That's What Rock and Roll Can Do...
Joe 90 takes a listen to some moist soundz
Santa Dog - Belle De Jour www.myspace.com/santadoguk
Santa Dog are out to bring back the 90's, with their pulp-esqe chiming
guitars and thick British accents. The music has all been heard before,
but the female vocals breathe new life into a dead genre, and also make
the overall sound more happy and poppy. The songs are good but are let
down by the mix of instruments, with perhaps a bit more drums and more
guitar this could have really been something that made an impact, remained
poppy, but also had the power to make you feel the music more.
FIRSTOFTHEGIANTS - Obsessive Compulsive www.myspace.com/firstofthegiants
When this cd first kicks in it's a really promising start, with an intro
that Muse would be proud of, FIRSTOFTHEGIANTS then throw it all away
as soon as the vocals kick in, keeping just in key (just.), the singer
sounds like he is trying super hard to make his voice sound like it
has character but it all comes across a bit fake and silly. With this
aside, the band themselves are very good, the sound is mixed perfectly
and it is very raw and powerful, they just need a new singer.
Moistboyz - That's What Rock And Roll Can Do www.myspace.com/moistboyz
Band name aside, its hard to fault the Moistboyz, everything here suits
them perfectly, the guitars are muddy and distorted, the drums are simple
and powerful, and the bass just rides the root note and doesn't try
anything too fancy, and the singer has the possibly the rawest set of
vocal chords ever put down on tape. Although rock and roll is one of
the most famous genres in the world, there is no real young talent breaking
through into the mainstream and this is hardly going to change that,
but who cares? Sweaty pub gigs are better anyway.
The Answer - Rise
The Answer are possibly one of the most talked about bands at the minute,
and listening to this latest offering it's very easy to see why. The
musicianship on display here is excellent, and the band are as tight
as a gnats arse, the vocals cut through the mix loud and clear and suit
the music perfectly. Highlights if the album include opener 'Under The
Sky' and 'Sometimes Your Love', a bluesy riff fest worthy of any guitar
god. The main strength to this album is that they have resisted the
urge to create a polished rock record (Def Leopard anyone?) and have
stuck to their roots and its really paid off because of it.
GF93 - The Bloody Bastard Remixes www.myspace.com/mechanismrecords
This is one of the weirdest things I've ever heard, the only way to
sum it up would probably be trance-rap-metal-electronica-punk. The quality
of the remixes cant be denied, the sounds are used and executed perfectly,
but with so much going on, you find yourself not enjoying it by track
3. It would go down well in a club, but otherwise, there's not much
to appeal here.
Out Of Nowhere - Scars Sessions
(Sadly I can't find a Myspace and I really want to listen!
Scar Sessions is an EP that is sure to scar you for life, never will
you have faith in rock music after hearing this quite frankly appalling
band. It's so middle of the road it's unbelievable, over the 3 tracks
the drums keep a consistent 4/4 rhythm throughout, never failing to
be dull. The lyrics are awful ("When I speak to Jesus on my telephone,
he tells me that I'm fucked up") and one can only assume this is
a measly attempt at a hard-hitting statement. Avoid this like the plague.
The Maybes - Olympia
The Maybes have released a confident, bold EP that has already got them
mainstream attention from Indie twats NME and others, and its all deserved
praise indeed. The Maybes specialise in classic rock but with a country
twang twist, making this EP stand out from the crowd, but isn't so diverse
that its hard to listen to. The only fault is the cringe worthy country
accent that is put on by singer, but the music is so good that it can
The Seventh Season - Transposition (DVD) www.myspace.com/theseventhseason
There's always one problem with live DVD's, and that is capturing the
full energy of the show, and the energy on this DVD is about as lively
as a dead fish. Its obvious from the start that they are playing to
an empty hall, with long shots showing just 4 heads nodding in the front
row, which puts an instant downer on the whole performance.
It's a shame they picked such a poor show to record this DVD, because
they actually play very well, without putting a foot wrong, but when
live, music alone isn't enough to make a performance great,
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