Black Zeros an indie surf trio from Sydney in Australia is, Joe Jackson (Vocals / Guitar), Dom (Drums) and Joel (Guitar).
Having been quiet for some time, while Joe has been away in the USA, Black Zeros are set to come back with all the fire and enthusiasm to be expected. Distorted wave of sound rattle out of the speakers as the reverbs and echoes battle each other for supremacy, whilst inside the maelstrom an urgency seethes like a greyhound waiting for the hare to pass the post.
While more than adequate for a listen on recording, Black Zeros are a band you sense who come to their full glory in live performance. There is nothing sophisticated here, it is music for those who have a sense of fun and are looking for a sound to match the mood and the trio fulfil that purpose more than adequately. It will be interesting to hear what additional elements are added from the extended stay in the USA. There is little doubt that they will be well received by the home crowd on their imminent return, I also look forward to hearing some new tracks as it has been sometime to fasten onto anything new.
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Vånna Inget is Karolina (Vocals), Tommy (Guitar), Andréas (Drums), Joel (Keys) and Niklas (Bass) an alt-indie outfit originally from Småland in Sweden, now based in Malmö.
Driving indie rock is diffused with the surprising introduction of electronic organ, which lends a gothic feel to the sounds produced by Vånna Inget. Maintaining a forceful progression the songs are given added added texture with the keys that whirl around almost like whisps of smoke inside the tracks.
A distinctive voice makes for a defining sound to Vånna Inget as the music marches forward inside tightly laid percussion and a swooping bass is given pride of place as the lighter guitar plays a lattice to the lower registers. A new LP, their second – the eleven track Ingen Botten was released in Sweden on the 25th October and will be more broadly available on the 1st November.
I particularly enjoy the swooping architecture of the electronic organ that lends Vånna Inget a very marked space and enables the quintet the ability to discover new and engaging spaces in which to deliver the sounds that soar through the room. It is perhaps their earlier life spent in the very Lutherian / Free Church region of Småland that first gave them the idea to include this instrument, regardless of where the idea came from – it is a superb addition.
There is much to enjoy here and I look forward to hearing more of Vånna Inget in the future.
Ingen Botten – Vånna Inget is available on iTunes*
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