Razzle dazzle punk and tattoo artist Frank Carter unleashes his 4th LP Sticky next week. Ahead of it, we can taste this new crashing cannonball
feat. loudmouth Cassyette.
Sometimes I wonder when Frank Carter‘s lungs will collapse. At times his vocal powerfulness is off the charts causing the impression that an explosion is in the
air. And when Cassyette joins the scream contest the decibels go up to an illegal
level. Holy smoke!
Yesterday these psych-rockers from down under released their 9th longplayer called, yes, 9. A surprising mix of bangers to fill dance floors with and reflective ballads. My standout favorite is Pink Lunettes. A kick-ass jackhammer that does your head in, the way you like it.
Fresh band, fresh blood. With their sharp-cutting debut single, they target the never-ending police ferocity/racism as we, unfortunately, know. It’s still a worldwide disease.
“It’s about the aggression and brutality towards people, predominantly BIPOC and
marginalized individuals, alongside the disregard of matters that call for REAL assistance.
We will stand with this message until real change is made in policing says the band.
This Blue Mob is a turbulent whirlwind storming, with no brakes, towards the
abrupt finish. Blustery guitars, quick-fire pace, and robotic vocals. Touchdown!
Songwriter Steve Prygoda describes what inspired the song: “Love locks, they call
‘em. You see them on fences, overpasses, bridges. In Paris, Amsterdam, or in your own
city. Padlocks encoded with secret messages from lovers, for viewing by strangers. They symbolize love, however transient or permanent.”
This tremendously rushing earworm made me smile instantly, so does the universal
story of expressing your romantic state of mind via a sort of all you need is love graffiti.
And when you embed these fervent feelings in an irresistible, adrenaline-driven stunner,
you want to go out in the street and scream your amorous heart out.
Although – in general – tribute albums are a tricky affair (certainly when you want to honor one of the most iconic bands in rock history), they’re several notable performances on this one. Like here with Kurt Vile doing a great job with one of the key tracks of VU’s classic.
6. ‘Mass Produce Your Revolution’ by FERAL VICES (Louisville, KY)
This rumbling rock tandem release a 5 song EP titled ‘With Offerings‘ on December 3rd.
About this EP’s taster: “The song is about how we give these massive platforms to people
who really don’t actually know all that much of what they’re talking about. The second part of the song is about how these ultra-rich business people or specifically celebrities are throwing their pocket change into something just for the press and getting even more money out of it than they put in and it all becomes this vicious cycle that we all participate in.”
‘Mass Produce Your Revolution reflects loud and clear what we can expect next.
The pithy pair balances somewhere in between The Black Keys and Royal Blood.
Boisterous, determinant, and with uncurbed force. Bingo!
Band: POND who: Australian psych-rockers
featuring members of Tame Impala Active: Since 2008 / 9 studio albums so far
New album: 9 – yep, their 9th LP Released: 1 October 2021 – order info here
NME says: “It can be a risky game to thrown yourself into so many different styles
on a record, let alone within individual songs. Yet – from Bowie to Kurt Cobain and
William Burroughs – artists of all kinds have found joy in such surrealist methods of
cutting up their work and putting it back together. Having perhaps taken their psych
pop to the edges of what’s possible, Pond deserve this moment. Hopefully, it proves
a gateway to a new era for the band that keeps on giving.”
Full reviewhere. Score: 8/10.
Turn Up The Volume: A mix of dazzling grooves you can start moshpits with
on the dancefloor (Song For Agnes / America’s Cup / Pink Lunettes / Rambo), and
musing ruminations to take a breath between moshpit madness (Take Me Avalon
I’m Young / Czech Locomotive / Cold Cup, Plastic Sole / Toast). A bold and mood
swinging record. My score: 9/10.
Singles/clips: Pink Lunettes / America’s Cup / Toast
Nick Allbrook (frontman) about the song: “I often wonder about the
money hoarders, climate change deniers, earth-pilferers and adventure
capitalists. Are they nihilists or anarchists or do they really believe they
are to be saved by some Rock Opera Jesus? We may never know, but here
is “Toast,” which is hopefully as smooth as the smooth, smooth sailing of
our glorious leaders fat old white lives.”
Toast sounds and feels like a careless walk on the beach when the night
falls, but lyrically it’s a wry reservation about the (rich) people who screw
up our planet.
Frontman and former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook says about
new rad single PINK LUNETTES: “We sort of lurched straight outta mid-
tempo into totally wired speed wobble fpunk so I didn’t really have time to
write lyrics, just blurt scrapbook snippets and jitter around in fast forward.
I think we managed to jitter along the neon tightrope between totally
unhinged, strobing spontaneity and focused forward momentum.”
(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
Pink Lunettes is a freak-out stomper with a crowd-puller impact.
Groovin’ and movin’ perfectly for a punked-up John Travolta after
a few lines. Perfect to shake your lockdown demons off. A spicy Saturday Night Fever vibe with a long chillaxing fade-out.