Boles (Vocals / Guitar / Synth),  Jack Reedy (Drums / Percussion), Jordan McLanson (Bass / Bass Synth / Percussion), Stephen Werner (Synth / Keys /Samples) and Daryn DeCriscio (Vocals / Guitar).

No Alarms

No Alarms

Their latest single The Landing, which came out earlier this month, is of quite different root-stock to previous material of theirs, which typically has been more indie-rock earthed.

A softly brushed ballad is threaded through a haze of synth and electronica to give the song a softwave texturing through which percussion and guitar lay subdued and thereby having something of a forlorn drifting melancholia that minds of former lovers parting.

In many ways my sense of the track, which lays in absolute contrast to the intentions by the  songwriter where the moment is intended to evoke the sense of positivity of landing on ones feet, elation and pure joy, demonstrates precisely just how subjective music is for each listener.

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Moaning – Artificial – Video

Moaning is a US alt-rock trio.

Moaning - photo by @thebakehousesocial

Moaning – photo by @thebakehousesocial

Their music is defined by a forceful bass that bulges through the speakers and a flattened vocal which gives the songs their brooding presence. With a growing audience both in the USA and in Europe they are often to be found touring on either side of the atlantic.

Recently caught in live performance in Denmark – from their eponymous LP, the third of the ten tracks, Artificial.

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