Magik Markers 20.11.2013@Upset The Rhythm, a set on Flickr.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Roland Cosio, Ty Segall and Charles Moothart make up power trio Fuzz. Their first album follows well received single 'Sleigh Ride' also released through In The Red. 'Fuzz' builds on the explosive rock sound from the 45 merging Black Sabbath-esque metal with Hendrix psychedelic stylings on guitar. 'Fuzz' even references grunge with their sludgy number "What's In My Head" that sees Moothart subvert the riff from Stiltskin's "Inside". As the band name and title suggest there is fuzz accompanied by pounding drums, hefty bass and meteoric guitars, this is best shown on "Haze Maze". "Hazy mazes tryin' to get to you, well it will end where it began, with your body placed beneath the sand, in again the cycle never ends, made of SKIN forgive your human sin", Segall sings in a strung out holler - and it's these ideas of morality and mortality that thread through the lyrics. "Loose Sutures" continues, "Bleak futures on the run, I don't know what's to come, fate's forging, beams bent on burning me, run...", accompanied by 70's stadium style breakdown's in the music letting each instrument have their own joyous tangents (and you should have seen people freakout during this song during their show at The Dome recently). 'Fuzz' is made up of 8 interplanetary metal songs that is everything you want from a modern band interpreting 60's/70's rock sounds, for those who need fuzz in their life, here's Fuzz with 'Fuzz', get fuzzy, get Fuzz.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
New Zealand legendary noise makers return with new album 'Armed Courage' for Badabing Records.
After nearly 40 years playing together Michael Morley, Bruce Russell and Robbie Yeats for the first time appeared on the front cover of a music publication not so long ago, and what more fitting than The Wire to host them. It goes without saying The Dead C were long overdue the accolade as they've always made music on the precipice. The trio eschew trends and fads allowing them to exist in their own world creating something uniquely theirs, resulting in a vast catalogue of releases that remain unparalleled.
This new album is comprised of two ruminative incantations; Side A "Armed", Side B "Courage". "Armed" is a weathered track entangling whirling fuzz, gnawed guitars and turbulent rhythms forging something rattled and ominous. Hunkered down on the following side is "Courage", hollowed out with sedated vocals, static hum, needled guitars and splattered rhythms - which all gradually pull into focus to playout a rapt improvised jam before plaintively withdrawing. This album is a must have for the converted and new comers alike.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Magik Markers have returned! New single 'Ice Skater / Machines' precedes their new album out next month on Drag City. Three piece Ambrogio, Nolan and Shaw utilize drum machines, seraphic vocals and eventide synths on euphoric A Side, 'Ice Skater'. Flipping over to Side B, 'Machines' is a gnarly, instinct driven jam wired with wrangled guitars, loose drums and gulping bass featuring otherworldly effects overarching the whole thing. This new single introduces some new ideas Magik Markers have incorporated into their sound and a track capturing the savage improvised approach they're known and loved for. Can't wait for 'Surrender To The Fantasy' - they're playing in London 20th November at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club NOT TO BE MISSED!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Destruction Unit are; Ryan Rousseau, Rusty Rousseau, Nick Nappa, JS Aurelius and Justin Keefer. They're a noisy rock band from Arizona. Since a few line up changes and settling into a five piece the band have released cassettes on their own Ascetic House and a debut LP called 'Void'. Since making their mark with cacophonous punk Destruction Unit have been picked up by Sacred Bones for 2nd album 'Deep Trip'. These eight new songs amplify the vortex of crashing sounds forged from psych and rock you may have come to know in previous releases. "The World On Drugs" opens the album with stormy fuzz, crashing rhythms and bellowing vocals sounding just about as volatile as it gets, and from here the album doesn't let up for a second. "Slow Death Sounds" shifts things up another gear with delirious vocals, warped guitars and rampant drumming pushing the song to it's limits before sharply coming to an end. Another favourite track is head-spinner "Control The Light", a raucous track that walks in the steps of punk but in different shoes. 'Deep Trick' is a great new rock album, it's great new rock for that matter, when you're done listening to this it will make everything else you have on your ipod seem like a waste of time.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Oblivians are back with their first studio album in 16 years. 'Desperation' (In The Red) sees the return of rampant garage-rock-blues stylings they're known and so well loved for. These 14 blistering new songs are unmistakably our favourite Memphis trio as they beckon 50's rock 'n' roll, 60's garage, soul and blues. During their break Eric, Gregg and Jack have been continued to write music (Reigning Sound, Parting Gifts, Jack-O & the Tearjerkers, The Dutch Masters, True Sons of Thunder to name a few) and what sets 'Desperation' apart from previous albums is you can hear how working apart has brought something new to the table. The songs sound more slick without losing the wild and rambunctious nature of their approach. A great example is "Loving Cup" featuring hyper chugging rhythms, smokey vocals, crunchy guitars and a savage guitar solo sailing over the top of the whole thing. From there The Oblivians continue to turn up the heat with brawlers like "Run For Cover", "Fire Detector" and one of my highlights "Oblivion". 'Desperation' finishes with "Mama Guitar" playing out scratchy strings, rock 'n' roll howls and thumping beats seeing the album blasting on all cylinders before it leaves you in the dust. Really great new record, when it comes to trailblazing rock songs Oblivians dish 'em up in spades.