Bandcamp Artists: Discover, Support, Share – Volume 31 0 432

Bandcamp Artists: Discover, Support, Share – Volume 31 0 433

Bandcamp Artists: Discover, Support, Share – March/April 2016 Edition

Time is flying and it seems like TFN has less of it. You may have noticed we missed our March edition so here is the combined March/April Bandcamp feature to get us back on track! For this issue, we have one man from Brazil, ambient music from Denver, 60’s inspired rock out of Leeds, indie rock from Salem and upbeat pop rock out of San Fran. As always enjoy and Discover, Support & Share!

murlocs The Murlocs
Melbourne, Australia


The Murlocs will be opening for King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on their American tour and for good reason too. The Murlocs take a fun, pleasant brand of soulful RnB mixed with light psych for a very enjoyable experience. I’ll be seeing them along with King Gizz on May 7th and based on what I’ve herd I’m just as excited for The Murlocs.




The Murlocs Bandcamp
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chives Chives
Indianapolis, Indiana


Why not keep with a theme. Also on the May 7th bill Indiana’s Chives takes experimental to a fun level. Self-proclaimed as mental rock n roll, Chives also finds time to work in discotech and krautrock stylings. After that night it’s going to be hard to leave the venue sane. Chives will easily help.





Chives Bandcamp
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erudite-stoner Erudite Stoner
Brazil


A one man monolith, Erudite Stoner takes influences of post-rock, shoegaze, and doom played in a classical style. It really has to be heard to be believed. Do yourself a favor and take a listen.






Erudite Stoner Bandcamp
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superteen Superteen
Salem, Massachusetts


Isn’t a Person showcases some intense and varied indie rock from Salem-based Superteen. They have a vibe like a hybrid of Sonic Youth meets Polvo. Their tracks meander about in a drone-like state of indie rock chill and then slowly and patiently build up to a sweet release of sonic explosion. “Oh Baby” is a perfect example of this; 7 minutes of lovely build up and seamless transitions all culminating in a fantastic end. The entire album has just the right amount of psychedelic flourishes to keep your head spinning.



Superteen Bandcamp
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usa-nails USA Nails
London, England


UK’s USA Nails newest LP, No Pleasure is all pleasure for fans of rough and heavy music. If you like pounding, abrasive kraut-rock in the vein of Future of the Left, you will most certainly enjoy this heavy hitting album. If I would have heard this last year, No Pleasure would have been a top 10 LP for me. All the tracks are good, not a dud in the bunch. If you need some aggression in your life, pick this up now!



USA Nails Bandcamp
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mind-meld Mind Meld
Los Angeles, California


Hailing from the vast sprawl of Los Angeles, Mind Meld had some buzz in 2015. Their brand of heavy garage-psych is fully-realized and ready for maximum volume. Hooks, sweat and bottled up LA traffic rage can be heard on their new 7″ which is a split release between Permanent and Mock Records.




Mind Meld Bandcamp
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the-see-no-evils-inner-voices The See No Evils
Leeds, England


The debut album from Leeds 4 piece The See No Evils is a fun twelve tracks which is rooted in a 60’s pop/garage sound, with a modern twist. It is another solid release from Heavy Soul records as this is their niche genre! Foot tapping, sing along and rowdy tight songs is what you get here with The See No Evils along with some killer driving guitars – it is all you really need!



The See No Evils Bandcamp
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memorybell Memorybell
Denver, Colorado


Memorybell is something you will almost never hear on TFN. It is the ambient project from classically trained pianist Grant Hazard Outerbridge. He created this in a single sitting with a grand piano and two microphones. Outerbridge also has an interesting story. In February 2014, he awoke in a hospital with no memory of how he had arrived. He was diagnosed with transient global amnesia and from there just started new with the results being his full length Obsolete that will be out June 2nd.



Memorybell Bandcamp
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psychic-teens Psychic Teens
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


NERVE is the third full length from Psychic Teens and continues the progression of the band. Their dark Goth sound is completely different from most things you hear today and rises up from the underground. The album centers on isolationism and anger towards one’s inability to exist amongst and relate to other people so it is not the record of choice to pick you up but contains tons of post-punk to rattle your speakers. The album is out May 13 so check them out.



Psychic Teens Bandcamp
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y-axes The Y Axes
San Francisco, California


Always like to include a solid indie-pop-rocker in the list and San Fran’s The Y Axes fill the void. Their new single, “Patch Me Up,” has the perfect vibe and just has a nice ring. The Y Axes have been gaining some local momentum and soon will be opening for The Thermals’ upcoming performance at The Chapel in San Francisco. With several singles under their belt and a good sound, The Y Axes will be worth following to see how they progress.



The Y Axes Bandcamp

-Feature by Christopher Anthony, Thomas Wilde, Christopher Tahy and Daniel Taylor

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Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers: Forest Full Of Wolves [Album Review] 1 861

Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers
Forest Full of Wolves
Self-Released [2018]







Fire Note Says: Bill Mallonee is one of those best-kept secrets you really want to share with the rest of the music loving world.

Album Review: No one is ever going to call singer/songwriter Bill Mallonee an under-achiever. His latest release, a 10 song full-length effort, Forest Full of Wolves is his 78th album by his own count. Mallonee spent the 1990s fronting the Athens, GA-band Vigilantes of Love, shuffling from one label to the next, driving a van from coast-to-coast playing every alternative rock/Americana friendly venue who would let them. Hometown friend, Peter Buck (R.E.M.) co-produced one of the band’s early more-acoustic albums, the Killing Floor. The band’s 1999 album, released on three different labels of the course of 18 months, Audible Sigh was produced by Nashville’s favorite side-man Buddy Miller, and includes a guest vocal by Emmylou Harris, as well as some of Mallonee’s best loved songs. Paste Magazine has named him one of the 100 greatest living songwriters.

A rough count, say there were 10 songs per release (usually there were more), puts Mallonee’s songwriting output at nearly 8000, and those are the one’s he’s recorded. Now basic logic would suggest that they can’t all be good, and surely not all of them are memorable, but Mallonee’s work, his actual raison d’’etre, has proven especially consistent over the decades, and in the 2010’s he’s delivered a solid album’s worth of tunes each year, with a noticeable uptick in production values starting with 2011’s The Power & The Glory. Last year’s excellent The Rags of Absence was a case in point, with Mallonee especially attentive to his lead guitar parts.

Forest Full of Wolves continues to chronicle the challenges to working class people and even songwriters, as if Mallonee is creating his own musical version of John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” for what he calls this “new dark age.” “Greed and fear (have) gained the upper hand,” he sings in “Changing of the Guard,” so he’s “grabbed a guitar & a notebook or two… became a phantom with some conjuring ‘neath the moon.”

Musically, Wolves takes the energy of Rags to the next level, with bigger, noiser guitar tones. Mallonee captures a Neil Young jamming with Crazy Horse in the garage vibe throughout, which is likely a lot harder to pull off since Mallonee’s playing all the instruments. Mid-tempo alternative country rock at it’s most earnest and relevant, and against all odds, Mallonee manages to offer a word of hope. “In the New Dark Age” he sings, borrowing the title from a different song that he recording on 2014’s The Winnowing, “the best thing you can do is fall in love.” Of course, “Love Is Always Risky Currency,” but it’s the best chance any of us have of surviving in this “Forest Full of Wolves.”

Like many artists scrambling to make art in the challenging digital marketplace and survive financially Mallonee has struggled to reach out and connect with Americana fans, break ground with new audiences, even though he’s stayed off the road in recent years. As a fan who first heard the singer songwriter live in the early 90’s, and many times over the years, Bill Mallonee is one of those best-kept secrets you really want to share with the rest of the music loving world. It’s artists who wear their passion on their sleeves, who keep pouring out their hearts in songs, that make the music that matters. (One reason to order the hard CD copy of this one, is the cover art produced by another singer songwriter, Chris Taylor, from San Antonio, TX.).

Key Tracks: “In the New Dark Age” / “Voodoo Ink” / “Trimmed & Burning”

Artists With Similar Fire: Neil Young / Bob Dylan / John Prine

Bill Mallonee Website
Bill Mallonee Facebook

– Reviewed by Brian Q. Newcomb

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Stars: There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light [Album Review] 0 426

Stars
There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light
Last Gang Records [2017]

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Who: Veteran indie pop band from Canada.

Sound: Indie pop with a heart and a head.

TFN Final Take: Stars is like a well-worn glove that is comfortable, reliable, but lacking in surprise or unpredictability. There is nothing wrong with that; they are still great at what they do. And what they do is construct a song, engage you, and give you space to reflect on what you’re hearing. My standout track is “Alone,” which has a chorus that stuck with me. The song takes its time to unfold and then slowly recedes into silence. “Real Thing” is another good one that throws an off-speed pitch for a chorus. Per usual, established fans will find a lot to like in the latest album and new fans will hopefully take advantage of Stars’ great catalog.

Stars Website
Stars Facebook
Last Gang Records

– Reviewed by Matthew Heiner

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