Plus

Plus is Paul Hiller (Bass / Synth / Vocals), David Powell (Guitar / Synth / Vocals), Dave Farina (Drums / Synth / Samples / Vocals) and Cameron Gharaee (Synth / Guitar / Vocals) an electro-rock band from Los Angeles in the USA.

Plus - alt electro from the USA

Plus

It is something of a surprise to find Plus emanates from Los Angeles and good on them for challenging the local mores, as importantly, regardless of their home base there are some smartly crafted tunes to be found.


On the surface this all sounds very clean and glossy, but there is an underlying current that scratches at the veins and the mind is forced to focus and finds there is a deftly able quartet at work as they deliver music which has a liveliness to it that belies the umpteen computers being used to generate the noises to accompany drums, guitar and vocal. Avoiding the trap of ever present loops Plus use the technology intelligently so that the synthesized sounds form a framework not a focal point which enables the listener to relate to the out-put.

I am not sure what is it about this I really enjoy. Is it I feel wish that Plus just get a little bit grittier and subsume themselves in the European scene, or is it because the frothiness is just a pleasure in its own right? Either way, the material serves its purpose admirably, as I just need to hear more to keep on scratching that itch and will keep playing their music on the playlist – ‘One more time please’.

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Inbellum

Inbellum is the rock metal band from Van Nuys in the USA comprising Hector Ochoa (Vocals), Milton Quintanilla (Guitar), Jonathan Paschall (Drums) and Andres Rodriguez Vahos (Bass).

Inbellum - heavy metal from the USA

Inbellum

Tentaverunt me ad scribere totum review patria lingua Inbellum sicut et habent originem a paucis titulos quoque Latinum carmen, but I won’t as the powerhouse lies within the sounds scouring their way across the room, not in the Latin derivations.

Heavy Metal when played well can be a beautiful and calming space in which to lay and Inbellum take us to this space.  A plethora of influences sit within this Honduran, Columbian, American combination and the influences of Southern America are interspersed with trips to the Caribbean lifting the music to a level which totally absorbs the listener. La voz cambia entre el Español y el inglés puede ser un poco irritante para algunos but that is the real strength of the band as they combine so much in a short space of time.

Music which challenges preconceptions is always a pleasure to find and I am only sorry it has taken me me two months to get round to writing the review as I float around the room on a sublime melting pot of percussion, vocal and guitar work that can’t help but attract attention from anyone who enjoys bands who challenge the norm to come up with something truly original, but equally accessible.

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Slim Wray

Slim Wray a Garage Rock band from New York in the USA centres around the duo of Howzr (Guitar / Vocals) and Chris Moran (Drums / Vocals).

Slim Wray - Garage Rock from the USA

Slim Wray

A scintillating scythe of percussion cleaves the air to announce the arrival of Slim Wray, this is rock as it should be played. Reflecting on relationships, the lyrics take the classic angsts of boy meets girl and delivers them inside a resounding maelstrom of well delivered riffs and rattles.


The energy palpably hammers against the walls and the tracks deliver everything you could want for an evening of rock and roll. Slim Wray also manage to deliver it without the sound distorting levels which takes much away from many new bands and the delightful fuzzed guitar work layers in all the nuances required to emit both the power and the glory of it all.

I wonder whether they will end up with a full time bass guitarist as without it the sounds would be too tinny, so it is good to find that all the material currently around does include that all important four stringed instrument – time will tell.

The tracks work superbly well as they don’t try to reinvent the wheel, rather concentrating on what they know and enjoy and Slim Wray ably define why working to a bands strengths and not attempting to stretch skills beyond the limits works so well, providing the ears with a delightful moment in time.

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EdTang & The Chops

EdTang & The Chops is the rock band comprising EdTangNick BockBrad HarrisonGeoffrey Myers and Vic Fraternale from New Jersey in the USA.

EdTang & The Chops is a rock band from the USA

EdTang & The Chops

EdTang & The Chops has more than a hint of americana as pedal steel slides across the stage, but inside that, is a lively retake of Celtic Rock and the listener is drawn to The Pogues, so how could I not recommend you take a moment out of your day.

There is great pleasure in exploring the world of emerging bands and the quintet exemplify why this is the case. A laid-back soundtrack is complimented by a whisky soaked and cigarette smokers vocal, which gives the material a scintillating edge that captures the ears immediately on hitting play.

The folk derivatives ripple round the room as a diverse range of instruments are deployed to deliver engaging music. The whole soundscape resembles the what if –  The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl had created more music together – well it would have been EdTang & The Chops.That isn’t to say this is some pale pastiche, far from it, it is a pure delight and a band I would like to hear much more of in the future as they combine traditional sounds with inventiveness to provide the audience with something immensely fulfilling.

Classic storytelling combines with mood fitting compositions to generate music which not only captures the listener but gets them involved.

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