Kalopsia, the debut LP from Cornwall ‘space punks’ Crows-An-Wra sees the band experiment with 9 tracks of dizzying post-hardcore. Peeling away at their old screamo sticker, the four-piece find new comforts with increasingly weirdo hooks, extra reverb and accompanying guest vocals (tracks 6 & 7). Go fetch this on pre-order via UK’s labels Barely Regal Records, Wolftown DIY & Boslevan Records, Adagio 830 (EU) or Middleman Records (US).
Vincent Vocoder Voice is the brainchild of Brighton musician Alex Petersen, formally/currently of Love Among The Mannequins. His highbrow influences include the books of Sartre, Ballard and John Gray, the music of Swans, Cursive and the 20th century polystylistic composer Alfred Schnittke (wow). Haunting and quirky, hear VVV’s new EP Full Heart, Deaf Ears on virtual release via Sonic Anhedonic Recording Company (Eugene Quell, Chalk.)
Snappy three-piece Grubs are becoming so popular that Shazam is now taking note (as I unashamedly detected at the Los Campesinos! show in London last night). In a matter of minutes do the trio (who star members of Trust Fund, Joanna Gruesome and King Of Cats) whiz through infectious pop that veers unintentionally to Rose Melberg’s back catalogue of bands. Available on funky double A-side transparent flexidisc single on Cool Your Jets (UK) and Aloe Music (US).
In their heyday, bands like Jonquil and Youthmovies left their own noticeable mark on the jeering folk-rock being played by their counterparts Anathallo and Efterklang in the US and Denmark. As a band you need to be tight (which means practicing lots), be prepared to fork out on a recording that isn’t too scrappy and if you want interesting percussion, then that’s a whole other cost altogether. Whether this may have led to their subsequent departures – Youthmovies disbandment in 2010 and Jonquil’s move to writing pop music, is perhaps a matter for another time.
From both their retrospective graves of experimentalism do they pass the baton to new Leeds-based Adult Jazz. Keeping themselves to themselves, certainly stocking up on tickets before they ride the festival circuit later this summer, do the band shock and enthrall with song ‘Spook’, a captivating 9-minute plus journey that dots together stunning vocals, sparse guitars and brass sections with quite-so less conventional african drum tones. Startling happy to incredibly sad, stay alert for Gist, their full-length out next month on Spare Thought.
There’s something very appealing about DIY house show folk singer Eric Funn, whether it’s his characteristic vocal style (he goes really low), the lyrics (“miss the Mississippi“) or his rough recording style, it feels like simplicity at its best.
Eric is quick to question his one-take to live cassette sound “Please don’t think that because I use a seemingly simple recording method that this album was just slapped together” and similarly as his latest album No More Blue Tomorrows is concerned “A lot of my earlier work maybe erred on the side of being quirky or whimsical as a way to avoid putting anything on the line emotionally. For this one I wanted to write about what was really on my mind and I hope that people will be able to relate to some of the stuff I’m singing about. These songs mean a lot to me personally and I hope they’ll mean something to the lives of the people who hear them.”
Eric runs his own record label, Funn Folk Sounds and lives in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia’s Radiator Hospital (Rad Hos) are back with their latest LP Torch Song! Frontguy Sam Cook-Parrott brings a whole new meaning to the word singer/songwriter (if a redundant character still exists) nailing the pinnacle of what every chirpy pop song should entail, plain sailing fun and quirky hooks. Purchase at your peril from Salinas Records (Swearin’, P.S Eliot).
Fantastic 3-way split out on longstanding US tape label Keep It Together. Emo Side Project return with their Owen/The City on Film acoustic bum-out, New Zealand’s Coate lay-down two twiddly numbers that will appeal to old Grown Ups fans and going last, Missouri’s Boy Parts showoff more of their pleasing, upbeat Small Brown Bike overtones.
Kent screamos MeAndGoliath have treated us to some new songs following a lengthy gap from their 2009 release.
First up are three tracks taken from a split with Autarkeia. Film nerds/those acquainted with this particular genre won’t be disappointed to hear a sample from indie Me and You and Everyone We Know.
If that wasn’t enough already, here’s three more songs recorded in April 2014. I tell you, that drummer has got some forearms on him.
For the unfamiliar Russian speaker Улыбайся Ветру means Smile To The Wind. To the novice Danish speaker Øjne is Danish for eyes. To the man with the broken keyboard Iwrotehaikusaboutcannibalisminyouryearbook means, er, just that.
First up are Milan’s Øjne who take influence from the harsher euromo of it’s time a la Sed Non Satiata, Amanda Woodward and such. The scream at times are certainly intense, but the delicate post-rock sparkles help calm the tension.
Улыбайся Ветру carry a bit more of a ferocious vibe, focusing their limited attention (short songs) to the tech screamo elements of Takaru and Beau Navire, yet settled down by soft interludes and the like.
Grab the split from any one of these great labels: Pike Records (Germany), It’s a Trap! Records (USA), Flood Records (Belgium), Zegema Beach Records (USA), Unlock Yourself Records (Russia), La Agonia De Vivir (Spain), Pure Heart Records (Czech Republic). Øjne tour the UK in November/December later this year.
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Tagged emo, flood records, it's a trap records, la agonia de vivir, milan, pike records, pure heart records, russia, screamo, Smile To The Wind, unlock yourself records, zegema beach reocrds, Øjne, Улыбайся Ветру
Ruined Smile is a new Brisbane label set-up by Matthew Holian after his successful escape from the rainy UK. To mark his move to a hotter climate, and more importantly the launch of his new label, is a celebratory sampler of sorts to listen to. It’s so good you’ll want to download it, rip it to a CD, pass it to a friend and pass it off as your own.
It features UK all-stars Doe, Manuals, Plough Lines and No Ditching, some quirky euromo from the likes of Sleep Kit (LP out on Big Scary Monsters), The Daydream Fit and Manku Kapak along with Aussie’s No Action. I don’t want to list all the bands but Football, Etc and Troubled Sleep are on there too. And, oh dear, that’s nearly everyone.
Get excited for release number #2 – Hutt River Province (a band from Adelaide which has members of No Action and Jerkstore).
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Tagged brisbane, DOE, football etc, hutt river province, jerkstore, manku kapuk, manuals, matthew holian, no action, no ditching, plough lines, ruined smile records, sleep kit, the daydream fit, troubled sleep