Marriages – ‘Skin’ / ‘Less Than’

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Emma Ruth Rundle, Greg Burns (Red Sparowes) and Andrew Clinco (Drab Majesty) are Marriages. The L.A.-based trio are set to unleash their debut album ‘Salome’ on April 7 via Sargent House (pre-sale). The moody alt rockers ‘Skin’ and ‘Less Than’ are the first public tracks. It’s not your regular SBWR material but explosive stuff! Amazing musicianship and production.

 
Marriages – ‘Skin’ / ‘Less Than’

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Dott – ‘Car Song’

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Night School are teaming up with Dott for a 12-inch split called ‘Carousel’, it’s a special Record Store Day exclusive (April 18) courtesy of Graveface Records. ‘Car Song’ is our first listen, a fun twee rocker with ‘gazey guitars (produced by Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez in Miami). No pre-sale for this one, and limited to 1000 copies! The Irish quartet released their debut album ‘Swoon‘ in 2013.

 
Dott – ‘Car Song’

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Tremble Out – ‘The Shore’

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Shoegaze and math rock combine on Tremble Out‘s new five track release ‘Based On Our Situation’ (download). It’s a bizarre blend at times, take a listen to the opener ‘The Shore’ which transitions from a downer indie rock feel to frenetic math rock and back again. The idea being that the EP “captures all of the intensity and grandeur of internal daily emotions without leaving out the insecurities of just getting by”. It’s based literally on their situation, and paints a vivid, cerebral picture. There’s some beautiful songs to be discovered in the stream below, impressive work from the Austin foursome.

 
Tremble Out – ‘The Shore’

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Swervedriver – ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’

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Swervedriver fans lap up fresh tunes this week, as the British rock vets unleash their fifth full length ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ (stream via NPR). The release begins a March long USA tour (including a stop at SXSW) before hitting the UK this May. The LP is a big deal for the band, their first since ’99th Dream’ in 1998. It’s also the culmination of work that began with their 2008 reunion tour, and a clear indication that it wasn’t just a nostalgia trip but a continuing work in progress. And thankfully, ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ delivers.

Much of the music press has been quick to draw comparisons between Swervedriver and the renaissance of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and Ride. It’s understandable, but an awkward fit, just like the shoegaze label they landed when signing to Creation. Early on there were just as many musical similarities to the punk acts that influenced their youth (like The Stooges, The Ramones or MC5). But you are the company you keep, and whatever the term used, it’s loud guitar music either way! Lead single ‘Deep Wound’ arrived back in 2013, and hinted that perhaps the band were ready to revisit the early rockin’ days of 91′s ‘Raise’. It’s a brilliant fuzz filled tune, that sounds like it always existed but just showed up!

However, the reality is that ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ is more of an extension of ’99th Dream’ than a revival of ‘Mezcal Head’. While it doesn’t have the same raw intensity, it’s the next creative step for the band. And as far as songwriting goes, Swervedriver have more to give. The slow burning mid tempo track ‘Autodidact’ opens the record, there’s so much to this song, it takes a few listens to absorb it’s brilliance. It leads into the sunny ‘Last Rites’, a tune that could win over Dinosaur Jr. fans and a reminder of how effortlessly melodic Swervedriver are.

Despite the hiatus, they haven’t been idle creatively (as individuals). Their song writing and tastes have matured, and as a result we have gems like ‘Setting Sun’ and ‘Red Queen Arms Race’. The latter is armed with bluesy rock riffs and an overblown chorus. Closing track ‘I Wonder’ descends into experimental noise and will no doubt sound amazing on tour. Overall, there’s enough strong songs to please existing fans, the album touches on the Swervedriver of old without sacrificing where they’re at in 2015. What more could you want? Pick up ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ via Amazon UK or Insound (there’s also red, orange and purple vinyl available).

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Swervedriver - 'I Wasn't Born To Lose You'
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  • A fitting return for the vets!
  • A mix of old and new
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  • Some fans will miss the hard edges
3.8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (11 Votes)

Vaadat Charigim – ‘Ein Li Makon’

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Vaadat Charigim will deliver their second album ‘Sinking As A Stone’ on May 5 through Burger Records, with the lead single ‘Ein Li Makom’. It’s a brilliant reverb rocker, already praised by Brooklyn Vegan and Noisey. The Tel-Aviv trio turned heads with their debut LP ‘The World Is Well Lost’, a mix of post punk and shoegaze. Vaadat Charigim emerged from the Israeli rock scene in 2012, with a trilogy of albums planned. Catch them on tour this May (check Facebook for details).

 
Vaadat Charigim – ‘Ein Li Makon’

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Transfixiation’

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A Place To Bury Strangers delivered their fourth album ‘Transfixiation’ this week via Dead Oceans. It was conceived following several years of non-stop touring, with the mindset that it would be less controlled, and more unpredictable than their previous material. After a month of recording at (the now closed) Death By Audio, singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann acknowledged that, “It got to be too much, where we – or at least I – almost had a meltdown or something. I felt like we had to stop, and I wasn’t even sure if the album was going to get finished or if we were going to be friends again.”

Several months later the New York trio reconvened with new material, and a fresh perspective on previous sessions. From an outsiders view, it seemed like A Place To Bury Strangers needed to recharge and get back to the fun of rock n’ roll (without worrying about the details), ‘Transfixiation’ is the result. It’s tinnitus-inducing, noise rock mayhem that’s best suited for the stage but here it is, captured on hard disc (or wax). I’m not sure this medium has ever done APTBS any favors because their delivery is just as vital as the songs themselves. Perhaps more so. This works against ‘Transfixiation’ from the start because it’s loaded with attitude, not hits.

It’s a rhythmic, textured affair with drummer Robi Gonzalez locking in with bassist Dion Lunadon. The pair complement Oliver’s trademark monotone vocals and stomp box wizardry. Often the bass line is the most melodic instrument, ‘Straight’ is one example. The single ‘We’ve Come So Far’ is another obvious highlight, the inclusion of a backing female vocalist in the chorus provides contrast. A contrast that is lacking on some of the album cuts. ‘Transfixiation’ is a feat of sonic exploration, style and spectacle but it doesn’t have the song writing weight to throw a knockout punch. In lieu of their stage presence, the album just needs a few more “songs”. In truth, I don’t think their core fan base will be bothered, it’s an exciting listen and I expect APTBS will be back, baying for blood and pissing off parents in no time!

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A Place To Bury Strangers - 'Transfixiation'
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PRO'S
  • Huge sounds and production
  • APTBS take risks on experimentation
CON'S
  • Lacks songwriting punch / hooks
3.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (6 Votes)