Articles in the November Category
Soft Bullets are a two piece, transatlantic collaboration with a predominantly alternative-indie sound but drawing too on electronica, hiphop and progressive rock. The result is that of something melodic, addicting, and timeless yet undeniably current.
Despite their compact set up Soft Bullets use multiple instruments and triggers to cover many bases live, giving as much of a full band sound as they typically produce in their recordings. Inspired by live performances from recent Electronic duos (Justice, Daft Punk) the intention is to strike a balance between DJ and band – a huge sound but with a much more live focus.
On November 19th, The Dead Fronts release the Dangerous Impressions EP through their own label, Kiossk Records… Recorded in a fortnight, and mixed by Justin Hill at Fortress Studios in late 2012.
The Dead Fronts were brought together by a mutual thirst to create music that blended their eclectic shared taste. Melodic yet heavy, dark and driving songs were their aim. Having stumbled upon an unkempt garage in North London, they decided to build themselves a modest but solid studio. Begging, ‘borrowing’ and kidnapping equipment; they recorded and produced their debut EP Dangerous Impressions themselves. It has certainly proven to quench that initial thirst.
‘Moving Pictures’ is the new release from The Traps, a perfect riff, anthemic beat, a vocal as cool as a British male vocal ever sounded, and just wait for the middle 8.
It’s one of those tracks you just know will have any festival audience jumping along to in perfect unison. Combine this with the band distinct vision and an effortlessly cool design aesthetic that flows throughout their imagery, video and artwork. The Traps have everything needed to become the band of 2013.
Rams’ Pocket Radio will be releasing a box set of their 3 Eps, ‘Trajectories’ on November 19th. This follows the success of ‘Dieter Rams Has Got The Pocket Radios’, which was playlisted by BBC Radio 1 Introducing in January, and saw spins from the likes of Huw Stephens, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac, as well as a play on BBC2’s The Review Show. Rams’ toured with Snow Patrol for across Europe during March during which Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody nightly told the audience that Rams’ “were the best support band they’d ever had.”
‘Changelings’ with its existential lyrics, dramatic symphonies and dark electronica seems the perfect introduction to Gazelle Twin. Soon-to-be released as a viral is the accompanying video, produced and directed by Gazelle Twin, and featuring an abstract world of shifting storms and changing faces. All adding a chilly, surrealist underbelly to a track already hauntingly beautiful.
Part protest song, part working class clarion call, “Thank You For Choosing”, is a brash politicized shard of garage punk rock, replete with thick fuzzy bass, raw chiming riff’s and gravely Weller-esque vocals. It builds from a quietly seething verse of sneered grievances – “The import rates are getting higher, All sold out to the biggest buyer, The fast food chains are getting fatter, Leaves our metabolism in a tatter” spits vocalist Patrick Minhard – into a genuinely euphoric chorus of firework guitars and drum spills that thumbs its nose at authority and resolves to go its own way.
Sensorites release their new single ‘Just Because You Can’ on 15th November 2010 through Hollowhole Records.
Like all classic tracks since the dawn of rock n roll a simple melody tied to a poignant lyric which resonates with the people and reflects the present times will always form a winning solution.
Sensorites have excelled in taking the principles of this rule with their latest single ‘Just Because You Can’ by organically producing a tune that captures the moment just as The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ did in ‘97 and Ian Brown’s ‘F.E.A.R’ did in 2002.
Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Natham says: “’Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’ this mantra had been resonating inside my head for a while, you only have to turn on the news for a minute to appreciate it. Conceived on Piano with equal measures of optimism and despair in human nature ‘Just Because You Can’ almost wrote itself.”