Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fashoda Crisis



I love mclusky. 'The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire' is one of my favourite albums of all time; there's just something about Andy Falkous' voice and lyrics combined with that raw, loud, thrashy guitar sound they had perfected that was incredibly addicting. They definitely had a unique kick about them, and ever since their disbandment in 2005 I have yet to find another bad who even come close in terms of style (yes, I know about FOTL...). Until now.

For some reason, in 1898 the UK and France were having a half-assed sort of stand-off in Eastern Africa, and the whole thing came to be known as the Fashoda Incident. Drawing their name from these military matters albeit rather randomly; Fashoda Crisis are a beltering 3-piece from Southend who claim they formed as a violent reaction 'to the haircut bands and scenesters cluttering up what would otherwise be a thriving music scene'. A violent reaction they certainly are.

They claim they've been described as a cross between Fugazi and Queens of the Stone Age, however I tend to disagree - although evidence of Fugazi through the more (somewhat) organized melodies, the heart of this band is clearly mclusky driven - abstractly clever lyrics and rhythms to have seizures to.

So yeah, you could pass them off as a mclusky tribute band, but give them a chance - 'Fidel', the bands definite superlative, incorporates soft backing vocals and a catchy hook in a way that makes them much more appealing to a mainstream hardcore audience, whilst people looking for a Fugazi revival can find it in 'If Charlie Simpson Ruled The World' - incredibly diverse vocals with the raw, progressive riff you'd find in 'Waiting Room'. There's something for everyone.

You can buy the album 'Mischief Of One Kind And Another' from iTunes, or check out 'Fidel' here:

MP3: Fashoda Crisis - Fidel

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WEEKLY AWESOME - #1

Getting lots of stuff out of the way in one post. I might start doing a weekly post of generally awesome news. Call it WEEKLY AWESOME. So this is/(might be) part one.

1#
Brontide's digital EP is available for free if you buy a Brontide shirt here (girls only, lolwat) or on iTunes apparently, I can't check because I don't use iTunes. /// I have now been informed that it is not on iTunes, yet. Some girl(s), buy a shirt and send me the songs.

Tracklist:

1. MFBT
2. Rats
3. noheadnohands

If anyone gets their hands on it please send it my way! Thx.


2#
I got bored the other night so I deicided to finally list all my records on Recordnerd.com. Took a while but it was worth it. What's the point in having a record collection if you can't show it off via the internet? CLICK.

3#
BSM are releasing a new unsigned compilation soon called To Let. It has an epic tracklisting, check it;

1. Scholars - Recovery Monday
2. Talons - Comiserations Buff Orpington
3. Crowns On The Rats Orchestra - Op.7: For Dead Poets, For Saints
4. Heathers - Margie
5. Gossamer Albatross - Little Bird
6. Hair Traffic Control - The Hobo Gauntlet
7. Tall Ships - Words Are Pegs Upon Which We Hang Ideas
8. LaFaro - Tupenny Nudger
9. TheJamesCleaverQuintet - The Shame
10. Worrier - Wind The Sails
11. Meadowlands - The Swirl Of The Milk
12. Chrik - Marmight

Looks awesome right? Scholars, Talons, Crowns On The Rats Orchestra, Tall Ships, TheJamesCleaverQuintet, Meadowlands, lots of goodness. You can buy the CD here for £4.

MP3: Scholars - Recovery Monday

4#
Everyone's favourite band Tubelord have announced a load of new tour dates in the run up to the release of their album "Our First American Friends". Go here to see the dates (although to most of the people reading this, the dates will be useless due to them being German indiekids, love you guize <3).

5#

Blakfish and Colour have put put some tour dates in June too, probably as a pre-album tour for Blakfish's album "Champions", out on Hassle records. I am looking forward to the album ever so much. I think you will too once you hear a track from it.

MP3: Blakfish - Economics

6#
Around this point I realised that so far it has basically revolved around BSM related bands so here's a few MP3s from bands who have emailed me which are sounding pretty good and don't have anything to do with BSM.

William
Here's the lead track from London-based band William's new mini-album "Slightly Delighted", the follow-up to their debut album last year, which is released 18th May on Tough Love Records. Buy here. Check out the rest of the stuff on Tough Love's bigcartel, some good stuff there, at good prices. Treating myself to a copy of Mirror! Mirror! - Wolfgang Bang/Silicone Eyes 7". Will be writing about M! M!'s new band Youves soon.

MP3: William - Youngun

The Para-Medics
There's so many mathpop bands nowadays, it's hard to keep your head above the water. Every now and then you need a bit of variety when it comes to your math. Check out The Para-Medics, they make long instrumental progressive mathrock tunes. Less angry and in your face than Brontide but still nice. I don't know how you can buy the EP so you'll have to make do with this and listening to the others on Myspace.

MP3: The Para-Medics - Burkina Faso

7#
Rolo Tomassi, Pulled Apart By Horses and Grammatics are on tour together. I'm seeing them on friday. Here's a lulzy tour video.


Northern Alliance Tour - Part 1 from Pulled Apart by Videos on Vimeo.

Also, you should "follow" this blog. You can click "follow blog" at the top of the page in the grey bar, or copy and paste the address into the box on the Blogger home page, please do so, thx guize. xxx

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Bear: Update


Remember the lovely A Bear? Well, they have sent me their lovely new EP and in return I've typed out some lovely words to express my opinions concerning it, lovely. "Some Of Our Friends Are Animals" is not your usual highly polished, label run, executive produced affair. It's a diamond in the rough. The songs sound like sing along rock anthems in the same vein as Tubelord but perhaps with less of the upbeat pop temperament where instead the post-hardcore influences like Reuben shine through. Soft vocals beside shouting, screaming over well crafted riffs, near epic breakdowns and sharp changes of pace - the songs are agitative yet casually unconstrained. This EP is a sure sign of good things to come. It's avalaible at their gigs, limited to 100 copies and has 4 different covers. Go fetch.

MP3: A Bear - The Two That Didn't Make It
Buy: A Bear Shirt!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Alex Gladwell


Alex Gladwell, who is he? I have no idea, and neither does anyone else on the internet. His website only features a link to download his free album "Fantasia", no sign of a Myspace, infact the only other Google results that relate to him are other music bloggers asking the same questions as me! I personally found that really interesting, that nobody knows who the hell this guy is.

I saw one of the bloggers mention Metronomy, and in terms of the music, it's pretty similar. The vocals are a different story though. At times it sounds like "white man rap". Very interesting. This album is a real odd experience. Not the kind of thing I would normally write about, but this isn't the kind of album you normally hear. Download for some really perculiar pop music.

MP3: Alex Gladwell - See Ya
Whole album free download: Alex Gladwell - Fantasia

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friendship: Update


You know when you find a band and you follow them for a while and all of a sudden everyone's talking about them? That's what's happened with me and calypso noise-poppers Friendship. I found them randomly on Myspace last October and wrote about them here, and since then they've had good write ups in Artrocker and NME, as well as being played by Nick Grimshaw on Radio One. All this, because their song "The Graveyard Shift" is being released via the Too Pure Singles Club, a yearly subscription in which you are sent one 7" a month, Friendship being the April release. However, if you don't fancy subscribing for the whole year (and you probably don't), the heavyweight coloured 7" (with free CD of both tracks) is available via Banquet Records and Rough Trade too. Pre-order it for it's release on 20th April, and check out the video for The Graveyard Shift below.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Markovsky



Hai i'm ryon and i liek music.

Unlikely places to find a British Break-thru Hardcore labels would have to include south Dorset, however it is home to We Heart Records. A recent addition to the label is Dorchester based band Markovsky, who I had the pleasure of seeing earlier this week supporting fellow south west hardcore band Crocus. The band being made up from members of Andtheywillriot!, Mildred Pierce, Serena Joy, Mia Hope and Wild Stallions, I had a certain idea of what to expect. Markovsky's music is in your face, face melting hardcore, coming from the same vein as Crocus themselves, as someone said to me during the gig, "Matt (vocals and guitar) is brutal" and yeah he is. Listen to the mp3 and then check the Myspace to see when the EP details will be released.

MP3: Markovsky - Untitled

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Castrovalva


Leeds is the place to be. It's thriving music scene is throwing fantastic bands like Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile Up, Grammatics, That Fucking Tank and Wonderswan at us, and we are taking them in like they are bearers of the next son of God (inb4 religiousfag). The latest band to check into Awesome Hotel is Castrovalva, a two piece instrumental noise rock duo, hailing from... yeah, you guessed it, Leeds!

Anthony Wright's ballbusting bass riffs and Daniel Brader's harsh drumming run throughout their debut self-titled mini-album, 8 tracks of pure awesomeness. Obvious stand out tracks include Bison Scissor Kick and My Father Bleeds History, both hard hitting noisy punches to the face, as well as album closer Triceratops, which verges on psychedelic, so check it out at the bottom. This band could very well be the UK's answer to Lightning Bolt or DFA1979, I love them. You can pre-order the mini-album via Brew Records for the tidy sum of £5, which includes artwork designed by Kraffhics, delivered to your door for 4th May. Well worth it.

MP3: Castrovalva - Triceratops
Buy: Castrovalva mini-album for £5 from their Myspace