Monday, 10 August 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LOVE BUZZARD - ANTIFISTAMINES

ARTIST: LOVE BUZZARD
ALBUM: ANTIFISTAMINES
LABEL: 1234 RECORDS

Love Buzzard are Kevin Lennon and Al Brown, a duo from Leeds/Guildford who this week release their debut album - 'Antifistamines' through 1234 Records. Having toured the UK extensively for the past year or so with the likes of Cerebral Ballzy and God Damn, the band hope to have captured their raw and uncompromising live set with this release which was recorded at the Sound Savers studio by Mark Jasper.

The 13 tracks which make up the album are full of blistering riffs and pounding drums, with each track showcasing Love Buzzard's interpretation of the psych, garage, punk rock genres. Fans of the Eighties Matchbox Disaster will be well pleased with this one for sure! Make sure you check out the video for 'Cash', which is directed by Youth Hymns and features some gnarly animations with bright lights and neon colours throughout. Head to Fall Out Festival for the next live show.

https://open.spotify.com/album/2JDwCMmMDXkv3v1yoN0ZjF

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

SINGLE OF THE WEEK: BIRDMAN CULTURE - ROLLING THUNDER

 ARTIST: BIRDMAN CULTURE
SINGLE: ROLLING THUNDER
LABEL: SELF-RELEASED

This week sees the debut single release from South London's Birdman Culture, with their track 'Rolling Thunder'. The 4-piece who are comprised of James Daniels (vocals, guitars), Alex Cutting (vocals, guitars), John Box (drums), and Gaetano Montalto (bass) have been together for a year or two, and have played numerous gigs across London including headline shows.


Rolling Thunder is the perfect introduction to Birdman Culture, encompassing the bands strong penchant for garage rock which is always underpinned by clear song writing and pop sensibilities. Comparisons can be drawn with the likes of Hanni El Khatib, The Black Keys, and Queens Of The Stone Age, with the bands self confessed love of 'heavy riffage and gritty vocals' clearly coming to the fore on this track. There's a real ebb and flow as the band mix up the tempo, which when coupled with the distinctive vocals of James Daniels leads to a rewarding experience for the listener.

We've already caught the band a couple of times live and its fair to say we were very impressed, so its no surprise we'd recommend you checking them out too. Their next show is at Off The Cuff in the arches of Herne Hill station no less! We'll see you at the front...

Rolling Thunder is available now through all good digital retailers.

https://open.spotify.com/album/35cAC6eG6KXWNQZpA2amZx

Monday, 3 August 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PINS - WILD NIGHTS

 ARTIST: PINS
ALBUM: WILD NIGHTS
LABEL: BELLA UNION

Pins are an all female rock quadruple who formed in Manchester in 2011. The group consists of singer/guitarist Faith Holgate, guitarist Lois McDonald, bassist Anna Donigan, and drummer Sophie Galpin. The band combine the heavy toned voice of Holgate, with sharp beats, neat guitar riffs, and pounding drum beats. They run their own record label named Haus Of Pins, yet both their debut album ‘Girls Like Us’ (2013), and their latest album 'Wild Nights' have been released through Bella Union. Pins have done several small venue tours around the UK, and recently got a breakthrough in supporting Sleater Kinney on the UK leg of their world tour.

Wild Nights was released earlier this year in June and is comprised of 11 songs with a range of reflective song titles including ‘Young Girls’, ‘Curse These Dreams’ and ‘If Only’.

With an uncompromising bass line, and a ‘foot tapping’ guitar line, ‘Curse These Dreams’ is one of the most upbeat tracks on the record, despite its differential lyrics. The track has a repetitive catchy feel, and makes for a good listen.

If Only’ combines Holgate’s heady, deep vocals and Galpin’s mix of heavy and soft beats to portray the struggle which we all go through to gain the equal positions which we must have in this society, and also the struggle in which we have to find ourselves. "Most of the time, I feel wrong, like I am no-one" is a lyric which defines the true message of the song, and perhaps is also highlighting the struggle of women; as being an all female group, one would believe that they do have some feminist views.

Wild Nights is a album jam packed with covert messages, a record that is very much mirrored from Pins’ 1960s rock scene influences. Each track has a different sound entirely, making for a range of reactions. The album art, in all of its simplicity is aesthetically pleasing and links well to the bands’ indie rock genre. 10/10 stars!

https://play.spotify.com/album/1TgJ9hBe9II1DzgKe5BGNQ?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open