On the 1st the quintet of Anson Wind (vocals), Karsten Gulsrud (Guitar), Alec Kocjancic (Guitar), Kyle Nakaji (Bass) and Miles Dixon (Drums) from Longmont (USA) who form the garage rock band Polar Bodies released their début LP Garage Sessions.
On occasion you just know you have fallen in to a group of musicians, even in their early stages, who have far to go and long legs in their career and Polar Bodies are just a case in point.
The six track album (available on bandcamp) is eighteen minutes of music that immediately has the listener looking to book tickets to fly out and see them in live performance – those in Colorado are better placed than most of us.
Scrabbling from the speakers is an unpretentious roll of sound that fires through the room in sparks of self-contained enthusiastic energy.
My pick of the release is the second song – and appropriately named Getting To Know You.
The alt-rock quintet of Jake Gambatese (Vocals), Ryan Task (Guitar), Anthony Lupica (Guitar), Nick Barker (Drums) and Trevor Schafer (Bass) from Kent (USA) who form the band Dead Fall will be releasing the EP Never Expected on the 25th.
The first track to surface from the EP – Drowned Out – was itself made available as a standalone single on the 2nd (available on bandcamp).
A pulsing and powerful exposition of highly capable musicians who are able to dig out gnarly riffs as well as tender melodies encased inside an emo wrapper to deliver a track that whets the listeners appetite for the full release.
The Philadelphia (USA) quartet of Denny Barron (Bass / Vocals), Jeffrey Fields (Guitar / Vocals), Arthur Herrmann (Steel Guitar / Lead Guitar / Vocals) and Joe Idell (Drums / Vocals) who form the americana-angst group Morning River Band release the LP Brambles on the 18th.
A nine track album (available on bandcamp) which although riven with downcast narrative and vocal finds the listener tapping alongside, with some delight, the sprightly tempo and quirky instruments.
Always a sucker for steel guitar – my pick of the release is the middle track – The Sun Alone.
The trio of Chance Allan (Guitar / Vocals), Jeff Klein (Bass) and Buddy Hachar (Drums), from Austin (USA), who form the trippy-rock band Greenbeard released the three track single Onward, Pillager on the 22nd.
Each of the tracks on Onward, Pillager (available on bandcamp) brings a different brush stroke to the tripped-out release, with with stoner, progressive-psych and heavy-metal peering through the speakers from behind a thick fug of sweet scented smoke.
The quartet of Brittany Malm (Vocals / Guitar), Jordan Cope (Drums), Austin Sears (Bass) and Zack Chicoine (Guitar), from Austin (USA), who form the maths-rock band Mode Dodeca will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 21st.
The extended compositions on the album (available on bandcamp) have the distinct angularity of maths-rock in to which the quartet infuse a soft lens which gives the tracks an unexpectedly airy and progressive accenting with the songs having a hazy layer which bends the sharp spikes in to polymorphic wafts of curling shapes.
The fifth of the seven tracks is Hello from Hyperspace.