Tuesday, 27 October 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE GARDEN - HAHA

ARTIST: THE GARDEN
ALBUM: HAHA
LABEL: BURGER RECORDS / EPITAPH
https://open.spotify.com/album/2tH1S9Q2RUcLrOizMy9I1K
 
The Garden - twins Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, recently released their second record 'Haha' through Burger Records and Epitaph Records. Their music falls under the punk bracket, certainly from an audio perspective but it can also be said that The Garden are a punk band for the way in which they go about their business and creative flairs.

Wyatt remarks that the band are in the 'Vada Vada' genre - which he explains is an idea that represents pure creative expression, and disregards all previously made genres and ideals.

The album's 17 tracks clock in at under 35 minutes, meaning to listen leads to a blistering assault on the ears, with lots of ideas thrown in and boundaries broken. It's challenging, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding for a band who clearly aren't playing things safe. There are nods to electronica and hip hop, alongside the more conventional 'punk rock' vibes, with the past, present, and future all related to.

Haha is an album of experimentation, some things work and some don't, but it's forward thinking and brave, and it's vital that music like this gets made today and people engage with it, negatively or positively.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

NEW MUSIC: NOT OF - THE MARK

Not Of are a secretive duo from Toronto, comprised of John Ex (Guitar) and Jason Seance (Drums) - which we're told are not their real names. Obviously, we knew that. The band prefer to remain anonymous, if only for a short time, so that their previous musical history can be put aside for their current and future endeavours.

Despite being just the two members, Not Of make a considerably hefty noise which they themselves describe as 'Loud Music. Auxiliary Chaos'. They recently put up a video 'The Mark', a track that comes from their debut record 'Pique' which they put out earlier this year. They put the video together themselves with the help of Divorce, Karl DiPelino, and David Dunham.

According to the band the video "captures the claustrophobia of us compacting ourselves into our cramped rehearsal space — as well as the financial claustrophobia of having no budget. All of which is sorta loosely what “The Mark” is about, but let’s not get carried away here. It makes visual racket, and that’s what really matters.". And that's what matters to us too, as you'll see from the video below the band do indeed make a right old racket, but it does feel like a lot of fun went into putting it all together and that certainly comes out! Not Of are ones to watch for sure.

Monday, 19 October 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LILIES ON MARS - ∆GO

ARTIST: LILIES ON MARS
ALBUM: ∆GO

Lilies On Mars are a duo (Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo) that come from the Mediterranean island of Sardina, but for the last 13 years have based themselves in London. '∆GO' is the name of their latest album which is available now through Lady Sometimes Records via Cargo Records.

The nine-track record follows up their previous album 'Dot To Dot', which came out through Saint Marie Records. This new album features the single 'Dancing Star', a track that was co-produced with Tom Furse from The Horrors, and it is a perfect snapshot of what we love about '∆GO'.

Lilies On Mars have always been electronic at their core, the band stretching that spectrum to utilize pop, dance, and psychedelia, alongside shoegaze. Whilst there are nods towards the past, present, and future worlds of electronica on this new album, the band are able to combine their experimentation with more accessible material which ultimately leaves us with an altogether enchanting body of work which is their most accomplished to date.

As a side note it's worth checking out the video for 'Dancing Star', as it's directed by the legendary Francesco Poli who was inspired by 1970's analogue synth videos to create images of Lisa and Marina as abstract wave silhouettes.
https://open.spotify.com/album/0lRytyBYhy23dVzro1zkX2

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TELLISON - HOPE FADING NIGHTLY

ARTIST: TELLISON
ALBUM: HOPE FADING NIGHTLY
LABEL: ALCOPOP!

'Hope Fading Nightly' is the third album from London's Tellison, a four-piece who have been crafting away at their rock pop formula since the early 2000's. Previous albums include 'Contact! Contact!' and 'The Wages Of Fear', with this new record being their first since signing to Alcopop! Records. The 12-track record was produced by Andy Jenkin at Rex Studio with the album artwork coming from Tom Laskowski and Lloyd Cook. 

Hope Fading Nightly is a bold, thoughtful, and wholly energetic album, showcasing a band clearly reaching a point in their lives where their creative needs and personal life experiences can be aligned to great effect. There's much to be had here on repeat listens throughout the album, but stand out tracks would be 'Rookie Of The Year', 'Boy', and 'Tact Is Dead'. A special mention too for Alcopop! Records, a label that we covered lots in our early days and glad to re-connect with again!

https://open.spotify.com/album/6Jj1myCZcV0T9P50RfUOdq

Friday, 9 October 2015

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE NOISE FIGURES - APHELION

ALBUM: APHELION

The Noise Figures are George Nikas and Stamos Bamparis, a psychedelic noise rock Greek duo from Athens that are signed to Inner Ear Records. They recently released their 2nd album, the follow up to 2013's self titled debut record. This new one was engineered and produced by Alex Bolpasis in Artracks Studios, recorded over a 5 day period using a reel to reel machine, and apparently tuned to A=432Hz (Pythagorean tuning) which makes everything much better, obviously!

'Aphelion' has 10 tracks and clocks in around the 40 minutes mark, the perfect length of time for the band to show off their clear appreciation for all things engaged with the world of rock music. It's no surprise to see the band name check the likes of Death From Above 1979, Black Sabbath, and Black Angels, as each of their tracks contains a multitude of riffs from George Nikas which sound bleak and totally potent, and there's also a real urgency and intent from the drums of Stamos Bamparis, with the stand out tracks being 'Shoot The Moon' and 'Blood'.

A special mention too for the album artwork which I have a particular fondness for, it's designed by the Bob Studio which has offices in Athens and London, and is a thriving independent design company that work with a whole range of mediums and is well worth checking out if you have such needs.

https://open.spotify.com/album/3U1cMuOdtv71Z8eFNnr9CK