RELEASE: Changing Lights
RELEASE DATE: 18/05/15
RECORD COMPANY: Presto Chango Records
Changing Lights, the latest release from Labasheeda, is a prickly collection of songs that leaves the listener with a lot on their mind. The whole record is saturated with a spiky, unsettling feel a little like, maybe, Throwing Muses, with added hardcore edges. Saskia van der Giessen's vocals are affecting throughout, at times lilting and lovely. But it's when she's at her snarliest that the sparks fly.
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Opener Spiral Song, sets the angsty mood with a spare drum beat and wailing violin. The three-piece seem close to relaxing on On The Beach, with its almost (almost) slackerish vibe, but while the lyrics seem to say 'everything feels alright', there's an undercurrent that suggests this might be a bit optimistic. Tightrope is as taut as the title suggests. Instrumental Into the Wide ends the album in a woeful whirl, with the violin taking centre stage while guitars growl in the background.
Changing Lights is out now - https://labasheeda.bandcamp.com/album/changing-lights
AUTHOR: Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr
by Primal Music
I AM YOUR CAPTAIN - SEVER
'Sever' is the latest offering from the brilliant UK based 'I Am Your Captain'. This brand new track is lifted from the forthcoming album due for release sometime over the next few months. 'I Am Your Captain' is the solo project of Air Formation bass player - Ben Pierce. This latest offering is another sublime cinematic journey through layers of reverb drenched shoegaze & it typifies the brilliant sounds crafted by this band on their previous releases! The haunting vocals, yearning (almost subliminal) drum patterns, addictive bass lines & droning atmospheric guitars are what instantly attracted us to this immensely intense band. Last years release from the band - 'As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops' appeared on Primal Radio's Top 5 EP's of 2014. If this latest track is anything to go by then the full release is bound to be epic! You can check out the bands other releases by following the link below to their bandcamp page.
ARTIST: Kimono Lights
RELEASE: Sugar Loneliness
RELEASE DATE: 21/05/15
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Back in February 2015 Italian based noise merchants 'Kimono Lights' exploded onto the underground music scene with a stunning body of work full of dreampop flair, post rock connotations & touches of shoegaze magnificence. Their debut album 'Imprinting' was a snapshot of a band on the rise. I wrote about 'Imprinting' for The primal Music Blog on its release ( Check It out : HERE ) & at the time I stated that this band had a lot more to give musically! Now the band have dispensed of their beautiful dreampop infused swirls & replaced it with full on shoegazing soundscapes that will have you dazzled with its walls of guitars, angst vocals & impressive musical constructions. There is an air of experimentation on their latest EP entitled 'Sugar Loneliness' & in my opinion this will surely catapult them into many an end of year top EP of 2015 list. 'Sugar Loneliness' is a sonic thrill ride through layers of reverb drenched guitars, pounding drums, throbbing bass lines & impressive vocal arrangements & is a must have EP for any shoegaze fan. The band hail from San Pancrazio, Italy and are made up of Andrea Crispy Smiths - Guitar and Vocals, Manuel Fabbri - Bass, Matteo Sama - Guitar & Enrico Piraccini - Drums and Vocals.
This latest EP opens up with the rather impressive 'Milkshake'. Driving guitars & steadying drums lead the charge until a full on high octane, angst ridden vocal arrangement drags us to a blissful soaring reverb drenched chorus. This is a statement of intent from a band experimenting with their sound. It is addictively sublime. Check it out:
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Track 2 has touches of the bands brilliant debut album 'Imprinting' all over it. There are hints of their earlier ambient post rock explorations through the intro & verses of 'Give Me' but its in the explosive shoegazing chorus parts that I find solace. This track soars like an eagle through the chorus. Production wise it is immense. The guitars loop & arc throughout with a vocal track reminiscent of early Loop. This is Immense! Check k it out:
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'Deception' - track 3 on 'Kimono Lights' latest EP offering 'Sugar Loneliness' has a multitude of genre's streaming through its core. I can hear flurries of 80's alternative infused with a melodic dreampop vocal line that sits on top of that infectious, effected drum pattern & screaming reverb laden guitar parts. This track will keep you hooked from its very first note! To me this is something new for us fans of this modern day shoegaze/dreampop revival & it goes to show how hard 'Kimono Lights' are working in studio to release something different. 'Deception' is a triumphant track & one worthy of your ears. Check it out:
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'Kimono Lights' never fail to impress me! Track 4 on 'Sugar Loneliness' is simply beautiful. 'Cherry' - evokes feelings of loss & emptiness with its infectiously spacious acoustic guitar lines & psychedelic electric touches all swirling around that immense vocal line. It guides you through it's 3 minutes plus of intense beauty until a disturbance in the form of a screaming wall of guitars takes you to another place where love rules & reverberation is king. This is stunning ........
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The opening bars of 'Sugar' - Track 5 on the latest release from Italian gazers 'Kimono Lights' feels like it shouldn't be here? Im confused at why they would want to put it on this release at all. A complete turn around from the previous 4 monumental tracks, this reminds me of early 90's indie rock? Not my cup of tea but sure to interest the gallery crowd at least.
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The final track on this EP brings us back to normality. 'Lift To Hell' is 2 minutes of reverb laden instrumentation with the driving guitar swells, impressive drum patterns & swirling psychedelic sounds typical of this new sounding 'Kimono Lights'. Too short to over explore but a fitting end to a blissful EP.
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Overall this is brilliant release from a very competent collection of musicians who are not afraid to experiment with sound. 'Kimono Lights' have the ability to push on and make serious waves in this modern day shoegazing revival. I am seriously impressed at how much they have progressed from their immense debut album. This EP is worth every single second of your time & your music collection will thank you for adding it to its ranks.
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.
What can we say about Wozniak that hasn't already been said? Signed to the epic 'Morningside Young Team Records' & producing powerful, atmospheric & blissfully emotive soundscapes that sweep through numerous sonic plains depositing high grade shoegaze creations onto the everyday humble folk who follow this band with intent - Wozniak are an immense outfit. After the release of their first single 'MFMB/New Hampshire' back in August 2013, second single 'El Maresme' in June 2014 & then their epic debut EP 'Pikes Peak' also in June 2014 the focus of the underground shoegazing world was set firmly on this 4 piece from Edinburgh, Scotland & they did not disappoint! On 12/11/14 they unleashed their brilliant new single '5 Star' onto the world alongside a remix of the same track by none other than London based noise merchants 'In Violet'. Add into the mix their inclusion in the epic worldwide shoegaze compilation - Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival released jointly by Ear To Ear Records & Gerpfast Kolektif plus an impressive cover version of the classic RIDE track 'Time Machine' for the recently released RIDE covers compilation 'Leave Them All Behind - A Tribute To Ride', from 'The Blog That Celebrates Itself Records', plus their inclusion in the joint EP from Scottish blogs - Scottish Fiction and Almost Predictable & you have a maelstrom of serious expectation's for what will come next from this amazing band. We caught up with them as they prepare to visit Dublin in what will be their debut live show in Ireland & asked them a few questions on playing live, playing with Irish rockers Makings & future plans. Check it out:
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1) TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? FORMATION? BAND MEMBERS?
Wozniak formed in Edinburgh in 2012 with a vague mission to create a lot of noise and use as many pedals as possible. We are Simon (guitar and chief pedal hoarder), James (bass), John (drums) and Sarah (guitar, vocals, occasional keys). We formed after Simon, John and I had played in a covers band a few times, but we quickly decided that we'd be better off doing our own thing, whatever that might be. We were amazing at a few indie classics though. And, in case you are wondering, we ARE named after Steve Wozniak.
2) DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
It's always so tricky to describe the sound, we're a bit of a cocktail of shoegaze, post-rock and noise. I guess there is some good, old-fashioned rock and roll in the mix too. It's loud and densely textured. We are huge fans of the holy trinity of gaze - reverb, distortion and delay - which will be obvious to anyone who's listened to our stuff. Where there are vocals, they're buried in reverb and fuzz too, which is probably a blessing for all involved. It is always surprising to hear the comparisons that other folk make, but someone recently said we reminded them of Band of Susans, which was fine with me.
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3) WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
We've got a wide range of influences, which is one of the reasons that I think Wozniak works so well. Otherwise all our songs would just be 20 mins of squalling feedback. Obviously, there is a lot of first generation shoegaze in there - MBV and Slowdive, some Sonic Youth, Warpaint, AC/DC, some Queens of the Stone Age. A heady brew of rackets, which uniquely combine to create our own racket.
4) DESCRIBE YOUR LIVE SOUND?
Our live sound can be pretty intense. We like to play loud, with feedback wailing. We are ALWAYS getting told to turn our amps down. Volume, though, is an important part of the Wozniak experience. We want you to leave with your ears ringing and (maybe) your heart soaring. A soundman once said that we were 'brutal, in a good way'.
5) WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PLAYING LIVE?
Playing live is a lot of fun, but not without its stresses - will all the pedals work, will anyone turn up (you'll note the order of these concerns)... But when people do turn up, well, that's pretty cool. The best thing about playing live is when the audience are really into it. It doesn't have to be a big crowd, but when you can sense they are on your wave length, it's a great feeling. I also love checking out the other bands - we've played with a few of Primal Radio's favourites - Inuit, who got top album in your end-of-year show last year, We Came From The North & In Violet. All very talented, all very ace people. And venues - there are lots of great venues. We loved the Sebright Arms in London, and Bloc in Glasgow is great. In Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's, the Wee Red Bar and Opium are all worthy of note.
6) BEST LIVE GIG YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?
I think the best live gig so far has to be our only show so far of 2015 at the Sebright Arms. It was just such a great adventure as we hadn't played in London before. We had the van, and the '100 greatest indie hits ever'. We were playing with In Violet and Degree of Arc who are awesome bands. The show had come about because In Violet and Wozniak got played on the same radio show in May last year and we got in touch over Twitter. They said, come to London, so Goodsoul Promotions got involved and got it sorted out. It was a brilliant venue, great people and a really good crowd. Plus, Mike Goodsoul and his awesome mum Norma made us breakfast. So much breakfast.
I also enjoyed playing at Edinburgh University's Rock and Goth Society - that was ages ago but it sticks in my mind as a good show. I think we were the band with the least amount of tattoos/ eyeliner ever to have played, but they were right into it.
7) ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING DUBLIN WITH MAKINGS?
We are amazed to have been asked to Dublin to make noise. I've decided to call it our European Capital Tour. First London, then Dublin, and then who knows where? I don't know a great deal about the Dublin scene, but I have high hopes as I imagine it is party central... Huge thanks are due to you, Del Chaney for making it happen. A few pints will be coming your way as a thank you!
8) WHAT'S NEXT FOR WOZNIAK THIS YEAR?
We've had a pretty busy start to the year, first featuring on the awesome Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival compilation from Ear to Ear Records and Gerpfast Kolektif, then we did a cover of Ride's 'Time Machine' for a tribute album from Brazil's 'The Blog That Celebrates Itself', and we've just featured on a joint EP from Scottish blogs, Scottish Fiction and Almost Predictable. Almost. If you haven't already, you should check all of those out.
Other than that, we've been in the studio a fair bit this year with the plan of making an album. However, that's quite an undertaking and it's going to take us a while to make it happen. So, we've decided that we're going to issue a four track EP in the meantime. It'll be out in June and we'll let you have all the details as soon as we know more ourselves. We've got a few shows lined up in Scotland around that and beyond that, we are open to offers...
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Photos Used With Permission: GabbyStonePhotography.co.uk.
RELEASE: Out Of Your Ego
RELEASE DATE: 28/04/14
RECORD COMPANY: Seahorse Recordings
Italian dreamgazers Clustersun have flitted at the periphery of my consciousness for awhile now, but after reading a positive review of their work in Big Takeover Magazine and hearing them on the now defunct Flyweight show on college station WZBC, I knew I had to check them out. They also appeared on a compilation I reviewed recently called “Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival”, where they trotted out their trippy band of post punk on a song that also opens this album called “Hipgnosis”.
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The opening bars of "Hipgnosis" wouldn’t be out of place on an early Pink Floyd album, though the vocals are uniquely Clustersun’s. “Meteors” starts off with an almost trademark ominous bass line (which I dig), but that cold wave feeling is quickly nixed by Marco Chisari’s upbeat vocals. “Be Vegetal” is a fine piece of post punk that could have been released anytime in the past 30 years, betrayed only by modern production methods. “Planar I” (is anyone sensing a space theme here?) is a long, spacey song punctuated by trippy electronics and swirling psychedelia. By the 5:30 mark, it transforms into something else altogether, a veritable sonic feast with many layers. The excellent “Nebula” sounds a lot like the great English band, Sad Lovers and Giants, at least vocally. Maybe it’s a question of mood too, as the band brandishes melancholia freely. “Floating” is also in this vein, with some very nice atmospheric guitar work. Then we have “Planar II”, which also has that English post punk vibe, guitar work sliding into Chameleons territory. The song is short but dense, and sweet in the way that good music always is. The band closes the album with the self-titled “Clustersun”, a simmering space rock instrumental. I could actually see them opening a show with this!
In any case, this album has been out for a year and the band sings solely in English and they go well beyond the sometimes limited realms of shoegaze. It’s a really cool record from a promising young band who just finished up their US tour. Let’s hope they come see us again!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days "continues to define my existence". During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.
New York based shoegazing noise merchants 'Honeymoon' came to our attention last month when we reviewed their epic debut EP release 'I Wanna See Everything'. With a sound full of shoegazing tendencies intertwined with the tenacity of the traditional noise pop fraternity & an infusion of subtle dreampop swirls this band are uniquely modern in todays shoegazing circles. We caught up with them & asked them a few questions on music, shoegazing, future plans & recommended listening. Check out their rather short answers below:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? FORMATION? BAND MEMBERS?
We're a fairly new band, having only formed in the Autumn of 2014. We're based in Brooklyn, NY. Cait sings and plays guitar, Rob plays guitar, Nate plays bass, and Ryan plays drums.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
We're somewhere in the realm of shoegaze and dream pop, with a heavy dose of brit pop and punk influence.
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WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
When we were writing and recording I Wanna See Everything, we were listening to lots of The Smiths, Beach Fossils, and My Bloody Valentine. All of us grew up on punk rock and hardcore music, going to DIY shows in our hometowns and playing in garage bands and all that.
DESCRIBE YOUR LIVE SOUND?
We're a bit heavier live than we are on record. The gain is cranked up a bit and we tend to play faster.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PLAYING LIVE?
It's a trip, man.
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BEST LIVE GIG YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?
It's too early to really pick a favorite, but we managed to sell out our first gig. That was very exciting.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SHOEGAZE?
Shoegaze is like a warm blanket that might make you deaf.
IS IT A SHOEGAZE REVIVAL OR A REBIRTH? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEW FILM 'BEAUTIFUL NOISE' AND REUNIONS OF SUCH BANDS LIKE RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER, MEDICINE & SLOWDIVE?
I haven't seen the film, but shoegaze never really went away in my opinion - it just sort of changed forms. I always saw post rock bands like God Is An Astronaut or This Will Destroy You as being an evolution of what bands like Slowdive and Ride were doing. And now you've got bands like Nothing and Whirr who take post rock and shoegaze and mix it with sounds that you'd expect from Neurosis or Isis or something. Hell, there's even Deafheaven who are a black metal band that clearly owe something to Loveless.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE WORLD TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC? WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL READERS?
I'd prefer to play music instead of having a day job, so please. For all our sakes. Give us a listen, won't ya?
MUSICALLY WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
Writing, potentially recording a short single soon, and some light touring.
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CAN YOU NAME SOME BANDS FROM YOUR COUNTRY OR ELSEWHERE AS RECOMMENDED LISTENING?
Wildhoney. They're one of the coolest bands on the planet right now.
RELEASE: I Wanna See Everything
RELEASE DATE: 16/03/15
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
There is a wealth of postpunk / shoegazing / noise rock talent coming out of New York and surrounding environs at the minute. New York based 'Honeymoon' have a distinct sound full of expressive, layered guitar arrangements, addictive vocals, pounding drums and reverberating bass patterns. Their shoegazing & noise pop tendencies are evident in every track on this latest release but theres a subtle undertone of ethereal dreampop surrounding their vocal effects & arrangements that is absolutely divine and for me it makes them stand out from their peers. They released their debut EP 'I Wanna See Everything' back in March & it actually took me by surprise on my very first listen. The band are Ryan Barnes - drums, Nate Patterson - bass, Rob Scheuerman - guitar & Cait Smith - guitar and vocals. Below is a review of Honeymoon's latest 4 track release - 'I Wanna See Everything'.
The opening track on this 4 track release from New York based ‘Honeymoon’ is nothing short of sublime. The hauntingly beautiful vocal tones of ‘Cait Smith’ surrounded by a maelstrom of effected guitars, steady drums and pulsating bass lines will introduce you to this immense musical outfit and leave you wanting more. At 2 minutes 34 seconds ‘Halo’ is a stunning introduction for anyone new to this band. Check it out:
‘Leaves’ is my favourite track on this release. It has a solid shoegazing / noiserock foundation through its pounding drum pattern and screaming guitar lines but if you listen closely to the vocal arrangement it has a subtle dreampop infused flair, albeit very faint, gracing the tips of its arrangement. It’s another short track but it packs a serious punch and again its expertly executed.
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Track 3 ‘No Danger’ is explosive and I love how the guitar effects are the main protagonist in this tracks structure. They are immense! The guitars loop, arc & swell with aplomb. Again ‘Cait Smiths’ vocals are addictive and carry this track as it moves through sonically brilliant layers of pounding drums and guitars with ease. This is sublime! Check it out:
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The closing track is a subdued affair. ‘I Wanna See’ is an emotive sonic rollercoaster of impressive guitars, hauntingly beautiful vocal tones & steady drum pattern that doesn’t really veer from its opening trajectory at all. It stays solid throughout. It’s a great closing track but I cant help feeling that this band have a lot more in them in terms of songwriting & I cant wait to hear what comes next.
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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.
RELEASE: The Washer EP
RELEASE DATE: 24/02/15
RECORD COMPANY: Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen
Lady are a New York based Shoegaze/Post Punk/Noise Punk band who specialise in creating immense soundscapes through the medium of sonic sculpturing & who's finished product is emotive & thought provoking, powerful & expressive whilst still staying true to their core underground shoegazing values. Their latest release 'The Washer EP' follows on from both of the 2014 single releases, the brilliant 'Creatures' & the immense 'Disbelief'. The band are made up of Steven Joyce, Ricardo Arias, Patrick Joyce & JP Basileo.
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The opening track on this wonderful EP is a carousel of shimmering reverb laden guitars, swirling and arcing in close trajectory to a steady, grounding drum pattern, pulsating bass line & a psychedelically infused vocal arrangement that will entice you to listen to it over and over again without a moments thought. The addictive ‘Creatures Of The Night’ is a brilliant introduction to this immense musical outfit. Check it out:
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‘On My Mind’ the EP’s second track is positively my favourite. The intro continues on in the same vein as the opening track but it's the immense build up after the first chorus that explodes into the ether & instantly scrambles your senses as you float along with a sonic wall of guitars pounding drums and immensely addictive bass line. The vocal effect is dreamy and translucent but hard hitting at the same time. This is a monster of a track & I dare you not to instantly fall in love with this bands ability to shoegaze with aplomb. Stunning!
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A maelstrom of sonically beautiful, swirling effected guitars striding a thunderous drum pattern introduces the third track on this already immense release from New York based noise merchants ‘Lady’. ‘Cant Stay’- is a nervy, senses pummelling affair filled with screaming guitars, pounding drums, solid bass lines & psychedelic swells adorning its vocal arrangements! Another brilliant composition full of expressive shoegazing at it’s very very best. Check it out:
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Hauntingly good guitar swells set the tone & mood of track 4 on ‘The Washer EP’. This track opens up a lot slower than the previous tracks but don’t be fooled. It’s a moody, passionate affair, full of emotive walls of reverb drenched guitar lines, addictive vocals and stunning arrangements looping & swirling all over it’s musical canvass. 'Things Are Wrong' is another brilliant example at just how good this band really are. You definitely need this EP in your life.
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Track 5, ‘Chuta’ is a full on high octane shoegazing gem that screams into the atmosphere from its very first opening chord. This track is like a steam train on full tilt slicing through a world of reverb laden delight without a care. I first heard this track on a radio show a few weeks back and it had me captivated with it’s full on sonic assault. Pretty cool stuff. Check it out:
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The closing track on this epic release is the shortest track on the EP coming in at 2 minutes 43 seconds. As closing tracks go this is huge! Pounding drums, shimmering layered guitars and that ever addictive vocal pattern swirl through a multi layered sonic heaven that escorts you through the many levels of ‘Wait (If You Leave)’ until you end up floating in a world of purely emotive shoegaze. This is immense shoegazing and a fitting end to a brilliant EP.
I connected with this EP on so many levels. Its high velocity, fast paced and addictive tracks left me breathless at times. The swirling maelstrom of reverb induced guitars pounding drums & pulsating baselines are highly addictive and when we add into the mix the psychedelic thrall of the vocal arrangements, this EP is one that could grace any proper shoegazing fan's record collection with ease! Its a truly wonderful thing & one that I will play again & again. This is highly recommended listening for anyone interested in this genre of music. The Primal Music Blog gives this release 10/10.
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.
ARTIST: On The Wane
RELEASE DATE: 19/12/14
Today is a good day after all. I’ve been screaming through a list of submissions for the blog & feeling frustrated at the general state of the musical trite that had been sent to us for potential review. I was just about to give up all hope when I came across a band who had contacted the blog a few weeks back. This band blew my mind from the very first listen to their recently released album entitled - ’Dry’. They are a truly Immense musical outfit! Well balanced, competent musicians who are not afraid to experiment with sound. Not only do they create sonically astute soundscapes through the medium of high octane shoegazing but they also breach the barriers between genre’s to produce a melodic concoction of 80’s/90’s Post-Punk, New-Wave & full on Noise-Rock. Kiev based ‘On The Wane’ are a breath of fresh air in a world of stagnant bands who jump on musical bandwagons and falsely declare themselves as post-punk shoegazers.
‘On The Wane’ were formed in 2014 in Ukraine and believe in everything 80’s & 90’s Alternative, Post-Punk, shoegazing, New-Wave, No-Wave & Noise-Rock. The band are: Anna Lyashok - drums & vocals, Daria Maksimova - bass & vocals, Eugene Voitov & Alexander Yarosevich - guitars. They like knobs turned right, dissonances, noise meditations & motoric rhythms. That’s an incredible list of influential musical genres and a bloody epic statement of intent! Strap yourselves in ..... This is extreme shoegazing at it’s very best.
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The album opens up with the mind bending ’Shelter’. Expressive soaring guitars co exist with addictive, sharp arrangements, pounding drums & a throbbing bassline. Throw into this mix of intense pulsating sound waves the enthralling vocal lines and we have something beyond brilliant. Im hooked after 2 minutes. It is that intense.
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Track 2 is a homage to all things Sub Pop. ‘Sweet Girl’ is a powerful juggernaut of a track that has everything going on in it. It powers through seconds of thundering guitars, bass & drums with an abandon. The hauntingly intensive vocal arrangements are reminiscent at times to early Lydia Lunch & Sonic Youth. They will have you transfixed on this bands complete sound. The vocals have a Post-Punk snarl that are so addictive at times you just want to melt into them and become one with the music. Stunning!
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Menacing distortion somehow filled with melodic guitar hooks announce the arrival of another astonishing track from this Ukrainian outfit. ‘Road And Snow’ continues this bands journey through the medium of soaring bass heavy guitars, pounding drums & addictive vocal tones. This is simply brilliant. Check it out:
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Track 4 begins with Punk Rock connotations stuffed menacingly between a heady mix of ‘Souxsie & The Banshees’ & the ferocity of ‘The Sex Pistols’ all intertwined with a Bauhaus infusion until the chorus explodes onto the musical canvass and streaks across the skyline in a haze of brilliantly executed guitar play. This self titled track will have you jumping around your bedroom & tormenting your neighbours with it’s intensity.
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‘Pheonix’ - Track 5 on this brilliant release, reminds me of early Loop with its intrusive, unsettling yet melodic guitar arrangements. Add into that the stomping drums, blistering bassline & swirling vocals and we have a monster on our hands. A creeping monolith of track that arc’s & swells all over the musical canvass. Sublime!
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Half way through & I’m still transfixed on this bands explosive sound. ‘1232’ growls like a ‘Pixies’ track mixed with Sub Pop brilliance from its opening notes. Again the addictive vocal tones of Lyashok & Maksimova preach malicious intent and drive this track to its final destination. The guitars on this composition are immense and together with the driving force of the base & drum tracks they make ’1232’ the beast that it is. Check it out:
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‘Love Thy neighbour’ is 2 minutes of noise-rock dipped in a punk rock stew and fed through a sonic feeding tube to an audience of waiting lunatics. This is another shining example of how ‘On The Wane’ are capable of switching genres on a whim. Not afraid to mix it up this band are entertaining me completely as every track is a new experience of musical delight.
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Track 8 - ‘Autumn’ leads you into a false sense of security with its opening light hearted drum pattern & jangling guitar lines. But don’t be fooled. This track has an explosive inner core that creeps up on you and packs a heavy punch when you least expect it. The vocals are suppressed but melodic & float along during the sublime verses but are set free with the onset of the slightly unsettling chorus’s breaks.
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‘Louder’ swirls into the musical atmosphere with hauntingly brilliant vocal arrangements & a repetitive drum pattern intertwined with reverb drenched guitars. This track reminds me of early 90’s shoegazing stalwarts & UK based - ‘The Cranes’ with its ferocious swirling guitars, hypnotising drumbeat, pulsating baseline and screaming vocals. Another stunning track.
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The closing track is a stroke of genius. ‘Joy Division’s - Noise Ceremony’ gets the complete ‘On The Wane’ treatment with full on explosive post-punk brilliance. Vocally sublime with hauntingly addictive tones & musically faultless. A great closing track on an already immense album.
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This album blew my mind . . . . . . I am not afraid to say that and to me it goes to show just how good the underground scene is right now in all four corners of this fine planet. Fans of shoegaze, post-punk & early Sub Pop artists will adore this bands complete sound. They create faultless sonic soundscapes that skip through multiple genre’s of an alternative nature with glee. ‘On The Wane’ do this for fun & its not contrived or half arsed either. I believe every single note on this epic release and so should you. Go out and support them by buying their music & go to see them live. I can’t wait to hear what comes next from this band. They truly are a wonder.
Del Chaney - Dublin 2015
This weeks Distorted Waves with Sofia Vondell broke our listener record over on Primal Radio. Sofia's radio show is garnering great respect from both artists & music fans alike and is quickly becoming a fan favourite here on Primal Radio. This weekend's show was immense! It featured a plethora of new and old artists alike & every single track sent shimmering reverberations around the world that enticed listeners in their droves. For those of you who don't know Sofia or indeed have never listened to her amazing show it goes out at 9PM PST 12AM EST every Saturday Night followed by a repeat broadcast from 9PM GMT on Sunday Night's over on PRIMAL RADIO. Sofia plays a brilliant mix of shoegaze, dream-pop, psych, post-punk and other rad underground music!
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This weekends show was filled with great artists and you can check out who below:
1. THE STARGAZER LILIES - WE ARE THE DREAMERS
2. DAVID LYNCH & LYKKE LI - I'M WAITING HERE
3. WIDOWSPEAK - WICKED GAME
4. THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - JUST LIKE HONEY
5. SPIRITS OF LEO - SHADOW OF A DOUBT
6. BLACKSTONE RANGERS - LONESOME WASTE
7. DREAM BEAR - FINGERDRIPS
8. WHITE POPPY - DARKNESS TURNS INTO LIGHT
9. SEAHORSE HUNTER - DISAPPEAR
10. NO JOY - HARE TAROT LIES
11. PALE COAST - NIGHT VISIONS
12. BEACH HOUSE - ZEBRA
13. THE CRAMPS - LONESOME TOWN
Listen to the show here:
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