The Black Marquee Los Angeles “Sessions From The Hive Volume 1”

BMLAalbumThis band from the city of angels has ex-members of CHELSEA SMILES and DUANE PETERS in its line-up, so it would be quite difficult to expect anything bad… Opener “Seven Shades of Shame” has a bit of a 60s flavour mixed to modern rock such as QOTSA, and while “All For Love (LUV)” is a bit of a blink of an eye to the NEW YORK DOLLS, it also has some STONE TEMPLE PILOTS in the vocals and guitar riffs. Some alternative 90s rock traces can also be found in songs like “Dirt Road For Home” or “Just Sayin’.”
The 50s/60s surf rock guitar sound really fit well with the band’s music style, especially in “Madness For Some”, a song that should be the band’s radio hit, or in “Rotten Truth” (there’s almost a bit of Bowie in this one.) The BLACK MARQUEE LOS ANGELES also has no difficulty to write 70s influenced danceable tunes such as “Wolves To Wallflowers.” These guys are definitely big rock fans taking the best of every era, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the band sharing stages with The JIM JONES REVUE or BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB later this year… If you like Rock with a big R, then big chances are you will love BMLA!/Laurent C.
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The Sangomas “Debut EP”

SangomasEPThe biography says that the band was born after a French Mexican guy and a South African guy met on a tour, and then decided to form the band in Montreal, Canada… Quite an interesting mix!
The guys quickly recorded 4 songs that are now featured on this debut EP. It sounds raw, fast, angry and snotty in a DEAD BOYS/BRIEFS way, with enough hooks to make you dance (“Chopping Heads”, “Bored”…) The SANGOMAS would have fit right into the Marseille scene (NEUROTIC OUTSIDERS, HATEPINKS…) in the early 00s, and will please every early HELLACOPTERS fan (when Dregen was in the band)… These 4 songs (downloadable for free on the band’s Bandcamp) are enough to make us want to listen to their future album!/Laurent C.
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