THE LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL (BANDCAMP EDITION) FT. DAVID BAZAN, YOUNG MAMMALS, JOUSKA & THE VELDT!!!

Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are streams of new music that express the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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LISTENING BOOTH: THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL FT. DOG, PAPER, SUBMARINE, LIGHT FANTASTIC, THE AMATORY MURDER, WILD PINK & MANNEQUIN PUSSY (THE BANDCAMP EDITION)

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As regular visitors would be aware, there is so much good NEW music out there that we want you to discover but there’s only so much time for us to make you cognisant of what we call THE NEW ROCK N ROLL.

In addition, we wanted to provide a showcase where our readers could support bands/artists selling their music at Bandcamp. Thus, here’s the Bandcamp edition of The Listening Booth, which we hope will be a regular PoP feature as well. Do let us know what you think over at https://www.facebook.com/powerofpop/. Enjoy!!

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. MOLLY BURCH, EMILY JANE WHITE, HEIDI MAREE, NESSI GOMES & LOLA SPARKS!!! 

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are streams of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. SWEET CRUDE, VOMITFACE, PFARMERS, BLESST CHEST & WARHAUS!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are streams of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

Continue reading “LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. SWEET CRUDE, VOMITFACE, PFARMERS, BLESST CHEST & WARHAUS!!!”

EP REVIEW: ANISE – INWARD

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It’s amazing to consider that a mere decade ago, bands dominated the local indie music landscape. Now, singer-songwriters release music with a frequency that suggests some kind of epoch is upon us. This is a natural development of a maturing music scene. After all, singer-songwriters can express themselves to an audience without a band and thus, in practical terms it’s easier for singer-songwriters to find performance opportunities.

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EP REVIEW: THE QUARTERMASTERS FIND THE SWEET SPOT BETWEEN FOLK AND SOUL & PRODUCES A DEBUT EP FOR MUSIC FANS TO SAVOUR

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The Quartermasters want the music to speak for itself – no hype, no labels, just the music. On that count, this debut EP should be enjoyed on its own merits. By and large, it will be.

From a reviewer’s perspective, stripped of the need to pigeonhole this music, it is obvious that the Quartermasters’ goal was to make emotionally resonant music and again, on that count, they have succeeded.

For the bulk of the EP (viz. “The Harlot Train”, “Catch on Fire” and “Invincible”) reflects the influence of country-folk music that runs across the past five decades. Whether or not this music has been somehow appropriated by modern indie-pop fans (due to the popularity of Noah & the Whale, Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Son), there’s little doubt that the ‘age’ of the reference points have not impacted on opinions of millennials who have adopted this kind of music as somehow relevant and suitable modern pop.

Which goes to prove that folks still judge a book by its cover. Form over substance.

But these extraneous concerns are moot when one comes to the gorgeously soulful “Worry”, which manages to insert jazz-inflected harmonic progressions within its generic country-folk construct. No mean feat and at over six minutes there’s a whole lotta country-soul to enjoy!

SINGLE REVIEW: SAYING GOODBYE TO ANOTHER SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH NO WORD NO BOND ROW ON

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Well, that’s it for S-ROCK trio Another Sunday Afternoon (left to right above: Zhiwei Xu, Caleb Lye & Kamal Yacob), they have released their final single, “No Word No Bond Row On”, a chilled out instrumental rock beauty. We caught up with frontman Caleb Lye, for the last word on Another Sunday Afternoon.

What has the band been up to since The Bookmark?

Since releasing The Bookmark (2012), we’ve been playing some shows, with the highlight probably coming when we opened for Biffy Clyro in 2014.

No Word No Bond Row On is an instrumental track. Why?

Honestly, I think we kind of ran out of interesting things to talk about, to sing about. Our music has always been primarily about telling good stories, and I guess when you run out of good stories to tell, you lose your voice. We also thought it would be cool to explore instrumentals and soundscapes. I’ve always been a fan of layering and this seemed like a good time to get into that. 

Is this a new direction or just a minor detour?

I think it’s neither really. It would be cool to do something like this as part of your traditional Another Sunday Afternoon album, as a segue, to connect the rest of the tracks to each other.

What does the title signify?

This is where it gets really interesting. We asked our friend Charlie, who came up with the title for our first album (“The Uncanny Tree of Fractured Hearts: featuring the Peculiar Case of Janet Leno and other short stories”), to help us out for what could possibly end up as our last effort.  She came up with this because, after listening to a demo of the song, she thought it would be cool for the title to be a palindrome (even though the song, in itself, isn’t). We’re also very lucky to have Boon, who designed the album art for “The Bookmark”, come up with an ambigram, which was really cool. So if you actually flip the album art upside down it says exactly the same thing!

What were the feelings and ideas you wanted to convey?

When we let some of our friends listen to it, a lot of them mentioned that this sounded like a perfect song to say goodbye. Maybe it’s something like this – something different (and free!) to remember us by, till we see you all again.

It’s not really goodbye to Another Sunday Afternoon, is it?

Well truth be told, I think in its current incarnation, this is sadly, probably it. We do need some time to go away, rediscover ourselves, think about what kind of music we really want to bring to the table the next time – so it’s something like a soft reset if you like. Probably play with other bands, expand our music palette, evolve and come back in the not-too-distant future. I think that’s the key word for us: evolution – because we certainly don’t want to be doing that same thing over and over again!

And there you have it – pick up your copy of “No Word No Bond Row On” from Bandcamp now, and if you have not done so before, do check out the band’s other releases as well.

ALBUM REVIEW: BREAKFAST MUFF: THE FEELS

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What the fuck is ‘sparkle punk’? It’s probably an ironic made-up genre but that and the fact that there’s a song called “Cock” is what caught my attention.

Welcome to the world of Glasgow ‘glitter trash’ trio Breakfast MUFF. The Feels is the very anti-thesis of everything is ‘proper’ about popular music in 2015. Y’know lofi, shambolic, amateurish, three chords, low grade fuzzed guitars, disturbing lyrics, songs that never hit 3 minutes and singers who sound like they don’t give a fuck!

Musically it reminds me of edgy, post-punk guitar pop-rock of 1979-era XTC, The Slits, The Raincoats and Wire – which never hurts.

I’m just a bit concerned that The Feels might be a novelty record. I fucking hope not!

If you really must – https://www.facebook.com/BreakfastMUFF

KOJI PRESENTS RAW HARD ROCKIN’ TRIBUTE TO PULP FICTION

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If there’s one inescapable fly in the S-ROCK ointment, it’s the lack of meaningful lyricism, the fear of exploring concepts beyond the purely emotional (the ‘affairs of the heart’ cliche). Thankfully, that is not the case with Koji’s new free track – “Mrs Mia Wallace” – which functions as a tribute to the Pulp Fiction characters famously played by Uma Thurman in the Quentin Tarantino classic.

There’s something wonderfully shambolic about the quartet’s hard rockin’ agenda – channeling Wolfmother via Led Zep – although the quality of the vocals might need sprucing up. But one cannot quibble too much with the infectious riffs that dominate “Mrs Mia Wallace” and that is one memorable take-away. Download the track for free now!

Check out the lyric video also!

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