Acoustic tracks don’t always do it for me. When I was younger, I didn’t enjoy them at all and retained that idea of “the heavier, the better”. Since bands like Rage Against The Machine and The Mars Volta opened me up through my teenage years, I can appreciate them more, but still, they usually have to be spot on and worked well into an album for me. Hefty introduction aside, Forest Pooky have somehow created an acoustic EP that I can’t help but enjoy.
I’m pretty sure that I have previously shared my opinion on releases that start out incredibly hard hitting, and how they tend to wade off as the record progresses. Well, Factions is one EP that within the first few seconds struck me with that Fuck-Yeah-factor.
It’s not often that you come across Turkish rock bands, in fact, Reptilians From Andromeda are possibly the first that I have listened to. With an underlying “Garage-Rock” sound, this EP is quite the release to talk about.
Instrumental bands are another one of those areas of music that I find to be extremely hit or miss. I am fond of bands like Maybeshewill and That Fucking Tank, but when it comes to more established artists like Mogwai… well I like the music, but something about it doesn’t captivate me as much as it should. However, Closet Disco Queen are right up there in my opinion.
Hands up, I was a bit hesitant about reviewing this one. I don’t tend to get along with conceptual or more progressive albums, and I had no idea how I was going to actually review something like this. I’m going for it anyway (anyone fancy reviewing my review…?)
There are a lot of bands out there that like to use the fact that they are a “live band” as a staple, like that places them above and beyond anyone else. Then there are bands like Lovely Wife, whose sound is so wildly abstract that trying to translate what they do into a studio recording just doesn’t do them justice.
One of the things I love about music (I wonder how many times I’ve started a review with those 8 words…) is how different bands can stand out and hit you with so many different aspects of the music. For some it’s simply a serving of catchy, pop choruses, others it’s the character and style. Not many, for me, have vocals that stand out so much as Atom Driver’s. Mark Segall’s vocals give the sound a massive edge that works perfectly with the punked up garage-rock sound.
Disclaimer: I am not a fan of commercial rock music. That includes about 95% of the “artists” that you see on the likes of Kerrang!, playing arena shows, on major record labels and with the all important image which seems to be the sole selling point. In addition, I dislike all of the bands that try to sound like someone already famous in an attempt to gain popularity.
Over the course of writing reviews for The Cauteriser, I have somehow managed to dig into darker, dirtier and all round noisier bands as I’ve gone along. Then Capital Youth come along with something a lot more, shall I say normal? It took my ears a few play throughs to get back to grips with something that isn’t bombarded with distortion and unpredictable loudness, but damn, Lemonade is one solid EP.
I can’t say that I have ever really listened to much in the way of “Dark Hardcore”, I find that I zone out too easily when listening to more dredge-along music, that feels more about being heavy for the sake of it, but bands like Barque seem to put up a divide, adding more of a shine into the music, albeit a shine in what is still pretty fucking dark.