RELEASE: Courage Reels
RELEASE DATE: 21st April 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Morningside Young Team Records
Following on from a handful of well-executed, tight and impressively written EP’s and singles that explored a wide array of genres including traditional shoegaze and much louder feedback ridden noise rock, is the debut full length album 'Courage Reels' from Edinburgh based four piece Wozniak. It’s a heavy, noisy and progressive listen, and one on which the band decides to take full advantage of their instruments, creating several lengthy songs with two or three lines of vocals in it amid riff after riff of sonic noise and what sounds at times to be well-captured jam sessions. Many songs take on this structure; and through it 'Courage Reels' at times sounds anywhere from stoner/sludge metal, progressive rock, shoegaze, dream pop, alt-rock, then throw in a bit of alt-metal and a weird kind of krautrock for good measure and tie them all together in layers of noisy feedback and what you get are tall sprawling arrangements that make Wozniak sound like a ten piece. 'Courage Reels' gets it's full release on April 21st 2017 via 'Morningside Young Team Records' and it is available to pre-order right now in various formats from wozniak.bandcamp.com
Courage Reels by Wozniak
'Courage Reels' opens with the instrumental ‘Shader’ that morphs itself around a heavy stoner metal riff and the gentle tapping of the drums in the background. However, after this introductory riff, the band launch into what sounds more like a traditional shoegaze due to the tone of their guitars and the musical melding between the guitar and the drums. ‘Shader’ takes this form for almost the entire song; jumping from a stoner metal riff into more airy shoegaze passages, all the while masking a background of feedback that compliments the music immensely. Much slower and distant is the shoegaze track ‘Ghosting’ whose form takes the shape of ‘Shader’ in that it jumps from heavy fuzzing back to its mellow origins; coming off as less heavy than ‘Shader’ but more intricate. The slowed, winding parts of the song are soothingly beautiful, masking mood and sound over a distinct form of song writing. ‘Ghosting’ also happens to contain vocals; all five lines of them, so drowned out you can hardly hear them, which actually fits in well with the context of the song. ‘Super Panther’ ties both previous songs together and revisits the more shoegaze sides of the bands sound, implementing fuzz bass and a fantastic drum track over the top of the winding and shimmering guitars that play a demented kind of indie rock. This song also sounds strongly influenced by alt-rock, with its more linear structure and ‘traditional’ riff centred form of song writing on display.
Back in March 2017 the band released the first single from 'Courage Reels', and that single was ‘Perihelion’ which crops up as one of the best tracks on the entire release. It’s a beautiful, trance inducing mix of down-trodden guitar strumming that harkens back strongly to the classic shoegaze sound with swirls of a darker kind of dream pop. The vocal performance here is also fantastic and an album highlight, as well as the instrumentation and backing noise to which the song takes it cues and creations from. Although the song goes for several minutes, the band condense the vocal, quieter and more accessible section of the song to its beginning and then launch into a wild and commendable instrumental section that winds out the second half of the song strongly and passionately. In a similar way is ‘Scottish Dancer’ which blows past the eight minute mark in its form, which is distinctly reminiscent of cold shoegaze, to again show the bands strength in song writing. Scottish Dancer’s beginning, featuring another well produced vocal section, sounds better than ‘Perihelion’ in terms of every aspect of the song fitting swiftly together. Another amazing instrumental outro leads the songs second half, in which background feedback is used as a soundscape style to greatly enhance the songs sound. ‘Natsuko’ returns to a more conventional length and sounds more akin to post-punk than anything else the band touch on 'Courage Reels'. Although its beautiful and holds some impressive moments, I did wonder what its significance in context of the album was, and upon a second listen parts of it tended to sound more like an album filler than anything else.
‘Erebus’ is another true album highlight, perhaps due to fantastic contextual balancing by Wozniak in terms of the track listing on the album. After a few lengthy, heavy and layered songs, the band turns things back to the simple and the minimal, placing the listener’s perceptions upon simple guitar based strumming that goes further to highlight a mesmerizing undercurrent of dream pop-like guitar tones and textures in the mix. ‘Crush’ features the best drumming performance on the album, but unlike the few previous tracks avoids stronger shoegaze elements instead focusing upon a kind of alt-rock type sound, driven by a distant but interesting vocal performance. ‘Death Suit’ turns things back up to the lengthy heights of ‘Scottish Dancer’ and ‘Perihelion’ but with much less conviction. It starts strong, with a neat little guitar intro, but seeps into uneven sections of music that seem to be so far removed from the other that it becomes more of a slog than a listen. However, the six to eight minute section is absolutely masterful and deserves praise for being one of the greatest passages of music on the release.
I must fully admit that I’m a fan of Wozniak, whose style and experimentations in guitar-orientated music have shone through in a fantastic and interesting way through past releases. I especially love the song ‘El Maresme’ which is quite an old song from their fantastic EP Pikes Peak. I say all of this simply because 80% of the music on 'Courage Reels' is less like the bands previous studio EPs and singles; the engaging single 'Harker' remains firmly an alternative shoegaze/dream pop song, so does 'Auster' and its more guitar driven sound. For 'Courage Reels' to feature lengthy, heavy, more straight forward rock arrangements that you could almost always classify as alternative-rock, rather than the hazy dream pop or shoegaze-based musings of their previous efforts is somewhat of a challenge for the listener. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, and we must all congratulate and encourage bands to transform, progress stylistically and traverse new terrain over song writing and performance, but I wonder if 'Courage Reels' is in fact the right kind of progression. It is a fantastic album (as noted by the rating) but ultimately it sounds like a band who are carrying only fragments of their previous skin after shredding it. Personally, as a fan and a listener, I would have loved to have heard more vocals on this instrumentally generous album. Also for some out there, a cover to cover listen would be just too much; the songs are lengthy affairs, the transitions within the songs are at times slightly awkward and the piling of lengthy songs after lengthy songs makes the album feel longer than it is. All of this probably sounds like mad criticism, but that could not be further from the truth. In fact, for all of the criticisms of the music I have, there is equal acclaim and admiration for 'Courage Reels'. It is exquisitely well produced and mixed, and the band shines through on every track to display a commitment and a wild sincerity to the well written songs featured on it. These elements amount to a well rounded and impressive album, bundled up fluently in commitment and sound.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cam Phillips is a writer and above all, a music lover, who seeks to gain experience through writing and listening. He is also an avid film viewer and art and literature junkie who enjoys creative writing. His most recent published work was featured on Baeble Music and Culture (USA), Sounds and Colours Magazine (Latin America, London), Easterndaze (Latvia) and the Australian based heavy music blog, I Probably Hate Your Band.
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Edinburgh based noise manipulators 'Wozniak' have unleashed yet another super sonic cut entitled 'Shader' lifted off their forthcoming & highly anticipated debut album 'Courage Reels', penned in for release on the 21st April 2017 both digitally and on a limited edition CD via Morningside Young Team Records. The band are made up Simon Cuthbert-Kerr - guitar, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr - guitar/vocals, John Sinclair - drums & James Urquhart - bass and their collective sound swirls deftly in a heavy sonic stew filled with hazy shoegaze, atmospheric post-rock and fuzzed out noise rock.
'Shader' is an angry sonic behemoth that tumbles menacingly in a dark and fuzzy universe filled with repetitious frequencies and layered reverberations that swirl and undulate precariously on top of a trembling bass line and another impressive percussive assault. Highly addictive, the instrumentally brilliant 'Shader' spins through its verse progressions with intense atmospheric rage before using its powerful chorus parts to soar into the ether on utterly sublime shoegaze inspired highs. Thoroughly enjoyable, this track is a stunning prelude to the forthcoming full length release.
Something Like Eternity by The History Of Colour TV
Berlin based experimental/alt-shoegaze outfit 'The History of Colour TV' have unleashed a moody, introspective second single entitled 'As Grey As Park Can Be' lifted off their forthcoming (March 17th) third full length album 'Something Like Eternity'. The band was founded in 2010 and is made up of Jaike Stambach, Markus Mocydlarz & Janek Sprachta. Collectively they have skipped through a plethora of different musical styles over the course of their previous releases from their electronic leanings on their debut full length 'Emerald Cures Chic Ills' through to the brilliant sometimes heavy, sometimes stripped back/ambient stylings of 'Shapes of Spilt Blood Spelt Love' and on into this new album and it's emotive sweeping soundscapes.
'The History Of Colour TV' are no strangers to the underground scene having previously released music via some heavy hitting underground record labels such as Bruit Blanc, Saint Marie Records, the bands own label 'Weird Books'and now through the French based indie label 'Cranes Records'. This new track follows the first single 'Wreck' from this album which is available to pre-order right now on various formats from thehistoryofcolourtv.bandcamp.com
Edinburgh based noise merchants 'Wozniak' have announced an immense new single entitled 'Perihelion' lifted off their forthcoming & highly anticipated debut album penned in for release on the 21st April 2017 via Morningside Young Team Records. The band are made up Simon Cuthbert-Kerr - guitar, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr - guitar/vocals, John Sinclair - drums & James Urquhart - bass and their collective sound swirls deftly in a heavy sonic stew filled with hazy shoegaze, atmospheric post-rock and fuzzed out noise rock. 'Perihelion' gets its full official release on the 3rd March 2017. A limited edition CD includes extra exclusive tracks 'Ground Echo' and 'Portents' and you can pre-order it right now via wozniak.bandcamp.com
'Perihelion' squeals into earshot on a repetitious instrumental drone as jangling guitar progressions spin in close orbit peppering the senses with waves of pulsing reverberation. Ethereal vocalisations hang precariously on the edge of a tightly coiled metronomic beat as the constant hum of bass frequencies hover and cajole the entire piece, looping and arcing menacingly into a turbulent tidal wave of shimmering noise. 'Perihelion' is darkly atmospheric, filled with raging torrents of latent noise and intense production. This is a stunning return to form from a band who can do no wrong! We can't wait for the full album.
Danish based noisy alt-psych duo 'ZRN' have released a crawling sonic behemoth in the form of their latest single 'Deep End', lifted from their forthcoming EP entitled 'Swim' penned in for release sometime in April 2017. 'ZRN' are a side project of monstrous Danish psych rockers 'Tales Of Murder And Dust' and their sound has gone from meandering, atmospheric almost slowcore/shoegaze leanings on their 2015 full-length release 'Animous' into a more of a menacing noise rock orientation on these new tracks. In the bands own words 'Deep End' is "a feminist battle hymn" and it was recorded with the backdrop of the US elections hanging over all of our heads. It deals with some very real & dangerous subject matter, focusing on the bleak outlook of a polarized society, where the basic respect for a woman's body and rights is under attack.
'Deep End' is immensely infectious! It undulates and snakes on layers of dark, noisy bass frequencies supplemented with repetitive lead lines, shimmering tambourine shakes and a heavy sense of sonic foreboding. It's vocal lines glide and snake in and out of the instrumentation, under constant bombardment from whirring lead guitar lines and atmospheric production theatrics. There are sublet hints of 'Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch' and seminal UK noise gazers 'Cranes' pulsing through Deep End's inner core that are incredibly addictive. Roll on the full EP!
It's All Gone by The Age of Colored Lizards
Norwegian based psychedelic dream gazers 'The Age Of Coloured Lizards' have released brand new track entitled 'It's All Gone' via their bandcamp page. With a sound that permeates a multiple of different layers in the music genre spectrum, taking in dreamy shoegaze, psych, noise rock & fuzzy alt-rock 'The Age Of Coloured Lizards' do not disappoint. 'It's All Gone' is available to buy/download right now from: theageofcoloredlizards.bandcamp.com
'It's All Gone' explodes into audible range swirling menacingly in a maelstrom of noisy fuzz & reverberation. The vocals arrive bringing with them an aura of peaceful solitude, cutting through the cacophony of tremulous frequential noise to deliver a stunning track filled with immense psych-gaze promise.
Glasgow's noise-rockers 'St Deluxe' release their first new material since 2013's double A side single 'Plastic Eyeballs/On The Moon' and it's a summery slice of scuzz! 'Highly Strung' is available to download as a 'Name Your Price' right now via www.stdeluxe.bandcamp.com/track/highly-strung & its a recommendation from us lot. Go check it out!
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As I'm on the Christmas holiday break from the live show over on RadioAktiv//Underground and due to the amazing interest that I received from the last 15 track Mixcloud based podcast back in November, I decided to put together another one showcasing some of the amazing music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself by trawling through the tinter web. These artists come from all over the globe and I believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The Primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast & playlist. I've picked 15 tracks that I think you should hear! I've also listed links to every bands track up on band camp so as you can all go and support them! Plus, I've uploaded them to the Primal Radio Show Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Just like Mix Tapes of old. Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!! - Del Chaney.
Listen To The '15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Podcast' Here:
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Links To The Music From Every One Of The Bands Featured Here:
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Del Chaney's - The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Playlist
1) Novanta - Reasons
2) Follow The Sea - Sibirien
3) In Every Dream A Nightmare Waits - Transition
4) Lunar Twin - Cruel Water
5) Chasing Traits - Lost Cause
6) Clustersun - Meteors
7) Jeanseburg - She Never Believed In Gravity
8) UMMAGMA - Kiev
9) The Virgance - Propulsion Lab Part 1
10) Kigo - Never Knowing
11) Medicine Boy - Gimme Ya Love
12) We Came From The North - We Grew Old Too Soon
13) Winter - The View
14) The Lost Jackets - Caitlin
15) In Violet - We're All Dying, Says Sylvia!
Del Chaney - The Primal Radio Show - Dublin, Ireland - January 2015
As there is no live show this week for RadioAktiv // Underground i decided to put together a 15 track Podcast showcasing some of the great music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself. These artists come from all over the globe and i believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast playlist. Ive picked 15 tracks that i think you should hear! Ive uploaded them to the Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!!
The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks You Really Should Hear Podcast - November
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1) Stella Diana - Edward Teach
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2) Wozniak - Five Star
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3) Thud - Lime
4) I Am Your Captain - Sharp Intake Of Breath
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5) Blush Responce - Dead Air
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6) Holy Science - Fire Speaks
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7) Marbles Jackson - Serenity Prayer
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8) Keep - Cry
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9) La Casa Al Mare - M
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10) Luna Ghost - The Sea
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11) Magic Love - Growing Organism
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12) Mt Mountain - Ring Dove
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13) Flyying Colours - Like You Said
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14) Follow The Sea - My Horse Friend
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15) 93 Million Miles From The Sun - Drinking Bleach
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Release Date: 09/02/14
Record Company: Unsigned
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.
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Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - Dublin - May 2014.