Spotlight: Vundabar – Antics

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Sometimes, it’s hard to come by a really quirky but serious band. Sometimes, you’ll simply have to fish in a sea – empty of fish. I threw a grenade down into the sea and up came a jolly fellow. Their name is Vundabar, a band from Boston, consisting of the duo Brandon Hagen and Drew McDonald. Their debutalbum goes by the name of “Antics“, which is a neatly packaged and at times, tricky concoction of both electronic influences in their almost exclusively non-electronic music. Feel the vibes of dance(eable) garage rock, with nothing but soft-spoken – and at times; ridiculous lyrical content. Imagine the mightily, and accentuated eccentrics from The Pixies, meeting a whole range of both unemotional and emotional contemptuous gadfly, surfing in with higher speed and energy. Fused with the soft-outspokenness of acoustic splendor. We’re certainly caught in their spiderweb, in the midst of their working shift, where they produce tracks with the swift motion of their hands. Surely, if you’re looking for a duo – you’ll probably hear an orchestra. They sound much larger than they should, since they’re only two people. Technically, there’s nothing you could complain about. Sometimes they venture into rare surf rock territories, with the eccentric overlook of a more outlandish attack on your freakishly generic brain – which craves generic garage rock. But you’ll get something completely different. Probably one of the more enthusiastic and bright-minded music I’ve heard for a while. The optimism, but also snarky cynicism shines through their hallow casket. For now, it’s up there in the top with some of the releases that I’m anticipating in the near future. You’ve outdone yourselves, bright boys – with your snickering smiles and uniquely diverse music. Conquer my heart and I’ll lock you in for at least a short time in my continuum, which is more than anyone else can bargain for, ever. There are eleven tracks on this wonderful album and it was released by themselves on the 24th of April.

Spotlight: ARM – Bloodbeat

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Certainly, a mixture you wouldn’t have heard of, either way. As the Romanian fellows from the band ARM, grace us with their presence – they deliver a poisonous and noisy message. Currently, they’re at it with their debut-album “BLOODBEAT“, which in turn is a mix in between two genres that are far and wide away. At least if you think of it from a linear perspective. Those genres are power electronics and post-punk, which makes it much more interesting when you think about it. With crushingly heavy drumbeats, fierce noise and a distorted landscape of apathetic sounds – ARM navigates from non-electronic to electronic in a whim of dizzy electronica, meets regular post-punk. At times, it’s also militaristic when it comes to the style of the whole thing. Stylized as a concrete jungle of marching men, taming the wall of noises. Going from minimalistic and monotone, to grandiose á la the splendor of a grandeur mind. Structurally, it’s a steady shape-shifting, with a gauging bottomless pit of frustration, alienation and emotional outbursts of staleness. Their album was released by themselves on the 19th of April, featuring four tracks.