“WHIPLASH” is Maya Killtron's third single. It’s from her "Never Dance Alone" project and it encompasses all her memories of summer sounds growing up in Brampton, Ontario. Touches of elastic funk, roller rink dance, new jack swing and candy coated pop stand shoulder to shoulder with the modern electronic production.
"The song comes from the first time I heard Michael Jackson’s PYT. It was in my driveway one July and my Dad let me take our little radio outside while I washed the car. PYT jumped out of the speakers and pretty much changed my ears forever. I never listened to music the same way again. As with my other singles from the Never Dance Alone project - “Bad Decisions” and the title track - I wanted to pay tribute to my influences while making each song my own. When you hear “WHIPLASH”, you feel a memory but you also unmistakably hear Killtron."
Wake Child began with a couple of friends playing music. Danny Silberstein and Terrell Hines were helping Austin Max rehearse for a class performance he had the following day. All three attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Danny, a singer-songwriter in the Laurel Canyon mold, had just released a solo EP titled Static Noise and Other Miscellaneous Sounds. He wanted to collaborate with Austin Max, a Tennessee native. Austin is the rare guitar virtuoso who plays off-the-cuff, never totally content with a written or unwritten riff. They had invited Terrell Hines to help them practice for Austin’s class performance the next day. Terrell is a former gospel drummer with a core of technical knowledge that expands as he plays, into the realm of his stylistic influences: psychedelic jazz and modern trap.
Austin and Danny started to play their song’s intro, lightly strumming their guitars. When it came time for Terrell to jump in, he played a sixteenth-triplet trap rhythm, providing a propulsive backbeat and transforming the song. Austin kept playing, but Danny couldn’t keep up, laughing in amazement and putting down his guitar. He was blown away by the feeling and the sound of the band dynamic he could already vividly envision.
It took a few months to convince the others, but Danny knew right away; this was a band and this band would be named Wake Child. As a trio, Wake Child synthesizes the hometowns of California, Georgia and Tennessee into a melting pot of Psych/R&B brilliance.
The track was recorded live in the remains of an old Masonic Temple in Boston, MA. The temple's mystical aura helped the band infuse "Hangup Blues" with a sense of isolation and magic, as the song's outro explodes in a psychedelic mist of lovelorn confusion.
Montreal experimental band AIM LOW is set to release Scratched Out on 12" format, a record that has been plagued with numerous issues from disappearing band members, lost recording stems, a messed up vinyl test pressing, artwork problems, and numerous other issues. Toss in a hospital visit (via ambulance, no less), and you can understand why the band is happy to finally release this three song collection of dense shoegaze-y drone density in the vein of early-Sonic Youth, Nadja, and Rhys Chatham. AIM LOW practically took everything into their own hands to get the lp out, right down to the spraypainting process of the lp jackets that can be seen here - https://youtu.be/bbZvcHV2HqQ
Lead off track "Tacit Approval" sets the sound for their forthcoming full length, currently being mixed by Jon Drew, bridging the more experimental nature of their now sold out CD-R Foulards and sold out cassette String Theory with a more structured sound based around the controlled chaos surrounding fuzzed out crackling spoken word vocals. The 12"'s centerpiece "Low Hanging Fruit" was recorded in a church in Montreal West to capture as much natural reverb possible to achieve a contextual Beach Boy sound, complete with "oooh" vocals that are heavily processed with the band's penchant for knob-twiddling effects pedals. And closing track "Phantom Cat" is a twelve minute highway ride of multiple layers and textures in the key of A with lung-straining chanting.
AIM LOW has previously played with the likes of Disappears, Weekend, Moon Duo, and Stephen O'Malley, and plan to support Scratched Out with more dates and a tour in the late Summer of 2017.
Heavy, impactful and energetic. These are some of the words that come to mind when describing Tuber’s recent studio effort, the full-length album “Out of The Blue.”
This talented Greek band set out to take the local music scene by storm and beyond: their edgy blend of hard rock and alternative music is collecting acclaim and accolades throughout the world, as growing numbers of fan continue to support the band and download their music.
“Out of The Blue” channels the band’s various musical influences, ranging from sludgy stoner rock to ethereal psychedelic and classic rock. This is a guitar-driven record with massive punch and lots of depths.
This band truly learned the lesson from some of the most influential sludge and alternative rock bands of the past 20 years. Their music is highly diverse and if you listen closely, you can understand where these talented musicians found their inspirations. The songs have their own unique personality, of course, but you can certainly discern shades of Kyuss, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Queens of The Stone Age or even Sound Garden, just to mention a few. Tuber has managed to develop a personal, organic and authentic blend of rock music, with lots of integrity and depth.
Their instrumentation is set up in a very simple way, yet it is very engaging and right to the point. The rhythm section, for example, is as solid as a monolith, often spiced up with cavernous re- verb tones and other effects. This makes for a haunting tone with a hint of psychedelia.
These musicians aren’t afraid to break the pattern and experiment with synth lines and other electronic soundscapes to add a different palette of colors and textures to this release. While songs such as “Cat Class” reveal the band’s ability to experiment with genres close to industrial and electronica, “Luckily Dead” reveals their connection with old school rock sonic assault, with nasty fuzzed out guitars and hard-hitting grooves. “Noman” is probably one of my favorite tracks on the record, with over 8 minutes of its edgy arrangement that constantly evolves and morphs into something different.
Find out more and listen to “Out Of The Blue” directly on the band’s Bandcamp page, where you will be able to download the music and peruse the band’s awesome merchandise!
"The Vacation" is a fifth album by Endless Melancholy. It is a follow up to project's rather acclaimed full-length "Her Name In A Language Of Stars", released back in 2015. "The Vacation" was lovingly crafted over the span of two months, processed through the vintage reel-to-reel tape recorder for some analog warmth and received a thoughtful master from Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering studio. Wonderful artwork was created by Lita Akhmetova. The album was released on 27 June, 2017 via Hidden Vibes (CD + digital) and ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ (tape + digital).
They had wakened one morning and the world was empty - 04:35
Stillness mixed with stillness - 05:29
"Wouldn't we be lonely?" - 05:59
His voice faded - 03:06
Sunflower wildernesses - 05:12
Earth that was now no more than a meadow - 04:19
Enough to cost us a lifetime - 05:12
And he had walked her through the still and empty city streets - 04:41
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.