Fascinating Things : Issue 35

More news bites from the side of the music industry which doesn’t get into the mainstream media……..

The launch event for the debut album by The Deadline Shakes has been announced.  If you’re in Glasgow, or nearby,  it is at St. Lukes, the “recently opened and beautifully restored Grade B listed building which showcases all the original features of what was originally St Luke’s Parish Church” on Sat 21st November.  If you can’t make it, how about a live version of new single Frozen Out, shot in the Shakes’ “Den” where the album was recorded?

The band release a double A side single ‘Frozen Out / Sweeten the Deal’   on 22nd November.  The debut album ‘Zealots’ is out Sunday 29th November on cd and digital via Scottish label Flowers In The Dustbin and has already been featured on the Aural Delights podcast.

Sydney’s kings of “power violence” Michael Crafter have just released a split live (with Frame 313) which you can download as pay what you want or grab a cassette for $(Aus)5. It is their 22nd release since their formation in 2009, and is stuffed full of the usual cocktail of metallic hardcore punk with a grindcore edge.

There are three new albums from the metal end of the Fascinating Things in-box this week:

  • “Intransigence” is the debut from San Antonio based death-metal band Abhorrent.   The band features current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Absurdist and The Faceless and was formed in 2007 by guitarist Marlon Friday and drummer Lyle Cooper. They released three-song demo in 2009 before a hiatus while members focused on other projects. In 2014, vocalist Nick Brown and bassist Erlend Caspersen joined and the band recorded the debut album.  It’s a full on death metal spectacular and fans of the genre should be impressed.
  • In the same musical area, another progressive death metal supergroup is Contrarion who release “Polemic” on Willowtop.  The band includes drummer George Kollias (Nile), guitarists Brian Mason (Sulaco) and Leon Macey (Mithras), vocalist Cody McConnell (Goemagot), and guitarist Jim Tasikas and bassist Ed Paulsen, both from the New York-based progressive metal fusion act Delirium Endeavor. It’s a 32 minute eight song blast of epic death metal.
  • The highlight of the trio is the excellent “One Foot In The Flesh Grave” by Wailin’ Storms  released on Magic Bullet which features a fascinating mixture of doom punk and swamp rock. Again rolling in at 32 minutes (is this a new industry standard?) this seven song release manages to create a fresh new sound by combining several differing genres.
Wailin Storms (photograph by Mark Maya)
Wailin Storms (photograph by Mark Maya)

Manchester UK two piece “turbo-proggers”  Cleft are going on tour next week with Vennart (ex-Oceansize) and Knifeworld.  All three will be at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on 25th November.  Go to their Bandcamp page and you can pick up digital versions all five of their releases to date for the ridiculous price of  74 pence!  The band are currently working on their second album.



Fascinating Things : Issue 31

Straight into it this time, far too many new things to share, so lots of links and very little in the way of words:

Proggy stuff in a Porcupine Tree style from South Wales. The band is Goldbringer:

Maini, from Sweden, starts off a bit Enya and then oddly goes a bit Sabbath, more Enya and then an AOR solo….. strangely compelling:

The new Kristian Harting album “Summer of Crush” will be featured on this weeks Aural Delights Podcast, here’s video from it:

Ummagma are back with a new release called “Frequency” here is the delightful, but far too short, opening track:

On Friday 13th November 2015, R*E*P*E*A*T Records and Pure Deadly  release THIS IS THE SOUND OF SUGAR TOWN: a 12” vinyl and download album featuring twelve acts from “the UK’s unsung DIY rock capital, Bury St Edmunds”.  All profits go to the towns’ Women’s Refuge. The CD is hopefully winging it’s way to me for airplay – pending that have a gander at Bandcamp:

Righteous Reprobates seem have  picked on the sound of Burnage, which is interesting was they are from London/Kent. This is their first single which is out in early December. Useful to fill the Gallagher shaped hole in your life:

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche, Montreal’s premiere purveyors of long-form experimental kraut-funk, will head to Europe for the first time this November. The quartet will bring their idiosyncratic and uncannily cohesive pairing of dizzying conceptual headiness and dancefloor-ready rhythmic precision, sadly they are only playing London and Coventry. Their album “Zubberdust!” was very good indeed.

Mark Corrin‘s new EP is excellent. Stop sitting around listening to Adele and go and get it…..

The Deadline Shakes have re-recorded their excellent tune “Sweeten The Deal” and very good is it to:

From their beginnings, Zrazy have tackled social and political issues head-on through their music from feminism to abortion to gay rights, leading to an outright ban on Ireland’s national radio. Their new single is here and is very good:

And finally, a new one from West Yorkshire’s finest Monster Jaw



New Glasgow Sounds

The Creeping Ivies – Your New Favourite Garage Band

The Deadline Shakes – Zealots

Andrew R. Burns  & The Tropicanas – Delaydeez

Flowers in The Dustbin

October and November sees the release of three excellent collections from the highly regarded Glasgow based Flowers In The Dustbin label.

From the stripped back rock and roll garage sound of the refreshingly retro The Creeping Ivies, through the delicate pop harmonies of tunesmiths The Deadline Shakes to the blissed out reverb surf guitars of the “just about holding it together before collapsing” sound of Andrew R Burns & The Tropicanas you will find wonderfully inventive music, high production values, and fun.


The “Ivies” present thirteen slabs of punky rock and roll in the spirit of The Cramps, Rev Horton Heat, Tav Falco & Alex Chilton. Building on the excellent “The Witch House” EP the album offers a medley of an instantly recognisable styles delivered with  joyous abandon. Led by vocalist/guitarist Becca Murray, they formed in 2011 and have recorded two pervious albums . Debut ‘Stay Wild’ was released on vinyl via US label Dead Beat Records which was followed up a year later with the full length ‘Ghost World’. Following a line-up change and move to Glasgow the band have reached a creative peak with this new collection.

The Deadline Shakes have been releasing a series of high quality pop singles recently and the November release of album Zealots cements their deserved critical acclaim to date. There is a danger with pop bands that they tend to follow trends and absorb what’s going on around them and decompose into an amorphous pallid mass. This band operate on their own terms acting alone to create an amalgam of the best of UK pop from the last 60 years. Comparisons with The Beatles, CSNY, The Beach Boys, Belle and Sebastien and many others have been made, this is fair enought as the band have absorbed the best of those acts and created their own style. Folk-rock is an overused genre tag used these, and it has been applied to this band, it most definitely should not be, they have more in common with The Bee-Gees and Queen than Fairport Convention or some of the more recently industry stoked beardy nonsense. This is quality music with very strong production, sometimes epic in scale, and never dull.

Alansmithee off-shots Andrew R Burns & The Tropicanas present that wonderfully loose pop sound that one associates with The Nectarine No 9 and other Davey Henderson projects.   The band describe their music as “tropical dreamslop… lazy unpolished, reverb laden tunes.”  That’s fair enough, it feels as though it’s about to collapse into the evening sunset, it’s relaxed, moody and rich. Even the song titles sound like something Henderson would have dreamed up,  “Pop Slop-It” for example.  There’s a touch of Orange Juice/Edwyn with the spidery guitar and akimbo chord changes and surf feel. Most enjoyable.

Fascinating Things Issue 23

Lo-fi pop from Sweden, Summer Heart releases a new single on 16th October

Prolific jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas has announced a new album Brazen Heart – the quintet for this recording is Dave Douglas – trumpet and compositions, Jon Irabagon – saxophones , Matt Mitchell – piano , Linda Oh – bass and Rudy Royston – drums.

London based We-Are-Z have a new single called Knucklehead out on 16th October

Grievances is the forthcoming new full-length from San Francisco’s Kowloon Walled City. Set for release next month, the band’s first offering under the Neurot Recordings banner and third studio recording overall finds the eclectic collective at their artistic apex, shifting even further from their sludgy post-hardcore roots towards a sparser, more melancholic heaviness. Nothing to embed at this stage but stay tuned. Grievances will be released worldwide on October 9, 2015 on Neurot Recordings, with vinyl on Gilead Media. Preorder bundles are currently available avia Neurot Recordings.

On September 21, UK shoegazer The Virgance will be releasing Paradigm 3, his third LP in a little over 18 months, on the El Vals del Conejo label.  The Virgance is Nathan Smith, formerly guitarist with nineties UK indie band Ripley, which saw BBC Radio 1 and MTV Europe airplay, and co-producer of noughties electronica outfit Loveless. Smith’s first solo LP as The Virgance was ‘Lost Continent’, which was released in February 2014, followed by the ‘Hiko Shrine’ LP in January 2015. Both received critical acclaim in the shoegaze community and blogosphere.

German Shepherd have re-issued Seedhill Bruiser’s Granite Fists and Seedhill Folk Songs albums with improved mixes and clearer sound. Highly recommended!

Glasgow band The Deadline Shakes release their debut album ‘Zealots’ this November. The result of two years of recording and production by Greg Dingwall in the band’s “Den” studio, the album is preceded by a double A side single ‘Frozen Out / Sweeten the Deal’.

The irrepressible trio Le Butcherettes will be embarking on a headlining tour across Europe this autumn, in support of their upcoming album A Raw Youth which sees release on September 18th via Ipecac Recordings. The only UK date is London, Underworld, Camden on 16th November.

(Photo credit: Monica Lozano)
(Photo credit: Monica Lozano)

The latest single to be taken from The Cathode Ray’s highly acclaimed “Infinite Variety” album is “This Force of Nature“, which is due out on 14th September. It will also exclusively feature DJ Tony McQue’s radical remix of “Resist” as a bonus track and will be available from all good download sites including iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Bandcamp. A glorious pop song.

…and the new album from Ought is excellent, expect a seperate and glowing review soon!

Aural Delights Radio Show – 15th August 2012

The aural fayre for this edition (listen here)  comprises :

1 Led Er Est Animal Smear The Diver
2 Moff Skellington Daddy’s Tarmac Suit Gravy On A Plate of Food
3 Bacchanal Party Bears and Barbie Dolls Single
4 Black Magician Ghost Worship Nature is the Devils Church
5 Damn Robot I Think You’re Harry Jasurp
6 Dan Solan Hands On Another Dan Solans Album
7 Fawn Spots Spanish Glass Single
8 Liars The Exact Colour of Doubt Wixiw
9 Sons Between Guns Calling All the Rain Red
10 Suburban Sundays Love is just a feeling Suburban Sundays
11 The Deadline Shakes Sweeten the Day Single
12 The Stagger Rats I’m In Love EP
13 Glanford Tonight Matthew EP
14 Van Der Graaf Generator Chemical World The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome