Posts tagged ‘Noise Rock’

July 7, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – xox

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Pick up that phone!  This weeks track “Queens” by xox starts with what sounds like an archaic ringtone buzzing in the receiver just before the bass starts to drone a fuzzy, yet groovy bass line.  The guitar and drums wash in perfectly.  Great room sound on the drums and guitars.  “Queens” is the first single from their new record Sell the Kids (out July 15th on Mishap records).  We’re only a minute in when the vocals come in, brash and intentional.  There aren’t many lyrics but the way they’re sang give them a weight that I cannot explain.  “I saw you waiting” is repeated before an intense guitar noise break, very cool.  Almost like a noise solo, tightly packed and then back to “I saw you waiting” as the song starts to groove again and diminish into the end.  I know I say this a great deal but give this one a few listens, it gets better and better with each spin.  Tight, short, rocking doom-groove.  I quite enjoyed this from the simple 1-3 riff to the aggressive drums throughout.  Fun in-car listen as well.  Looking forward to the full record, great job xox!

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June 24, 2022

The Week Ender – Nova Blast

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

This just in: Swedish duo channels all the best parts of Husker Du into a single song making editors of a small time music blog very very happy. “Indoor Song” by Nova Blast, Anti Zurowski (vocals, guitar) and Viktor Höber (drums), is fast and bombastic and melodic and noisy and messy and tight and is the type of song that we in the industry say “melts faces.” Did they slather noise upon a great hook or did they hookify the noise? Does it really matter? Turn this one up and go into your weekend with mucho amplitude.

February 3, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Kyoto Kyoto

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

I really can’t put into words how awesome a trio can be when in step and on the same page artistically.  I got the privilege of hearing such a trio this week with the track “Grangbeen” by the London UK based Kyoto Kyoto.  This song really played to my musician’s ear and took me down quite the rabbit hole of nerdery.  I will try to put some sort of digestible framework around this piece of sonic explosion.  Let’s just separate each piece of the puzzle, that will keep this under six billion words, yeah.  Well, if you’ve read anything of mine so far you know I like drums so let’s start there.  They are fantastic.  They sound great, the drummer is tight, solid, has bass and snare drum chops and doesn’t push it even when the song gets chaotic.  There are big breaks where the dynamic shifts quite drastically and the drummer is in step for the ride.  It opens with a breakbeat that is relentlessly and deceivingly difficult to keep steady, they nail it.  I am most impressed by the mature and tasteful choices in fills as the song crescendos, it continues to drive and build, increasing the anxiety without being all over the map.  Great off time cymbal hits in the end groove.  When the bass solo kicks in it comes back around to its part and lays into the groove until the song lets you go.  The bass guitar tone is perfect, you can hear the attack, but it has a warmth that really lends to the groovy parts.  When it comes time to get loud it fits, when it comes time to solo (the bass solo alone is worth the spin) it resides comfortably in the mix.  Tip of the hat to the EQ work, and for having a solo, solos rule.  Guitar is nice in beginning, chords and nice picking patterns that hold tight with the drum and bass.  A chorus watery pattern leads us into the wall of metallic waves, that leave you surfing into the abyss of chaos that lurks ahead in the repeating pattern building and building into the sweet release of our first groove.  This time the bass as we spoke of, rips a nice little solo, guitar almost fades out while the song ends.  Vocals are sparse but quite fitting, they slowly talk their way into the first groove and into a very intentional repeated phrase before we hit that metal surf and ride until Solotown (*unfortunately Solotown as of now does not exist, will update if that changes).  They are reverb laden but not as much as you may expect, a change from my recent spins.  Really liked this song and this band, it’s on their newest EP Mirror Flexing Jaw which just came out.  Highly recommend, check it out here.

February 1, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Occupants

Wooo doggie, “The Nothing” by Occupants is a scorcher that leaves nothing on the field, which is appropriate as it’s a song about climate change and how that affects the sustainability of life. Puns aside, this song kicks all kinds of ass, and like the finest of ass kickings it carries a message. Swaggering like At The Drive In with a sludgier low end (in a good way), “The Nothing” feels quite the opposite from its title. This is something, something great even, and to the right teenager hearing this at the right time it will become the everything they need to unlock a whole world of punk fire.

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