CHAMPION LOVER from Toronto in Canada is the alt-indie quartet of Edward, James, William and Erik.
Before heading off to ramble about CHAMPION LOVER, those of you who read the Facebook page may recall a post I made a while ago about how surprised I was that despite many thousands of bands being reviewed over the past almost five years there has never been a duplicate band name. This is the nearest I have come as only a space differentiates between the English band ChampionLover and these guys, but I digress…. CHAMPION LOVER…
The sounds seem to be wrestling to get back into the speakers like a Jehovah Witness knocking on the door discovering an orgy going on inside, as the bass implodes upon itself, before finally giving up the fight and donning a gimp mask to join in with the party. The full value of CHAMPION LOVER lays in the underbelly which they expose in a darkened drone that takes over the room in a shroud of reverb which thumps off the walls like clods of sodden turf.
This is music that requires the speakers to be turned up to full volume as the mind immerses itself in the waves of understated distorted phrases which dissipate before the brain can fully ingest the flowing compositions. There is a wandering psychedelic tincture to the sound to which the brain locks, giving it a trippy feel without the ensuing headache.
A début ten track eponymous LP is set for release digitally on the 20th, followed by a must have Vinyl on the 18th of July.
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LaDiDa from Gothenberg in Sweden is Bea, Rat, Andy, Erik an alt-indie band.
Changes in line-up and band name has seen LaDiDa burrowed away in a time-capsule for the past few years, but they are now back bursting with even more energy than previously. Working on a new release whilst getting out on the road again the quartet are back with a bang. I have had the opportunity of hearing two of their demo recordings which would indicate their new release coming out some time early next year will be worth getting hold of. The music from a few years ago however does justice to the new sounds as there remains a distinctive and unforgettable vocal infused with the infectious enthusiasm of the music which showers ohms through the speakers.
For the first time in many years I found myself doing some exercise with the first cup of coffee of the day as the need to pogo overwhelmed the need for caffeine. As many of you know from my previous writing, that is a pretty mean feat as not only do I start drinking coffee before my eyes open, it also takes a coffee to get me off to sleep at night. What a great start to the day and I look forward to hearing more of these tracks before they end up on the finished product. The raw bleeding edges are exactly what LaDiDa are about and I hope they don’t put on too many layers of make-up before letting it loose more widely, for now, unless you are going to be seeing them in Sweden live, you will have to take my word for it as I am unable to share these demo tracks.
From the archives, but giving a good idea what LaDiDa is all about here is something from a couple of years ago.
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