REVIEWS MAY 2017
WHERE SIMPLE SIMON MEETS THE SLY MAN
LOW ROAR "GIVE ME AN ANSWER" (NEVADO MUSIC)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? Hi, I've got one of my favourite songs from the new Low Roar record here. This "Give Me An Answer" taken from the bands third album "Once In A Long, Long While" coming out on the 5th May via Nevado Music. Let me know if you want the album posting.








WE SAY?
Sub-tribal slyness. A slinky thing that lisps effortlessly from simple innocence to delicious complication and decay. Think along the lines of a drugged down Sisters Of Mercy gently raping Garbage until the feedback scawls in and pushes the menace quota through the red. Yes, we do want the album.
WHERE IS IT? www.lowroarmusic.com
HAIR BARE BUNCH IN 'QUITE BORING' SHOCKER!
HILA THE KILLA / SIR KN8 "BODY HAIR" (BANDCAMP / SOUNDCLOUD)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? Hey, How are doing? I'm very excited to be involved with NYC hip-hop duo Hila The Killa & Sir KN8 on their joint new project Killin 8. The debut single "Body Hair" promotes body positivity and not being afraid to be yourself. The video will be officially premiering at the Berlin Video Awards in May 2017 where it's up for two awards. As always, love to know what you think.







WE SAY?
Well Emily, it's a tricky one. It's socially worthy, thematically interesting and while the video is brave and fun it's hard to see what awards it can be in line for. The music is plain dull and Hilla can rap that she's brown until I grow a new arse, but she sounds completely white to me. Not that there's anything wrong with sounding white, unless you count Ed Sheeran, or Bono, or Adele or...

WHERE IS IT? hilathekilla.bandcamp.com/
ON THE GRAVEYARD, THEY'RE BUILDING HOTELS
ROXANNE DE BASTION "HEIRLOOMS & HEARSAY" (NOMAD SONGS)
RELEASED?
5th May 2017
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS: Many things, many, many things, Some are accurate, some not. Suffice to say that this is the second album from Ms Bastion and that we are already tracking down and uploading everything else she's ever recorded. Yes, that's where we agree with the press release, Ms Bastion is a bit special...



















WE SAY:
Pure pop from the very top drawer. This is Bachrach, Sedaka, Justine Frischmann and weird shit and dollops of flat out aor and aching acres of muscular, but trembling production, hell, "Within" echoes old Jesus Jones riffs, but Roxanne De Bastion makes it better, compelling and slips easily from that to something that gently, but brutally ends a relationship on soft voices and excellent percussion and, and, and, this is a really good album and while it's headlined Roxanne De Bastion and the lyrics are excellent, "Hearsay & Heirlooms" is very much a band album and you only need "The Painter" to illustrate that truth. Buy this record, but play it as well and don't be afraid to play it loud.
WHERE IS IT? www.roxannedebastion.com/
HEADING DOWN AGAIN
BLACK DOUGH "HERE WE GO" (FONGO RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? Blah, blah, blah, third track released to promote the album of the same name. Formed in 2013 and rated as anything from jazz terrorists to the kind of experimentalists who put the mental in experimental. Of course, they come from (Sweden) Scandinavia, so the sacred Bjork is invoked, although Yoko is a better match, but the real information comes when the words 'dirty' and 'dissonance' are deployed. Over to us...








WE SAY?
Grand, very grand. We should probably say epic, but grand feels right and so do Black Dough and they feel like the kind of spaced out, cooly violent, unreasonably cross and unfeasibly relaxed, spaced out and tuned in sort of rock band that Hawkwind were supposed to be. That's right, Black Dough are the kind of band that Elric Of Melnibone would listen to before a particularly tricky slaughter, or the kind of band who'd be a hideously good fit for playing alongside the time slipped machine gun battles and tea parties of a Crimea stranded Jerry Cornelius. Like we said, Black Dough are very, very grand and very, very good to listen to, so do that.
WHERE IS IT? www.facebook.com/blackdoughmusic/
MOP-TOPPED BLUES IN GLAM RAWK PERVERSION
BLACK LIPS "SATAN'S GRAFFITI OR GOD'S ART?" (VICE)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS: That the band are "flower punk pioneers" and that the album is their "Most musically evolved to date", but the words that we zeroed in on were "creatively unhinged" and "rawest" and we're not sure that 'rawest' is a real word, but what we do we know? Just this...
WE SAY: Wow, this is great. A midwest, high pomp T.Rex with a ragged jag -bag of riff squalling grandiose grooving. Take "Got Me All Alone", a honking growl of techno-fucked blues, something that makes The White Stripes sound hopelessly white and makes Muddy Walters pleased and cross in equal measure, or "Occidental Front" a brilliant thing that mix-fucks "Buick Mackane" with the "Bonanza" theme tune and "Children Of The Revolution", get the fuck out of here and go...where?

















There, by that "Loser's Lament" a shuffle n scuffle boogie, lo-fi jungle-mugged, Adam Ant, switchback, throwback. Is it the fifties or a future thing? Actually, it is a fair question, is "Satan's Graffiti" le rock moderne or tarted up retro, button pushing clever trite-shite? Both, duh, obviously, and take "Come Ride With Me" for your messily magnificent example. No, belay that, Black Lips are beating Merseybeat to death with "It Won't Be Long" and they're doing it well, not nicely, but acutely observed, like a sadistic pedant and if it makes you afraid of Merseybeat it's a job well done, but "Rebel Intuition" will, quite properly, remind you to dig out that old Haysi Fantayzee single, or to nip round and finish off Pete Burns, what? Okay,next please... The award for multi-multi-multi tracking everything and sounding like forty years of pop sleaze in a ridiculously fantastic way goes to... "Squatting In Heaven" and the only coherent thing to emerge from this album is that "Satan's Graffiti Or God's Art?" is a whirligigging, spark-spitting, balls to the wall, balls to you all, this is who we are and some of what we can do, frenetic, fisting, pop-encyclopediactric tour de farce and de fucking force and we do mean force. Salute.
WHERE IS IT? http://black-lips.com/
THE CHARLATANS, IT'S OFFICIAL AND NO CHEATING!
THE CHARLATANS "PLASTIC MACHINERY" (BMG)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? That this is the single, or the teaser, or the lead track to help you to decide to buy the "Different Days" album that's out at the end of this month. There's also helpful information about how good this track is, how brilliant the album is and how many famous people played on it, like it or did and do both.















WE SAY: It's a good example of that swirly clatterbugged thing The Charlatans do and it's worth noting that The Charlatans sound both very much like themselves and also fresh n full of wind and sound more contemporary than retro. I think we're saying that The Charlatans are still a band with ideas and energy and relevance.
WHERE IS IT? www.thecharlatans.net
SHIMMER, TWANG AND DRAWL, TOGETHER AT LAST!
COOL GHOULS "GORD'S HORSE" (EMPTY CELLAR RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? Loads and loads of things, the really relevant things are that Cool Ghouls have already got three albums under their belt, that this track, "Gord's Horse" is the from their mini album of the same name and that it's currently only available at the venues the band are playing across the USA this month.








WE SAY?
Shimmer, twang, slow stamp and drawl. So, you already know that you need it and you can click the soundcloud thingy here and hear how clever we are spotting all the shimmering and stuff, but the important thing is to scoot around the hitler-porn web and grab the previous three Cool Ghoul albums, they really are pretty neat. Yes. It's kind of country, but it's smart and snappy, more punked than corn holed and everyone loves quality Americanana, right?
WHERE IS IT? soundcloud.com/emptycellarrecords/gords-horse
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PETER CROUCH
BANTAM LYONS "WHEN LIPS TURN PURPLE" (KSHANTU RECORDS)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? A dazzling blend of engrossing melancholia, driving rhythm and affecting vocals, Bantam Lyons are set to release their excellent new EP "Oh Cordelia" on May 14th through Kshantu Records as well as performing at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on May 20th.





















WE SAY? We love these French people. Obviously, we love all all French people (exceptions a la Le Front Nationale apply) and a band going all electro-rock a go-go, or Kraftwerk flirting outrageously with Inspiral Carpets are going to be loved even more. It's all good and all good, black sun fun. It sounds a little more dense and intense than the material on their lighter and indie-poppier debut album "Melatonin Spree", so they're moving in the right direction. Lend an ear.
WHERE IS IT? www.bantamlyons.com
CA COMPTE VRAIMENT
THE MELTING ICECAPS "INTER-DOMESTIC" (BANDCAMP)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? Rather refreshingly, there isn't a press release. Unless you count a polite email that gives directions to the download address and explains that the entire album is available on this basis; "To download this album for free just click 'buy' above and then change the amount to zero. Or a enter a price to support the album and my future releases. Thank you. David."











WE SAY: David ' The Melting Icecaps' Shah is turning slowly and unsurely into Ivor Cutler and it's a musical journey that everyone can enjoy. Like the wonderful Ivor Cutler, David Shah finds joy, inspiration and quiet desperation in the everyday, the allegedly mundane and humming drum of the bits between the explosions that make up life as imagined by Hollywood or that nice Mr Putin. Of course, you know that this means we are talking about a writer who is effortlessly, cruelly or innocently reducing grand passion to polite, fireside ankst. "Inter-Domestic" is easy on the ear, piano based whimsy with many tails and many stings, it's caring as well as clever, it's accessible without june n moon and it emotes ("Wild Ideals") with no schmaltz, but real strength. No, it's not rock n roll and there are no sinewy riffs or electro-tricks to baffle and beguile. "Inter-Domestic" is a writers album set to music and it's a very, very good one. 
WHERE IS IT? https://themeltingicecaps.bandcamp.com/
PATIENTLY WAITING FOR FLO
FOREVERANDEVER<3 Ft SUMMER HEART "SO GUUD" (SOUNDCLOUD)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? Oh, some personal stuff. We know people and all that, but more importantly, this is a punt for the contributing artiste, Summer Heart and we have no idea what he, it or she contributed to this Foreverandever<3 single, but the pr contribution is... "Itís a bit marmite-y, electro-trippy, a bit out there andÖ"








WE SAY:
It's a cut above the usual clubland slow shimmer and getting small, insectoid machines to fight the phat (is that still a thing?) computer brass with insidious backing vocals is so much fun that you can hardly picture Peter Andre doing a cover version to launch his comeback. 
WHERE IS IT? www.facebook.com/foreverandeverandeverandeverandever
WHERE ILLITERATE HIPPY-SHITTERS MAKE A GOOD RECORD
HEAD NORTH "THE LAST LIVING MAN ALIVE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD" (THEY DIDN'T SAY)
RELEASED?
Out now.
THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS? The concept album revolves around an alternate world where both God and love are forbidden. The personal narratives are told through the perspectives of principal songwriters Brent Martone, Ben Lieber and Alex Matos, whose driving force can be heard through their transition from harder, louder rock driven tracks to the more atmospheric and dreamy second half of the record. Martone's gritty lyricism and the accompanying instrumentals reflect the groups evolution, as they reflect on their previous release and more forward with an air of wisdom and continued understanding of the band's place in the world, and the alternate universe they've created.




















WE SAY: Righto, this track is called "God (Bring It Back)" and it trails the summer release of their debut album, "The Last Living Man Alive Ever In The History Of The World". The sad pedants amongst you will, as we have, noted and been annoyed by the mangulation of the language, but the  glass half full arseholes will have noted, as we grudgingly have, that the track is bit of a beauty and even the video is a lot of genuine fun and it uses what are easily recognised by anyone (except a casting director) as 'real people'. Still it's all about the sound and Head North sound good, real good. Sharply ragged, pulsing and spacey, but tight, almost like a more relaxed take on Violent Human System and it's only one track, but it's enough to let us know all the important things; Head North are an actual band, not a vanity or studio project, they have no fear of dirt, rattle or feedback, they have muscle and that kind of loose-limbed discipline that every great band has. Bring on the full album and fuck the grammar.
WHERE IS IT? www.headnorthband.com
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