The Canadian garage-rock quartet The Flatliners release the three track single Mass Candescence on the 15th.
After fifteen years out and about with numerous releases and innumerable shows one could understand if The Flatliners sounded a little bored by it all – yet far from it – the newest single, as evidenced by the first song on the release – The Arousal Of Despair (available on vinyl via Dine Alone Records) – attests to a quartet who are as fresh and enthused as the day they started out.
Sure the garage may have smarter walls and a fancy roof with shinier cars in the driveway – but it is still a garage despite all that and the listener is soaked in the earthy grit of the music, not festooned by schmaltz.
Tin Can Telescope, the Danish garage-rock quartet, revealed the single Just Another Day Of (Pack)aging a few hours ago.
Tin Can Telescope – photo by Jakob Villumsen
Just Another Day Of (Pack)aging is their most ambitious track and showcases a band who are unafraid to try out new ideas – most importantly the new ideas Tin Can Telescope try often seem to result in their best work to date – this being no exception as the bristling energy of their earlier work is retained, whilst the layering of the track and its duration of a tad under seven minutes, allows them to explore more fully the contexts of the song and the end result evidencing of a quartet who have the potential of much more to offer the world of music and I look forward to continuing to follow their development.
Regular performances are interspersed by occasional recordings, which enable those of us further afield to soak in the strung out strings and fuzzy levels that is their signature sound. The most recent piece to surface, being the Velvet Underground referencing Roca De Hablar.
Ex-Vöid, the new, England based garage-rock outfit, release their eponymous three track single tomorrow.
Although a new outfit, the musicians are of longer experience with previous bands as attested in their music.
The fuzzy burr of guitar resonates of early ’80s new wave and fills the room with a warming retrospective while harmonised vocals add to the summery-vibe of the output. The first track to be revealed, also the first on the release (which is available on bandcamp) is Boyfriend.
The Canadian garage rock trio Scratch Buffalo release their eponymous LP on the 18th.
Scratch Buffalo – photo by Johanna Hung Photography
Doing everything that is essential in garage rock, the eleven track album, recorded in a couple of days, mainly live, (available on bandcamp) finds the raucous rock’n’roll is delightfully tempered by some some unexpected melodic and multi-textured tracks, the fifth Nightmare Coming being an example, nestling within others that tear away the paintwork with their brusque barbed bristles. Of most distinction is the duality of vocals, sometimes two on a track, sometimes one and on occasion harmonised which enable Scratch Buffalo to strike out their own distinct space.
By way of an introduction to an LP I do heartily recommend adding to the collection, the third track – Kill The Sky, though not my pick of the release it is one of the only two I am cleared to share with you at this stage it does set a fair signpost to the release as a whole.