UNDER THE RADAR: WHITE FENCE - "Sticky Fruitman Has Faith".
White Fence’s trippy, distortion-laced, psychedelic pop-influenced tunes are the brainchild of Timothy Presley. On White Fence, just released on CD by Woodsist, drum rhythms stumble and recohere; chord changes are half-forgotten or blown altogether. Audio quality changes from track to track or even in the middle of a song, and so does the music’s speed. The album sounds as if it were mastered on a cassette machine with failing batteries. This whole enterprise is way, way moth eaten: the Syd Barrett/1960s Los Angeles garage-punk influences, the dirty-on-purpose sound quality, the overmodulated guitar leads.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - "A Gentle Sound".
The Railway Children are a British alternative rock band, formed in Wigan in 1984. They signed to legendary Manchester record label, Factory Records, where they recorded their debut single A Gentle Sound in 1986, followed by their debut album Reunion Wilderness in 1987.
Chainwave is a duo composed by Ian Jacobs (vocals/guitar) and Michelle Feliciano (vocals/drums). They craft their own brand of dark, melodic rock and roll, infusing it with surf undertones and psychedelia.
LIVE SESSIONS: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "If I Had a Tail", Live @ Jools Holland.
Queens of the Stone Age were guests on the BBC program "Later... With Jools Holland" . They did another track from their forthcoming album ...Like Clockwork, "If I Had a Tail", this time joined by Boneface- the masked artist behind their album cover and music videos.
UNDER THE RADAR: PORCUPINE - "Witness To A Chase Scene".
Porcupine is an indie rock three piece from La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. Their music include a bracing combination of '90s alt rock riffs and rhythms -- think Dinosaur Jr, The Queens of the Stone Age and those fighting Foos -- and enough crunchy power pop to satisfy the brain's need for hooks.
‘Metal & Dust’ opens the debut EP from this London trio, with subtle pulsating electronics and soft guitar rifts underpinning some impeccably smooth vocals, which turn enticingly eerie as the song progresses and ends on a powerful echoing climax.
Chelsea Light Moving is Thurston Moore's (Sonic Youth) latest project. "Lip" is a good example of the album's combination of rock urgency - guitar tension, punk drumming - and a beat poetry vocal approach.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: COCTEAU TWINS - "Pearly Dew Drops Drops".
Cocteau Twins were a Scottish alternative rock band active from 1979 to 1997, known for innovative instrumentation and atmospheric, non-lyrical vocals. While the entire band earned much critical praise, Elizabeth Fraser's distinctive soprano vocals received the most attention. Allmusic reviewer Ned Raggett writes that "part of her appeal is how she can make hard-to-interpret lyrics so emotionally gripping".
Be The Bear is the project of Danish/English vocalist Christina Wehage and Swedish music producer Mattias Bolin. The duo met in Gothenburg in the summer of 2009. The shrill vocals and the electronics are sparkly and primitive but they combine together well.