Sunday, 23 January 2011

Roadeo Massacre - If You Can't Smoke 'Em Sell 'Em

Released January 31

Smoky Carrot Records

When Rodeo Massacre met in Paris and got ripped off by ‘dodgy’ producers they decided to escape the corrupt ways and tyranny of the big bad French and relocate somewhere honest, somewhere the land stands true to what they believe, somewhere that is lead by true leaders.

Somehow they ended up in London. Probably a Sat Nav blip, but as it goes they’ve done good.

It’s with charm and grace that Rodeo Massacre slink themselves into ‘If You Can’t Some Em, Sell Em’ with Izzy Lindqwister’s ghostly vocals (“waiting for the rain, waiting for the rain, waiting for the rain to come”) glazing the mix of ‘Desert Man’ with call to arms horns sending this blues rinsed vibe into new realms of pleasure.

There is an arresting presence to the opening of their debut that rings through in true fashion, while being slick with loaded drums and well orientated organs, the jam-like nature of the record grabs you by the balls and if it wasn’t for the lack of scuzz and uncooked production it could have you screaming from the roof tops.

Leading single ‘Mama Told Me So’ shows the band for the “60s garage band for the 21st century” they label themselves (if the 60s had the luxury of digital technology) as and there are enough organ spiced grooves to set your hips free before ‘Deadly Bite’ returns to laid back spooky blues.

There are times when ‘If You Can’t Smoke Em Sell Em’ is off the chain. Not only because the vocals are shit hot and the arrangements are equally so, but because you can tell this is an experimental debut, something that isn’t quite there yet and is a sheer melting pot of ideas with ‘I’m 18’, ‘Woman’ and ‘Sneaky French Love’ showing there are many strings to their bow.

All of which makes Rodeo Massacre a very exciting prospect indeed.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Chapel Club - Surfacing

Released January 17

Hall Nothing

After spending almost all of 2010 on the road and building on their ever growing fan base, Chapel Club are welcoming 2011 with their new single ‘Surfacing’.

Having being recorded back in 2009 and receiving non-stop hype by an array of radio scenesters this London four piece have only released a smattering of recordings prior to their forthcoming debut album, ‘Palace’.

The band are clearly taking their time, letting their music brood in the shadows it was born from and waiting to be crowned kings of 2011.

Unbridled passion rings through ‘Surfacing’ and it’s thick with reverb and tasteful suspense while vocalist Lewis Bowman croons: “Stars shining right above you, night breezes seem to whisper I love you,” through the chorus with rich instrumentation creating star gaze soundscapes.

It is all very familiar and although this isn’t something that should work against Chapel Club, it does make them difficult to separate from like-minded misery guts.

Either way, keep them on your radar.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Songs on the Stereo

It has been a while since I've done a playlist so here is my extended offering for the last couple of a nice photo that is completely unrelated to music....

1. Miles Davis - Blue In Green

2. The Olympics - Same Old Thing

3. Joni Mitchell - Blue

4. The Faces - Three Button Hand Me Down

5. Marvin Gaye - Stubborn Kind Of Fellow

6. Jim Jones Revue - Another Daze

7. Soldier Blue - Sold Her Blues -

8. The Wallbirds - The Avenue

9. New Street Adventure - Good News (Right On)

10. Janelle Monae - Faster

Cracking tunes x