Friday, 31 October 2014

AVAGRACE - SINGLE REVIEW

AvaGrace - 2 Years 
AvaGrace - 2 Years

These boys are a force to be reckoned with as they combine sheer rock force with slick production and sweet melodies. '2 Years' is a show of intent as the band flex their muscles through grinding bass, swirling guitars, pounding drums and vocals that switch between a roar and a more melodic style. The Alt-core sounds chime out with supreme force while the video displays a serious message of not dicking around with Haribo and selfies while you are driving in case you crash and, well, die. This is intense stuff, all in all, but engaging nonetheless.

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


Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7tl839MkuU

ARIZONA - SINGLE REVIEW

Arizona - Black Hart 
Arizona - Black Hart

Arizona are a band of lads from Essex. I somehow hope that in Arizona there is a band called Essex playing exactly the same songs but backwards. New single 'Black Hart' is the band's new single and it is a pretty intensely heavy slice or rock with furiously choppy guitars, thundering drums and a vocalist with a roar that could shake the foundations of Stone Henge. Along with the sheer power of the music comes a lot of facial hair, some dirt and a video in an old barn. Pretty much everything you would want from a British hardcore band named after an American state singing a song about a deer.


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

PANTALOON DESCENDO - SINGLE REVIEW

Pantaloon Descendo - The Candyman (The Mustache Club) 
Pantaloon Descendo - The Candyman

Release Date: 31st October 2014

On first viewing, I thought this was some Wayne Coyne inspired, nightmarish vision of a man-panda (manda) would look eating a giant lollipop. Then I realised that this was a Halloween release date and it was probably more likely to be a skeleton. Still with a giant lollipop though. 'The Candyman' is the new single from Quebecois singer Pantaloon Descendo and it's a Mighty Boosh inspired piece of folk-pop as performed by the illegitimate off spring of the Child Catcher and Mary Poppins . Despite the happy, innocent melody there is a feeling of a public announcement about the dangers of strangers, obesity or playing on train tracks. There's no denying that this is a frog short of the full box but at the same time it's delightfully eccentric and well worth a listen so, y'know, give it a listen.

More information: http://www.pantaloondescendo.com/


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

Thursday, 30 October 2014

ALLUSONDRUGS - SINGLE/FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW

Allusondrugs - I Should Have Gone To Uni (Clue Records) 
Allusondrugs - I Should Have Gone To Uni

I love getting in on a band from the ground floor and I've been a fan of Castleford boys Allusondrugs for a while now so it's really satisfying to see them receiving so many accolades from the high and mighty of the rock'n'roll world. This latest single is a free give away under the title of 'I Should Have Gone To Uni' which hints at the slightly reflective tone of the song. However, the lumbering, distorted chords the fuzz up the opening bards of this song are not remotely reflective as they bludgeon through the air like a cricket bat through a stubborn skull. Essentially, this is the British Nirvana taking on the feeling of small town abandonment when all your mates disappear off to the cities for University and you're all that is left behind with the school kids and the retirement homes. Allusondrugs, on the other hand, have probably got a brighter future ahead of them with this dirty, grungey, honest rock'n'roll than the majority of those who will graduate from University in 2015. So, you know, in your face University.

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

Listen/Free Download: https://soundcloud.com/allusondrugs/i-should-have-gone-to-uni-kerrang

Live Dates:

1st November - Nightmare Festival, London
21st November - Ku Bar, Stockton-On-Tees
All below dates with Lyger + Forever Cult + Prom
25th November - Sound Control, Manchester
26th November - 13th Note Cafe, Glasgow
29th November - The Wardrobe, Leeds
30th November - The Underground, Stoke
1st December - Epic Studios, Norwich
2nd December - Forum, Tunbridge Wells
3rd December - Black Heart, London

5th December - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

TURBOWOLF - SINGLE REVIEW

Turbowolf - Rabbits Foot 
Turbowolf - Rabbits Foot

I've had a lot of good things about Turbowolf and a tour support slot with Royal Blood (they're so hot right now) suggests there is some substance to these good things. This latest single, 'Rabbits Foot' precedes the album due out in 2015 and is a sub-three minute piece of gloriousness. Dirty, filthy, downright nasty guitars chug from the get-go and the drums only serve to force the point home without a thought for your feelings. The smooth, slick vocal harmonies weave together the punctured wholes left by the stabbing guitar riffs and, all in all, this creates a mighty, mighty sound that is somewhere between 80s rock, 90s pop and the bastard child of Queens Of The Stone Age and Death From Above 1979. I'm sold. The good things I heard were all right and I now I want Christmas to be over so I can get my hands on the album.

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

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

Live Dates:

2nd November - The Ritz, Manchester
3rd November - O2 Academy, Liverpool
4th November - The Institute, Birmingham
6th November - Electric Ballroom, London
7th November - Electric Ballroom, London
8th November - The Junction, Cambridge
10th November - Pyramid, Portsmouth
11th November - O2 Academy, Oxford

12th November - The Bierkeller, Bristol

MAD ONES - SINGLE/FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW

Mad Ones - Walking The Ceiling (Pale Bride Records)
Mad Ones - Walking The Ceiling

Man, Canada just keeps on coming at me with new music at the moment. It's a relentless wave but one that I'm happy to let wash over me. Toronto duo Mad Ones are back with a free download single by the name of 'Walking The Ceiling' and a continuation of a recurring artwork theme. The rolling, thumping drums are draped in a sea of dirty, distorted guitars that have a certain lo-fi appeal as well as the raw rock power. Think Weezer, We Are Scientists, Kerbdog, early Feeder and the much missed Redwood and you're getting the picture. Throw in the video (seemingly made for the Adam and Joe show) which features Chewbacca in a battle with the Evil Emperor acted out with original figurines and you have some kind of beautiful geek fest. A rock'n'roll geek fest.

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

Listen/Free Download: https://madonesband.bandcamp.com/track/walking-the-ceiling

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbeMEmdcO4I&feature=youtu.be

Live Dates:

6th November - Moustache Club, Oshawa w/HotKid
11th November - The Windsor Beer Exchange, Windsor w/Cellos
14th November - Silver Dollar, Toronto w/HotKid
15th November - DSTRCT, Guelph w/HotKid
22nd November - Avant Garde Bar, Ottawa w/HotKid

29th November - Bourbon, Barrie w/HotKid

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

CAT DOVE - SINGLE/FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW

Cat Dove - Vagabond Girl (Deux-Elles Recordings) 
Cat Dove - Vagabond Girl

Reading singer-songwriter Cat Dove just broke my heart. Straight up. Don't get me wrong, it's not like she dumped me or turned down my marriage proposal, Cat Dove just happens to have a beautiful voice and a gentle approach to musicianship. This new single is being given away and my word you ought to be grateful. 'Vagaband Girl' is built around a gentle but beautiful piano melody that builds slowly but surely like the swell of emotion when you say goodbye to a long distance lover at a train station or airport, knowing full well you won't see them again for weeks. There's a weird Joni-Mitchell-in-the-90s feel to this song that I just can't resist and Dove's voice has the perfect combination of tenderness, power and emotional crackle displayed by Tori Amos or Ani Di Franco. Seeing as this is free and beautiful then I can't think of one reason why you shouldn't get some of this.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Dove/291778497552275?fref=ts


Listen/Free Download: https://soundcloud.com/catdove/vagabond-girl