June 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Beast Make Bomb are a four-piece from Brooklyn who describe their music as garage/rock/punk. Tracks like ‘1, 2, 3, 4’ and ‘Rough It Out’ fit this description, with fast drums and guitar riffs to match. However there’s definitely a pop melodic-ness to their songs, and tracks like ‘Coney Island’ will probably remind you of Best Coast, with a more cathartic approach and vocals that roll rather than attack. These 3 tracks are found on the Sourpuss EP, the older Skinny Legs EP is equally as enjoyable. Both are available for free via their Bandcamp.
June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve gone back to my old hobby of Bandcamp Surfing. It’s still has the power to amaze me, within seconds you can be listening to some incredible music. Tonight, with a few careless clicks I found myself enjoying the lo-fi tones of Southampton’s Die Jungen (German for ‘the young’). It’s retro, it’s hazy, it’d be perfect for lazy summer days (or in this case, lazy London nights). The songs sound like Tennis at half speed, or Spectrals with added layers of fuzz. Recommended listening for those times when you need to escape for a few moments….
February 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
The ability of music to transport your mind to other places, imagined or real, is quite extraordinary and never fails to amaze me. I was quite determined to stay in my sullen, depressed bubble, until the rapturous tones of Lord Huron’s ‘Mighty’ hit my eardrums. As soon as the track hit the 1:08 mark, I found my spirits lifted, and my mind roaming a land that lies somewhere between a tropical rainforest and the setting of The Lion King.
In other words, this is a beautiful track. And lucky for you, it’s available for free download at the band’s Bandcamp here. The track is taken from the Mighty EP, which features 3 more stunning tracks, as well as artwork that is quite frankly breathtaking.
October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
Bandcamp surfing is always a trepidatious affair. With the hundreds of genre tags in front of me, the possible choices are endless. More often than I hesitate for an age before clicking something I know will yield enjoyable, yet not earth-shattering results (lo-fi anyone?). The sheer amount of music that is new, unheard and completely fresh to my ears overwhelms me to say the least. I enter a frame of mind where anything I hear is fantastic, incredible, life-changing!! Either that or it all sounds like the time Handy Andy tried to sing about hammers.
The point I’m trying to make here is that new music scares me: my incredible FOMO propels me towards new bands whilst simultaneously reminding me that I could be missing something amazing whilst wasting my time pretending to like Salem (I really cannot, and will not). However, every now and then, when I put all my ridiculous overthinking to one side, I stumble across things I really love. « Read the rest of this entry »