Have you ever imagined what a French take on American grunge rock would sound like? Me neither but the answer has come to us courtesy of Parisian band TALIA and their latest full length release Thugs They Look Like Angels. TALIA may have originated in Paris but have since relocated to Los Angeles where they quickly nabbed a spot opening for Soul Asylum who wrote the inescapable (whether you liked it or not) ‘90s single “Runaway Train.”
TALIA’s love for the sound of the mid- to late-‘90s is worn on their sleeves (sleeves of jackets purchased from ARMY Surplus I can only assume). Several tracks are built upon Alice Thomas’s bass lines which owe a debt to Kim Deal, Hervé Goardou’s drums plod and hammer the tried-and-true rhythms of disillusionment, and Nicolas Costa’s vocals are suitably gravelly. Yet, from the very opening of lead-off track “American Bride”, it’s very clear that we’re not listening to a band from the ‘90s. Everything that has happened in mainstream rock between 1998 and now has seeped into TALIA’s sound, adding a weird radio-friendly upbeat undercurrent that prevents Thugs They Look Like Angels from ever sounding self-loathing. And let’s face it, the best aspect of ‘90s alternative rock was the self-loathing. It was often unintentionally funny but what could appeal more to a teenage sensibility than a song called “I Hate Myself and Want to Die”? The closest TALIA gets are titles like “Play Dead” that sounds upbeat in a manic Pixies sort of way or “Self-Induced Fever” that would be at home alongside anything by the Goo Goo Dolls.
“A musical masterpiece!… a musical match made in heaven… A must-have album for anyone who adores everything good about the Electronic, Post Rock, Dreampop & Shoegazing genres” Primal Music Blog
“Transcending physical and political boundaries to make sonic nu-dreamscapes” Impose Magazine
“Perfect match of pristine vocals with the alternative rock stylings of Swervedriver” Stereo Embers Magazine
“A sense of grandiosity” Sounds Better With Reverb
“Kaleidoscope of reverb-soaked guitar, intricate drums, heavy bass and distorted guitars intertwined with ethereal vocals” Louder Than War
“For all the things concealed behind the iron curtain, one very cool sonic phenomenon has emerged Sounds of Sputnik.The world is a slightly better place thanks to their musings” Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver, Brian Jonestown Massacre)
Moscows Sounds of Sputnik has announced they will release their newNew Born Remixed EP via Emerald & Doreen Recordings. Surrounding tracks co-written, produced, and recorded by Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma, these tracks also feature stellar vocals from Ummagmas Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov.
The Wedding Present present their track ‘Broken Bow’ not long after premiering ‘Kill Devil Hills‘. These are among the more animated bustling tracks from their new album Going, Going , referencing the interplay between alienation, distance and freedom for the first track and a sensual predatory encounter in the second. This UK indie cult band’s widely anticipated ninth studio album gets its vinyl release on December 2nd in North America via Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records (HHBTM). The album retells the story of a road trip across the USA, revealed across a collection of twenty linked songs, each with an accompanying short film.
Get Off Easy, the latest full length from Canadian sleaze rockers Savage Henry and the Infamous One Pounders, comes off about as graceful and well-timed as a fart joke in a wedding speech. I suppose the cover art, a greasy sausage dipped into a glass of whiskey on the rocks, should have been fair warning. Obviously, an album like this isn’t meant to be taken seriously but it’s still hard to ignore the awkward timing of this “joke” that’s been told a million times before yet needs to be told again while rape culture is more apparent than it’s ever been.
MEN ARE DEAD, MEN ARE GONE, BUT SOME CHICKN CARRIED ON”
Chinkn’s Aleppo sounds like a lost Aphrodite Child demo dipped in classic rock fanaticism.
Chickn is a modular music group formed during the Christmas holidays of 2012 in Athens, Greece. They recorded their first demo in the summer of 2013, when they obtained their current form. Chickn are Angelos Krallis (vocals, guitars, lute, ,tsambouna, udu), Evangelos Aslanides (drums, percussion, djembe, darbuka, bendir) and Pantelis Karasevdas (drums, percussion, congas, djembe).
Chicken’s debut, self-titled, LP will be out 10/10/16 on Inner Ear Records. This is a radio zapping on a 68-minute car drive. This is a field unfolding in front of your very eyes and at the same time a call of wandering. This is an attempt of some people to invent themselves through playing. This is Jetztzeit rock. A sound conceived as jump in the free sky of history.
If you’re American, it didn’t really matter where you fell on the political spectrum after this week’s presidential debate; you were angry to say the least. The general sentiment being that neither option on the ballot is really ideal, it was to be expected that the musical tributes to our impending dissatisfaction began rolling in. While you might find your mood best matched by some enraged anarcho a-la Crass, that’s not even close to what we’re offered by New Jersey rock trio The Spiders and their timely new single “Election Day.”
At the end of the day, if I’m feeling angry, I’m probably going to listen to some late ‘70s punk. But between the generic rock riffs and all-American vocals, The Spiders do drive home the point that politics isn’t a niche genre; it’s a saturating universal which is pretty disturbing.
During the Italian leg of the tour, they will tour with New York’s legendary shoegaze outfit THE VELDT, key protégés of Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and contemporaries of A.R.Kane. The Veldt will be touring Italy for the first time as part of their wider European tour, in promotion of their new EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’.
Renowned performance artist and musician Rachel Mason, freshly signed to Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records, has announced her forthcoming single Tigers in the Dark, along with an accompanying video, directed byMatthew Spiegelman and choreographed by Haylee Nichele. This is the first single from the forthcoming album Das Ram’. The single, which is due out on September 9, will be followed by the ‘Das Ram’ LP, to be released digitally by Cleopatra Records and on limited edition cassette by Practical Records.
This song is written from the voice of an imaginary animal-human hybrid, who expresses the idea that real life only occurs on the stage, as it represents the creative dimension where everything is possible.
Credit: Stella Asia Consonni
Ahead of their six-week European tour, NOTHING have shared a new music video for “Curse Of The Sun”, taken from their critically acclaimed second album, Tired Of Tomorrow, out now on Relapse Records.
Filmed at shows through New York City, Philadelphia and Washington on NOTHING’s headlining ‘Tired Of Tourism’ tour through North America this past May, “Curse Of The Sun” was directed by Jimmy Hubbard (Baroness, Carcass etc). Speaking of the track’s ideals, frontman Domenic Palermo explains:
“This song is a nothing more than a declaration of war with the Sun. It’s the center of the universe that’s to blame for spawning this epidemic of life that is laughably plagued by death. The dark Casanova sprouting humans who live to have everything they can get their hands on, just so they can die and litter it all behind. I’m often reminded by this when we’re playing these big venues filled with hundreds of humans, so it only seemed natural to film in a live setting. That’s the only reason I chose to do a live video actually. They’re normally fucking stupid. Well, that and because Jimmy was filming it all.”
NOTHING have toured solidly across North America since the release of Tired Of Tomorrow. In addition to headline dates, the band have shared stages with Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr, DIIV, Relapse label mates WRONG and California’s Culture Abuse, as well as festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, Spillover, Shaky Knees, Levitation, Forecastle and more. Following a sold-out album release show at Hackney’s MOTH Club earlier in the year, NOTHING return to the UK on September 11th starting a run of UK dates at Bristol’s Start The Bus.