Thursday, 3 September 2009

Denmark 'n' that.

Holla! Continuing with the Danish theme following on from the Mimas review, here are a couple more treats for your ears:

Marvin's Revolt (above) are a Danish band who started out playing rather experimental math rock but thankfully, over the course of a couple of albums managed to focus their sound down to a much more accessible hook-laden math-pop, as presented in their most recent effort, Killec. That is to say, 8 tracks of instrumental twists and turns, starts and stops, gang shouts, delicate noodling and distinctly odd catchy pop hooks. They have a new album coming out on the 2nd November and are touring for a while after that. Awesome.
When Saints Go Machine are a Danish electro/techno synth-pop outfit with a terrible name and some wonderful tunes. Once again, obscure lyrics are placed over their experimental sounds and instrumentation. Personally, I find them to be one of the most interesting and arresting bands around. Earlier this year they released a predictably oddly titled debut LP (pictured above), Ten Makes A Face, although this unfortunately appears to only be available in Denmark for the moment.

In other out-dated news from the internetz, Walnut records are having a cheaplike£1analbumcheapandfreeP&P!!! newleaseoflifetypeofsalething over here...

...though I think it ends tomorrow afternoon (hahaha)...

...and have teamed up with punktastic to release another punktastic compilation, Punktastic Un-Scene 5 for FREE here. (Note the awesome artwork).

Finally, Scotland's brilliant and unique Twilight Sad's second album, Forget The Night Ahead, is available to stream over at FatCat Records here.

It sounds awesome. I think you can also stream other releases over there if you're new to the band. The end.

P.S. Also saw American Gangster today. It was much better than I expected, reminded me alot of The Godfather and Catch Me If You Can, both excellent films. Really interesting that it is based on a true story and I thought Denzel Washington was awesome in it aswell.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Post #3

Righty, well, hmm...music, eh.

Since my last post, I went to see Blakfish and Mutiny On The Bounty at the 13th note in Glasgow.

It was...good. Blakfish are a mathy post-hardcore band signed to Big Scary Monsters. They released their debut LP, Champions, a little while ago following up upon their excellent EP, See You In Another City, which ain't on Spotify but will be on itunes and that.

Mutiny On The Bounty are in a similar musical boat as Blakfish but hail from Luxembourg! (Yay!) They have also recently released their debut LP, Danger Mouth, on, ahem, Big Scary Monsters.

(That wasn't a review)

I also went to see Inglorious Basterds which is a film that could not be made by anyone but Tarantino, in that it is absolutely ridiculous. I still don't know what to make of the film itself, I think it might lack something amongst the over-the-top revenge pornography, easy humour and Tarantino violence. Having said that, if you're willing to take it for what it is, it's quite well done and the soundtrack is awesome. SPOILER: I liked the contrast between the violence in Nation's Pride with Hitler laughing and the violence in the burning cinema with the Jewish girl laughing, thought that was pretty clever.

(That was more of a review)

In other news, I'm work.work.working at the moment and itunes is refusing to recognise my This Town Needs Guns (who are on tour soon with Tubelord!!!! though Jocasta Sleeps for Glasgow I think) album and look what I found in the internetz and then wrote a paragraph about:

Needless to say with bands such as Grammatics, Pulled Apart By Horses, Wintermute, Rolo Tomassi and all that lark pouring out of it, Leeds has an incredible music scene and this is a pretty cool podcast/zine I stumbled upon which offers free stripped-down-live-acoustic-y tracks, properly DIY recorded in a basement. Each track is then paired with an artist who prepares a work of art inspired by the track. The artwork is presented in the zine and the tracks in the podcast, both of which feature discussions surrounding the making and future of the project. The DIY aspect of it all really appeals to me. The project is called Tapes by the way. Check it out here.

Excellent.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Mimas - The Worries

There is something in the mystical wonder of Iceland, Scandinavia and its northern cousins which inspires some of the world's most staggeringly beautiful post-rock. Mimas are a self proclaimed 'death indie' (read: post rock) band from Denmark and their debut LP, The Worries, was released through the phenomenal label, Big Scary Monsters, late last year.

The album is full of epic moments and instrumental twists and turns and flows, in general, seamlessly together to form an impressive and captivating post-rock album. However, to simply pigeon-hole Mimas would be immensely unfair, and although obvious comparisons with the likes of Sigur Ros are inevitable, especially given that their singer is Icelandic, Mimas have genuinely created quite a unique sound.

As with many Danish bands singing in English, the lyrics are predictably bizarre although Mimas' also come complete with morbid tendencies which can be a tad unsettling at first, simply because they are rather unexpected. (A particularly gruesome example being: Old men with their sticks/Smash the younger kids/Their Dad just stood and stared/With his girl's brains in his hair). The odd lyrics allow wild personal interpretations within Mimas' experimental dreamscape and also serve to carve out the necessary pop sensibilities underlying many of the songs.

Check out their myspace, which has a few tracks from their album and also a rather awesome cover of This Town Needs Guns' 26 is Dancier than 4.

The album can be bought from BSM's website for only £7!!!

Anyway, the point of this post is to tell you that they are touring with support from Shapes or, for us Glasgow-folk, Trapped in Kansas. Both excellent bands. Here's the (UK) tour dates:

August

13th - Oxford - The Cellar w/ Shapes
14th - Brighton - The Freebutt w/ On Histories of Rosenberg
15th - Reading - Rapturefest @ Facebar w/ all the other cool bands.

October

9th - Norwich - Norwich Arts Centre
10th - Leeds - Royal Park Cellars w/ Shapes
11th - Glasgow - The Captains Rest w/ Trapped In Kansas
12th - York - City Screen Basement w/ Shapes
13th - Sheffield - TBA w/ Shapes
14th - Birmingham - The Flapper w/ Shapes
15th - Nottingham - The Chameleon Arts Café w/ Shapes

Friday, 14 August 2009

August and Everything After

Good evening world!

Welcome to my first foray into the bewildering and rather overpopulated blogosphere; welcome to another blog of music and musings, illinformed ramblings and nonsensical scribblings. Welcome to Inthecave!

This is my first post! Joyous times I'm sure you'll agree.

Anyway, I plan to just rattle on over here about new music...new to me that is, you may well have already heard it but if you haven't then so much the better. You'll probably work out whether we have similar tastes or not within the first few posts, but either way feel free to stick around.

I'll probably also post some stuff that I've already written for other places here aswell, just because I can/to fill up the white nothingness. This means out of date album and gig reviews, folks, but don't worry too much, they aren't too out of date and there won't be many of them. Truly cutting edge stuff here!

Just read back all I wrote there and looks like this post is setting this blog up to look pretty shit. The post title may well scare some away aswell, given that it is, of course, the title of Counting Crow's debut LP, but it's damn appropriate, this being the start of the blog and August and all that, and that album also happens to be one of my favourite albums ever.

If you are still reading, please accept my personal congratulations and settle down in this bleak, white void of webspace for what may be a long wait for the first real post but what a post it will be!

P.S. Here is the Spotify link for all you cool Spotify folk:
Counting Crows – August and Everything After

P.P.S. It probably won't all be Spotify based fun so don't worry, I might even give you real mp3s if you're good/exist.