Ringo Deathstarr’s (band name still rules) track “Just You” strolls into it’s own fuzzed out universe of pop music. Introduce yourself below. RD’s new The Shadow is out 7th Nov.Ringo Deathstarr – Just You
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UK band Peace bring to us an enormous sound on “Bblood”. Think Foals or even Fool’s Gold and then ratchet up the noise, volume, total general chaos and you’re getting close to Peace. Tropical-esque guitars and anthemic vocals (and backing vocals!), layer up layer of epic, engaging sound, let “Bblood” introduce you to this little heralded but powerful young band. (ABEANO)PEACE – BBLOOD
It was a Midwestern affair on Monday Night at the Grog Shop, with Trade School (Minnesota) and Gossip Culture (Cleveland) opening for super-fresh Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Detroit). To be from the Midwest is to embody a certain mindset or philosophy that it’s OK to be the underdog, i.e. we don’t care about our forgotten industry because we’re really the backbone of this hackneyed American Dream.
The Grog is small and intimate with no strange corners for the sound to get trapped in; the beer selection is impressive and the prices reasonable; with a max capacity likely less than 300, it’ll rock with 75-80 people inside; really an ideal place to see a show. After a bout on the infamous Ms. Pac-Man machine, Minnesota’s Trade School took the stage — a guy and a girl playing synths with warmth and emotion, strong beats and stronger melodies. According to their singer, the other band mates are in rehab and prison, a tidbit he related with brilliant deadpan if he was indeed joking. Information’s scant beyond this – to give you a sense of their talents. With a full lineup they could be a force to be reckoned with.
Gossip Culture (Ryan Sheridan) is from CLE, and us Northeast Ohioans love to promote a homegrown product. I’d say there were 15-20 devotees who had seen him a few times before. Surely they would like Gossip Culture regardless of their place of origin. The music is fun and danceable, at times obscure but never pretentious. The bassist was an old pro and the drummer was proof that a wide variety of sound can erupt from an 8-piece kit. Their cover of “Maneater” by Hall and Oates was a highlight of the set. I loved the Pere Ubu / Devo influence, (two of the area’s most notable exports.) Fans of The Avalanches and Caribou must keep an ear to the ground for news of Mr. Sheridan’s whereabouts. In addition to an occasional Youngstown show (a.k.a. Steeltown, U.S.A.), Gossip Culture has an EP release show set for October 22nd at The Beachland Tavern.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. made their presence known between sets by carrying out a J & an R bedazzled with 100 watt light bulbs, easily an A+ shop class midterm. It helped brighten the dimly lit stage for a few moments at the beginning of the set. The letters embody D.I.Y. mentality, which is the ethic of the entire rust belt. The name of their acclaimed LP says it all: It’s A Corporate World. In a world where corporate greed has destroyed the American Dream, only a D.I.Y. ethic will allow the stomped-upon individual to cut his/her little slice of destiny. Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein took the stage wearing Detroit Tigers warm-up jackets with synths blaring and their fists pumped to the sky before opening with “Morning Thought”, and in that moment the drastic population flight from Cleveland and Detroit became moot. The 75-80 people in attendance rocked out with the fury of 200. As they played through their LP and made it to their cover of “God Only Knows”, those once-heralded titans of rock radio, CKLW and WMMS, still held sway in Michigan and Ohio. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s saccharine melodies are instantly relatable (think Wayne Coyne circa ’95), but a pervading world-weary wistfulness is only detectable by us fellow natives of the Midwest. There was witty banter full of site-specific references and irreverent swinging from the Grog’s creaky ceiling plumbing, which capped a night replete with an authenticity rarely found on the NYC / LA culture farms.
Contributed by Chris GedosDale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought (Official) Gossip Culture – Horses Run Wild (Facebook)
Sleeper Agent is doing something not too common nowadays: straight-forward, fun rock that has an indie flavor. They’re from Bowling Green, KY and have been touring with the likes of Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra. Their “Get It Daddy” track has gained national airplay. “Shuga Cane” is an awesome deeper track, and see if it doesn’t remind you of the old Brit band Slade. Contributed by Bruce RaveSleeper Agent – Shuga Cane
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Asobi Seksu come up aces on this new cover of The Walkmen’s “Little House of Savages”. Asobi bend The Walkmen’s big distorted guitar sound and space it out a bit. This is near space though. Mars, Venus, that sort of shit. This cover isn’t that far of a sonic departure. That aside, it’s still an excellent rendition. We especially love how the guitars lift out into the choruses. Win to Asobi Seksu.Asobi Seksu – Little House of Savages (The Walkmen)
If you love anthemic dramatic UK guitar rock as the crew here at b3sci does. You will looove The Deadsets. Think Oasis, Kasabian, etc and you’re in entering the right ballpark (which is where these guys seem destined to playing someday (in 1995)). Take that and lace it with some slick sounding Morricone western type shit, and that’s sort of the point from which The Deadsets start from. Grab your Supernova guitar or at least your Supernova air guitar, your Orange amplifier, turn all that up 100x and get involved by hitting play below.
In a few weeks Joy Formidable will drop an EP follow up to their hotly tipped debut The Big Roar. Previewed below is the building, dare we say “epic”, track for “Anemone”. Into it.The Joy Formidable – Anemone
White Lies take every blogger’s fav pair of lips to The Factory circa 1981. The mix doesn’t really sound like Lana nor does it really sound like White Lies either, layer upon layer of analogue synths and drum loops. The result is a sharp sounding remix that would have even pissed Pete Hook cutting a serious rug.Lana Del Rey – Video Games (White Lies Remix)
Big new track from LA’s PAPA. “Ain’t It So” sports the influences of soul and great pop songwriting that are sorely at some sort of nadir in today indieville climate. There are no chill synth vibes, no goofy-ass background “harmonies”, no hazily filtered press photos, just a solid slice of that rock and roll pie. Sample some below.PAPA – Ain’t It So