NEW MUSIC: Unwed Sailor – Camino Wheel

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Find a riff, nail it down and wear it out. That’s the approach from the best psych-rock and shoegaze bands and the central guitar chords and bass in Unwed Sailor’s track ‘Camino Wheel’ is a perfect example. They know how long to stretch it out for, peppering with adjacent sounds before opening up the music with a sweeping gesture of held electric notes akin to clouds parting on a summer’s day. Elsewhere the bass is given the spotlight to dig dark grooves over this varied and compelling track.

Unwed Sailor are led by Johnathon Ford (ex-Pedro The Lion) and they carve out a fine sound that recalls Swervedriver with elements of the darker, more cosmic end of Krautrock as well as English post-punk. The album Look Alive will be released June 12th by Old Bear Records via Light In the Attic Records.

NEW MUSIC: Suzie Stapleton – Blood On The Windscreen

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Australian expat Suzie Stapleton has been based over in the UK for a few years now, continuing to build her career and working with a number of respected musicians. Her latest single ‘Blood On The Windscreen’, is a churning and surging piece of dark majestic rock that features drummer Jim Macaulay (The Stranglers) and Gavin Jay (Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind) on bass. You can hear the likes of PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Mark Lanegan and The Bad Seeds in the song’s quixotic blend of influences.

The song is the second single from her forthcoming debut album We Are The Plague which is slated for release in June via Cargo Records.

“I had a meeting with a photographer in early January to discuss the artwork for We Are The Plague. I joked, ‘I hope a pandemic doesn’t sweep across the world before the album release’. About a week later, coronavirus starting hitting the headlines… and here we are.

“When I wrote the title I was thinking not only of plague as in the disease, but of plague in the proportional sense. We are prone to knee-jerk reactions when another species appears to threaten us in some way, yet it’s our own actions that pose the biggest threat to our survival.

“Why have we reacted so swiftly to coronavirus worldwide, yet we drag our feet to combat climate change which could bring down not only us but our entire global ecosystem?”

NEW MUSIC: Mazeppa – The Way In

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Mazeppa are an Israeli psychedelic rock band who have recently released the video clip for their second single from their upcoming album.

Michal Perez Noy, a Haifa musician and composer, initiated in 2017 a project to compose songs by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. She was soon joined by Asaf Koren (guitar), Elad Bardes (bass) and Amir Noy (drums) and what started as the Rilke project became Mazeppa.

‘The Way In’ finds the band conjuring up some mystical spirits of fire and forest and twisting them into hypnotic shapes and phrases. It’s a hallucinogenic experience of the sonic variety and they tread a perfect line between the euphoric baggy vibe of the 90s and a tougher rock sound, more in the realm of The Doors and Velvet Underground.

 

NEW MUSIC: B. Hamilton – North San Juan

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This new track from the band B. Hamilton (Oakland, CA) has one hell of a chorus that bursts forth from bluesy soul verses like a tornado touching down and gathering up everything in its path in a swirling storm of epic rock.

‘North San Juan’ comes from their recently released album Nothing And Nowhere. On the song, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Ryan Christopher Parks Parks describes the fall out of 1960’s San Francisco’s “Summer of Love” in contemporary Northern California.

NEW MUSIC: Salad Boys – This Issue

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New sounds from New Zealand band Salad Boys. ‘This Issue’ is a fine blend of hypnotic rhythms and guitars that tease and twist themselves into fascinating melodic shapes. At times the guitars reminded me of the warped brilliance of the 3Ds but the rest of the song is on a different trip. Heavy-lidded mantra-like vocals. It’s all wrapped up in a caustic and brittle lo-fi kinda mix which adds to the scratchy psychedelia of it all.

The single also features the track ‘Onwards and Downwards’ and is the follow-up to last year’s This Is Glue LP.

NEW MUSIC: Daymaker – Mpc

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Chicagoans Daymaker recently released their new album Let The Sun Fall and this is one of its highlights, the jerky, yelp and howl of ‘Mpc’.

The start of the track reminds me of Hot Snakes and then they throw their jagged-edged guitar shards across the song before Erin Delaney lets loose with her strident holler. She’s part Siouxsie Sioux, part Carrie Brownstein  as she leads the song into the open framed chorus – tautness still intact as the song churns and spins dizzyingly on its post-punk axis.

 

NEW MUSIC: Burning House – Her Vowel No

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A blistering sonic harmonic scree is the order of the day on this new track from the Southampton, UK band Burning House. You can hear the spirit and verve of bands like Swervedriver, Trail Of Dead, My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth as they careen across the speakers, leaving vapour trails of melody and distortion.

‘Her Vowel No’ comes from their debut LP Anthropocene which came out mid year.

 

NEW MUSIC: Charcoal Burners – The Verlaines and Husker Du

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We posted another Charcoal Burners track earlier this year and this one also hits the spot with its warm buzz and jangle of guitars, interlaced with piano (that reminded us of Able Tasmans). I like that they reference the sound of the song in its title, you can definitely hear both bands that they mention, more so their Dunedin counterparts. I’d also throw in a comparison with the less caustic side of Swervedriver in the way the song gently churns and drones.

‘The Verlaines and Husker Du’ follows their 2019 album The Best Day You Could Imagine.