A busy, busy month with lots of new things coming in through the old interweb and by various other sources who wish to remain nameless.
Very quiet gig wise but hoping to remedy that in April and May where things look to be getting a tad oversubscribed. My biggest dilemma is on May 1st where I definately need to be in two places at once – Pharoah Sanders is at the Band on the Wall, and Helmets for Men have some stunning bands on at The Crescent – cloning or a Tardis is the only answer I think.
Album wise – other than those already reviewed on this here blog -I would single out Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion which is extremely good indeed – their blend of twangy americana and doom laden reverb soaked atmospherics is remarkable – both referential to what has gone before but also suitably forward looking. In addition the new Moff Skellington album has arrived on a USB stick – as usual his mix of off kilter whimsy and sonic experimentation is well worth a listen – he is trying to work out how to get it out there at the moment. Notable also the albums from Obits (Moody, Standard and Poor), Young Widows (In and out of Youth and Lightness), and Crash of Rhinos (Distal) are well worth a moment of your time.
EP wise – its been incredibly busy – with the standouts being the releases from Sways, and Gulf Records and the split that Well Wisher have done with Polina. Also I am working my way through a pile of excellent stuff from the Outlier lable, all of which seems remarkably good. I’m about four weeks behind with my listening at the moment due to the amount of stuff coming in. I won’t bother to comment on the mainstream stuff as that gets a good hammering elsewhere.
In terms of the local scene new material from The Hired Help, Periscope, The Black Knights, The Souls, Ghost Outfit, and Glassheads is all good. I have been extremely impressed by The Asteria, Mancini Fires, Phil Davies and the Ninjasmokebombs and the nu-electronica coming in from The Black Paths and Flying Gypsy. Gnod and Trojan Horse continue to amaze with both their work rate and excellent music – and the descriptor prog-nouveau seems to found it’s way into the local patios – who’d have thunk that Eccles would be the birth-place of a new progressive rock music – there you go.
There are around 40 new bands which came to my attention in March but the stand out one was Glasgow’s Mummy Short Arms who have an amazing sound…..
Highlights of the month –
- The new Van Der Graaf Album
- The new Factory Star Album
- The new Crystal Stilts Album
- Getting the OK to release the Hamsters Sonic Diary session as our free download number three
- Organising the Mayfest event and getting some great bands to commit to supporting the radio station
Huge disappointment of the month was the decision by Pearl Divers to call it a day. This was a great pity as they were a band with a unique sound that were liked by a lot of people – I hope the various members all find success in their new endeavors – success which sadly eluded a great live band with some memorable tunes.
A big thank-you to all the bands and artists who have sent me material and communicated with me over the last month – it’s very rewarding to get feedback about the radio shows and hear what you have to say. For those of you cannot be bothered – as Uncle Frank once said – “eat chain”…!