Band Of The Month – November 2018 – Readers’ Choice

Time for the penultimate Readers’ Choice for Band of the month for 2018.

45. - Band of the month November 2018

45.

From England the rock band 45..

It’s Called Soul is taken from the three track single Godspeed (available on bandcamp).

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45. – Godspeed – Single Review

It was heading towards two years ago that the Bradford (England) trio of Craig (Vocals / Guitar), Chris (Guitar) and Matt (Bass) who form the core of the rock band 45. last featured. On the 17th they released the three track single – Godspeed.

45. - Godspeed - Single Review

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The extended gap is not a reflection of lack of new material, rather my own inabilities to keep up to date, later than deserved, an update.

The three tracks on the single (available on bandcamp) are each of different texturing.

The opening track – It’s Got Soul is a dark buffered composition which has the listener investigating to ascertain if they have moving foundations as the pulsing bass / drum combinations rumble through the speakers.

My pick of the release – Glorywalk – is a more emotional and empathetic treatise of a tautly strung lead guitar and snare drum which gives the piece something of a marching anthemic to it, though as the song progresses, in to earshot swims Puducherry cultural influences.

The closer and the title song, Godspeed, is a bright and breezy country-blues influenced rock composition, which appropriately links back to their americana-rock introduction.

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Puppy – World Stands Still – Video

The trio of Billy HowardJock Norton and Will Michael from London (England) who form the rock band Puppy will be releasing the LP The Goat on the 25th of January 2019.

Puppy

Puppy

Slugging bass and drums launch through the speakers in the seventh of the dozen tracks – World Stand Still – with the listener anticipating a high energy heavy-metal number to burst through the room only for Puppy to slow the track to what the ears attune to be a 45 rpm record playing at 33 ⅓, though rather than feeling short changed the mind swiftly attunes and revels in the laid back heavy-rock rhythms.

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The Goat – Puppy is available on iTunes.*

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Statement – I Wonder Why – Video

Jannick Brochdorf (Vocal), Niels Alex Larsen (Lead Guitar / Vocal), Lars Ulrik Le Fevre (Guitar / Vocal), Martin Poulsen (Bass) and Daniel Nielsen (Drums) from Copenhagen (Denmark) who form the rock band Statement are finalising details for a forthcoming LP.

Statement

Statement

The track I Wonder Why, from the forthcoming album, was also made available as a standalone single on the 19th.

The opening phrases set the listener on to a heavy-metal mindset as guitar sets up the anticipated thunderous roar, only for Statement to take the listener on a completely different direction of travel by revealing a tempered rock ballad in to which the audience quickly settles as the quintet deliver a song with both passages of tenderness as well as furious pace all within the framework of their signature sound of multilayered texturing.

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I Wonder Why – Single – Statement is available on iTunes.*

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Rackett – Tried To Quit – Single Review

From Sydney (Australia) – the rock quartet Rebecca CallanderAlly GavenAstrid Holz and Kat Ayala known as Rackett released the single Tried To Quit on the 3rd.

Rackett

Rackett

The energy can be felt swarming out of the speakers as the punchy tones of Tried To Quit soar through the room.

Unpretentious rock’n’roll always has a primordial connectivity with the listener and Rackett are deft exponents of the theory that less is more, with the audience finding themselves joining in on guitar, drum-kit and vocals even on the first run through of the new single.

Clear some space, turn up the volume and hit play…

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