Premiere: The Pocket Rockets – Somewhere We Can Be Alone

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Yes, one of my dear bands have released another string of music. No, I’m not in this band, it’s just that I liked them a lot a while ago. Therefore, their newest material (and single) “Somewhere We Can Be Alone“, takes me back to where I was. Indie rock met new-wave and had a child that turned out to be The Pocket Rockets. Miss-mashing in between brother shoegaze, and sister post-punk. Yet another reminder of how awfully great summer can be, because that’s where we are right now. Recorded in a bedroom, in East Los Angeles between Spring and Summer, where the singer resides. It was mastered by Jon Siebels (ex- Monsters Are Waiting, EVE 6). The happy-go-lucky atmosphere of the song is stunningly beautiful, in all its simplicity. I wouldn’t say that it’s generic, just because the melodies and rhythms are rather basic, because the catchiness of it is something beyond just that. Sometimes you just don’t need anything else, just because you want to shake your hips to a song about summer and love. Everything’s fine, as the baseline roots the sound a little bit deeper, catapulting with the energy of the band as a whole. Steadily waddling forward, with baby-steps, together with the percussion of the almost psychedelia-like surroundings. First and foremost, you should listen to it, because it will be worth it. It might also end up being the song you’d associate with Summer.

Några frågor till Reveries!

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Reveries är ett relativt nytt band, med medlemmar som både härstammar från Småland och Östergötland. Medlemmarna i bandet är Alice Axinder (Sång), Gabriel Petterson (Sologitarr), Noa Åkesson (Sång/Gitarr), Konrad Annerud (Trummor) och Martin Gabrielson (Bas). De står på stabil grund med deras egensinniga indie rock, som gärna drar influenser från shoegaze, post-punk, post-rock och en uppsjö av genrer som passar i sammanhanget. För att vara ett så pass nytt band, så har de redan figurerat i en mängd olika sammanhang. Förutom att de fått en kaskad utav bra recensioner, så har deras musik även varit med på den Amerikanska sportkanalen ESPN – i deras tävling “Real Street“, som arrangeras utav X Games. Utöver detta så kommer de även att dra ut och lira i sommar. Därför bestämde jag mig för att ta en närmre titt på detta band och ställa några frågor.

Bevisligen så kommer ni att spela en hel del nu till sommaren. Var kommer man att kunna se er någonstans?

– Ännu är det inte många spikade datum eller platser, men vi är på G i Norrköping, Motala, Gotland, Linköping och även East FM som är en Östgötsk radiokanal. För att boka en livespelning med oss kan man maila till reveriesswe@gmail.com.

Av någon märklig anledning så är ni fortfarande osignade. Har någon hört av sig till er och visat intresse än, med tanke på den publicitet ni fått den senaste veckan?

– Nej, ingen har hört av sig, däremot har vi fått enorm energi av de goda recensionerna vi fått, av gamla och nya vänner som kommer fram på stan och berömmer oss, och av människor runtom i världen som kommenterar på Youtube och skriver till oss på Facebook.

Till hösten släpper ni er första EP. Hur långt har ni kommit i processen av att skapa musiken till den och finns det någon slags baktanke med släppet, rent tematiskt eller så?

– Vi är strax klara med inspelningen av två låtar, utöver det planerar vi minst två spår till. Vi har velat komma åt drivet och energin i musiken, därför har vi dragit upp tempot i låtarna. Vi tror dessutom att det är viktigt med detta för att bjuda på en intressant live-spelning när man är ett litet och okänt band.

När det kommer till den svenska musikscenen, så finns där en hel del att kamma hem just nu. Vilka band tycker ni själva om, som är aktuella nu och som är från Sverige?

– Det är svårt att bara nämna några, och som sagt har vi en väldigt bred musiksmak. Men vi gillar The Mary Onettes väldigt mycket. De är ett medelstort band från Jönköping som vi tycker är väldigt underskattade och förtjänar att vara större än dom är. Goat, Holograms, Kite, Shout Out Louds, Tallest Man on Earth, Palpitation, listan kan kan göras väldigt lång. Vi får såklart heller inte glömma vännerna i Soundmeds!

Ert mål med bandet verkar att slå till på stort. Har ni rockstjärnedrömmar eller vad är det frågan om?

– Det är inget vi riktigt har pratat om eller har som mål, men det är klart att det skulle vara kul om vår musik når ut till många människor. Vi vill ju gärna resa runt och spela, samtidigt som man kanske inte vill bli den som alla känner igen. Vi tar det helt enkelt som det kommer men jobbar för att bli hörda, spela och ha kul!

På tal om det rent estetiska så är ert omslag till singellåtarna rätt fränt. Vad var tanken bakom det?

– Vi använde oss av en gammal bild som Alice tagit för flera år sedan, när hon precis börjat fotografera. Hon och hennes vän rände ut på en åker i bara trosor med katten, och fotade. Martin har dessutom känsla för design. Vi ville skapa ett eget omslag och tänkte därför att det var bra att kombinera deras talanger; resultatet blev Alice foto med Martins logga.

Tidigare så har ni även släppt ett par demolåtar. Finns det någon chans för att dessa kommer att vara med på er kommande EP?

– En av våra demolåtar har vi spelat in på nytt och arrangerat om, men annars är det bara nytt material.

Okej, nu har den virtuella tiden gått ut. Vad vill ni mest av allt säga här i slutet?

– Gå in och gilla oss på https://www.facebook.com/reveriesswe för att hålla utkik efter den kommande EP:n! Tack för den fina recensionen och intervjun!

Review: Plymouth Fury – Vaudeville

coverHard-hitting, able to riff you out of the world, your classic new rock types. Making it a joy to present themselves through sound, is the band Plymouth Fury, featuring the members Worzo, Will and Stephane Kurdijaka. These fellow from France start off with the song “Balone De Noche“, which hits the roof instantly. With its rough and dirty rock textures, calling to the roots of the working class rock’n’roll that have outlived their own hegemony. The intro is simply an astonishing work of craftsmanship, where the drums sheer power and the naive riffing doesn’t let you anticipate what is to come. A shade of grey, lay over a span of colorful and enigmatic warmness. When they rip it off, all hell breaks loose and the classical touch of rock’n’roll ‘riffery’ goes a long way to prove itself vital. Even though it’s mostly a sign of the revival, or a new wave of rock’n’roll, they surely pave the road for even more simpleness within the same genre. No compromises, just straight up and down, rock music. Without the strained touch of modernization, constrained to a gritty – almost noise-rock-esque edge.

When you need more, tuning into the second song “The Basement” – is simply enjoyable. Here, we find a more mellow sound, still furiously generous within the rockin’ department. It becomes fairly obvious, with the name and all, that everything is rooted in a 60’s nostalgia turned on its head. Towards a more sinister and heavy sound, which leave no moments to be dull. Generally, the overtly concealed vocals, beneath a gritty layer of distortion – doesn’t turn you off the slightest. Because the sound-scape packs such a furious punch, that you’d simply ignore most of the lyrical content anyway. Which is a thing in itself, to decrypt with your own ears. This, in turn, puts a lot more focus on the instrumentation – rather than the singer. He might not be at the forefront, but they sure as hell balanced it off well. Cojones is the least he’s missing and the raspyness of the vocals, the sheer energy of him terrorizing your ears, is indeed a fraction that can’t be limited to the instrumentation at large.

Next up is the song “Ajo y Agua“, which seems to be a little bit more timeless. In the sense that the music is like an endless desert. Imagine an hourglass, pouring out sand throughout the top to the bottom. This is what it feels like, if you’d enter a state of forceful timelessness. As the time is against you, they pour down the most wicked baseline that could ever be featured in an intro, at you. Contributing to the overt reality that is about to face you, because you’re in a race against time – whereas one can only be the winner. Therefore, the energy is further energized, the riffs are intensified and the vocalist is completely insane. Insanity has struck, as you need to move fast, when the drummer strikes the last crash. Switching in between two states of minds, one more subliminal and the other one a total eclipse of every rock’n’rollers dirty heart. Tough shit, because this is complete grittiness, combined with the virtuoso that is Plymouth Fury. It signifies the last letter in their name, and it also makes it pretty clear that it can’t get more engaging and fierce.

Tumbling through the weeds, entangled in post-punkish fervor, comes the song “Maelstrom Libido“. The mayhem that has been wrought upon the listening ears, are nothing in comparison to this annihilating piece of strung up, rock’n’roll, flirtation. It will have you dancing with one foot in the post-punk category and the other in the pure rock’n’roll. Even though its crushingly beautiful, there are calmer moments within the song which lead up to the pathway of the totally flipped out sense of what you’d love to hear. Nothing can be more energized than the top of Plymouth Fury’s excellence – as they speed away with your senses, leaving you nothing more than an inspiring tone ringing in your ears. It’s telling that they’re convenient enough to freak out on the riffing, but keep it tempered until its unleashed in its full splendor. The symptomatic relationship between the rhythmic and considered, with the furiously speedy renegade sound. A probable cause for tight drums, distorted baselines and a hell of a temper.

With that said, here’s where everything changes. This seems to be the line between their harder and speedier stuff, as they slow down immensely with the song “I love you Leigh“. Which sounds more like a ballad, oriented with an almost indie rock sounding atmosphere. Filled to the brink with emotions, sincere lyricism, continued with a bombastically backing sound – together with a singer whose voice never ceases to amaze. It doesn’t matter in what situation he uses it in, whether it be furious rock’n’roll, or britpoppy indie rock. Prolonged riffs, conquering the most stale hearts, breaking the wall between different nuances in each genre. For this cannot be seen as anything else than a love song. Whomever this is dedicated to, should be proud over that particular fact. These boys are all about making it as pleasurable and ambitious as possible. It’s not even cheesy, because it hits deep. One probable cause would be the recognizable vein, in which they deliver tenfold. You’re dragged down, put up and then put down. Just to be built up again.

By a sly rock’n’roll rhythm that sets everything on its edge. The song “Tati“, is as short and stout by name, as the song itself. Here, you’ll get more accommodated in the drummer’s sphere, as he is the one delivering in this song. But not alone, of course. It feels as if he’s got the perfect rhythm matched to the perfect sound-scape. The laidback attitude that is flowing throughout the song, is paired up with the near funkiness of the spaced out guitar riffs. Some of it actually reminds you a lot of the earlier ska-punk bands, at times, from Sweden. With almost all attributes of that genre stripped, and laid into an overtly cheery but vague rock’n’roll stew. You can hear the hints of psychedelia also, but you’re not getting chocked with an avalanche of it. Even though it might not be the best they’ve shown of themselves, it’s certainly the standard formula of what they’re about. These pesky genrehoppers can’t just stay in one genre, they just have to mess around. That’s why you love what they’re doing.

Whilst the song “Black Ravines“, is a total embodiment of the stated words, in a vague sense. Here, you’ll get a roaring baseline, accompanying frictionless riffs that simply bounce of the walls and reverberate through the whole sound-scape. Wandering in the desert, concocting a sinful breakdown, with both melody and rhythm escaping each others grasp. But with cojones, and a sip of wonderful bourbon, you’d be able to join them on their journey. It touches the base of sludge, the tip of doom and a heavy dose of slowly-paced rock’n’roll wonderfulness. At heart, it’s a little bit bluesy, which isn’t a bad thing at all. You’re moved by each element of the song, as it builds up to knock things down. The breakdowns in the song are amazing, but they follow the basic portrayal of their sound in other tracks, as it usually does. However, it’s noticeable how much of the characteristics have changed, and how much that is actually static. Sometimes the static is a little bit too much and you grow tired of the sound. But, it’s almost always revitalized in one way or another.

Finally, at the end. This time the song is “The Snake“, which change their modus operandi. Instead of breakdowns here and there, building up, knocking down – it’s a steady trip that engages with all of the elements, just to unleash a battering of hurt, as everything is put in place. It feels like a closing track, and rightfully so, it is. Here’s one of those tracks you’d be singing along with your buddies, in an alcoholic frenzy. Something that should be done live, as the riffs strike with their monotonic wrath, making themselves a little bit more audacious, but at the same time tame. The drums in the end are simply magnificent, and in all fairness, it’s been a pretty good trip. When it comes to the album as a whole, there are some things that keep you from listening to it, but it’s more of a modern thing than anything else. If you look at it from another perspective, this album is surely one that would be steadfast and survive a couple of re-listens. However, I don’t know if it’s got anything above that. I hope so, though. Since it’s thematic and virulent, with an edge that is missing from today’s generic throwback rock’n’roll, Plymouth Fury are certainly heading in the right direction.

Americalight: Cathedral Pearls – Off My Chain

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Americana, is a word that can be stated to be an resemblance of this band. Probably not as much when it comes to their music, but they’re from that continent on the other side of the world. The band I’m talking about is Cathedral Pearls, whom are from Spokane. They’ve released their debut-album “Off My Chain“, which is a sincere trip in between folk and indie, with hints of new wave. All with a spiraling experimental vein, but with a spoon, as they’re simply cooking the drug – inserting it when they say go. Most of the music revolve around both instrumentals, but a high stake in their bet is their vocalists, which consists of an equal part of women and a single man. With their voices, they sure overshadow their instrumentals, as there’s only some parts in the songs that reflect their ingenious bet. Unfortunately, the music itself is guided into a folly of generic. That ultimately destroys the symbiosis of what’s unique with the music at hands, which is a shame to be honest. But you always have something to pluck out and consider to be great. Once a medley of voices comes on, your brain simply catches its breath and you make a sigh of total relief. The atmosphere of the songs are very American, they have that certain aura which you can sense with your ears. You pick up the different characteristics which make it American. A well-polished sound-scape, their dialects of course and the general feeling can be related to folk songs from that part of the world. This is also one of their nemesis, which needs to be eluded. There’s some amount of cheesiness between the layers, but that doesn’t really matter in the end. The overall picturesque music that they deliver are considerably gentle, sincere and enacted with a great amount of precision. With that in mind, we might just set out for the sun. Their release feature eight songs, which have been hastily recorded, and were released on the 14th of May.

Some questions for Tangerine!

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Tangerine is a band that formed in 2012. As a band, they play something in between new-wave and indie rock, with hints of pop here and there. They’re located in Seattle, Washington. Since they’re a relatively new band, it’s interesting that they’ve already released their debut-EP titled “Pale Summer” on Swoon Records. Which prompted me to ask them some questions about the band itself and their newly released album. Just so you can get to know them a little bit better, as these posts are a little bit formulaic. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it anyway, because I know that I do.

Could you tell me anything about the history of the band?

– We formed over the summer, but we’ve all been playing music and performing for years. Miro (drums), Toby (guitar), and Marika (vocals/guitar/keyboard) were all part of an earlier group called The Sutures during high school, and Ryan (bass) was a member of Goldfinch while still in high school as well. After taking a few years off for college and other interests, we recently re-formed the Sutures as Tangerine, and brought Ryan on as our bassist. We jammed in Marika and Miro’s basement for a while, and in January we played our first show and recorded our first EP with Jeff of Swoon Records

When it comes to your music, you’ve been featured on a compilation from The Station Record Club. Since then, you’ve also recently released your debut-EP, titled “Pale Summer”. Are you satisfied with everything so far?

– We’ve been really fortunate to get to work with Swoon and so many other great people in the Seattle area. “Satisfied” is an interesting concept, we’re really happy with where we are at right now, but as a musician it’s probably hard to ever feel fully satisfied; we’re always trying new things and trying to push our own personal creative limits.

As you’ve made a lot of progress since you’re a relatively new band, could you describe the making of the EP as a whole?

– We’re always writing new material, so it was hard to pick which songs to record, but we feel like the four songs on “Pale Summer” are a good introduction to our sound. We recorded the EP during a weekend at Jeff from Swoon’s house and the process was relatively straight-forward. I think we discovered that for us, the recording process is almost like a live performance; we don’t tweak too much or change too much. Although we did obsess over some of the edits afterwards.

Do you have any recorded material that will be featured on a future release or anywhere else?

– Being included on volume 5 of the Station Record Club was great, and we are definitely open to being featured on other compilations in the future. As of now, we have no specific plans.

Thanks! What are you going to do in the near future after this release?

– We have a string of shows coming up in the Seattle area, as well as a music festival at a university in British Columbia in early April. We’re constantly working on new material, so we just want to keep on performing, keep on recording, and eventually, we would love to do a mini west coast tour – especially California! Hopefully that isn’t too far off.

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Exclusive Stream: Antiphon – The Ocean

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The band Antiphon is soon releasing their first album under the same moniker. They play something in between indie rock and alternative, glaring towards indie pop at times. With beautiful melodies, interesting harmonies and continuous rhythms. Sincerity is a must, as the band bursts out of its own bubble. Think of a cocoon turning into a butterfly, taking its first flight, making you realize that spring is officially here. Their album will be titled “Odds & Ends“, it will feature four songs and you’ve got the opportunity to listen to one of them. Today, they released a new song which I’ve gotten an exclusive stream for. Scroll down a bit and you can listen to their latest song: “The Ocean“, which has its exclusive premiere here on Invisible Guy right now. Hope for that sweet sensation, tune in and enjoy their music.

Prelight: The Pocket Rockets – Golden Gloves 1902 EP

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The Pocket Rockets are a peculiar band. Not like everyone else, but at the same time lending their hand out to everyone. Their practical blend of new-wave, post-punk and indie rock come across as melodic and emotional. When you’re having your first taste, you’re hooked by each beat and as the uncanny sound-scape draws you in. It’s gritty and unbelieving, but still manages to transgress beyond those borders. As far as you go into it yourself, you’ll find a companion with their music as their guide you through it. There’s also somewhat of a 90’s vibe that lines itself up against the wall and watches you as you proceed through. Every song adds up in its own regard, lending some from our indie pop superheroes The Radio Dept., without them knowing it. I would say that they’re like the stepbrother of that band, retaking Americana each step of the way, but influencing you to take that trip with them. It’s also the perfect music to listen to if you’ve been having a hard time, because they’re understanding to the core. Music for lively people with lifelessness, a hint of hopefulness – in an (un)living world. The Pocket Rockets are Ralph Blanco, Lyndon Millon and Chris Magallon.