The Danish dark-rock outfit The Bowdashes are currently putting finishing touches to their début EP.
There is a deep bass, with strings slung so loosely the listener can practically touch them, so necessarily The Bowdashes are immediately on my essential music playlist. The gloomy atmosphere has an inherent beauty in which the audience wants to sell their soul at any-price as the growling just over three minutes of In Control rumbles through the speakers. A deft minor chord change part way through the song adds an unexpected allure and you just know these are a talented duo of musicians.
Already establishing a regular live performance schedule the EP will, with fortune, afford The Bowdashes wider audience and an outfit I look forward to hearing much more of in short order.
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bighouseburning is the guitar-wave project for JC Connington from Southend-On-Sea in England.
The name JC Connington will be familiar with older readers of the website with Junkstar, initially introduced back in 2010 with the CD and 7″ vinyl heading to Argentina. Last featured at number 38 on the 2012 New Year Ninety, it was with some delight I received an email from JC just last week with an update of where he had resurfaced.
Serving as an introduction of his return, this time round as a solo performer bigburninghouse released a ten track eponymous LP on the 10th featuring some of the older sounds with the familiar bounce and joy of zingy dance music.
The freshest sounds of bighouseburning will be arriving in the form of a three track single in 2016. The title of which, In Control, I have had the pleasure of hearing, though sadly am not able to share with this article, as it still remains only in demo form. It marks a pleasing evolution of direction, with greater emphasis on the guitar to get under the skin, rather than synths injecting themselves into the blood stream and a change that I look forward to being able to share nearer the time.
Inevitably, to mark the return of a welcome reconnection I have selected a track not on the LP, rather one, which does capture the development – Inside My Face.
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Hazels is an indie-rock band from Jesmond in England, comprising James Gibbons, Robbie O’Neill, Peter Lavery, Tomo Errington and Matthew Duffy.
Brightly shining music skips around the room as Hazels deliver solidly formed sounds. The bass creates the steely spine of the out-put allowing the percussion to flourish with creative flurries and tempo changes, that gives the hook and foundation on which to add the textures of the guitars. A vocal spears clearly through the tracks as the various six-stringers are given the room to explore a range of effects, from wow, to echo and dampener, without ever finding the changes out of context.
Although formed a couple of years ago, it wasn’t until the latter part of last year they really took themselves seriously and started to establish a regular live performance presence, which has found them generate a local buzz of interest. The slow start means that I have only been able to hear two tracks, though rumour has it that a a six track début release is due to surface over the summer. Certainly an LP I am looking forward to hearing and one which, if of similar vein to the couple of tracks about, should see Hazels rapidly gain far wider traction.
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