Na’an Stop – Eponymous – LP Review

The US ska quintet Na’an Stop release their eponymous LP on the 3rd.

Na'an Stop - eponymous LP review

Na’an Stop

A nine track reveal in which the quintet put in to the display cabinet a range of ideas for consideration with songs threading through different moods and tempo allowing Na’an Stop to showcase their considerable talent, yet not surfacing as a hodgepodge of ideas, rather a roughly thirty three minute album the listener immediately wants to replay.

Opening with Lazy Suzan – a track regular readers will know, having been reviewed a couple of months ago.

Next up is Why You Runnin a song of similar temper, though with a heavier dub step.

Positivity brings a different balance to the table with a guitar led soul feel to it with piano playing a mood setter in a track that switches through tempo and mood, that minds of early summer café evenings.

Rapids skips to caribbean sunshine with deeply carved moonstomps as the notes sharply and cleanly drop in and out of earshot and my pick of the release for its booming bass.

Halfway is marked by Big Box a track which on its own is worth the cost of the LP as brass pipettes tiny breaths giving the song a broad sonic range.




You has a soundscape of its own as the instrumentation submerges behind the vocal giving it spotlight – and we are not let down as the voice is able to carry and pinpoint the stretch of octaves without faltering.

Question heads back towards soul territory with big dips that swoop through the room.

The penultimate track Hot Coffee is another track I recommend heading towards as it offers a new space for the quintet, and uniquely on the release, an intricate instrumental only composition enabling the listener to hear distinctly the structures of their songwriting.

The closer is Lady which again strikes a space of difference with acoustic guitar and vocal leading the way in a ballad and another song in which the voice shines brightly.

An album that is definitely one to add to the collection the moment it becomes available.

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Them Rumblin’ Bones – Eponymous – LP Review

The Australian rock trio Them Rumblin’ Bones released their ten track début eponymous LP on the 13th.

Them Rumblin' Bones

Them Rumblin’ Bones

The opening track Cravings sets the mood for the album with a heavy dose of hard-hitting rock that rattles from the speakers in a power-packed just over three and a half minutes of screaming rock.

Next is Troublin’ Times, which buffers the punches marginally in a rumbling current of guitars and percussion highlighted by a classic heavy-metal vocal in a number that varies pace and texture.

My pick of the release is the third – American Songwriter, which is an altogether different frame of mind which has an extemporised flow of instrumentation and precisely snapped drums, giving it an organic flow that forms into intriguing, almost tactile shapes as it evolves.

Taste It takes the mind straight back to ’70s rock in a roomy upbeat tempo.

Bye Bye It’s Over – gladly doesn’t mark the end of the album, merely the end of the first half and discovers Them Rumblin’ Bones in full flow of rocking rock ‘n’ roll. Well worth putting on immediate repeat.

Dragon’s Tounge is as an intricate interweaving of brooding measured rock in approaching five and five sixths minutes of sub-woofer twitching bass-line.

The longest track on the album at beyond six minutes is California Sun, but none of the three hundred and seventy nine seconds are extraneous as Them Rumblin’ Bones deliver a jogging boogie-blues that has the audience bouncing along with the skipping drum-kit and bass. Worth the price of the LP on its own.

Woke This Man once again allows guitar to take centre stage in a whammy bar blousy funkadelic blues number.

If you are a particular fan of blues rock – Racing Red Lights is where you need to be heading, in what is the most emotive track on the LP.

Closing with Shadowbox A BillionaireThem Rumblin’ Bones, add another player giving the two six string guitars the spotlight as they snake around each other, not as lead and rhythm but as though one and once again allowing them to deliver a track that has the sense of being an organic being and the only regret is that it only last for a fraction over five minutes.

Experienced musicians, which is more than borne out in the manner by which they approached the album, as they selected to create the final thoughts in what can be considered ‘jammin sessions’, giving the just under fifty minute LP (available on bandcamp) the feeling that it is a living and breathing entity, enabling the listener to head back and discover something new each time.

I am already looking forward to the follow-up.

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Bathrobe Robots – Eponymous – Single Review

The US alt-electro duo Bathrobe Robots released their début eponymous three track single on the 7th.

Bathrobe Robots

Bathrobe Robots

Opening with Cannibals a cathartic just over three minutes of blips and squiggles which are – like a dot to dot puzzle connected by the guitar and fluid vocal with a pulsing beat that rises and falls which coils around the listener as though the Asp biting Cleopatra. My pick of the release.

Next is Be Somebody (Acoustic) the term ‘acoustic’ is loosely applied as the electronic loops revolve like cathode rays in a vacuum led around the room by acoustic guitar as the duo of voices wax and wane between one another whilst the finesse is the percussion that trips off the rims and the audience finds themselves involuntarily tapping fingers in quick time to provide their own accompaniment – more than worth the price of admission on its own.

The closer is Egyptian Annie another intriguing number that is a full minute shorter than the previous tracks, yet due to the packing contains as much inflection as the other two songs with its bouncing beat skipping around the room whilst the listener joins in with the rise and fall.




Bathrobe Robots have opened their account with an expansive spread of styles and technique, each of which they deliver with deft hand and it will be interesting to discover where they thread for the future.

The only sadness with Bathrobe Robots is that they are so new there are only three tracks around – so you have been through the whole repertoire and I look forward to being able to hear more in short order.

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