February 12, 2016

The Steepwater Band: stream the title track from "Shake Your Faith"

Chicaco blues rock quartet The Steepwater Band have posted a stream for the title track from their forthcoming new album, Shake Your Faith ( April 1st on Diamond Day Records - double 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital). The album was recorded last winter at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus, Buffalo Killers) lend a hand as co-producer.

It's been five years since their last studio album, CLAVA, and this will be the first record featuring guitarist Eric Saylors, who joined the band in early 2012.

The will fly to Europe in April for a lengthy tour, playing shows in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic.

February 11, 2016

Bombay Harambee: Goldmine

Little Rock's Bombay Harambee serve up an album with fuzz-heavy surf garage rock. Goldmine is a collection of fast paced, rumbling rock songs with an outlaw attitude. Authorities get the one-fingered salute or are made fun of. This is a band that is quite fond of of lyrical smartness - try finding other songs about Stringing Sentences or Enjambement, but it makes perfect sense when you are in hurry to explain things.

Rock isn't about fitting in and while tons of classic rock songs are now used to sell cars, mortgages and insurance, this quartet is in it to have a blast and getting the crowd pumping their fists in the air. After the Clintons, Little Rock finally has something to be proud of again. Dust off your air guitar skills and turn it up.

Words about music (396): Jeff Buckley

I resent the fact that a parental warning sticker has to be included on an album as cover art. To me that's censorship.

Jeff Buckley

February 10, 2016

Mayflower Madame: Weightless

Norwegian post-punkers Mayflower Madame have a rather bleak outlook on life. Their new single Weightless is a doom-laden song about trying to escape and failing miserably. Taking cues from the Jesus and Mary Chain and other unsmiling acts they have removed all colours from their music, sticking to black, white and grey.

Their dystopian imagery will appeal to disgruntled teenagers and anyone with a penchant for the black-clad late Eigthies/early Nineties. Weightless is the lead single for their debut album Observed in a Dream.

Mayflower Madame:
Trond Fagernes: vocals/guitars
Rune Overby: guitars
Petter Marberg: bass
Ola J. Kyrkjeeide: drums

Observed in a Dream will be released via their own label Night Cult Records in Europe and Custom Made Music in North America. Release date: April 22nd.

» Mayflower Madame on Facebook

Prints Jackson: Ambisinister

Duds are a part of every musicians output. UK pop artist Prints Jackson's new single Ambisinister, episode 24 of his "one new song each month till the day I die" project, contains some ill-advised use of autotune and run-off-the-mill rocktronica fodder. Sleep deprivation of becoming a young, proud father must have taken its toll. Ambisinister is a love song that shouldn't be heard outside the Print Jackson inner circle. Sit this one out and wait for episode 25.

Ambisinister is a self-released single. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from his website.

» printsjackson.com

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