Thee Showcase [#8.2]: The Otters and Les Baton Rouge!

1886079149-1We continually march on, even though we’re not in a band. It’s time, once again, for Thee Showcase. Letting you know about some new music and what we think about it. This time we’re up for The Otters, whom are a duo from San Diego. I don’t think they’re active anymore, but I found their only song “Nowhere At All” from their coming album (now on hold) “LP I“. This song is everything you’d want your own band to be, I think. Everything from the emotional intro, shyly moving along with the artsy vocals. Indie rock couldn’t possibly be better when combined with art punk and surf punk. Every detail on the song is interesting in its own aspect, as it contributes a lot to the wholehearted vision of the song at hand. The different nuances are in essence what makes this band great, or at least their song that they’ve premiered. In the beginning, you can also sense some of the odder post-punk, if you turn back the clock to the 80’s once again. What also feels out of shape, is the fact that they heed to every little detail. Not many bands do this, not many bands seem to catch every detail perfectly. However, everything in the song might not be intact, as the synthesizer reminds me a lot about other things than a great song or band. Sometimes it isn’t tight either, but I’ll leave that for now. The different changes in structures are superb and it sounds inviting enough, it also reminds you a lot of the calmer indie pop/rock acts that can convey a range of emotions through a little sphere in one song. All I can hear in my mind right now is: “I don’t want you, I don’t need you…“, but to be fair; I really need you now. The song “Nowhere At All” from their supposed future album “LP I” is what’s featured here, which is a shame – since I wanted some nuances to compare with. However, you should donate some cash or download it for free from their bandcamp down below.

1529479584-1I can figure out why this band is one of the most influential ones. Where are they influential? In Portugal, where the band, which goes by the name of Les Baton Rouge, is from. They’re currently at bay with a new album titled “Canal Express“, which is a blend of new-wave and more alternative rock. It feels like much of their music revolves around suspense, because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. I don’t sense as much art rock as I sense alternative rock in the mix, with some subtle new-wave influences that can be found here and there. Everything about them is concrete, there are fastened structures that make listening even more bearable. Nothing is sloppy, everything is calculated and on point when you listen to it. The vocals reminds you a lot of older punk bands, when it comes to the sheer energy and volatile expression. A little bit of it also reminds you a lot of an eccentric Siouxsie, even though she’s been referenced a million times when it comes to bands of this caliber, you’d have to say it again. High-pitched yells, metamorphosing melodies and rhythms – as you move through one of their passages. Sometimes the landscape of music can be a little bit stale, when it goes with the same pair of drums you’ve heard a song before, but it mellows out when you realize that there’s only four songs. At times the music feels adaptable, as it changes around in the overlaying structure, rather in the fundamentals. Especially when it comes to the quirky, and sometimes sinister, riffing that goes on in the overtly noticeable sound-scape. Pay attention to those changes, because I know you will. It can change in any minute, but you will not anticipate it, therefore you can surely call it “suspiria” – like the band itself does. Interesting music that stands on its own feet, doesn’t mind to sway the conventions a bit and tries hard to do something worthwhile. Featuring the four songs “Carburator“, “Punch Timeline“, “Abrasive Humdrum” and “So Much For Evolution“. Their digital version of the release is live since the 1st of March and their 15-year celebratory CD will be released at their gig in Lisbon on Musicbox on the 23rd of March.

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