Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Fosse Jaw

Having a picture of a random bathing suit clad lady on a diving board as your main profile pic may not seem entirely conventional, but then again neither is owning 30 of the same white Hanes t-shirts. Fosse Jaw's sound isn't much easier to describe than his love of identical tees - a kind of sun drenched, heavily vocally distorted, folk influenced melee of pop, rock and even a like country vibe in there for good measure. David Formentin is the mastermind behind the sound, and his multi layered, harmonised vocals in the chorus are particularly impressive as a one man band. As someone who's never played a live show and is still struggling to find those to perform with, I'm gonna play matchmaker here and tell any musicians in the LA area to get involved! 

Fosse Jaw - Too Many Priuses

Friday, 25 June 2010

FOE

FOE is the alias of Fleet resident Hannah Shark.  Unlike the sleepy Hampshire town, the music she pens and records from her bedroom has a dirty energy to it - Tyran Song's heavily distorted, grunge'y guitar line a prime example of this. Her gentle melodic vocal lines and the screwball pop sheen given to the tracks by producer and partner in crime Entrepreneurs compliment this darker sound perfectly, resulting in a sound that's as edgy as it is catchy. 

FOE - Tyran Song

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Crystal Fighters - In The Summer


Having tipped Crystal Fighters as one of my acts to look out for in 2010, I was starting to doubt that shout after a relatively inconspicuous first half of the year. But just as Xtatic Truth and I Love London were working their way off my iPod, they go and drop this bomb. Ye of little faith! In The Summer still retains most of the elements that made the band such an exciting and unique prospect in the first place - the huge beat and basque influence in particular - but also chucks into the mix an African vibe that wouldn't be too out of place at Soccer City. Big summer jam.

Stream and download the track for free below.

Crystal Fighters - In The Summer

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

OK Go - "End Love"


I think it's fair to say that OK Go have developed their reputation more as a result of expert video concepts and choreography that sheer musical genius. Treadmill antics, garden dance routines, and that awesome-if not-slightly-ripping-off-the-Honda-ad vid tend to hold more mental longevity than the songs themselves - Here It Goes Again, A Million Ways, and.....shit I can't even remember the name of the last one.

With their new video for End Love from most recent album Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, they've managed to combine the two, to their credit. The video itself is as brilliant as you'd expect from the band, for the first time using the likes of stop gap and slow motion shots, and the song itself is a step up from what we've come to expect from them. How long must that all take?!

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass (Passion Pit Remix)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Hearts Under Fire

I must admit that I was a little hesitant initially about a female-fronted alternative group called Hearts Under Fire, what with the number of Paramore rip-off bands popping up all over the shop at the mo. But having been given some encouragement by Tom Barnes' sweet new snaps of the group (with a backdrop that refreshingly looks more Saw IV than Hot Topic), I'm glad as hell I gave them a chance.

Any concerns were rapidly quelled by the unconventional but highly effective beat that drives the intro and second half of the verse, and by the time the first almost Social Distortion-esque chorus had concluded, I was slapping my wrist for ever judging a book by it's....well, title I suppose. Sounding more Distillers than the aforementioned Pop Punk supergroup, they've got a real gritty edge and technical sensibility that's lacking in most Rock bands of either gender.

They've recently released an EP Letters which you can preview and pick up here

Hearts Under Fire - It's Not Me, It's You

Monday, 14 June 2010

Overthrow


Watching RX Bandits tear up Camden's Underworld the other week got me to pondering why there are so few bands on either side of the Atlantic who have emulated their big win formula of massive riffs, intricate technicality, and contagiously melodic choruses with an underlying reggae/ska vibe. OK so maybe that's a tad more specific that it initially sounded in my head, but as if by fate the next day's blog binge took me to the pages of Punktastic.com, who are currently streaming Guildford 4-piece Overthrow's extremely promising new 6 track EP A Ghost In The Machine. And yup, they've only gone and nailed it.

Previous tours with the likes of The Toasters, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Sonic Boom Six would suggest more of a Skacore leaning, but their sound base is so much broader than that, and suggests they'd be equally content mixing it up with the best of Punk, Ska, or Indie. I've included a couple of choice tracks from AGITM, but if that's not enough for you then head to lads' Bandcamp page to download the whole EP for nought. 

Overthrow - By Night We Escape
Overthrow - Rick Stein Is Addicted To Mobile Discos