The journey of music discovery continues as we unearth five new rock n roll gems!
TALK SHOW HOST – PERFECTLY COMPETENT (SELF-RELEASED)
There is an unbridled joyful sensation that emanates from this EP that captures the vibe of early hardcore punk brilliantly. When there was no dichotomy with melody existing within a frenetic punk rock song. In fact, the tunefulness played at breakneck speed was celebrated and formed the basis of pioneering outfits like Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and the Suicide Commandos. This 4-track EP deserves the attention of every classic punk rockin’ lover out there! https://www.facebook.com/talkshowhost.ca/
BETTER THINGS – GETTING WORSE (SELF-RELEASED)
Coming across a tad like an emo-punk throwback, Better Things evade the pitfalls of pop-punk by working beyond the cliches and constraints of that dreaded genre. This state of affairs is achieved by possessing the good sense of altering the textural aesthetic of pop-punk and applying a greater maturity to the genre’s innate imbecilic sonic agenda. In that respect, songs like “25 Miles Per Hour Blues” and “Asphyxia: function well to stir up the pot somewhat. A tasty prospect! http://betterthingsband.com/
SILENT PICTURES – LET IT BEGIN (SELF-RELEASED)
A dynamic Brit art-rock ambience permeates throughout this album. Bay Area outfit Silent Pictures channel Bowie, Roxy Music, Psychedelic Furs, Suede and Blur with aplomb and then some. Songs are finely crafted to reflect a passionate affinity for a special epoch in music history. Never falling into mere homage, Let It Begin demonstrates how effective the arty references and influences of the 80s and 90s can be exploited. Recommended! https://www.facebook.com/silentpictures/
POLITBURO – BARRINGTON WAY (LEONARD SKULLY RECORDS)
This Manc band reaches far back into rock ’n’ roll’s history to access that moment in the late 60s when psychedelic rock flowered, daring practitioners to venture beyond the comfort zones of pop. From the moment the offbeat “Umm, Rhombus” breaks out, there is no denying the inspiration of Beefheart, Syd and of course, their acolyte Robyn Hitchcock. There is enough pure American Garage here as well to satisfy every retro-pop aficionado. Brazenly authentic. http://politburo.co.uk/home/
CITIZEN ZERO – STATE OF MIND (WIND-UP RECORDS)
“What A Feeling” – the opening track of State of Mind lives up to its name with a chorus that soars. From then on, it’s full throttle, all systems go as Citizen Zero prove that the finest anthemic pop-rock is able to be as uplifting as it was in the 70s and 80s. The guitar work is pristine and the melodic development indicates the blood, sweat and tears the band must have invested into its recording process. This is truly music for the soul. http://site.wearecitizenzero.com/
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