Gig Alert! Metal Postcard Gig at Macbeth, Hoxton Street N1 6LP at 8pm FREE ENTRY

On Wednesday there is a showcase of the DIY label Metal Postcard and they are showcasing three acts from three continents for a free entry.

New Dehli’s Fuzz Culture a well worth a look. Emerging from the Cities Indie scene, they dish out Electro -Punk for your ears only.

Das Fluff have already appeared on Musicandotherthingz last year with their single ‘One Cent Plus Postage’ and the dark and spiky synth music from London via Berlin will keep you on your toes.

Established Electronic band of five: ollo vintage sounding electronic through to krautrock. Expect experimentation that saw the band nominated for the Australian Mercury Prize.

Sunday Suggestion – The Clash – Clampdown

By the turn of 1979, The Clash had become the enduring force of Punk that the Sex Pistols would not be. But at this time, they were starting to enthuse their punk with reggae and elements of new wave into their sound which culminated in on of the greatest albums of all time with London Calling. It is one of the most influential pieces of political statement in music that has been produced on this island. Almost every song was not just the worthwhile fusion of genres and truth telling. One example from the vast array on this album is ‘Clampdown’. Musically, it is the simple, yet effective combination of Strummer’s rough and unmoved vocal along with Mick Jones’ softer and more delicately animated vocal. Not only offering the harmony but the depth and a shifting nature in addition to this. The instrumentals carry out the same tasks with the jolting percussive beat, the rough wash of the guitars and the bass line anchor with the wiry lead guitar solos and ringing organs. This changes with Jones’ sole vocal part with the guitars shimmering and glistening in all directions. The lyrics too are about the endless, fruitless work of people in the capital system and with subtle references to the rise of Nazism and Revolution too. A song with as much lyrical relevance as musical relevance and it’s simply a hook filled anthem on top of that too. A token of the Clash’s talent and legacy.

Gig Review – Alvvays and Moon King at Think Tank, Newcastle

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Alvvays took charge of the Think Tank in Newcastle last night for what was all in all a chilled out and swaying affair as the Nova Scotia via Toronto band dished out some melodic and at times swooning surf rock and pop. After setting up their own instruments and declaring that “we’ve already blew up one amp today” they hammered out an hour long set of tracks off their self titled 2014 debut LP. Naturally tracks like ‘Archie, Marry Me’ got the crowd swaying in contentment (myself included) and singing along with Molly’s wistful and sweeping vocals. These vocals really came into their own for the gracious and contemplative tracks like ‘Ones Who Love You’. After blasting out ‘Adult Diversion’ for an apt and catchy conclusion, they returned for an encore that included a new track and a warning about the hordes of clubbers massing below. Between tracks they were a picture of Canadian politeness talking of being happy to be playing in “their ancestral homeland” and bemoaning how “more people have heard of Nova Scotia in the U.K than in the U.S”. They were preceded by fellow Canadian four piece Moon King. They delivered a rough and distorted sound entwined with the vocal harmonies to counter act them. They did their set without any bass at all and with the lead guitarist occasionally moving down to the lower chords. All in all it was an intimate and relaxed gig with all the right amounts of sweet rhythms and melody as you’d expect. Oh and a belated happy birthday to Keyboardist Kerri, who’s birthday it was yesterday!

This Week’s Music Video with Noel Gallagher, Sia, The Vaccines and ShirleySaid

Single Review – Django Django – First Light

London based art rockers from Edinburgh: Django Django return with a their first new material since their self titled debut from 2012. It was an album full of imaginative combinations of genres and sounds showcased though refrained and consistent production. Now they have provided us with a new track entitled ‘First Light’ off their upcoming untitled second album. It’s a track that so far heralds a progressive and tangible change in their sound. It’s a song with a slick drum machine beat and expansive synth sounds that give the song a pulsating rhythm. These more rooted instrumentals are balanced by the smooth vocals harmonies that were utilised so well with their first album, for they make the song more engaging whilst leaving the more expansive and fluid instrumentals untouched. They have discovered what aspects of their previous work would enhance their new sound and have married the two aspects seamlessly and it has already given them more scope to alter the dynamics of not only their this song but their album.

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