This iteration of Tenderhooks relates to the Australian mellow-rock quartet from Melbourne. Despite the many thousands of bands and musicians featured – duplicate naming, surprisingly enough, is rarely a consideration with barely a handful in total even going back to the last decade on the original site – Indie Bands Blog.
For some reason Tenderhooks is out on its own with this being uniquely a triplication – one also Australian (Perth) – the other from England, despite having the same name, each are very different.
Tenderhooks released their début LP, Headcase, towards the end of last month (available on bandcamp). It would be mistakenly and easily possible to dismiss the music as background pedestrian footfall on hitting play. To do so would be to miss a treat as by allowing any of the six tracks to unfurl its first few bars the listener finds themselves completely absorbed in the mystical melting compositions – my pick of which is the third – All I Have.
The US mellow-rock project Kanen Seth released the Doubleplusgood EP on the 23rd.
A five track EP (available on bandcamp) of varying textures with a disparate series of strings coming out to play enabling each of the five tracks to pivot around an idea of its own, while all held in to a cohesive thread by the soft focus melodies.
The Danish mellow-rock quartet The Grenadines will be releasing a new LP in November.
The first track to surface from the LP and their first release for three years, Brighter Days, which was released as a stand alone single on the 8th has a retrospective air that minds the listener of Dire Straits.
The English mellow-rock project Dave C. Rupert is finalising details for the EP Cold.
Dave C. Rupert
The title track – Cold -, which was released as a standalone single on the 23rd, is highlighted by a strong vocal performance supported by an empathetic semi-acoustic melody which affords the composition its hypnotic layer of sound.
It comes as no surprise to learn that Dave is an Opera trained vocalist as the sustained inflections of notes, which gives the track its character, contextually reflects the balance of the song which is an apologia of a relationship drifted apart.
Whilst many introductions are made with classically trained musicians in the mix, I often find that those educated in opera and classical vocal delivery find the transition to other styles most difficult and it is a credit to Dave having been able to successfully make that shift.
Longer stay readers will also know that I am far more a fan of bass and baritone vocal over tenor, rarely remarking on the timbre of a tenor singer along with the fact that the genre definition of mellow-rock rarely features – therefore you will be able to ascertain that I do think there is something special here that adds to the weave of the world with the music of Dave C. Rupert.