Joe 90 gets the knives out for another batch of sounds
The Dresden Dolls - BackStabber (single)
After the last disapointing single 'Sing', The Dresden Dolls really
hit top form with latest single 'Backstabber'.
With this latest realease The Dresden Dolls really live up to their
punk rock caberet tag, the song is bursting with energy and bitter lyrics
that make this a real gem.
The true art to The Dresden Dolls is that they can make only a Keyboard
and Drums sound so huge and epic, and theres not a band around at the
minute that can do the same.
Zox - Can't Look Down (single)
When i first put this CD on i instantly recognised Zox to be an indie
band of The Killers proportions, but as the song develops it becomes
more and more difficult to pigeonhole this band to a certain genre.
Main track 'Cant Look Down' is outclassed by the two bonus tracks 'Thirsty'
and an absolutely genius cover of the Pixies 'Where Is My Mind?'.
Expect to hear from this band in the near future.
Scissors For Lefty - Underhanded Romance
Scissors For Lefty bring their razorlight-esqe sound to the UK for the
first time with their highly anticipated first album, but thats the
problem, they may as well BE Razorlight..
You could fool someone into thinking that Johnny Burrel had found himself
a new band with this album, with the vocalist impersonating him to the
This matter aside though, Scissors For Lefty have produced a good album
here, the pace never slows and the 12 tracks never grow dull.
Once this band find their niche they can fully grow and perhaps offer
us something of outstanding quality.
The Noisettes - Scratch Your Name (single)
Raw, Rauncy, Powerful, Melodic, Brutal, all of these could be used to
describe The Noisettes, the noise blasting out of my stereo right now
is incredible, the mix of scratchy guitars mixing with the howls of
the female vocalist creates indie-punk perfection.
Ignore at your peril, the charts ain't gonna know whats hit them.
Lovemat - The Fearless Hair Days Of Youth
The first riff to hit your ears at the start of this album is an absolute
blinder, which is the same for the rest of the CD.
Lovemat have produced an album with all the sleaze of Motley Crue but
with the rock credibility of the (old.. ahem) Guns and Roses, but also
the raw energy of Nirvana. Sound good? It is.
Although the mix sometimes leaves parts a lot quieter than they should
be, this is still loud, brash rock 'n' roll experience.
Zeeb? - The Battle For Zeeb? Beta
Indie/Punk/Thrash/Rock, dont hear that as a genre all that often do
But thats the only category you can place Zeeb? under, and theres still
the element of electronica that you need to consider.
Zeeb? are a blast of guitars and drums that are fast enough for Slayer
to be scared, but the way the quitars are set to an indie crunch distortion
stop the sound from straying into just another dull metal mix.
Ben Marwood - Hold You Breath (single)
Ben Marwood joins the recent flurry of solo acoustic male artists coming
through at the minute (James Blunt, Jack Johnson, Get Cape. Wear Cape.
Fly etc.), but he's different, because he's actually pretty good.
'Hold You Breath' is 3 minutes of laid back acoustic perfection, but
despite being laid back, the minor key riff always gives the song a
sense of negativity.
Knights - 3 track demo
Knights are a female/male duo who are churning out backstreet boys-esqe
electro-pop for the braindead chart cult, which of course means, theres
not a lot here worth commenting on.
The background music is very weak, with the drums being nothing but
a mere click, and the fact that its hard to distinguish the difference
between the female and male vocalists is a huge worry.
The Hungry I - Birthday (single)
This dark and atmospheric single is an excellent slice of lo-fi with
an almost ghostly presence to it.
Mixing muse-esqe vocals with atmospheric break-beats, The Hungry I are
putting out very well excecuted songs, with track number two 'Jaws Of
Love' creating the same kind of effect as the main track, a huge dark
presence that sends shivers down the spine.
The Hungry I are one of the few bands truely capable of sparking emotions
in a world of overproduced, polished expenisve albums.
All it takes, is one man and his laptop.
Breed 77 - In My Blood (en mi sangre)
On a first listen, you could be fooled into thinking that Breed 77 were
a flamenco, right up to the point, of course, when they explode into
full-blown metal fury.
After a summer of wowing UK audiences with appearances at Download Festival
and riding off the success of mega-hit 'The River', Breed 77 bring us
this new album, and they're just as brutal as last time.
The musicianship on display here is truely outstanding,
with technical flamenco riffs mixing superbly with crushing overdriven
It is essential that you catch this band on their upcoming UK tour,
prepare your ears for a thorough beating though.
Bill Madden - Gone
Acoustic music is usually very raw and heartfelt, but Bill Madden struggles
to make either of these things come across in this music, but he dont
half try, at one point sounding as if he's about to burst into tears.
Sadly, it doesnt have the same effect on the listener.
If you're after run-of-the-mill acoustic folk music, then look no further
than Bill Madden.
The Longcut - A Tried And Tested Method
A tried and tested method sums up The Longcut, with them reminding you
of U2 at their most epic, Snow Patrol at their best, and Athlete during
their most emotional songs (basically, they have made an album full
of rock ballads)
With the lack of originality aside, these are extremely good rock ballads,
with the opening track souring into epic chorus's of huge proportions.
Its not ground-breaking, but its not bad either, give it a few albums
before they really find their sound and come into their own.
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