Three Cheers for Cholesterol Jones!

As we tremble in the corner of the pub, waiting for the inevitable nuclear apocalypse, it’s comforting to know that some brave souls are picking up their guitars and setting them to stun.

Splitting his time between the US and London, Cholesterol Jones is both an animator and a musician, using these skills to set the brains of  sensible members of society whirring into thoughts of action, and the dumber elements a slap around the ears. Satan’s in Heaven, the lead track of a forthcoming EP of the same name, is a case in point: tricky to pigeon-hole musically (a bit country; a bit singer-songwriter; a bit gospel; a bit TV advert jingle), it uses the cleverness of the lyrics and outstanding animated video to convey a message which, although easy to understand, is in no way condescending or preachy to its audience.

Impressively, the song sticks in your head for days: the simplicity makes you realise exactly how hard many artists try to cram as much into three minutes as possible, yet by stripping away the flotsam and jetsam, the true genius can ring out. There’s a nagging feeling we should have been following Cholesterol way before we heard Satan’s in Heaven, but, as they say, it’s never too late. But what beverage to celebrate this discovery? We reckon something unassuming but deadly, so what better than the green fairy herself? Chin-Chin!

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Julia Mascetti – When Meads Must

As the nights draw in and the opportunities for settling back in the rocking chair with a glass in one hand and the gramophone needle in the other grow, we’re finding ourselves more inclined towards the soothing storytelling, as opposed to the death metal we occasionally happen upon.

Praise due then for Julia Mascetti, a harpist in the Joanna Newsom mould but with the added strings attached, if you like, of being a Brit abroad – in Tokyo, no less. As well as being a prolific blogger, she has grown an audience of local music fans who have been attracted like moths to an open fridge to her shadowy indie folk world of longing and warnings, combining her harp prowess with local musicians playing Japanese instruments. It’s a combination which is both creepy and invigorating and with a sudden thirst for mead. That’s why it says mead in the title. Here’s a picture of some mead, some places to find Julia and a video. Chin-chin.

Links:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/juliamascetti

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliamascetti

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuliaMascetti

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliamascetti

Website: https://tokyoharp.blog

Ms. Mohammed, rock but with a bit of zing.

Ms. Mohammed’s debut Alibi see’s her bring her feisty side right from the go. A mix of tribalistic dhol drums and a traditional kit give her rocky sound an etherial, exotic edge. Her Alibi EP explores this world music and rock mix to great effect, also dipping into Indie and in the last track on the EP ‘Written in Time’, a samba break down. Give the Alibi video a listen below.

So… Ms. mohammed plays traditional punky, PJ Harvey styled rock music BUT, all importantly, she infuses her music with a splash of the etherial and exotic. This this why I would compare Ms. Mohammed to Deperado’s. Traditional Larger with a tequila twist!


Follow Ms. Mohammed
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MsMohammedMusic/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MsMohammedMusic
Website – http://msmohammed.com/

The NaveBlues; what to drink when you’ve got the blues?

The NaveBlues are a new blues rock band hailing from Norwegian, however their strand of Blues Rock instantly conjures the image of a US bar in Tennessee (clue no.1)

Their new EP is something to behold. Searing harmonica tones fit for all the great blues players coupled with rocky outbursts. They feel as though you should be sat in a little ark bar drinking whisky (clue no.2) with a toothpick hanging out of your mouth, watching head Naver; Nave Pundik play the s*** out his harmonica while you nod in approval.

I feel the track from their new EP which captures this image best is The Ghost Collector, 4 minutes of pure jamming; guitar and harmonica melting faces all over it! Its like hearing Joe Bonamassa shred a Harmonica. It ROCKS man, I want to see them live.

NOW what drink would represent this bluesy, rocky harmonica, guitar greatness. It has a great rocky energy, but it harks back to old blues classics, and when blues is done like this, it’s aged well… Its an old classic but it feels fresh, timeless. Got to be a bottle of extra strong aged Jack.

You Wait Ages for One Cosmic Bus…

Modiwo are a Romanian band, though are more like a solo project with lots of musical helpers. Their figurehead, singer Oxana Gherghel, is eminently likeable, just like the band’s music – it’s traditional europop on one very basic level but clings to your brain far more than flotsam you might watch on Eurovision. Perhaps it’s the combined musical prowess; perhaps the slightly ethereal vocals with their subtly exotic twang; perhaps it’s the super-trippy video which accompanies it, leagues ahead of anything else we’ve seen recently. Maybe it’s the exotic folklore which continues to flow from their Transylvania base. So, what to gently sip whilst drifting off to their honeyed pop?

We’ve opted for a couple of shot of palincă, a spirit brewed in the Carpathian basin, in the shadow of Dracula’s castle. Made from plums, apricots, apples, pears, or cherries, it originated in Hungary, though it has a very similar variant in Romania.

Pink Milk to Listen to but What to Drink?

Sweden’s Pink Milk are a male and female duo who excel at contorting deafening sound into strange and wonderful sculptures. Their sound is both hypnotic and bewildering, as much influenced by the spectral Gotland backdrop in which their album was recorded in as the dark ideas spewing forth from their minds.

Their earlier singles have received rave reviews from the likes of Clash and 6Music, in particular their disarming song and video “Detroit” and their slowly unraveling cover version of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”, which is turned inside out and becomes both a lowing lullaby and sinister entreaty. As an entity, they are a testament to how minimalism can actually be huge, expansive and incredibly powerful, and their album, Purple, a rare treat. And that drink to accompany your listening experience? Oh, yeah…

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink1wx4755.html

 

Links:

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/pinkmilktheband

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6pfkVhn2nBIYUEu9nKHdLV

Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvRWoJAz6IGcGmuw3qqah9A

Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/pinkmilkmusic/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/pm_theband

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/pinkmilkmusic/

Website:

http://www.pinkmilkmusic.com

 

Mind-Melting with Nej!Las

We’ve been trying to come up with an appropriate beverage to accompany an evening listening to Nej!Las (her name is a semi-reversal of her given name of Jen Sal), an American techno artist creating complex sonic vistas with magical machines. It’s hypnotic, slightly sinister and utterly overwhelming stuff and requires multiple listens to really get to grips with it…in a good way, it’s music that just keeps on giving. We recommend your Washout listening sessions to be accompanied by an appropriate brew which not only inspires but also numbs and and causes mild delirium. Please enjoy your tot of everclear responsibly – the music is chilling enough without setting yourself on fire.

Grappa Music – The Wondrous World of Johann Sebastian Punk

We’re delighted to add grappa to our list of beverages to enjoy music to, not least because it gives us the opportunity to push Johann Sebastian Punk into the spotlight.

Since 2013, Johann has been aggravating the Italian music scene cognoscenti (and anyone else in his way) as he embarked on a determined campaign to bring his remarkable personae and music to an audience being spoon-fed plastic sound. It wasn’t an immediate success. In fact, it wasn’t much of a success even after the immediate lack of action had passed. Although supported by a loyal band of fans in his home country, there was no way the Italian media were going to stand for his unconventional look and sound, both of which apparently change with the weather – often during the same day.

So, he was launched his latest album, Phoney Music Entertainment, to a much larger audience, specifically targeting the UK, a place renowned for taking rebels, waifs and strays under its wing and nurturing their wayward talent. We’re not sure if Johann needs nurturing, his album sounding so robustly confident, that if anything it’s us that need gentle encouragement. Although portraying himself as something of a court jester, Johann is actually on a serious mission to get audiences to demand more of their “pop stars”, both in terms of material and as artists. We readily accept appalling music as either a joke or a trivial annoyance, but in truth, it’s grating and mood-adjusting for us and depriving musicians of genuine talent and worth the airtime and platform they desperately crave.

Phoney Music Entertainment sees Johann honing his technique (this is his second release) yet drifting from the shoulder-shrugging classic pop of “Tragedy” to the quasi-disco squelch of “The Quintessential” – none of it should really work together but it does – primarily because we’re programmed to accept rock/ballad/rock as a template that has to be stuck to. It’s a quite marvellous record, full of joy but at the same time making us feel somewhat gloomy that this is but a sparkling raindrop in a somewhat sorry puddle. But the album and do your bit.

https://www.facebook.com/johannsebastianpunk/

https://soundcloud.com/johann-sebastian-punk/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/56zl6Mvbe1S3nPWI8MGFin

Steampunk Records Roadshow Tour

Steampunk Record Label tour is now fully underway and there’s still chance to catch a huge array of cyber Victorian talent near you. Drawing on influences as varied as cabaret, classical, punk and, most especially, the exploding Steampunk scene, their live shows are a maelstrom of sonic and visual drama, with audiences as likely to be turning heads as much as the band themselves.

BB Blackdog

Headliners (and indeed, featuring the label head honcho) BB Blackdog has over 600 gigs, 76 original songs, showcases at everywhere from Berlin to Los Angeles to London and countless festival appearances, including, Bearded Theory, Sonic Rock Solstice, Whitby Goth festival, under their collective belt. BB BlackDog have become a live band not to miss – determinedly using no overdubs, they thrive on playing simple catchy music whilst remaining fiercely independent
Links
http://www.bbblackdog.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/BBBLACKDOG
https://www.facebook.com/BBBLACKDOG

 

Feline and Strange

Feline & Strange has embraced the Victorian/Futuristic fashion ethic and infused it into not only their appearance but also their sound. The alien troubadours, masquerading as dapper Berliners to human eyes, combine ear-chilling vocals with an electronic collapsible cello to deliver dizzying supernatural sounds and otherworldly goings-on. Having toured extensively around the world, including, inevitably, the Steampunk World Fair. Their latest album, Out, will be accompanied by a UK-exclusive box-set in September.

Links

http://www.facebook.com/felineandstrange

http://www.felineandstrange.com

The Wattingers

Skeletal gutter-blues three-piece The Wattingers take their inspiration from the American Gothic simmer of films like Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Hunter; the surreal and oozing worlds of Alejandro Jodorowsky; and the unhinged brutality of bands like The Birthday Party and The Butthole Surfers, whilst retaining the wry humour of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Links
http://karaokenoir.wixsite.com/the-wattingers
https://vimeo.com/thewattingers
https://www.facebook.com/thewattingers/

 

The Dark Design

The Dark Design occupy a musical space somewhere between Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and the Sisters of Mercy, combing rock-opera, theatre and murky secret societies, though that still tells only part of the story. Many of the Dark Design’s members are actually fully-functioning automata including the self-propelled autoglock, and their robotic drum-kit. They also play a variety of weird and esoteric instruments including hurdy-gurdy and the tubitar – yep, that’s a hybrid of a guitar and a tuba.
Link

 

 

…and not forgetting, the vivacious compère, Jezebel Steele

Encouraging their fans to dress in similar Steampunk attire to themselves, this is the first glimpse of the Steampunk musical onslaught. Remember to raid their merchandise stall for musical treats too!
Also appearing on the tour will be:  Sweet liquorice; The Big Fibbers; Automotone;
; Return to Chaos

 

The Pavillion, Llangollen – 30th Sept

The Lab, Northampton – 6th Oct

Musician, Leicester – 7th Oct

The George, Belper – 13th Oct

MEN, Heanor – 14th Oct

The Roadhouse, Birmingham – 15th Oct

Museum of Water and Power, Brentford -20th Oct

The Albert, Brighton – 22nd Oct

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/steampunkrecords

 

Review: Dead Days Debut First Single Off New EP, ‘Fight’

Dead Days have just released the first song off of their upcoming EP titled ‘All Your Lies’.

As the track opens with a palm muted guitar sound, which flicks between a heavy punch of the full bands force, it slides into the boys rockin’ the main riff, full band.

Lead vocalist Trevor Marc’s voice pierces into the verse and blends beautifully yet with attack, opening with “I don’t wanna be the million reasons why you didn’t stay that long”. The band have stated that the “Track ‘Fight’ and the whole of the EP is very much about splitting up, cheating and divorce”. This giving a real idea of the anger that this song possesses, however when you get to the chorus, you really start to see the fighting spirit that is being conveyed, through lines such as “Bring your everything, Fight, I’ll dodge every swing”.

This is an anthem for the fighters inside of all of us. Backed with the playing from guitarist James Mattocks, with his Slash like solo, and Bassist, DC, providing the beefy tone as the spine of the song.

 

This is a heavy, thrilling and head-banging anthem!

Dead Days-Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ja7OmJaJqo

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesearedeaddays
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeadDaysBand
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBNgNrfDVGPM4dugugqyJGA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5arvHvrbE3SVM97wvQ7vqG
Website: http://www.deaddaysband.com/