Imaginary Walls Collapse...
Dynamo Jack - Dirty Boy EP
Opening with a punchy, dirty, sharp riff the 'dirty boy' EP shouts RATM, and "FUCK YOU" in your face with immense force, and backs it up with an attitude to boot. The second track shows us more of the punked-up attitude, a meaty opening bass riff and more defined, almost GNR brand metal, chorus drags it above, but still near the fistful of "fuck you" that you get punched into your stomach from the first track. "Geneva" brings it back, RATM all the way. the guitars clanging, and drums clashing around your mind. Not a record to sooth a headache, but equally not a record to overlook. Yes it may not be the most original, but the songs do hold their own as quality tracks, tracks you would put alongside RATM, but not underneath; like a younger cousin who needs time to mature and bring together their own collective thoughts, and establish themselves as creators of what they want, not what they listen to.
A promising start for more to come, but for me not quite there yet.
Adam Stafford - Imaginary Walls Collapse
Opening with an entrancing group of rhythmic textures, the title track holds great promises. Stuttered melodies, wailing leads, and repeated vocals leave an interesting mark on the mind reminding you of bands such as Neu!, and CAN. Retuning with "Vanishing tracks" and a squelching snare sound that you can't escape from. This song has much more structure, but feels a bit rigid. This song strikes me as Adam's "safe" option, with a general pop feel, whilst retaining a hint of originality. The next track "Ghostly Arms" makes up for this; after a minimalistic start this ballad keeps the rhythmic feel of the album, but slows everything down letting you appreciate each part in full. A good song for a rainy day.
"Please" ensnares the listener with more subtle melodies, and a more standard drum beat. The song makes me think of the slow bluesy feel of "The Doors." The hard beat boxing in "Cold Seas" seems out of place in the soft habitat, the soft lumpy bass on the other hand suits perfectly. The next track brings back the twanging and repetitiveness exploited in the first two tracks. Dancing between different parts band instruments, this track almost feels like an improvised jam.
The rest of the album continues along much of the same
path as these previous songs. In all a comforting rainy day record,
definitely worth a re-listen.
Polly - The Heartbreaks
The Gonzo's - Demos