Five more…. again. Again and again and again (and again). Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five more music things, another five? Already? Alright already? You never answered the question, you never do, why is that? Poor what? Who? Where’s did we put the plot? Dive? Five more pieces of earfood? Shall we do it again? Back to back to back being back to the five musical things thing and the fractured music portal yet again (and again and again) and yeah, we did say all this last week and this is a test and the weeks before and blah blah blah while the whole world window and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding and all that proof reading. It doesn’t really matter if it was a television fizzing and going off and things back then when we first heard of the Window going off and things. and like we did ask last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? Cut to the chase, there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music, cut to the damn chase again. This can’t go on for much longer
1: Psychic Graveyard – More locked-on intencity and the first taste on a new album that see the band moving forward with the kind of quality we’ve grown to expect now. ‘Veins Feel Strange’ is out on Feathcamp Arc in early Spetember, a first track has just been let loose. The band from San Diego, California and Providence, Rhode Island are sounding rather menacing, they’re sounding a lillte late 70’s no wave Hawkwind on this first track from the new album. They’ve been one of our favourite bands for quite a few years, nothing hear needs rewiring. More detailks of the album via Bandcamp
2: Nerves – “Today, West Irish avant-punk trio Nerves return with the announcement of their new single “Leigue”. Having lit up their homeland with four well-received singles to-date the band began to earn a reputation as a must-see live act prior to lockdown with a series of sweaty DIY basement shows, sold-out headline dates and support slots with the likes of HMLTD, Turnstiles and more” so reads the press release, I could write some smart arse review but hey, there’s [paint to throw and not enough hours in the day and you ave your own ears, the piece of music in question is just down there amd it would be psoted on this fractured page if it wasn’t any damn good,
“Recorded over lockdown at Sonic Studios with Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, “Leigue” is a perfect snapshot of the band’s intense and borderless sound. Existing in the liminal space between shoegaze, post-punk and noise-rock, the claustrophobic single combines muscular, industrial drums with groove-driven krautrock-inflected bass and discordant, wall of sound guitar lines that sit somewhere between the atmospheric, crushing power of My Bloody Valentine and angular and jarring sound of Big Black. The volatile, low register spoken-word vocals carry the same pensive pent-up energy as Slint, brooding in white hot intensity, and occasionally breaking under their own weight into anguished yet invigorating screaming” so reads the hype, hit the play button and make your own mind up… here’s the band’s Bandcamp page where you’ll find a whole lot more
3: De Beren Gieren – Animalcules’ is the third single from De Beren Gieren’s upcoming new album ‘Less Is Endless’ (September 10th 2021, Sdban Ultra). This special & extended live version was recorded in Handelsbeurs Concertzaal (Ghent) as part of the GREENING STREAMING SESSION that was broadcasted on February 19th 2021. More here
4: Secular Fusionists are “a revolving line up of musicians guided by George Draguns (Don Caballero, Storm and Stress and Form and Mess). The debut album features Kyle Press (Impressionist, Love Club, OhBree) on saxophones and Michael Quigley (Sisyphus On Ecstasy, Witch Coke) on drum programming. The trio had been rehearsing together before the pandemic but recorded this self titled debut remotely during 2020.
The sound of Secular Fusionists can be described as Harmolodic Rock. It combines the improv-heavy compositional style of Ornette Coleman with a variety of rock influences. The songs are written to be living and changing, never played the same way twice. There is an emphasis on free improvisation with the musicians encouraged to deviate from the melody as much as possible without erasing the initial imprint of the song.
This is the first of at least two batches of songs recorded in 2020, so keep an eye and ear out for more…” Well I always thought a song required vocals, sure these are tunes, instrumental tunes. Tunes that do kind of travel aong at the same pae and maybe repeat themselves whe nyou want them to take a turn or a twist or thrust, but there is something about the band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and yes there is that Ornette Coleman feel and well, there’s the Bandcamp page and the first recordings and off you go should you wish to…
5: Witch Fever – Manchester’s Witch Fever have a new single, they’ve apparently just signed to Music For Nations, are Music For Nations still going? They owe us money! We haven’t covered Witch Fever for a while, they’re still sounding as good as ever, actually better than ever. The label name-drop Sabbath rather a lot in the press release but no, more of metal take on early Nirvana with a side-serving of punk rock riot grrrl anger in there with the large swipes of metal and bits of that are more akin to Candlemass messing with L7 or a heavier Hole. They’re getting bigger, in every sense, with every encounter, every declaration of intent. Actually this is more than intent now, they’re past the point of mere intent now, they’ve more than announced themselves already, this is seriously building on it all now
“Today, the doom punk quartet share new single ‘Reincarnate’, an anthem of post-breakup independence, set to Sabbath-esque graveyard noise, alongside a seductive video that explores womxn’s desires and fetishes. ‘Reincarnate’ is just a taste of what’s to come from Witch Fever, with further tracks to follow over the coming months, all recorded over a period of days with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Mayhem, Ulver, Ghost) in 2020.
Witch Fever have also announced that they have signed to Music For Nations, part of Sony Music.
“We’re not here to say, ‘This is what you need to do with your life’, we just want to make angry music and make sure we don’t take any shit from people who give us shit,” says singer Amy.
“There’s a big emphasis on female empowerment and female anger,” adds bassist Alex on the message raging behind the band’s music – “It’s about celebrating yourself and self-expression. Not being stifled and held back.”
“There’s something about playing heavier music that feels so empowering,” says guitarist Alisha. “We all have completely different music tastes and inspirations, but that’s what makes our sound so unique.”
“It’s important for us to do things our own way and represent ourselves as we wish, regardless of outside opinion,” adds drummer Annabelle. “We represent an honest voice about breaking out of the indoctrination in our society and all oppressive institutions.”
Witch Fever’s modern punk should put them firmly on the radar of fans of Bikini Kill, IDLES, Dream Wife, Savages, and Show Me The Body, bands who are pushing noisily for social change. And in 2021, the band plan to take their new music and the white-hot energy of their relentless live show on the road. They’ll be playing the sold-out Truck Festival in July, and in September playing Leeds’ All-Dayer A Wave Before A Kick In The Chest, playing Devon’s Burn It Down, and Futurama Festival in Liverpool headlined by Heaven 17, and Peter Hook and The Lights. In 2022 they will be joining IDLES at London’s Brixton Academy, and dates in Europe, as well as supporting Bambara on selected Europe dates”.
Previously, back in March…
and while we’re here, let’s jsut park this, jsut in case….