Regular Boys

The quintet of WillyAlecDanLee and Jake from Perth in Australia form the new-wave band Regular Boys.

Regular Boys - new-wave from Australia

Regular Boys

Reflective of the world in which they live, where opportunities are scarce and the future looks bleak –  Regular Boys remind me of the complexities of the quintet Division 4, also from Perth who were around in the early ’80s (not to be confused with the current Sydney based Division 4 born out of the ashes of The Bland) as the quintet contemplate both being ignored in their locale, whilst compounding this by living in a City which the rest of the Country also ignores.

Rather than asking the listener to reach for razor-blades in sympathy, much like Joy Division, Regular Boys are able to create beauty from the landscape which surrounds them.

A sublime vocal mewls its way out of the speakers whilst, like a cat treading through treacle, the guitars evoke of discordance whilst gracefully striding towards the foe as the battalion of drum pierces the room and a sloped bass drawls of an inevitable showdown.

A début five track EP Newcastle St Deli arose in October (available on bandcamp) and just this week a new single surfaced – Hunt which foretells of a new EP in the wings.

I look forward to following the development of Regular Boys over the coming years and urge you to get behind them before they become constipated.

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Meat Market

Meat Market from Oakland in the USA is the garage rock quartet of Ian, Jeffrey, Jake and Alex.

Meat Market - garage rock from the USA

Meat Market – photo by Raphael Villet

Subsumed inside polarities of sound lays a sharp and sardonic reflective of life being lived. Meat Market deliver their music within string bending distortion that shards the speakers prior to scattering around the room.

Better known for live performance than recorded material Meat Market is a band who have much to offer the wider world and I hope to hear news of the follow-up to the eponymous 2012 ten track LP.

The music hurtles across the ears in a tumult of coincidences which the quartet manage to herd into formation like a seasoned shepherd rounding up sheep. The ears are boxed with a continual flailing which Meat Market deflect with some mastery and rather than emerging with a bloodied face, the audience turns around with a wide grin and thankful for having spent the time.

Not for the first time do I find myself reviewing a band on the roster of the label underthegun with good reason.

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Popular Ego

Andrea, Chad and Jake from Lafayette in the USA combine to form the garage rock band Popular Ego.

Popular Ego - garage rock from the USA

Popular Ego

Stamping across the floor Popular Ego announce their arrival into the the room with a confident swagger, which fills the ears with impetuosity. Of particular personal joy and absolutely appropriate for a garage rock band is when the speakers rattle with distortion, though they are equally able to temper the recordings to a more level mix.

The natural delivery of Popular Ego strikes to the heart of the roots of music as a symbolism and tribal gathering. Whilst for sure there are infinite layers of sound along with devices and techniques to fancy it up, it is when the fluff is stripped away and the skeleton of the compositions exposed that the connectivity, which always marks out for me as to whether the musicians are genuine, is defined. The trio make it easy to pare away the extraneous, as there is none, we are left with a sound that has all that is essential.

Their confident arrival is backed up by music which has a heart and soul and the reason I ask you to take a moment out of your day to consider a band you won’t ever find receiving national airplay simply because of its very honesty.

Long may Popular Ego continue to create their take on everyday life and they are a great example of why I never actually listen to the plastic out-put of the mainstream tat which so many people seem to gain some vicarious association in their plastic lives in a plastic world of disposable consumerism dictated by the thickest wallet.


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