No one knows when they’re young

This weeks incoming

As usual a serious amount of new material has been delivered here at Aural Delights HQ over the last week so there has not been much time for considered reviewing.

Three pre-release tracks from the new Sallie Ford album “Slapback” have arrived and they sound fantastic. The sound is a little more raw and increases the anticipation for the full release on October 13th.

I finally got around to purchasing the excellent album from My Little Brother “If we never came down” which is marvellous. I featured the band on the radio show a couple of years back and i’ve been meaning to get hold of the release – glad I did it’s fantastic.

My appreciation of the new Trojan Horse album “A World Turned Upside Down” is reflected in an interview with Nick Duke from the band on the Studeo Blog. Suffice to say that the quartet have overcome the “difficult second album” hurdle with some ease and have created something genuinely groundbreaking. Links and stuff are in the review in the other place. I also put together a special podcast to celebrate the album launch which features old and new material from the band as well as each band members musical favourites plus a few of my own choices to break up the mix.

Aural Delights Podcast reaches it’s 100th edition in a couple of weeks so I’ve been putting my mind to how I might celebrate that milestone – pending that here is the latest edition

The new metal and garage music keeps flowing and there have been some remarkable releases which I just have not had chance to write about so I’ll let the Sonic Attack Podcast  tell the story – although I will point out the new OHHMS album as a bit of a highlight

And here’s some quick one-lines on the rest of the new material…..all of which should be appearing on future podcasts at some point…..

Cable35 – Coconut Supply (Single) Free Download from Website – Out Now

Taken from the Fungus EP which was out earlier in the year. Fresh neo-grunge sound with a hint of Sonic Youth, Excellent

Roses Never Fade – Devil Dust (Album) Neuropa – Out Now

Remarkable mix of ambient textures and moody acoustic strumming with dark, brooding vocals. Featuring Ancient Wisdom’s Nathan Opposition, The Way To Light’s Austin Rathmell and Pale Creation’s Nick Fiction. Impressive.

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (Album) Avalanche Records – 6th October 2014

Slightly disappointing in that there is nothing new of note. The usual industrial metal tropes are here and it’s all delivered very well but I could have done with a bit of development maybe.

Positronik – Better Late Than Never (Album) German Shepherd Records – 17th October 2014

Post split compilation of the majority of their recordings. High quality soul-pop with electronica elements.

Dope Body – Lifer (Album) Drag City – 20th October 2014

Impressive second outing for this Baltimore Quartet. Excellent rock/punk and contender for album of the year.

Annhilated – XIII Steps to ruination (Album) Unique Leader – 28th October 2014

Debut, full length intense and unforgiving death metal with some technical elements

Atomzero – Surface (Single) Analogue Trash – release date unknown

Post punk electronica in an Ultravox and that ilk style, but with a touch of Moroder

Monster Jaw – Monster Jaw (EP) Cobra Kitten Records – 27th October 2014

Pop flecked ear-worm in an indie package – vocals seem a bit low in the mix, but good for all that

Surburban Myth – Crashed and Burned (Single) Self Released – 31st October 2014

One of those tunes which has a great verse but a disappointing chorus. The second single taken from the band’s debut Album ‘Welcome (If Only)’.

Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space (Album) Cargo – 23rd February 2015

A Teaser video for the new album, which is a long way off, looks to continue the work to date, I hope they will have developed some of there elements to freshen up the sound.

and finally a little treat with the new video from Le Butcherettes…..

Rarified Mixtures and Sad Farewells

A few bits of news before I disappear for a week to watch England play India at Old Trafford – let’s hope the weather stays dry……anyhow…..

The ever prolific Melvins return with “Hold It In”, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010’s The Bride Screamed Murder. Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song album are Butthole Surfers‘ guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. The album was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year, and shall be released via Ipecac Recordings this October.

Melvins New Album

Bitchin Bajas‘ self-titled new album is according to the promo  “something delicate yet definite, gradually washing over your consciousness. Something pure and natural is happening-within the sound, within the song; in the album and in you. The shifts that come, make changes in your moods and your body temperature. On one hand, it is in many ways the ultimate album; and on the other, barely even an album at all. Where these ideas meet is immediately realised in the come-to-life video for the song, “Bueu””.

Using analog, modular video synthesizers, the video for “Bueu” was created by Nick Ciontea and is the first in a series of videos planned for each and every movement on the Bajas’ self-titled new album. The rest are set for a special, digital-only release of the album, available exclusively from Drag City. Tune in and drop out and watch 12 minutes of trippy visualisations.

Portland’s furious sci-fi punks, Big Black Cloud, are back from the lab with their latest dirty bomb, the cassette EP Lessons In Fuck You 2. Tripling down on their intoxicating rarefied mix of punk, noise, psych, surf, and rock, the agita trio takes a dark trip that drives and swerves like a B-movie soundtrack through threat-level guitar attacks, groovy alien eviscerations, and goddamn-us-all-to-hell preaching.

The band is from Portland, Oregon, and comprises guitarist/vocalist Nick Capello, bassist/vocalist Soo Koelbli, and drummer Travis Wainwright. Formed in 2005, They have released two 7-inches, a 10-inch, two 12-inch LPs (Dark Age and Black Friday), and the Shitty Vibrations cassette. They channels inspiration from sources as disparate as Brainbombs and the Beatles, Dolphy and Mingus, and Italian horror and creature features into unhinged rock ‘n’ roll that hits the high marks and innovation of noise-punk greats like Pere Ubu, Circus Lupus, Dead Kennedys, Cows, and Alice Donut.

Lessons In Fuck You 2 was borne of demo sessions recorded and mixed by Andrew Grosse of Caravan Recording (Drunk Dad, Tyrants, Tiny Knives) for the next  LP, the record capturing the band in its own anxiety-fueled element, a rollercoaster ride through a collapsing amusement park of overdriven shout-alongs and untethered instrumentals. The recordings, done on location with a mobile unit in the underground lair of the The Fancy Fox, gave the ever-prolific trio a chance to work through a host of new and old ideas. Whether due to the (dis)comfort of their own space, nothing-to-lose abandon, or present states-of-mind, Lessons In Fuck You 2 finds the band in top form: frantic, pissed-off, and sinister as they further explore their own dark territory with off-balance grooves, instrumental street-race sex jams, and wild freakouts, jagged guitar and cracking drums glued together with rubbery bass overlain with can-you-hear-me-now yells.

Big Black Cloud

Los Angeles sludgecore unit, Colombian Necktie  are about to release  their debut full-length, Twilight Upon Us. Named in honor of a song by Big Black but more commonly known as a method of murder where the victim’s throat is slashed and the tongue is pulled through the open wound, the album is  produced by Erol “Rollie” Ulug (Graf Orlock) at Bright Lights Studios, is the sonic equivalent of this violent and visceral act boasting thirteen maniacal tracks of dark, riff-heavy, emotionally stirring audio menace.

Since forming in the Los Angeles in the autumn of 2010, the band — vocalist Scott Werren, guitarists Juan Hernandez-Cruz and Ben Daniels, drummer Ben Brinckerhoff and bassist Alex DuPuis — has earned a reputation for their punishing riffs and maniacal DIY work ethic. Though clearly rooted in hardcore, tracks like the syncopated, sludgy death march of “Play The Game” and midtempo thrash of “Drought,” complete with squealing synths, add a welcome dose of variance to an album that’s uncompromising in its aggression. “We don’t feel like we fit in any one genre, we just kind of slam things against a wall and focus more on how it makes us feel than where it fits in,” Hernandez-Cruz admits. “Our influences range from Cave In and Snapcase to Orchid and Page 99 so we never try to limit ourselves when it comes to what we do stylistically.”

It hasn’t been a painless ride for the members of the band however and correspondingly, much of Twilight Upon Us is rooted in tragedy as evidenced in the ten-minute opus “Kevin’s Song.” “Kevin was a close friend of ours and former bandmate who actually brought the band together. When he passed away, something came over us and we started writing differently,” Hernandez-Cruz reflects. “The tragedy was really heavy because Kevin was just driving to a show in San Francisco and we knew it could have been any of us.” Instead of falling into depression, the band used their friend’s death as the catalyst to the manifestation of Twilight Upon Us.

“So much of the record is about loss and the struggle to try to cope in a city [Los Angeles] that isn’t always forgiving,” Hernandez-Cruz continues. “The silver lining is that this experience brought us closer as friends and musically in the sense that it made us all vulnerable and forced us to really listen to each other.”

Whether it’s the progressive bridge of “Weep For The Future” or ethereal intro to “Sleepwalking,” the bond the members developed over the past two years helped them dig deeper to incorporate elements that they never could have conceptualized in a perfect world. “This record has a lot of pain on it and a lot of unpredictable moments but it also feels good if that makes any sense,” Hernandez-Cruz summarizes, “and listening to this collection of songs, the listener gains the sense that not only are they not alone but that he or she can gain strength in the darkest of moments.”

Twilight Upon Us will be released independently on August 19th, 2014.

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And it is with great sadness I mark the passing of Positronik.  The band has been a key part of my life for the last four years or so and it is regretful that their excellent tunes didn’t get the audience they deserve. MzDee who left some time back continues to work with Blue Zen, and it is has been, I think, the failure to find a suitable replacement for Danielle that has led us to this situation. Monty continues to perform bass duties for Kit B, as well as his solo project The Junta (whose first gig will be at this years Salford Music Festival). Jeff Black is working again with Carl Lingard of Pearl Divers fame. All three of  the latter group of musicians can be heard on the Salford Streets Charity album.

 

 

 

 

The Last Aural Delights – 31st October 2012

To finish after three years and six months on the steam radio our Reverbnation Artist of the Week for this week and last week  and a selection of my favourite artists.

Notable by their absence are Moff Skellington, Danny Short and Fall Fan Dave & The Lap Top Dancers who will in all likelyhood be the subject of a special podcast  in the not too distant future.

Listen to the show here…..

  • The Happy Fallen – Ultrawave – a new track from the ever productive Mr Neale James
  • Easter – Damp Patch – a track from one of the albums of the year “Innocence Man”
  • The Gin Circle – Sinderella Story – our reverbnation artist of the week , a trio from Leicester
  • Factory Star – Incorruptible – one of the best bands around at the moment from the “New Sacral” release
  • AAAK – Regenerate – another one of the best bands around at the moment – stunning at Salford Music Festival – from “Totalitarian Tip Toe” and featuring another particular favourite – Kin.
  • Neuron No – Limonchik – from the “Little Lemon EP” – a band who never fail to amaze me with their musical abilities….
  • Taser Puppets – Wasp – yet another one of the best bands around at the moment – great songs and a great attitude……
  • We Could Be Astronauts – Loose Lips – were our Reverbnation Artist of the Week last week but I neglected to play them – and being a man of my word I am rectifying that omission.
  • The Gin Circle – Lost To Be Found – as above
  • Da Mutts – Albion Summer – an abiding love for this band and their song-crafting skills…..
  • Kit B – Hulmenoid – Danny Cusick is one of our best song writers and here is another example of his abilities
  • Positronik – Don’t Come Crying – this should be in the charts not that tedious N-Dubz crap
  • Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton – Glamoflage – so should this…..
  • Kill Pretty – The Year of 13 Moons – best tune of the year for me, so I thought I would go out on a high

Thanks for listening – Aural Delights will be back in podcast form in about two weeks on – http://www.mixcloud.com/BobonSCR/……

Salford Music Scene – 16th October 2012

Stream the show from here

….and this is what I played

1 The Blimp Art Job
2 Factory Acts Senseless (Radio Edit)
3 Skeleton Suite  Sloth
4 Kit B Capo D Monty
5 The Happy Fallen Ground Zero
6 Uncle Paul Anne Sellors Last Chance
7 Dan Solan Hands On Another
8 Naked (On Drugs) Death Dance
9 Kit B Blood In Blood Out
10 Ste McCabe Did You Really
11 Positronik When The Bitch Knows Your Name
12 Streetswimmers Falling
13 Dan Solan We Didn’t Kill Anyone
14 The Fall Idiot Joy Showland

Salford Music Scene – 4th September 2012 – Salford Music Festival Preview #2

The second of four specials looking forward to this years Salford Music Festival

The festival runs from 20th-23rd September at over 20 venues across the city and features 160 live bands. This is the third year of the festival and it promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Listen to the show here

Featured this week are :

1 Johann Kloos Now You’re Dead Demo
2 Early Mojo Dirt Swimming in Circles
3 Kill Pretty Rob A Bank Dark Heart
4 Joe Thomas Original Sin Under A Salford Sky
5 Blue Zen Drifting Demo
6 Wonderland Trip Bring Back the Sunshine Single
7 Dirty Money Old England Demo
8 The Tuesday Club These Dog Bites Demo
9 The Tuesday Club Interview
10 The Tuesday Club Dolly Dynamite Single
11 Positronik Know My Place Demo
12 We The Dead Red and Black Demo Tape
13 The Cornelius Crane Duktown Demo
14 The Conspirators Jekyll and Hide Single
15 Ghost Outfit Waste Single
16 The Fall Monocard(Lunatic Mix) Single

Unfortunately the tickets for The Fall gigs are all sold out now

Dates and venues for the artists are as follows:

Blue Zen 21 September – The Star Inn
Dirty Money 22 September – The White Horse
Early Mojo 20 September – Lower Kersal Social Club
Joe Thomas 22 September  – Deli Lama
Johann Kloos 20 September – The Crescent
Kill Pretty 22 September – The Crescent
Positronik 22 September – The Hope
The Conspirators 22 September – New Oxford
The Cornelius Crane 22 September – The Blue Bell
The Fall 20 & 23 September – The Lowry/ 22 September Lower Kersal Social Club
The Tuesday Club 22 September – The Wellington
We The Dead 21 September – The Hope/ 22 September – The Lowry
Wonderland Trip 20 September – New Oxford

Salford Music Scene Radio Show 4th July 2012

On this show – which you can listen to here

1 Positronik Don’t Come Crying EP
2 The Fevers Heartbeats Like A Drum Single
3 The Imogen Styles Daddy Was A Dancer Demo
4 Effluence Stilts CatchRag
5 Annie If You’re Gunna Get Back Demo
6 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers Dya Eva Wonder Pre-release
7 John Simpson/Ian Breen November Pre-release
8 Tall for Jockeys German Suplex Get Japan On The Phone
9 Naymedici Paddy McGhee Single
10 The Outreach Project Go My Own Way Demo
11 Twisted Hand Spear The 1982 Masters
12 Mount Fabric Curves and Corners Single
13 John Mackie Salford M44 Demo
14 Phil Davis and the Ninja Smoke Bombs Souls Demo
15 The Fall Zagreb White Lightning EP

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Tears Are Not Enough

Amazon – the single

I Tunes – the EP

Positronik manage to bridge the gap between modern electronic pop and classic soul effortlessly.

This latest EP which couples the excellent pop tune “Don’t Come Crying” with the mean and moody “When The Bitch Knows Your Name” (in it’s original and dub versions), demonstrates that this band are going places. An exceptional vocal performance from MzDee, some earth shaking  “machine gun” bass from Monty and the usual layers of Captain Black’s synthetic palette marry into a tune that ought to be in the charts.

If any tune deserves to be a pop hit at the moment it’s this one……spread the word….and enter the Positronik world!!

Salford Music Scene – 25th April 2012

The significance and sometimes downside of pre-recording radio shows is that things change in between you recording them and them being aired. So that Everyday Goldfish who are listed below are not now playing the Grunge Revival at The Crescent – however Cable 35 who I have featured on the Aural Delights Show are instead. So the show comprises (and can be listened to here):

1 The Words Head Over Heels Single
2 Dead Circus Paranoia Demo
3 Well Wisher Breathe In Summer Gangs
4 Everyday Goldfish Second Thoughts Demo
5 Kurb Get On Your Knees and Pray Demo
6 The Ascension The Rift Blood Upon The Rose
7 Lipstick Traces D Minor Demo
8 English Mutts Proud Man Demo
9 Positronik Don’t Come Crying Single
10 Our Day Remains Take This Night Single
11 Saturday Morning Cartoons The Ditch Single (Radio Edit)
12 The Black Paths Wake Up Hold Fast To That Which Is Good
13 Trojan Horse Fire Fire EP
14 Dead Sea Apes Astral House Astral House
15 The Fall Cosmos 7 Ersazt GB

Notes in respect of the above artistes

1. The new single…..a fine follow up to the excellent “Demons”

2.  One of the bands appearing at the Grunge Revival at the TNT Experience at The Crescent Salford on Friday – they are from Manchester

3. From the recent EP “Summer Gangs” – skittish math rock lunacy – featuring Mr Ian Breen who is nearly in as many bands as Hop Man Jr (nearly but not quite)

4. This lot were supposed to be playing at the Grunge thing at the Crescent on Friday but got pulled after I had recorded the show Instead of these on Friday at the Crescent you get these (who I have featured before):

5. From Macclesfield – they need a bass player and a drummer if anyone is interested (serious shortage of drummers around at the moment for some reason…..). Hopefully they will send me some more tracks as I rather like them.

6. Here’s a track from the new EP which is launched at the Kings Arms on May 9th (Kin made the video……very good…)

7.  Another new band from Salford (new to me anyway) describe themselves as “dirty blues” – more from them in future weeks.

8.  Another pop classic from the lovely Mutts from Moston……reminded me a bit of quality era Hall and Oates this – but without the nonsensical ululating of Mr Hall.

9. Inevitably biased towards this lot as they are all my chums but I have to say this is a bit of a pop classic from Jeff, Danielle and John. They will be gigging soon I hope, after a bit of a rest over the last few months.

10. New single from this young combo from Bolton.

11. The other band playing at the grunge gig on Friday – from Little Hulton (an area steeped in musical heritage) – very impressed by these lads although I had to edit out the naughty word.

12. From next door in Walkden Mr Von Black Paths sooths us with his electronic wizardry….a track from a forthcoming album which he is going to let us have in bits – the little tease.

13. The iconoclastic marriage of Frank Zappa, Black Flag and Yes encapsulated in a small bite sized chunk – from the forthcoming EP of the same name which will be launched on May 3rd at the Kings Arms as part of New Music Series (more of this on next weeks show).

14. Stunning track from a recent EP of the same name – marvellous ambient psychedelia….the companion CD “Lupus” is similarly wonderful…

15 From the last but one single – the new single arrived too late for me to feature it on this weeks show – so you will get it next week

Salford city Radio Music Scene Show – 25th October 2011

On this show

  • Irk the River – Vallette – Sways lable trio with a fine turn of tune – I went to see the Adolphe Valette exhibition at The Lowry last week which prompted me to dig this one out from earlier in the year…..
  • The Louche FC – Hands – new single, free download – very nice!
  • Sandells – Alien Intelligence – new recording from the Salford Music Festival – best capture of the band so far – guitarist Johann Kloos has a solo gig at the Crescent this Friday…….
  • White Noise Box – Selective Hearing – from Stockport – just had a name change and show great promise with this rather impressive tune….
  • Our Day Remains – Lights Go Out – new single released last Friday, Bolton based band….
  • Positronik – When the Bitch Knows Your Dub – Captain Black delivers a great reworking of the new single in a rub-a-dub stylee…….tune-age as the bass player is known to say
  • AAAK – Get in the real world – EP out in December on Electric Tremor – exclusive track from the latest recording sessions – which features “special guests” ….. looking forward to finding out who they might be……
  • Stop the Blackout – Headlights – debut single out in November….from Manchester
  • The Rainband featuring Rowetta – The Prodigal – new single out in November…..been around for a couple of years and have a lot of good words being said about them…..
  • The God Damn Electric – Something More – catch them live at Dry Bar on December 5th……
  • White Noise Box – Black Cider – another track showing the versatility of this band…..
  • Shoshin – Ridiculous – another great track from the “City of Patience” album – one of my albums of the year
  • Ash Mountain – Tequila – from the new album Flux and Limbo – Fall nerds will note that Mr Dave Milner appears on this album, and the main songwriter in the band is Tim Scott who used to be in Trigger Happy.
  • The Fall – Fantastic Life – one the great Fall singles , took this one from the Hip Priest and Kamerads compilation
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