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Bad Girls Of The Bible – 88 Keys/Simple Mistakes 7″ (2005)

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Bad Girls Of The Bible – 88 Keys/Simple Mistakes 7″ (2005)

So this band broke up back in 2005 and hailed from Adelaide. They played a really great style of angular/rock with post-punk tinges and sometimes mathy elements. Sounds too good to be true even as I write it now! They released this ridiculously more-ish two track 7″ which was tracked at one of the band members studio and hit the road for more shows before sadly calling it a day a little while later.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of this bands first demo and lost my shit when I heard it. It had this raw Jawbox/Fugazi/Shellac essence just oozing from it…the guitars had this harsh sound to them which I still struggle to explain…kind of gritty but super clean…the drums were crisp and roomy and the bass was hella dirty and locked in with the drums 100%. Vocally the tone is largely a mash of yelling and tasteful harmonies, all of this just has me weak at the knees.

All of it is thankfully well and truly present on the 7″ that followed that demo.
The band offer it for free download via bandcamp and the vinyl is only $8 (comes with a cd copy as well) which I didn’t hesitate to order upon discovering the defunct bands page. I missed getting a copy when it was retailing through local record stores way back when..so I can’t express the joy of finally getting a copy all this time later! Ermagerd it sounds so good too!
Seriously worth a look in.

http://www.badgirlsofthebible.bandcamp.com

RIYL: Jawbox, Shellac, Fugazi

 

The Lost – Self Titled EP

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Sitting somewhere between melodic and anthemic rock this outfit goes hard and does so with a sheen and polish that suggests they didnt JUST start playing..know what i mean?! It’s cliche free, slick and sounds rrrreally good.
And..like when i say rock..lets be clear: NOT like Jet/Nickelback/FooFighters. Not Triple M rock.

EP opener #1 ‘Wake Up’ is all business…great energy, huge chorus, high vocals, big guitars and a kind of urgency and melancholy that made me really look forward to listening to the rest!! 10 points for starting off so strong! #2 ‘Weightless’ is a more straight down the line melodic-rock but stacked with huge drums, crazy vocal work and a great pace. By this point i was comparing them to early Anberlin in my head.

It rolls back a gear for #3 ‘I Wont Let you Go’ which allows the vocalist to really carry the song and sentiment without the powerhouse driving it.. by all accounts this is the quietest the band gets on the whole EP. The group vocals towards the end are a nice touch too!

The EP closer #5 ‘Fate Is Not Enough’ hits all the right bits you’d expect by now. Fantastic vocal work and melodies, drums are too good.. (turns our Dead Letter Circus drummer did the job for them!) and of course some very cool guitar work .. especially the little lead/solo but in the middle! Despite all these strong points.. i found the Dead Letter Circus/Built On Secrets/Closure In Moscow comparisons were just too great to ignore by now. It’s not that this is well worn territory for bands who can deliver high calibre performances and songwriting..it’s not the familiarity of material ive never heard before…it’s the frequency of drifting off mid-song to consider which band ‘this bit’ reminds me of instead of being conencted to the music and engaged with it.

The production on this is just awesome too. The sounds and layers and work that must’ve gone into this is evident…I mean turn it up and really listen to it. Local bands > this is what time and hard work will acheive. Save up your dollars.

In closing.. this is a really strong start, the craftmanship is right up there and the sound is tight. ‘The Lost’ have something really good to work with here and i mean..if they can translate this into a live setting…geez…watch out. Melbourne will lap this up. I do think that if there’s anything this band needs to do from here it’s gotta be to branch out and try messing with the formula. Like..really mess with it. That’s what will set them apart from just following the legacy of artists who came before them and turn them into one with a sound of thier own.

Pay What You Want from http://thelost.bandcamp.com/ on May 30th.
Free D/L of single from the same page!
Follow em on http://www.facebook.com/TheLostAU

Set The Score – Two Steps Forward (2014)

The three tracks on offer here sound like they were lifted from an album and put together as a sampler to show the variety and quality on the imaginary full length. I guess in that way, this is a great demo..they’re showing off a whole range of approaches and ideas at work in each of the three songs, the production is simple and the performances are believable. Meaning: theres minimal over playing and expensive studio trickery which you wouldnt expect to hear live.

This is definitely modern pop-punk just with more rock feel than actual punk. Similar to bands such as Pentimento or Wonder Years rock these days. Theres a few passages of double-time fun sure, plus a few deeper halftime moments and even a big chunky breakdown (complete with guest screaming vocalist)..all the typical trademarks of a band trying to fit it and yet ironically wanting to stand out. (u see the conundrum yes?)
To be quite frank..It should be boring. It’s stuff ive heard a hundred times before from a hundred other bands…mostly american ones. However something has got me coming back for another listen…and another listen. The songs arent brief either and lyrically they have some depth too. I cant put my finger on just why.. but i get the feeling that this band will transcend the trappings of ‘local-band-emulating-thier-influences’ to resemble a band that is influential on others.

I hope they can write 7 more of these tunes and then call it an album.

Well done lads.
Free/Pay What You Want – release via http://setthescoremelb.bandcamp.com/
Follow em on f/b > https://www.facebook.com/setthescoremelb

Cat Or Pillar / Signals For Motion

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It’s far too easy to list other bands you might know in order to identify if this record is going to interest you. So…i wont immediately genre-cast the material….

It’s purely an observation of mine that people lately have a low tolerance for waiting even a moment longer than they have to before finding enjoyment. (>skip add in 3 sec<)

Some people wont even read this far because i havn’t yet referenced something familiar about the music. Well kudos to you!  A band can spend months, even years crafting a work which lasts only a few minutes to have it unceremoniously dismissed in seconds as being too this or too that for the listeners tastes.

This hits hard when the artist leans towards anything progressive/post-rock/mathy/ambient or alternative. I’m certain lots of people out there would probably get right into this but simply wont because there’s no chorus at the 15-20 second mark. I’m not saying everyone one who likes pop songs has ADD, but we really are fed highly polished ear candy via nearly every audible medium these days.

This band will expand your ability to appreciate music and the time taken to achieve intense and emotive peaks and crescendo’s. You don’t get that kind of shit on the radio. You don’t get anything of substance out of recycled-sugar coated pop factory off cuts.

‘Signals for Motion’ is a 7 track album which I’ll describe as melodic-progressive post-rock. Songs range from 3-7 minutes long and feature a healthy amount of noodly/mathy guitars dripping with delay & effects. The drumming is superb. It’s tight & super busy but when needed is straight forward. The bass lines that fill out the rhythm section are sublime. The overdriven/dirty bass sometimes steals the attention actually with its own busy lines and complimentary riffing with the guitar but when the drums open up and go big, the bass gets some room to carry riff/chord progressions and the sound is huge. Like.. Muse huge. Like..QOTSA huge. Yeh. And this happens often.

Each track takes the time to establish its foundational rhythm/melody/riffage and builds up to a monumental peak before deconstructing and winding back down to an end. Usually descending into an ambient intro/interlude bit. They don’t sound like Tool .. but consider the way a band like that takes you on a journey. Like that.

Vocally.. this is so next level.. i cant even. Luke’s vocal range is on show in each of his performances throughout the album. He can go high. Really high. This is a point made early on and better yet..it’s used tastefully and with dramatic effect. In equal portion to say.. how a harder band might use screaming. But hey.. he can do that too! So with the concept of dynamics clearly in the bag, the melodies are lush, layers of harmonies and backing vocals are beautiful and overall.. it’s damn hard to fault this material.

Comparisons to other great bands that have a high range vocalist, proggy compositions and noodly guitars are expected. (Closure *cough* Moscow* cough*) However .. unlike so many others .. this is really accessible and not overly complicated. There’s clever off-time stuff, straight up rock passages and then these out-of-nowhere gear changes that leave you going ‘what just happened?’. It’s quite unpredictable but the flow from bit-to bit is never lost.

The album is closed off with an instrumental piece which i can only describe as cinematic. It contains a sample of some guy lecturing/ranting some pretty inspirational stuff whilst the band soars and climbs to a huge ending. The guitars pretty much take this one to its heights..lots of delay and noise.. very ‘Explosions In the Sky’. Very good.

Overall, this is a killer album. The local scene in the Melbourne’s East hasn’t produced something this polished or ambitious in years (House*cough* Hurricane *cough*). I wouldn’t anticipate radio play but if a band like Karnivool can get it, then these guys have a ready made market set to consume Australia’s next offering. Despite all that, I think we’ll be seeing the name on some sweet posters and tour bills if there’s any justice in the world.

RIYL: Closure in Moscow, Russian Circles, Mars Volta, MuteMath, Explosions In The Sky

http://catorpillar.bandcamp.com/