LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. COOL GHOULS, INTROFLIRT, BAD SPORTS, EXSAGE AND HE IS ME!!!

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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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SINGLE REVIEW: JET NOIR – A COLD DAY IN HELL WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

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Labelling herself as “electronic progressive goth”, Jet Noir is not too far from the truth. Her sound and vision is true to her artistic intent. Nothing is out of place on this darkly invigorating single. Her sensual spoken word verses segue seamlessly into slinky refrains as images of flickering horror flash before your eyes. Yet there’s an inclination to slow dance your way through this electro piece mesmerised by its insistent beats and arrangements – “The grayness is coming/It’s walking the streets”.

The perfect single for your Halloween predilections, if so inclined.

There are three remixes to consider as well, each one delivers a different perspective but at its core, “A Cold Day in Hell” remains arresting.

Her E.P. The Hall of Ghosts is coming soon.  One to keep an eye out for.


LOVE X STEREO: WE LOVE WE LEAVE, PART 1 – A NEW LEASE ON LIFE FOR 2015

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Last June, we did an interview with Annie Ko, frontperson of Korean indie electro-rock trio Love X Stereo. Well, the group is now a duo consisting of Annie and Toby Hwang and is ready for the new year with a new EP, consisting of new material and re-recorded favourites. Part 1 of the We Love, We Leave album is already out now and indie pop fans will enjoy the new viz. the dynamic synth-pop energy of the sultry title track and the throbbing dance-able “My Anywhere” and the ‘old’ viz. the exciting versions of “Soul City (Seoul City)” and “Chain Reaction”. We caught up with Annie again to get some insights of where the duo is right here, right now.

Five of the songs on the new EP are re-worked versions of previously released tracks, why?

We were selected for government support provided by KOCCA in order to make a new record. Before we go any further, we wanted to take a step back to rearrange/rerecord our previous tracks, because we always wanted to. Originally, we wanted to make a LP with mixtures of old & new, but we had a strict time restraint, and that’s why we ended up splitting into two EPs. First one represents “We Love”, and the next one represents “We Leave”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS: LOVE X STEREO

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Better late than never, eh?

Oliver Mann (JPNSGRLS) was raving about Korean alt-electro rockers Love X Stereo and so upon his recommendation, I followed him to Paulaner for the band’s final gig at Music Matters Live 2014 at 1 am. What I witnessed was an epiphany! The tunes had epic pop melodies, the arrangements were tight with a post-punk revival vibe but ultimately it was charismatic vocalist/synth player Annie Ko that sealed the deal for me.

Upon further investigation, it appears that Annie and guitarist/producer Toby were both part of a ska-punk band called Skrew Attack and re-invented themselves as Love X Stereo in 2011 (and picked up bassist Sol along the way). With critically acclaimed releases Off the Grid and Flow under their belts and significant appearances at top indie rock festivals, Love X Stereo is definitely a band to explore.

Hopefully, we will be able to get PoP fans an interview with Annie soon. In the meantime, enjoy…

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KNIVES AT NOON

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Dunedin-based band Knives at Noon sure makes an impression with their EP Glitter Guts, power-packed with slick and dark tunes to get your feet moving. Fans of The Bravery, Bloc Party and The Killers are sure to love this well-produced EP and the indie/electronic rock band. The first track on the EP, Violins 2.0, is a massive indie dance track, reminiscent of fashionable parties downtown, yet slows down and increases in intensity toward the end with amplified vocals, a la Brandon Flowers. A personal favourite on the EP is the second track, “Human Heart From Modern Art”. Besides the epic song name, the track also has elements that make up a great indie rock anthem, having a catchy tune that stays in your head, crunchy guitar riffs and solos that create space and also giving a sense of euphoria (experienced across indie clubs across the world). Ending as abruptly as it began, it leaves you wanting more. Fortunately, the next track, “Licking Plastic”, doesn’t disappoint with its use of sudden stops, use of synths and ringing goodness of the guitars and keyboards. “ThunderVeins”, the last track, sounds much like the previous track, but with lesser intensity.

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THE BIG PINK

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THE BIG PINK The Brief History of Love (4AD)

Believe the hype?

By now, it’s easy to be cynical about the “next big thing” that’s touted by British music mags, every six months. One of the current flavours of the moment is The Big Pink viz. Robbie Furza and Milo Cordell. Named after the debut album of The Band – Music from Big Pink – the duo is all about the word “big”.

Big sound, big guitars, big beats, big music…

It’s not too difficult to suss out Big Pink’s agenda – a combination of the cutting-edge music of the early 90s i.e. electronica (Chemical Brothers), shoegaze (Ride) and dance rock (Stone Roses) – how could such a diabolically assured plan go astray. Well so far so good…

I’m certain that this cheeky, choleric debut album will divide listeners down the middle. You will either embrace the unashamed channeling of the aforementioned 90s styles or you will reject its confident assimilation as crass and derivative. Whatever. There’s no denying the power of songs like Crystal Visions, Too Young To Love, Velvet and the title track to capture your attention, heart and soul.

Brash and exciting, the Big Pink is one Brit-rock band to keep a close watch on.

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