March 29, 2017

Cybernetic Witch Cult: Troglodithic Trip

Cybernetic Witch Cult, a doom rock trio from Cornwall, have been flying under the radar for a couple of years, gigging endlessly and treating their fans to lengthy sc-fi stoner rock songs about nuclear doom and pagan lore. Their new album Troglodithic Trip is a throwback to their demo showcase Morlock Rock - they re-recorded four songs - plus two brand new tunes. Play the albums back to back and it is obvious that they have grown a lot. New drummer Lewis May's ambidextrous, metronomic style gives singer/guitarist Alex Wyld and bass player Kale Deane a rock solid foundation to let rip. They play loud, take plenty of risks, and have a dark sense of humour that is pretty rare in their chosen genre, like showing Slim Pickens' portrayal of Major Kong in Dr. Strangelove riding on an atom bomb when they play Nuclear Sunset.

All the arcane imagery can't hide the fact that they are a serious lot who are setting their sights on reaching the bigger stages. Stoner rock will never be as huge as trash metal or hard rock - the progressive element gets in the way, but Cybernetic Witch Cult deserve their band name in big letters on the posters of the metal festival circuit.

Colin Robinson & Iain Taylor: two Doggerland shows

Avant-gardists Colin Robinson (Jumble Hole Clough) and Iain Taylor bring back their Doggerland duo for two performances in Hebden Bridge (Friday 7th April and Saturday 13th May). From Robinson's Facebook:

As we haven’t played for a year, we thought we’d better have a rehearsal tonight. And it was good; we remembered the songs… We even remembered the Mesopotamian song that is 3,500 years old and is sung in Sumerian.

Words about music (438): Morrissey

"Whether it be Beyonce or Justin Bieber, we see singers who have absolutely nothing to offer anyone as they walk off stage clutching three Grammys in each hand.


March 28, 2017

Little Person: Perfect Girls

Pop-rock duo Little Person have saved the best for the final single from their forthcoming EP I Feel Fine (out on April 3rd). Perfect Girls is a pocket symphony, a blend of jazz and superb West Coast pop that could be mistaken for a long lost Beach Boys song.

Tempo changes are handled with ease and Anton Patzner's violin gives the song a classical feel. They worked hard on this one, especially on the harmonies. There is no such thing as a perfect pop single, but they come damn close.

Palmsy: Ambulance

photo: Ben Houdijk

Dutch indie quartet Palmsy sing about about the perennial theme of a girl walking out on one of the band members on their debut single Ambulance. It is an upbeat song that lacks the finesse of the Arctic Monkeys or the swagger The Strokes, but it will get their audience moving during a live show. A bit more rough-around-the-edges garage rock would be a good idea. Also: turn up the bass while they are at it.