Shellshock

Post Number 20!!

Anyway, this band is one recommended by my friend who has completely different music taste to me and if you take a listen to this band you will understand just what I mean. They are very far from Indie Pop in that they are a mixture of metal and drum and bass, two genres which,to be honest I am not too keen on! But, as I said I would review allsorts of different genres I thought for my twentieth post I would review something completely different and away from my “Comfort zone” of music.

Shellshock formed back in 2000 and local venues soon transformed into something bigger when they were offered to support Skindred on a 26 date tour. Since then, they released their first e.p back in 2005. Howeverk shortly before this their original guitarist, Rafe Chiles died in Paris and after recovering from this, shellshock were announced as having more drive and belief.

Their first album, “Laws of Rebellion” is due to be released on 9th July.

But, in the meantime, you can check them out on their official site at http://www.shellshock.tv or listen ton some of their tracks on their myspace page here

Let’s Talk Tactics

This band is the newest one I have reviewed. They only formed seven months as they all attend the Academy of Contemporary Music University in Guildford and met there. They have a unique sound and although they have only been playing together for seven months on Myspace they have already 66,404 plays of their songs altogether and have a total of 3179 friends

On their Myspace page they have stated that they are aiming to “combine the power of Pendulum, the attitude of Enter Shikari and the ingenuity of The Klaxons”. They describe their music as electro rock and I think that is a good description of the genre of music as they use a combination of a synthesiser and electric guitar to create a unique sound which is heard throughout their songs.

They are due to release their first E.P “Advanced Preview” later this year!

 

Check them out here

 

The Pirate Ship Quintet

This band is quite different from all the others I have reviewed, they are from London, Bristol and Bournemouth. Their sound is very unique.In the song, “I kina spiser de hund” the tone varies and thorughout the song, which is purely instrumental with the exception to one scream, the song goes from hard rock sound to a classical intrumental sound. This continues to swap and change thoughout this song and gives the song an air of unease and imbalance.

As well as this, the album art for their E.P is jus as unique and surreal, which you can purchase through their myspace, which you can view by clicking  here

Page 44

Ok, so this is another band which is close to my main favourite genre, indie pop. But, the discopvery of thi band was not on purpose, they added me a while back and I thought I would looking into the bands that have randomly added me in the past.

Page 44′ sound is a mixture of pop, rock and indie. They have a few gigs lined up for June/July time and I reccommend you check them out.

 

Have a look at their Myspace here 

 

 

Interview with Black Bart

I caught up with Rob Joy, lead guitarist from Black Bart to ask a few questions about the band to find out more about who they are and what they are about.

how did you come up with the name Black Bart?

Black Bart (the name) was devised by one current and one former member of the band. He/It is several things. Most notably, in our case, a highwayman, Charles Boles, who decided to give up business in England and head out to America to rob stage coaches, leaving poetry at the scene of most of his crimes.

Only retrospectively did this name and story become fitting with the Americana influences on the sound we have taken up. Continue reading “Interview with Black Bart”

Foxboro Hot Tubs

Ok, so before anyone mentions that this band is in fact, Green Day and so is not a new band or even an unsigned band, I know this. But, after reading up about Green day’s side project I felt it needed a mention on here, as the internet and namely Myspace has had a big influence with promoting this project!

The page for the Foxboro Hot Tubs was started supposedly in Oct 2007. This means that this page was practically empty for two months before “Foxboro Hot tubs” added an E.P of six songs onto the site which were also free to download.

The story is, that as soon as these were added, a page with few fans became huge amongst the myspace population within a matter of hours. Then later on another six songs were added to make the E.P, a full length album.

During this time, bloggers were unravelling the clues which Greenday left to identify the Foxbororo’s. This new project is completely different to Green day’s usual genre of pop rock. This has been described as a mixture of; early kinks, early Iggy and early Smiths thus the genre would be more traditional 60s pop.

The role of the Internet in this case was very important. This was the way Green Day decided to release their new songs and with the help of bloggers and other people on myspace word spread quickly about these songs and they became an instant hit, even making it onto the infamous radio station, KROQ as one of the most requested songs.

This side project of Green day’s highlights what I have been discovering which is just how important a role the internet plays in promoting unheard music and making it heard. It would have been unlikely that The Foxboro Hot tubs would have been as much of an instant success had it not been for MySpace and the effect of bloggers and Myspace users! 

 

To find out more on the Green Day side project phenomenon go to their myspace by clicking here

The MFV

 

This band is actually one that I have known for quite a long time, having gone to school with three of them. MFV (aka The Modern Fighting Vehicles) have been performing at small gigs for quite some time now but as of yet they are not signed, although they did get a promotion deal.

The band is made up of four guys: James Knaggs, Mo Bogarde, Max Hayes  and Jake Stephens. I have seen them perform quite a few times and each time they have apeared to be on top form. They have played up and down the UK from Edinburgh to an upcoming gig in Newquay in the summer! Their sound has similarities to the White Stripes amd Muse but use electric guitars and a synthesiser to make the sound their own! I asked the drummer how trhey thought of the name, “Modern Fighting Vehicles” and he asnwered;

“Our name comes from a book, Jake (bassist) was brianstorming band names and it fell off a shelf and twatted him in the eye.

If you want to find out more about the MFV you can view their Myspace here or you can go and watch them at one of their gigs this summmer including on 23rd May when they are headlining at the Joiners Arms in Southampton!

Check them out!

Review of New Music!

As I have written quite a few posts already on new music I thought I would reflect on how the blog is going and what effect it has had on my awareness of different genres.

Overall, it has been a reasonably easy task to find new music which is not mainstream. This is due to sites such as MySpace and Imgifted which are both easy to access and offers a wide range of genres to listen to.

But, this hasn’t only been a general experiment but also became a personal discovery. The main genre I tend to listen to is pop, and in particular indie pop, for example; The Hoosiers and Scouting for girls.

However, this blog has made me look and listen to different genres and I have discovered songs and bands which I would not directly go out of my way to listen to normally, but found I enjoyed listening to.

Two such genres that have come to my attention, that I realise I enjoy listening to are Jazz and Easy Listening. However, on the whole, most of the bands and singers I have listened to I have enjoyed, and not because I purposely chose them.

The reason is, that the majority of the bands/artists are ones that I chose randomly or got recommended from different friends with different music tastes to me! Thus, this experiment has opened my eyes to new genres and extended my knowledge on music. As well as this it has made me realise just how much new music there is out there to be discovered by not only me and the general public but also by the music industry.

The site I found since I started this blog, was imgifted.com. This site has been very helpful in helping me discover unsigned bands and artists and is very easy to use due to the site being split into genres, and then displaying the singers. Even when (and if) I stop this blog I feel I would continue to look on this site if I was bored and wanted to find someone new to listen to!

 

Overall, the amount of new music there is to discover on the net is astounding and I recommend people randomly searching new music as you never know what you may find!

Black Bart

This is actually a band which was reccomended to me by my brother. They are based in Bournemouth and since they first performed in 2004 they have played at many venues. 

One of the things that attracted me to writing a review on this band, after hearing their music, is their use of mixing genres to create a unique hybrid.  The main genre which comes through in their music is country. However, the use of electric guitars and a rougher voice to the usual country singer, adds a rock element to their songs.

The song which particularly attracted my attention is “Good Hearted Woman”. The main melody line is very country style yet the addition of electric guitars rather than acoustic guitar makes the genre more hybrid as mentioned above.  This song is very upbeat and its main theme of love is continued throughout the song.

 

Check them out here or on the band’s site here