The quartet of Paul Majdzadeh-Ameli (Drums), Tobias Kobl (Bass), Bernhard Melchart (Lead Guitar) and Mwita Mataro (Rhythm Guitar / Lead Vocals) from Vienna in Austria, form the indie-funk band At Pavillon.
Their latest release – the single Lion which is packaged together with four remixes – showcases a band with the ability to combine a rock basement with a glittering funky tempo to deliver music that has the listener furiously strumming air guitar while stepping out in gold and silver brocaded white flares.
Slack is the indie-funk quintet of – Robert Guinvarch, Tyler Dawn, Nigel Hardy, Patrick Murphy and Austin Perkins from Monterey, California in the USA.
There is a beautiful contextual conflict that lays with Slack as the music has the listener swaying in tandem with another whilst a thorny lyric rails against the gentleness of the flows of sound and it this stark contrast that gives the quintet an out-put you just feel the need to explore further.
Slack is exactly the sort of band the concept of what was then indie bands blog was set up to showcase last decade. I am often sent missives to consider what is referred to as ‘street music’ which is normally a rehash of a suburban white-picket fence masquerading as childish hip-hop written by ‘wannabe gangsters’ who sound more like their MTV subscription is probably due. This is a quintet who bring the ‘Street’ back to the tarmacadam, not the thick pile fitted carpets.
With a steady stream of releases and live performance Slack is a band I would heartily recommend getting hold of their catalogue (which you can find on bandcamp) and if you are their way get out to see as they bring bitter-sweet humour to compositions that are finely executed.
Daniel Donjuan (Guitar / Vocals), Eduardo Silva (Guitar / Vocals), Anthony Delgado (Guitar), Juan Prado (Bass) and Danny Martinez (Drums) combine to form Cosmic Rays an indie-funk band from Santa Ana in The USA.
Brand new out of the traps Cosmic Rays have made a string of tracks available to hear over the past couple of months and are looking to catch up with live-performances to establish a local following.
Instilled in local garage surf, there is also a jazz funk feel to the sound along with some snatches that remind me of ’80s new wave, so all in all an range of interesting influences, which the quintet are able to turn around with a refreshing blast of sound.
Guitars work well together without trying to complicate the sound that breezes through the room, whilst the percussion marks out a sharp line of direction and a smartly presented vocal rounds out the sound. The tautly strung guitars give the music a nervous energy which Cosmic Rays are able to transliterate to a zesty lemon burst of sound.
A little too smartly pressed for my natural stomping ground, but nonetheless a fine entry to the world of music and an out-fit I would like to hear more of as they develop. I wish Cosmic Rays all the best for the future.