The Montreals – Rude – Single Review

Stefan (Vocals / Guitar), Angus (Vocals / Guitar), Lachy Billows (Bass) and Graham (Drums) from Adelaide (Australia) who form the indie-dance band The Montreals released the single Rude on the 30th of November.

The Montreals
The Montreals

Opening with a hum of synthesises the track immediately creates a warm flow of air that drifts through the room with an ease of footstep, generating a relaxed ambience through the mind.

Soon skipping up in pace as the full sound floats in to the ears the tautly strung drums enables the beat to spark brightly through the song while the mellowed instrumentation creates the feel-good mood of the composition while a distinctive vocal rounds out Rude to form a track that has a subtly infectious and hypnotic quality.

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Nice Place

Alex (Vocals / Guitar), Stefan (Bass) and Shohei (Drums) from London in England recently got together to form the shimmering-indie band Nice Place.

Nice Place - shimmering-indie from England

Nice Place

One could be forgiven for thinking that Nice Place are a long-term staple diet on the music scene, rather than a new entity, with only three songs I have been able to hear and their first gig played on the 19th of August.

Echoing, delayed guitar teases the ears as a fixated bass insists it has places to go and the drum-kit keeps a tension wire between the two. Immediately marking Nice Place as a band that should be on the ‘moments to remember’ playlist and to round off the sound is a vocal which has the relaxation those of many years experience often fail to convey, covering much territory, without ever sounding stretched.

It is the innate ability that the trio have to cohesively paddle furiously underwater, leaving the listener with only a sense of elegant voyage that is the true testament of Nice Place and it shouldn’t be too far off that they strike far wider audiences.

I wish Nice Place every success in their journey into the choppy waters of the music business, as they have much to add.

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Muerto Rico

Muerto Rico from Belgrade in Serbia is the angst-rock trio of Kosta (Bass / Vocals), Filip (Guitar) and Stefan (Drums).

Muerto Rico - rage-rock from Serbia

Muerto Rico

Only formed in May Muerto Rico do not have a great deal of music I can yet hear, but what I have has already helped to make my tinnitus even worse as the reeling roar rages across the room and the louder the volume, the better it sounds.


The members of the band are all experienced musicians who have whetted their appetite prior to getting together and are beginning to secure a live touring circuit with their mutations of blazing guitar, frenetic percussion and raucous vocal. This isn’t a sound to take with a cup of Horlicks – as far from drifting into malted sleep, you will find yourself impaled by tracks, which typically manage to get all the fury packed up in around two and a half minutes of explosive energy.

To my mind, Muerto Rico, don’t need to improve as the sounds are exactly as they should be, merely add tracks to help my ears bleed further and I look forward to hearing much more over the coming months.

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The Exploding Boy

The Exploding Boy an alt-indie rock band from Stockholm in Sweden is Johan (Vocals / Acoustic Guitar), Stefan (Vocals / Electric Guitar), Les (Lead Guitar) and Nick (Keyboards).

The Exploding Boy - alt indie from Sweden

The Exploding Boy

Like a dark cellar dripping moss down the walls The Exploding Boy take the darker side of rock and transfix the listener with some sumptuous sounds. Hints of early 80’s new wave resounds through much of the material, which to my ears is no bad thing as the synth is deployed to add atmosphere, not as a focal point and it works well, as the instruments crawl over the nerve endings with their delightful reverb as the vocal matches the mood and topping off the experience is an ever present percussion which drives the whole thing forward. The acoustic, which you may expect to be lost inside the activity, when deployed, becomes the centre of attention as it describes so well the contexts, clever stuff.

The music plays well when you are in that state of mind when you are needing something to feed it, as the overall effect allows the brain to wander on a tour of imagery.

A new ten track LP – Four – was released today and welcome it is too, having had the opportunity to hear some of the older material and this latest release those who know The Exploding Boy won’t be disappointed and those who don’t, it is a good place to start.

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