Dead Fall – Drowned Out – Audio

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.

Dead Fall
Dead Fall

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.

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Morning River Band – The Sun Alone – Audio

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.

Morning River Band
Morning River Band

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.

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Greenbeard – WCCQ – Audio

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.

Greenbeard
Greenbeard

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 middle track is WCCQ

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Mode Dodeca – Hello from Hyperspace – Audio

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.

Mode Dodeca
Mode Dodeca

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

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Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Ooh! My Soul – Audio

From Brooklyn (USA) the rockabilly duo Screamin’ Rebel Angels comprised of Laura Palmer (Double Bass /  Rhythm Guitar / Violin / Keys / Vocals) and Brian Hack (Lead Guitar) plus guest musicians release the LP Heel Grinder on the 24th of January 2019. 

Screamin' Rebel Angels - Photo by Eddies Gig Pics
Screamin’ Rebel Angels – Photo by Eddies Gig Pics

If you happen to be in New York on the 25th of January the album (available on bandcamp)  is being live launched at the Mercury Lounge with a West Coast tour in February.

If, like me, you are in a different Continent altogether I merely advise spend the next month raising fitness prior to grabbing hold of Heel Grinder as, like the opening song – Ooh! My Soul – there is no time to draw breath until the middle track – Something On Your Mind – a dozen minutes later that there is slow down in tempo only for the final six songs, though marginally less frenetic, pick up the pace once again.

How could I not recommend spending the time in the company of a double bass, smoky vocal and shin bruising rock’n’roll? 

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