For those interested in past resumes, guitarist and main-guy-up-front Ian Breen used to play in the Spy Versus Spy worshiping Well Wisher and post-rock band Day For Airstrikes and by no surprise elements of both underpin the sound of Claw The Thin Ice, albeit with a level of refinement that pulls up the likes of Superchunk and earlier Seam along with it.
Elk are made up of Glenn and Ritch from Andy, Glenn & Ritch and super-nice-talented guy on the side, Thomas Conolly. I put them once on in my 5ft basement in 2011, which happens to be the last time they released some music. Since then, the trio have been hard at work compiling 10-songs for the appropriately titled Herd Songs which will be out on that Sheffield label, The Audacious Art Experiment in time for chomping on your Easter eggs.
Title track Guernica is a continuation from the early days, building on the intricacies of bands like Smart Went Crazy and Karate while tying in some flavorful indie-pop parts. You’ll find similar things in the video for Remedy below, another track from the forthcoming album that looks like the band are playing out of a disused television set. Hurrah, good stuff moose men.
Adding to the hilly crop of local bands are Carriages – a three-piece who feature members of Sleeping States (remember this gorgeous one) and yes you heard it, Bob Tilton. In parts the wobbly topsy-turvy vocals recall the likes of Sue Tompkins from Life Without Buildings possessing very much a mind of their own. The guitars on the other side keep the whole charade apace, gearing towards indie-rock sentimentals but not dipping their toes too much in the pool. Start off at Canaveral and you’ll get the gist of just how nifty this trio are.
Charlotte Light and Dark describe themselves as ‘cubist hardcore’ on their facebook page. As injokes go it hits the spot – the UK/French bands weird ‘avant-garde’ style (ahem) on this latest 7″ finds itself wedged between Justin Pearson styled insanity and chuggy tech metal. You won’t know where to look, but this might be just what you’re searching for.
Members of Brighton based four-piece Love Among the Mannequins have been swamped in their other music capacities: Alex Petersen does Vincent Vocoder Voice, Steven Stride strums in Chalk while Tobias Hayes new project Eugene Quell saw him proposing onstage to his girlfriend at a recent gig in London. It’s fab to see new projects forming (and relationships blossoming) but all the pleasing to see LATM still doing the rounds.
The lengthy titled My Uncle’s Ball.. takes a lunge towards the darker elements of your favourite Q And Not U or The pAper chAse record. Inspired by Milton Rokeach book “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti“, a work the band refer to as “an absolutely fascinating insight into the human condition, and our extreme talents for performing phenomenal acts of creative self-deception to stay “sane”, even if the price is – in the eyes of society-at-large – “insanity””, this EP is a gutsy appetiser for the next full-length, which for everyone’s sake shouldn’t be too far away now.
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).