It’s March and we are overdue a singles round up, our third of 2021. Seven classy tunes from seven proper talented bands and singers, none of whom have featured on With Just A Hint Of Mayhem before, but will almost certainly appear here again. This lot come from Italy, Scilly Isles, West Yorkshire, York, London, Stoke, Nottingham and Berkshire (via the USA). Crank your volume up to 11 and beyond and turn yourself on to these epic tunes!
“Something Broke Inside” – tAngerinecAt
Wow, just wow! This is completely “out there” in a way that I have never heard before. It is a an alluring, resplendent cacophony of post-punk style electronic music. The vocals are ethereal and the instrumentation is the definition of genre defying. tAngerinecAt say that the song “narrates waking from a nightmare, coughing blood laced with shards of broken glass – the psychological aftermath of contaminated intimate relationships, angst, and isolation”. I think I kind of get that feel from continued listening. This is a truly awesome track! If they haven’t been commissioned for a film soundtrack yet, then someone needs to do it now!
“Turbulence” – GIUNGLA
GIUNGLA is Emanuela Drei, Italian-born singer-songwriter based in Bologna. And apparently Giungla in Italian means ‘jungle’. This is not the Junglist Massive, but it is a fine portion of sharp edged dance music with a chilled moody vocal. At times it feels like a surgically joined Grimes and Christine and the Queens. I am loving this a lot!
“Who’s Out There” – West Wickhams
This psyched up two piece are from the Scilly Isles, never a hot bed of rock ‘n’ roll, but the West Wickhams will change that! “Who’s Out There” is a Cramps style treatise on whether there is extraterrestrial life. The track has been around for a few weeks and has been championed by Steve Lamacq, proving once again what great taste he has!
“Too Late, Already It’s Too Late” – Going Feral
Going Feral describe themselves as a post-rock/ post metal instrumental outfit. They formed in late 2019 and plan to release an EP later this year. As a foretaste of that future release the almost ten minute opus that is “Too Late, Already It’s Too Late” is epic in its scope and ambition. Reminiscent of the best cuts from Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. I may have to listen to this on repeat for an hour or two, at least until the EP comes out anyway!
“Versions” – Garrow Hill
Purveyors of fine hard rock from York Garrow Hill are rather brilliant. “Versions” is a great single driven by ace riffing and a rhythm section that knows it’s stuff! Their musical lineage could be traced back to 70s British rock bands as diverse as Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull. I need to hear much more from Garrow Hill and you do too!
“The One” – The Underclass
The Underclass are one of the best bands to come out of Stoke in years. This is a superior slab of fine danceable indie. Reminiscent of the sound of a young Oasis. I can imagine the Underclass on the same bill as two of my current favourites Apollo Junction and Skylights. A great future, beyond the potteries, beckons for this band!
“Coming Of Age” – Blondes
If you use Tik Tok you are probably familiar with this rather spiffing song already, it became a bit of a Tik Tok sensation last year and it has now hit more than 2.5 million streams on Spotify. There is a Byrdsian quality to the jangly indie guitar work and Will Potter’s voice is as good as Ian Brown’s in his prime, actually it is probably better! The lyrics are simple but pretty damned effective. For me the line “Crying for company with you here with me” says so much more than eight words should. I bloody love this song!
“Reckless” – Deva St John
Deva’s vocals bring to mind the best of Tori Amos and Alanis Morrissette. The song has a hard heavy bed of rock riffs and the guitar solos bring an almost glam rock element to the tune. There is a dark feel to the lyrics and the sound and that is something that I really love. I hope Deva builds on this fabulous track!
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