The Milwaukee (USA) alt-rock quintet Flat Teeth, comprised of Nik (Vocals / Guitar), Andy K (Guitars), Ken (Bass), Andy O (Keys) and Brian (Drums) ,will be releasing the LP Winter House on the 29th.
The six track album (available on bandcamp) holds the attention of the listener as the quintet deliver their blend of rocky riffs and emo twinges which is served on the plate with tasty garnishes.
Flat Teeth carve out space for themselves with the judicious harmonies of vocal by the two Andys‘ supporting the lead of Nik allowing them significant flexibility, which combines with the two guitars, again enabling themselves room for expression, while the keys affords the means by which to infuse the tracks with their different textures.
My pick of the release being the penultimate song – Play Different.
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State Villains from London in England is the rock quartet of Nik (Vocal / Rhythm Guitar), Tyson Schenker (Lead Guitar), Pat Casey (Drums) and Lee Downs (Bass).
State Villains – Eponymous EP – artwork
Doing exactly what it says on the tin State Villains deliver classic Heavy British Blues Rock without seeking to re-create the wheel. As this is a packed genre, it is difficult for a band to raise above the throng, yet this is a quartet who have managed to just that.
The songs are tightly held together whilst hurtling around the room at a fair old lick. State Villains have added a sense of urgency to the tracks and by raising the tempo offer music which leaps headlong into the ears, giving the quartet tracks of force and interest. Though having sped up the pace they have not sacrificed the essential elements of big chord progressions and the listener is left with sharply defined pieces to hear.
The percussion barely ceases in its frenzy of activity, whilst the bass adds to the freneticism, giving the out-put its intensity. What marks State Villains out is the way they have been able to combine this zippy backbone whilst finding time for the two guitars to embellish the room with expansive commentary to which the vocal smartly rounds out the elements of the band, with pitch and pace that is of ideal match.
About eighteen months old State Villain have worked hard on the two key elements of getting better known – one being live performance, where they are establishing their name with an ever expanding list of their own and supporting gigs in larger venues and alongside they have managed to put out an EP.
E.P. – State Villains is available on iTunes*.
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