August 20, 2014

The Persian Leaps: Drive Drive Delay

St. Paul, MN indie noise pop band The Persian Leaps are down to a trio on their new EP Drive Drive Delay. They had to tighten up their sound a bit and The Smiths no longer loom large on heir alternative college rockers.

While retaining their knack for melody Hüsker Du, The Replacements and Dinosaur Jr come to fore in (Goodbye to) South Carolina and Truth = Consequences. Lead single Pretty Boy, with its early REM feel, is a dead ringer for heavy rotation on alternative late night radio.

The Persian Leaps:
Drew Forsberg: vocals, guitar
Brad Hendrickson: bass, vocals, additional guitar on "Pretty Boy"
Mike McCloskey: drums, vocals

Drive Drive Delay, will be released on September 12, 2014 via Land Ski Records.

Tracks:
  1. Fire Starter
  2. Pretty Boy
  3. (Goodbye to) South Carolina
  4. Truth = Consequences
  5. Permission

Live date:
  • 09/06 Popcorn Tavern, La Crosse, WI

» thepersianleaps.com

HCTF review of Praise Elephants.

John Watss/Fischer-Z: tour dates

John Watss will be on tour in November, playing material from his recent solo album as well as quite a few songs from Fischer Z.

Live dates:
  • 10/09 John Watts/Fischer-Z Solo Set @ For What It's Worth, The Boogaloo, Highgate, London, UK
  • 11/16 Het, Germanypot Leuven, Belgium
  • 11/18 Melkweg, Amsterdam, Th Netherlands
  • 11/19 Freiheiz, München, Germany
  • 11/23 Passionskirche, Berlin, Germany
  • 11/25 Kulturkirche, Koln, Germany

» fischer-z.com

Memory In Plant: Shame On Me

Israeli neo-psychedelic trio Memory In Plant are sharing Shame On Me, another single from their forthcoming full-length An Epic Triumph. Yehiel Hamou, Chen Firsel and Imri Cohen have crammed a plethora of sounds and genres into this one - Krautrock, fuzzy electronics, freak out rock, a menacing bass bit, singled out guitar notes and even a bit of rap drenched in reverb and echo. It's a rather short, but exhausting listening experience. Not for the squeamish.

Shame On Me is self-released single. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from their website.

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HCTF review of This Love.

August 19, 2014

Bella Loka: Escape

photo: Auxphoto

Tea & David Boothby are Bella Loka, an electropop based in Camden Town, London. Tea writes all their stuff and sings, plays guitar & piano, while David takes care of the guitar and arranging. They crowdfunded their debut EP Escape, raising enough money to record at Abbey Road Studios with in-house producers Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre.

Escape is mostly mainstream pop with an electronic twist, with hints of Soft Cell, Yazoo and Propaganda. The vocals could have used less effects and studio wizardry, but the back beat is irresistible. Bella Loka shows lots of potential, and are likely to appeal to the general public who will dig Alive). Music buffs will give the thumbs up to the haunting Where Are All The Ladies?

Escape is a self-released EP. Eelease date: September 2nd.

» bellaloka.com

Banned From Utopia: Fall tour dates

Frank Zappa alumni band Banned From Utopia hits the road again this Fall for an European tour. Te hee verterans are joined by Zappa Plays Zappa member Jamie Kime

Banned From Utopia:
Robert (Bobby) Martin (FZ 1981-88) vocals, keyboards, sax, French horn
Ray White (FZ 1978-84) vocals, guitar
Tom Fowler (FZ 1973-75, 1978) bass guitar
Albert Wing (FZ 1988) tenor sax, soprano sax
Chad Wackerman (FZ 1981-88) drums
Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa 2006-2012) guitar, vocals

Live dates:
  • 11/06 Umea, Sweden @ Jazz Studio
  • 11/07 Oslo, Norway @ Cosmopolite
  • 11/08 Örebro, Sweden @ Clarion Hotel
  • 11/09 Uppsala, Sweden @ Katalin
  • 11/11 Twist, Germany @ Heimathaus
  • 11/12 Haarlem, The Netherlands @ Patronaat
  • 11/13 Münster, Germany @ Jovel
  • 11/14 Ottersum, The Netherlands @ Roepaen
  • 11/15 Minden, Germany @ BÜZ
  • 11/16 Weert, The Netherlands @ De Bosuil
  • 11/18 Duisburg, Germany @ Grammatikoff
  • 11/19 Kassel, Germany @ Theaterstübchen
  • 11/20 Berlin, Germany @ Kesselhaus
  • 11/21 Szczecin, Poland @ Free Blues Club
  • 11/22 Erfurt, Germany @ HsD Gewerkschaftshaus
  • 11/25 Nürnberg, Germany @ Rockfabrik
  • 11/26 Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
  • 11/28 Bourgoin-Jallieu, France @ Les Abattoirs
  • 11/30 Blois, France @ Maison de Bégon
  • 12/03 Swansea, UK @ The Scene
  • 12/04 Derby, UK @ Flower Pot
  • 12/05 Grimsby, UK @ Yardbirds
  • 12/06 Blackburn, UK @ King George’s Hall
  • 12/07 London, UK @ The Jazzcafe Camden

Tickets info on Bobby Martin's website.

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