Creep Show brings together John Grant with the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder /Phil Winter /Benge) to create Mr. Dynamite, a debut album packed with experimental pop and surreal funk, the album was released last Friday on the Bella Union label.
Mr. Dynamite kicks of with two previous singles one of which is the title track of the album in addition to Modern Parenting, take a retro minimalist, electro sound which surrounds you in their wonderful darkness.Despite having a sound dipped in nostalgia Creep show manage to remain forward thinking on this thought provoking record so you never once think that the band are covering old ground.Endangered Species really stands out as a highlight with its smooth, sleek synths which also sees the tone and direction of the album change there is also a very rare moment on the track where Grant takes on a falsetto.
Pink Squirrel shines as soon as you hear the opening beats and feels like an instant hit as well as emphasising how much Creep show are prepared to diversify and experiment with their superb synths throughout this outstanding record.The album draws to a conclusion with its two longest tracks firstly the sublime Fall makes you feel like you’re journeying through a childhood video game before the epic Safe and Sound brings the album to a fitting climax, that can only leave you hopping to hear more from this project of talented musicians in the future.
Porcelain is the latest single from North Yorkshire band Avalanche Party and is yet another sublime release from the independent label Clue records. This pearler of a garage rock tune grabs your attention immediately with an intro that is absolutely to die for. Porcelain also sees the band blend psychedelia into their sound and the pure vociferousness of this track leaves me very hopeful of a full length following a couple of brilliant singles.
Piskie Sits now seem like virtual veterans having been around for a number of years under various line-ups and have released yet another superb single courtesy of the Philophobia Music label.The band have now perfected their sound which is delightfully dipped in the 90’s alt-rock scene.The track itself take its lo-fi sound to make an instant floor filler along with a chorus that gets straight into your head, making for yet another fine effort from the Wakefield band.
The Passed is the latest EP from The Passing Fancy, the solo project of Wakefield based musician Paul Bateson.Kicking off with the reflective yet bouncy All I Wanna Do (Is Get Drunk Today), which instantly makes you want to be down the pub singing along to the chorus.Beer & Wine (I’ll Be Fine) screams of heartbreak, pulling at your heartstrings while also seeing a great take on traditional folk music by accompanying some wonderful strings along with guitars that meld together perfectly.The Passing Fancy then jump into a short sharp burst of garage rock on Let Me Know (Or Let Me Go) which sees a change in direction for them all be it a good one.Despite coming in at less than six minutes the EP is splendidly put together and with the promise of new music for later in the year it leaves me looking forward to hearing more from The Passing Fancy.
Aradia are an experimental post rock four piece from Portland who have self-released their self-titled EP.The drawn out, brooding intro to opening track Exile builds up a huge sense of anticipation before developing into a masterful track full of swirling guitars.Next up is Frantic a slow burner of a tune which leads you into a false sense of security before reaching a crescendo including a closing section which fits the title perfectly.Skin Changer follows the quiet/loud format which Aradia seem to do so well as well as demonstrating on this instrumental record that vocals are not always needed as excellent musicianship can speak for itself.The thought provoking Rotten has more than a shoegaze feel to it as well as featuring an introspective tone that ensures Aradia draw things to a close in a fine manner.
The latest offering from Wakefield duo The Do’s comes in the form of the single W.T.F, released on the independent label Philophobia Music.Full of menacing and fuzzy guitars, that has become a trademark of this extremely talented band, the track itself sees them keep up the fine form that has been demonstrated on previous releases.The chorus breaks into a glorious cacophony of noise that leaves you surprised that two people can make such a racket in addition to leaving you with the hope that W.T.F could be a teaser to a full-length record in the future.
Hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors, Avalanche Party are the latest signings to Clue Records and have made their single, I’m So Wet available courtesy of the independent label.As is now expected from anything brought out by Clue Records this is yet another barnstorming track from a band that I already can’t wait to hear more from.This sublime garage rock tune firmly roots itself in psychedelia in addition to guitars that swirl around the chorus that looms fascinatingly over you.I’m So Wet then builds into a track that leaves you with such a sense of urgency that made me go find out about this band as well as making me truly excited to her more from Avalanche Party.