We usually come up with somekind of smartarse editorial about all the striving and the doing it, on we go, the Five music things thing yet again for whatever it still might be worth. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five, cross-pollination? Five more? Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A cure for pulling cats out of hats? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever? What do reasons make? Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) picky about what we actually post on these pages or play on the radio or hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut cut slash and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? But, then as we said with the previous Five Music Thing feature a couple of days back, a page that also featured Death Pill 9as did the five before that) that maybe this time we do need an editorial? I mean, Ukraine, just a land full of people making music, art, wanting to just live and go to gigs and hang out together and do the same thing most of us do, those of us who aren’t power crazed leaders…
Here’s your five pieces of music for today….
1: Bess of Bedlam – A First taste and the first track from the Dance until the crimes end, “Passing through this extraordinary and tormented trip, you particularly come across feminist activists against nuclear war in the 80’s, three women whose destinies untertwine, a russian anarchist woman in the 20’s, a mother and her daughter endlessly struggling… All these adventures sublimated by winding melodies and harmonic surprises, to which Bess of Bedlam alone holds the key”.
“Oléla! Bess of Bedlam is the project of Fanny L’Héritier accompanied by Guillaume Médioni, you already discovered them in Odessey & Oracle. The second album is on the starting block. It is called ‘Dance until the crimes end’ and will be released on May 20th by Dur et Doux and Another Record. Less acoustic and intimate than its predecessor Folly Tales, released in 2018 on Another Record (FR) and Outré (UK), Dance until the crimes end leans towards a whimsical and sophisticated pop sometimes tinged with psychedelic folk”.
We can only hear one track now, it very Odessey & Oracle flavoured and you know how much we like Odessey & Oracle, it does for some reason sound far more Englsih than Odessey & Oracle ever do, it is a rather fine first taste. More details and ‘m sure the label would like us t omention It is possible to pre-order the album now on Bandcamp
Previously on these pages –
ORGAN THING: Dur et Doux do it again, this Odessey & Oracle album is pretty much perfect and yes, “interlacing melodies and impressive psychedelic climates from a varied, blinker-free instrumentarium”
2: Pit Pony are a rather ferocious five-piece, or at least this latest release is, they’re from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Black Tar is out this week, the bands have announced they’ve just signed with Clue Records, do bands still sign with labels?
Here’s the lazy cut ‘n paste of the press release and all the PR hype that comes with it as well as thier latest tour dates. Hey, we woudn’t share it if we didn’t think this latest slice of Pit Pony was worth it.
£With a rawness that owes influence to the North East coast they call home, Pit Pony are a caustic, fuzz-rock five-piece from Tyneside, who today share new single ‘Black Tar’ which is their first new music since 2020. They also announce that they have signed to Leeds label Clue Records, home to Bored At My Grandma’s House, YOWL, The Wedding Present, and more.
Despite a relatively modest back catalogue of just a handful of singles since forming in 2018, Pit Pony now have their foot firmly on the throttle, new single ‘Black Tar’ kicks in at 100mph and never lets up from its breakneck drive forward. Joined with a video that showcases the live energy they’re becoming renowned for.
Speaking about the track, Jackie explains “It’s quite literally about anxiety, about putting the work in to improve things and going back to the beginning. Feeling like you can’t get anything right and you’ll feel like that forever. The whole track being the same riff throughout, and driven by the constant throbbing bass, really conveys the feeling of that constant cycle. That treadmill you feel like you can’t get off.”
Jackie continues, “Of course you do get off, and you can feel better, but it takes time and work. The jagged and garagey sound lends itself to the stark melody and lyrics. It’s not one to overthink. By the end of the song I’m telling myself to snap out of it and keep going.”
Over the past 6 months the band have played three sold out headline shows in Newcastle, supported IDLES at their sold out Newcastle date, supported LIFE on their UK tour ,and before that, sold out their first 7” for single ‘Hard Rainfall’. Pit Pony are set for a short tour next month (dates below), with tickets on sale now here.
The band create an adrenaline fuelled soundtrack for vocalist Jackie to explore tales of political ineptitude, mental health, motherhood and failed relationships”.
12th April 2022 – The Talleyrand, Manchester
13th April 2022 – New Headingley Club, Leeds
14th April 2022 – The Vaux Room, Sunderland
16th April 2022 – The Green Room, Stockton Calling Festival
19th April 2022 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
21st April 2022 – The Grace, London
19th May 2022 – The Cluny, Newcastle with L.A Witch
Find this latest track and previous releases via their Bandcamp
3: 6th Crowd – Now this seems like a beautifully simple peaceful piece of music from Ukraine. Peace should be a simple thing, live and let live, most of our so called leaders let us down. “This track is inspired by an old Ukrainian harvest song from the steppe. Steppe is the region where I grew up. My dear region, which Russia is trying to rip off from us right now. This is a Ukrainian song from Donbas”.
“A new single from Kyiv’s 6th Crowd (a.k.a. Dari Maksymova), who is originally from the Donbass region, which the world has seen ripped apart over the past 8 years and now, more than ever, along with many other regions of Ukraine. Currently safe in Ireland thanks to a chance visit, now is the right time to release ‘Sokolonko’, an electro version of a Ukrainian harvest song. She says, “I didn’t know if I’d have a chance to do [release] it later. In my research, as I learned more about Ukrainian folk music, I noticed that modern culture has plenty of references to music from western and central parts of my country, but nothing from the east. Nothing from my home. Culturally it simply didn’t exist. So I decided I wanted to change that balance and bring songs from East Ukraine back to life, to remind myself and everyone that Donbas is a historical part of Ukraine, no matter how badly Putin wants to destroy it.” All proceeds will be donated to Vostok SOS, whose humanitarian campaign helps folks evacuate and providing humanitarian aid and psychosocial support”
Find the track and an equally beautiful second one and pay whatever you want for it via Bandcamp where you can als oexplore the 6th Crowd back catalogue. You can alsoexplore her Instagram and connect there
You see Mr Putin, this time last month we really didn’t know many people from Ukraine, we weren’t taking that much notice of the bands, the music, the art, we certainly are now. You pushed the brave people our way, all over Europe we’re conecting up with the people of Ukraine, we’re learning the names of the towns and the cities, we’re talking to people, we’re learing about their history, we’re uniting with them, we’re writing about people like Dari and Death Pill, we’re buying their music and playing them on our radio shows, we’re sharing their art, and we’re also admiring the brave Russian people who are standing up to you and your bullies. You’re kind of getting this all wrong Mr Putin, best thing you could do now is head for the bunker and put that bullet in your head, it really is what the whole world is wanting right now.
4: Aldous Harding – And this is rather simple as well, rather beautiful, sometimes that’s enough and as someone else said today, love this. The new Warm Chris’ arrives Friday 25th March via 4AD, more details here or via Bandcamp where right now you can find a second track from the album.
5: Nick Hudson – Nick has featured on these fractured pages a number of times, this is a new piece of music he’s released this week. “Brighton-based artist Nick Hudson (The Acadmey Of The Sun) also released the single ‘Lights/Svoboda’ – with notable spoken word, recorded with a Soviet cassette recorder, by a Russian dissident joining Ukraine’s forces from self-imposed exile in Georgia. Proceeds are being donated to two charities carrying out humanitarian work on the ground – Red Cross Ukraine and Razom For Ukraine. While Revolut Bank has been matching donations to the Red Cross only until March 8, that was yesterday but Nick Hudson will continue raising funds beyond this”
Meanwhile, here’s more from from those no messing hardcore punk rock grrrls Death Pill. This is an older track they’ve just posted on Bandcamp as they hang on on the frontline in Kyiv. They’re using the money you send them to feed the Ukrainians defending their city, they’re three brilliant girls, go check them out even if raging Riot Grrrl flavoured hardcore punk rock isn’t usually your thing, there music is excellent, we’d be covering the anyway, but even if it isn’t your thing, you could just buy it and not bother downloading it.
And fter being moved by watching a video of Ukrainian woman singing the Ukrainian National Anthem while cleaning broken glass and debris from her bombed apartment, Patti Smith decided to do her English version of the Ukrainian National Anthem at the Lenny Kaye Birthday Bash at the Bowery