Posts Tagged ‘Mercy Arms’
All Tomorrow’s Parties 2nd Round Announcement
Dead Meadow, The Reels, Psarandonis, Bill Callahan, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs, Small Knives, The Holy Sea, Hunter Dienna, Passenger of Shit, and more to be announced. No Drones yet, but give it time, since they are playing the next two festivals I’m about to talk about.
Big Day Out 2nd Round Announcement
Serj Tankian, Dropkick Murphys, Black Kids, Hot Chip, Lupe Fiasco, Holy Ghost!, Z-Trip, Died Pretty, The Vines, Infusion, Children Collide, Pee Wee Ferris, Sparkadia, The Getaway Plan, Little Red, Mammal, Mercy Arms, Ajax, Andee Frost, The Drones.
Golden Plains Festival 1st Announcement
MOGWAI, TONY ALLEN, GARY NUMAN, BLACK MOUNTAIN, OF MONTREAL, THE DRONES, THE CHURCH, DAN DEACON, BRANT BJORK AND THE BROS, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, JIM WHITE AND JOHN DOE, QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT, THE BLACK SEEDS, LULUC, YOU AM I
So basically The Drones are a bunch of festival sluts. I’m ok with it though since I saw them at Stonefest on Saturday and they were FUCKING AMAZING!
Mercy Arms – Self Titled
I’ve getting as much work out of this description, so I’ll say it first: This album is perfect for lying in bed, hungover, on a hot Sunday afternoon with a significant other, either post-coital or reminiscing about 2001. Or both, why not?
The album certainly creates an ethereal mood much like a cross between Sigur Ros and maybe The Shins. Or at least what I’ve heard of The Shins, since I’m not a huge fan. My Bloody Valentine-lite? I don’t know. Either way, this album is pretty damn good. Not album of the year, but definitely one of those bands that could pull it off big time with their next album.
Or crash and burn horribly, but hey, I’m not one to make such high pressure calls.
81 tighty whiteys out of 100.
Grafton Primary – Eon
I’m probably going to be hugely biased in this review because I met these guys the other week and they insisted they pay for my dinner in exchange for good photos. I think I delivered, maybe, I don’t know.
Having seen Grafton Primary a few times live, I wasn’t sure they’d be able to bring the oddity that is their live show to a CD. They probably didn’t. Filled with synths, compressed beats and jangly little riffs, Eon is a tight little package filled with dance, and would be better filed alongside The Presets, than Cut Copy, if you know what I mean.
Maybe even Nine Inch Nails, circa Pretty Hate Machine, only without all the hate and unwound video tape.
73 Korg MS2000B’s out of 100
Black Dice – Load Blown
Hands down: Best title of the year.
Experimental music is partly the reason I started this site. Having always been a fan of pushing the envelope noise-wise, this year brought a few new experiences for me…
First off, I got a hold of a Merzbow & Carlos Giffoni Live CD that was one hour plus of total distortion. Aptly titled Synth Destruction, the album killed me and I don’t think I’ve listened to it since. It was that intense. If you do listen, at least check out the first track.
Then Fuck Buttons released the potential Album of the Year (in my opinion), Street Horrrsing. Awash with distorted synths and tribal rhythms, this brings the middle ground between blatant noise and experimental music to the fore. I would think that without the Merzbow/CG experience earlier on, I may have dismissed this album.
So Black Dice bring out Load Blown and it’s pretty similar in parts to Fuck Buttons. More ‘song like’ to some extent, Load Blown still manages to make noise exciting, as well as something you can actually get involved with, rather than something to be seen as a novelty. I dig it, and you should buy it. JB has it, so stop complaining.
77 boutique fuzz pedals out of 100
There are way too many indie bands that are quite shit. I don’t want to list them cause you will be reading this all night, but here is some top bands straight out of Melbourne yo.
First up is a band called The Process.
They mix the usual influences of post punk, but they put a new twist of things on the genre, mainly because of the singer’s barritone (not in the done to death Ian Curtis way), yet still, powerfully emotional voice. They sound like The Birthday Party if they had more of a pop sensibility and high rotation. For me, at the moment, their killer tune is “The Void”.
They are touring all around Oz with another promising indie band Mercy Arms,. So get off the internet and check these bands out!
Next up is Bachelor Of Arts.
These guys mix aggressive punk with some relentless drumming and extremely raw angular post punk guitar. The song “Apathy” is a perfect example of the mad rhythms and pulsating bass that these guys create. While the singer almost cries out cryptic lyrics that no one understands. No one, that is, other than those people who study math rock.
A must listen are tracks “AMPM” & “Teresa.” Gee, these guys are really, really good and it’s illegal if you like your indie rock and you haven’t listen to these guys yet, so get on it!