Some say that the cold shiver on your neck indicates the presence of a ghost. Some say that a riot needs not a reason, but only the manpower to happen. What happens when several ghosts breath down your neck?
Fuck if I know, but here’s Ghost Riots , an electro house band from México doing some rather dance-heavy tunes (under the fidget /dirty dubstep flag – filthy manwhores). They have just released an EP called Bulletdodger (out on Never stop music) and they kindly offer the first single, ‘Bulletdodger’. So blag away.
Hamster Jelly! No, wait, that’s a different flashback. Was it because of the glass onions I had on my curry? Anyways, August Actually are an indie pop band from Nottingham, which isn’t actually a bad place. I know y’all like bandying the “Shottingham” joke around, but that’s older than Jimmy Saville.
But back to August Actually… They do wave the flag of pop, but there’s this tinge of folk (all about that sweet banjo) and although a bit moody, there should be a light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, it might be a train from Beeston that’ll probably flatten you like Mr. Toad (R.I.P. you petrolhead) but, hey, it’s something, right?
So, August Actually and the thoughtful, introspective ‘I can’t promise you forever’ for a “pay what you want” price. If you don’t want/can’t pay but download, hey, recommend it to your friends!
Drenge are from Castleton although they have been doing the rounds in Sheffield playing everywhere they can get themselves to play. After opening for the always entertaining (and rocking) Wet Nuns in late January, they have been on a hectic schedule, playing as much as they can (while running away from ASBO-wielding neighbours).
They also do a handmade zine (called Blood and Milk ) that they give for free at their gigs as a “little thank you for the people who came to see us” (or so said lead singer Eoin Loveless). Filled with jokes, a lot of self-deprecating humour and a few musings about life and everything about it (42), these zines are a labour of love (one edition was hand stapled, that is, no stapler, so they pushed the staples with their fingers. That’s dedication.)
Anyhoos, here’s ‘Blood & Milk’.
Not exactly a new band, but surely an excellent live band, Skeletons and the Empty Pockets (who will change names soon) are from Rotherham & Sheffield and play…well, God knows what they are playing but I like it.
First time I heard them (back in the Harley), they made me think of that Disney cartoon with the dancing skeletons in the graveyard. Dunno why. Then I listened to them on the Too Pure compilation of 7″ and loved what I heard (pay attention to ‘In the woods’).
They recently rocked out the O2 Academy during Tramlines 2011 and between having a drummer that will achieve escape velocity (he jumps without missing a beat, talented bugger!), a guitar and bass player doing a talent tug of war, a semiquiet keyboard player who adds thick atmospheres and an excessively charming lead singer, Skeletons and the Empty Pockets offer a grand old time. Here’s ‘In the woods’.
Do visit their Soundcloud, as there’s a couple more free tracks there. Totally worth your time.
Skeletons and the empty pockets
A proof that creative worlds can coexist instead of colliding, Decibully delivers as many varied tunes as there are members in their band. The sexiest, vintage, harmonious tunes. This is a taste of real music democracy immersed in moog textures.
They sadly are no longer with us as they have embarked into newer adventures (which will bring exciting results, of that we are sure). Heck, we had a chat with Ryan Weber a while ago for his project Eric & Magill.
So, without any further ado, here’s the newest and last (sniff sniff) album by Decibully. Listen to it and if you like it, it’s pay what you want.We reviewed it, by the way…
Blacklisters. The name reminds me that I can’t show my mug in a couple of clubs in Sheffield (it wasn’t my fault). It also reminds me that you can have a sense of humour (although a bit sordid, but that’s cool) while rocking out and scaring a few vicars.
This band consists of Billy Mason Wood (vocals), Dan Beesley (guitar), Owen Griffits (bass) and Alistair Stobbart (drums). We know for a fact that Sheffield (alabama) own Wet Nuns like these fellas, which is already a guarantee of rockness. Add to this the fact that they have just signed with Brew Records and opened for Melt Banana (yeah!) and Rolo Tomassi (fuck yeah!) .
Here’s ‘Swords’, you guys. While you listen to Owen do some cool bass shenanigans, you can check our review of their split 10″ EP (with fellow rockers Castrovalva, Dolphin and Hawk Eyes).
The Monicans, the band who flew from afar to take the city by storm (although sneakily). After travelling from the dark territories (no, not Mexico City) and living in a van while touring England, the band settled down in Sheffield (a city they have mentioned they like a lot) and decided to go for a grungy output filled with haunting sounds, a grungy vocal delivery, healthy use of eBow, a driven bass and a very solid drumming.
Like a good day (i.e. raining) in Seattle, the psychedelic metal of Mega Aquarians can be on the “grunge” side of the scale, but when all is said and done (and the amps overloaded), they pack a hell of a punchy show. It’s only two dudes going Tasmanian devil on their respective instruments (drums, guitar) but sound like a proper demolition squad.
Here’s a free download, called ‘Special Beast’. You can see them live at The Washington during Tramlines (Friday 22).
The Phoenix Experiment – Cut you down
Psychedelic music is ripe for a resurgence, specially when it oozes a lot of tripping atmospheres for your listening pleasure (all about the organ noodling). Witness The Phoenix Experiment and their new track (for free, natch), ‘Cut you down’.
Pass the Doritos, I’m quitting salvia and patchouli. This here trippy track is yours for free (something they plan to do for the foreseeable future) and let’s hope they keep the rocking guitar around for their next number.
A proggy band from Hobart, Australia, Celestial Circus goes for old school Progressive rock, with influences ranging from Dream Theater to King Crimson (Joe Richards, their bassist, is a big fan of Robert Fripp).
With a very impressive live sound and a true love for prog, here’s a free track from Celestial Circus.
The brainchild of Portugal-representing Bruno Miguel, Papercutz is now a group proper, delighting fans of electronica, ambient and sweet remixes with ethereal voices and a healthy mixture of live instruments and samples.
Between releasing their own stuff, they do dabble in doing some remixes and today, they have kindly donated this remix of Sun Glitters’ ‘Love me’. Check their soundcloud (link provided in the “links” section) for more stuff!
An ensemble of musicians with a few years of experience, Last Harbour are part of Little Red Rabbit Records, a Manchester based label with some outstanding acts (check Fuzzy Lights and Anna Kashfi too!).
With several instruments intertwining seamlessly and driven by lead vocalist Kevin Craig’s scary, sombre voice, Last Harbour are the musical equivalent of a gothic novel. They recently released an EP (review) and are recording a new album in a mid-19th century church in Manchester. This is awesome.
Also, they do their own artwork, with techniques like woodcutting and screen printing. It’s true! We did interview their lead singer a while ago (link) and now, well, they’ve gracefully donated this track.
You can download a free sampler from the lovely artists that Little Red Rabbit Records has here.
obLONG are a hard working and hard rocking band in Sheffield, doing an all out punchy take on rock while still having a sound of their own. Hugh Ruiz‘s driven bass is paired with Steve Genn‘s guitar licks (and his energetic strange presence). Add to this mix the powerful voice of Tracy Deakins and some very jazzy drumming by Tom Didlock and you’ve got a band that lets you know they want your attention.
With two pretty good EPs under wraps (cheap plug for our reviews of both), an ongoing club obLONG series of gigs at The Washington and an upcoming vinyl release in late April, obLONG are hopefully here to stay and do some raw stuff to get a good working on the speakers.
Sarah Class is a classically-trained musician and composer who has decided to crossover and dip her toes in the seas of Pop music.
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