I do hear of those who think music being played loudly is never a good idea – I do have to say, I completely disagree, often volume is a prerequisite.
Newly minted in the past few months The Ringards only have two tracks around, both less than a week old, for those who haven’t seem them playing live in their few appearances – though word arrives there will be more surfacing in short order.
Stay Where You Stand has a speaker moving bass that finds the desk and sub-woofer parting company ergo how would that not be possible for me to suggest spending time in their company. A simple architecture of chords spikes across the room with a thumping bass-drum beating through the ears enticing the audience to pogo as a scathing vocal laments of life and one is minded of the ’70s heathrow flight-path rock of The Members.
The Ringards I anticipate featuring frequently over the coming years, though whether they will necessarily remain ever in this style, time will tell as the two tunes around, both of top-notch quality, are of different countenance.
The US newwave quartet Static Eyes released the LP Traps [Triple Eye Industries] yesterday.
Static Eyes – photo credit – Tony Sapp
Bending guitar and fiesty bass challenge the audience to discover the best place in which to tweak their positioning and like all the best of Dingwalls – there is no good place as you will always find distortion and one ear or other bleeding as the pulverising percussion jack-hammers in to the foundations of the auditorium and the mewling vocal claws at the lobes.
Best played loudly – then with an extra lash or two on the speakers just to make sure everything is as it should be – the penultimate of the six tracks on Traps [Triple Eye Industries] (available on bandcamp) is Close Talker.
Saint Sapphire is a newwave quartet from Northern Ireland.
Yesterday they revealed their latest single – Rule The World Tonight.
As is always the case the best rock’n’roll is unadorned and in Rule The World Tonight, Saint Sapphire, deliver a track that immediately catches the audience with the pulsing sound that has them joining in with the infectious uptempo hooks and dips.
My apologies to one and all as I am a little late to this, it having been hanging around in my email inbox since the tail-end of last month.
There is a reference base to the music that can’t help mind of the late ’70s punk and newwave bands, with thoughts of Teenage Jesus & The Jerks and The Banshees amongst others, so how could I not be enamoured?
Of far more relevance than what may be reminded it is the fact that they deliver music that is most clearly of the ’10s with the sad backdrop of a society ripping itself to shreds over inanity and fervent desire for conformity.
The most recent track I Can’t Wait serves as a brief introduction to a band I look forward to coming back to later as word does have it there is a début EP in the offing.
I do confess – I had to check – a band entitled The K’s with a song called Sarajevo did raise queries of political persuasion – so rest assured – the Sarajevo in question is the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 rather than thoughts of Srebrenica in support of the English Defence League – this is not a KKK off-shoot of White Christian Supremacists, I merely countenance the band to reconsider their name (else you sense akin to Sham 69 gigs – in those days – the BNP – supporting the music for all the wrong reasons) as I won’t be the only one of suspicious nature – now you know you will more clearly notice the lyric, comprehend the irony of the artwork of the single depicting the emblem of Црна рука – perhaps it is my tinnitus ridden ears and personal radar as an anarchist – the music?…
… turn up the volume and let the staccato pulsing beats harangue as the quartet compress the air, like an air-rifle, prior to propelling pellets in to the room peppering the plaster with pock-marks.