Tigerbalm is the alt-rock quartet of Harry, Greg, Jono, Jon from London in England.
A couple of months into their existence Tigerbalm -having initially sparked as The Capulets – have made three tracks available only one of which, intriguingly, contains vocals.
The, roughly, eight minutes of music currently available are of some considerable interest as the compositions evidence these are highly capable writers of music and arranging it in a way that provides the listener with the desire to hear more than is yet around. Although there are only the three tracks – Tigerbalm have been able to set out an impressive stall of wares.
From retro early ’70s rock to melancholic early ’80s new-wave through to ’10s instrumental maths-rock the quartet cover the basis with equal aplomb (although the material has been released in reverse of that list ordering). Tigerbalm demonstrate the capacity to explore those and probably more themes to greater depth whilst each time bringing in an emulsion of refined expansion that allows the sounds to salve embrocation to the stresses of the day, as the band name would suggest to be the case.
It will be interesting to discover the direction of travel for the quartet and I look forward to following their development.
By way of introduction, the one track containing voice, Blame – not because of the voice but as you will know I have a natural centre of gravity that makes new-wave the nearest to the ’70s punk in which I was initially involved as a band member all those decades ago and is my more natural stomping ground.
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Jon, originally from Papua New Guinea now based in Australia released the four track EP H22 earlier this year.
The title track, which is the third on the release has recently come to light.
H22 – EP – Jon is available on iTunes*.
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Honey Bucket is the alt-rock trio of Matt (Guitar / Vocals), Jon (Drums) and Vince (Bass / Vocals) from Portland in the USA.
The sounds seep through the room like water through green tea leaves – infusing the spaces with tinctures of colour. Honey Bucket produce material which appears benign, but has a distinctive and fulsome character. The trio create music which is endowed with understated munificence and spending time with them is time well spent.
The songs have semblances of garage rock, imbued with psychedelic surf and tempos switch between the lay back and ingest to the get up and dance frenetically, yet whichever the iteration there is a fuzziness that gives the resulting out-put an engrossing detail.
Not long out of formation – just over a year, Honey Bucket have already released two LPs and a three track single along with a heavy live performance schedule. Were the dice not loaded then they would already be a band you already knew, but the world doesn’t work like that, sadly.
I heartily recommend getting hold of the back catalogue (which is available on bandcamp) and keeping your ears pinned back for the inevitable next release. It is thanks to bands like Honey Bucket that being a music reviewer becomes so rewarding, as does my email in-box.
I wish them all the best and even if the rest of the world doesn’t get on the band-wagon for some obscure reason they will certainly sit on my play-list.
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