Tuesday, 23 May 2017

40 Bands To Sniff Out

Okay so the blog took a backseat to being a dad and generally having naff all time, still don't really but i'm going to try to make the effort

As a comeback article of sorts i'm going with volume 3 of 40 bands that you need to check out, not sure what i'm going to do when i run out of senses, links to the previous articles are below



Baby In Vain

Okay so Baby In Vain aren't in anyway a new band, they've been going since 2010, a 3 piece from Denmark who specialize in grungy-laden stoner rock, like an all female Queens Of The Stone Age (or Kings Of The Stone Age if you wish) at their most sparse. Early tracks such as 'Machine Gun Girl' and 'The Catcher' brimming full of menace were a great indication of what was to come. 2013 saw the release of a 7" trilogy with highlights like the upbeat 'Taught By Hand' and the epic stretching 'Alien Arms', no idea what was going until 2015 when they put out a split 10" with the equally excellent Electric Elephants (see further down the list), i'm assuming this was a treat for the ears but unfortunately as it was limited to 300 copies worldwide it's a bit of a struggle to get hold of. 2016 saw the release of a full EP of new music 'For The Kids' which cranks up the volume and heaviness quite a few notches with opening track 'Martha's View' ending in a squall of feedback Mudhoney would be proud of, highly recommended. New single 'Transcendent' is a teaser of finally a full length due later this year through Partisan records and hints at more melody but still a spiraling menace undercurrent, expect amazing things indeed!


Bad Nerves
East London new boys,only heard 4 songs by them so far, but all 4 are insanely catchy garage rock, early tunes like 'Can't Be Mine' stick in the brain instantly, 'Wasted Days' is a cracker but maybe not worth the £1,000 price tag on their bandcamp page. New single 'Dreaming' their first release on physical format, features 2 more garage rock stompers both under 3 minutes like last years tracks, no one likes a song that sticks around longer than it needs to. Keep an eye out for these boys i can imagine they'd be excellent live.


Grim Fiction (pka Hyena)
When i first had the idea for volume 3 of this list, Grim Fiction were still called Hyena, they'd kicked off with a rousing masterclass in rock called 'Mental Home' quickly followed by the if anything even better 'Come Down To Hilo' which was also released as split 7" with Piano Wire, then new single 'Forget My Name' leaning into a more grungy direction, then.... nothing no new EP, just an announcement that the band were changing their name and we'd get an update soon. So around a year later the first fruits of the new band Grim Fiction appeared 'Dream Sequence' first 45 seconds i'm wondering if this is even the same bunch of guys responsible for the amazing Hyena output, then the rock pops it's head up briefly and the chorus shows that the year wait was worth it.


Pretty Vicious
So it's been since 2014 when these young lads first put up their 'Cave Song' demo on soundcloud and it's been a long wait for more music with little teases here and there, but as the band themselves put it, you only get once chance at a classic debut album, and rumors are it's not far off now. In the meantime we've had the energy laden 'It's Always There' 7", download only singles like 'Are You Ready For Me' and 'National Plastics' keeping people's appetite satiated. Then last year saw the 10" EP of Cave Song which really got fans frothing at the mouth, all 4 songs were standout tunes reminding me of days in the late 90's when bands used to put out EP's that rivaled other bands albums with not a throwaway in sight. Ending last year with the forgive the pun, blistering 'Blister' a sign of the album to come.


Starting out with the slightly more controversial moniker Slutface, Now known totally differently as Sløtface, ah a rose by any other name... coming at you out of Norway with huge melodies over frenetic rock 'n' roll backing, they already have a debut single and 2 EP's to their name and an album due September i believe. 2015's debut single proper 'Shave My Head' was a rebel rousing feminist anthem both tracks also appeared on first EP proper 'Sponge State' which highlighted how much of a talent Haley Shea's vocals are with it's title track being a real highlight. The same year also saw the release of a second EP 'Empire Records' crammed full of angular punk rock with huge pop melodies and even references to the way underrated film it's named after.


To be continued.... with the below, when i get time x



The Schizophonics


The Blinders


Goat Girl


10. King Nun

11. Mouses

12. Petrol Girls

13. Tough Tits

14. Unqualified Nurse Band

15. Rotten Mind

16. Moses
17. Maker
18. MAMA
19. Cassels
20. BlackWaters
21. Barns Courtney
22. Black Foxxes
23. Crows
24. Death Valley Girls
25. Estrons
26. Fizzy Blood
27. Freak
28. The Hyena Kill
29. Electric Elephants
30. Darma
31. The Tuts
32. Motherfucker
33. Eat Fast
34. WUZI
35. Black Honey
36. Baby Strange
37. Sewage Farm
38. DeadCuts
39. Faux Pas
40. Whipper

Monday, 19 September 2016

Hey! Hello! – Hey! Hello! Too! (Round Records) (2016)

To say that this album has had its fair share of turmoil is an understatement, but as per the quote below things are all the better for the pain endured and the end result is definitely worth the wait. Now I loved the first H!H! album, in fact it was No.5 in my top 50 albums of 2012, and I can see this version of the album making a similar if not higher place this year. Some may know what I mean about this version, others not, having listened to both I can safely say this version is more in line with the first albums style with amazing (and numerous) melodic female (mostly) vocals and not as shouty as the ‘other’ version and that’s all I’m going to say on the matter considering enough has already been said including by the band on the excellent ‘Loud And Fucking Clear’.

It’s H!H!’s use of female vocals that gives it its individuality that sets it apart from the norm, and from what I can tell nearly every song has a different singer, which in some cases can spell disaster. We’ve all seen those solo albums by a guitarist where they’ve roped in a different singer for each song, yeah some songs are good but it doesn’t feel like an album, more a compilation, H!H!T! feels like an album and that’s where it makes a difference (did we expect anything less from Ginger?). Kicking off with ‘All Around The World’ this is actually in my opinion the weakest track on the record and it’s still a rush of massive harmonies and singalong choruses so if it only gets better from here then you’re in for a treat. ‘This Ain’t Love’ is up next with huge melodies courtesy of Emily Lee and when I say huge melodies I mean one of the best vocal performances I’ve ever heard, in a just world this would be a hit single.

‘Glass Of Champagne’ a re-worked version of Sailors excellent single is a duet treat between Sonic Boom Six’s Laila and drummer Ai, elsewhere we have the almost Motörheadesque guitar on ‘Let’s Get Emotional’ the outstanding previously mentioned ‘Loud And Fucking Clear’ which is probably my favourite track if just for the English weather baiting chorus and a Japanese version of ‘Body Parts’ sung by bassist ‘Toshi’. If this wasn’t enough album closer ‘Perfect’ with vocals provided by guitarist The Rev, which shows that this lad needs a new band or solo album of his own, he’s like a young Ginger and I can see him going on to bigger things based on this performance.


The quote mentioned above from ‘Body Of Evidence’ starring Madonna:

Madonna “When I was growing up we had a strawberry patch in our backyard. So did this family down the road.  I used to sneak in their yard and steal their strawberries.  It wasn't easy. The stone walls were high and I'd scrape my knees as I climbed over. On the other side were wild rose bushes. The thorns would dig into my legs and cut my thighs as I lowered myself down”
William Dafoe “If you had what you wanted at home why did you sneak into their yard?
Madonna “Because -- somehow the fruit always tasted that much sweeter because of the pain it took to get to it.”

Terrible movie but worth watching with a box of Kleenex (smiley face with a wink/wank)

Sunday, 28 February 2016

1001 7" Records You Must Own No.59 The Cribs - You're Gonna Lose Us / I Was Her Man But I Done Her Wrong

Leave it to The Cribs to write a b-side that was so good they ended up re-recording it as a single, ‘You’re Gonna Lose Us’ is classic New Fellas era Cribs full of their usual wit and charm and shout along chorus that only just manages to hold it together without falling apart. On the flipside you get the equally amazing ‘I Was Her Man But I Done Her Wrong’ showcasing the bands softer side and reminiscent of the outstanding ‘It Was Only Love’ from the New Fellas album, beautiful stuff.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

1001 7" Records You Must Own No.54 The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love / You Can't Do That

Don’t get me wrong, there’s tons of great Beatles records but this is one of my favourites, of course you have the classic a-side which everyone should know and shame on you if you don’t but that’s not why I love this record so much it’s the flipside. ‘You Can’t Do That’ is a lost classic that should have been the first track, Lennon is superb on this one and full of jealous subdued rage showing that even the less well known songs were far superior to other bands making the charts in those days.

1001 7" Records You Must Own No.55 Buckcherry - Lit Up / Late Nights In Voodoo

More sleaze rock, while they’ve not always been completely consistent Buckcherry can write some amazing songs when they’re on form and with their debut single they started out with a an ode to Cocaine not my thing but that doesn’t get in the way of it being a big bombastic track with a huge chorus and great melodies for anyone who misses the early Guns N Roses style. Backing this up is the amazing ‘Late Night In Voodoo’ which if it wasn’t a b-side would have been a highlight of the first album and would have made a great single in its own right, far too good to be relegated to obscurity, one day I’ll make a playlist of my favourite b-sides and this will make the cut easily.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

1001 7" Records You Must Own No.53 Backyard Babies - Babylon / Stars

Cover songs as singles can sometimes leave a bad taste in the mouth, if they’re too similar to the original they seem pointless, Backyard Babies don’t take this route, they amp the original up to 11 and bring in a certain Mr. Ginger Wildheart to make it even more worthwhile. Not dissing the original Faster Pussycat version but this has so much more energy and power, backing this up with ‘Stars’ and ode to some of their favourite and not so favourite artists with the catchy chorus of “Shut Up You Fuck” you have another outstanding 7”.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

1001 7" Records You Must Own No.52 At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor / Pattern Against User / Incetardis

Having got into At The Drive-In via their mini-album ‘Vaya’ I was so blown away by their chaotic unique take on punkrock that I couldn’t wait to hear more, luckily in their short existence they were extremely prolific and I didn’t have to wait long. ‘One Armed Scissor’ takes what they’d done before and pushed it to higher levels of excellence, it’s chaotic  yet holds enough melody to make it a highlight among the bands output. ‘Pattern Against User’ again let people know just how amazing the forthcoming album was going to be and to top it all off you get the exclusive ‘Incetardis’ showing that even the cuts that didn’t make the album pissed all over other bands at the time.