Love Amongst Ruin // Love Amongst Ruin // 13.09.10 // Ancient B Records/Universal
Love Amongst Ruin is the brainchild of former Placebo drummer, Steve Hewitt. Supported by a strong backing band, Hewitt, like Phil Collins and Dave Grohl before him, is stepping out from behind the drum kit and into the microphone. However, the results seem to be mixed.
The songs on the album all have a distinct atmospheric quality about them. Songs like ‘Bring Me Down’ and ‘Away From Me’ benefit from the echoing, atmospheric sounds that come from the production by Hewitt and Donald Ross Skinner. However, some songs, such as ‘So Sad’, ‘Alone’ and ‘Running’, have a heavier, metallic sound that doesn’t really work. These two contrasts in the albums production mean that the album as a whole sounds a bit contrived.
Nevertheless, the songs of the album are well written. Hewitt is clearly a talented and accomplished songwriter. On ‘Blood & Earth’, he has written a punchy and popular anthem. Lines such as “I gotta run just to get away” stick clearly in the mind and are made for chanting by fans.
The backing band provides excellent support. From the machine-gun guitar intro on ‘Running’ to the lovely piano and cello work of Laurie Ross, their presence adds layers of texture to the albums sound. Hewitt’s singing voice is quite good; however, there is too much use of distortion on Hewitt’s voice on some songs, which can be a little alienating.
The album itself has strong influences from not just early Placebo, but also from new wave bands such as Joy Division/New Order. A strong Depeche Mode influence is felt on ‘Home’, which features an industrial baseline and electronic sound. What works less well is The Cure influence that is felt on ‘Heaven & Hell’, which feels too much like a tribute to The Cure.
The last song album is actually the best. ‘Love Song’ is a rather beautiful song, in which Hewitt’s natural voice and lyrics, Ross’ piano work and an atmospheric guitar sound provides the highlight for an otherwise patchy album.
Wild Beasts // LIVE // Troxy, London // 16.09.10
Despite losing out on the Mercury prize, the band have
celebrated Two Dancers by releasing a 12″ of remixes from
names like Son Lux and Junior Boys, which will be available
on Domino from November 8th.
Japandroids // New Single // Giveaway A-Side
Polyvinyl is pleased to announce the release of ‘Heavenward Grand Prix’, the third single in Japandroids 7″ series. This will be available 15th November in the UK, pre-order it here. The third single includes the A-side title track ‘Heavenward Grand Prix’, along with a B-side cover of PJ Harvey’s ‘Shame’ and will be limited to 2000 copies.
The English Heritage trend will be quickly approaching the rails in each high street store over the next couple of months
Ambassadors of Morocco // Wikipedia // New Single
The Ambassadors import the very best of the 80s’ lean, edgy, angular, guitar-led pop sound and add 20 years of further musical progression & knowledge to create their own sound. Firm nods are made to The Cure, Wire, Depeche and The Pixies and caps doffed to Blur, Feeder, Smashing Pumpkins and even early U2 (before tax evasion and a God complex muddied the waters).
The Ambassadors of Morocco’s debut single will be ‘Wikipedia’, a pristine piece of power pop, with a melody you can whistle after just the one listen. A perfect doorway to the Ambassadors world, it embodies their love of powerful, soaring melodies, punchy big guitars, energetic, muscular drums & bass, with strong vocal lines & BIG choruses.
Still Flyin // New EP // Live Dates
Known across the spheres for their uplifting party jams, unhinged stage show and general sense of throw-down, the gargantuan collective (at times featuring members of Love Is All, Architecture in Helsinki, The Aisler Set and The Lucksmiths) have adopted a more pulsating, repetitive backdrop on these seven songs to match their new-found urge to roll the melodies out one-by-one, layer upon layer, making for an epic listen and an even more epic dance party. Under the guidance of producer Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki), Still Flyin’ have bravely leapt from their comfort zone, while keeping their carefree credo intact.
Seefeel // Faults // New Single // Comeback Show Sold Out!
Seminal band Seefeel are set to return to the UK music scene this week with great aplomb, as their one-off comeback show at the ICA today (Thursday 16th September) is completely sold out. The show is their first UK performance in 15 years. On Monday 20th September, Seefeel release their first new material for nearly 14 years (their first on Warp for 15 years), in the form of single ‘Faults’.
Wanda Jackson and Jack White // The Party Ain’t Over // New Album
With a remarkable career that began in 1955, Jackson, credited with being the first woman to ever record a rock and roll song – “Let’s Have a Party” in 1958 – was convinced by her friend Elvis Presley to cross over from country to rock and rockabilly music. Now known around the globe as “The Queen Of Rock” and “The First Lady Of Rockabilly,” Jackson has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Americana Music Awards in Nashville. The award – in the category of Performance – was presented to her by Jack White.
Fun Lovin’ Criminals // We, The Three // Single // Out Now // Kilohertz
A brass fanfare plucked straight from a 1970s bargain bin, the scratch scratch scratch of a party DJ, pimp-struttin’ wah-wah bass and a late-night Vegas hip-hop beat bring us into “We, The Three”, the new single from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and its as if nothing has changed since 1996, when the nice-guy gangsters’ first self-titled album was released.
FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME // Episode 12
Another week, another episode of Fifteen Minutes Of Fame…our commuter-friendly podcast of amazingness… This week we bring you: Revere -We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow Saiga – Outside Over There Elidh Steel And Mark Neal – Lonely Whaler Philadelphia Grand Jury – Th e New Neil Young Fifteen Minutes Of Fame // Episode 12 by Neverenoughnotes [...]