New Year Ninety 2018 – 80 to 71

For those new to the annual New Year Ninety – every two hours and two minutes on the 1st of January from 05:05 until 23:23 UTC a section of the chart is published, a chart based on the Readership activity on the associated sites over the year – resulting in the Ninety bands.

Steve Schuster - New Year Ninety 2018

Steve Schuster

Whilst reflective of you as a reader of the site, it is, as you will note, not a chart in which anyone is able to vote, rather calculated on various algorithms, which do take in to account whether a band has only been featured first in December as opposed to in January or earlier, amongst other factors. This is intended to make the chart a more genuine representation of the readership and based on actual events, not who is the band with the most active fanbase… from  80 – 71…

80. 40 Shillings On The Drum (England)

Beggars Who Believe – EP – 40 Shillings on the Drum is available on iTunes.*

79. White Ape (England)

Ape! – EP – White Ape is available on iTunes.*

78. Lord Willing (USA)

You Got a Hold on Me – Single – Lord Willing is available on iTunes.*

77. L-Space (Scotland)

Aloe – Single – L-Space is available on iTunes.

76. The Pistol Mystics (USA)

Ammunition is available on bandcamp.

75. Steve Schuster (USA)

74. Bruno Major (England)

A Song for Every Moon – Bruno Major is available on iTunes.*

73. CNGRTS (Germany)

A Fall From Grace is available on bandcamp.

72. Nemra (Armenia)

71. Elisa Money (USA)

The Seed – EP – Elisa Money is available on iTunes.*

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Trunkweed – Trunkweed Live, Man – LP Review

Sitting in my inbox for a little while, apologies for the delay of this review of the US fuzz-rock ensemble Trunkweeds’ new seven track LP – Trunkweed Live, Man which came out on the 14th.

Trunkweed - Trunkweek Live, Man - artwork

Trunkweed – Trunkweek Live, Man – artwork

On Your Own opens the album and I just know this article is going to take a while to write as I find myself bouncing around the room with no interest in the keyboard as the infectious boisterous enthusiasm of the trio injects itself immediately into the listener in just under three minutes of pure bliss.

Changing mood and moment follows Youth Society, which finds Trunkweed exploring a more melodic style, though don’t expect to find a symphony to accompany the lo-fi garage rock, which remains subsumed behind pacey distortion.

Next up is Chumped that pulls in a powerful bass and percussion that ploughs its way into the limbs and if you are still seated by this point in the LP, you are listening to the wrong version of Trunkweed Live, Man.

Marking the half-way stage is the longest track, that trips for just over four minutes Acid At Sixteen which much like the title suggests finds the trio at a slower pace and allows for time to mop a profusely perspiring brow. The track is of different texture to what has preceded as Trunkweed allows the guitar to become the shoegazey showcase of the composition.

Opening the second half of Trunkweed Live, Man is Daze Of Haze, which raises the tempo again, though retains the more psychedelic feel of the preceding track.

Waves…Wait What? is my pick of the release as Trunkweed highlight a clear-cut drum on a tight skin along with, unusually, only half distorted instrumentation whilst the voices remains just out of reach, giving them the opportunity to invest the track with a fascinating range of texture.

Closing out the LP which to put it simply, isn’t long enough and results in another play-through immediately, is the track used to introduce the band earlier this year – Death After Life.

Trunkweed Live, Man is available on bandcamp and an LP to add to your collection.

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