Still Flux is the indie-rock band comprising John (Vocals), Luke (Bass), Johnny (Guitar) and Dave (Drums) from Montreal in Canada.
Slamming together classic indie with classic rock along with a tab of psychedelia – Still Flux stomp themselves out a significant circle of potential audience and as importantly leave no section dissatisfied.
The voice could be drawn directly from ’70s Heavy Metal as it expresses through torn larynx the upper registers with a style that is immediately familiar and welcome. The Guitar holds a pivotal point in Still Flux as it threads through – ’90s Indie as it dances round the room in lightness to – rip roaring riffs that finds the audience reaching for air-guitar. The solidity of bass holds the distinct ideas together while the drums decide on the style to follow as they range from beating around the whole kit in ballooning rock formation to confining themsleves to snare and hi-hat.
With more emphasis evidently placed on the rock structures the quartet are able to provide a sound that is perfectly pitched to the cross-over market that will find the audience dancing fleet-footedly, while also reaching for the guitar.
Formed less than a year ago Still Flux have been able to release both a live LP and a Studio album along with establishing a touring presence across Canada and parts of the USA. If you like your Indie a little heavy or your heavy-metal a little light – this is a band to get to know now before the prices of live performances rocket and the tickets themselves become highly sought-after. Expect to hear more of Still Flux in a venue near you in the next few years, if there is any justice in the music industry.
Whilst their most recent Studio eponymous LP is a joy in itself there is an inevitably that I would select to share a track from the live LP – Live At The Blue Venus (both available on bandcamp).
Los Bélmez an alt-rock quartet based in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain comprises of – Carlos (Bass / Keys), Ginés (Drums), Alberto (Guitar) and Johnny (Vocal).
Switching between acoustic and electric guitar allows Los Bélmez to inject their music widely, from garage rock fuzziness to psychedelia and the sparsely played keys are used to add a twist of the Wurlitzer where appropriate.
Formed a couple of years ago Los Bélmez write songs which reflect of the surrounding area with material seeking to describe traditions, superstitions and life in Spain from the perspective of those who don’t feel they fit into the mould. This gives the out-put something of an ethereal feel, to which the quartet are able to inject well defined structures that keep the tracks from evolving into lengthy dreamscapes.
Having established a live performance following a début LP Españoladas came out earlier this year and there are plans for a follow-up in the near future – Centinela de Occidente.
Los Bélmez have chosen a path which gives them clear space, whilst also not verging off to the obscure, allowing them the opportunity to find an audience across a wide berth of interest.