Pink Milk’s “Purple” Reviewed

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that there were at least four people playing on this, Pink Milk’s debut album, Purple. In fact, there are but two, Maria Forslund (vocals, drums) and Edward Forslund (guitars, bass), both of whom use every effects pedal they can to tweak up the volume that extra notch and get it to echo that little longer.

Opener, “River Phoenix”, sets the scene perfectly – ice-cold moodiness with the threat of malevolent showers, there are no words but the intention is clear. Appropriately, their muscles are flexed further on “Muscles”, Mariah’s breathy tones swooping over enormous guitar chords and a slowly stomping dinosaur footstep of a drum beat.

“Detroit” sees Pink Milk at their version of breakneck speed, which is any other guitar band’s slow number being played at 33rpm instead of 45rpm. The accompanying video is a nice counterpoint to the track – hazy and happy, yet oddly haunting. “Kill 4 U”, perhaps the strongest track on the album, has a Depeche Mode-esque dark majesty to it, the guitar work is genuinely thrilling, showcasing an instrument taken for granted but still capable of astonishing.

“LA Cop” is something of a welcome instrumental pause for breath – the echoes suggest huge amounts of space, yet the overall sound is strangely claustrophobic. “Awakening of Laura” is pushed out of the way quickly by “Sushi Dreams (Flesh & Blood)”, which is every bit as terrifying as it looks on paper – in fact, although causal listeners will point fingers excitedly at My Bloody Valentine and The Cranes as precursors, this reminded me very much of electro-rock innovators, Chrome, and their starkly cruel thrash.

“Drommens Skepp” and “Sans Toi” pick up the pace yet further, really bringing the tracks together as an album, as opposed to a collection of assembled, random tracks. It feels like the whole album has been dragging us towards something; which, in turns out, it has. Their cover of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love is” is a slap around the face of the band’s AOR chops and reinvents it as a mournful, epitaph-like statement. Purple takes time to fall in love with but the effort is well worth the investment.




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The Final Stretch of the Steampunk Tour – Miss Out at your Peril!

Steampunk must be one of the most inclusive, inoffensive culture movements since the 60s. There don’t appear to be any factions; it continually evolves; its fans come both genders and all ages. How does everyone else get it so wrong? Now music has joined the scene, the Steampunk Record Label featuring a wide range of bands from an impressively diverse spectrum of styles and sounds.

Although the punkier end of the spectrum is particularly well-catered for, there’s everything from cabaret; grimey swamp-rock; garage rock; lightshows and burlesque artists featured – not so much “something for everyone” something “something for anyone with good taste”. There are now only four dates left to catch one of the year’s best value nights out – see bands, locations and dates below, grab your goggles and join the party!

NEM, Heanor – 14th Oct

Wagon & Horses, Birmingham 

15th Oct Museum of Water and Power, Brentford

20th Oct The Albert, Brighton – 22nd Oct

Mavis Victory or Mavis Defeat?

According to the press release, Mavis Victory Project are an indie band, though their latest release, “Don’t Go Away”, is stretching the term to its very limits. Most of all we feel sorry for the one member who isn’t actually related to the other four – exactly how picked on do you reckon he must be?  But back to the music – like we say, this is indie as in ‘independent’, but if you’re expecting guitars and hooks, you’re going to be disappointed.

“Don’t Go Away” is the weird destination trip-hop has reached when everyone ignored it for the last few years. It crept, unseen, into a weird cellar populated by hooded weirdos, hot girls and strange cultists (is there any other kind?) and it’s matured quite nicely thankyouverymuch. The video, which features the aforementioned cast, is as strangely angular as the music – unlovable but edgy and alluring. We still can’t decide if it’s genius or madness. Have a look and a listen:

LAPPin it UP!

Ahhhh, the blissful feeling of just-melted musical chocolate being tipped into your ears. LAPP’s “Sunny” is exactly that, though without any threat of cloudy conditions. Unashamedly sucking in deeply from the troughs of 70s soul, but, fortunately for us, the experimental end – think King Curtis and Van Morrison but with a happier disposition. The video is equally alluring and we urge you to invest your time in wallowing in the LAPP of luxury.

Pablo & the Appleheads – Zaida

Pablo Villavecchia, born in Barcelona, moved between Barcelona and Boston, brought back all that experience, added in a great guitarist, Joan Vinyals, drummer Pete and bassist Joe Lewis to create Pablo and The Appleheads.

Pablo and his ‘Appleheads’ return with their new track ‘Zaida’, taken from their album ‘Alessandra’, named after the singer’s girlfriend. The new song displays a vintage aesthetic, taking influence from bands like Oasis and The Beatles (a comparison that is regularly made for them), giving the band a vintage feel to a modern sound.

Pablo and the Appleheads presents us with a style that captures the true indie and pop essence, with inspiration taken from all the classic acts of the genre. Bands such as The Police, David Bowie, The Kooks and many other legendary musicians. This harmony of modern sounds with vintage influences presents us with an outstanding mix of old and new that gives us the all best parts of acts we know and love, all in one.

Neo-Victorian Music Hall from Steampunk Records

You’ve read the books; you’ve donned the garb; now, attached gas-powered hot-air balloons to your ears and catch the remainder of the Steam Punk Record Label tour of the UK. With more bands than you can shake a pair of goggles at, it’s a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the magical world of future/past and forget about the present for a few hours.




The Magic Gang- UK Tour

If you somehow managed to miss The Magic Gang during this summer’s festival season then worry not. They are back on tour as Sundara Karma’ special guests.  Sundara Karma joined with The Magic Gang is certainly going to be a stonking great gig. The Magic Gang have already toured alongside Wolf Alice, Swim Deep and Spring King so they are no strangers to a big crowd. Especially considering they played the Glastonbury and the Radio 1/NME stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds festival. In addition to this, the Brighton four piece, made up of Kristian Smith (vocals/guitar), Jack Kaye (vocals/guitar), Gus Taylor (bass) and Paeris Giles (drums), have a total of 5 million Spotify streams and backing from Huw Stephens and Mistajam.

Their latest single ‘Your Love’ has a proud place on radio 1’s playlist and you can catch the sixties-tinged pop vibe video here:

You can also catch them on tour (recommended) here:

September – with Sundara Karma

27 th – Cardiff, Tramshed

28 th – Bristol, O2 Academy

29 th – Southampton, The 1865

30 th – Nottingham, Rock City

October – with Sundara Karma

1 st – Glasgow, O2 ABC

3 rd – Manchester, Academy

4 th – Coventry, The Empire

5 th – London, O2 Academy Brixton

6 th – Liverpool, Guild of Students

7 th – Sheffield, The Plug


See you there! J