Working on creating “edible pop chunks” out of songs originally standing as ten minute prog-rock operas are grungy garage four piece Demob Happy from Brighton. Packing a deep bass line behind a fuzzy rock tone, bass playing vocalist Matt Marcantonio claims that lyrically there is an influence from his “bitter disdain for humanity’s engineered ignorance” – so nothing too lighthearted then. Continue reading
Former singer of the recently broken up indie band Yellow Ostrich, Alex Schaaf is now working on a solo project under the name of Human Heat. Though taking a much more electronic-pop route, Schaaf’s vocals remain on the same level of Thom Yorke-esque serenity. That said, ‘All Night’ harks similar tones to Metronomy in its emphasis on guitar and synth, subsidised by smooth and sensual vocals including that of T. Lieberson. As the song progresses, out pop soulful vocals, building ‘All Night’ into a greater state of grandeur and class. Hinting at some R&B tones Schaaf’s new project propels him into a completely different spectrum of music while the presence of his vocals reach out to those fans of former band Yellow Ostrich.
When I applied to do Music Journalism at Uni I was heavily into Twin Atlantic and something that ran through my mind was ‘OH MY GOD, I’M SO GOING TO INTERVIEW THEM, OBVIOUSLY’, of course, I expected nothing near the sort in reality. Continue reading
Support for tonight’s show came from Oxford four-piece Pixel Fix. On record they sound quite soft and serene but what they did on stage elevated their sound into something that not only pulses through the body, but pounds right through to the bone. On top of this, the energy they put into the playing of their instruments, from melodic shredding of guitars to kicking the bass drum through your skull, made for an enticing spectacle to behold. Even at their most static points there was just a buzz about the room that really set the tone for As Elephants Are. Continue reading
A feature I set up with many Noise Cannon members looking at some of the tracks from the recent rescore of Drive.
In the days leading up to the rescore of Drive’s iconic soundtrack keen fans had been anxious to hear what these new tracks bring to the movie. The main issue has been one of ‘if it’s not broken don’t fix it’, something that Simon Neil acknowledged shortly after his track was revealed on Radio 1 just days before the film was aired – “You can’t change the soundtrack to Drive, it’s a beautiful and almost completely perfect soundtrack so it’s a tribute to the soundtrack rather than an escape”. So did the rescore do it justice? A look into just a few of many articles online and it seems that a lot of people weren’t at all happy with the outcome.
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Striking in with a funky guitar riff that coincides perfectly with the smooth vocal pattern, ‘Crown’ is yet another heavily infectious indie-pop track from As Elephants Are. In comparison to previous tracks this latest effort is one of their most guitar-driven, with it building up to a greater energy throughout as it grows that little bit more erratic. This, paired with vocals that become more drenched in emotion as the song goes on, makes this one of the band’s biggest tracks so far. It’s catchy, layered in a coat of euphoria, and it sets the bar high for their upcoming EP of the same name.
Photo credit: Max Jowitt – http://www.maxjowittphoto.co.uk
From busking in London to headlining local events, fresh-faced acoustic rockers The Floodgates have rocketed through the past year, even playing for Heavyweight Boxing champion David Haye at the opening of his gym. The Tunbridge-Wells trio draw inspirations from Mumford and Sons, Bruce Springsteen and Jeff Buckley, resulting in a sound rich in folk tones and raw, organic vocals. Continue reading