Thursday, September 29, 2016

Album Spotlight : Texture & Light - Inner Space Odyssey

These days it is common for indie rock musicians to moonlight as DJs, but rare to find an artist moving in the opposite direction. Texture & Light was formed by recovering DJ Trevor Refix (Mervyn) as a way to explore live instrumentation, synthesis, and narrative songwriting, while avoiding the common pitfalls of dance music production. Add in Lyell Woloschuk, a hard-hitting drummer with a recording arts degree, and you have an electronic band with fuzzy guitars, hook-laden vocals, a synthesizer fetish, and a drum machine crush.

The group's debut album, 2013's The Hard Problem of Consciousness, charted on campus and community stations across Canada. Its lead single "A Quiet Place" received extensive international radio play, with CBC Radio 3 listing it as one of the top Canadian tracks of 2013. Critics compared the album's sound to acts as diverse as Telephon Tel Aviv, Mercury Rev and the Talking Heads.

Inner Space Odyssey is set to drop October 14 2016. Featuring a more prevalent role of Woloschuk in the studio, and mastered by award-winning engineer Jamie Kuse, their sophomore album infinitely expands and refines their distinctive electronic dream rock universe. The lyrical scope of the record is as politically charged as it is emotionally impactful, exploring the insights Refix has made in the years since moving from the big city to small town British Columbia, making complex, modern art in humble contrast to the peace in nature and communal living. It's a dance floor destroyer one second, and a headphone mind-melter the next, with the potential to expand consciousness like the most potent psychedelics and provide a path through the darkness for the cosmically lost.

Texture & Light's live shows are bumping, sweaty affairs that feature a mix of live instrumentation and intuitively interconnected hardware in lieu of boring laptops, dazzled up with a custom-synced lighting rig. Whether they are playing a festival main stage or are crammed in a coffee shop, this band goes all the way.

Inner Space Odyssey is released October 14th.

Tracklisting : 1.Intro_version 2.Theft of the sky 3.Pictures to burn 4.This too shall pass 5.Serpentine 6.Predators 7.Heart throb 8.Post everything 9.The flood 10.Symbiosis 11.So many things

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Album Spotlight : Celeb Car Crash - People are the best show

People Are The Best Show can be described as a powerful mix of Rock, Grunge and Alternative. Inside the twelve songs that make up the album, you can ear influences from such bands as Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Metallica, and Alice in Chains. The album was recorded and mixed with the approach used by the greatest Rock bands during the ‘90s, focusing on feeling and groove and not on the artificial perfection that characterizes the modern productions. The album includes “Because I’m Sad”, produced and recorded at The Red Bull Studios in London in 2015, after the band won The Italian Red Bull Contest with more than 1700 band entered. Along with the recording of the single, Celeb Car Crash had the chance to play a mini tour in support of Lacuna Coil; using as a stage the almighty Red Bull Tour Bus.

In December 2014 the band won the eminent RED BULL TOURBUS contest, beating the competition of 1700 bands from all over the country. The prize resulted in supporting Lacuna Coil on the almighty Red Bull Tourbus and the recording of a single in the famous Red Bull London Studios. The new single, titled “Because I’m Sad”, has been artisitcally produced by Oliviero “Olly” Riva and Mario Riso and is part of a new EP titled ¡Mucha Lucha! that was released worldwide by Sliptrick Records on June 9th. ¡Mucha Lucha! is defined by a ‘90’s rock flavour mixed with a modern alternative sound, and along with “Because I’m Sad” it contains two more unreleased tracks recorded at Puzzle Recording Studios and Valeoro Studios.
At the end of May 2016 Celeb Car Crash released a brand new single “Let Me In”, a preview of their second record titled People Are The Best Show.

People Are The Best Show is out now.

Tracklisting : 1) Let Me In 2) Because I'm Sad 3) The Whereabouts 4) Outdone 5) Hello, 'Morning 6) Murder Party 7) January 8) Enemy's Desire 9) Stereo (The Body of Christ) 10) Hangin' On A Rope 11) Nothing New Under The Sun 12) Nearly In Bloom

Friday, September 23, 2016


Home. a place we often return to, if it ain´t in person, it can happen when you listen music that makes you nostalgic.
Songs have a magic power to take you back in time to a certain place or a special moment that you will remember in an instant when you hear it, I mostly refer to old songs but there are exceptions with bands that reunites and releases new music. Then the magic is back.
I remember when Van Halen got back with David Lee Roth in 1996 and recorded 3 new songs on their Best of Volume 1 compilation, the performance on MTV Video Music Awards is a highlight even if the comeback was one of the shortest reunions in history.
I can´t call Dublin my home when I went to visit this cozy town last year but I felt like I was home, perhaps it has something to do with the statue of my childhood music hero Phil Lynott.
Just knowing that he walked those streets when he wrote some of his classic tunes in Thin Lizzy, that feeling made me all warm inside.
Simply nice ´n´easy.

American pop / rock band Shapes and Colors continues to flirt with emo on their new Love / Sex / War EP, which is the follow-up to the 2015 EP On Display.
If you ask them about their source of inspiration soundwise, they probably say it´s alternative rock anno 2002 with bands like Jimmy Eat World and Anberlin.
Catchy is definitely the word in focus, just listen to infectious songs like Drifting and Summer Soul.
Swedish occult rockers Ghost return to their roots and some of their personal favorites on the brand new Popestar EP, it´s the 2nd covers EP from Papa Emeritus III and the nameless ghouls.
The first EP If You Have Ghost (2013) featured covers of ABBA, Depeche Mode, Army of Lovers and Roky Erickson.
Popestar on the other hand opens with the brand new original song Square Hammer which is followed by new renditions of songs by Echo and The Bunnymen, Simon Mobile Disco, Eurythmics and Imperiet.
The awesome versions of Nocturnal me, I believe and Bible shows a band that are becoming bigger for each year.
Claus Hoffman, frontman of Danish alternative pop band Apollo goes halfway home with his new project Anti Anti and the debut album Conundrum, a real charming new wave-ish synthpop sound a la Depeche Mode meets The Killers.
I bet the dude is a sucker for 80´s synth, who said Gary Numan?!

Vola is a new favorite band of mine, these Danes´ amazing debut full length Inmazes combines old school prog of King Crimson and Gentle Giant with modern metal like Periphery and the atmospheric rock of Pink Floyd.
Expect the unexpected.
I was 11 when I discovered Kansas the first time, it was their 1975 album Masque and I became a fan the very first seconds of the opening track It takes a woman´s love to make a man.
Ever since, I followed this band through thick and thin with each release and different line up´s, so it´s extremely exciting to welcome The Prelude Implicit, the band´s first album of new music in 16 years. Wow!
Phil Ehart - Drums and Rich Williams - Guitars are the only original members left and they are joined by longtime member Billy Greer - Bass who has been in the band since 1985, David Ragsdale - Violin replaced Robbie Steinhardt in 2006, Ronnie Platt (ex.Shooting Star) - Lead Vocals, recently came on board and fills the shoes after Steve Walsh in the most honorable way.
The latest additions of the band´s 7 piece line up are David Manion - Keyboards and Zak Rizvi - Guitars. Many new faces but with a familiar sound.
Die hard fans might miss Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren but this album is more than good, the album takes me back to the early 80´s when John Elefante was their lead singer.
This is my backyard and I´m sure you´ll be sorry if you don´t listen to The Prelude Implicit.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rock and Roll Heroes - Falling Up

Falling Up, the band that were so much than an average emo band. These guys had so much potential and they evolved with each album, from 2002 to 2015 this band gave us so many great albums with a diverse sonic adventure where their greatest releases are Crashings (2004), Dawn Escapes (2005), Captiva (2007), Your Sparkling Death Cometh (2011) and Mnemos EP (2012).
Captiva is one of the 20 best christian rock albums ever released.
Falling Up worked with excellent producers like Aaron Sprinkle, Michael Baskette and Casey Crescenzo on the Bec Recordings Label before frontman Jesse Ribordy took over the production duties on their independent albums.
The only founding members to play on all albums are Jesse Ribordy - Lead Vocals/Keyboards/Guitars, Jeremy Miller - Bass and Josh Shroy - Drums.
Tom Cox - Lead Guitar left the band in 2005 and formed Archers Rise in 2009, Cox was replaced by Micah Sannan who left Falling Up in 2007 to join Disciple instead.
Joseph A Kisselburgh - Rhythm Guitar was a member of Falling Up between 2002-2006 and is now in The Send.

Their former label Bec Recordings weren´t interested in working with Falling Up on their experimental endeavours but the fans stuck with the band even though the music turned into a more ambient rock style on the latter releases.
The Machine DeElla Project : Hours / Midnight on Earthship (2013) and Falling Up Acoustic EP (2015) are all superb and so underrated, I think the laid back versions on the acoustic EP were so much better than the full band versions on the Falling Up album.
There´s no doubt they were one of the best christian rock bands on this side of the century.

Fangs (2009) and their final album Falling Up (2015) are two good releases worthy checking up, I can recommend you to listen to Falling Up after the acoustic EP because you´ll get a new perspective on the band´s closure.
Falling Up said farewell with their final self titled album and looking back in the rearview mirror, we know they inspired many bands like In Waves, Panic Division, There For Tomorrow, A New Horizon, It´s Alive from Florida etc.

I never got into the instrumental album House Full of Caverns (2015) even though it´s not really that bad, it´s just ain´t in any way near the heights as the rest of their catalogue.
Perhaps someday, they will be back.