Seasoned musicians who have spent many years driving up and down the USA playing shows, their début studio single American Kids is an opportunity for those of us from other shores to get to hear their music and the listener finds they have been missing out on an essential to the playlist. With fortune word arrives that American Kids is the first of a series of singles that are coming out this year.
The grungy rock’n’roll is heralded by a puddling drum-skin and slack guitar strings giving the song a contemptuous air as the lyric reflects of societal structures so wrapped up in self-serving interest that the spoon-fed propaganda of life around the world has become a rationale for division, rather than a reason for greater inclusion.
The Norwegian rock quartet Hepatit-X will be releasing the LP Soldiers and Supervisors on the 13th of April.
Spending much of their time performing live, it has been over three years since their last recorded release, when they were a trio.
Bad Oslo, the first track to surface from the album, which was released as a standalone single on the 9th, discovers Hepatit-X as a tighter and faster unit and now pulling references from ’70s heavy-metal and moving away from their earlier stoner soundtrack. On the basis of the song – Soldiers and Supervisors will be an LP to add to the collection, which is also coming out on Vinyl through Big Day Records.
Lasting an ideal three minutes and fifteen seconds, Bad Oslo is a song that will have the listener head-banging between loudly playing speakers within moments. The earthy heavy-metal is delivered on the spine of a blistering performance on percussion in a driving impetus that threatens to break the skins, with guitar snarling through finessed chords, while the bass punches the eardrums as the vocal delivers a top-notch performance. Hepatit-X even manage to drop in a snippet of Blondie – what is there not to make for a recommendation to spend some time in their company.
The US rock quartet Sepia release the LP Drop Dead, Gorgeous.. on the 16th.
A ten track album of compacted rock’n’roll that makes the world seem a better place for its very existence.
Not attempting to add any fancy flyers to the music Sepia are able to deliver a crunchy rock album in which the quartet demonstrate that often – less is more – with the unfettered compositions able to hold the attention in a collection of songs that are led by either acoustic or electric guitar.
The second of the four tracks – Fragments Of A Life – showcases their powerful melodic rock with the two guitars weaving around each other to create tightly weaved texturing as the bass and drum-kit fill give the songs their impetus through which the expressive vocal rounds out the compositions.