Introducing…Firewheelbombfire

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All right, well, let’s be honest: electro-dub-industrial has never been my genre of choice. However, it has a fascinating inner outlandish approach; try firewheelbombfire’s album for example: “Square Peg in a Square Hole” mingles dooming guitars, grumbling vocals and a NIN-y uncanny sonic landscape (“Get Out Much”). The solo project of the Cardiff-based producer Matt Strangis was born with the intent of recording a trans-genre experimental album, following some specific parameters: “I wanted to write it in a short time span (avoiding over-thinking or over-cooking), in the order of track-listing (for coherency), with an emphasis on live, unusual sounds. I quickly started work on the intro to track 1 and then went from there… around two months later, I finished the outro to track 10!”  Continue reading

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Advice from a Caterpillar

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You must know by now about my inner passion for eclectic tags: “Melodramatic Folk/Pop” is the brand new one I came across: “We realised quite early on that we weren’t a normal folk/pop band and that there was something completely different to our sound compared with other bands in that genre. We write folk songs and they’re written around pop sensibilities but there’s something else there that no one can ever put their finger on.” This melodramatic band is called Advice from a Caterpillar, and they are a Mancunian four-piece that blends in Urusen-like melodic riffs, honeyed folk and silvery vocals. Not afraid of being labelled as pop, they embrace the genre with pride: “The pop just comes from us loving pop music and writing pop songs. We love a killer pop chorus! I would never dismiss a good pop song because it was chart music or a manufactured artist. We’d much rather be described as a pop band above a rock band or an indie band.” Continue reading

Introducing to… Michael and the Wild Roses

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As the sun is starting to come through our windows, there is nothing better than some porch-friendly music to drag us out of those rooms – always with a music-friendly device, in order to have the most appropriate celebratory soundtrack. Today, I’d love to suggest you a multi-tasking EP, which you can listen to in the bedroom, on your car, or sitting on your porch. “American Matador” is the debut EP of Michael and the Wild Roses, available via Mystical Records. Continue reading

Review/Interview with Crystal Shipsss

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Are you ready for some wild psych-pop? I know, now you want me to explain to you what psych-pop is. Well, let’s the one concerned, Crystal Shipsss (solo project of Jacob Faurholt) explain it a bit better for us: “the term goes way back, but I haven’t really listened to a lot of old psychedelic bands. Maybe I would mention a band like The Flaming Lips, they at least have psychedelic elements in their music. Psych-Pop was just mentioned in several reviews of CS’ debut album “Yay”, but personally I would probably describe the music as noise-pop. And live, where we are three piece, with Evelyn Marie Malinowski from Experimental Housewife on drums, and William Kudahl Sørensen from Infants on bass, we are pretty noisy and at times heavy.” Continue reading

Travel Check interview/review

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If I had to choose an area to specialise in, I’d pick blues and rock & roll, which basically covers bluegrass, rockabilly, and acid rock a là Hendrix and Doors. I’d not mind jazz, but it may be a bit of a stretch. I just love the way it delivers its message, and talks to its audience. Its little grandson, the black sheep of the family, is probably the “garage” rock and blues, which blends in acid, psychedelic mantra and rough spoken word. Continue reading

City Reign interview and review

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The 90s are back. To be honest, after the 80s revival it was just a natural evolution, I guess. We started with the heavy shoegaze-nostalgia (dreamgaze, chillgaze et al), and now the sound is shifting towards a more rock-oriented approach: representative of this category are City Reign. Continue reading

Flutes Interview and single Review

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Imagine one of the 90s disco anthems completely redefined by heavy bass, synths and ghostly vocals: Flutes’ version of What is Love, (originally by Haddaway?), defines this. Whether you liked the party-cheesy-version, I am pretty sure you’ll adore Flutes’ cover. The band gave completely new life to the song, making it shine into a brand new light: “We had been playing a live stripped-back acoustic version of What Is Love over the years – it has quite dark lyrics backed by a minor key which slotted in quite well to our set. I would hope it’s a celebration of the song, and people seem to see something new in the lyrics. I also think it’s a sign that it’s a great song – the fact that it can be recast in a different genre and not only sound great, but deliver something new.” Continue reading