Addictive Rock And Blues Grooves With Canadian Team THE MANDEVILLES And Their New EP ‘JUNKIE’

19 November 2022

Band: THE MANDEVILLES
Who: Indie rock team from Niagara, Canada
Albums: Goodnight Golden Sun (2012) and
Windows And Stones

New EP: JUNKIE

TUTV: The Mandevilles fuse classic rock, impassioned and amplified blues,
and punky/grungy juice here and there, on this 5-track extended play.

Result: 3 inflammable grooves and 2 high-energetic mid-tempo strokes with
vocalist Serena Pryne ‘s ardent vox in the middle, backed by a rousing 4-piece.
Warning: this is addictive stuff.

References: Janis Joplin, Juliana Hatfield, The Go-Go’s and Sleater-Kinney

Track-by-Track

– JUNKIE –


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It starts with a cool slicey guitar that grabs your attention. It feels like it’s steeped in some blues, but is still rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a solid 90s vibe, paired with a modern guitar sound.

– WASN’T ALWAYS –


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The idea that you can be changed into something you no longer recognize as
yourself. By a person or circumstance. It’s an introspective soliloquy – a plea
to yourself. The rhythmic drum pattern hypnotizes.

– MOON CRY WATER –


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It’s been in the vault for a really long time, as it was written with Charlton Pettus (of Tears for Fears) way back when we were in Oliver Black. The song has always had a special place in our heart, but never felt like it belonged on any of our albums. Until now.

– SAD TALK –


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It features our friend, Tara Stanclik who sings harmonies with Serena. But listen carefully… you’ll hear the warm click of castanets in the background. Nick is especially proud of learning how to play these wonderful percussion instruments, and it adds a southern warmth to the whole song. Neil also introduced us to the haunting Farfisa Organ – an incredible Italian organ – which brings in even more depth.

– BLEED ME OUT –


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Serena: “I remember we were gushing about Big Wreck the day we wrote this. We basically
had a verse/chorus idea mapped out fairly quickly… and we knew we wanted a lengthy jam to take it home. So we started building those parts pretty intensely, as we wanted them to feel like different sections. I think the end result culminates sonically and still feels a little unsettled with the unanswered “Is it over / Are we over?”.

Stream/buy JUNKIE here…


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THE MANDEVILLES: Instagram – Facebook – Website – Spotify

Artwork and photo: Lauren Garbutt

Post-Hardcore Iconoclasts FUCKED UP Released New Shakespeare Inspired EP ‘OBERON’

9 October 2022

Band: FUCKED UP
Who: Ominous hard-core-noise warriors from Toronto making
electrical waves for 20 years now / 5 studio albums (so far).

New EP: OBERON
Out: 7 October 2022 – order info here

Oberon is the king of the fairies in Shakespeare‘s
comedy play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Would it be the first time that William Shakespeare is
involved in a fucked up piece of music? No idea. Maybe,
he was a hardcore fan. Who can tell

Video clip for Strix.

Stream/buy EP
here via Bandcamp.


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FUCKED UP: Facebook

Mean Toronto Dance Machine AUS!FUNKT Aim At Your Hips Again With New EP ‘HEY! I SEE YOU’

Standout extended plays

5 September 2022

Band: AUS!Funkt
Who: Post-punk misfits from Toronto, embracing in the process
the elements of electronica, dub, disco, garage rock and blues
while maintaining grittiness, simplicity and repetitiveness.

Motto: “The notes omitted are more important than the ones played.
Looks: like a modern day Devo clique dressed up for a Residents party.

New 4-track EP: HEY! I SEE YOU
Follows close into the footsteps of the band’s splendid
debut album Turn To Rust.

After the funky punky foreplay Prologue (Shallow) spiced with sexy vocals
it’s swing-shake-sway your hips time with Hey! propelled by a sultry synth/bass
beat and psyched with freakish guitar turbulence. From there on it’s full throttle
to an obscure climax with a 2-part Epilogue.

Merciless, non-stop head-spinning Krautrock rhythms drive you into a nervous
breakdown in the end. Once again, the overpowering force of repetition shows
its mind-bedazzing impact. And as the narrator warns, correctly, we should not
try to examine every dream that pops up on our screen in our head. We need all
of our strengths, to deal with our fucked-up reality.


Stream/buy/dance
here…


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AUS!FUNKT: Instagram – Facebook

GRAMPFATHER – New 6-Track EP ‘666G’ Is A Guitar Driven Indie Triumph In Absurd Times

Standout extended plays

20 August 2022

Band: GRAMPFATHER

Who: An eclectic rock band based out of Kingston NY,
whose material traverses a variety of rock genres, such
as indie, garage, punk, psych, chill, and thrash.

New EP: 666G

The band: “In this project we take on themes of modern anxieties, such as
the abundance of (often unfounded) conspiracies that attribute to the spread
of misinformation/disinformation, the looming AI takeover, and timeless anxieties
like aging and paranoia.

In this sense, the title 666G is a parody of the 5G conspiracy. 666G is the phenomenon
of people stratifying themselves into factions of wavering extremes based on their perceived affiliation with viral half truths and convenient fictions. With all that said, we try to present a lighthearted perspective of our fucked up world in a way that we can learn to laugh at the absurdity of it all.”

Turn Up The Volume: This New York 4-piece is on a productive roll. Last March they scored their 5th LP, titled Gramppappies (you can read my review here) and the New Yorkers already hit again with a new 6-track EP. An electrical firework body of work, motorized by glowing guitar extravaganza.

Think of Interpol‘s 6-string brightness (Pawl Mawl Menthawls / 666G) on their debut LP (turned 20 today), British indie idols The Wedding Present‘s strummed sonority (The Man
In The Wall / Hot Dog Beach
) and flashes here and there of Pavement‘s mid-tempo riff bravado ( To My Rotting Body and Brain / The Singularity)

I wouldn’t mind at all if Grampfather come up with some slices of new music in a few months. I’m a sucker for indie rock spiritedness in sound and vision and vocality and recommend this indie triumph strongly to all other suckers of indie rock spiritedness
in sound and vision and vocality.

Buy/stream ‘666G’ here on Bandcamp.


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GRAMPFATHER: Facebook – Website – Bandcamp – Spotify

JANIZ – A Rush Of Caring Power Pop With Their New EP ‘CANDY COLORED RAIN’

24 June 2022

Band: JANIZ
Who: Emo/pop-punk band from Chemnitz,Germany.

New EP: CANDY COLORED RAIN
The songs deal with serious topics like depression or social
exclusion and packs them into colorful sound constructs.


(artwork EP)

Turn Up The Volume: Imagine this. Early No Doubt fronted by German
riot grrl legend Nena or Fall Out Boy with a girl singing her heart out. Well,
Janiz rushes and races in the same field as those turbulent bands.

Cool, right? You betcha.

With spunky stormers titled We All Fall Down, Erase! Erase! Erase! and Bombshell
(a break-up telephone conversation) the band make it loud and clear that they
care about daily life problems, about our messed-up realty, about (in)human
issues. No songs about the birds and bees, yet. That’s up to the future.

But there’s no law against incorporating serious themes in fuzz and buzz steamrollers (Lovebirds / Boys In Suits / We All Fall Down). That’s what Janiz do with punch and panache and when they slow down on Hate To Love You the fervor stays intact. Ja, Beeindruckend.

Lots of candy available via Apple Music.

Video clip for Black Spot

Check it all out and fall in love…

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JANIZ: Facebook – Instagram

Horsepower Rock Force THE NORTHWEST Score Big Time With New 6-Track EP ‘ALL IN’

15 June 2022

Band: THE NORTHWEST
Who: Heartland Rock with a little Canadiana
and tons of riffs. Formed in 2013.

Releases: Debut EP (2013) and
Songs From 2015-2017 EP (2018)

New EP: ALL IN
Produced by Dustin Goodall and Bill Priddle

Wayne (guitar/vocals) “A lot of time spent on this one. Mike and I really used this downtime from the pandemic to send voice memo demos back and forth. I would write everyday while I was “working from home”. We spent a solid year just focused on these batch of songs. This was also the first time handing the keys over to a team to help with production. It had its ups and downs was really a learning experience as well. It took thought to get the song ideas to come together it took a team to make the EP sound how we wanted it to be.”

Turn Up The Volume says: As I said before these captivating Canadians have the spry drive and harmonious spirit of Americana zealots Band Of Horses (Shoreline / Lights/ Stay Gold), but they also create that agitated turbulence of former Hüsker Dü hero Bob Mould on Long Hair (Longer Nights) and Walls.

When you develop this kind of buzz and fuzz with big time tunes like these six corkers
are The Northwest deserves your attention, on repeat. All in all a dumbfound extended
play about all things human. Fear, doubt and hope.

Buy/stream EP here…


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THE NORTHWEST: Facebook – Spotify

NOTHINGHEADS Express Frustration With Their New Paranoid And Riff-Mental EP ‘DIGGING’

Extended plays

10 May 2022

Band: NOTHINGHEADS
Who: Hit team formed through a shared love for London’s DIY music scene.
Their songs draw no boundaries – no subject is too confusing, no sound too
eclectic. The band write collaboratively, harnessing the noise and energy
that comes from playing together.

New EP: DIGGING
Available digitally via Holy Dotage Records and as
a limited edition tape cassette via Just Step Sideways.

Turn Up The Volume says:

Three riff-mental haymakers.
Three vitriolic sucker-punches.
Three intimidatory knockouts.

Nothingheads‘ frontman sounds like his own meanest demon, threatening
and ready to kick badasses. This EP was made to scare all the human-destroying
rulers of our paranoid world. If we go to the dogs don’t forget to take this EP with
you. It’ll help to channel your frustrations while Armageddon is grinning around
the corner.

Oh wait, that’s not all. The EP counts 5 tracks, including Worn and Doommbox.
For only 3£ you get the whole EP (digitally) and for 5£ the cassette version.

I added these gunslingers to the list of the British post-punk rebirth featuring
pepped-up bands such as Crows, Black Midi, The Mysterines, Shame and Black Honey.

Stream/buy/dig here…


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NOTHINGHEADS: Facebook – Spotify

SLEAFORD MODS Released A 6-Track ‘LIVE FROM NOTTZ ARENA’ EP

Extended plays

25 April 2022

Last November sharp-rapping poets SLEAFORD MODS  played in their
hometown Nottingham. Now 6 of the performed tracks (2 of the latest
album ‘Spare Ribs‘, a cover of Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go and 2 oldies) are cemented
in a live EP called LIVE AT NOTTZ ARENA.

Mork In Mindy features big soul voice Billy Nominates
and Amyl Taylor was a guest on Nudge It (which she did
too on the duo’s 2021 LP).

Get up and let your feet and your hips do the talking…

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SLEAFORD MODS: Facebook

Sonic Science-Fiction With Boston Act VIOLET NOX And Their New ‘ERIS AWAKES’ EP

18 April 2022

Act: VIOLET NOX
Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson,
from Boston who collaborate frequently with other artists.

New EP: ERIS WAKES

“The album was written during the worldwide pandemic in 2021. It represents the current rebellious transitional unstable times we are in. Eris is the Goddess warrior of discord and chaos, a dwarf planet, the Star Child, the trans-Neptunian object. Her energy flowed freely through Violet Nox during the creation of this album to harness an uninhibited depth of psychic reflections and hidden shadows from which the essence of “Eris Wakes” tunes and harmonizes.”

Turn Up The Volume: Violet Nox compose their spaced-out symphonies in an
electronic universe of their own where ambient music dominates in all its different reverberations. Soothing and meditative (opener Spaceport 5), tripping out (Eris / Bellatrix), spooky (Magnetar), and mind-puzzling (Ghost Star). It all feels utopian and cosmic. Foggy harmonies with Portishead‘s vocalist Beth Gibbons transcended timbre and repetitive eurhythmics echoing German legends Tangerine Dream.

Close encounters of the third kind.
Sonic science-fiction. Stupefying

Buy/stream Eris Wakes here…


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All songs written by Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson
with additional lyrics by Noell Dorsey (Eris, Magnetar) and Karen
Zanes
(Spaceport 5) and instrumental contributions by Alexis
Desjardins and Fen Rotstein
(+vocals).

Mixed by Andrew Abrahamson with Dez DeCarlo
Mastered by Andrew Abrahamson

British Pop Tandem TINY DYNO Duo Spoil Your Ears With Their 4-Track Debut EP ‘COMPARISON CLUB’

Extended plays

12 April 2022


(Photo by Nick Davies)

Band: TINY DYNO
Who: Emily Gardiner and Tom Kuras from Bristol (UK)
who blend the art of immaculate pop with the warm
glow of sugar-spun indie.

Debut EP: COMPARISON CLUB

Four sunlight, amplified, multi-orchestral-layered and Springtime pop
thrills with Saint-Etienne echoes, that spoil your ears and put a big
smile on your face.

– SOMETHING –
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“Channeling the sounds of ‘90s rock and ‘60s pop, marrying
pounding rhythms and yearning melodies over a sea of guitars.”

– INSOMNIA –

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“Gardiner expresses the internal tug of war of anger and acceptance in a failing relationship.
Tiny Dyno discovered a unique connection, combining the infectious tones of indie pop with an underlying sense of anxiety.”

– SAIL AWAY –

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“Kuras’ ear combines for pop rock and haunting and powerful lead vocals from Gardiner.”

– STILL –
(Should be a global hit)

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“The stripped back verses make way for the gargantuan chorus. Gardiner isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, the lyrics have a genuine vulnerability; “but I’m still holding on, and I know that it’s wrong.”

TINO DYNO: Facebook – Instagram