Regular Boys

The quintet of WillyAlecDanLee and Jake from Perth in Australia form the new-wave band Regular Boys.

Regular Boys - new-wave from Australia

Regular Boys

Reflective of the world in which they live, where opportunities are scarce and the future looks bleak –  Regular Boys remind me of the complexities of the quintet Division 4, also from Perth who were around in the early ’80s (not to be confused with the current Sydney based Division 4 born out of the ashes of The Bland) as the quintet contemplate both being ignored in their locale, whilst compounding this by living in a City which the rest of the Country also ignores.

Rather than asking the listener to reach for razor-blades in sympathy, much like Joy Division, Regular Boys are able to create beauty from the landscape which surrounds them.

A sublime vocal mewls its way out of the speakers whilst, like a cat treading through treacle, the guitars evoke of discordance whilst gracefully striding towards the foe as the battalion of drum pierces the room and a sloped bass drawls of an inevitable showdown.

A début five track EP Newcastle St Deli arose in October (available on bandcamp) and just this week a new single surfaced – Hunt which foretells of a new EP in the wings.

I look forward to following the development of Regular Boys over the coming years and urge you to get behind them before they become constipated.

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Django Lumiere

Django Lumiere is the solo project for Dan from London in England to deliver melancholic-rock.

Django Lumiere - Melancholic rock from England

Django Lumiere

Django Lumiere delivers sounds that eerily seep around the the room and the lack of vocal gives the music an even starker sense of isolation. Drawing cinematic landscape the tracks find the listener draw into an exploration of the turmoils of the human mind.

The drifting progressions seem to emerge from opposite corners of the spectrum at different speeds, melting into a dark agglomeration that is just beyond reach, affording the compositions a sense that the notes linger long after they have died away. The instrument combinations allows Django Lumiere to provide a sound-track that haunts the mind with the mournful harmonies.

This is music that is best served in a quiet and reflective space to allow the ears and brain to engage and appreciate the finely structured pieces and to allow the time to reflect on the after-effects.

A couple of releases out, the latest is A Blurring Of The Edges which is ten tracks and about twenty five minutes of well put-together thoughts to music.

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Coquin Migale

Coquin Migale from Newcastle in England is the alt-rock quartet of Alex Soper (Guitar / Vocals), Matthew Wotton (Guitar), Stevie Kane (Bass), Dan (Drums).

Coquin Migale - Photo by Mike Veitch

Coquin Migale – Photo by Mike Veitch

Drops of psychedelia combine with indie-rock as Coquin Migale seeps across the room. The guitars, which paint flourishes of hazy smoke set the tenet of the out-put, which curls its way into the head as they foil with each other. The percussion and bass stand like sentries marking the boundaries adding a more serious face to the sound. These combinations allow the quartet to take the out-put on unexpected directions of travel. Rounding out the sound is a vocal which adds a fragility that raises Coquin Migale from an interesting band to an out-fit you just want to hear more from.

Just over a year into their journey their Second EP – Feel is set to be launched on the 11th. Although only having had the opportunity to hear one song from the forthcoming release, there seems to be a sharper more rock influenced focus compared to their début EP Yellow Room which came out last year.

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Circle – One – Video

Circle from Australia are working on a new LP – Capital City Cross Word Puzzle.

Circle - One - Artwork

Circle – One – Artwork

When first looked at back in 2012, Circle was a trio, Bec has left and Radi and Dan remain. From the forthcoming release – One.

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Gold Wolf

Gold Wolf from London in England is the indie-rock trio of Tom (Guitar / Vocals), Dan ( Bass / Vocals) and Ross (Drums).

Gold Wolf- rock from England

Gold Wolf

The refreshing up-beat mood of Gold Wolf is infectious and as the sounds filter across the room, so things appear brighter. Pulling together a disparity of influences, it will depend on when you were first listening to music as to which decade you will feel this reminds you of, but whatever your own answer there is something infectious about it that just wants you to listen to a little bit more.

While nestling with one foot in easy listening rock the trio also have a foot in the gravel and it is the scuffing stones that mark out the music for extended consideration. Gold Wolf have undergone a transition in their short life – The start of this year began with a name change from Tom Turbine – and a shift to a more rock focussed style, the make-over in emphasis has worked well for the trio.

The new direction has equally seen them with enhanced confidence, hence listener engagement and with a European tour starting in October along with a second single – Joanne Joanne. Gold Wolf is a band who you can expect to hear much more of in short order.


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