Spirits in the Sky with Satellite Ravens

Space rock then. There can’t be many bands that have, on the surface, defined a time, a place and a level of inebriation than Hawkwind, yet it is largely their influence which has led to the emergence of Satellite Ravens. The tie-dyed heartbeat which thrums through their music is all oil on lightbulbs and whooshing guitar effects, a technique which has never entirely disappeared for reasons both musical and otherwise (none of which we condone, obv). Every decade has had their own take on the style, from Spacemen 3 in the 90s to Monster Magnet to Flaming Lips to, more recently, Comets on Fire. Satellite Ravens have an extra twist in that lead Raven (indeed, most of the time, only Raven) is primarily a bassist, meaning that the psychedlic stew is bolstered by a very pleasing funk flavour.

For drinking purposes, though mescal infusions would seem apt on the surface, we can’t miss the opportunity to mention Space Rock Pale Ale which promises nuggets of alien technology.

http://www.satelliteravens.com

https://www.shortsbrewing.com/beers/space-rock/

Drink Ya Later, Alligator – Strange Things are Going Down in Canada…

Big Dik Blak is very much the kind of band name you might find yourself mentioning in a pub-based conversation after a few cold drinks. It’s not necessarily the kind of act you’d want your grandma introducing on stage but then, we’d have to question that whole stage operation to be honest.

George Swan, BDB’s sole member, has been making music since anyone can remember, including himself. His press releases suggests he was born in a swamp and raised by alligators, information you might ordinarily find outlandish but in this case, almost doesn’t seem weird enough. Having survived the wreckage of the bands The Rash and Patsy Decline, BDB has gone solo, showcasing his skills as a bassist and portentous 70s organ (ironically) player. There’s so much to dig into, it’s difficult to know where to start in terms of recommendations. We’d suggest making a few of these, passing out, waking up terrified and starting the whole process all over again.

https://www.liquor.com/recipes/sex-with-an-alligator/#gs.Yvyhltg

Slim Loris and the Country Rock Sound of Sweden!

The Alt-Country boom in the mid-90’s was quite a thing – country as a genre had long been derided as rhinestones and fake smiles, but even before the commercial rebirth of Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, bands had openly embraced the genre and added their own sympathetically subtle embellishments. Acts such as Giant Sand, Wilco and The Handsome Family brought the dust-swept art of story-telling into ultra-cool indie territory, despite (or maybe even because of) their heartfelt love of the simplicity of the music and the lyrics.

Though alt-country (or, if you prefer, Americana) has settled into its niche quietly now, the ethics and sound are appearing in the most unusual places. Perhaps the gold-standard of these is Slim Loris, a band based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who are producing some of the most life-affirming music you can imagine, whilst keeping a firm grip on reality.  The first track to be aired from their forthcoming EP, “Wild & Untamed”, is “Burning Elephant”, one of the rockier tracks but still brilliantly melodic and wholly satisfying…

Which brings us to booze. What to pair? Presenting the combining of American and Swedish culture:

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/slimloris

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4i1M26n7NN5vINKv3VfuHu

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYvykGoHrbiiBqa33Ia_pPA

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slim-Loris/214253388610637

Twitter

https://twitter.com/SlimLoris

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/slimloris/

Website

http://slimloris.com/

Survival of the Fittest – Survival Code’s Latest Single

Cooking and music – do they go together? Dublin/London duo Survival Code don’t strictly answer the question definitively but we’re hedging our bets with a “no”.

Their latest single, warmly praised by Hot Press (ho-ho) Not Working, is stridently upbeat despite the point the song is making, reflecting the incredibly energetic live shows the pair are well known for.

Although we wouldn’t recommend tomfoolery in the kitchen, there must necessarily be a suitable beverage to which one can enjoy Survival Code’s new track. Avoiding the obvious Guinness, we’ve though long and hard about what fits their melodic yet heavy brew – we found just the thing: malt, coffee, 5.8%. Marvellous!

www.thesurvivalcode.co.uk

www.facebook.com/thesurvivalcode

www.soundcloud.com/thesurvivalcode

www.spotify.com/thesurvivalcode

After Hours Post-Rock with Broken Islands

Broken Islands may be the most heart-breaking listening experience of your year – or maybe the most uplifting, such is the strange brew of raucous guitars and honeyed vocals. Post-rock may have had a somewhat tumultuous hay day, evolving from sheets of amplified power chords to orchestral, if rather directionless, suites of floppy-haired yawning. It was a brave attempt to bring classical techniques to rock and indie music but it failed as bands either misunderstood what they were trying to integrate or took themselves too seriously to an alarming degree. And then there’s Broken Islands.

Broken Islands are the band post-rock should have used as its template for glory. Exceptionally grand and widescreen in scope, this is utterly thrilling, indeed the temptation to wheel out cliched phrases of rapture is almost too much to resist. Listen to the track “Crown” and you risk arrest if not moved to tears. It’s a stunning testament to a band who have only unleashed themselves on the world when they had fully developed as both a band and songwriters. Their album, Wars, has just been released (on red vinyl) and is a potential game-changer.

What to accompany this emotional experience? Well, the band are from Canada so it would be nice to bring that into the mix. Lo’, please enjoy a heart (and body warming brew from those good people at Canada Dry

https://www.canadadry.com/recipes/warm-ginger-apple-rum-punch

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-475951978/sets/wars

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gpCj0xQj8BwdG3uXPUJRr

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvEJQKLM-qaFjTvMXxUMkWg

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/broken_islands

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

Website: http://www.thebrokenislands.com/

For Greasy Garage Rock, It Has to be Vulpine Smile…or is that Vulpint?

Though when many people think of sixties music they conjure up sounds of pop and woozy psychedelia, we’re always partial to a slice of garage rock, the true precursor to punk and a style which has never lost its appeal. With exponents such as The Sonics and The Wailers, their unhinged breed of blues-inflected trashy, fuzzed-to-the-gills rock was a breath of fresh air and inspired anyone with a guitar, an amp and forgiving neighbours to kick out the jams and have a go themselves.

Jumping forwards to today and the model of garage rock still hangs heavy over White Stripes and Royal Blood, though their adoption of modern pedals and effects has seen them attract a much wider audience than their ancestors. Enter Vulpine Smile, a Cambridgeshire band who combine the blues progression and scuzzy guitars of yore but combine them with a soaring vocal which is very much in the Jeff Buckley mould. Their single, The Way it Flows, could not be more Booze and Reviews-friendly, both title-wise and content-wise, being intoxicating enough to make you feel half-pissed before you even start on the liquid refreshment. Talking of which, there can only be one tipple to drink along to Vulpine Smile, especially considering their musical heritage…

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

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

Wartoad, The Band With Many Members Makes An Interesting Approach With ‘I Alone Can Fix It’

 

 

Wartoad have been making the rounds with the release of their brand new track ‘I alone can fix it’.

With all 9 members, yes that’s right, 9! A already accomplishing achievement for a band now a days, the band consists of  Al Dijon (Organ, Mellotron, Drums, Vocals), Butch Dante (Guitar, Vocals, Whistle), Calvin Voltz (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Kalimba, Vocals), Charlie Danielson (Bass, Vocals, Guitar), Diego Fontana (Drums, Vocals), Hal McNulty (Vocals, Bass, Guitar), Kip Larson (Drums, Vocals), Nigel Stevens (Vocals) and finally Tony “Terk” Downing (Drums).

With a brand new album on the way and all the while achieving what they do, living separately around the world must be insanely difficult, how they get things decided together, i do not know, they must have great Skype connection!

So, whether you’ve guessed it or not, the preferred beverage would be something green, an apple Sourz, or perhaps something with a bit more of a kick, or punch…Jagermeister. The perfect choices of drink to chug while rocking out like punks!

Be sure to check out the politically charged, punk fueled jab at Donald Trump, out now:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp4v3OAPSnr1iZWdeJym5rQ/featured

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WartoadPunkBand

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

Website: www.wartoad.com

 

 

Oceans of Noise but Go Easy on the Booze!

Launching their first campaign outside of their native Turkey, Oceans of Noise are the kind of rock band it’s easy to get along with. Despite having an outrageous amount of success in their home country, Eurovision Song Contest victories and a loyal fan-base, rock fans should have no concerns about language barriers or unusual stylings – this is epic, landscape, quadruple-gatefold scale symphonic rock, with arresting imagery, oodles of musical skill and synths and guitars working in tandem to scramble your brains before you’ve even got to the bar.

Talking of the bar, Oceans of Noise are holding a launch party for their self-titled EP at London’s ultra-fashionable, Omeara Bar under London Bridge. Should you be lucky enough to get an invite, do the right thing and ask the barkeep for a couple of shots of Turkey’s national drink, raki to toast the band and yourself for having such good taste. Tempting as it may be, we wouldn’t recommend oceans, seas or even lakes of the stuff, though we’re fairly certain you’ll find the music intoxicating enough.

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/oceans-of-noise/1296282833

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/21HzqFortyEjD2yOdCZAPY

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

Facebook: facebook.com/oceansofnoise

Twitter: twitter.com/oceansofnoise

Instagram: instagram.com/oceansofnoiseband

Website: oceansofnoiseband.com

Anarchy Reigns Call the Shots!

If there’s one thing the Brits are good at it’s complaining and making loud music, and who better to prove this point than heavy rock outfit, Anarchy Reigns. Led by the already iconic Hitch, the band have already got an army of fans before they even released a note of music – their social media campaign which throws down the gauntlet for followers to takes photos of minor examples of anarchy (walking near “don’t walk on the grass” signs and the like) has garnered thousands of followers and zillions of shares. Now embarking on stage two of their bid to conquer the world, they release the video to Liars, Liars, a no-nonsense (or possibly all-nonsense) diatribe against politicians. Not specific politicians but the whole lot of em. In for a penny!

Though with an element of humour which has long enjoyed a tradition in British rock music, the musicianship is top drawer with proper, honest to God riffs and drum pummeling. With a call to arms which is already selling merchandise to their army of fans (hand grenade stress-relievers, anyone?), another single and an album are just around the corner. Join up or look daft.

So, what brew to select to go along with your Anarchy Reigns listening experience? Well, we were sorely tempted to go for copious pints of Trooper, in honour of the mighty Maiden, but it would surely be wrong not to swig back some JD whilst flicking the horns?

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/duncan-hitch-morris

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTh2uHiEgnw0LoIdrzSWtQ

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

Website: http://www.anarchyreigns.net/

Heavyball – The Perils of Midweek Drinking

Midweek drinking is a terrific thing, until you bring work into the equation. No matter how good an idea it feels to keep putting off the ‘one last drink’, there is something about a midweek hangover which is a crime against humanity. Numbness and pain somehow managing to co-exist for a day which lasts far longer than 24 hours. Heavyball know this and share our pain. Their latest album, “When Can You Start?” is a concept album relating the final week in the life of an office worker whose hopes and dreams are quashed at every turn. Hope springs eternal but sometimes, the refuge of the pub is the best option.

Though several of the tracks have a jaunty, two-tone feel, the mood across the album varies from both joyous to despairing, perfectly summing up the lives of many stuck in a dead-end job: it’s a means to an end but it can soon become a pit it’s impossible to escape from.

To accompany a suitably mood-swinging listen to the album we suggest a proper pint – no American IPAs or fizzy 3% stuff, go for something which tastes lovely but quickly turns into a terrible mistake without you realising until it’s far too late (probably the following day). Can’t go wrong with Black Sheep. Look, posh Black Sheep!

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/heavyball       

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7l1XJIYCH6Kop2j6plDWvk

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HeavyballTV/videos   

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Heavyball/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/heavyballreal

Instagram: www.instagram.com/heavyballreal/         

Website: www.heavyball.net