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“Beauty’s leaking from the Earth and it’s heavier than gravity. Can’t you feel that pull? The Sun’s not as bright as it used to be; it’s easier to sway. Can’t you feel it lull? There’s something in the air. It’s got us cynical and scared. What do we know?”
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Chantico - These Colours
Some of that Denmark math rock going on right now at The Math Rock Blog HQ.
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Wot Gorilla? - 655 (Live in Oxford) - HD
So, while I am still busy transcribing the Wot Gorilla? interview, here’s a live video I took of them! Definitely one of the most talented bands I’ve seen live.
The Yacht Club - Get Your Damn Hands Off Her!
As previously mentioned a few days ago, my friend Marcus Gooda has been writing a solo EP and I will be playing guitar in the live band for it.
The EP just went up a few minutes ago for you to hear/purchase in full! Head on over to our Bandcamp to hear it, or Facebook to like it! We’d really appreciate it and I think many of you will love it.
FFO: Pennines, TTNG, American Football, Kinsella projects.
Axes - Jon Bonjela
Here’s some work we did recently. A studio session with Axes being well rad. Pretty pleased with how this came out.
Review - The Jorneta Stream - ‘Lions and Tigers and Bears’ EP.
Alternative math rock that comprises both the textural complexity of Wot Gorilla and the much simpler upbeat-joys of Super Tennis; The Jorneta Stream bring just under 10 minutes worth of an unexpectedly diverse collection of songs.
It’s difficult to pin down the strong appeal of this EP in that there are so many aspects worth commending. It meanders from powerful chants and aggressive guitar hooks to melodic twinkles and fluid vocals in 4 efficiently short songs. Whilst there is a certain level of complexity in sections, it is balanced by vocals that favour a considered simplicity which carries each song beautifully. The mathy elements are found when the band employ the intricacy of interwoven time signatures, yet the result is faultlessly subtle – except perhaps when vocalist Christopher Smith actually counts the 3’s and 4’s for you, just to keep everyone in touch.
The opener ‘Do You Know The Fireman, Who Lives On Pudding Lane’ is by far the catchiest song on this EP, as resonant chants with a wonderfully British twang sit alongside a brilliantly simple guitar hook. The song morphs towards the last 30 seconds to form a warm soundscape with powerful instrumentation before it returns to the first line of vocals to round the song off nicely.
My favourite song on the EP is a plea to the rain gods; ‘Rain Rain Go Away, Rain On Someone Else Today’. It is a multi-textured affair which sets off fast before transitioning via the math-rock-obligatory stop/start technique into dreamy vocals backed with amorous lyrics. The rest of the song winds through a sweeping, sustained section before persuasively yelling the title-worthy request for the rain to subside.
Sonnet 18 is aptly the most poetic song, where childlike vocals meet beautifully restrained guitars that flow over a lucid reverb-drone. This lulling rest sets you up perfectly for the most jangly angular song, EP closer ‘X and X and Y’, in which the Essex lads build the pressure in perhaps the cleverest song on the release. There are interjections of relief from the thudding bass and driving drum rhythms as the vocals shout ‘I hate this’ in a most convincing way. Fortunately, I don’t share that feeling; in fact I find ‘Lions and Tigers and Bears’ to be filled with opportunities for an intense love to be crafted.
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