Allah-Las – Calico Review review

Allah-Las press photo, 201401 (740x416)Where have the Allah-Las gone? The Allah-Las who gave have us surf-rock gold with ‘No Voodoo’, ‘Ela Navega’ and ‘Long Journey’? The California four-piece are back with their third album, Calico Review. But instead of taking us to strange new tides, the group has left behind much of what made their music so enthralling in the first place. Continue reading

Hinds – Leave Me Alone review

Hinds 2015 press photo 01, by Salva Lopez (1920x1080)What do you get when you cross four ordinary-looking girls, with crappy smartphone photos of nights out and amateurish, yet endearing, home recordings? You get Hinds (fka Deers): a girl group enthralled by the garage rock of Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall and the Black Lips. While their intentionally rough sound presents an approachable façade, debut album Leave Me Alone is more fuzz than punk rock originality. Continue reading

Various Artists – 30th Century Records Volume 1 review

30th Century Vol_1 - custom, banner, background grey (1440x810)Long-time fans of musician and producer, Danger Mouse, will know that his musical palette is as wide as his hair is big. 30th Century Records is a brand-new imprint label set up by the Mouse to look for “things that I like or that I connect with in some way that maybe other people are not”. This inaugural release features 11 unknown, or barely known, artists, and is a stimulating appetiser to what 30th Century may bring us in the months and years to come. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Wolf Alice – Freazy

Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool (1500x844)Alt-rock four-piece, Wolf Alice, are a band that have been in my periphery since 2013 – I vaguely recall seeing the eye-catching cover for their Blush EP, released via Chess Club. Members Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis have being getting plaudits from all corners of the music industry. And with their debut album, My Love is Cool, out this Monday, June 22, I’ve finally tuned into what all the fuss is about.

From the instant their song ‘Freazy’ begins, Wolf Alice send lush, ethereal sound waves gushing forth from your speakers. The percussion is nonintrusive. The guitar chords, a steady haze of shimmering vibrations. And the harmoniously layered vocals, radiant and dreamy. It’s three minutes of total joy that brings summer into your day with the strength of two suns. Needless to say, you need to hear this NOW. For more thoughts on Wolf Alice, check out PressPlay’s review of their debut album.

Freazy features on My Love is Cool, out now on Dirty Hit / RCA Records.

Image: Dirty Hit/RCA Records

Peace – Happy People review

Peace, Happy People press photo, 01 (970x546)Here they come, walking the down the street, plaid in vintage fabrics from Worcester’s finest thrift store. Hey, hey, it’s not the Monkees. It’s not the Bee Gees. It’s not even the Stereophonics. That’s right, I’m talking about Peace. They’re the young generation, and they’ve got something to say… Continue reading