New Music Releases 4th December 2015 #MusicIsEverything

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Dumbo Gets Mad – Thank You Neil

En – City of Brides

Jess & The Ancient Ones – Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

Stargaze & Greg Saunier – Deerhoof Chamber Variations

Bamboo – Prince Pansori Priestess

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Noeth Ac Anoeth

Intervals – The Shape of Colour

Sky-Pony – Beautiful Monster

Kid Cudi – Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven

Sunn O))) – Kannon

Album Review: Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – “When the Kill Code Fails” @itsadequate #MusicIsEverything

When I got an email that kicked off by saying “new Prog Rock and Electronica Artificial Intelligence themed album”, my initial reaction was something along the lines of “What on Earth is this?!”, before deciding I absolutely HAD to hear it! I listen to every song sent to me, but this was something that really intrigued me!

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“I Still Remember You” was the first song I’d ever heard by Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. What immediately struck me is how confident this band are in their delivery. Mixing ambient, prog rock, trance, classical and electronica is no mean feat, but here all of those genres are connected by a barely audible thread. It’s as if nature intended it to be this way all along.

I am all at once fascinated and compelled to hear more, so my ears journeyed on to the band’s upcoming album, “When the Kill Code Fails”, available now digitally, with a physical release planned for 2016.

From the catchy yet thought provoking title track; traversing through the perfectly sublime trio of “Broken Wave”, “Layers” and “Connections”; manoevering carefully around the sharp bend that is “Head in a Jar” and crashing headlong into “Link”, the first half of this album has me travelling along a road I never want to end.

Continuing into the remainder of the album, the next song, “Going Down”, is something I almost feel like I’ve heard before; it’s got that kind of nostalgic rock feel. The lyrics portray a frustrated soul who can’t get out of a vicious circle within life. I think we can all identify with that at certain points of our own lives.

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Occasionally, this album conjours up an image of what would be produced if Bright Eyes and Jean Michel Jarre got together in a studio, injected with some Jethro Tull (now wouldn’t that be something!) and punctuated by grunge style guitar playing. Not an unpleasant thought at all!

Proceeding via the afore-mentioned “I Still Remember You”; navigating the hopeful and beautiful message of “My Clockwork Heart”, complete with bluesy guitar; roving around with “Freerunning” – a very groovy instrumental with hints of Metal – for company; taking an emotional wander with the sounds of my favourite track from the album “Solace” coursing through my mind – I’m not ashamed to admit that I welled up when listening to this.

Coming onto the final part of the wonderful exploration that is “When the Kill Code Fails”, I feel myself going into orbit whilst listening to the electronica masterpiece that is “Glass Lithium”. Finally, I reach my destination – “Alive” (again, I dig those Blues guitars).

“When the Kill Code Fails” covers so much musical ground, and I’m seriously impressed. If I had anything critical to say at all, it would be minor things such as… I’d like to hear stronger vocals and heavier drums in places. However, I’m being REALLY picky by saying those things, and it’s very much down to my personal taste, so can’t be construed as a failure in any way, shape or form.

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It may sound trite, but I genuinely feel as if I have arrived somewhere new. As it says in the last song on the album… “I want more”!

If you feel the same, check out Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate on their official website and reverbnation, and contact them via twitter and facebook. You can buy the digital album on cdbaby and amazon. Go on, take that trip. You won’t regret it.

New Music Releases 20th November 2015 #MusicIsEverything

Heartbeat

Magic Circle – Journey Blind

Armon Jay –Del Rio

Leo Abrahams – Daylight

Nots – We Are Nots

Arca – Mutant

We the Kings – Strange Love

Punch Brothers – The Wireless

Martin Crane – Physical Therapy

Ringo Deathstarr – Pure Mood

Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt

New Music Releases 13th November 2015

ListenThe Most Serene Republic – Mediac

PC Worship – Basement Hysteria

Anna Von Hausswolff – The Miraculous

Swallow the Sun – Songs from the North I, II & III

GIVERS – New Kingdom

The Body & Krieg – The Body & Krieg

Parquet Courts – Monastic Living

Lanterns on the Lake – Beings

Wreckless Eric – amERICa

ELO – Alone in the Universe

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

Gig Review: Killing Joke, The Institute, Birmingham, 31st October 2015 @Killingjokeband #MusicIsEverything

Quite the most appropriate band to see on Hallowe’en, Killing Joke are unique; almost unclassifiable. Some say Punk, some say Industrial, some say Goth – I say none and yet all of the above.

This Autumn, we see them touring their brand new album “Pylon”, possibly their most important and potent record since 1994’s “Pandemonium”.

Right from the off, the mix hammering out of the PA was bordering on sonic violence. Commencing with an almost gleeful version of “The Wait” and lurching into the hypnotic and relentless “Autonomous Zone”, Jaz Coleman fervidly demonstrated himself around the stage like a demented Hindu God.

DSC_0226Pausing briefly to greet the audience, there was a poignant moment in which Coleman reminded us that Hallowe’en was the time when we remember the dead, before the band crashed into the extremely pertinent “Absent Friends”.

DSC_0435Tonight’s set is an eclectic mix of brutal gems garnered from the last 30 plus years of their back catalogue. However, the jewel in the apocalyptic crown of tonight’s performance was “I Am the Virus”, the new anthem for a world going to Hell in a handcart.

Never a band who can be accused of predictability or commerciality, the inclusion of “Eighties” and “Love Like Blood” this evening were both somewhat unexpected but nonetheless warmly welcomed.

DSC_0333Killing Joke’s industrial brand of heavy metal disco and their vigorously expressive political commentary has illimitable relevance, and as such the band is in many ways still in their creative prime. And Hosanna to that!

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