The dark gloom of Existentialist, which is available on bandcamp, casts glum shadowing through the room and like straying on to quicksand the listener can feel themselves being sucked in to a vortex of gloopy entombment. Rather than struggling to seek release the audience finds the imperilment something of an evocative attraction and allows themselves to be submerged in the puddled drumskins, bewitching vocals and melodic interweaving four and six stringers.
It has been a couple of years since their last release and although they have been busy on the road the studio time can’t but help raise their visibility more broadly.
The Canadian grunge quartet Dilly Dally release the LP Heaven on the 14th of September.
Dilly Dally – Photograph by Michelle Homonylo
Although it has been almost three years since last featured, which on this occasion is not my poor administration rather the length of time since last releasing music, immediately on hitting play on the newest track to surface from the album – Sober Motel – the instantly recognisable vocal fits like a treasured glove as the listener once again looks around on the floor expectantly searching for guitar parts which must surely have broken off and spiralled through the speakers.
Heaven (available on bandcamp) marks a welcome return to the quartet, Sober Motel is the fourth of the nine songs.
Karma Roulette, the English grunge quintet, released the single Riot Act on the 27th.
Riot Act, their début single, indicates of a band who immediately need to be added to the ‘essentials to get through life’ playlist with their impressive sound.
A quiet confidence affords Karma Roulette the temptation to try and do things slightly differently and rather than utilising the two guitars to do little more than add volume, speed or melody to the composition they work as buffers, each virtually cancelling out the inflections of the chords of the other, creating an absorbing flattened structure to the track through which a puddling percussion splashes mud out of the speakers while it is the bass that adds the layered sonics with the measured and well judged vocal wrapping itself around the audience, leaving them looking forward to hearing more in short order.
On the 28th of September the English grunge project She Makes War will be releasing the LP Brace For Impact.
She Makes War
It has been a couple of years since She Makes War last featured, which isn’t quite as lackadaisical as may be speculated as Brace For Impact (available on bandcamp) is the follow-up album to the 2016 LP Direction Of Travel.
The first song to surface from the LP Devastate Me is also the first of the twelve tracks and signals of a release to add to the collection on release.