@@@ Ampline: Passion Relapse (Sofaburn, 2018) A pre-release track from a publicist described proggy punk outfit. It’s got a nice guitar arrangement and the tune has a grungy vibe with a bit of emo swirled in. I’m waiting for the tune to somewhat explode and it is beginning to do so with some epic tom rolls and a boost in the drummer’s energy. Halfway through the tune and they’re rocking pretty good. The singer is not a shouter, he’s kinda nestled in that storm of guitars which I’m enjoying.
@@@ Fake Palms: I’m Not There (Pleasence/Buzz, 2017) Off this week’s CFUV playist email. Opens up early ’80s punk with some brisk drumming, grinding power chords and a slightly chorused guitar melody. Good energy, fuck Ronald Reagan. The singer is down energy sporting a slight loverboy pose. Very good and surprising section change before heading back into the main groove. Tight, good energy, B+ track.
@@@ Hamferd – Hon Syndrast (Metal Blade) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email but in the ‘loud’ section. It’s a midtempo metal track with a tablespoon of gloom. Things aren’t going to work out in this tune — no Facebook optimism here. The singer is an anguished caveman and I have no clue what language he’s rocking here. I don’t think it much matters, it’s the mood of his utterances and the track that we’re here for. Oh no, a big operatic section with a singer letting his long hair down and standing atop the mountain. #epic and #strangetransition.
YTD recordings listened to: 35
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 18
Not good music: 16
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo