THE AMENDS // Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO 3/24/13
Rising Denver-area blues rock band, The Amends took the stage Sunday night to promote their new album What We Could Beand rocked out to an eager crowd. The four-piece has been picking up steam lately, earning spins on college radio stations and notable reviews from publications such as Reverb.
I love the no-frills garage rock sound and catchy tunes. Their new album, What We Could Be (buy it for $5 on BandCamp!) shows their evolution in style and a tighter sound than ever. Check out the video for “A Certain Speed”, the first single off the album below. Expect to hear a lot more from and about these guys!
“New Rochelle”, our featured single from New York area singer/song-writer Peter Kirk is a dark song about taking a night train and ending up somewhere you don’t belong. It mixes electronic elements with acoustic instruments - drum machine, piano, rock drums, and synth bells. It was definitely influenced by Bon Iver’s latest record and also Peter Gabriel’s “Family Snapshot.” Pete’s music in general is influenced by a mixture of 80’s pop like Phil Collins, Talking Heads, and new synth-heavy artists like Francis & the Lights.
I’d like to introduce you all to a very talented Dutch goddess of Indonesian decent who goes by the moniker of Cosmo V. She is in every sense a bedroom artist, creating simplistic poetic, lo-fi bedroom pop, calling to mind artists like Lykki Li or Nico a la The Marble Index.
Ah, this takes me back to my industrial days. The Soft Moon categorizes themselves as neo-post-punk but with at least two dudes on the synthesizer, its like a flashback to 1990 and you just heard Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine album for the first time, except with a few modern tweaks.
Luis Vasquez and his band bring their dirty electronic sound to the present day with a focus on their live show. Ron Robinson does the visuals for the band, aiming to bring you a “full sensory experience”. Check it out!
“What was your favourite part?” A workmate inquired about my recent trip home to Oz.
One might think a typical answer would include “sunshine, family, the beach” etc. Well…
1) The sun greeted me with 3rd degree burns within four hours of my arrival.
2) Family time is great, but is always accompanied by a heavy dose of Christmas dysfunction, which perhaps has nothing to do with Christmas at all.
3) The ocean is full of life-threatening predators that you suddenly become more aware of after moving to a city where your biggest threat is peak-hour travel using public transport.
No, this holiday was filled with a different kind of ocean after an encounter with a handsome gentleman who informed me of the following:
“Frank Ocean is a poet and a story-teller.”
Turns out he was as wise as he was handsome.
This might be old news to fans of Ocean’s work in hip hop collective Odd Future (OFWGKTA). He has also penned songs for Justin Beebs and John Legend, among A-list others. Over the past year MV has featured Ocean’s mixtape releases and collaborations, praising his originality and fresh R&B fusions.
Last year saw Ocean’s solo studio debut with “Channel Orange,” from which came the single “Pyramids” (see above) - a 9+ minute tale of a modern pimpers paradise fitted with a John Mayer guitar solo outro.
Another favourite is “Lost,” which I played on repeat for my entire 45 hour journey back to London, and still can’t get enough of it. Get yourself addicted here.
All in all, I think I need to return home for musical enlightenment more often. Just have to remember to pack more sunscreen.
MV knows that breakfast is the most important meal. ever. That’s why we’re loving the first single from Jim Finn’s (Art Vs Science) new side project Vydamo. Somewhat reminiscent of Fat Boy Slim’s “Praise You”. The forthcoming album is due out in 2013. Eat it up.