Five more musical things, nothing too complicated about this, just five slices of music that have come out way in the last few days, things that have landed in the Organ in-box
1 Fontaines D.C. have just let loose a video made to accompany a track taken from the forthcoming double AA-Side single ‘Boys In The Better Land / Chequeless Reckless’ A single that will be available on Feb 23rd on 7″ vinyl and all the usual digital platforms (wonder when it wil lbe hip to release CD singles again, surely they’re due for a re-birth?
Here come’s the official hype and the lazy cut ‘n paste – “Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears. The last six months have seen Fontaines D.C. release two hotly received double A-side singles, both of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Similarly, the band have played a number of shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.
Previous singles such as ‘Liberty Belle’ and ‘Hurricane Laughter’ call to mind the likes of the Modern Lovers, The Fall, Iggy Pop and The Strokes, seamlessly blending immediate lyrical hooks with melodic golden-era indie instrumentation, and ‘70s Stooges punk thrust, all of which is strewn with defiant rock and roll overtones. On their new single ‘Chequeless Reckless’, the band have decided to delve even deeper into their influences (which they personally cite as spanning from The La’s, to The Pogues to Buddy Holly) employing hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riffs, whilst channelling Dublin into their concise and often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish drawl. Fontaines D.C. have gone from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast range of critical acclaim, renowned live shows and a series of sold out releases behind them over the course of just six months, ‘Chequeless Reckless’ stands as a huge statement of intent, which is not to be ignored”.
Fontaines D.C. have a London live date at The Victoria, Dalston on 7th March 2018
2: Black Flower – Belgium’s Black Flower are “pleased to announce the release of a new 10” vinyl entitled ‘Intermediate State’, released 9th February via Sdban Ultra. The new release follows their critically acclaimed second album ‘Artifacts’ in early 2017, “Inspired by artists such as ‘father of Ethiojazz’ Mulatu Astatke, sax giant Getatchew Mekurya and bossman Fela Kuti, Black Flower carve out a groove between the borders of Ethiopiques, Afrobeat, Jazz and Oriental, making soulful music with an eccentric and psychedelic identity and bursting with African rhythm. Their compositions surprise in many ways having at their heart an exotic-sensual sound, but the end result is an ecstatic party like you’ve never experienced before. The inspiration for the 10” came from Salvador Dali’s creative dreaming ritual. With a pair of scissors in his hand, he sat back, closed his eyes and slid into sleep. The moment his body and mind enter deep sleep, the scissors dropped and waked him up. Dali then started painting using the inspiration he gathered from his dreams. These paintings can be considered the result of an intermediate state between consciousness and subconsciousness, a zone between being awake and sleeping. Black Flower has derived four dream-tracks from their individual intermediate state, materialised into microscopic grooves on a black vinyl disc. Black Flower is Nathan Daems (Alto, Tenor & Baritone Sax), Jon Birdsong (Cornet), Wouter Haest (Organ & Clavinet), Filip Vandebril (Bass), Simon Segers (Drums) and Gernas Shekhmous (Daf on Maqam Tizita Saba)”.
3: Stonerpop are, so we’re told, “an electronic/synthpop duo from Louisiana. The act is made up of Jimmie Maneuva, from Shreveport and Maudie Michelle, from Idaho – a couple who weave sounds as diverse as the cultures they represent. Maudie Michelle provides thought-provoking lyrics with her calming voice and quirky synth melodies, interlocking with Jimmie Manueva’s haunting backing vocals and instrumentation”. They’re for fans of School of Seven Bells, Austra, Phantogram, Polica, The Knife, Fever Ray, Chvrches and well you don’t need to be told all this, the music is there, who needs words from people like us?
4: Guttfull are playing with Dream Nails and various other likeminded bands this week, which give us an excuse to post this piece of glorious beauty. Find more of their music as well as their rather fine attitude via their Bandcamp page. That them up there, a photo stolen from their social media pages.,,
5: Some more Peter Kernel, we can never have too much Peter Kernel, they’re regulars on these pages lots over the past few years. Peter Kernel is the name of the band, or the duo, the duo are Aris and Barbara. they’re from both Switzerland and Canada, they’ve featured on the these pages quite a few times before, we like Peter Kernel, they have a new album on the way,
Here;s what the band had to say about the video you just watched, “On January 12th, 2018 we had the pleasure to perform “Men Of The Women” live for the first time at Confort Moderne in Poitiers, France. We kindly asked the audience to film the live show and send us the material. This is the result. Filmed by Renaud, Jeanluc, Damien, Michael, Anne, Camille, Eric, Lisa, Guillaume, Flavio, Myriam, Olivier, Rodolphe, Simon, Sebastien, Thib, Anastasia, Sandrine, Marine, Jule, Anna, Marie, Laurent, Mathieu, Stephane and Pierre. We warmly thank all of you for the precious footage. Edited by Peter Kernel Men Of The Women is taken from the upcoming Peter Kernel album The Size Of The Night. To be released March 9th 2018″.
Before we go, a little more,,,
More of this in a few days, maybe? Shall we carry on with this musical coverage, do you need it these days?