Archive for the ‘Music Criticism’ Category

King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard

March 5, 2018

OK everyone, joke’s over. You can stop pretending to like this abomination now.

I just can’t work out what is more surprising. That they’re not serving “life means life” sentences for the shittiest band-name in history, or that they have more than 10 youtube views.

I really want to finish this post with one more word (five letters, plural, begins with a “c”), but due to my desire to avoid swearing which can be accused of misogyny I really can’t sum them up.


Soap The Stamps – A short film on British hardcore

March 4, 2018

Not the best documentary but quite an interesting little insight into the 1980s –

Inspiral Carpets

March 3, 2018

I’d loved all sorts of pop and the Stranglers before, but Inspiral Carpets were the single biggest reason I got into indie.  Find Out Why on the chart show.

The energy and that organ, what more does a song need?  Nothing.  Best song ever, no doubt.

Joe’s a great song as well, and I love the vid.

Daryl Vorderman – What we have did

March 2, 2018

They’ve definitely heard Moper.  Not saying there’s a massive influence but there’s something in the songwriting.  And the recording was done by vocalising and guitaring Moper, Mr J Somerset, which kinda suggests they might have come across Moper.  That and I’be seen them on the same bill before.  I can do this two plus two makes four shit.

I spend much of the 90s listening to nothing but the bands I already loved, and techno / electro and tech-house.  I almost completely missed out on the whole emo / 90s punk pop thing, as well as the related alternative rock genres that followed and share a fair bit sonically speaking.  And I absolutely hate most things about it.  Daryl Vorderman‘s singer proves that you can sing in a style that comes from that sort of a place – I think – and not sound shit.  I think that’s mainly down to the fact that Daryl Vorderman don’t attempt to make their guitars sound like shitty over-compressed emo bullshit.  Or something.

The title – endearingly self-deprecating, or the words of a band who should have more confidence?  You decide.

It’s a bit mathy, it’s post-hardcore.  It’s alt-rock kept interesting by virtue of hints at noise-rock.  Really like it.  The simple and quiet bits can be soooooo beautiful – nothing can be everything, it really can.

Star InnTONIGHTJasta 11 are putting it on – other bands too[EDIT – CANCELLED]

Nyogtha – Incantation

March 1, 2018

Nyogtha have released the first track off their new album.  Any band that describe themselves as drone doom AND ambient AND shoegaze, whilst actually being some kinda weird gothic metal and releasing songs longer than a Second In Line album deserve serious respect.  Captivating live, go check ’em –

Gutlocker, Bloodrush, Spit, DITR at the Star Inn, Guildford, Thursday 22nd February 2018

March 1, 2018

Another gig where I kinda knew it wasn’t going to be my thing.

I missed DITR – got there too late. Alt / Progressive or something.

I know far too little about metal to know where Bloodrush sit amongst their peers but it wasn’t my thing… but then again little metal is… if it’s yours then check ’em out online and educate me on where they fit in the metal spectrum and how good they are.

SPIT feature half of Lost in Venice… less of a modern alt-rock sound than LiV, much more hard rock / stoner, and better for it.

Gutlocker had something about them… “We have a simple, to the point sound that is executed through groove orientated riffs” is something they’ve said in interview and is something I buy… I really liked the vox too… definitely my end of metal, but I find any sort of call and response style audience interaction really off-putting from anyone apart from maybe Andrew WK who is a genius who can do anything he wants and get away with it in my eyes.  I’d see ’em again.

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The Beast From The East

March 1, 2018

It has come to my attention that someone what I once bought a fuzz pedal from did a song called Beast From The East – show him some love and check it out –

Death and the Penguin, Analogue Divide, Princess, Path – Star inn Guildford, Sunday 18th February 2018

February 28, 2018

Trial ‘n’ Error put this one on.  Jasta 11 put on a very wide variety of styles, but TnE really do take it to an extreme degree.  More eclectic over the course of an evening than promoters would manage over the course of a decade, and that’s a good thing in my mind.

In almost reverse order.   Shit review, could barely remember anything by the time I got home let alone now.

Death and the Penguin headlined.  The singer had something of the  Julian Cope about his voice, definitely interesting, kinda indie-rock, couldn’t really place them, probably because they know a load of bands I don’t. Not really my thing, but I’d see them again.

Analogue Divide were interesting too.  You definitely miss something when you don’t  have a drummer, then to go instrumental is a bold move.  Metal, not really my thing, at their best when they were at their most mainstream with almost pop-metal riffs.

Princess did their post-punk, noise rock whatever thing… I always mention their sound, it was more refined in a good way this time, less scratchy, which is weird cos it the abrasiveness that I normally love most.  Nothing to add, fine band, happily see them any day of the week and you should too.  Get a tight and fine rhythm section going and Martin can get loose safe in the knowledge that they’re their to support him every step of the way.  WTF am I on about?  Just running out of things to say about them.

Path is Pat from Pensevor and an iPad.  Not sure what if anything else.  So hard to make electronic music work in this kind of environment, but I think more people should try.  I love guitars, but come, they’re old tech.  Very abstract for much of it, Aphex Twin is an obvious comparison, but more jazzy and less floor-friendly.  I heard echoes of MBV.  Three tracks stood out.  I can’t remember them at all now, but I’m listening to this

online so maybe it’ll come back. [It didn’t.]

One issue I have is I want to know how it’s done.  With a guitar band you can normally pretty much see (FX can sometimes muddy the waters).  With a computer based set-up you have no idea unless you’re told. I don’t mind if it’s 99% pre-recorded or programmed, it’s just nice to know what you’re appreciating – sampling, programming, an element of live performance.  It’s no coincidence that the best track, the most engaging, was the one with the heaviest obvious live element, namely busy fingers.


Witch Tripper, Morass of Molasses, Slug 13 at the Star Inn, Guildford – Sunday 4th February 2018

February 27, 2018

Leafy Incline Promotions once again… yet another late and vague and brief review.

Basically… Slug 13 were on top form, really like their grungey, noisy thing, especially when the drums get more tribal and the riffs get more repetitive.  Superb.  What does stoner mean to you in the context of music?  Slug 13 are not stoner rock, but in the scheme of things they aren’t a million miles away.  Slug 13 aren’t hippy or psych or space rock either… but their grunge/noise thing is proper stoner-friendly.

Morass of Molasses were on next.  It’s not music I can fall in love with – far too blues-y in a classic rock way to be my thing – but there is a lot to love.  Sludgey riffs to die for, great stagecaft, unusual band set-up (drums, two guitars, one of which has some sort of octave / twin amp shit going on)… the sort of band I’d never travel 50 miles to see, but one I’d be fucking delighted to see were playing near me, or were on the bill of a gig I was going to anyway.

If you’re more into the Black Sabbath / Led Zep / Hard Rock / Metal / Stoner Rock / Sludge lineage than I am then go see them NOW.

My thoughts on Witch Tripper are pretty similar.  More of a hard rock act than MoM, perhaps the best description would be the high energy rock n roll end of hard rock.  If that sounds like your bag then check ’em out, because it’s not really my bag but the energy levels and single-minded determination to rock (n roll) won me over.  Most bands doing this kinda thing fall somewhere between boring me and offending me… it is a testament to how much they clearly believe in this 100% that they can convince me too.

Leafy Incline’s next gig is Leafy Incline 6 – Leaf Fest – and it hits the Star mid-pm on 29th April 2018.

Bludded Head – “Rotten Demonshit”

February 27, 2018

One for the drone/doom/sludge fans… gonna have to check out more of their stuff… this is music that does not fuck about –