Thursday, 30 June 2016
Welsh singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist The Indigo Palms (Johnny Boon, previously known as The Lost Embers) releases a brand new single, Live It Up on 15 July via Bandcamp.
Live It Up is the first taster of The Indigo Palms forthcoming new album Future Proof which is set for release in September. Inspired by artists such as Prince, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Radiohead, The Indigo Palms has recorded a work that celebrates the extremities of pop music without losing the hooks and love of melody. The single and album are a deliberate move away from the artists previous more lo-fi recordings and sees him turn his gaze towards the lyrical themes and sonic adventures of those inspiring artists from the eighties and nineties.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
The Whole World Window is a fundraiser concert for the leader of Cardiacs, Tim Smith who is fighting a daily battle to get better after being taken ill back in 2008.
This special one off concert will start around 2pm on Saturday 16th July at the New Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.
All monies raised will go directly to Tim.
First 50 Ticket holders (pre sale only) can expect lovely bonus extra treats when they attend the concert.
Concert creator Greg Braysford and Jay Stansfield have lovingly created an extremely limited run of CD’s and Cassette albums to accompany the show, also titled ‘The Whole World Window’.
This long player contains rare and exclusive tracks from the bands playing the concert, plus unreleased donated tracks from other Cardiacs aficionados and other secret bonuses.
The album will also be available to buy only at the concert.
Ticket holders will also receive a limited edition poster of the show, confetti, daisy seeds, badges, stickers and even a themed newsletter (a nod to the Cardiacs concerts of yesterday where confetti was liberally showered on the band and cassette albums only available at their live shows).
All the bands involved have been inspired by Tim Smith and give their time graciously to the cause.
Advance tickets will be £15.00 (plus standard booking fee) available from See Tickets (here) or We Got Tickets (here) – and from the venue directly 01772 499425.
Performing at the all day concert for Tim over two stages will be the following :
STERBUS – (Italy)
BRITNEY – (Edinburgh)
ALL HAIL HYENA – (Nelson)
7 SHADES – (Hereford)
THE SCARAMANGA SIX – (Huddersfield)
SWEET DEALS ON SURGERY –(Manchester)
TROJAN HORSE – (Salford)
ADAM SHAW – (Amsterdam)
THE JACKPOT GOLDEN BOYS. – (Preston)
SEAN KEEFE – (Preston)
TOM ROBINSON – (Everywhere)
AHSA – (Preston)
Vukovar – Voyeurism (Small Bear Records)
CD / DL
9 / 10
Alternative Indie/post-punk band release their second album.
With one of the finest singles and albums of 2015 already behind them, following up last year’s Emperor album should have been a daunting task. Not so for the members of The Bordellos, Neurotic Wreck and assembled Small Bear staff, Voyeurism is a superb album.
In just eight tracks clocking in at a total of less than thirty-five minutes, it is the proverbial story of quality over quantity as they steam through an extraordinarily exciting album. And, any album that contains a track called Masterpiece has a lot to live up to, fortunately is succeeds.
Masterpiece is indeed a brilliant track so much so that if we follow the definition of being ‘a work of a very high standard’, we won’t be wrong. Beginning with what is an unashamedly plagiarised version of the bassline from Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn Theme the alternative soundtrack to the unmade film The Duke Paolo And Little K is a fine track without doubt. With vocals in the vein of Kasabian, the inevitable shouts and chaos eventually ensue as the track speeds up to reverbed end.
The differing styles of Vukovar take on a jazz tinged feel on Quiet where ironically, vocals are often quite the opposite with percussion too that has sheer power and aggression behind it. The strength of Vukovar seems to be in their diversity, something for everyone perhaps – does Irreversible carry the bassline to the theme from Dr Who? Certainly stalled effects and distortion may be compared to the TARDIS, and references to angels may too add further speculation.
The near spoken drawl of Into Your Arms provides a teasing lead into The Fog which also clocks in at less than two minutes as its predecessor. The sublime airiness of which allows the listener to draw breath and contemplate as the albums lead The Blood Garden enters the fray.
The Blood Garden is a marvellous track – atmospheric in beginning with a rockier edge to the end, it starts as a calling to love in a gorgeous melodious fashion. Halfway through it almost stops and introduces full-on guitars and drums. It’s a fine single and one which really should have propelled the band closer to the mainstream.
As the defined voyeur spies on the intimate behaviours of the subject of interest, Vukovar too enter varying worlds of noise and feel. The album closure Little K’s Final Reflection takes walls of guitar against pumping bass and beats from beginning to end. Whether it be the finale to the unmade film or simply the end to a great album remains to be seen. What should be heard however is Voyeurism, as to allow it to slip under the radar would be a travesty of epic proportion.
Vukovar will be playing at the Ralphs Life event for Musicians Against Homelessness And Crisis UK at the Zoo Bar in St Helens on Saturday 17 September (see here for tickets)
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Published on Louder Than War 14/06/16 - here