It takes seven songs from start to finish to bring this listener on a rollercoaster of emotions and eventually float back down to earth on a cosmic vapour of happiness. The sometimes ambient, sometimes gaze heavy & sometimes-loud musical tendencies of Glaswegian post-rock/shoegaze outfit ‘INUIT’ demonstrate their innate ability to change the listener’s mood as you listen to their amazing album ‘don’t forget you’re here forever’. Listening to this epic album is like looking out of the window of a train, steaming across country, where every blink of the eye brings you something new to take in and wonder at. It’s a sharp intake of breath in a musical genre full of pretenders these days.
With quiet, almost reflective, sequences of music counterbalanced with gratifying loud explosions of Post-Rock, Shoegaze streaked goodness, this instrumental outfit are well versed in the art of song writing and song crafting and hold nothing back from the listener. They cut close to the bone with atmospherics, gaze laden guitars and add brilliant vocal arrangements during quieter moments thus adding to the already immense power that they can create as musicians. In layman’s terms ‘This is Music’.
The opening track ‘The Staybright’ is in its own right, a creeping monolith of a score that begins with the sweetest of guitar lines, then builds into a monster! This is my favourite track on the album and one that I continuously play on my radio show.
The second track ‘Are you taking pictures of my stories’ is a cinematic masterpiece. Opening like the soundtrack to a natural world documentary and building like a steam train thus bringing the listener to places that they can only go to in daydreams! It’s a beautiful piece of music with pounding drums and a piano line to die for. In my opinion this track is the cornerstone of the album and one to be listened to over and over again.
Track three, ‘Don’t forget’, is two minutes fifty-one seconds of pure gaze. It does just enough to hold you in suspense, and then it takes your hand and helps you float in suspended animation with its addictive vocal lines and hazy guitars. It’s another beautiful track.
Then it’s on to ‘Fraserburg’. This track hits you like a hammer and then it’s off, stalking its prey like a lion on the hunt. It’s alluring vocal line keeps you interested until it takes off like a jet plane with pounding drums and guitars before settling down to finish on a lighter note with soothing guitars and a steady beat. This is my second favourite track on the album, after ‘The Staybright’.
Track five; ‘You’re here forever’ is a side step! It’s a moment of peace to gather yourself and your thoughts before the introduction of track six on this epic album! ‘Get that face off your face’ completely destroys the peaceful respite of before! It starts with a beautiful floating guitar line, leading into a dreamy drum beat, before a wall of sound knocks you off your feet, picks you up and shows you a total eclipse, sonically! It then breaks and calms, into a dreamy vocal as Inuit’s Shoegazing tendencies take over and again we float on layers of guitars and drums until we’re softly placed back on terra firma and into the waiting arms of the albums closing track.
Track seven, and the closing track on ‘Don’t forget you’re here forever’, is immense! Entitled ‘I’m no sun expert,’ it flitters between Post-Rock and Shoegaze with aplomb. It swoops and soars above every other track on the album and is a fitting, closing track to already jam-packed debut album. Ending with a vocal sample of famed physicist Richard Feynman, this track oozes confidence. It stands as a testament to a band with the knowledge of their craft and a clear path forward to continue on the road to success.
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Signed to the brilliant independent record label ‘Good Grief Records’, Inuit have blown me away ever since I first heard of them. They epitomise all that is great and good with the juggernaut that is, the Post-Rock/Shoegazing scene of modern times and I wish them every success going forward. I can’t wait to hear what they do next.
Del Chaney – The Primal Radio Show – Dublin October 2014
by Primal Music
Release Date: 20/02/15
Record Company: Unsigned
It is difficult to walk around Dublin these days and not find a live band in some pub or another banging out the same sounding alternative rock and not thinking to yourself that you've heard this all before! Ireland has been rehashing the same old, same old musical trite for years with varying musical success and a lot of musical failures. It's music scene is very circular in nature and doesn't react kindly to change. In fact, in some cases it doesn't know how to react to 'NEW' sounding bands, with new musical ideas! Makings are one of those 'NEW' bands that are changing the perceptions of Irish music, not only on the live scene, but with the songwriting and soundscapes that the band are creating in the studio. With wide musical influences coursing through every single track, the band have a canny knack of sounding relevant, but a new relevant!
Having recently finished up recording their debut album 'Cognition' and then managing to get one of the top producers in England, Chris Potter, who has previously worked with The Verve, Blur & The Rolling Stones, to pick over the production details, the band have been working tirelessly on the live circuit, perfecting their sound to hopefully catapult themselves skyward and breathe new lifeblood into the Irish music Scene and its fans.
On first listen to the Dublin based four piece's debut album 'Cognition' you can hear what they're trying to achieve. It is packed full of influences and, yes, it shows off the bands diversity in song writing and song structure but it also shows that these guys actually listen to their musical influences and they take on board what is needed to connect all of these influences together to make something interestingly 'NEW' sounding which is a very difficult thing to do these days. I can hear 70's Bowie and T-Rex in all its Glam Rock finery, 80's Depeche Mode with their electronic drums and Synths, theres's 90's Creation Records experimental layered guitar sounds in there with new millennium Primal Scream pulsing through its veins! Theres also a nod to the modern day Dance Music Scene with the bands brilliant use of sequencers and samplers and the bands use of vocal harmonies, both in their live sets and in the studio, are second to none! Every member of the band sings on this album! Put simply, it has something for every single music fan, but it stands outside the box on its own merits too. Very few bands can say that in the modern Irish music scene. Which is something great and 'NEW' in my opinion.
The first track on ‘Cognition’ is iClone. Opening with a distinct, infectious Synth pattern, this track is the bedrock of the album and sets Makings Electro-Rock stall up with an assault on your senses from the off. The vocal arrangements by the band on this album are amazing and lead vocalist; Rick Burn’s vocal range is immense. You can hear why his vocal style has been compared to the brilliant lead singer from ‘Faith No More’, Mike Patton. But it’s the bands clever use of sequencers and keyboards, just sitting under the mix, that catch this listener’s ear. This is a welcome theme running right the way through ‘Cognition’ and should hold the band in good stead going forward. It’s very different to what’s going on in Ireland at the minute. It’s ‘NEW’, ingenious even? But this type of sound only works when you have accomplished musicians to carry the production either live or in a studio setting and Makings have them in spades. From Drums to Guitars, Bass and Keys, every section of the band knows exactly what they are doing at any given time and are hard working. That’s the difference.
You can pick any one of the tracks on this album and not find a flaw. Maybe that’s down to the production work of Chris Potter, maybe it’s down to the band, but it works for me. I love the distinctive influential sounds that you can pick out of each track. For example, my favourite track on the album is ‘Heart Attack’. A well-written and well-executed electro-rock tune that I can instantly relate to. I can hear Dépêche Mode and early Acid House style sequencing, albeit slowed down, all over it. Likewise on the bands latest single ‘DIG’, where again the band’s clever use of electronic instrumentation, with a steady drumbeat, pulsing bass, charging guitars and Rick Burn’s distinctive vocal style coming to the fore take the track by the scruff of the neck and force you to listen. In fact, you can listen to them all - Lunatic, Let’s Touch Me, 46a, Man On Fire, Suffocate, She’s Got The Lips, Mythomania, Icarus, The Woolgatherer, Nazarene and No Turning Back and I can guarantee that you to will hear different influences and styles from different era’s screaming back at you. It’s exciting to hear an Irish rock band doing something different. Not pigeon holing themselves in the ever-decreasing cyclical nature of Irelands music scene. This is a completely new animal for the Irish music buying public to get their teeth into and I for one hope that they do. I hope they support a band like this because in turn this will allow Makings to soar to the heights that I know they can go and I wish them well on their travels.
Keep your ears and eyes out for them, go and see them live whenever you get the chance, because they wont disappoint you.
You can follow the bands progress on Twitter & Facebook and check out two tracks by the band below:
Makings - Dig
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Makings - Heart Attack
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Makings are a Dublin based electro-rock band comprising of two Irish men, Rick Burn and Mr Reynolds, a Scott, Barry Shock and an Argentinean, Raul Marcos. After recording their debut EP ‘Lunatic’, which received “Full marks for exploring so far outside of the box” (Jackie Hayden, Hot Press) and proving to be “Extremely powerful in a live environment” (Shane Buckley, Music Review Unsigned) Makings embarked on the collaboration with legendary producer Chris Potter (The Verve, Blur, Rolling Stones) and ‘Cognition’ was born. This is a stunning piece of work by an Irish band that deserves respect.
It's not very often that i find a Shoegazing masterpiece hiding in the rough and ready world of Twitterville, but when i do i tend to get really, really excited! Brighton's own, Ben Pierce, AKA 'I Am Your Captain', has released what is, in my opinion, a modern day Shoegazing gem! The 'Air Formation' bass player announced the epic 'As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops' to the masses on May 1st this year and i can safely say without question that I adore it. This EP is like a snapshot in time! And a slice of Shoegazing goodness that soothe's the soul and mind.
The EP opens up with the brilliant 'Sharp Intake Of Breath'. A sonically sound, well balanced track which harks back to early 90's stalwarts such as MBV and The Telescopes. There's a subtle hint of American Shoegazers, Swirlies in there too for good measure too. Overall, it's a brilliant Shoegazing track.
Track 2, 'As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops' is by far my favourite track on the EP. Its a brilliantly structured, well written, dreamy wall of sound with a menacing undertone! Layers of guitars help nurture Ben Pierces haunting vocal as it cuts through the wall of sound with aplomb! As a fan of Shoegaze in all its many guises, this is a gazing gem!
Track 3, 'A Frightful Longing' is a slow burning sonic delight. Musically reminiscent of Mazzy Star or very early ( Verve EP ) Verve, this track tames the soul and takes this listener to a quiet, calm and fuzzy place where I can think about what I'm hearing! It's a very welcome change to the modern day Shoegaze/Noise Rock philosophy of layering walls of sound for 4/5 tracks and never slowing down! Again, i recommend that you sit down and put on headphones to listen to it. A truly stunning track!
The last track on this epic EP is 'Don't Slip Away'. A beautiful track from start to finish and a great ending to a brilliant EP. This track is immersive! It takes you by the hand and walks you through its many layers of sound and leaves you floating in a fuzzy space! Its a testament to Ben and his sonic vision.
I've been listening a lot to this EP on headphones and I'm hearing new sounds with every single listen. Its a very rare thing to find a bunch of tracks that are so alike and yet so different. Each one takes you in a different direction emotionally and to me that's what gazing should be about! Do yourselves a favour and check out this EP for yourselves. If your a fan of Fuzzy, Lo-Fi , Shoegaze with meaning, like i am, you'll love it.
You can find out more about 'I Am Your Captain' by following them on Twitter & Facebook and you also listen to more music from the band up on Bandcamp.
Del Chaney - Primal Radio - The Quiet Room - Dublin July 2014.
Release Date: 09/02/14
Somewhere in Dublin, there is a dark rehearsal room in a basement that once or twice a week witnesses a musical miracle! The miracle in question, is the miracle of Irish Shoegazing/Noise Rock through the medium of Segrasso! This Dublin 3 piece have not only recorded a masterful EP entitled 'Headaches', but have at last joined the wave of new homegrown acts that have brought about a balance in the unsigned, cyclical underground Irish music scene as we all know it!
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'Headaches' opens up with the brilliant 'Disused Shed', a track full of, dare i say it? 60's connotations!!! There are hints of early Pink Floyd in there but with a distinct modern Shoegaze feel and there's a great little synth line that keeps your attention focused on the track and doesn't let you daydream or wander off in any way! It builds like a bloody steam train and then explodes, leaving you wanting to hear more!
This in turn leads nicely to 'Cell', Track 2 on 'Headaches'. It is probably my favourite track on the EP. This is proper Shoegazing/Noise Rock! It starts off slow with a great vocal and smooth bass line, then builds menacingly, until your listening to a wall of sound and loving every single sonic second of it. This is the EP's centre piece in my opinion! And after hearing it repeatedly over the past few months, my faith in unsigned underground Irish Shoegaze/ Noise Rock is restored!
Fans of early ChapterHouse, Slowdive, Telescopes and Ride will instantly recognise, and love, 'Going To Hell' the third track on Segrasso's 'Headaches' EP. This is 7 minutes and 45 seconds of old school Shoegaze! Layered guitars and a great vocal sit on top of a solid bass and drum track and yet again I'm transported back in time to the early 90's! This is an excellent track, well written and brilliantly produced!
With a haunting vocal sitting on top of a great bass line, the forth track on the 'Headaches' EP, 'Thread', screams for attention! Add into that mix another fixating synth line and a steady drum beat and again we're building into something for the good. For me, the vocal build makes this track stand out and it helps 'Thread' scream into a raging tornado and again expresses how good Segrasso are at song writing and song structuring! You really need to experience this track via headphones to hear it in all its glory!
The EP ends on a mellow note! But a lull from the previous whirlwind is a good thing! 'Wheezer" is a brilliantly structured and well balanced track with a dreamy vocal and a solid acoustic guitar line all set into swirling synths sounds! It brings this epic EP to a fitting close and again it showcases Segrasso's songwriting and song structuring prowess!
Segrasso released the 'Headaches' EP on February 9th 2014 and I've had the pleasure of playing them regularly on my radio show 'The Quiet Room' over on Mixlr.Com/Primal-Radio ever since! I can't wait to hear what the band record and release next, but when they do, I'll definitely buy it!
Lately, here on the little green island of Ireland, we've had a bit of a Shoegazing / Noise Rock / Dreampop renaissance! It began in Cork with the brilliant Elastic Sleep and has filtered it's way to Dublin with bands like Galants, Otherkin and now Segrasso leading the charge! I think it's a good thing for the Irish music scene. It's a breath of fresh air in a stagnant pool of the same bands recycling the same old music genre's!
So, do yourselves a favour, make sure you check out Segrasso! Check out their 'Headaches' EP up on their BandCamp page, buy it, download it, support them and the other bands that I've mentioned and maybe then you can understand how excited I am at the prospect of coming across other Irish bands doing the same thing. This is a great time for Irish music and long may it continue.
You can follow Segrasso on twitter:
And you can buy and download their 'Headaches' EP and keep up to date with the band here:
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - Dublin - May 2014.
Artist: High Low
Release: Stuck In Void
Release Date: 30/05/14
In a time when independent musical creativity seems to be flourishing online and the availability of artists and bands to not only completely oust the dreaded Record Company puppet master but also write, record, produce, master, release and promote their own masterpieces to great applause from their fan base, the world of music as we know it is changing for the good. One such band have taken up the self release mantle and given me a warm fuzzy glow over the past few months by transporting me back to my youth and to days of queuing up outside record stores, in all weather, to buy the latest release on vinyl from my local store, rush home, put it on the record player and listen to a musical genre that, in my opinion, changed the face of music forever!
With a sound Infused with many influences such as Bob Mould's Sugar, Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth, High Low have grabbed me by the cranium and reminded me of the days of Fuzz, Grunge and Alternative Rock.
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Hailing from Southend in the UK, High Low have just self released a masterpiece. Full of heavy bass and guitar riffs, pounding drums and outstanding vocals, 'Stuck In A Void' continues on from where the band left off with their two previous EP's, the brilliant 'Raygun' and the powerful 'Forty', shaking the listener by the throat and making them focus, concentrate and listen! Put simply, this is immense!
From the opening track 'Night Drive' through to the first single to be lifted from the album 'CrashLand' and on to 'Mustard Man, Surf Tank, Already Alone, Machines, What Is It?, Altered Beast', the brilliant 'Burnt', 'No Light' and album closer 'Sneakers', this masterpiece is musical chocolate to the ears of a lost generation and should finally put an end to the doomsayers who still believe that grunge died with Kurt Cobain.
This listener is honoured to have been one of the first set of ears, outside of the bands, to listen to 'Stuck In A Void' but I'm also so pleased that I was able to interview them for 'The Quiet Room' and I will be following the trail of success that undoubtedly High Low will leave behind them with bated breath and I can honestly say that I am a High Low fan and I can't wait to stand in line, all over again, to buy their records.
You can order High Low 'Stuck In a Void' and find out more about the band here:
Follow the band on Twitter here:
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - Dublin - May 2014
Release: Pikes Peak EP
Release Date: 09/06/14
Record Company: Morningside Young Team Records
From the very first note in the opening track of Wozniak's new EP, Pikes Peak, I knew that i was in for something great!
I'd heard murmurings around the internet, especially up on the Twittersphere, about this band but could never find any music, just constant chatter about a proper Shoegazing band playing Shoegaze the way its meant to be played! Having been around for the end of the first wave of Shoegaze in the late 80's where Cocteau Twins, For Against and Jesus And Mary Chain were a constant on my turntable, to the early 90's assault on my cranium by Loop, My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Ride etc etc, I can safely say that from the very first listen to 'Pikes Peak' I got uber excited about how good it really is. It sucks you in and caresses your ear drums in preparation for the sonic blast that's to come.
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'El Maresme', the lead track from the EP, is sheer musical brilliance! Coming in at 6 minutes 59 Seconds this track swoops and soars like an eagle. Layers of lush guitars explode into the atmosphere sitting atop a steady bass and drum pattern that somehow seems to keep the whole show fixed fast to the earth. Add a dreamy vocal into the mix and we're instantly transported to a different world. A world where sonic layering is king! This is Shoegazing at its very best!
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The EP Powers along and stuffs its second track 'Paper Hat' in our faces! It has that 'Slowdive' feel to it but with a driving pulse that's straight out of the 'MBV' mould. It's a brilliant Instrumental track and it's another treat for fans like me. A reminder of how it should be done!
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Track 3 is immense! - 'Kreuzberg' has instrumental 'Loop' all over it and after listening to it on the headphones, I'm reminded of 'Loop's' epic album 'A Guilded Eternity' and again I have to wonder what music 'Wozniak' were listening to during the writing and recording stages of the EP? I'm taken aback at how good Wozniak really are! 'Kreuzberg' ends with a magical piano line to settle your nerves and prepare you for the next aural onslaught. And it comes in the form of 'Columbo's Car', a monster of a track that picks you up and throws you against the wall in a good way! Its a sonic onslaught, a bloody great track and probably my second favourite track after 'El Maresme'. It too remind's me of another great band, a band who I'm a big fan of called 'Ghost Box Orchestra' and especially their 2013 LP 'Vanished'.
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Track 5, and the final track on the EP, has 'My Bloody Valentine' connotations all the way through it. 'Gesamtkunstwerk' is a blissful track. Looping and arcing all over your ear drums. And although I hate to use him as an example, It's as though Kevin Shields himself had stuck his fingers in it and crafted the layers of sound that streak through the track!
It's a triumph, a really great track and a fitting end to the EP. My recommendation is that you should listen to it with headphones on, sitting in a darkened room, for the total 'Wozniak' experience! It's Just brilliantly crafted ShoeGaze in its purist form!
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Hailing from Edinburg, in Scotland, Wozniak are a breath of fresh air to this listener! They are a four piece band, formed 2012 and are in their own words, 'working hard to cause terminal tinnitus through the medium of epic, effects laden guitars, bamboozling bass and pounding drums' which is by no means easy in this modern day, washed down, re- hashed trite that they call the Shoegazing scene! This is old school Shoegaze! I'm Hearing Loop, Lush, MBV, Ride, Chapter-house, Slowdive and The Telescopes! All bands that that got me excited about music in the 80's/90's and indeed bands that I started playing on 'The Quiet Room' for Radio Aktiv, in the early months of the show! It's not that often that a band really grab me and shake out memories of early 90's Gaze but Wozniak have done just that. Im Impressed at their level of understanding, either by a fluke of nature or purposely composed, of early sounding Shoegaze and I can honestly say that this EP is a must have in any music collection. And I'll stand over that statement
Wozniak's Pikes Peak EP is out June 9th on Morningside Young Team Records and you can pre order the EP or download the lead single 'El Maresme' from the bands bandcamp page here: www.wozniak.bandcamp.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.