Monday, 18 May 2015

GHOST BONES - SINGLE REVIEW

Ghost Bones - Nape Of My Neck/Sleep Creeps 
Ghost Bones - Nape Of My Neck/Sleep Creeps

Release Date: Out Now

Ghost Bones - great band name - are from Hot Springs Arkansas - great place name. So far, they've got the naming thing down to a fine art.  This two track single starts with 'Nape Of My Neck' (intriguing name, one of the few songs to feature the word nape I would imagine) and immediately you're hit with the sheer force of attitude that fuels this song. An urgent, alarming guitar riff channels a dark, punk spirit while the bass growls and the vocals spit bile and sneer with disdain. Somewhere between Reuben, early No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins and Bikini Kill is where Ghost Bones exist which is, let's face it, an amazing place to inhabit. 'Sleep Creeps' has a more art house feel to it as the expressive guitars tip toe around a dark room before the vocals shriek from the corner as if mentally distorted by something that can't be unseen. Ghost Bones are the kind of band that draw you in, then make you feel a bit sick inside but you still meet them out back after the show before blacking out and waking up in a loft apartment with a new tattoo and a confused smile on your face.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/ghostbonesband?_rdr

Listen/Download Here: https://hearghostbones.bandcamp.com/album/ghost-bones-2

Live Dates:

23rd May - Riverfest, Little Rock
9th June - White Water Tavern, Little Rock
12th June - Maxine's, Hot Springs
19th June - Murphy's, Memphis
20th June - The Blind Pig, Oxford
21st June - The Boxer  The Barrel, Houma
22nd June - Brett's Basement, Shreveport
23rd June - Black Barbie, Houston
24th June - The Riddle Gallery, Bryan
25th June - Three Links, Dallas
26th June - Cheer Up Charlies, Austin
27th June - Paper Tiger, San Antonio

28th June - Mesa Music Hall, El Paso

ONLY SUN - EP REVIEW

Only Sun - Only Sun EP (285 Records) 
Only Sun - Only Sun EP

Release Date: Out Now

I've had this EP in my inbox for a while and without listening to it I knew I wanted to check it out. Don't ask me why, there was just something about the artwork and the way the band sold themselves to me that peaked my interest. This debut EP from the High Wycombe quartet opens with 'What We Started' and I'm instantly gratified. Thumping drums and low slung, grungey guitars are blended with an indie-pop sensibility and the feeling that you're speeding through the city at night with the car stereo turned up high. 'Dawn (Part Two)' takes the pace down a few notches with a desolate low guitar chord progression along with some Bastille meets Editors vibes that build slowly and epically in to an anthemic sound that make me yearn for the much missed The B Of The Bang. By the time this song explodes you only need to close your eyes to see the slow motion crowd scenes of a summer BBC montage with smiling faces crammed in to a tent somewhere in the English countryside.

The second half of the EP starts with the Dutch Uncles-esque 'Take Care' that layers weaving guitars, rapid fire vocals and skipping drums to channel the spirit of Young Knives and Everything Everything. Final track, 'Impact Of Innovation', is a darker, more forceful tune that you just want to lose yourself in on a Friday night after a long week of shuffling paper round an office for people that you never meet or even speak to. Only Sun are one of those bands that have grasped exactly what it means to make quality tunes and then infuse that with all the frustration and energy of modern living which makes for a fantastic listening experience. I can't help but feeling, though, that these guys must explode on the live stage as all of that energy comes bubbling to the surface. Definitely ones to keep an eye on.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/onlysunofficial?fref=ts 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

BLACKLIST UNION - SINGLE REVIEW

Blacklist Union - Alive N Well Smack In The Middle Of Hell (BLU Records) 
Blacklist Union - Alive N Well Smack In the Middle Of Hell

Release Date: Out Now

When you call a single 'Alive n Well Smack In The Middle Of Hell' there's very little chance that you're going to be producing music to be played out on a Banjo or featuring a young chorister. No, LA rockers Blacklist Union are not for the faint hearted or lily livered as they kick in with a riff that is part ACDC, part Buckcherry and a whole lot of fun. This is sleazy, snarling, balls on fire rock'n'roll with that shiny LA gleam to it that makes the vocals sound like Steven Tyler and the guitars wail like Slash is at the helm. If you like your rock'n'roll big, loud and completely unashamed that it's wearing an Indian Chief's head dress on stage then Blacklist Union are for you. Get thee to a mosh pit.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/BlacklistUnionRocks?fref=ts 

MOODBLANC - SINGLE REVIEW

Moodblanc - Over (100 Songs) 
Moodblanc - Over

Release Date: Out Now

Is Nu-Disco a thing? I've heard of Nu-Metal but not Nu-Disco. Apparently, though, Nu-Disco is now a thing and Swedish duo Moodblanc are carving out a niche in Nu-Disco. Have I said Nu-Disco enough? No? Nu-Disco. Anyway, 'Over' is the new single coming out on the ever excellent 100 Songs label and it's an odd juxtaposition. On the one hand, you have the late night disco grooves played out over the top of some clicky beats and a smattering of early 80s disco melodies. But then, on the other white-gloved hand, you've got the vocals of a hungover LCD Soundsystem mumbling away in the corner of the nightclub. If this is Nu-Disco then I can get on board. It beats the hell out of Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach any day.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/moodblanc/timeline

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

THE HAPPY HOLLOWS - SINGLE REVIEW

The Happy Hollows - Astrid (Pesky Fruit) 
The Happy Hollows - Astrid

Release Date: Out Now

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! You might be about to fall in love with your new favourite band. Los Angeles band The Happy Hollows are a trio of indie-poppers with a slick, edgy sense of cool that is refreshingly infectious. This latest single comes ahead of a forthcoming jaunt to the UK and if 'Astrid' is anything to go by these guys will be turning an awful lot of heads. Think LadyHawke, Ellie Goulding but way, way cooler or Hot Chip with more soul and you're not even close. Singer/Guitarist Sarah Negahdari is an immense talent, channelling the likes of Kate Bush and Karen O at various points as her vocals soar above the rainbows and trawl the gutters with the curl of a lip. Throw in some sumptuous synths, a driving beat and layers of guitars and you've got yourself a hook laden indie-pop smash in the making. Listen up UK, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor with something special, your chance to say you were 'there'. Go forth and adore them for they are The Happy Hollows.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/happyhollows?fref=ts

Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/happy-hollows/astrid

Live Dates:

14th May - Troubadour, West Hollywood w/Fool's Gold
29th May - South Sea, Sheffield
30th May - The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
4th June - The Loft House, Nottingham
5th June - Dog & Parrot, Newcastle
6th June - The Castle Hotel, Manchester
7th June - 13th Note, Glasgow

9th June - The Finsbury, London

YEALLOW - SINGLE REVIEW

Yeallow - The Trick (Try & Dye Records) 
Yeallow - The Trick

Release Date: Out Now

When you see a band made up of chaps called Fred, Ted, Bill and Ced you could be forgiven for expecting them to be a bunch of toothless Yorkshiremen playing spoons and a tea chest. Instead, this quartet hail from Strasbourg and cite influences like Zappa, Muse, Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem. Intrigued? I know I am. This latest single from Yeallow, 'The Trick', has a Zappa meets the Strokes riff to it initially before breaking in to something between Metal Molly, Soulwax, Young Knives and a French version of early Supergrass. The relentless, scuzzy guitars are punctured only by a poppy bass line and the kind of middle eight that you might expect from Dutch Uncles. Yeallow are the musical equivalent of a Lord who has run out of money - classy at the core but rough around the edges.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Yeallow.Club?fref=ts

Live Dates:

22nd May - No Man's Land, Volmerange Les Mines
13th June - Phalsart Festival, Phalsbourg
16th June - MUDD CLUB, Strasbourg w/Parlor Snakes
20th June - Chez Paulette, Pagney w/Caesaria

4th July - Why Not, Dudelange

THE SALVADOR DARLINGS - SINGLE REVIEW

The Salvador Darlings - Show World 
The Salvador Darlings - Show World

Release Date: Out Now

London duo The Salvador Darlings (great name) are comprised of the beautifully named Carine Fierobe on vocal duties and Bryan Borcherds making all the other noises. This new single from the pair, 'Show World', has an opening that could be straight out of the Linkin Park or Evanescence ballad book but soon settles in to something more akin to Portishead or Sneaker Pimps which is a lucky escape for everyone involved. The woozy guitars, intermittent beats and haunting vocals all surge in and out of focus like the ebbing tide on a shingle beach where the shingle is made of shredded hard drives and the sea is as black as oil. There is a dark, bitterness to The Salvador Darlings that is hard to ignore or resist so why bother? Just indulge yourself in the darkness.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheSalvadorDarlings


Watch The Video/The Making Of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzALhN_ZEZM