The Phoncurves – Single – “Lover”
When I first listened to the new single from The Phoncurves – which is called “Lover” – I instantly thought about Sade. The song is very vocally intricate and delicately executed but unfortunately the music side of things isn’t as creative as the vocals. The instrumentation of the song is fairly stock and bland and it really distracts from the ethereal tone of the vocals. If the band were to be as creative with the instrumental arrangements as they are with the vocal arrangements then this could be truly life changing. All in all, “Lover” by The Phoncurves is another simple exercise in nostalgia that helps bridge the gap between young moderns and people who remember 1990’s alt rock forms of expression.
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Stellar Green – Single – “Refuge”
A familiar Adam Jones chord progression gallops across the opening of Stellar Green’s new single “Refuge” but it soon transforms into a Homme drenched robot rock swagger. This is essentially very explosive delay drenched rock with an obvious Dead Letter Circus influence especially in the chorus which ensures that the appropriate heartstrings are tugged. This is an incredibly sincere piece of modern rock that will connect deeply with people who love the dust of stoner rock via the sheen of Karnivool.
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Guards Of May – Single – “Arcadia”
I have an extreme soft spot for the kind of overly emotional pop metal sound that is present on the new Guards Of May single “Arcadia” which illustrates the positive impact of bands like Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus in terms of its influence on young Australian Humans to get epic and progressive with their pop music. This song is very much a “single” but it shows that Guards Of May are attempting to go deeper and aiming for something greater than simple pop hooks. This kind of song sounds very familiar, like I’ve heard it a million times before but it also excites me because it previews a band who may just be working on a new modern Australian prog rock / metal masterpiece.
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The Delta Riggs – Single – “Supersonic Casualties”
There is nothing pure or artistic about what a band like The Delta Riggs do and I’d go as far to say that they aren’t even what I’d define as musicians or artists. As a band, The Delta Riggs are the living example of what a bunch of bandwagon jumpers look like. Due to their ability to pay the right kind of publicity team they’ve managed to fool the public into thinking that their dire change in direction with their new single “Supersonic Casualties” is a natural evolution when in fact it’s a simple exercise in the band staying relevant and trying to ride the wave of trend into the sweet comfort of hookers and blow. It’s a horrendous mess of a song designed for Triple J and the kind of music blog that will be foolish enough to think that this is a “band to watch” – so in that sense there is intelligence on display here but it’s the same kind of intelligence a CEO of a major corporation illustrates in order to make his company money.
A song like “Supersonic Casualties” is attempting to be groovy and sexual but it is so fucking limp that any kind of achieved sexual advance done courtesy of anything this song is communicating is saturated in sleaze. Don’t let the modern dynamics fool you, this is essentially “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue and for that reason alone it is a downright fucking travesty. If this is The Delta Riggs “challenging themselves” as it was put in the press release then fuck, go back to the drawing board lads or maybe stop trying to be careerist fucking assholes and learn to play from your heart / soul.
I mean listen to the lyrics, is this guy fucking serious?
This band is fucking terrible and I feel sorry for anyone who has to work on their publicity team and who honestly believes in this music.
When The Delta Riggs started they wanted to be Wolfmother and now they want to be Tame Impala. The music they make is about as psychedelic as Justin Bieber or Katy Perry and in all honesty I’d much rather sit through a marathon of that.
It is quite clear that The Delta Riggs don’t care about or respect music. If they did they wouldn’t parade themselves as some fucking nostalgia act that jumps from trend to trend. When I listen to their music all I can think is that they have no originality or anything to offer the music world. Get used to the understanding of the word “who” because in five years that’s exactly what people will say when you mention the name The Delta Riggs. If it was trendy for modern indie bands to eat shit I’m pretty confident that The Delta Riggs would be the first band to jump on board and give it a try.
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Babaganouj – Single – “Too Late For Love”
The new Babaganouj single is called “Too Late For Love” and it is everything you’d expect it to be – it jangles and gallops along with a lo-fi consistency and is the perfect tribute to all that is glorious about the 1990’s indie rock scene and it makes you think about girls from the eighties named Stephanie Kay. In essence it is an exercise in nostalgia. There is nothing really original about it but the earnest way in which it is communicated ensures maximum enjoyment. I found myself pressing the repeat button. Clearly the band has found a better publicity team because this band seems to be all over my newsfeed and being “featured” in all the right places. As a band Babaganouj are essentially a 60’s pop group who have hijacked 90’s lo-fi (think Lemonheads, Replacements and Sebadoh) aesthetics and put enough modern spins on it to make it appeal to young humans. If Triple J is going to play a guitar rock band then it makes sense that it is Babaganouj. I think Harriette and Ruby need more air time vocally, everyone knows that Kim Deal is better than Frank Black. The b-side to the single “4U” is where it’s at really and I think that should have been the lead single but I think that’s because it offers more lyrically and has more interesting dynamics overall as a song.
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Magenta Voyeur – Single – “Strigiformes”
The brand new single from Magenta Voyeur is called “Strigiformes” and it is a slice of progressive psychedelia laced with some minor peppering’s of glam to help flesh out the dramatics. It communicates itself quite nicely as a rock song and has enough weirdness to distance itself from being “just a song” with the freak funk edge reminding me of Clintonesque P-Funk excursions into china white soaked summers.
The overall execution of this song and its resonance with you really depends on what decade you were born in and what kind of experience you crave from your music. I like this song and I love what Magenta Voyeur as a band are striving for and I’m very confident that their collective intelligence will guide them to weird and wackier places but for now “Strigiformes” is a nice tribute to rock n roll when it’s soaked in mind expansion.
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Devil You Know – Single – “Seven Years Alone”
I’ve always been a big advocate of Howard Jones and although people remain divided on the issue, I think that he brought a degree of vocal elegance to Killswitch Engage. After he left the band quite abruptly a few years back I was very keen to hear what he’d tackle next creatively. With his new band Devil You Know, Howard Jones re-establishes himself as one of the most important vocalists in the metal genre. The new single is called “Seven Years Alone” and it combines all that is great about melodic extreme metal. I’m not familiar with All Shall Perish so I can’t really comment on the guitar work on display here but having been a fan of John Sankey and his work with Devolved since they started I get a real kick out of hearing his influence all over the music of Devil You Know.
I’ve already pre-ordered this album and I’m feeling confident that it will be one of the best metal albums of 2014
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Down – Single – “We Knew Him Well”
The music of Down is a fine example of how a band can tackle an established creative dialogue and completely destroy and re-invent it. The formula for Down is simple, they are a tribute to the doom and power of Black Sabbath but for some reason whenever they release new music it manages to sound fresher than anything being made in the metal and rock world. I reduce this down to the NOLA sludge that infects any song made by this band and the fact that such experienced artists like Phil Anselmo, Pepper Keenan and Jimmy Bower are handling the shaping and direction of this band. These are humans I idolise beyond belief and who have been attached to some of the most forward thinking metal in the past 30 years. I’ve long maintained that Down are the greatest living rock n roll band currently and with their new single “We Knew Him Well” this gets illustrated perfectly once again.
This song is the first glimpse of the bands second EP release and it twists and turns with more Doom than on the previous EP. It feels like EP number two will be darker and more doom metal influenced with a commitment to longer songs and more sludge grooves inside the riffs. Everything feels right when this band is blasting through my headphones and with “We Knew Him Well” Down continue to make the opposition look like mere pretenders.
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All Reviews By: Dan Newton