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.

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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/

 

In Review: Albino’s ‘Belinda’

It’s at times like these you realise how forgiving you’ve been of singles which have come through for review. Why did I find it acceptable that a 6 minute track which had no discernible melody, rhythm, focus or point of interest was worthy of a carefully thought out appraisal? Albino have nailed exactly what a single should be: their new track ‘Belinda’ is catchy, fresh, yet at the same time redolent of some classic bands you’d forgotten you were madly in love with; but at the same time leaving you clawing at your ears that it only lasts for 2 and a bit minutes.

There’s the well told story from Paul McCartney about the creation of ‘Yesterday’ wherby having written down the song, he convinced himself for the following month that all he had in fact done was to plagiarise an already existing wunder-hit. I almost have the same feeling here: ‘Belinda’ sounds naggingly familiar, yet having listened to it a few more times, I’m confident it is a completely original modern classic.

Yes, there are obvious reference points- the kaleidoscopically drooling organ sound is immediately all things The Doors/The Animals/Brian Auger; the structure is the gutter-garage-blues of The Beasts of Bourbon and early Nick Cave. Although Albino are London based, more specifically, London pub-based, their beer mat agenda is being fully understood by both band and audience alike. This as much tomorrow’s sound as yesterday’s – the hangover comes for free.

What Drink?

Considering the band’s claim that they more or less run on whiskey, it’s got to be a fine single malt. Or simply anything alcoholic…

Furnace and the Fundamentals – Live in Cambridge Review Augst 23rd 2017

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With a name like Furnace and the Fundamentals, it should be a cast-iron, nailed on the wall, skewered into the core of the Earth given that said band is as blood-boilingly elemental as they suggest. If only we had a pound for every time we were led along this merry path, only to be disappointed. Prepare yourselves – it actually happened. On an unassuming evening in Cambridge’s famed Portland Arms, the go-to venue for anyone who’s actually ANY GOOD, there was the quasi-religious spectacle of a band living up to their name. Bless everyone involved.

Party band? Weddings and bar mitzvahs? Soggy sausage rolls? None of it. Furnace and the Fundamentals is an almost perversely talented, energetic, musically-muscular volcano of a band which just happens to play cover versions. Forget your covers of Bon Jovi’s Total Eclipse of the Heart; forget even Bon Jovi’s own version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, and revel in the glory of 6 Australian-based go-getters in glittery red suits shaking you silly.

If you’re after a toilet break during the slow number, you’re in for a troublesome time (or at least the person stood next to you is). Furious from the off, Furnace and his cohorts don’t give you a second to collect your thoughts, powering through song after song without so much as a care for the audience’s collective cardio-vascular system. Half way through you realize you’re jigging along to songs you always thought you hated.

 

Never having thought myself how easy it would be to segue from KISS’s I Was Made For Lovin’ You to a wallpaper-peeling medley of Adele hits, Furnace make us all the eager students to their tartrazine-fuelled headmaster. Blurred Lines becomes Billie Jean; Ginuwine’s Pony becomes Bohemian Rhapsody. It seems obvious when Furnace and the Fundamentals rearrange what you ever thought of some of the most recognisable sounds from across the decades. We’d show you the setlist but with nods sometimes as brief as a couple of lines, we’d be here all day writing it down and our fingers simply wouldn’t stand it.

A packed crowd, who were clearly already savvy to the allure of the band, were joined by the performers on the floor as they did the conga through the crowd and keyboard master, Lachlan Nicholson, knocked out a killer keytar solo. Whilst drummer, Mike Solo, was confined to the corner of the stage, he still managed to add his two cents to the performance antics with stick spins, cross-handed drumming and some ingenious trills and transitions that hold the mash-ups together like superglue.

In some ways, it seemed like The Portland didn’t do justice to the quality musicianship and performance on show, with it struggling to keep a lid on the seemingly unlimited supplies of energy from every member of the band. These guys deserve to be playing bigger venues, packing out tour dates, day in, day out – because if everyone knew that cover bands could be like this, there wouldn’t be the stigma that is usually associated with them. Nonetheless, the lucky Cambridge crowd was treated to an intimate, no-holds-barred performance that proved that Furnace and the Fundamentals are the ultimate party starters – full stop.

It was all pretty revelatory stuff – the band come with a reputation for full-throttle, Olympic-standard party shows, complete with glitter cannons and can-can girls (possibly) but it still comes as quite a shock in the flesh. I really can’t recommend highly enough, one of the most (ahem) incendiary gigs in Cambridge this year. Toto? Check. The Darkness? Check. Beyonce? Check. Paul Simon? Check. How long have you got?

 

‘Land of Hope’: a new protest song from Beldon Haigh

Scottish singer songwriter has already written himself into the history books, being one of the only modern day curators of protest songs, but now he is back with ‘Land of Hope’- a song inspired by the refugee crisis which has seen so much exposure in the media of late.

Beldon started off his career back in the 80s playing in a number of bands such as Mikifin and Boxing Clever, but after taking a long break from music, he returned to his passion with a vengeance – penning a protest song about Donald Trump after a dream gave him the inspiration.

However, ‘Land of Hope’ depicts all the feeling and sentiment that you would expect from a song that was written after Beldon saw the famous photo of Alan Kurdi, a 3 year old Syrian boy, who drowned and was washed up on the beach after his family tried to cross into Europe.

Despite the severe nature of what Beldon is addressing in his music, ‘Land of Hope’ is actually a very upbeat song, and whilst some may find this odd, or even disrespectful – those people would be missing the most important word here: ‘hope’. This is a jovial, upbeat song because it needs to be; after all, it’s aim is to get people really thinking and acting on the atrocities they see on the news.

What drink to accompany ‘Land of Hope’?

It doesn’t seem right that we pair an intoxicating beverage with a song of such seriousness and relevance but if anything, perhaps a strong coffee might propel you from your sofa into becoming an activist against the refugee crisis. It might happen. You never know.

 

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008