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There has been a stunning music scene that has been coming out of Birmingham, England for decades. I mean, Hell, it’s the birthplace of The Moody Blues, The Electric Light Orchestra and of course Heavy Metal music! Three groups I have been following for years are natives: Ocean Colour Scene, The Twang and Editors.
In the last year, it’s been remarkable to be introduced to some gifted talent from England’s ‘Second City’ in the form of Peace, JAWS, Wide Eyed & Swim Deep.
There is one more to add to the growing B-Town list: Victories At Sea. Except that this new band is defying the trend of “guitar bands” and instead are expertly crafting “dark disco” electronic music and being hand picked by The Editors to open in home-town gigs.
This trio’s most recent song is titled ‘Stay Positive’ and let me just say, that the musical influences you can hear in this killer tune are pretty amazing. Upon first listen I thought for an instant that the now defunct Leeds band The Music had come back, but then, once the vocals kick in, the definite ‘80’s vibe is exposed and you are seized by some seriously fresh talent.
‘Stay Positive’ is a gargantuan mix of a relentless, danceable New-Order-esque bassline and a meticulous drumming that is essentially sustaining the liveliness of the song. In addition, we are treated to synth work that borrows a little from Flock Of Seagulls classic ‘Space Age Love Song’ (but on stimulants of course) and finally there is the massive guitar work, which for me brought the word colossal to mind. Finally, the driving engine of this song is the vocal work by the lead JP. I really wanted to hear something that made me say he “sounds like…” but it never came to me. Let’s just say, JP has his own unique range and a sound that does not give away that his band was only formed in 2010. The guy’s a pro.
It’s easy to stay positive about Victories At Sea because of the expectations of what’s to come in their career.
By Trey Turbeville
A scouse tunesmith called Miles Kane is back with a new release, and has kicked off his 2013 with a real banger of a tune.
The new single is called ‘Give Up’, and it’s the first bit of new stuff from Miles since his acclaimed debut solo album ‘The Colour of the Trap’ and the ‘First of My Kind’ EP.
This new tune is filled to the brim with swagger and attitude and is the sound of an artist with batteries recharged and in fine, rejuvenated form.
Kane’s simplistic, retro approach to rock’n’roll is kept well intact, only this time the guitars are turned up a few extra notches. While ‘The Colour of the Trap’ was awash with 60’s inspired melodic guitar pop, ‘Give Up’ showcases a rawer, grungier, backs-to-the-wall 70’s influenced hard rock sound.
It’s a more heavy, Zeppelin-esque riff with an accompanying Kane sneering and snarling each lyric in the way that he does best. Welcome back, Mr Kane!
‘Give Up’ is the first cut from his upcoming untitled album. The EP will be released on 24th February and is accompanied by the B-sides ‘Woman’s Touch’ and ‘Competition’.
By Dean Hodge
California’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have today announced details of the latest album ‘Specter At The Feast’.
‘Specter At The Feast’, the sixth studio album from the band, is to be released through Abstract Dragon Records on the 18th March.
With a career dating back 15 years, it will be interesting to see what catchy rock riffs the band will return with.
This is the first bit of new material since ‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’ which came out in March 2010 – so the latest effort will be just over 3 years in the process.
Most of the recording of the album was at Dave Grohl’s studio in LA on the same console that is featured in Grohl’s upcoming ‘Sound City: The Movie’ documentary.
The band are also touring the UK once the album is release at the following dates.
SUNDAY 24TH MARCH MANCHESTER HMV RITZ
MONDAY 25TH MARCH GLASGOW O2 ABC
TUESDAY 26TH MARCH BIRMINGHAM HMV INSTITUTE
WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH LONDON O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
FRIDAY 29TH MARCH NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
SATURDAY 30TH MARCH LEEDS O2 ACADEMY
By Chris PJ Martin