Under normal circumstances, one would very much like to avoid rotten fruit. However, in the case of the debut single from Phoenix, Arizona based quartet Summer of Blood, ‘Rotten Fruit’ is a snarling, confident blast of powerful punk. So, we’re in. And you should get in too. Additionally, this was recorded in a laundry room and bedroom. Which makes the powerful blast of the track all the more impressive. Check it out below.
Rat The Magnificent’s new album The Body As Pleasure is out now.
London based noise rock outfit Rat The Magnificent have a pretty savage new album titled The Body As Pleasure. Jammed with violent and raucous numbers, ‘Marrtalon’ is one that sees them rein in their anti-social tendencies to create a more taut and tense track. Led by a thudding and ominous bass-line, the track slithers and moans with a grimy filth that is engaging and entralling. We recommend. Check it out below.
This is grungy. This is shoegazey. What more could you want? ‘Loose’ is a recent single from Superego. A quartet, we’re not sure where they’re from, who like the fuzz and the melody and the ethereal. Check it out below.
Combining a kind of indie ballad with avant-garde noise you say? That’s the story with ‘Trust Is Blind’, a highlight from the debut EP from Birmingham-based garage rock outfit The Cosmics. It starts out all melodic and lovely. Charming. Really it is just lulling the listener into a false sense of security before exploding into a blast of Somin Youth tinged avant garde noise. In the words of Rodney Trotter, “Cosmic!”
Sharkmuffin’s new EP Gamma Gardening is out now via Exploding in Sound Records.
New York/Jersey Shore based trio Sharkmuffin have recently released their rough and ready new EP Gamma Gardening via the always reliable Exploding in Sound Records. It is a fuzzy/melodic/incendiary blast through five songs of increasing anxious and intensity. One such track is titled ‘Serpentina’. A power trio exploration of mid-tempo fuzz, the track calls to mind the melodic garage punk of Sleater-Kinney. Elsewhere on the record, the trio explore realms of feedback and the freneticism of the riot grrrl movement of the early 90s. Check out ‘Serpentina’ below.
As one of the seminal purveyors of the 70s and 80s heavy metal movement, Motörhead definitely knew how to make a gamble on life pay off. The album Ace of Spades was the fourth studio effort for the band, meaning they had outlasted 99% of their contemporaries by a country mile. Golden Years, their live EP, had made household names of the band, but it was the album Ace of Spades, led by its eponymous title track, that would cement the band’s name into rock n’ roll history.
The Ace of Spades’ squealing guitar intro from Fast Eddie Clarke signalled an instant classic even before lead singer Lemmy intoned the immortal first lyric “If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man/You win some, lose some, all the same to me.” Within the first 15 seconds of the song, Motörhead had gamblers from across the world hooked. It felt as though they finally had an anthem that captured their exciting rush of adrenaline while playing, a feeling that comes through in the atmosphere of today’s elite online gambling sites like Casumo.
Creating a Classic from Chaos
The frenetic energy that the band captured in Ace of Spades was no accident. This was not a band that took the conventional route to creating or recording songs. They had recorded their first two albums, Overkill and Bomber, within months of each other on what they described as a “distracted drinking and [sex] binge.” Lemmy was especially bad, consistently missing rehearsals because he was spending time with a woman he had met in South Wales.
From a central guitar riff that the band upgraded to electric steel guitar on a whim, the song began to take shape. The sounds in the song’s breakdown came from a cardboard box of random items that producer Vic Maile kept in the studio – rattlesnake tails, woodblocks and maracas, among other things. The band was admittedly drunk when they began to record with the woodblocks in the studio, but they decided to leave it because it sounded better offbeat.
Lemmy the Gambler
With the instrumental complete, Lemmy began to try to cement lyrics to the theme he had chosen for the new song, gambling. The band knew they had a special song, so they took special care of the lyrics – in their own way. By the band’s own admittance, the more important the song was, the less care they took to perfect it.
The song Ace of Spades flew up the charts in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 15 in November of 1980. It had another peak after Lemmy’s death in 2015 and actually outperformed its original high with a number 13 finish.
Rock n’ Roll’s True Ace of Spades
The legacy of Motörhead goes far beyond a single song or album. The band is named as a top influence in heavy metal, and their addition of elements like punk rock was a precursor to platinum-selling bands like Green Day and The Offspring, major label bands that came along decades later.
Motörhead themselves have sold over 15 million albums across the world. They are respected to this day, earning a number 26 position on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock presentation. They released a total of 22 studio albums throughout their 40 years of live recording and touring, on top of 12 compilation albums and 10 live records. The band continued its activity until the death of Lemmy in 2015 from congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. All three members had passed away by 2018, but they left behind a legacy of music awards, classic performances and an indomitable attitude as godfathers of the metal lifestyle.
‘Le vide en personne’. That’s French and has a double meaning. It means both “Emptiness in person” as in a person that embodies emptiness, but also “The emptiness in nobody”, as in no one being affected by an event. Having said that, there’s nothing at all empty about the progressive metal crafted by the progressive metal of Swiss outfit erdem. It is a sound that encapsulates the emotional peaks and troughs of post-rock slammed up alongside the intensity of djent. Ostensibly, this is post-metal. But the metal here is a style inspired not by hardcore but a more technical and pulverising sound. Bravo, erdem. Check it out below.
Matthias Winkler is an Ireland based German guitarist. He is also the leader of experimental quartet ÄTSCH. Combining contemporary jazz improvisation with the tropes and conventions of post-rock, the outfit craft a brand of post-rock that is wonderfully loose and spacious. In a genre than can be claustrophic in it’s construction, this is a godsend. Check it out below.
‘Joyrider’ is out now and streaming all over the shop.
L.A. based dream pop duo WORLDS have recently released the ethereal and charming ‘Joyrider’. Calling to mind the lush and lullaby-like nature of classic dream pop tracks, the song is one that drifts gently by until it reaches its hook-filled chorus. It’s one of those hooks that sounds so simple and easy but is actually extraordinarily difficult to master. This is a charming duet. Check it out below.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of American Football and Death Cab For Cutie are Kansas City based indie/emo trio Employer. Their newest effort is a track titled ‘Git Off My Property’. A charmingly unassuming track, the song marries a Neil Young-esque falsetto with a musical style that balances a touch of math rock with the emotional resonance of midwest emo and indie. Lyrically, the words manage to be both abstract and direct with lines such as ‘can you council with the snakes in the garden’ alongside ‘i am never that sad but i do hate myself’.