R*E*P*E*A*T Play List #2
Migas 2000 - The Liminanas
We kick off with the sexiest of my selections. Migas 2000 is the very smooth, very French track from garage band The Liminanas. Best listened to when you want to feel like the coolest person alive strutting down the street, the combination of nonchalant monologue and slick riff on repeat makes for a simple yet effective study in cool.
Up next is a track from Brighton / BSE band Gaffa Tape Sandy. A track that feels loose and in the moment; it sounds like angsty freedom on tape. I like the way they play with the pacing of it most. Taking it from 0 to 60 and vice versa, the constantly evolving intensity in the track allows for each nugget of the song to be properly appreciated without becoming white noise. Perfect for you indie heads out there, with a bit of grunge flavour mixed in for good measure.
Sailin' on - Bad Brains
Bad Brains, What can I say aside from its fucking Bad Brains? Sailin On is a go to track if I'm in a rush, because it really does just throttle everything up to a million. I'ts fast and thrashy, yet with memorable melody in the vocals. Fantastic, kick ass, it's Bad Brains.
Cardiff Gritpop powerhouse Rotanas with their newest track, Mood Light. The stupidly catchy chorus has had me catching myself humming it everywhere I go, and for that it deserves a shout out. I caught The Rotanas supporting Motel Thieves a few weeks ago, and if youre liking Mood Light youll really love their live shows. It's worth it for the genuinely engaging performance. (see my review of Motel Thieves for more of that ;) )
Hammer I Miss You from the late Jay Reatard. Best listened to when it's cranked as loud as it can go. The electronic guitar fuzz is so simple, and that's part of the charm; no bells and whistles - simply good fun. My go to song before a gig, this is a song that knows how to get you hyped with a fat riff that hits like a sledgehammer.
One of the first Bizarre sounding groups I got into. Clinic sound like how David lynch looks. I honestly have no clue why I love this track so much; I think its just because of how strange it makes me feel. Not quite like other stuff Id heard at the time and a bit insane sounding to-boot, Clinic are wicked. An electric organ loosely smashing out crunchy chords, it sounds like Suicide with a touch more melody.
Recorded in a bedroom on a four track recorder, Darcy Clays Jesus I was evil is a chaotic bundle of unhinged angst. As with Clinic, I'm not sure what it is that I like about this track. I fell in love with it at about the same time as Walking With Thee, so maybe it was part of my phase of liking bands that sounded a bit not right in the head. With Clinic and Darcy, there are no rules to their songs, especially with Darcy. Following no discernible structure, it has a perfect sloppiness to it that adds personality without detracting from quality.
From their often unloved debut album, Cannon captures the Detroit garage noise that The White Stripes used to churn from their amps before stadiums were chanting Seven Nation Army every weekend. Despite it certainly being garage rock, the Blues influence of musicians such as Son House are tangible. If you just listen to this track and Jack's cover of Death Letter Blues from De Stijl', its almost seems like Cannon is Jack trying to learn Sons song, not quite getting there, and so just going off and doing his own thing instead. If you like this, then check out more of his early stuff with the Upholsterers or another big influence on White, The Milkshakes/Thee Headcoats.
Next up listen to Richard Swifts beautiful fuzzy rant at a dude leaning on his car, all to the sound of old doowop piano. From a genuinely exceptional EP; if you like the general vibe of this song but aren't keen on the monologue style vocals, I would completely recommend you check out the other tracks, because Swift is too fantastic to pass up on.
See shopping, expect well constructed messiness. Carrying a fast and loose punk feel in the guitar, a jazz inspired melody and an overall sound that evokes funk - if you're a fan of The Neapolitan then you should get on well with this track. If you like this, then their other songs follow a similar formula - if you dig one youll dig 'em all.
Love Forever - Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Finally we close with Welsh band Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard's latest release, Love Forever. It caught the eye of NME, so ther'es no reason it shouldn't catch yours. An anthem sound built for festivals, it strikes the balance between feeling chantable and cosy at the same time. Plus it has some folkier 70s sounds mixed in with big festival vibes in the chorus. I think ultimately what you take away after listening to Buzzard x3 is that theyre time travellers from the year 1973, brought to the future by the spirit of Rock N Roll.
Past playlists here