Surfacing from New York in the USA the trio of IanJosh and Mike form the new-wave band Monograms.

Monograms - new-wave from the USA


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 FaderMonograms 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.


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Pord from Lozère in France is the alt-rock trio of Seb (Drums), Mike (Guitar / Vocals) and Max (Bass).

Pord - Wild - artwork

Pord – Wild – artwork

An established outfit, Pord deliver fervent disambiguation inside fractured compositions which rattle the very foundations of the room. The anomalies which lay therein gifts the resulting out-put a mesmeric intensity.

The rasping guitar sheds spiky shards of iron as it cleaves across the room, whilst the bass rumbles like a burbling diesel engine as the percussion pummels away as though threshing fields and through it all emerges a tortured vocal. The disparities combine to give the music an unstoppable intensity, that suckers in the audience to stand transfixed by the apparent chaos, which impressively forms into immediately coherent and expressive compositions.

A new LP, the seven track – Wild – is set for release on the 8th September. Having had the opportunity to listen to it and some of their previous work, this release will come as a welcome addition to the collection for those with older material and for those not familiar with the sound a startling introduction.

Prod have taken their collisions of sound, sped up the tempo and given the vocal a more defined discordance to produce a superbly crafted set of songs.


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Tarsiers is a psychedelic rock band from Cardiff in Wales, comprising Mike (Guitar / Vocals), Rory (Bass / Vocals) and Jean-Pierre (Drums / Vocals).

Tarsiers - Psychedelic Rock from Wales


In the approaching five years of reviewing new bands there still hasn’t been a duplicate band name, though this and the previous review come pretty close, with only a ‘The’ separating the names, though that one word marks a gulf in musical styles as Tarsiers deliver their melodic psychedelic take on the world.

Echoes are deployed to often give the music an almost stop start animation about it, whilst reverb allows the music to keep flowing forwards. There is much to enjoy here as the trio combine, garage, psychedelia and garage with influences from the the Indian Sub-Continent, providing the audience with much to invest their brains, without it becoming hard work.

Underpinning what floats around the ears is a hive of activity by the players, which they are able to deliver an overall sound that has an ethereal smokiness to it that wraps the listener into a calming trance. Having spent the year of their existence in honing their craft through live performance there is a rumour that an EP is in the works and this I look forward to with enthusiasm.

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