Londale – It’s A Different World

Our readers may remember that we’ve covered Londale a few times last year, with a focus on their LP AM/FM and a bit of an in-depth article about the band’s single Let’s Take A Ride. The band has just released a new EP, It’s A Different World. The release works perfectly alongside these previous songs and albums, but it showcases an evolution to Londale that has to be heard to be believed. Few bands are able to make a cogent statement with an extended play, but It’s A Different World can either provide a full introduction to the band or flesh in some of the questions that they still had after the end of AM/FM.

It’s A Different World begins with If We Were Normal, immediately starting with a thoughtful guitar line. An insistent bass riff kicks in next, with the drums starting up soon after. The vocals contribute not only to the lyrical content on If We Were Normal, but to the overall ambiance that the song establishes.  Londale is immediately able to impress with this unique statement. While there are nods to overall genres and approaches, the set of influences that ultimate shape the band’s output here is much less clear. Few artists are able to make something that is completely their own, but this tactic ensures that fans will be on the edges of their seats from the onset of this release. Continue reading “Londale – It’s A Different World”

Kathleen Brooks – The Soul of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Kathleen Brooks is a bright example of an artist who follows her Muse wherever it leads her. She’s shown considerable talents as a recording artist, actress, director, playwright, and even an educator, but she’s also shown the unique confidence to make an equal go of these pursuits thanks to her willingness to take chances and the needed confidence to make them pay off. Her qualities in this area are in full review on the release The Soul of Rock ‘n’ Roll which, as its title implies, is a wide ranging collection that attempts to span different styles and sounds to match Brooks’ ambition for the project. The fifteen song collection is intended to serve as the soundtrack for her stage musical The Legend of Kristy Love in the Soul of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the music definitely works well in that regard. Continue reading “Kathleen Brooks – The Soul of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Albert Cummings – Live at the ’62 Center

Massachusetts native Albert Cummings returns to his hometown Williamstown as a conquering king with the blistering live set Live at the ’62 Center. His twelve song concert album blasts through an assortment of takes on blues rockers, slow blues, funkafied blues, all supported with colorful organ and occasional electric piano fills. Cummings’ guitar work is very forceful, but there are many melodic touches making their presence felt during this concert performance. He’s complemented by some top notch collaborators who understand serving the songs and providing him with a sturdy platform ensures the album’s excellence and his soulful bray is sweetened with some nice female backing vocals. It’s Cummings’ first release since 2015’s studio release Someone Like You and the live album emphasizes that Cummings is far from a performer reliant on covers. Instead, his original compositions pay tribute to the form while making intensely personal statements. Continue reading “Albert Cummings – Live at the ’62 Center”

Julian Morgan – Company

Julian Morgan’s Company is laid-back R&B track that will introduce listeners to Morgan’s sexy, sultry voice. Morgan is able to do more than tell a story with his voice, adding a good amount of harmony to the backing instrumentation. This means that the chill beat is given additional depth with each rising and falling motion of Julian’s voice. The track is produced masterfully, make this a shoo-in for radio rotation. We forecast a big 2018 for Julian Morgan. On Company, he is able to refresh the R&B style of the mid-2000s and make it relevant for a whole new generation. Continue reading “Julian Morgan – Company”

Chad Rubin “Alone AF”

Chad Rubin’s “Alone AF” is an effort that is tremendously catchy. Strong vocals are able to work alongside a robust production that builds off of performers like Nico & Vinz and Ed Sheeran. Rubin’s lyrical content will be understood by anyone who is between significant others, while any sort of stress or sadness that one has will be countered by the tremendous vocal chops of Rubin. The hooky style of Alone AF will bounce around listeners’ minds long after the effort ceases to play. We forecast big things to come from Chad Rubin in 2018; check out the video for Alone AF below the jump. Continue reading “Chad Rubin “Alone AF””

Historian – Small Compromise

Small Compromise is a richly emotive composition that elicits comparisons to performers like Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright. The pianos and drums provide a counterpoint to these vocals, establishing a secondary narrative that listeners can follow. The strings on Small Compromise are beautiful, playing well with the piano and bass. The depth of this cut is considerable and listeners will continue to find new twists and turns to the composition even after five or ten spins. Historian make an engrossing effort that will stick with fans long after the cut concludes; Small Compromise is the lead-off track for the band’s new LP, Expanse.

Historian – Small Compromise / http://historianreal.bandcamp.com

U-N-T – Y.Ni.Te EP Review

We were lucky enough to experience Je M’enfuis last month and are happy to see that a copy of the act’s new EP, Y.Ni.Te, has just dropped down for us to consider. We’ll be focusing on the remaining four tracks on the release – Ne Plus Me Voir, Present Passe, Superhero, and Again & Again.

Ne Plus Me Voir is straight-forward rock in the vein of Bloc Party and Wolfmother with hints of psychedelic rock and sludge metal, U-N-T are able to make a tremendous splash with this introductory effort. The production of this first track allows each element ample space to shine on their own – the bass can impress with an intricate arrangements while the guitars chug along, for example – but ensure that these disparate sounds are collected into a comprehensive entity.

Present Passe is a wonder melange of 1970s arena rock with the post-grunge of acts like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, while Superhero showcases a dichotomy between the beautiful French vocals and the dirty, chunky contributions of the drums, bass, and guitars.

Again & Again is the concluding statement on the Y.Ni.Te EP, and it builds upon the style of The Scorpions while adding in hints of Velvet Revolver; fans of all eras of rock will be able to find something that they can love here. It represents an important step forward for U-N-T as it touches upon all of the styles, approaches, and sounds that the preceding singles contributed to the story of the band. Furthermore, it provides listeners with a semblance of where U-N-T will likely go in the months and years to follow. For additional information about the act, samples of their music, and other news/updates, check out their social media and main domain.

Top Tracks:  Ne Plus Me Voir, Again & Again

Rating: 8.5/10

U-N-T – Y.Ni.Te EP Review / 2018 Self Released / 5 Tracks / https://soundcloud.com/unt-musik /

 

Charged G.B.H. – City Baby Attacked By Rats

G.B.H. was one of those UK82 punk bands that I never really got into. There were a lot of those bands, like D.O.A. and The Varukers, and I never got into them because they are passed over a lot of times for those 77 punk bands that are just a little more famous (Sex Pistols et al). The band starts out chaotic as hell, which is good, but there are some moments on these early tracks where the band seems necessarily sloppy. This set is from a few years ago (2004) so I can’t imagine that GBH sounds much different now than they did then; this is the best way to get an idea about what this classic punk act sounds like in the current era. When GBH gets into Falling Down, the results are much better. What probably happened with the band is that they showed their humanity; they are not automatons, and to expect a perfect performance out of a band each time is to expect perfection in imperfect beings.

The shrill guitars that GBH are known for couple with very activist drums during Diplomatic Immunity. It may have taken GBH a few tracks, but they get into the groove of things when previous performances come rushing into their minds. The differing camera that bounce around to show different views of GBH are all fine and dandy, but there seems to be a paucity of audience shots. Most of the time what happens is that the only idea that a viewer can get that an audience is present is through the cameras that flash from time to time. There is a considerable interview that is present alongside the live show on this DVD; if individuals want to know about GBH’s opinions on practically anything, there is three-fourths of an hour where the band is having questions bounced at them.

Finally, there is a thirteen-minute segment that showcases GBH’s life on the road. This is not quite as interesting as individuals would think, as the band does not have a huge road bus or anything, but the normal type of white, utility van that most other bands are apt to have. The only thing that is annoying about this selection is that there are vertical lines running throughout all the video; I have a feeling that these were added in, but am unsure why they were. It is really distracting, the only dark mark on what is really a great, balanced view at a classic punk band. The footage is good, the audio strong, and even when the band is being interview, individuals can be kept interested by the interesting answers of the band. This is not a substitute for the rest of the albums of GBH, but this would be a nice introduction to the band by anyone who has lived under a rock for the last twenty-five years. Pick this new bit of punk history up, and be prepared to be rocked by individuals that are the age of your parents.

Rating: 6.8/10

Charged G.B.H. – City Baby Attacked By Rats / MVD / 113 Minutes / http://www.mvdb2b.com /