12/13 December 2020

Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

1. ‘Dark Minds’ by VANESSA ANNE RED (London, UK)
Grand voice. Grand tune. Grand performance. Glimmering guitars, flabbergasting structure and sky-high chorus bringing the late great Kirsty MacColl to mind. Top score!
The first single off her upcoming third solo album.

“It’s the wishful thinking of a dark scorched mind
Leads us far beyond and leaves everything behind
Brings us far beyond and leaves everything behind”

2. Infralight by LABASHEEDA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Spot-on catchy jingle-jangle stroke. Crackling guitars, basement drum beat, rollin’ bass
and pithy vocals. This band balances between their near-legendary indie countrymen Bettie Serveert and the early tumult of The Breeders. And that pretty cool violin fragment gives this rad ripper a surprising touch. From their new excellent album Status Seeking.

Let’s roll…

3. ‘We’re All Going To Hell’ by HEARSE PILEUP (UK)
I love these lines on their FB-page: “Lies can only be found by questioning the truths we are fed. An angry band for angry people. Or those who want to become angry.” Sounds so 2020! Expect a mad-guitar-crazy-fueled garage juggernaut on a supersonic run, smelling like Satan waiting in a dark alley. Hell bloody hell yeah!

Either the rapture didn’t happen
Or we’re all going to hell
Put your hands over your nose
Try to ignore that burning smell


4. ‘The Last Time I Saw You (O Christmas) by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)
A poignant eruption with a fervidness growing in intensity along its way.
Not Xmassy at all! Sorry Santa, you’re not wanted here this year. Capice?

“Every year, the same/ Every year, the rain/
Every year, the dark/ I feel it coming around it again.”

5. ‘A Girl Like You’ by TAME IMPALA (AUS)
Kevin Parker and his Tame Impala combo join the long 2020 cue of artists covering other artists. He picked ‘A Girl Like You’, the massive 1994 hit from Edwyn Collins, the former frontman of Scottish band Orange Juice.

Sing it, Kevin…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

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