The duo of Juston and Michael from Lexington (Kentucky) in the USA combine to form the character-rock band Rampancy At Midnight.
Rampancy At Midnight
An outfit bristling with ideas and visions Rampancy At Midnight avoid disappearing into the vortex of their own imagination by capturing flashing images which they transpose to aural depictions. Perhaps indicative of the world, around although unified as one. they work in silos which are finally melded together into a cohesive consistency that rest within reach of the audience.
Like a Dali collection each piece indicative of its own story, in collection the concept becomes more readily understandable and appreciated as a whole. After meeting a few years ago Juston and Michael gradually slipped apart to pursue their own avenues of creativity prior to reconnecting last year.
The back-drop to their first release reminds me, as it will those readers of longer stay with the German band Rigna Folk, first featured back in 2012 and still feature regularly with chapter updates, who base their premise on capturing the story-line of a central character plot, so to do Rampancy At Midnight.
Their début release Late Is The Hour (available on bandcamp) foretells of the preamble to a dark science fiction novel.
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Morning Fuzz from New York in the USA is the rock quartet of Frank (Vocals / Guitar), Chris (Bass / Vocals), Michael (Guitar / Vocals) and Jesse (Drums).
As evidence that there is no need to play around with a tried and tested formula of four people plus instruments and drum-kit and you have the foundations of rock band – Morning Fuzz – are an example. Not seeking to change the world, rather add to it, the quartet deliver solid rock more than competently.
It is the infinitesimal nature of a combination of between ten and sixteen strings betwixt them that makes reviewing emerging rock bands such a pleasure. In theory it should have all been heard before, but it never has and Morning Fuzz add a delicious temperament to the genre without ever trying to break the mould.
An interesting band, who it will be of more than cursory intent to follow as they have a sound which has the potential to easily accommodate big stage stadium performance, whether they ever have the opportunity, time alone will tell. Intriguingly, they equally have a style which suits the more intimate venues and well worth getting out to see playing live I would posit.
Whilst transposing smartly to recorded material, Morning Fuzz is almost certainly at their best in live performance, where the inter-play would be far stronger (I imagine) and perhaps why all the best rock bands get round to live recording of their LPs, as studio recordings almost inevitably dilute the real feel of the out-put. That said, as they are only playing in the USA and I am based in the UK, I am nonetheless grateful for the Studio releases I can get hold of. I would council they release a live LP to really showcase the sound.
Chasing Ghosts – Morning Fuzz is available on iTunes*
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