Before I start talking about FUTURECOP! new single’s ‘Misanthropist Wolf’ & ‘Superheroes’ I just have to warn you now that your ears and mind will be blown away when you listen to these guys. They have been able to instantly make a huge fan out of me, something that is so hard to do.
Swiftly moving on… FUTURECOP! consist of two mates from Manchester who started making music together in 2007. Their first single ‘Atlantis 1997′ drew in great success, however, I have the feeling that when the two new singles get out to the mass public… It will only cast a shadow over previous releases. FUTURECOP! will release their first official album ‘Hopes, Dreams & Alienation’ later in the summer. For now I am so happy to give everyone a sneak peak to the single ‘Misanthropist Wolf’ here.
It doesn’t really matter if you are into art rock/punk/indie/club or pop. If you walked into a party or a club with FUTURECOP! blaring in the background, everyone will have a good time!
MYKEL has released a new music video for the title track off his new EP ‘Hold On’ released on Ntrang Music. The Irish singer/songwriter/producer is set to have a massive year in 2013 after his last release ‘Sweet Valentine’ proved to catch the attention of a lot of people, NME to name one.
His new single ‘Hold On’ and its accompanying video clearly marks out the inspiration behind the music. Having a friend who has experienced a massive loss in their life, MYKEL decided to write a song to show his support and love to a dear friend. ‘Hold On’ is a straight up beautiful acoustic song that has been complimented well with electronic drums in the background. The vocals on this track are just so raw that you can even feel the emotion driven to write this song, even after the tenth time listening to it (believe me, I tried it.) It truly is a joy to have heard MYKEL who I am sure I will hear more about as the year progresses.
The Following review was done by my good friend Chris Kelman.
CHEROKEE RED’s self titled debut album, self produced album is set to be released today.
The five piece indie group have really produced a great album with such beautiful vocals complimented by perfect musicality it is hard to find anything to moan about towards this album. The band had played a few shows to build up hype about this new CD & have been good enough to let everyone hear their first single off the album ‘Lonely Summer’. How do I describe how I feel about ‘Lonely Summer’? To be honest I am positive that every person who has been asked to describe their sound will say the exact same as I have. CHEROKEE RED and especially their new single sound like the music behind a montage of the happiest moments of your life so far. It’s hard not to have a smile on your face while listening to this.
Don’t just take my word for it. Have a exclusive listen to ‘Lonely Summer’
UK Riff Tyrants arrive with an explosive debut EP ‘In Valour’, out
nationwide from Monday 13th May.
Pulling from a host of areas from the dynamism of Lower Than Atlantis, to
the melodic onslaught of A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong, through to
the power and drive of Architects, Elysium have sculptured a sound that
twists and turns, but is hugely satisfying and will undoubtedly captivate
Spawned from the ashes of their previous band ‘Times Like These’, Elysium
are a brand new band with their own manifesto and they are intent on sharing
it with the nation. Formed during the later part of 2012 and hailing from
Watford (the birthplace for recent luminaries The Gallows and Lower Than
Atlantis), Elysium have been burrowed away in their practise room for the
past three months penning a brand new live set and working on their debut
Now armed with their debut record ‘In Valour’, which is released this May,
the band will surely take gargantuan steps forward. From the get-go, the
EP’s title track ‘In Valour’ soon rips itself through your ear drums
boasting a flowing collection of strapping riffs and vocal lines that
cunningly weave in and around your cranium. Before you know it ‘I’m A Thief
But I Keep What I Steal’ is upon you and is snapping at your heels for
attention, and you should duly oblige, as this venom laced cut is a
blistering piece of modern angst punk tinged post-hardcore. Next up, ‘Scars’
takes flight with its scatter gun riffage and soaring melodies, while ‘Boy’
closes the record with a potent slab of gritty rockcore that tugs at your
heart strings while beating your head into submission. Buy the record this
May and look out for the band on tour throughout the remainder of the year!
++ ELYSIUM RELEASE ‘IN VALOUR’, OUT MONDAY 13th MAY THROUGH ALL DIGITAL
LIMOZINE have a new album ‘You’ve Been Limozined’ set to be released on May 13th on Beat Atlas records!
The best way to describe LIMOZINE in my head is nothing short of grungy punk rock. A splendid mix of Rock and Roll & Punk, something you don’t see too often pulled off in this day and age. ‘You’ve Been Limozined’ was recorded in just one weekend and features the single ‘Tokyo 1970′ which is just a great hard hitting punk rock song. If you were to compare LIMOZINE to any other bands it would be something along the lines of The Ramones and Stooges!
Check back here for more info on ‘You’ve Been Limozined’ closer to the release date.
You can listen to LIMOZINES on their Facebook page HERE!!
If you live in either Coventry or London area then be sure to check out their tour dates.
Friday 3 May, Voodoo Goo Club, 22-23 The Arches, Coventry, CV1 3JQ, on stage 9.00pm
Friday 17 May, Alley Cat Club, 4 Denmark Street, London, WC2H 8LP on stage 9.00pm
Sat 8 June, Rockin Bones Club, The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0QT on stage 8.30pm
Just another wee video update on a great band that will no doubt catch the eyes of a lot of people over in the UK. Their new self titled album will be out in May and their new single ‘THIS DISORDER’ and its accompanying music video is here for all to enjoy right now.
No news on any UK tour dates but I have a feeling it will catch wind over here sometime soon.
THE SKINTS are a UK based band who believe that mixing about 5 different genres of music can create brilliant unique sound, boy did they hit the jackpot. Their sound uses all sorts of genres including Reggae/punk/pop/rap & ska to make the sound that is ‘THE SKINTS’. Their new single ‘RUB-A-DUB’ is proof that mixing everything together makes a beautiful sound as this will get everyone’s feet tapping or skanking.
As well as having their new music video available below. We also have a copy of THE SKINTS exclusive live session recorded on the Radio 1 Mike Davis punk show here!
Post Hardcore band SENSES FAIL have came back with their new album ‘Renacer’ which is already available to buy/download. Their new single from this album is called ‘Mi Amor’ in which they have released a music video which features some panda lovin’. As weird or funny as you will find this video there is no denying that for a debut song off a album… This is how you do it. ‘Mi Amore’ is nothing less than a punch to the face. Most bands will go for a wee intro of some sort to build you into the new experience, however, SENSES FAIL like to think differently. This song just kicks right into over drive starting heavy and keeping heavy until the very end. I was very impressed by this new single!
You can check out SENSES FAIL on tour in May.
WE ARE THE PHYSICS celebrate the announcement of some ‘live’ dates that take in both Aberdare, Wales and Moscow, Russia (!!) with the video of another track taken from their second album, ‘Your Friend, The Atom,’ which was released last year.
‘Go Go Nucleo – > For Science‘ was directed by Joe and Lloyd Stas of Holomax.
“With the band being based 283.2 miles away from us it wasn’t that easy to get together and do a video so we succumbed to the ultimate power of Cyberman and sent some files back and forth over the internet. Then we cut it all together with some ace mid century educational videos about the power of the atom and how you have to rinse your eyes out with water if you get nuclear radiation in them. It took us about five months to finish it off as we couldn’t persuade anyone to get brainwashed as we wanted pure authenticity. Luckily our friend Tom was in a period of depression so we convinced him that being brainwashed would help him. He’s dead now.”
This is where you can see the band play in the coming weeks:
29th March Kaluga, Russia
30th March Moscow, Russia
13th April Glasgow Old Hairdresser’s
16th May London Brixton Windmill
17th May Aberdare Elliot’s Bar
18th May Brighton Fools Paradise & Bad Math Alternative Escape
19th May Newcastle Head of Steam
I’ll be honest … I don’t know most of the artists on this compilation …. but because it carries tracks by the eccentric PERHAPS CONTRAPTION and THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY, both who have featured previously on LOUD HORIZON, then it’s worthy of mention.
RUMPUS is a club night that has grown to become of the most popular in London, and champions Djs, live music and genres from across the World. At any given RUMPUS, guests wander from a Jazz set, through the pounding beat of a wandering Samba band, onto a Dubstep dance floor and end up dancing the night away to the finest Balkan Beats and Electro-swing!
As you know, LOUD HORIZON generally steers well clear of anything that remotely connected to what could be termed ‘dance culture,’ but this is different. ‘Different’ in a different way!
Featuring sounds from across the globe, there’s bound to be something on here that’ll tickle your fancy …… THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY don’t appear on the Soundcloud link, but their contribution is available via You Tube, so I’ve posted that below.
(‘Super Quantum Compilation Of Doom,’ is available through Green Queen Music on 31st March)
Thanks for your patience ….. although more changes will appear over the next couple of weeks, LOUD HORIZON should be back to normal (whatever that is) later today!
I’ll not get into the politics here, because I simply don’t know enough about the subject, but I think it would be fair to say that free expression through music and art is (as compared to Europe and USA at least) is a relatively new concept but one which has been burning slowly for the past generation and is now being fanned into a full blown fire-storm.
One band receiving much critical attention, not only in their home city of Santiago but further afield in both their country and now USA (having been signed to the innovative Koolarrow Records label) is COMO ASESINAR a FELIPES.
Initially formed by three music students with a shared passion of Hip Hop, their incursion into the underground musical scene resulted in their teaming up with experimental MC Koala Contreras and his DJ, Sp@cio. Bang! They had found their sound!
Of course, every self-respecting Hip Hop band must be able to count amongst their numbers an ‘MC’ and a ‘DJ.’ It’s the law, isn’t it? And that’s where Hip Hop kind of loses me a little. But fortunately, for the purposes of writing this little review at least, COMO ASESINAR a FELIPES are not quite your average, run of the mill, standard Hip Hop band.
And the big word here is ‘band.’
See, theirs is not a sound obscured by a flurry of programmed beats and looped riffs. This is a fully functional working unit. They don’t do bling either! They are not your traditional Hip Hop band.
In fact, in breaking with convention some may debate the’Hip Hop’ tag to a degree. It’s certainly more subtle in its delivery with little flashes of jazz and of course Latin influences. But when you consider this is the band’s fourth album as far as I can see, with the first seeking to integrate jazz, rock, and rap; the second, a live symphony orchestra to create cinematic arrangements inspired by impressionism, and the third one featuring three diverse musicians (a Chilean punk legend; a well known jazz guitarist and the best known MC in the country) – then you’ll appreciate they are not afraid of diversification.
They also sing in their native Spanish tongue, which gives the album a fresh sound to those of us more accustomed to listening in English.
Opening track ‘Pajaros en Contra,’ features what sounds like a telephone conversation and spoken lyrics that sound quite manic and desperate in parts, hushed and controlled in others. Unlike many Hip Hop songs I hear (which, if I’m honest, isn’t an awful lot!) it doesn’t follow any regular template as such, with different timings and no discernible chorus. It somehow comes across quite naturally, just like a group of guys hanging about the street corner and talking.
‘De Doble Filo,‘ has some great Beefheart / Zappa-esque discordant trumpet sounds playing in the distant background of this eight-minute epic. The synth takes on an almost buzzing sound that morphs at points into something much more sinister, and is then overlaid with breathless panting and little classical piano arpeggios. Add a throbbing bassline and some unobtrusive ‘scratching’ and you have a pretty enthralling and atmospheric track.
‘Siempre Sera Lo Mismo,‘ is, apart from some spoken backing vocals in the form of a TV / radio broadcast (I think) an instrumental track. It’s a bit livelier than the preceding two, and because it sticks more to a concise format is probably more accessible for those not big on Hip Hop as a rule.
‘El Recurso Popular Mas Valido,‘ bubbles and froths gently for the initial two and a half minutes with more little lounge-music styled piano and atmospheric trumpet blasts, before the drums kick in and the song takes on an aggressive front. You can sense the frustration and anger in the vocals as the determination to no longer accept those running the country for their own personal material gains.
Title track ‘ ‘Comenzara de Nuevo,’ follows – no need for any comment as you can hear this one for yourself!
The final song ‘Alto,’ is the shortest on the album, barely making it to two and a half minutes. It’s a busy little track, with lots going on as it builds and careers towards its, and the album’s, conclusion.
I really like the idea of bands like CAF taking established genres and sounds and adding some local influences as they most obviously have on this album. That alone merits both praise and kudos.
(‘Comenzara de Nuevo’ is released through Koolarrow Records on 9th April 2013)
“I thought I was making a Blues record all the way, but with covers of The Sonics and Captain Beefheart, I’m guessing most people won’t think that,” says Tom of this, his eighth album – his fifth since 2009!
I beg to differ, Mr Dyer!
Essentially this still quite obviously a Blues album - albeit with the blended incorporation and influence of various other genres on the way. And I would suggest (although I haven’t heard any of his previous material) that Tom puts his own ‘signature’ on most of the songs by way of some discordant guitar solos.
This works well up to a point, but ‘discordant’ never sounds better than when delivered by saxophone – evidence early Roxy Music and many No Wave bands for example. And so it is with the second song in, ‘(People Want To Be ) Free’ which also features a jazzy bass-line. But it’s the guitar that creates the early impression on the opening track ‘The Ballad of Carlton IV.‘ The little hook sounds quite out of tune – in a good way – in a song that melds Blues and Country in a Sons and Daughters fashion.
Perhaps it was Tom’s gruff vocal style ( and that crazy sax, man) that had me initially thinking there was a slight Captain Beefheart feel to the early tracks. And then my suspicions are confirmed. It’s a brave man that takes on a cover of the ol’ Captain, but I think Tom manages well on ‘Smithsonian Institute Blues (Or The Big Dig.)‘ It doesn’t stray too far from the original, but the banjo sound gives it a slightly lighter feel.
‘Pass The Jug,‘ then heads off down a more Folk route, with mandolin, guitar and banjo (I think) combining in a light and airy instrumental. ‘Call On Me,’ bounces along, complete with hand-claps and what sounds like an out of tune sitar, before ‘John the Revelator,‘ takes on a cloak of dark gospel, leading into the even darker ‘There Be Killin’ (In My Town.)’
‘The Witch‘ is a cover of The Sonics‘ song and carries the stomp and attitude of say, The Cramps, but with added menace. ‘I Am Fretless’ is a five minute instrumental with fuzzed-up guitar while ‘Walkin’ In The Sky‘ is a more obvious Blues track, with growled vocals and an incessant stomp. This is followed by ‘Rollin’ On The Clay,’ which because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, is my least favourite track of the thirteen. ‘Lizzy‘ perks things up a little, with Tom adopting a softer tone and the song itself sounding much like a generic Seventies Rock band’s token ‘acoustic’ track. It’s nice, mind.
The album closes with the rather moribund ‘The Day I Died.’ You can probably guess how that one sounds.
Overall, ‘I Ain’t Blue Any More,’ is a decent album, but personally I would have dropped say three tracks to keep it sounding fresh and concise. I think the impact would have been better had the fifty -two minutes duration been curtailed at say thirty-five / forty max. (It does slightly outstay its welcome)
This is pretty much a solo effort in the truest sense of the word, with Tom playing every instrument as well as recording, mixing and mastering the record. Indeed, Tom is also the head honcho of the Green Monkey Records label that released the album!
So, what do I know …..??!!!
(‘I Ain’t Blue Any More’ is released through Green Monkey Records and is available now – February 2013)
(7.5 / 10)
Well, that was quite a year for new music, and for LOUD HORIZON. The daily rate of visitors to the blog has increased quite substantially this year, so word is spreading, slowly but surely. Many thanks for your support and please ….. let as many folk in on the ‘the secret’ as possible?!
I’m off for a couple of weeks holiday now (in 10 minutes actually!) so there won’t be any posts until after January 18th.
Wishing all LOUD HORIZON readers a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
Have a good ‘un!
As soon as I post this, I know I’ll probably think of another selection, but I THINK the following three tracks are my favourites of the year. (The epic Bo Ningen track qualifies because although the video is not from 2012, the song itself appears in the form of Part 1 and Part 2 of their new album, ‘Line The Wall.’)
And .. can I just say that my banging on about Dark Horses, and in particular the track ‘Radio’ (even before it was released as a single) has been vindicated by virtue of the fact that it was voted ‘Single Of The Year’ at the recent Artrocker Awards ceremony.
Finally, though I’ve seen so many brilliant bands this year, one of the best was Sound of Guns at King Tuts, here in Glasgow. The atmosphere was electric and the lads really put on a show. This is my favourite track of theirs:
Two of my favourite Scottish bands, both of whom have previously been highlighted in this blog as well as featuring in Artrocker Magazine NEW BLOOD articles (again written by li’l ol’ me!) have been announced as finalists for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland – The Big Apple Award.
STANLEY ODD and THE DEADLINE SHAKES will be joined in the final by Tango in the Attic; Finding Albert, and The Featherman.
Here’s what the MUSIC NEWS SCOTLAND blog has to say:
The winning act will perform in New York City supporting The View at the renowned Bowery Ballroom on Sunday 7 April, during Scotland Week 2013.
Music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland and Creative Scotland teamed up once again to launch the once in a lifetime opportunity for new and emerging Scottish bands to win The Big Apple Award and support The View in New York. The top five bands named above who were short-listed by a panel of music industry experts, will play the grand live final at Glasgow’s g2, downstairs at The Garage, on Wednesday 19 December. In:Demand Uncut and Amazing Radio presenter Jim Gellatly will host the final.
The grand final is FREE to all. It’s over 14s (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult of 18+) and doors open at 7pm with the first band on at 7.15pm approx. The winning band will then have a few months to get every note right before being flown out to support The View at New York’s Bowery Ballroom in April 2013.
Judging this years entries were Yvonne McLellan from Island Records, Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development, Creative Scotland, BBC Introducing presenter Ally Macrae, Robin Murray from Clash Magazine and Mickey Mcmonagle from the Sunday Mail.
For more information on supporting Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland go to http://www.tartanclef.org.
Of course, I can’t say if I have a personal favourite to win this terrific prize……. what I can (and will!) say, is …..LOUD HORIZON knows its shit!!!
……. and only because the Edinburgh band have been around longer than their Glasgow counterparts, and have more than the one video online, here’s another:
Yesterday I upgraded my mobile phone to a supposedly new super-duper, all singing, all dancing model.
EXCEPT – this bastard of a contraption seems to want to kick my laptop’s ass and has so far caused it to lose all my i-Tunes library of @ 15000 songs and (lets hope) has hidden all my music and LOUD HORIZON related stuff.
Hopefully I’ll get it sorted and will be back posting tomorrow!
The BO NINGEN feature that was prepared for the current (October 2012) issue ofARTROCKER MAGAZINE has been reproduced within the HORIZON INTO VIEW page.
Led by Corrina Repp’s smoky, warm Beth-Gibbons-meets-Karen-Carpenter vocals and the powerful multi-instrumentation provided by her partner, Menomena’s Joe Haege, Liza Rietz and Toussaint Perraultare, the trail this Portland foursome are blazing is the one of a band that doesn’t fit any easy genre labels.
With a full European tour on the way, (only one UK date – London, White Heat on October 9th – as far as I can see) maybe now’s a good time to remind everyone of beauty of TU FAWNING’s recently released album, ‘A Monument.’
The following track, ‘Wager,‘ is regarded as one of the strongest on that album and it has finally been given the video treatment it merits.
FATHERSON have featured on LOUD HORIZON previously, when we mentioned that they are currently one of the hottest and most touted bands in the country. Well, here they have teamed up with fellow Ayrshire band VUKOVI to release a cover of the Jimmy Eat World song, ‘Sweetness,’ in order to raise awareness for the charity RUNAWAY.
I have reproduced here the ‘New Blood’ feature that was written for this month’s ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, introducing Boston’s THE OCULAR AUDIO EXPERIMENT.
I was just about start writing up an interview piece I did with BO NINGEN vocalist, Taigen Kawabe when the following video featuring BO NINGEN, DAMO SUZUKI (CAN) and MAKOTO KAWABATA (ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE) popped up this morning.
It was filmed recently whilst London based BO NINGEN returned home to Japan for a short tour / holiday, and perfectly illustrates the improvisational aspects of DAMO‘s work with bands from around the world.
(Don’t let it be said that LOUD HORIZON isn’t varied in its content……!)