Posts Tagged ‘farnborough’

Moper – An Altar of Nothing Erected For No-one – LP

September 5, 2017

Nothing but a fairly clean guitar, doing fuck all, slow, sadly. A voice. He feels much better, apparently. He doesn’t sound like it. “Life is so short.  It feels so long when you’re alone.”  Sure does. “Everything’s temporary.

They  say ‘an apple a day..’? you die anyway” is almost up their with the Hell’s “Everybody Dies” in pure genius stakes.

Negotiating with Prey is proof that a simple guitar and voice doesn’t have to sound retro, even if nothing about the song is particularly modern. Great start.  Love it.

Bass and drums.  Moper by Moper.  Slow, nothing to it, more misery.  That this is one of the weaker songs says more about Moper than it does Moper. I nearly got those italics the wrong way around.

Drums are class on Pennypusher.  The way they work with the guitar/bass. The vocals.  The way Johnny sings “I’m giving everything I’ve got.” Love it.  Some class guitar noise.

Shit City Birdbath might be the best yet.  No idea what the fuck he is on about most of the time but who cares? Andrew Falkous is practically GOD and I don’t know WTF he is on about either.

Ants In My Eyes. Bass kinda reminds me of Black and White-era Stranglers (BIG compliment coming from, or indeed anyone else who knows their shit). This one rocks. And stomps. It kinda takes the piss a bit as well. Crash bash.  Ends.

Bork could almost be light relief if it were not for the slight sense of foreboding.  Fuck… it is still light relief. Some of these guitar sounds are f’ing awesome.

Featuring the title lyrics, Leo Slayer matches Falkous in the title stakes (just about).

Ends with an acoustic number. Cheery. Dig. Like Moper, not one of my favourites but after the relentless, understated misery and kinda supressed brutality made beautiful, somehow, it’s kinda necessary.

What makes a record? The way it sounds. The songs. Whether it convinces. Top marks on three fronts.  Buy it.

Available here –

https://mopernoise.bandcamp.com/album/an-altar-of-nothing-erected-for-no-one

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Current Top Four

July 22, 2017

I did a Top 10 local bands a while back. I have an updated top 4, best-of-the-rest better follow.

Three of them are playing tomorrow (not all together).

Guildford and surrounds we have, in alphabetical order –

Moper – didn’t much like them when I first heard them but they’re just getting better and better with each release. Depressing, simple, noise rock, often not that heavy, but it just works, probably because they have some amazing songs and a vocalist / lyricist (and guitarist) who sorta of reminds me of Andrew Falcous.

https://mopernoise.bandcamp.com/

Pensevor – dirty, droning, did I say dirty, raw, filthy, doom. Surprisingly delicate, interesting, fantastic drumming, steady bass that just does the job, one of the most imposing and vulnerably aggressive front men you will ever see… and the icing on the cake, some of the filtiest and heaviest guitars you will ever hear with tone to die for. Damn near perfect.

https://pensevor432.bandcamp.com/

Tuskar – sludge, doom, stoner heavy-as guitar-drums two piece. Tyler is an animal on drums whilst covering vocals. Riffs applenty, verges on metal in places. In a good way.

https://tuskar.bandcamp.com/

Who Saw The Light – heavy, nuts. Not many bands can claim doom as the main vocal style whilst having music that encompasses prog, shoegaze (occasionally), metal, hardcore punk, math, pretty much everything. First ep out tomorrow.

https://www.facebook.com/whosawthelight/

Silent Mode on Soundcloud

April 18, 2017

Desert Rock from Farnborough, in Hampshire, UK. Saw them live not so long back and enjoyed ’em… trawl through back posts if you wanna check that review out.

Whoosh, riff not too loud, drums come in, builds… the song properly kicks in at around 30 seconds… I love the repetition of the guitars in the verses.  I love the spacey sounds (phaser I think, but if I say that its bound not to be).  I love that the lead guitar, such as it is… it keeps it pretty simple too.   Most of all they have a sense of melody that comes across most in the vocals.  That was Silent Mode‘s Gasoline.

Corkscrew starts chug chug chugging, simple drums… vox come in.  Simple, ticking along… what’s gonna happen.  Drums are picking up.  Shouting, thumped drums and a dead simple riff.  We’re back to chug chug chugging.  It’s dropped right down now, vox are back.  Its picking up again.  Chorus is back.  Shouting, thumped drums and a dead simple riff.  Definitely the ‘b-side’ of the two tracks but it’s good.

If I have two issues about the scene around here it’s this –

(1)  Writing any sort of memorable song or even riff ain’t easy.  You can make amazing music without being able to write a song that sticks in the mind like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”… but for most bands a lack of a greater sense of melody holds them back somewhat.

(2)  Most bands I like tend to sound wilfully single-minded in the furrow they plough, or they sound generic and modern.  The former I prefer, all music should be uncompromising… but all music should also be aware of the world in which it lives, and even if it is a baroque / ambient math-metal hybrid it should be aiming to sell 20 million.

I am not saying Silent Mode are the next big thing, or even that they’re my favourite band around here, but I’m keeping an eye on them.  They do have a sense of melody, and to my ears they sound like they’re prepared to work with 2017 not fight it head on, whislt not sounding generic.  Go check ’em out live.

Silent Mode Official Website

Silent Mode on Soundcloud