New Music: Krystal Klear - Neutron Dance

Krystal Klear The Division

It's been a while since my last post. I do apologise, but I offer no explanation other than holiday and laziness.

Once you're in a bit of a writing lull it takes something special to get you back in the mood to put pen to paper (or the digital equivalent) and publish something new. Luckily, I heard one of the best pieces of dance pop in years the other day and felt compelled to tell you all about it.

The track is called Neutron Dance is by Dublin based music producer and DJ Krystal Klear. It's a joyous record which is almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as soon as the main synth riff kicks in.

It has a real retro vibe to it, with drum machine sound reminiscent of New Order's Blue Monday, and a hook which could be described as 2018s answer to Hot Butter's classic Popcorn.

It's just great fun, and deserves to be blasted across warehouse raves and barbecues this summer. You can take a listen to the track below and Krystal Klear's latest release The Division is available to buy from Running Back Records RIGHT NOW!



New Music: Intechnicolour - Shaker

Intechnicolour New video

Remember when you were a kid and you'd head down to the local football pitch to have a kick around, only to find that some ruffians had left a load of cans and bottles spread across the place. The scattered remanence of the previous nights debauchery.

It turns out that the people responsible for this were none over than Brighton based stoner-rock outfit Intechnicolour. We should have known.

For new single Shaker, the band have decided to release footage of these events and they're as ridiculous and alcohol fuelled as previously feared. Featuring mad outfits, larger than life characters and tongues shoved so far into cheeks that their very well might be permanent damage, this is very much a follow up to their similarly mad 70's inspired video for first single Doomer.

It will come as no surprise to hear that track itself is also bit of a beast and only amplifies the videos proceedings. Full of sludgy distortion, it creates a thick and cloudy atmosphere for the listener and climaxes with a heavier than hell riff which may very well bring the walls around you crumbling.

You can take a look at the video below, and remember, drink and drugs aren't cool mmkay. Won't somebody please think of the children.



Intechnicolour's new single Shaker is available to buy and stream NOW.

At The Drive In + Death From Above + Le Butcherettes: Live @ The O2 Academy Newcastle 10/03/18

At The Drive In Death From Above Tour Live 2018

This. Gig. Was. Stacked.

Thats the only way to describe a line up which consists of At The Drive In, Death From Above and Le Butcherettes. Stacked.

Usually in these reviews I concentrate on just one act, maybe giving props to another band on the bill who really put on a great performance, however this time it feels only right to give all three bands an equal footing in this article.

If I was content savvy, I would probably split this article into three and have content for days...but thats not the way we do things around here, we try and jam as much intto every article as possible. So without further delay, lets talk about the bands!

Le Butcherettes




Imagine Kate Bush on acid. That's the kind of vibe you get from Le Butcherettes, a band who combine whimsical melodies with off kilter keyboards and frantic percussion.

Their performance was the most visually arresting of that night, with the amazingly named lead singer Teri Gender Bender throwing all kinds of shapes on stage whilst managing to keep things tight musically at the same time. The Leibniz Language was a stand out track, with its creepy/catchy keyboard leading the audience into a hypnotic waltz, whilst Dress Off proves you don't need anything but drums and vocals to put together a cracking punk tune.

Setlist

1. Witchless C Spot
2. Burn The Scab
3. Boulders Love Over Layers of Rock
4. I'm Getting Sick of You
5. Dress Off
6. The Leibniz Language
7. Spider Waves

Death From Above



I've had the pleasure of seeing Death From Above twice now and each time my hearing has left significantly more impaired. It's a fair price to pay however, as the death disco duo delivered a shock and awe setlist opening with the bombastic Nomad and working there way through a setlist which included cuts from all three studio albums.

Debut album smash Romantic Rights is the highlight of the evening with that iconic intro strring up something of a fuss in the crowd. This was closely followed by the colossal Holy Books from their 2017 effort Outrage! Is Now, which is punch you in the face brutal and an invitation to furious head banging.

All in all it was a lot of fuzz, a lot of riffs and a reminder that when it comes to the drum and bass combination there really is no one better. I'm looking at you Royal Blood.

Setlist

1. Nomad
2. Right On, Frankenstein!
3. Moonlight
4. Caught Up
5. Going Steady
6. Outrage! Is Now
7. Holy Books
8. Freeze Me
9. Romantic Rights
10. The Physical World


At The Drive In




It's been 17 years since At The Drive In's seminal album Relationship of Command was released to mass adoration from the rock community, and its a record which continues to inspire the new era of acts coming through today.

It's no surprise then that the majority of this set is made up of cuts from that very album. Arcarsenal opens proceedings and sends the crowd into hysterics, almost two decades later and these songs still sound just as fresh. Whilst Relationship of Command cuts are no doubt the highlights of the sets we are treated to Napoleon Solo from In/Casino/Out and Vaya EP snippet 198d.

New album Interalia made up the rest of the set, and the tracks hold their own against the classics. No Wolf Like The Present and Hostage Stamps are the pick of the bunch...but they pale in comparison to tracks such as Sleepwalk Capsules and Invalid Litter Dept.

We also finally get an answer to what the on earth One Armed Scissor is actually about as revealed by Cedric Bixler Zavala...

"There used to be a great artist called David Bowie, and he had a son who became a film maker called Duncan Jones. He made a sci-fi movie called Moon, has anyone seen it? It's about space madness, and thats what this track is about."

The set ends with the alt/pop stylings of Pattern Against User and sends the audience off in a haze of post gig glee. When a band has an album as good as Relationship of Command in the bank, its hard to not put on a great show, but it also piles an enormous amount of pressure on the band to deliver.

Luckily for us, At The Drive In always deliver.

Setlist

1. Arcarsenal
2. No Wolf Like The Present
3. Sleepwalk Capsules
4. Hostage Stamps
5. 198d
6. Pendulum in a Peasant Dress
7. Amid Ethics
8. One Armed Scissor
9. Napoleon Solo
10. Holtzclaw
11. Enfilade
12. Invalid Litter Dept.
13. Quarantined
14. Governed By Contagions
15. Pattern Against User

Introducing: Teen Creeps

Teen Creeps Birthmark

Who's in the mood for some Belgian punk music? The answer to that question should always be a resounding YES. Thats why, this week I bring you the musical stylings of Teen Creeps.

The trio from Ghent combine a mixture of melodic 90s alt rock tones with a solid punk base to create a sound which the band describe as "post-everything". At times it has an air of melancholy, as is this case on new single Mercury, which is about falling back into the bad habit of procrastination.

You have big plans, but you’re not getting anything done. Because you’re just too scared to get things started. So you just leave it and go out. And hate yourself for it.” explains bassist and vocalist Bert Vliegen.


Bert was kind enough to take on the now infamous introducing questionnaire, revealing in the process how Belgians learn English whilst giving my personal favourite ever answer to question 10. 

Enjoy!

1. What is your favourite album and why?

I’m gonna go with Sonic Youth’s “Daydream Nation”. One of the first records I owned, and an absolute masterpiece in my opinion. I can keep going back to it and discover something new about them. They’ve released a ton of great albums in their career, but “Daydream Nation” will always stand out to me as a cohesive, sonically mind-blowing record.


2. What is your least favourite album and why?

Our sound engineer once gave me a copy of the soundtrack to the “Sgt. Peppers”-movie, which featured the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton covering those classic songs. As much as a love the Beatles, these songs and even the Bee Gees, their attempt to reinterpret these songs is just awful. An expensive, overproduced, disco-y mess.

3. If you had to describe your music in three words, what would they be?

Energetic, fuzzy indierock.

4. What made you start making music?

I grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Belgium, so it’s probably a combination of boredom and wanting to be one of the cool kids who could play guitar.

5. Favourite swear word?

A good, loud “Fuck” will always do the job.


6. If you could create a band from musicians (excluding yourselves) living or dead, who would you choose?

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and Randy Randall (No Age) on guitar, Warren Ellis (The Bad Seeds) on violin, Mike Watt (Minutemen) on bass, Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü) on drums and Patti Smith on vocals. I’d pay a lot of money to hear that.

7. Obvious musical skills aside, do any of you have any secret talents?

I’m a huge cycling geek. That’s not really a ‘talent’ but more of a weird nerdy hobby, I guess. But still: ask me anything about the sport and I’ll have an opinion and multiple facts to prove my point ready in no time.

8. What is your favourite childhood TV show?

Definitely “The Simpsons”. Those shows aren’t dubbed in Belgium, so that’s how you learned English. Still one of the funniest shows ever made.

9. Aside from music, what profession would you like to attempt and why?

Hard one, can’t really see myself functioning in a different scene. I guess I’d like to try and be a writer, but in a John Irving-kind of way. Thoroughly researching everything, carefully building a story, churning out a book every two years. Yeah, that sounds like something I’d like to try.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“It’s okay man, I wouldn’t believe in myself if I were you either! Come in, everybody’s expecting you!”

Teen Creeps debut album Birthmark is available April 6 via PIAS.
New Music: Rolo Tomassi - Aftermath

Rolo Tomassi Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Sheffield math metallers Rolo Tomassi are back, not in pog form, but in a form that even the most ardent fan might not anticipate.

New single Aftermath is a soaring uplifting affair, which showcases Eva Spence's more tuneful vocal range, replacing the death growls which she is more synonymous for. Whats more, it also strips back the math rock approach, replacing the weird time signatures and breakdowns for a more traditional delivery, and guess what...they knock it out of the park.

In contrast to previous songs slated for inclusion on fifth album Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It, its a real left turn, but then again Rolo Tomassi like to keep us guessing. In an interview with Clash Magazine, co vocalist and keys player James Spence revealed they had been trying to put together a song like Aftermath for some time.

"Whilst it may seem like a bit of a departure from the other singles we've released so far from this album, I feel like there has been hints to this melodic side to what we can do across our last few albums.

We really tried to push ourselves to the limit with what we can do as a group and I think this song demonstrates another persona we can take on, whilst still remaining true to what we do".

You can take a look at the video below, and you catch the band at the following dates!

Catch Rolo Tomassi at the following shows:

- 03/04 Glasgow Audio
- 04/04 Manchester Deaf Institute
- 05/04 Birmingham Asylum 2
- 06/04 Bristol The Exchange
- 07/04 London The Garage
- 08/04 Leeds Strangeforms Fest
PUP: Live @ London Shepherds Bush Empire 03/02/18

PUP Live 2018 Shepherds Bush Empire

Support bands get a bad rub of the green at times. For many concert goers, the main event is the only reason to turn up and so the other acts on the bill can be pushed aside, or worst yet ignored.

This is a short sighted strategy for music lovers, because everyones favourite band at some time or another was in that support slot paying their dues. That's just the way things are. So, why miss out on the chance of catching the next big thing, just because they haven't caught your attention yet?

Sometimes however, a bill is stacked with quality from start to finish. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to witness such a show in London. Headlining were punk staples The Menzingers and first on were Philadelphia trio Cayetana, but it was the second act on the bill that stole the show.

PUP were a tour de force at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Having released one of the albums of the year back in 2016 in the form of the brilliant The Dream is Over, this was the first time the band had graced UK shores in over a year, and with the album well and truly having found its audience within that time, the crowd were eager to see some of the hits in action.



From opener Doubts, the energy levels emitted from the Canadian four-piece were through the roof, crashing around on stage they immediately had the audience in the palm of their hands, inciting riotous scenes from both the moshpit and the balconies.

The bands older tracks get a lot of love tonight as well, Guilt Trip delights with its jagged underground lead riff, whilst Dark Days is the nights pop moment, although you wouldn't have thought it from the crowd reaction, who go absolutely ape shit during its run time.

Whilst their self-titled album tracks go down a trip, the second album delivers the nights most memorable moments. My Life is Over And I Couldn't Be Happier gets its harmonies delivered back at the band twice as loud, whilst Sleep in the Heat emits a chorus of woah-ohs from the crowd which carry on long after the track has ended.



The show ends with a string of four tracks which encapsulate the bands sound nicely. Familiar Patterns is an alt-rock anthem with a strong chorus and colossal ending and Old Wounds is a snarling punk monster, with lead singer Stefan going full rock star and stage diving into the throng of beings lapping up every note of this tune.

If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, Then I Will and DVP close out proceedings, the first inspiring a singalong detailing the not so happy feelings that life on the road can unfortunately inspire, the second giving everyone in attendance one last chance to dance before the curtain falls. An opportunity that is not wasted by anyone.

PUP aren't unknowns, and should have arguably been headlining this gig, so they aren't your atypical support band. However, this is still a lesson for anyone thinking of skipping out on bands lower down on a bill, because you could end up missing a classic.

#bestband

Setlist

1. Doubts
2. Back Against the Wall
3. My Life Is Over and I Couldn't Be Happier
4. Guilt Trip
5. Dark Days
6. Sleep in the Heat
7. The Coast
8. Reservoir
9. Familiar Patterns
10. Old Wounds
11. If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will
12. DVP

*I did not take the above photograph. I got it off the bands Twitter page. If you'd like me to give credit, or take it down please let me know.
You Should Be Listening to...Marmozets: Major System Error

Marmozets Knowing What You Know Now

Say what you want about mainstream radio nowadays, but it does come up with the goods every now and then. Just the other day I was driving along minding my own business, when this slightly unhinged piece of alt goodness graced me with its presence on Radio 1. Big up Greg James.

I'm already a fan of Marmozets. I thought their debut offering was exciting and their comeback single Play had a great vibe about it. This track however is on another level.

Major System Error is a track with a pop foundation, which then heaps a whole host of alternative layers on top of it, resulting in a modern slice of rock goodness that sounds otherworldly compared to some of the more conventional sounds floating about.

There's a big chorus, a brilliant guitar tone (that is neither clean nor crunchy) and features a vocal performance from Rebecca Macintyre that really does steal the show. And the lyrics aren't bad either, filled with not so subtle nods towards the slightly worrying state of affairs the world currently finds itself embroiled in.

The bands second album Knowing What You Know Now is available THIS FRIDAY (January 26) on Roadrunner Records. I reckon its worth picking up.

There's nothing really more to say. Check out the video for Major System Error below.