What Happens Next by Gang Of Four (Metropolis Records)
AGang of Four album without their original vocalist Jon King is a strange proposition. For the first album led by sole original member guitarist Andy Gill, What Happens Next features four vocalists over the course of ten songs.
On the first track Where the Nightingale SingsThe Big Pink‘s Robbie Furze contributes some dour vocals to a downbeat song. What should have been the lead track Broken Talk opens with a pumping beat, scratchy guitars and features The Kills‘ Alison Mosshart’s sassy and bold voice, the song giving hope to jaded and wary ears that the Gill-led band can keep the fire burning for the dance-rock sound they pioneered decades ago. Herbert Gronemeyer sings on The Dying Rays, a slow and contemplative song with just the lightest of guitar accompaniment but with some haunting piano. The singer has a soulful voice and creates a mournful mood. An interesting choice but considering Gronemeyer has the first and third best-selling albums ever in Germany, not a bad one: he has gravitas.
On First World Citizen John “Gaoler” Sterry takes the mic and he’s not too shabby, surrounded by menacing and funky bass and vigorous percussion and Gill’s textured and varied guitar approaches. On Stranded the strident beat and vocal back and forth between Gill and Sterry is fun and a little nostalgic yet Gill’s forays into atmosphere and slower sections show the man attempting a new and darker sound. Dead Souls follows, a true Gang of Four song if there ever was, with bombastic bass, in the pocket drums, itchy and angry guitars tearing through and punching your guts, Sterry going for different vocal approaches to make for an enjoyable listen.
Embrace the new Gang of Four or don’t. Andy Gill doesn’t care, he’ll still be doing his thing as long as he can hold a guitar pick and strum six strings. There are a few songs on What Happens Next that contain the template of his band’s earlier sound, but time will tell how the band evolves and finds their voice without Jon King. See them on tour in the States this May.
Gang of Four is Andy Gill (guitar), John “Gaoler” Sterry (vocals), Thomas McNiece (bass) and Jonny Finnegan (drums)
Here are the bands I listened to endlessly throughout the year. The music that stirred my soul, got my blood racing and made me drive fast on the freeway.
CHEATAHS BY CHEATAHS (WITCHITA RECORDINGS)
Cheatahs‘ S/T first album amazed me with their take on gloriously noisy shoegaze. I bought up their first EP’s and eagerly await their The Sunne EP in February. They’ve have already released lead track Controller on Soundcloud. The feelings these Brits evoke are blissed out and energetic with a heady mix of melody and distortion. Listening to Cheatahs all these months later I’m still blown away by the immediacy of their performances.
“[Cheatahs] hit all the notes that turn me on with heavily distorted guitars and quiet vocals as counterpoint to the noise. With all the effects and volume you’ll also find a sense of pop melody throughout, with some exceptional instrumentation.“
FURTHER/DEEPER BY THE CHURCH (UNORTHODOX)
The Church return with Further/Deeper, their first without founding member Marty Wilson-Piper and their first with new guitarist Ian Haug. Every song is lush, with a subdued beauty and menace. The mostly mid-tempo songs possess an energy that is undeniably captivating. They’ll be on tour in the States in February and the Highwire Daze boys will be at the El Rey Theater show singing along.
KINDLY BENT TO FREE US BY CYNIC (SEASON OF MIST)
I somehow missed the release of Cynic‘s Kindly Bent To Free Usafter reviewing their three previous releases. How these two guys combine metal, jazz, electronica and clean vocals with progressive arrangements is simply magical. The new album is another example of emotional and rocking music performed by intelligent and talented musicians. On Youtube you can watch their evolution from Florida death metallers through to the amazing genre-defying band they are today.
ALWAYS RETURNING BY ENGINEERS (KSCOPE)
Mark Peters and his Engineers band come back after several years with Always Returning. Peters recorded the songs in analog for a warm organic feel. He’s also done two albums with electronic producer and Engineers member Ulrich Schnauss that are worth seeking out if you appreciate the meeting of these two talented and thoughtful musicians.
“Always Returning is full of pretty songs that would float off in the clouds if it weren’t for the talents behind their making. There’s a sense of sadness and longing permeating the album giving many songs a compelling emotional weight.”
BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT BY EXODUS (NUCLEAR BLAST)
Exodus kicked my ass this year with Blood In, Blood Out, a return to focused form by the Bay Area thrashers. With founding singer Steve “Zetro” Souza back in the fold, the band are at the top of their game.
“Food For The Worms is how you’ll feel after being battered and bruised by the last song on Blood In, Blood Out, a go-for-broke song that alternates between stupid-fast beats and heavyosity that still remains accessible.“
FAIRWEATHER BY FAIRWEATHER (EQUAL VISION)
DC’s post-hardcore darlings Fairweather dropped out of sight for a decade only to rise like a phoenix fully formed, as if they’d never left. Though the members may be older and wiser, the songs on their Self-Titled return still contain the fire and passion the band instilled in their sound from their beginnings.
[On the song No Flags Fly] “The band surprise with a soulfullness in their instrumental interplay as well as a bare-it-all vocal performance by [Jay] Littleton.“
LOVE DEATH IMMORTALITY BY THE GLITCH MOB (GLASS AIR)
The evil beat scientists that are The Glitch Mob crafted Love Death Immortality in their dark basements, feeding off the Big Beat spirits of their ancestors to make one of the funkiest albums of 2014 with some excellent vocal contributions from Metal Mother, Aja Volkman, Yaarohs and Sister Crayon.
“…[T]he trio of ediT, Boreta and Ooah have punched up the more visceral elements of their past efforts, bringing to mind The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and The Crystal Method. If you hear the young punk vitality of Liam Howlett, then the trio are doing something right.”
_HELLO WORLD BY INFORMATION SOCIETY (HAKATAK International / MVD
_hello world is the fun(ky) return of Information Society, less interested in hairstyles and splashy music videos and more focused on moving booties. Even if you didn’t care for their 80’s pop hits, if you’re a fan of synth pop, Information Society show the youngsters how it’s done right. Not with auto-tune and computers cutting and pasting preset sounds but by actual drive, heart and talent.
“There’s a techno dance party you might want to go to, and if Arnold Schwarzenegger tells you to ‘Get your ass to Mars’ you should listen. The Prize is all pumping beats, buzzing synths and popping bass, with Kurt Harland singing ‘I’m coming up from the ground with my eyes on the prize’ like he’s trying to overcome some herculean challenge. If the challenge is to get the listener to dance, then he’s succeeded.“
WILD MOON BY J.D. WILKES AND THE DIRT DAUBERS (PLOWBOY RECORDS)
J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers started out the year right with their jumping rhythm and blues album Wild Moon. Wilkes also heads Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers but this is his new baby. Joined by wife and bassist / vocalist Jessica, drummer Preston Corn and guitarist Rod Hamdallah (also of the Shack Shakers) , Wilkes sings, plays guitar, bass and harmonica on a collection of riveting and rocking songs about good love gone bad, bad love gone worse and all the things that make life worth living with an understated aw shucks delivery that is inviting and enjoyable for even people that aren’t normally fans of the sound he’s keeping alive. And Jessica’s sass and sway is a wonder to hear, and pleasantly surprised at this new voice in roots rock.
Here’s what Wilkes had to say in an interview we did at the beginning of the year when asked who he was thinking about when writing and recording Wild Moon: “I guess Little Walter, Ray Charles, a little Creedence, a 60′s rock and blues and R&B thing. There’s something intangible, there’s something like a Ouija board: you never know what you’re going to get out of it. All these personalities coming together in the middle. There’s something odd and cool about this record when you listen to it. Its a weird, dark feeling you get in the end, you can’t put your finger on it. I get that over and over, even though I took a trip back after recording it because I was sick of hearing it. Then I went back and listened to it and it gave me a weird, cool feeling, its kind of dark and strange and dreamlike. I’m glad that still comes through, even after hearing it to death.“
DAYS OF THE FALLEN STARS BY JUNIUS (PROSTHETIC)
On Days of the Fallen Stars, Junius inspired my to write a short story instead of a standard album review. Their uplifting yet dark rock sound is epic in scope and in a live setting absolutely thrilling. Play their music loudly and revel in the soaring vocals and muscular performances of Junius.
“He breathed in deeply the smells of freshly cooked meals, of perfume and musk, felt a pleasant chill as the trees and plants exhaled their life-giving oxygen. Then the trumpet announced the arrival of the night and the audience got to their activities with a crash of cymbals.“
HIERARCHY BY LIGHTFOILS (SAINT MARIE RECORDS)
On HierarchyLightfoils wrapped me in a warm blanket of lush melodies and female vocals. Lightfoils excel at blissed out vocals and guitars set to punky and punchy bass and drums, the band manage to bring something new to the shoegaze genre.
Here’s what drummer John Rungger said in our interview: “The basic tracks for the album were recorded with us all in the same room, playing the songs. Something that doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should nowadays. I think it gives it an organic base that translates through to the rest of the music.“
BLOODSTONE AND DIAMONDS BY MACHINE HEAD (NUCLEAR BLAST)
Machine Head continue to amaze with Bloodstone and Diamonds, their first on Nuclear Blast and with new bassist Jared MacEachern. It’s also their highest charting album to date. Epic doesn’t even begin to describe the songs on the album. Progressive in the best sense, Robb Flynn and band leads the listener on a journey through hate and hope, with heavy yet fast instrumentation and intelligent lyrics and impassioned vocals. Bloodstone and Diamonds reveals new facets every time you listen.
GUILTY OF EVERYTHING BY NOTHING (RELAPSE RECORDS)
Coming out of the hardcore scene, Nothing‘s Dominic Palerno wanted something different for his new life after his time in prison. Inspired by the shoegaze bands of the 90’s he began Nothing. With the release of Guilty of Everything music fans the world over are sure Palerno is on the right musical track with his beautifully noisy new songs. They’re touring constantly so be sure to be on the look out for this amazing new band.
“B&E begins in a pleasant mid-tempo, their wall of sound getting knocked down to an anxiously mellow segment reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s Animals album before tearing into their instruments for a heart-wrenching finale that will leave you gasping for breath.“
DIVE IN BY SEASURFER (SAINT MARIE RECORDS)
Since learning of Saint Marie Records this year I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every album I’ve bought and reviewed (see Lightfoils, SPC ECO). Their Static Wavescompilations are a treasure-trove of excellence, now there’s three editions to delve into, the third physical release including a third disc of Slowdive covers. German trio Seasurfer’s Dive Inwas my first purchase and I immediately fell in love with their drama and flair and dynamic arrangements. Singer Dorian E. has range and control of her voice and her delivery is confident and sassy, the perfect foil for band leader Dirk Knight’s textured guitars and Mikel Wegener’s chunky bass.
SIRENS & SATELLITES BY SPC ECO (SAINT MARIE RECORDS)
In a year of amazing music SPC ECO has been busy. They released Sirens & Satellites, The Art of Pop, The Art of Pop Remixes+ and the Nocturnal EP and 2+2=5 free downloads plus many singles. The duo of Dean Garcia, formerly of Curve, and artist daughter Rose Berlin juxtapose ice and fire throughout the songs on Sirens.
“Make Me Say is brutal and bloody guitar slashes and crunchy rhythm loops, Rose purring and cooing like a mantis before taking off your head.”
TERRESTRIALS BY ULVER AND SUNN 0))) (SOUTHERN LORD RECORDS)
Terrestrials is an EP credited to Ulver and Sunn 0))) featuring contributions from multi-instrumentalist Daniel O’Sullivan, who performed with Sunn 0)))’s Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley for the band’s 200th show in Oslo, Norway in 2008. The band jammed at Ulver’s studio and Ulver’s Krystoffer Rygg pieced together the performances with bassist Anderson, O’Sullivan adding trumpet and keyboards and Rygg contributing vocals along the way. O’Sullivan has since joined Ulver. The end result is an atmospheric, ominous and involving journey through the psychedelic reaches of space.
“Eternal Return puts some of Ulver’s atmospheric dark beauty into the alloy with O’Sullivan’s languid keys softening O’Malley’s sharp guitar strums and drones. As the music surges, violins and trumpet float in. At about the halfway mark the arrangement segues to a looping and vibrant synthesizer and Rygg’s velvety voice. The finale drifts in with sawed violins, percussive guitars and menacing atmospheres. Quivering strings fade out at the end.”
GET THE HELL BY SUPERSUCKERS (ACETATE RECORDS)
The Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band in the World, The Supersuckers, are back with their most rocking album in years, Get The Hell. Their first without founding guitarist Rontrose Heathman, and first album with current drummer Christopher Von Streichan and new guitarist Marty Chandler. Singer/bassist Eddie Sphaghetti and Dan “Thunder” Bolton lead the charge and wail on the future classics Something About You and Pushin’ Thru.
“Supersuckers’ Get the Hell is focused on boot kicking, middle finger raising and sing-along anthems sure to please the most jaded of music fans.“
TO HIM THAT WILLS THE WAY BY WALKING BICYCLES (HIGHWHEEL RECORDS)
The Chicago quartet Walking Bicycles are back with their most focused, angry and cathartic album to date in To Him That Wills The Way. Noisy, catchy, danceable music, Walking Bicycles sound like no one else.
Here’s what guitarist and founder Julius Moriarty said in our interview about Walking Bicycles’ balance of noise and pop: “We have always tried to walk the line between weird and catchy. If both exist within a track then there can’t be too much of either.”
MANDATORY FUN BY “WEIRD” AL YANKOVIC (RCA RECORDS)
There are a few constants in pop culture: talentless “artists” appear daily with a flick of an auto-tune machine and synthesizer preset to sell clothes and fast food, and one “Weird” Al Yankovic will make fun of the pop songs that these supposed singers and bands churn out. He’ll also write some funny “homage” songs played in the style of someone, on 14th studio album Mandatory Fun Al tips his hat to Southern Culture on the Skids and Foo Fighters, as well as hoary oldies Crosby, Stills and Nash and Cat Stevens. My favorite though, is First World Problems done in the style of The Pixies. When Al rants about how the barista forgot to make a design on his banana latte you just have to laugh. One of the best lyrics Yankovic has ever written is to Blurred Lines, here called Word Crimes, a song that is both hilarious AND educational. Sample lyric: “You should never/ Write words using numbers/ Unless you’re seven/ Or your name is Prince”. “Weird” Al Yankovic makes pop music palatable for those with intelligence, humor and self-awareness.
TAIGA BY ZOLA JESUS (MUTE RECORDS)
One of the most stunning albums of the year came from 25 year old Nika Rosa Danilova, aka Zola Jesus. Her most accomplished album to date, Taiga references the coniferous ancient forests that cover 1/5th of the world and over northern Russia and Siberia. The album is filled with soulful and textured electronic and live instrumentation and Danilova’s bold and emotional vocals.
“Dangerous Days is catchy and often light, yet has a delicious and dark under current of churning and scraping synths that bring solidity to the song. Danilova sings sultry and soaring, drawing you in to her world.”
RONNIE JAMES DIO – THIS IS YOUR LIFE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS (RHINO RECORDS)
Anyone that calls themselves a metal head or fan of rock’n’roll should know the name Dio. Ronnie James Dio passed on to the great stage in the sky but his legacy lives on in the lives and spirits of musicians the world over. This Is Your Life is a tribute to the great man and a thrilling listening experience. The album is also a great introduction to bands in the heavy metal arena as they all do a fantastic job of channeling the soul and positive energies of Dio.
“I confess to knowing nothing of Adrenaline Mob but their take on Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules is killer. I mean, this song wails, kicks ass, all those metal clichés. The song was Sabbath’s attempt to remain relavent in the punk era is clear in the fast pace and raw power and the suitably named band distill all the fury of the original and spit out flames. Amazing guitars at the end too.”
Walking Bicycles have two new videos up at Youtube forSo and Badada. Both songs are from their latest album and the videos incorporate live footage filmed at their record release show this past summer at the Empty Bottle in their hometown of Chicago. The visuals capture the controlled chaos and intensity of Walking Bicycles, and the energy singer Jocelyn Moriarty gives out both onstage and in the studio.
Walking Bicycles balance noise and pop elements with cathartic dynamics and these two songs and accompanying videos are just a small sample of what the band are about.
Walking Bicycles released their latest album To Him That Wills The Way via their label Highwheel Records in August, their first in four years. The band was forced into hiatus when guitarist/songwriter Julius Moriarty was sentenced to three years in prison on marijuana charges. Moriarty opened up about his experiences with Noisey back in August. It’s an inspiring read and it shows Moriarty and wife Jocelyn coming out of the experiences stronger for having been through them.
Walking Bicycles are currently working on tracks for a new album and I, for one, am excited to hear where the revitalized band is going next!
It’s been eleven years since Washington DC’s Fairweather packed it up. Now the spring of 2014 and the boys show us a whole new bag full of hardcore, tight song structures, crazy guitar flourishes, powerful percussion, more forceful vocals and an overall focused and mature sound. And did I mention the grooving rhythms? Shit, their S/T comeback kicks your ass from the opening chords and hardcore tempo of Carte Blanche. Let the moshing begin. Yet the band tempers even this minute long song with a slower yet powerful second half and background vocal “oohs”.
Reset Position keeps the energy with buzzing guitars, a fast pace and Jay Littleton spitting his trebly vocals with grit. Ben Murphy’s bass and Shane Johnson’s drums set the groove for Ben Green and Peter Tsouras to lay their power chords and slashing solos within, and damned if your not banging your head and sweating already. Survival Is Not Enough sets a bigger groove, slowing the pace a bit, Littleton singing harmoniously, a hard rocking song with muscle and introspection. Memoria opens with minor key guitar scratching and dramatic rhythms, Littleton singing about memories and secrets and drowning, inviting you to further interpret his lyrics as you close your eyes and nod your head to the beat.
Doubt the Doubtless is both tough and catchy, closer to their debut sound yet leaner and meaner. Johnson gives his skins and cymbals a beating on Kill the Silence, slowing down to build up tension then rocking out once again. Last Words brings out the beauty of a well-paced song, starting out slow and pretty then taking us on a roller-coaster ride up and down tempos and emotions. Still Waiting features some interesting percussive textures and searing guitar interplay between Tsouras and Green, Littleton’s vocals clean and unadorned, harmonizing with Green, creating emotional catharthis when the song slows down at the end only to rise up to a powerful crescendo of crashing cymbals and six-string flourishes. Fairweather wrap up their S/T album with No Flags To Fly. Beginining with a chugging verse the band build tension towards a thrilling and catchy chorus, the band surprise with a soulfullness in their instrumental interplay as well as a bare-it-all vocal performance by Littleton
I am often interested in learning the past accomplishments of bands, especially when their current sound is vastly different than earlier in their career. Domenic Palermo, vocalist for recent Relapse signees Nothing, previously fronted hardcore group Horror Show that put out a few albums/EP’s on Deathwish Inc. You can watch a set with Palermo and Horror Show from 2012 HERE.
Nothing is an altogether different endeavor in that Palermo and band are clearly enamored by such bands as Slowdive, Ride and My Bloody Valentine in their use of lush guitar textures and barely intelligible yet pretty vocals. Searching back to their 2012 Downward Years to Come EP, you can hear the band’s evolution, involving the layered dissonant guitars in particular, the arrangements on Guilty of Everything are tighter and harder hitting emotionally. Nothing‘s music is rich and subtle, songs to play loudly to catch all the melodic guitar interplay and keyboards swimming through the mix.
Opening track Hymn to the Pillory gets better after each listen, starting pretty and quiet, Kyle Kimball’s drums come pounding in and the band gets epic on your ears, for maximum emotional uplift. First single Dig takes the hardcore dissonance and puts it behind a wall of big drums, guitar fills and cavernous vocals. Bent Nail is the most rhythmically propulsive song on the album, leading you to bang your head to the fast beat and distorted dual guitars.
The final third will have you blissed out at the beautiful noise Nothing blasts into the air. Somersault‘s spacious mix helps showcase the dramatic guitar work of Palermo and Brandon Setta. The song starts out all shimmery, a twangy guitar melody and drums kick in, Kimball sets his sticks to cymbals and the song slowly builds to a blistering climax, Palermo and Setta stomping on their pedals and pulling out some powerful chords to make your ears ring and your soul sing. B&E goes all out in the thrash department, beginning in a pleasant mid-tempo, their wall of sound getting knocked down to an anxiously mellow segment reminiscent of Pink Floyd‘s Animalsalbum before tearing into their instruments for a heart-wrenching finale that will leave you gasping for breath even as you’re reaching for the repeat button.
Get in, strap up and hold on tight for a kickass ride full of rockabilly and roots rock from the trio of singer/guitarist Jim Heath, bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla as they present REV, their 11th album and first in four years. REV warms up the engines with the instrumental Victory Lap, and peals out burning rubber with Heath recalling a tough girl named Betty back in high school who liked The Smell of Gasoline. The boys play their instruments like that Chevy Nova rolling along at breakneck speed.
Zombie Dumb is the theme song for a fictional movie about surfing zombies that will get you shimmying and shaking in the sand along with those pesky brain-eaters. Next up is a hard grooving rocker about a serial heart-breaker known only as Spooky Boots. On Schizoid the band make insanity appealing, the trio keep up a fast beat and the guitars rave and wail, a creepy theremin crying in the background. My Hat is a more traditional rockabilly song with plenty of smooth “go, cat, go!” guitars, punchy bass and drums.
On Let Me Teach You How to Eat, the Rev has more on his mind than watching the Food Network as he and the boys chant “Let me teach you how to toast/ make a bloody red roast/be the perfect party host” and when he sings about cooking tacos in the middle of the street and marinating meat you’ll laugh as you shake your ass. Food porn set to a rockabilly beat!
REV is full of heart and humor and songs that will be soon sang loudly by the band’s rabid fans. The album is a fine introduction to anyone looking for honest and authentic American rock’n’roll.
Fast and inspired, this is truly a Bad Religion sounding guitar punk record. The one special thing about it is that these are made up of some Christmas standards and some not so heard of all the time Christmas songs. It really fits the theme for what a punk Christmas sounding time should sound. Just like any other Bad Religion there is always some political song on it and Bad Religion doesn’t disappoint you on here either.
Beside the spiritual songs, at the end of the CD is a political fast punk song about Jesus and Obama (entitled American Jesus). Now having both of those mentioned in the same song and appearing on a punk Christmas record on here will be a treat for all the punks to have. So Merry Christmas slamming around with there favorite jingles on here. The record times out at just around 20 minutes of guitar slamming, hard thumping bass lines and pounding drum lines. This make the CD a really fun one and a fantastic jolt for the holiday woes.
See The Light by Less Than Jake (Fat Wreck Chords)
See The Light is Less Than Jake’s ninth studio full length record and second for Fat Wreck Chords. It should be noted that Less Than Jake has been a band now for 21 years and have seen and done it all and even have gone back again. High energy, reliable ska-punk and how fun this style is – definitely is something that this band strides for with each record they put out – and this one doesn’t disappoint either.
Right off the bat you get a blasting of horns and strong ska rhythms from the opening track Good Enough. For the rest of See The Lightit plays out just how you might think with catchy hooks, horns and speedy guitar licks. One of the nicest things about this new album is it doesn’t sound overly produced. Some of the other stand out tracks are The Loudest Songs, A Short History Lesson and My Money Is One The Long Shot. Those of you who like Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bostones and Goldfinger will really enjoy this. I bet they will be touring and dancing up a storm – or at least your CD player will with the new CD by Less Than Jake. See The Light already and go get his CD!
From Fargo, North Dakota, The Suit is ready to rock your world with a dynamic new four song EP entitled All Along. Mixing up hardcore reveries with extremely infectious pop punk interludes, one size does indeed fit all when it comes to the musical presentation The Suit unleashes. The band ventured out on the Vans Warped Tourin 2011 and has been pretty much on the road ever since. And now with the All AlongEP in tow, expect The Suit to gain even more recognition from both music fans and record industry types.
The EP kicks into supersonic gear with the thrilling strains of The Dominator, whose chorus “sometimes you’ve got to live for honesty” will relentlessly spin in your head for ages to come. Do You Need then follows, a powerful composition that is sure to move even the most fickle of listener – “Do you need a friend to hold your hand, do you need someone who understands, I could be the one to walk with you down to the end” the glorious refrain rings out with a wonderful sense of conviction. A definite genre should-be classic that this band will be asked to perform live until the end of time.
Grunt Force Trauma may be short, but the spiraling keyboard work and sonic breakdowns really render this one a standout. And then closing out the EP way too soon is the irresistible title track All Along, a dynamic anthem complete with sing-along portions that should be an all-out hit when performed live.
Fans of acts such as Silverstein and New Found Glory are in for a date with destiny when uncovering the sonic delights from The Suit. The resourceful lineup consists of Dustin Carpenter on bass and vocals, Paul Olson on vocals, Greg Lindholm on keys and vocals, Joel Knipple on guitar and vocals, and Trevor Ferguson on drums. All Alongis a definitive triumph from a hard working DIY band more than ready to slam into the big leagues. An exhilarating (albeit brief) collection of songs that will make you want to take on the universe.
From the smoldering ashes of Drop, Dead Gorgeous rises Bleach Blonde, an unexpected yet spiraling surprise that will leave the listener spinning with delight. Not at all in the post hardcore genre, Bleach Blonde present their own imaginative take on the glories of pop punk, and the results are supremely exciting. Fans of The Used and Hawthorne Heights are sure to find a heated attraction towards the dizzying tunes of Bleach Blonde. Their self-titled debut EP on Rise Records presents three absolutely outstanding anthems that, like a real life bleach blonde, leaves you wanting a whole lot more.
Sea Mint Pastel is the first cut, showing the band means serious business when it comes to their music. One notices right away the passionate vocals of Danny Stillman, sending the lyrics into the stratosphere. Play Catch Up is dazzling and super infectious, a tune that should inspire rabid sing-alongs when performed live. And then ending it all way too soon is This Is Instrumental, an introspective song about a dysfunctional relationship set to a dazzling wall of sound.
Bleach Blonde performs with a vibrancy that really set the songs in flight. The kaleidoscope of sound is courtesy of the aforementioned Danny Stillman on vocals, Danny Cooper on drums, (both Danny’s formerly in DD,G) Michael Payne on guitar, David Barella on guitar and vocals, and Coty Eikenberg on bass. With an EP showing this much promise, it will be exciting see what the future has in store for Bleach Blonde. The group plans to record their debut full length with Kris Crummett, whose own impressive credits include Alesana, Dance Gavin Dance, and of course Drop Dead, Gorgeous.