With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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“(Hard)core Memory” – Glytsh June 10, 2022

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The new single kicks off with a deep almost doom-laden synth bass sound that lulls you into thinking this will be simply a very good synth-pop track. But then the screaming, angry industrial metal riffs and heavy, heavy vocals kick in and take things to another level completely. The guitar solos are reminiscent of classic 70s rock while the voices owe more to the likes of Hole and Bring Me The Horizon. They nailed their love of dark industrial rock to the wall with their recent, stunning cover of Nine Inch Nails “Closer”, Glytsh, (incidentally that is a great name), formed in 2021 and they are French singer Jennifer Diehl (a.k.a. Luna Blake) and Swiss guitarist Claire Genoud (a.k.a. Hella Sin). Based in London I think they are about to explode onto the scene in the form of a musical nuclear weapon. This band has power, darkness, passion, and raw talent. The video that accompanies the track is like a psychedelic 60s horror film outtake with a 21st Century soundtrack. I want more Glytsh and I want it NOW!

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“Electric Candle Light” – JW Paris March 25, 2022

Filed under: Review — justwilliam1959 @ 9:56 am
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JW Paris have just released their fourth single “Electric Candle Light” it is a supreme slab of dirty, scuzzy, fuzzed-up garage rock. There are influences here as diverse as Dr. Feelgood, Suede, early Libertines, Babyshambles, and even Ian Dury and the Blockheads. (I only learned after typing that previous comment that drummer Gemma Clarke played with Babyshambles from 2003 to 2005!) Aaron Forde bass and vocals) cites even more influences in his statement “We have drawn influence from all our favourite artists including Blur, Suede, Jack White, FOALS, Joy Division and Rolling Stones” Gemma (Drums) said of the track, “it has a mixture of dirty guitars and any analogue synth we could get our hands-on in the studio“. Danny Collins (vocals and guitar) said that “’Electric Candle Light’ is a futuristic-analogue-nostalgia fuelled track all about those nights where you seem to fall into a time-lapse and wish for those past better days” Lyrically it is pretty sharp, nostalgic, and quite funny, how can you not feel the passion and history in a line like “make a copy onto a floppy and allow me to drive” I challenge music fans to listen to this and not instantly love it as much as I do! Click here to stream it on Spotify.

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“All For Me” – The Kecks November 3, 2020

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I had the pleasure of reviewing “Modern Girls”, an earlier single from the Kecks, back in April this year. That was a magnificent punky tune with a great message about the pitfalls of this modern social media world. “All For Me” is their new single, released last month. What makes a great band in my opinion is diversity of sound and “All For Me” is on a completely different level to “Modern Girls”. It is an extraordinary emotional stygian dark ballad which would rank alongside some of Scott Walker’s finest moments. Vocally Uschmaan at times sounds like Bowie at his Berlin best with a splash of Richard Hawley. This song may salve your wounded heart and help you get through another lockdown. The song grabbed me and pulled me into its core on the first listen, and I don’t want to leave.

Band photograph by Denis Uhreniuk

The wacky, weird, wired and wonderful video which accompanies “All For Me” is a masterful short film by Ingo Stahl. I have watched it five times while writing this review and there is something new to discover each time. Some of you faint hearted oddities might find it disturbing at times, but persevere because the music is subtle, sublime and sensational. If you have not heard the Kecks yet, then this is a great place to start! Every time I get the chance to review a great song it makes my longing for a return to gigs even stronger! The Kecks are definitely on my 2021 gig list!

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“Modern Girls” – The Kecks April 6, 2020

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The Kecks count members from Australia, France, Austria, and the UK and have spent a fair amount of time in Hamburg, Germany. Has this diverse geographical pull influenced their sound? I have no idea. But what I do know is that if you are a fan of scuzzy, dirty rock ‘n’ roll then you will love their new single “Modern Girls” which comes out on 23rd April on AWAL records. The song is a treatise on what it means to grow up in this mad modern world where technology is king and people feel measured and judged on social media likes rather than who they are and what they can achieve. The band themselves say of the song; “In a time when it’s easy to point fingers and laugh at the way society and culture are being twisted in the ‘Instagram Age’ we wanted to dive a little deeper and try to understand and sympathise with just how difficult it must be to grow up in the modern age, especially for girls with the constant pressure and complexities modern life brings with it”.

The heavy, punky guitar riffs are wonderfully distorted and the vocals are every bit as good as Julian Casablancas and the chorus would challenge the best that Brandon Flowers has written. the Kecks are a 21st-century garage band with 100% punk sensibilities and credentials. They live the punk DIY ethos and have produced the video that will accompany the release of “Modern Girls” themselves. The video is scheduled for release on 14th April. “Modern Girls” is a song that will lead to magnificent moshing and mercurial crowd singing when it inevitably gets played by the Kecks in a festival field someday, sadly with COVID-19 that is unlikely to be this year. But festival organisers take heed and get this lot on your 2021 line ups! While you are waiting for “Modern Girls” check out the video for “Stick In My Throat” below and click here to follow them on Spotify.

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