The quartet of Stephanie, Justin, Josh and Lo from Portland, Oregan (USA) who form the gothwave band VACANT STARES will be releasing a new LP next year.
The first track to surface from the album, which was itself made available as a standalone single (available on bandcamp) on the 7th is a luscious purple velvet textured composition.
Spirals of luxuriant synthesis are festooned by a dark and swarming bass / drum pad combination while a dreamy cloud of guitar interweaves the layers and all rounded by vocal that wafts gently through the ears in a track that signposts of an LP to play whilst intertwined with another on soft pile blanketing.
The English indie-rock quartet ReVerbed first featured in 2013, sadly this will be their last feature on the site.
These past couple of months have been littered with bands who have featured for a few years moving on to pastures new and sadly ReVerbed join the list with an announcement made yesterday and the reveal of a final video.
I wish Zoë, George, Josh and Joe all the best for the future.
Their final gig will be on the 18th of September at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton (England).
With a wry smile and sense of irony they have chosen Promises, from the LP Another Year, Still Here as their farewell video.
Surfacing from New York in the USA the trio of Ian, Josh and Mike form the new-wave band Monograms.
Combining elements of Blondie and shoegaze the listener is led into a treat of CBGBs reworking as Monograms elongate flat extenders far more than is politic and it is for this melodious drone that they capture the attention.
Only a band from Brooklyn or San Francisco could display such disdainful disinterest in their out-put that the listener falls into a tumble of delight as they deliver a sound which the audience carries high on their own shoulders. Early Blondie and the life cycle of The Nuns and Ramones were able to carry-off the nonchalance with such aplomb as underneath the laissez-faire delivery Monograms have a passion to reflect of how they feel treated by the world around their lives.
A couple of EPs behind them Downer and Fader – Monograms is a band the wider sphere needs to add to their playlist to remind them of the contempt with which the 1% treat the 99% as they reflect of the branding of the slavery of socio-capitalism by which the bailout of banking is deemed a ‘success story’ followed by decades of ever greater collateral damage of the irrelevant 99% of the worlds population to maintain the posture of what was a failure of a economic and social model in the ’70s and their forbears protested about that is coming home to roost in the ’10s.