Friday, February 13, 2015

Cable Street Collective - The Best of Times

Since we are headed into another weekend, we are bringing you an EP that may find its way on to your party soundtrack.  The Best of Times from London's Cable Street Collective combines pop/rock melodies and hooks with funk, house and Afrobeat dance rhythms.  It is a delicious combination, and very well executed here.  The Best of Times is out now on digital platforms, as well as a physical release.  Lead track "Can't Take Me Under" is being released as a single on February 16.  If you are surrounded by snow and ice, this EP may help warm up your world.

The members of Cable Street Collective are Dave, Rowan, Tristan, Ash, Fiona and Alex
Cable Street Collective are: Dave, Rowan, Tristan, Ash, Fiona and Alex.  The come by their Afrobeat sounds honestly, as two of the members grew up in Swaziland and Malawi.





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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Le Thug - Place Is EP

On Place Is EP, Glasgow-based trio Le Thug has concocted an exceedingly delicious stew.  Synths, guitars,drum machine and floating vocals combine to span shoegaze, dream pop and post punk in a captivating six-track soundscape.  Trading off the gut-punch of the rockier side of those genres for the more subtle juxtaposition of textures, the result is immediately gorgeous and immensely promising for the band's future.

The opening track, "Outer Herbidean", presents immediate, aggressive shogaze with distorted guitars and insistent beats and waves of synths.  The following "Pals" slows down proceedings and provides a delightfully rubbery beat to support the dreamy vocals.  "Basketball Land" understandably has been selected by the label (or band) to showcase the release.  Over a prominent martial beat and a gauzy backdrop Clio's vocals carry the listener away.  Every track on this release is appealing, stirring the listener with pulsing beats and enveloping the listener in swaths of noise.  I expect we are going to be treated to more thuggish delights in the future.

Le Thug is Dann McColgan (synths/samples/producer), Michael Gilfedder (guitar/vocals), and Clio Alexandra Maclellan (vocals). They previously released a split 12" on Song By Toad Records and a self-released EP on Bandcamp.  Place Is EP is out now as of February 16 on Edinburgh's Song By Toad Records.  Initially, it is available as a vinyl release with a digital download card.  I believe that the label intends to make it available for direct digital purchase soon.





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The New Southern Electrikk - Brown Eyes

We have another Valentine's Day offering for you, and consistent with my less than straightforward tastes, it isn't a happy song.  But it is a really great not happy song, born of Rikki Turner watching the woman he loved walking out the door fourteen years ago while The Shirelles played in the background.  He poured the feelings into "Brown Eyes", and now his Manchester based based band, The New Southern Electrikk, may have a massive hit on their hands.  Echoing ''60s girl groups and with restrained but inch-perfect production and Monica Ward's heartbreakingly evocative vocals, it has steadily added fans due to radio play and enthusiastic music writers.  Louder Than War Records has picked it up for a Valentines Day digital release, and the vinyl edition will follow in March.

B-sides "Mother of Earth" and "The Theme to The New Southern Electrikk" reveal that the band is more than a one-hit wonder.  While the former is a surging, atmospheric delight, the latter suggests the most promise.  It sprawls over five minutes with the rhythmic sense of The Charlatans (UK) or New Order with samples from Charles Bukowski.







The New Southern Electrikk is Monica Ward, Zack Davies (guitar), Rikki Turner (keys), Steven Tajti (bass) and Jim Correy (drums).

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

REVIEW: The Fireworks - Switch Me On


Switch Me On is the first LP from London/Brighton band The Fireworks, but it has the feel of a mid career album or even a retrospective of past singles.  Perhaps one explanation is that while the band is relatively new the members are veterans of bands such as Big Pink Cake, The Pocketbooks, Popguns and The Wedding Present.  The result is a debut from a band that has their sound completely dialed in. And what sound it is!  Imagine if the Buzzcocks had merged with The Shop Assistants, although if you are searching for a more modern parallel consider the chainsaw pop of San Francisco's Terry Malts.  Thick, fuzzy, feedback-laden guitars with pop hooks and female (and occasionally male) vocals soaring over the sweet storm.  I have chosen four of the songs to illustrate the album, but just about any one of the 13 would work.  If you only have time for one, spin "Runaround", but you will be cheating yourself.

Some bands decide to overpower you with punk energy, some with C86 sweetness, some with soaring, gut-thumping power pop.  The Fireworks seem to have considered the options and then said "yes, all of them, only louder".

Switch Me On is available now from Shelflife Records on vinyl, CD, and digital.









The Fireworks are Matthew Rimell (guitar/vocals), Emma Hall (vocals/guitar/tambourine), Isobel Albiol (bass) and Shaun Charman (drums and guitar).

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No Monster Club - People Are Weird


On People Are Weird, Dublin's No Monster Club offers a collection of exuberant, at times off kilter, pop tunes that meander, jump around and delight in rather breathless fashion.  At its most straightforward, the album delivers perfect pop tunes, but at other times the listener may wonder whether he or she has stumbled onto a guerrilla street theater production.  Fortunately, it does not matter because the songs crafted by frontman Bobby Aherne and his mates delight in either case.  The songs are joyful, woozy, lo-fi and almost always up-tempo.  And the band is happy to have the listener wired into the fun, as is clear beginning with the opening track "Can't Get Enough of That Hippy Dippy Bullshit".

Some of most accessible songs are on the latter half of the album, such as "A Bad Example", "Post Life Safari" and "The Loneliest Master", a three song stretch that made it clear that Aherne is a pop master, albeit one with subversive tendencies.  But I can't call the album back-loaded because the first five tracks have a scruffy charm and incredible and rare energy.  The bottom line here is that this album is both good humored and sinfully good.








People Are Weird is out today via Mirror Universe and Popical Island.  Getting a digital copy is as easy as hitting the Bandcamp link below.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

The Good Morrows - The Good Morrows

Melbourne's The Good Morrows know what they do well, and this self-titled LP gives you ten of the thick, gritty garage-psychedelic nuggets that remind you why rock and roll makes your life better.  The influences fall heavily in the '60s with bands such as 13th Floor Elevators, The Yardbirds and The Kinks, but touch on more recent purveyors of this great sound like The Black Lips.  And despite the clear psychedelic bent, these tunes are fully radio-friendly.  You can try out all the tunes at the Bandcamp link, and download it there as well.  If you spend any time in a car, this album could become the soundtrack for your driving adventures for a very long time.






The Good Morrows are Jarred Scopel, Andrew Plisi, Liam Skoblar, Sam Dolling, and Tim Bass.

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Tuff Love - Dross EP

We here at WYMA hope the you all get the amount of love you deserve on Valentine's Day.  Of course, there are many types of love, and we won't assume to know what each of you want, much less deserve.  However, we have become quite fond of Tuff Love, and we strongly recommend a dose of it for the big day.  Some of you may wonder what a dose of tuff love consists of, and whether it hurts.  Have no fear -- we are a full service blog and are happy to tell you that the proper dose of Tuff Love is the five song Dross EP, and it is out today via Lost Map Records.  Oh, and it hurst so, so good.

The Glasgow duo  of Julie Eisenstein (guitar/vocals) and Suse Bear (bass/vocals) have featured here several times, including our coverage of their first EP (here) and the first couple of songs shared from this release.  But we have to say that they impress us more with each exposure.  The songwriting is more focused and the performances tighter.  Dross begins with standout cut "Slammer", a post punk rocker with a snaky rhythm and sugary vocals.  "That's Right" features rumbling guitar riffs and an urgent pace.  The vibe changes intriguingly with "Sebastian" and "Doberman".  The former is a delicate and quirky tune with more languid vocals.   "Doberman" is by turns moody and surging.  The closer "Cum" is jangling and dreamy, perfectly portraying Tuff Love's for making uncertainty, anxiety, regret, loss and misery sound sunny and beautiful.

Dross EP is available as a digital download or on vinyl from Lost Map Records.  And how romantic it is to buy your Valentine's Day record from a label begun in a caravan on a Scottish island.





Dross EP is available on February 9 as a digital download or vinyl from Lost Map Records

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