The quartet of Sarah Pasillas (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Kyle Todaro (Drums), Austin Dean (Guitar / Vocals) and Ben Dorcy (Bass), from Seattle (USA) who form the alt-rock band Antonioni release the EP The Odds Were All Beating Me on the 10th.
Antonioni continually shuffle the pack to create tracks of very different atmosphere on the EP (which is available on bandcamp).
Sometimes the keys are given spotlight giving compositions an ethereal nature, other times the guitar leads the way generating songs of more corporeal texture.
Stutter-Step, the most recent song to be revealed and the closer on the EP is an animated two step track which chivvies the audience out on the dance-floor.
On the 1st the quintet of Anson Wind (vocals), Karsten Gulsrud (Guitar), Alec Kocjancic (Guitar), Kyle Nakaji (Bass) and Miles Dixon (Drums) from Longmont (USA) who form the garage rock band Polar Bodies released their début LP Garage Sessions.
On occasion you just know you have fallen in to a group of musicians, even in their early stages, who have far to go and long legs in their career and Polar Bodies are just a case in point.
The six track album (available on bandcamp) is eighteen minutes of music that immediately has the listener looking to book tickets to fly out and see them in live performance – those in Colorado are better placed than most of us.
Scrabbling from the speakers is an unpretentious roll of sound that fires through the room in sparks of self-contained enthusiastic energy.
My pick of the release is the second song – and appropriately named Getting To Know You.
The alt-rock quintet of Jake Gambatese (Vocals), Ryan Task (Guitar), Anthony Lupica (Guitar), Nick Barker (Drums) and Trevor Schafer (Bass) from Kent (USA) who form the band Dead Fall will be releasing the EP Never Expected on the 25th.
The first track to surface from the EP – Drowned Out – was itself made available as a standalone single on the 2nd (available on bandcamp).
A pulsing and powerful exposition of highly capable musicians who are able to dig out gnarly riffs as well as tender melodies encased inside an emo wrapper to deliver a track that whets the listeners appetite for the full release.
The US new wave acts Kepi Ghoulie and The Copyrights have joined forces to release the LP Re-Animation Festival which comes out on the 8th.
A ten track album (available from Electric Pop Records) that harks back to unencumbered garage rock as the high octane free-spirited charge of swarming guitar, punch bass, snapping drums and infectious vocal surge in to the room filling the listener with a boost of enthusiastic energy to burn in a pogo.
The Philadelphia (USA) quartet of Denny Barron (Bass / Vocals), Jeffrey Fields (Guitar / Vocals), Arthur Herrmann (Steel Guitar / Lead Guitar / Vocals) and Joe Idell (Drums / Vocals) who form the americana-angst group Morning River Band release the LP Brambles on the 18th.
A nine track album (available on bandcamp) which although riven with downcast narrative and vocal finds the listener tapping alongside, with some delight, the sprightly tempo and quirky instruments.
Always a sucker for steel guitar – my pick of the release is the middle track – The Sun Alone.