Tag: Noise-Rock

Now Playing: August Round Up

This hasn’t been the best month; laid up, recovering from a dislocated knee, missing gigs I had tickets for and trapped in the flat because I can’t make it down the three flights of stairs I need to navigate to get to fresh air.  To avoid cabin fever I’ve been sprucing up the blog, catching up on reading (fanzines) and listening to some great music. Here are some recommendations from my recent binges:

 

Twisted UtopiaTwisted – Utopia
This album is so good. It was released in January but I only just picked up my copy from Specialist Records on the back of seeing them live – I urge you to check them out if they play anywhere near you. The album will be making my top ten this year because I haven’t heard a better example of catchy, scuzzy female fronted Brit-Punk in an age.  There are so many great melodies it feels unfair to pick favourites but if you want to check out a track look no further than Toxic Convener for a class example. It may be catchy fun but the record also doesn’t let you down on the punchy punk attitude, it oozes from every note. Fantastic.

 

the good lifeThe Good Life – Everybody’s Coming Down
I’m a total sucker for anything by Tim Kasher, no secret there, this is a great album though despite my predisposition.  Pretty minimal but sporting plenty of fuzzy off-kilter guitars; it doesn’t go as far as dischordant but certainly skirts around it and the guitars ride over some nice melodic touches.
If you’re looking for comparisons I’d say it walks the line between Tim’s solo work and his Cursive output, you can hear touches from both; folksy indie but with heavier blasts of guitar. As with other Good Life records though it’s more laid back and dreamy than both his other projects, some great female backing vocals on tracks like Diving Bell help to define the sound too.

 

Nervosas stNervosas – Nervosas
This new self-titled full length from the Ohio Punks feels more frantic than their previous records – they haven’t lost the dark edge or the melodies, the vocals are as goth as always with fantastic female backing and their sound is as immediate and addictive as ever but the pace is x2 and more aggressive.
Not very easy to get hold of a hard copy of this one in the UK unless you want to pay some epic postage but it is available on Bandcamp as a digital download.

 

EnvyEnvy – Atheist’s Cornea
Envy are one of my all time favourite bands, so its always a huge treat to get my hands on a new album from them. This record is, dare I say it, more accessible than I’ve heard from them in the past – shorter tracks, very melodic, some actual singing rather than all screams or spoken word, however, none of these are negative observations, this is as huge and dreamy as they’ve ever been.  This is of course an album of epic post-rock tunes, quiet/loud dynamics, beautiful strings and incredible crescendos of guitar to overwhelm.   I don’t think they have a bad record in them.

 

Towanda EP
Towanda – Black Sheep EP

The super crunchy guitar sound on this EP is brilliant, along with the bratty female vocals, I’m into this.   I thought I’d heard enough of this kind of thing recently but the Montreal trio have really got to me.

 

 

ParisoPariso – Pariso
This is Pariso’s final record, side A is new material which would have gone on a full-length and side B is essentially a rarities collection. Pariso are unashamedly shouty male hc, they batter you with noise, but, have some great moments of technical finesse, which, along with the heady nastiness is what drew me to them in the first place. The A side of this record points to what would have been a classic Pariso record in the making, it becomes tinged with melancholy when you know it will be their last release of new material. The tracks are dark and meaty but with an underlying core of something more dreamy; some of the riffs really soar. The B side is a nice touch, some gems to be had from their back catalogue, a nice package overall.

Review: Super Luxury Album

Super Luxury – Ten Solid Years Of Applause

digipak4Panel-DW.aiI don’t often say this, but Super Luxury’s debut album benefits from cleaner prduction, OK it’s not slick, but it is at least cleaner than their 2013 EP Mystery Thriller Teen Drama. The Leeds 5 piece have a warm and fuzzy noise rock undertone (with the odd blast of discord) topped by meaty classic rock riffage and shouty vocals – trust me it works. The production here really brings out the riffs but still lets you hear the tunes, and they do pen some corkers; take Constant Delicious where a hooky riff and hypnotic rhythm make for a catchy tune with classic rock undertones, it’s super catchy.

The record takes a little while to get going on the first listen, with opener 25 Meters’ harsh distorted wash of noise laden with squeals of feedback feeling oddly like a long intro, even at 4 minutes; but then when a foot stomping riff comes in you get a hint of what is to come later and the promise is good.

Ian Mckaye Made So Much Money Out Of Fugazi He Lives In A Solid Gold House… is one of the highlights, starting a run of excellent tunes for the middle section of the record.  This is where it feels like the album starts to pick up steam and everything begins to pull together. The best tunes include Golden Climbing and Milk Sauce. The former is initially marked by intense squealing before calming into a dreamy/sludgy but tuneful track. The latter produces a great menacing rock and roll feel with some serious downtuning and off kilter, distorted shouting.  Salem Tears is another worth mentioning, again, hypnotic drums which seem to force you to move and a simple vocal line, (this time dual shouts layer up) is easy to join in with.

There is some great stuff on this record, it seems to sum up the diversity of British rock at the moment; so many different styles and influences blending to create poweful yet melodic tunes you can rock out to.