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
"Tree Trunks" is the second single from Basement Revolver and is off their upcoming EP 'Agatha' out on 21st July On Yellow K Records (U.S.) and fear of missing out records (U.K.)
'Tree Trunks' was written when I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time, and my increasing need to find a professional who could help me to find better ways to cope. It also tries to mirror how I imagine the environment feels sometimes - and how the environment is tied to many people's mental health. I was very fortunate to find the help that I needed and I would encourage everyone to go after the mental health resources that are available to them."
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.