I’m not sure about these bands that leave the consonants out of their names. Whether PWR BTTM and the allegations against them have soured it for me I don’t know. Anyway, names aren’t everything and I like what I’ve heard from bdrmm previously, so let’s give it a go.
When Dream Wife first started to make noises three years ago or so, I read a description of them that’s stuck with me – a cross between the Spice Girls and The Fall.
In what is probably an all-time first for the UK album chart, the top two positions are currently occupied by two men with a combined age of over a century and a half. Just ahead of Neil Young at the top spot is songwriting legend Bob Dylan, with an incredible 39th studio album of a career spanning nearly 60 years.
I have a poster from an Acid Mothers Temple tour of 2012 hung up in my house. My wife bought it simply because she liked the poster, but neither of us have ever bothered to listen to the band. It’s time I did!
I’ve never been a massive fan of Linkin Park, but I felt I had to listen to this record. Grey Daze was a band fronted by the late Chester Bennington before he found fame in the early 2000s nu-metal explosion.
I’m always intrigued, if sometimes underwhelmed, by these six- or seven-track sludge metal/post-rock albums. Kent-based OHHMS have only been around since 2014 but are already on their third, with Close dropping last Friday.
Asia is a bit under-represented in my blog so far, so I had a read of Overblown’s list of the Top Ten Japanese Shoegaze Bands for inspiration for my next review, settling on Burrrn, one of the first acts mentioned.
I’ve said before on this blog that I sometimes think European bands should sing in their own language rather than write and sing in non-native English. Seemingly taking that criticism and owning it are Russian punk/hip-hop crossover band Moscow Death Brigade on this second album Bad Accent Anthems.
After a couple of very decent LPs last year, I’ve been looking forward to the debut album from zany and funky indie-rockers Pottery. Here it is, and it somehow feels like the perfect soundtrack to being in the midst of both a heatwave and a pandemic. It’s exuberant and danceable, yet surreal and nonsensical at the same time.
I’ve been sitting on this debut LP from the dreamy, glitchy duo Drab City. Its eerie, intriguing and I’m still not totally sure whether I like it.