Tuesday, 25 November 2014

SILVER ARM - SINGLE REVIEW

Silver Arm - Scatterbrainzz (Big Tea Records) 
Silver Arm - Scatterbrainzz

This is the second single I've had the pleasure of reviewing from London boys Silver Arm and I've got to say it's a bit of a belter. The marvellously monikered 'Scatterbrainzz' is the kind of fast and dirty rock'n'roll that shouldn't last more than three minutes (it doesn't) and gets you horny and violent in equal measure (it does). The guitars are full of swagger, the vocals spit bourbon soaked venom and the drums drive you ever forward like the pistons of a perfectly restored 70s cop car flying through the streets of Camden. For the full experience, get yourself down to a gig and stand in the front row with every one of your senses open and just enough alcohol in your system to give you that warm buzz.


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

Monday, 24 November 2014

AXEL FLOVENT - SINGLE REVIEW

Axel Flovent - Beach (Trellis Records) 
Axel Flovent - Beach

Well what do we have here? I'll tell you what we have here. What we have here is the debut single by Icelandic strummer Axel  Flovent. Now, despite his rock namesake, Axel is a somewhat subdued performer but that is far away from being a bad thing. The simply titled 'Beach' is a thing of quiet beauty as an insistent guitar pluck is lifted up on the shoulders of a steadily swelling melody, itself supported by some reach, deep piano notes. A pause in the middle of the song gives pause for thought before the swell begins again and Flovent's voice drifts dreamily and wistfully out towards anyone willing to listen. Not forcing or pushing, just drifting and existing in the half light, ready for you whenever you need it.


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

DRACULA LEGS - SINGLE REVIEW

Dracula Legs - Sand To The Beach/Death Of Age (Too Pure/Two Piece Records) 
Dracula Legs - Sand To The Beach/Death Of Age

They might be London based but this quartet hail from various parts of the Commonwealth which makes them an interesting prospect. The new single, 'Sand To The Beach', is a scuzzy but suave piece of in-your-face punk'n'roll with theatrical guitars and a real sense of the macabre. As the guitars thrash and clash around with gay abandon, the deep, velvety vocals fill all the gaps like Morrisey with more class or Editors with a sense of fun. B-side 'Death Of Age' is more of the same but with an added flavour of Jon Spencer and Les Anges thrown just to add to the vibe. This is borderline sleazy rock'n'roll and it's your call whether this will show you the time of your life or give you an STD and take your money. Either way you'll enjoy it at some point.


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

Sunday, 23 November 2014

HOUSE OF LIONS - SINGLE REVIEW

House Of Lions - Perfect Fool (Kore Records) 
House Of Lions - Perfect Fool

Release Date: 24th November 2014

OK, first of all, love the artwork. Show me a cat in a funny situation or pulling a funny face and that's half the battle won. Now, for the music. Camden boys House Of Lions are on the brink of releasing this new single, 'Perfect Fool', on the unsuspecting masses and this is the music of a band who live, eat and love together. There are guitar melodies and a snappy rhythm that are pure sunny Saturday mornings that make you want to throw open the windows, make a bacon sandwich and they go looking for some mischief on the streets of London. Imagine a more laid back Young Knives or a less wet Feeling and you're in the right ball park but it's the spring in this song's step that makes it so utterly appealing. Indie-pop at it's very best and with a limber little guitar solo to boot. My only gripe is that this is entirely the wrong time of year for this to come out - I'd suggest getting it, putting it in a box and then unwrapping this on the first day of blue skies sometime in May 2015.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/House-of-Lions/164214270311529?fref=ts

Live Dates:


24th November - Single Launch @ Proud Galleries, London

Saturday, 22 November 2014

DE STAAT - SINGLE REVIEW

De Staat - Down Town (Cool Green Recordings/Mascot Label Group) 
De Staat - Down Town 

Release Date: 24th November 2014

Well this is not what I expected from a group of Dutch indie-rockers, I have to admit. 'Down Town' is a seriously dark song with a video to match and I can't recommend it highly enough! There are various film noir influences, both aurally and visually, but the Mark Lanegan vocals, eery melodies and shuffling rhythms are enough to put even the toughest henchman on edge. Nerves are soothed only by the soft, sultry female vocal in the chorus but by that point you suspect the chanteuse may have poisoned lipstick or, at the very least, a small pistol nestled between her breasts. This is the kind of song that, were it to come on the car radio, would make you check your rear view mirror and back seat......just in case.

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

Watch The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxYQ2YhLxpQ&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:

11th December - Charlatan, Ghent
22nd January - Werkplaats OOST, Dordrecht
23rd January - Zwitsal Fabriek, Apeldoorn
24th January - Timmerfabriek, Vlissingen
25th January - Rotown, Rotterdam
29th January - Poppodium Grenswerk, Venlo
30th January  - Museumzaal Aviodrome, Lelystad

1st February - Huis Verloren, Hoorn

MIMI & THE MAD NOISE FACTORY - SINGLE REVIEW

Mimi & The Mad Noise Factory - Get Me Back (Warner Music Group Germany) 
Mimi & The Mad Noise Factory - Get Me Back

Release Date: 26th November 2014

So your mum was an iconic 70s fashion model, you've recorded your latest material with Stephen Street and Pete Doherty and you've just been on tour with Biffy Clyro and Imagine Dragons. That's not a bad place to be in your musical career but Mimi won't let it go to her head, she's still designing her own single artwork! Musically speaking, 'Get Me Back' is somewhere in a Venn diagram that features Florence Welch, La Roux, Sophie Ellix-Bexter and Kate Bush liberally sprinkled with a a continental sense of pop. Mimi is firmly lodged at the stylish end of the pop spectrum but her rapid fire vocal delivery gives her something of an edge over other pop pretenders on the scene. I have to admit that I'm not sure how this would go down with an expectant Biffy Clyro audience but I'm thoroughly enjoying it, massive eyelashes an all!

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


Watch The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8YdNFKKzsY&feature=youtu.be

RICHARD LOMAX - SINGLE REVIEW

Richard Lomax - Wag The Wonderbitch 
Richard Lomax - Wag The Wonderbitch

There are certain artists that crop up in my inbox from time to time who make me sit up and pay attention and Mancunian troubadour Richard Lomax is one such artist. Without even listening to a note of this new single, you can see that it has an accompanying video that is centred around a doomed love affair between two Omnichords and their players. But 'Wag The Wonderbitch' stands alone in its own right as a gorgeous piece of storytelling songwriting that is a blend of Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Elvis. Lush guitars, rich vocals and a real sense of intimacy make this an autumnal delight that the whole family can enjoy. Oh, and that video is the perfect side dish.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/lomaxmusic?pnref=lhc

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U85RH7kzlOM

Live Dates:

27th November - Strange Brew, Chorlton
28th November - Mother's Ruin, Bristol
29th November - Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
30th November - Moon & Sixpence, Glossop

18th December - Art Of Tea, Manchester w/Gideon Conn