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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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.

 

 

 

Furnace and the Fundamentals at The Portland Arms 23/08/17

Use of alliteration is strong with Australian cover band ‘Furnace and the Fundamentals’,
where they raided Portland Arms on the 23 rd this month, delivering a performance that no one was quite expecting. The idea of a cover band may not appeal to the ears of most gig going individuals, as they want something fresh and unique in this modern age.

However, ‘Furnace’ brought the high voltage performance and throwback hits which rung in a larger crowd than they started with. Dressed in their Sunday best, (with a touch of glitter from front-man Furnace) the 6 piece group smashed through a set filled with classic pop and head banging anthems that range across various decades, showing endless versatility.

As a younger viewer, I may not have related as personally to the song’s lyrics and familiarity, but the momentum was there in that room, was if it were being played live by the actual band with the same energy from the performers and
soon after, the audience.

Hitting on hits such as “I was made for lovin’ you” by Kiss, “Blurred
Lines”, “Billie Jean” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, they invited conga dancing and merriment.

It’s no easy task to perform song after song barely taking a breather in between, but they
certainly gave it all they got and ruled the night. Lachlan Nicholson cranked out killer keytar solos and drummer Mike Solo impressed with ingenious trills and clever transitions while adding life to the set.

These guys break any stigma about cover bands and prove their killer potential, with Portland Arms barely holding their shenanigans.

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Temper Cartel- Babysitter

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Indie four-piece have just released a new single ‘Babysitter’, jam packed with attitude. It has a perfectly put together intro with vocals comparable to the The Black Keys with a hint of The Kooks (you’ll see what I mean..). . The blend of delicate and gruff guitar riffs, that are becoming a signature sound for Temper Cartel, is clear in this track and it complimented by the heavier vocals and catchy repetition  “down down down and get lost in the sound”.

Temper Cartel are known for their political and literature influences and in this track you can see this from the metaphorical devices cleverly used by front-man Josh, who seems to intertwine them in all the band’s tracks, “I don’t need a babysitter” relates to a controlling government, regarding the frustration of the last general election. For the video to accompany this track, they recruited 40 fans to make the child-esque trantrum style video.

Made up of Danny Fisher (lead guitar/arrangements), Josh Alden (rhythm/lead vocal/lyricist), Sam Alden (drums) and Everton Barbato (bass guitar), Temper Cartel have support from the likes of BBC6 Music and BBC Introducing as well as numerous indie music magazines. They have recently played with The Strypes and The Bluetones certainly making them a band to watch this upcoming year.

 

Links:

https://tempercartel.com/

https://soundcloud.com/tempercartel

https://en-gb.facebook.com/tempercartel/

https://twitter.com/tempercartel?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/tempercartel/

Whiskey + Rock’n’roll = Albino

It’s common knowledge that most rock bands like to indulge in a little alcohol therapy from time to time, but vintage folk-rockers Albino perhaps enjoy this more than anyone else, fuelling their rock’n’roll sound with whiskey.

Labelling themselves as ‘London’s greatest alcoholic garage rock band (probably)’, four piece folk-rock band Albino are on the road to releasing their latest album, Night At The Chemist, from which their new retro-infused single, ‘Belinda’, is taken.

‘Belinda’ could be straight out of the 60s with its organ-led sound and noodling guitar solo, whilst lead singer and guitarist, Ben Tucker’s vocals power the track (along with the whiskey) in a rather amusing narrative which is mirrored in the video through the beautiful medium of lego.

Since their inception in 2005, Albino has undergone a musical metamorphosis, travelling a long way from their humble beginnings, but now, the off-the-wall band has cemented their style and truly found their own sound. Whilst Albino’s eclectic and multi-talented musical line up has changed over the years, their musical direction, commitment and energy has always remained constant.

As the band have stated: ‘We may not change the world with our music, but we’ll definitely leave a scar.’

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Albinomusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYeh0Lung8nhaCa1Zb5W8cw

http://www.albinomusic.com/index.php

The Seamonsters- Wonderland

When I think of The Seamonsters I think of six, Doc Martin-wearing young girls, fresh out of Sheffield, coated in glitter and generally having a bloody great time on stage and playing music together, and at least by the end of 2017, you all should be thinking the same. Today marks the day of the release of their brand spanking new track Wonderland on Twin Records. The girls start the track as they mean to go on, with an echoing retro sounding guitar riff, continuing this throughout the track but making it a heavier electric sound as the track goes on. It is clear that the band have been influenced by the likes of Black Honey with the same amount of sass, bass and electric guitar. It is very refreshing to see a group of young girls taking up a rocky sound as it is something that the music industry is certainly lacking. The single is out from today, 21st July. It is certainly not one to miss.

‘Live by Design’ – Ivy Nations

The Dublin based band ‘Ivy Nations’ are back with their latest offering of heavy synths and roaring chorus’ putting their own unique spin on the dance-rock genre.

The indie-quartet have already garnered quite a fan-base in their nascent career supporting the likes of Kodaline, The Strypes and The Academic off the back of a handful of releases.

Having worked with producer Phil Magee (Kodaline and The Script) the newest, is ‘Live By Design’ out on 7th April explores the pace of modern day life and technology.

Their cutting beats and heavy synths holds true to their energetic and dreamy identity but seems to be a big thrust forward in tempo.

The band we’ll be playing at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on the day of the release. This will be a momentous occasion in their fledgling history arriving back at the venue they confessed was the best moment in music thus far.

Taking influence from the likes of ‘Vampire Weekend, Foals and Two Door Cinema Club’ ‘Live By Design’ produced and directed by Blacktooth Films is being released on Reckless Records.

Their fresh take on blending genre’s have Irish music mag ‘The Last Mixed Tape’ lauding the band as having ‘a refreshingly infectious take on the dance-rock genre. With such a vivid beginning, it’s exciting to think of where Ivy Nations will go from here.’

 

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/ivynationsofficial

https://www.facebook.com/IvyNationsOfficial/

https://twitter.com/IvyNations

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