Thee Showcase [#8.5]: lié, Joanne Pollock, Wildlife and The Systemaddicts!

1775541042-1Hey, hey, hey! We’re at it again. You’re getting used to the presence of Thee Showcase. If you’re not, I’ll have to hypnotize you into thinking about it. Well, first up this time is the band lié which consists of three people from Vancouver, Canada. I actually chose to cover their “Demo” this time around, since I like it more then their self-released and self-titled cassette on Function Operate. This is the kind of punk we all want, the one that goes by the predecessors whip and conjures a post-punk feeling. Calling it “dark punk“, as it is called may be an apt description. It feels like cold wave and post-punk morphed into a crazy whirlwind of teargassed punk. It’s punk you really can’t have your eyes open to see, it is punk you simply must hear. Dwelling in the concrete dungeons of larger cities, symptomatic of that particular angst. It feels like they’re trying to convey the feeling of aridity. In general, their music is much more gritty, since its from their demo-sessions of the same tracks. At times it also feels like punk has left the building to get to know its replacement. Or, could it simply be a new form of punk? Might just be the aforementioned. Everything isn’t tight as it should be, it’s at times sloppy and draggy, which has a charm in itself. Vocally, outspoken and dangerously cold-hearted, is a new punk formula that might not be a replacement, as said before, but an understatement of the same. Pressurizing, tenderizing and materializing. Three words that can be describable, but might not actually be it. Well, fuck it, this is hard. But it is a great listen all-in-all. The three demo-tracks featured are “Muse“, “Pressure” and “Fossoyear“, released on the 29th of January by lié themselves.

4291335105-1As usual, I almost always miss great things. That’s why my blog sucks so much. Or, yeah, it might not suck – but I’m not always up to date. Time to feature the artist Joanne Pollock from Toronto. She’s released a smaller album with four tracks, which goes by the name of “December“. It is quirky, IDM-driven splendor which fuels my mind with a colorful entrapment. You’re drawn into it by the interesting use of everyday objects, or so it seems, when you listen to it. I might not even know if it is, but it surely sounds like it. This could’ve been featured in a Japanese anime, in any scene that involved a large-eyed youngster seeing his or her first carnival or the likes of it. One thing that is good, is that you simply cannot categorize it, even though you need to at times. It’s a slab of IDM here, a brick of ambient there and an experimental vein that never seems to stop its own flow. Nevertheless, every detail must be remembered and is remembered. That’s the fascinating thing about Pollock and her music, or at least this release. No tone goes unnoticed. It can go from simply minimalistic, to bombastic and grandiose in seconds. The rhythmic and arrhythmic sense of belonging fuels the grace of her music and puts it in a cup for you to drink up. Think of a sensational meal you had, but make it transgress into music and I can assure you that this is what it sounds like. It provokes an emotional reaction that is hard to stray away from, since you bob your head to the music and think: “Ah, that’s where she put it!” when suddenly, out of nowhere, a sound comes out and grazes you with its virtual appearance. Four tracks are featured on this release, ranging from “Home“, “First Night In“, “Quiet Places” and the last track “How Fortunate“. It seems like she released this herself.

1004747893-1Quickly, we must move out of this, right now! It’s time for something completely different. This time the menu features Wildlife, which is a relatively stable and mainstream indie band, also from Canada. Four guys from the land in the north of the US of A. They’ve released a twelve-tracked, full-fledged album, which goes by the name of “…On The Heart“. A pretty fascinating release, since the depth of the music is uncompromising and not on the stick of the indie-elite. Nothing here is underproduced nor lo-fi. It also sounds like it could be featured in a film or something like it, since the width of space they have their chessboard on is so wide. Also, the sincerity of the vocalist is very tell-tale, as he includes you into their story with the first track. Therefore, you’re stuck on a journey now, trying to delve into the most uptight of indie-rock. I don’t mean uptight as in anything negative, simply that they live and thrive of simplicity, where love-songs and the positive humorist approach is dominating. Which re-assures you of a world that isn’t that dark after all, with the colliding drums, the spectrum of different riffs and solos at hand. Something a little bit unconventional, after all, even though it sounds pretty mainstream. This will hopefully take the crown and make sure that they’re ruling hereafter. But, hey, I like it a lot. It is nostalgic at heart, at least for me, since it reminds me of a lot of the earlier posturing of indie-pop and rock – but also bands in that particular genre that sought out the middle. Featuring songs ranging from “If It Breaks” to “Two Hearts Race“, released on the 5th of March on Wax Records.

2095041751-1Last but not least, we feature another even more interesting band. This time, breaking the streak that Canada has had, since this band – called The Systemaddicts, are from Australia. One of the surprises when hunting for music is when you return to the point you’ve been at all the time. Simply not realizing that a new album has been released, which was titled: “Do You Really Want My Love?“. It came out now in the month of March. A strength that you can give them is that they’re a larger group of people making music, which means a lot of instruments are included that are not normally used. An organ, some trumpets and an unconventional approach. Too bad that the singer sounds like he’s off-key with the rest of the band, but I like this voice. That isn’t the focus though, since the music is hell of a lot tighter. Which is what my brain automatically focuses on. It’s melodic, somewhat upbeat and you can’t even think it’s garage-rock, but it is. One thing that is punk, however, is the singer. Because he is breaking the rules and when you hear the pipe he’s got, you’d be surprised. At times it just feels like he’s completely defiant. Somehow he manages to add another color to the sound-scape with his outrageous behavior! Or, yeah, maybe not outrageous – but punk! I like what I’m hearing even though it might not be my favorite thing about them. Though it reminds me a lot of the older bands within the same genre, but maybe a step further away from garage-punk and rock. Yeah, you should simply check it out. Featuring tracks like “Hill and Sea” and “Jam (Secret Track)“, released by themselves, I suppose.

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