New single for the very prolific SPENCER ROBINSON AND THE WOLF SPIDERS on British record label Komakino Records. “Poisonous Berry” starts with tribal drums and then evolves into some dark acoustic rock reminding of NICK CAVE with HENRY ROLLINS-ish vocals. The other song, “Seeing You In The Dark” is a slower track with psych guitars and 60s organ. MARK LANEGAN comes to mind when listening to this one, but this mix of such various influences and moods give SPENCER ROBINSON AND THE WOLF SPIDERS their own identity. /Laurent C.
Month: October 2018
The Jones “Silver Faces”
Paris rock’n’rollers The JONES are back with a new 13 track album. Opening song “True Love” mixes DR. FEELGOOD to Les DOGS while “Sid Vicous” brings GARY GLITTER and T.REX to mind. The JONES are no newcomers since they played in many bands before, including BAD LOSERS and CHRIS WILSON, so you can expect some good, solid and tight playing. The 60s influences can be heard in “Shake” or in “Betty Jean” while “No One To Blame” has a cool rockabilly vibe and a pretty catchy chorus. The classic blues rock’n’roll side of the band shows more in “Come Back To Me Baby”, “Silver Faces” and in “Can’t Afford Wasting My Life”, and you’ll get your powerpop fix with “Morning Ghost” and “Look The Part.” You’ll even hear some groovy funky guitars in “Looking For A Fox” and some classy pop in the last song “Twenty Seven.”
Keith Richards once said “The rock is easy, but the roll is another thing…”, and “Silver Faces” shows us how it has to be done! /Laurent C.
Torpedohead return with a brand new video “Don’t Care About You”
Rock n’ roll power trio Torpedohead return with the brand new track “Don’t Care About You”.
The new video showcases the band performing in a rusty, sun-soaked, Mad Max-style enviroment while the song features stomping hardrock riffs combined with danceable pop grooves and a sticky chorus in the usual Torpedohead style that will leave you singing along for days.
This new track is the first promo showcase for a yet untitled new album to be released in 2019 !
Combining a riff oriented hard edged sound with melodic supercatchy choruses and fast and furious punk n’ roll while transforming this into their own modern rock sound, Germany’s power trio Torpedohead lives the imagination of a 70s stadium rock n’ roll tape coming through a trashy 90s stereo, digitally remastered today for speeding down the autobahn !
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The Stick Arounds “Ways To Hang On”
“Ways To Hang On” is the second album of Michigan’s THE STICK AROUNDS although the members of the band have been playing together for 8 years and played in many bands before. This is American melodic rock influenced by powerpop. You can hear some REPLACEMENTS influences, or even early REM (“Better Off Like This”) and a bit of NEIL YOUNG (“Man Of Action.”) Fine melodies meet dirty guitars in “Majestic Figureheads”, the songwriting is solid, and the backing vocals always sound good, this is the kind of music you think you’d hear when turning on the radio, lost somewhere in the middle of the USA. The atmosphere of this album sometimes bring BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and ELVIS COSTELLO to mind and THE STICK AROUNDS sometimes surprise us when adding some epic arrangements (“Hazlewood”.) They show their catchiest side in the last song on this album “Falling Down On You.” If there’s something like classic alternative, then “Ways To Hang On” should fit right in this genre. /Laurent C.
Watts release new video/single “Queens”
Boston rock’n’roll/powerpop band WATTS have a new video and single out on Rum Bar Records!
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Sloks “Holy Motor”
“One Up” and “Rat” open this album in a very no wave way full of noise and repetitive beats, but the Italian power trio has its roots in primitive garage as you can hear in “Holy Motor.” SLOKS tell us that “Jazz Is Dead” in a psychedelic chaotic celebration of noise, but also admit they can make your dad dance to indie garage rock (“Dad Can Dance”, “Lost Memory”) and lo-fi grunge (“The Swamp”, “Crashing.”) Actually, a song like “By The River” could make SONIC YOUTH sound as an overproduced band! I often think that this kind of music is better live than on record, but the production makes the band sounds as if they were playing right in front of you.
It’s raw, it’s primitive and it is out on Swiss record label Voodoo Rhythm Records. /Laurent C.
Smash Fashion “Rompus Pompous”
L.A. glittery rock’n’roll dandies SMASH FASHION set the goals high with their previous album “Big Cat Love.” They are back with this new 11 song album in which the 60s and 70s influences you heard in their previous record are still obvious. Opening song “Can’t Take You Anywhere” has a bit of CHEAP TRICK in it, so you know from the start that the band hasn’t changed much with this new album. “Soft As A Rock (Helium Head)” mixes 60s pop to late 70s/80s classic rock with style while “Rompus Pompous” is a modern glam rock song that reminds me a bit of LOUIS XIV. While the band has strong British influences (You’ll hear some T.REX in “Proper Way To Eat A Muffin”), they can also sound very American in songs like “Wolves Of Wonderland” or “Teenage Demon” that sound a bit like old KISS. SMASH FASHION even offers us a bit of psychedelia with “Tender Was The Hook” and an epic ballad (“Smiles Daggers.”) If you liked “Big Cat Love”, then chances are you will love “Rompus Pompous” and if you haven’t heard the band yet, then don’t miss this one! /Laurent C.