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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Our Last Enemy is Oliver (Vocals), Matt (Bass), Jeff (Keys / Electronics), Bizz (Guitar) and Zot (Drums) from Sydney in Australia.
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Make sure there are no loose items in the room as you hit the play button for Our Last Enemy as the scything guitars and rattling percussion tear around from wall to wall like a maelstrom. Whilst the speed and ability to take speakers turned up very high is impressive, it is the control within the quintet that impresses me most. Without diluting any of the force of power, Our Last Enemy is able to deliver the pent-up aggression inside well constructed pieces.
The addition of the keys, allows the band to add a finesse to the out-put that is often lacking in the genre, which additionally gives the material a more menacing over-bearing presence. There is a slightly gothic feel to the out-put, without it ever delving into the cellar, but this theatrical element allows Our Last Enemy to provide sounds which extend far beyond the normal confines to be anticipated.
It is 05:30 on a Sunday as I scribe this review and sometimes, you just need something to blow away the must of the night before and Our Last Enemy is a band who certainly do this, though their more usual home won’t be found as the sun rises, rather heaving masses in a mosh-pit.
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Invasions a dream pop quintet from Toronto in Canada is Alex, Brian, Matt, Brian and Ara.
The mystique of Invasions emerges from the lo-fi connotations. Kick off your shoes and let the warming waves of the quintet wash over the body; Strip away the clothing and just revel in the warming jets of mist that flow around the room as the band mutates betwixt the instrumentation as an unstoppable stream of warming instrumentation disperses its scent, whilst the vocal slides though the instruments like a panther stalking prey.
Configured to entice the pleasure zones, Invasions portend of delights to come and the triumphalist bugle which intersperse many tracks sits as a valedictory triumphalism which suits the minds eye of the audience. Displaced sounds weft across the room, floating like ethereal spirits for the ears to hone towards yet fail to capture as the group meanders off the direction of travel.
Individual tracks are not overly long, yet the brain is convinced it has been on a lengthy stay as Invasions combine both simple constructs with variations on a theme providing sounds which capture the imagination. I just need another lay down to absorb the atmosphere.
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Our Lady is the four piece emo outfit of Molli (Cello), Tim (Vocals / Guitar), Kyle (Drums) and Matt (Bass) from Springfield in the USA.
Through introducing a cello Our Lady is able to create music which is full of mystery and melody as the slightly ghostly sounds float around the room accompanied by a disjointed vocal accompaniment. The highly charged out-put is wrapped in angst as the band seek to explore the angsts of daily life.
The quartet spend much of their energy in live performance and I would expect these would be suitably emotional experiences for both Our Lady and the audience. Whilst there is a certain sense of suspense in the music, it is equally accessible enough for those not completely sold on the genre, as the content is audible and runs in context, creating sounds which have the potential to appeal to fans of broader alternative indie rock.
Whilst this wont be sitting on my everyday playlist, there is certainly space to add Our Lady to the music collection as they are able to deliver material which has an attractive creativity about it and I am particularly smitten by the use of the Cello to create music with a difference.
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