Posts Tagged ‘here comes the flood’

Bloody Knives at Here Comes the Flood

Austin band Bloody Knives are into gritty industrial noise-rock with forays into drones, ambient, electronics and shoegaze. This latest album I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This is a sonic assault, a search-and-destroy raid that comes howling from the speakers, telling dark tales of doom and death. They don’t pause fro breath between tracks, but keep adding motifs and textures, building a towering wall of sound.

They offer a ride to the back alleys, where bad things are bound to happen. It’s a journey that will be too weird and downright scary for most – and they may scratch their heads at tune called —-. For those who wondered what a mix of the Sisters of Mercy and Sonic Youth would sound like, the answer is: the Bloody Knives. Handle with care.

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Eureka California at Here Comes the Flood

Watch the new Eureka California video for Sign My Name With An X, a track from their new album Versus (April 1st on Happy Happy Birthday To Me records). The clip was directed by Jordan St. Martin-Reyes.

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Eureka California at Here Comes the Flood

Athens, GA, garage rock outfit went through various permutations, with founder member Jake Ward (guitar, vocals) as the sole constant and long serving drummer Marie A. Uhler as his partner in crime to lay down a ferocious backbeat. Being down to a duo hasn’t slowed them down and they have been releasing well-received albums on a yearly basis. Their latest is called Versus on which they make their way through eleven track in under half an hour.

Poking fun at nearly anything and being angry at the same time is whwat gets them through the ennui over everyday life. The acoustic Fear and Loathing in the Classic City sums it up perfectly: “I want to see real emotion/And recede back into the sea/Where The American Dream can finally die with me/And my Liberal Arts diploma/I’m 28 to life/I’m dying on the vine/And I’ve got no time for Eureka California”. Stand-out track Sober Sister is about who a guy who finds himself in the back of a car after his big sister came to collect him after a having one too many, which might a humiliating experience but is turned into an act of defiance. The creepy surfer mayhem of Sign My Name With An X hammers home the fear of a bad guy lurking in the shadows.

Versus is a warts-and-all lo-fi statement that will be a sought after essential slice of Athens underground rock in years to come.

Versus is released on green vinyl, CD and cassette viaHappy Happy Birthday To Me records. Pre-orders include a bonus demos cassette, button, and patch. Release date: April 1st.

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High Violets at Here Comes the Flood

There is such a thing as mainstream shoegaze dreampop. Portland, OR quartetThe High Violets have all the trappings of an alternative favorite plus the pop sensibilites to lure the punters who live outside the circles of music geeks. Some of them might even think they are listening to Madonna – after she took some serious singing lessons and worked up the nerve to be backed by a real band.

Their new album Heroes And Halos is their first since Cinéma (2010). Lead guitarist Clint Sargent once again delivers a wealth of layered licks and flowing chord sequences. Singer Kaitlyn ni Donovan doesn’t need to raise her voice. If more volume is needed double tracking and echo can do the trick.

Shoegaze is a genre with a tendency to look inwards, but The High Violets aren’t afraid to discard the limitations and incorporate bit of pieces of chamber pop, indie rock and even radio-friendly girl-meets-boy songs. Recommended if you like Tindersticks, Dead Leaf Echo and the Cocteau Twins.

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Witching Waves at Here Comes the Flood

Ready for some angry, catchy DIY rock? London based trio Witching Waves go for howling feedback, tons of fuzz and leakage, topped off with wavering vocals on their second full-length Crystal Cafe. Emma Wigham, Mark Jasper and Ed Shellar have found a way to get even with the world by not so much as playing but attacking their instruments. This a band that won’t back down – when they stumble upon a riff they keep it going for the whole song. Think post-punk with hints of the Pixies, Deerhoof and the Replacements.

Crystal Cafe is the perfect soundtrack for a trip through the back alleys and decaying of the Greater London area where people are trying to cope with a corporate world that doesn’t give a fuck about their plight.

Recorded at Mark Jaspers Sound Savers studio Witching Waves have unleashed an album that should be played honoring Ritchie Blackmore’s quip about wanting to have “ëverything louder than everything else”. A rough diamond that never should be cut an polished.

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deardarkhead at Here Comes the Flood

When their singer left the band in 2009 Deardarkhead gave up on finding a replacement pretty quickly and reinvented themselves as an instrumental post-tock shoegaze trio. Based in Atlantic City, a place of ill repute whose glory days are long gone, they let the music do the talking with the song titles hinting at what particular meaning lies hidden beneath the washes of guitar, bass and drums.

Their latest album Stranger Weather was inspired by Lewis Caroll (March Hares) and meteorological phenomena (Sunshine Through The Rain, Ice Age. Intense and captivating music with multi-layered textures unfolding slowly. Sometimes lyrics can get in the way of the flow of a track and Deardarkhead have managed to write poetry without using actual words. Not bad for a band who named themselves after a line from the Samuel Ferguson poem Cean Dubh Dilis.

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Great Lakes at Here Comes the Flood

Brooklyn based folk band Great Lakes have a new LP, Wild Vision. HCTF is premiering Wild Again, one of the tracks form the new album. Main man Ben Crum provided a little background:

“Wild Again” is a song about longing for a life more connected to the natural world, but settling for some form of metaphorical wildness within. It’s about living in New York City and feeling a pull towards open spaces and a simpler, slower paced existence. Over the years I’ve had many friends who had this same feeling, like a magnetic pull to move upstate, back down south, to California (or wherever) or to find a simpler, more basic kind of life, and to get away from the often hectic experience of life in big, crazy city. When we play this song live people tend to assume it’s a song about wanting to be young, wild and free of responsibilities. While I wouldn’t discount anyone’s take, that wasn’t what I intended when I wrote it.

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Thee Koukouvaya at Here Comes the Flood

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