The trio of Alexander Van Der Wallen (Vocals / Bass), Mathijs Van Der Wallen (Drums / Backing Vocals) and Nicolas D’Exelle (Guitar / Backing Vocals) from Essen (Belgium) who form the garage band Black Leather Jacket are finalising details of their début LP.
Occasionally it makes sense to have everyone singing in chorus and with Black Leather Jacket – it most certainly does as the listener finds themselves joining in too with the first track to surface, from what I anticipate to be an LP for party night, Village People – filling the room with a joyful unornamented buzz of good-time energy… where did setting eleven go on the volume dial?
The Tasmanian garage rock band 208L Containers released their début LP Knitted Family Helmet today.
A stomping seven track album (available on bandcamp) which crams a disparate range of points of conversations, some inane others of strident polemic, inside foundation shaking rumbles of compacted distortion.
The disengaged vocal sets the scene for the LP which neatly manages to mix both inconsequential noises of the mundanity of life with pointed rhetoric on issues of wide consequence as the reflective disquiet of the instrumentation thunders through the release.
My pick of Knitted Family Helmet being the closer – The Walnut King.
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.
Vintage Crop – the garage rock quartet of Tyler O’Brien, Tyson Harper, Jack Cherry and Luke O’Brien from Geelong (Australia) release the EP Company Man on the 18th of January 2019.
A four track EP (available on bandcamp) which opens with the title track Company Man which sets the tone of the release with its snarky reflective on the dreams of climbing the corporate ladder.
The tightly knitted weave of bustling pent-up energy is delivered in one hundred and fourteen seconds of fused guitars, trampolining drum and bass which invite the audience to pogo through the room laid to an appropriately sneering vocal.
The English garage rock quartet Neurotic Fiction will be releasing the LP Pulp Music on the 16th.
Neurotic Fiction – Photo by Luke Penny
A not inappropriate name for the band as they feature the upper registers of the guitar giving the tracks something of panicked air which is laid against a contrasting silken voice giving the compositions both a graceful floating sweep and sense of wariness of imaginary hidden dangers up ahead.
The second of the ten tracks on the album (which is available on bandcamp) is Collateral – a song that hurtles through the room in a blurry flurry.