Tag: Math-rock

Back To The Future

I recently acquired a new turntable:

Rega Turntable

I’m not going to do some huge advert for it, however it’s about a million times better than my old one – I hadn’t realised how muddy the sound was on it until I cranked up this one. The result of this new depth of sound has had me dragging out old albums again. This probably should come as no surprise if you’ve been to this blog before as I am given to harking back to the past anyway, but I’ve remembered why I love vinyl so much and how vast the difference is between it and the sound of my ipod (even with decent headphones).

This1988 album by Bastro:

Bastro Cover Image

Rode Hard And Put Up Wet sounds superb again – it brings back memories of me listening to it at 17 with the door to my tiny box room shut having a sneaky cigarette next to the open window, I loved this record and played it to death on my old hand-me-down system (which incidentally was still better than the one i just consigned to dusty under bed ‘storage’).

This is a real post-hardcore gem, although at the time I probably would have called it American Hardcore, and I recall buying it because of the Albini connection (he engineered the album) and they used a drum machine so it had that Big Black feel to it. They have interesting time signatures and fantastic discordant horns which I remembered instantly this week when I was listening to the new Svin record (read my Roomthirteen review here) and I immediately pulled this six track mini album out of the stack to get stuck back into.

I’m sure there will be more nostalgic waffling on old records to come soon. I’m even considering digging out my old Ride and Slowdive stuff although I fear they may not have aged so well.

Everyone Everywhere Album Review

 

 

 

 

Everyone Everywhere’s second self-titled album is a grower, not as instant as their debut but, as I’ve discovered, with repeated listens you’ll find it delivers as much on melody and hooks as the former. Opening with I Feel Exausted, a track of two halves – starting slowly, gently building to a sudden shift in tempo and tone which opens the tune up with a more upbeat sound and their trademark playful guitars, it’s a great way to begin.

Tracks like Queen Mary II and Turn & Go & Turn have quickly become favourites; off kilter (but technically impressive) guitars and brilliantly catchy vocal lines – the former with hits of brass to mix things up and the latter inducing sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-voice moments.The whole album is warm and comfortable, like a cozy sweater in cold weather; fuzzy, full of super catchy melodies and great lyrics (see Big Hat for a great example of their approach which is amusing and touching without being sentimental) but always with that interesting edge of techy riffage to keep things sounding fresh. The four piece have come good on this new record, avoiding the difficult second album syndrome and giving us a satisfying album of warm and infectious tunes to play on repeat.

You can download the record from their Bandcamp for just $1 at the moment which is a complete bargain, but I’d still recommend you pick up the beautiful green/blue vinyl, as it sounds even warmer and richer spinning on your turntable.