ROME IS NOT A TOWN – It Is A Turbulent Indie Guitar Rock Quartet With One Of The Best Longplayers Of The Year …

When we can’t get enough of it…

Two years ago this Swedish noise turbo blew me away with an intense, ebullient and rowdy performance when playing my hometown Ghent, Belgium (see review here). And the past few weeks they did/do it again and again and again with their debut album IT’S A DARE
on rumbustious repeat on my tortured headphones. It’s a mighty crackerjack of a record. A robust stream of loud and clear eruptions, a non-stop flow of wholehearted reflections on mixed emotions, on daily life, on being young, on being human, on now and here. An avalanche of cracking riffs, sharp hooks, brawny licks and flurried vocals. Electrifying passion from start to finish. Indie guitar rock at its poignant best with echoes from yesterday’s heroes Sonic Youth to today’s Canadian powerhouse Metz . Yes, folks, that roistering good. One of the best albums of 2017. FACT! Do not hesitate, have a listen
for yourself and you’ll understand exactly why I’m acting pretty excited. Here we go…

ROME IS NOT A TOWN: Facebook – Label: Startracks

IT’S A DARE out now – available here on Bandcamp.

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 47…

A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven notable strokes I played on repeat these past days
Seven zealous tracks to feed body and soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!

1/ ‘No Answers’ by SEAWITCHES (Liverpool, UK)
Seawitches‘ new single from upcoming album ‘InterLove’ is the supreme, electrical dance groove you were waiting for all year long. A rhapsodic mind-twister that will infiltrate your bloodstream without asking and will activate your adrenalin’s flow! Outstanding score!

SEAWITCHES: Website – Facebook – ‘No Answers’ available on Bandcamp – Twitter

2/ ‘Cheer Up’ by FOGGY CITY ORPHAN (Glasgow, Scotland)
A late find, but a big one. Here’s a monumental ripper triggered by a menacing, irresistible beat and fueled with a waspish chorus you will scream along instantly ! Dont’ worry, be bloody happy, folks, this is exactly the top-notch banger we need in these troubled times!

FOGGY CITY ORPHAN: Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Widow Someday’ by SHANE SPEAL (York, PA, US)
Ladies and gents, here’s the DIY King of the Cigar Box Guitar playing hellish blues with a
Tom Waits twist, exactly the way Lucifer himself likes it 24/7. Spooky, sweaty and spiced with diabolic harmonica. Track from his newest album ‘Stay Primal‘ – all info here.

SHANE SPEAL: Website – Facebook – Twitter

4/ ‘Tiger Lily’ by JR GREEN (Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland)
These two brothers create as they claim ‘low-fi traditional skronk’. Imagine folk electricity with a sharp edge, a Pogues accordion vibe and puzzling vocals. Catchy and winsome.
From their 4-track debut EP ‘Bring The Witch Doctor‘ – experience it here on Bandcamp.

JR GREEN: Website – Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘Hospitality’ by TWO CARTOONS (Auckland, New Zealand)
Amplified stroke propelled by an electrified beat, intensified with ardent vocals and boosted with a sticky chorus that will infiltrate the hard disk of your brain instantly. Brisk cut from their new 4-track EP titled ‘The Great British Hangover’ – available on Bandcamp.

TWO CARTOONS: Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Hot’ by CALGROVE (Baltimore, MD, US)
Frisky Americana vibe with a lazy Pavement touch. Beautifully melodic and colored with shiny guitar lines. From new 5-track EP ‘Wind Vane‘ – All info & tracks here on Bandcamp.

CALGROVE: Facebook – Label: Forged Artifacts

7/ ‘High Wind’ by DOUBLE ECHO (Liverpool, UK)
Gloomy cold wave reverberation driven by a pulsating rhythm section producing an ongoing tempting beat and romanticized with glossy guitar sparks while moony vocals float all over it. Twilight music. From new album ‘Period Rooms‘ – here on Bandcamp.

DOUBLE ECHO: Facebook – Instagram – Videos

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Happy 70 To JOE WALSH – Singer/Songwriter And Virtuosic Guitar Legend…

(photo: Getty Images)

Seventy years ago today – 20 November 1947 – Joseph Fidler Walsh, better know as
JOE WALSH was born in Wichita, Kansas, US. A brilliant guitarist and singer-songwriter
who played with bands such as James Gang, Barnstorm and The Party Boys while releasing solo albums in between. But he became globally famous when he joined legendary L.A. rockers the EAGLES in 1975 for their masterpiece LP HOTEL CALIFORNIA. To celebrate
the man’s 70th birthday here are three classic Walsh performances…

* ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY (his most famous knockout – 1973)

* HOTEL CALIFORNIA (superb guitar play with the Eagles – live 1977)

* LIFE IN THE FAST LANE (from the Eagles ‘Hotel California LP based on a Walsh riff and here played with Ringo Starr’s All Star band)

JOE WALSH: Bio – Website – Facebook – Twitter

To Hell With Blue Mondays – Here’s Electro Trio CHANCES Unrolling Indian Vibes…

Weekly firework to kick Blue Mondays in the face…

20 November 2017

photo: Etienne Dufresne

Exhilarating Montreal trio CHANCES just launched brand new, third single ‘RISHIKESH‘.
The band says “the song is about choice and intention. The intention to trust your instinct,
and to align action with thought. The song’s driving rhythm continually pushes forward, the vocals play off each other in a sort of call and response, the synths spark up a colourful chaos. All of that is built around a loop of voices recorded on iPhone on the banks of the Ganges in
the holy city of Rishikesh, India.”

When you’ll hear this invigorating electro pop ripsnorter you’ll definitely feel like it’s already weekend again. Highly catchy, really hot-spirited and heavily enriched with
vibrant harmonies and stimulating beats. Press the button, release the vibes…

How’re you gonna decide
How’re you gonna choose

Are you gonna divide
Or adapt
Are you gonna break through
You can’t retrace it
You’re gonna have to face it

Are you gonna backslide
And then crash
Gotta let it crack you
Pull you apart and pull you through

How’re you gonna decide
How’re you gonna choose
How’re you gonna decide
How’re you gonna choose

Do what you say
Say what you mean
Tat tvam asi
Out of the fog
Into the flow
So you may see

Follow the signs
Open the lines
Over the gap
Say what you mean
Mean what you do
Hari om tat sat

Are you gonna take sides
Or hide out
Let the current move you

No way to tie it
You’re gonna have to ride it
Risk it again and slip you through

How’re you gonna decide
How’re you gonna choose
Hari Om Tat Sat
Jai Guru Dev
Hari Om Tat Sat
Jai Guru Nam

CHANCES: Facebook – Instagram

RISHIKESH available on Bandcamp.

LAVA DOLLS – Join ‘THE LUCKY ONES’ And Go Completely Apeshit…

Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…


Three-headed Canadian noise monster LAVA DOLLS is a volcanic rock machine with an unstoppable greed for Molotov cocktail riffs, inflammable hooks and slashing drum/bass eruptions. The boiling trio just released new single THE LUCKY ONES. The band explains what the slam is all about ” it’s a schizophrenic party song for the Everyman. A “get up and give ’er” battle cry for those down but not out. It’s quick and dirty, like life. Intended to be played at maximum volume, or at least loud enough to drown the voices in your head”.

Can’t agree more. This nasty sledgehammer is made to start a ‘fight for your right to party’ revolution in your street. Absolutely, here are some hard-rockin’ beastie boys with a full-throated blast. Perfect time to test your lungs’ capacity and have some badass fun, folks…

‘The Lucky Ones’ is available on Bandcamp. It’s the lead track from their upcoming Little Secrets EP, recorded by legendary noise expert Steve Albini. The 5-track EP was canned in less than 4 days with no computers (entirely analog).

LAVA DOLLS: Website – Facebook – Twitter
‘The Lucky Ones’ on Apple Music