The Nave Blues attempt to ‘Possess you’ with their take on the classic blues.

Four piece Norwegian band The Nave Blues have a sound that takes what you love about traditional blues rock and alternative rock and melded it together, all apparent in track ‘Possess You’.

The blues revivalists who have already covered and released what is considered an epic rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Thank You’ are showing they mean business when it comes to reviving a genre as legendary as the Blues.

Armed with the authentic instruments, the four piece have nailed a sound that is both contemporary and pays homage to the genre. It couldn’t get any better with a harmonica player such as Nave Pundik, who opens the track with a blistering solo.

‘Possess You’ is a thoughtful blend of contemporary rock and traditional blues, though leaning more towards blues rock as opposed to delta or traditional blues. The song definitely has an alternative rock feel to it akin to Soundgarden, almost.

The song takes from the alternative sound as well as obvious influence Led Zeppelin, where the song shines is its dynamic changes, what starts of subtle proceeds to blast the listener with some catchy riffs.

‘Possess You’ also takes advantage with its mix, the raw aesthetic brings out the most in the track, particularly the harmonica solo which defines the grittiness that is accustomed with Blues Rock.

Overall, ‘Possess You’ is a great track that blends both traditional blues rock and alternative rock into a familiar package, whilst not shying away from showing off the sound that The Nave Blues have crafted.

You can keep up to date with The Nave Blues on their social network links below;

https://open.spotify.com/album/4PjTCsYQH7Nu1dsSczZ5HK

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6KVhYc1E4ccnMPtpvzpCQw

https://www.facebook.com/TheNaveBlues/

https://twitter.com/naveblues

https://www.instagram.com/thenaveblues/

http://thenaveblues.com/

 

No use crying over Pink Milk – Dark Swedish soundscapes in the form of ‘Purple’

It would be unfair to describe Pink Milk’s debut album as simply a ten track Shoegaze album, but rather as whole; a menacing, ethereal soundscape.

Pink Milk are preparing for the October release of their debut album Purple, and with it the group have successfully encapsulated a wide range of influences, offering something for fans of everything alternative and beyond.

The album does not cut around any corners, the album is introduced with an instrumental titled River Phoenix which sets the foundation as to what to expect from the rest of the album. Instantly greeting the listener with sounds reminiscent of The Cure (a la Disintegration & Pornography).

What the album does very well is that it keeps a consistent balance between the dream pop ethereal sounds of aforementioned  influence and the noisier & hectic sounds, following influence from artists such as Mogwai & Low, known for creating soundscapes.

However, what differentiates Pink Milk’s Purple from their influences is it’s contemporary feel and it doesn’t rely too much on classic influences of familiarity; it comes across authentic & artistic in that sense.

Tracks such as ‘Muscles’ present the listener with ethereal, dreamlike soundscapes – these tracks paint a picture and are filled with effective tension, with an almost tribal-like dynamic. Whilst tracks such as ‘Detroit’ and ‘Awakening of Laura’ follow a more upbeat feel and are examples of the kind of “proto-gaze” sound you would hear from artists such as The Jesus & Mary Chain.

A personal favorite on this album is ‘Drömmens skepp’,  a brooding piece deriving from Swedish songwriter Staffan Percy. The track is unforgiving, as is the rest of the album and stays true to itself throughout.

The album concludes with a Foreigner cover of ‘I want to know what love is’, it’s a very appealing conclusion to the album and Pink Milk maintain the authenticity of the tune and keep it recognizable yet add their own flavor, in a tasteful way.

The album encapsulates the art-rock format and the avant-garde that is noise music and keeps it original, Purple does not follow a formula, and that’s what makes it appealing on first listen, just like the first listen of Psychocandy – it offers something different yet attractive.

However, where Purple flaws is with the linearity of the tracks themselves, whilst the pacing of the album of itself is consistent and enough to keep the listeners interested, the tracks themselves stay very linear for the entire two and a half minute average. Tracks such as ‘Muscles’ can be forgiven, the linearity adds to the context of the piece, yet songs such as Detroit attempt to crescendo and are let down when the drum pattern is exactly the same throughout.

This sort of linearity will only keep the most hardcore of noise-rock fans interested, working out what effects they are using in their compositions to replicate the “wall of sound” aesthetic, but I felt after listening to a minute of each track, I could easily anticipate or guess what the latter minute or two of the track will sound like – it didn’t leave much of a surprise to keep me continuously interested.

All in all however, Purple by Pink Milk felt satisfying for what it is. A ten track soundscape of dark alternative music, reminiscing about abrasive artists such as Low – whilst being original enough to keep me interested. The linearity does become apparent after the first couple of tracks, yet it’s original aesthetic is enough to draw fans of similar artists in.

Purple by Pink Milk is out on the 20th of October, you can keep up with the band on their social networks below;

https://soundcloud.com/pinkmilktheband

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvRWoJAz6IGcGmuw3qqah9A

https://www.facebook.com/pinkmilkmusic/

https://twitter.com/pm_theband

https://www.instagram.com/pinkmilkmusic/

http://www.pinkmilkmusic.com

 

Drummers are the new frontmen? Dead Days prove this with crushing track ‘Fight’

With rise of bands such as Royal Blood & Slaves, drummers as frontmen is becoming more common practice in rock music, and Dead Days prove this trend is growing with their alternative-rock banger ‘Fight’.

Following the release of their debut album Start Over Again, Dead Days already have airplay on Kerrang! radio and praise from Tom Robinson at BBC Radio 6 under their belts.

‘Fight’ is a crushing anthem that teases the release of their upcoming EP All Your Lies. Dead Days have nailed the riff-orientated music that Royal Blood are revitalising and Dead Days are testament to the fact that rock music is not dead; only evolving.

What Dead Days present is a no fooling around track, a track that is aggressive and hard hitting that is bound to get the listener moving about; along with it’s catchy hooks.

What differentiates the band with the aforementioned influences is a tinge of Nu-Metal influences akin to SoiL, maybe the seven string guitar has something to do with this, but nevertheless it adds to the in your face the genre needs whilst making it refreshing to hear such an iconic sound involved in their music.

Mixing the thunderous tonality with the catchy vocals, the song is fit for any festival and arena, with an influence from Foo Fighters and even early Biffy Clyro, Dead Days encapsulate that alternative rock sound and keep it fresh.

All Your Lies is out on the 25th of September, to keep up to date with the upcoming release check out their social network links below;

http://www.facebook.com/thesearedeaddays

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBNgNrfDVGPM4dugugqyJGA

http://www.deaddaysband.com/

 

Track Review: ‘The Gathering’ by Psychopathic Romantics

Italian psych-folk-rock pioneers, Psychopathic Romantics have dropped their new single, ‘The Gathering’ which is one for lovers of dark, atmospheric, intriguing rock music. It’s a foreboding and looming sort of track builds towards something drastic, but you’re not quite sure what it is. What can be said, is that there are certainly some political undertones to the track, which is why the band have chosen to release the single now, despite it appearing on their 2015 album, Bread and Circuses.

Typical instrumentation is not status quo for Psychopathic Romantics, as they often use mandolins and bouzoukis (I had to look that one up), in addition to your traditional guitars. It is these unique sounds that set the band apart and create a rather eerie feeling due to the juxtaposition of sounds; they shouldn’t go together, but somehow they work in their vast contrast. The hysterical laughing at the end of the track only adds to this sinister mood.

The vocals of lead singer, Dust, drone low and heavy throughout the track, perfectly accompanied by the bass, acting in much the same way. An electric guitar screams delicately behind the potent and pertinent lyrics creating a dark tension and uncomfortable nature. This might not sound like a positive thing, but I’d much rather be challenged and engaged by a song than stringed along by it without registering what it’s really all about.

The bridge provides an ideal breakdown, transforming into a country led sound which only goes to show the varying influences that the band take on board when creating their unique style of music.

‘The Gathering’ is accompanied by an intriguing video concept, created by the band themselves, which provides a satirical, yet relevant piece of visual humour to contrast the dark tone of the song.

Overall, there’s a lot more to ‘The Gathering’ than first meets the eye (or ear), so it might take a few listens to really get into, but repeat listeners will be rewarded with the deep subtext that lies beneath the surface. Definitely worth checking out!

Links

https://soundcloud.com/psychopathicromantics/bread-and-circuses

https://www.facebook.com/Psychopathic-Romantics-17940677975

https://www.instagram.com/psycrom/

https://open.spotify.com/album/6XLGFGBC2woZkJly6FqSOh

https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/bread-and-circuses/id1223491806

https://www.amazon.it/Bread-Circuses-Psychopathic-Romantics/dp/B06Y3P5N28/

Elsiane unleash their brand of alternative-pop

Canadian alternative pop duo, Elsiane are releasing their experimental masterpiece, Death of the Artist on 21st April, but the new record is anything but.

If anything, this record from the talented pair is a ‘rebirth’ as opposed to a death, their  3rd album since Elsiane’s inception in 2000. Despite their varying musical backgrounds, Elsieanne Caplette and Stephane Sotto have come together to form a vehicle for their alternative tendencies and Death of the Artist is arguably their best work to date.

You might assume that any act’s dream is to sign for a major label, but having dealt with one and realising that many simply try to mold artists into something that ‘sells’, Elsiane threw in the towel, deciding to release their record independently instead.

The band’s 2007 debut album revealed them as one of the hottest acts in Canada, whilst their sophomore release Mechanics of Emotion confirmed this. However, difficult times lay ahead for the pair, who struggled with the music lifestyle, separating as a couple, and almost as artists. Fortunately for us alt-pop lovers, Elsieanne and Stephane reunited to give us Death of the Artist.

With a sound akin to Massive Attack combined with Kate Bush, Elsiane are creating some music that you should definitely check out.

Links:

http://www.elsiane.com/

https://www.facebook.com/elsiane

https://twitter.com/elsiane

https://www.instagram.com/elsiane_official/

https://soundcloud.com/elsiane

https://www.youtube.com/user/vaporous07/videos

Guitar Sensation ‘Daryl Kellie’ to Release New Album ‘Wintersong’

To find your first guitar at the young age of eleven in the attic of your parent’s new house is a lucky find, but for Daryl Kellie, it can only be described as fate. Self taught for most of his life, he is undeniably one of the most talented fingerstyle guitar players in the UK, with influences ranging from Queen to Django Reinhardt. Daryl has combined his unique talent with his mesmerising vocals, and he will be releasing his highly anticipated album ‘Wintersong’ on 10th February 2014.
By the age of sixteen, Daryl was gigging every weekend, with his younger brother Nick on drums. He moved to London when he was nineteen to study music, and hasn’t looked back. Living in his van, with a bed, camp-stove and of course, a guitar in the back, this was when he really started to develop as an artist. He was even taught by Jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor. Despite attracting lots of attention from music managers, Daryl decided to remain completely independent and release his own music without the help of a label. Daryl’s message to others who may be in this predicament is “figure out what you really love and concentrate on that, if you try to do something else, your heart won’t be in it”. His ever-growing fan-base means he can also tour without the involvement of big promoters.
Daryl has toured constantly for the past 2 years and supported a massive range of acts, from Toploader to Carl Palmer of Emmerson Lake and Palmer fame, plus notorious American blogger Perez Hilton has also raved about him….”So clever! So good! And, the fact that he’s gorgeous doesn’t hurt either!”.
Here are just a couple of the many outstanding reviews he has received:
‘Daryl Kellie is a brilliant and exciting new musical talent’
– Richard Chapman, (Author of the million selling classic ‘The Complete Guitarist and ‘The New Complete Guitarist’)
‘To call Daryl a guitarist would be a bit of an over simplification. A million miles away from that guy who used to walk around college twanging his way through Green Day covers to anyone who’d listen, Daryl treats his guitar like a mix between a drum kit, a keyboard and a guitar. Utilizing an oft attempted (but rarely mastered) ‘tapping’ technique along with ‘body percussion’ as employed by fellow guitarists such as Eric Roche and Tommy Emanuel, Daryl dropped jaws with his cheeky cover of Beyonce’s omnipresent ‘Single Ladies’ and literally melted minds with an extended Michael Jackson medley. Anything that makes hearing ‘Single Ladies’ for the billionth time a little less ear-stabbingly repetitive deserves the highest praise imaginable.
–Sternberg Clarke
If you can’t wait to hear the album, Daryl is releasing a cover of the Beyonce hit ‘Single Ladies’ on December 16th.
Have a listen: https://soundcloud.com/daryl-kellie/single-ladies-put-a-ring-on-it
Or watch a live session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1UnylkE-LI
He will also be releasing his own single ‘Would’ on January 20th 2014!
 
Social Networks:
https://www.facebook.com/darylkellie
https://twitter.com/darylkellie
https://soundcloud.com/daryl-kellie
 
Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn3p5_dotJc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fxbx0-O8kY