France’s Perturbator is a tricky customer. In a world that now seems dominated by night-driving, synthwave soundtracks, it’s refreshing when that genre is altered somewhat. Like smearing perfectly applied make-up – it turns from something pristine and elegant to a distorted and chaotic smear. Oh, it can still look good, but the alteration will leave a lasting impression.
Holy Fuck – Congrats
What drives Holy Fuck? Pure rhythm, hammered out at chest-caving speed. There are moments on Congrats where Holy Fuck do sound as if they’re dragging music from the same realm Adebisi Shank acquired their inspiration and zealous, technicolour radiation of future-space-rock.
Ultra Panda – The New Bear EP
Still remaining in relative obscurity; France’s Ultra Panda still haven’t broken out of the underground. In fact, I’m betting they’re even too obscure for the underground; they’re hidden in the Upside Down. This group, comprising of three dudes, combine drums + bass + keys + voice to create their dizzy and turbulent sound.
Ampwrecked: New Tracks For Your Ears #7
On Ampwrecked: The Dillinger Escape Plan continue their unpredictability, Beach Slang and The Menzingers fly the flag for passionate punk rock, Red Fang are gloomy as hell, Every Time I Die are insane and Naked Giants just want to surf.
DTHPDL – The Future
‘Gin and Swearing’ is listed as the genre for DTHPDL’s new EP, The Future. We’re off to a strong start and I haven’t even pressed play yet. DTHPDL (pronounced ‘Deathpodal’) is four-piece band from Edinburgh, started by frontman Alistair J Chivers, with the help from D. MacDonald, Humdrum Jetset and Ross Taylor (on this recording).
Ampwrecked 4: New Music For Your Ears
In this issue of Ampwrecked…Head Wound City have scraped their way back with some radical friends, Ghost Mother make a massive swamp racket, Myrone is an electric shock attack to the brain, Wrong drink all your beer, Big Ups point and laugh, Karma To Burn lay waste and Mr Velocity Hopkins contemplate existence.