With echoes of Audioslave, MOONCAGE delivers catchy melodies with relatable lyrics and a grunge punch to tie it all together.
French singer guitarist based in London, Elsa Béziers, recorded her first EP with producer Chris Campion in North London in November 2018. She created Venus Endeavor after finding a support band for the EP launch on the 16th of March at the Rocksteady. The single ‘Cold War ‘ was released as a music video at the same time. Influenced by the Grunge scene, american and uk rock bands, classical music and many other artists, she is looking to make a splash on the international Rock scene !
Don’t you love when a song starts out in an acapella manner, it may not draw you in completely, but after a few seconds the rest of the band comes in. Moaning Lisa does not have to thrash on their instruments to gain attention, yet their conviction is sewn in when they play. Remember when you would create songs for the sole passionate purpose to create? Moaning Lisa have obtained the spine tingling emotive presence to blow us all away.
Hailing from the suburban Merseyside town of Huyton, MR. TED is a difficult band to categorize. Describing themselves as ‘scrunge’; that is ‘scouse grunge’, the current line-up boasts former members of bands that include Iron Witch, Enamel Animal, and others. Phil (drums) is also the guitarist/vox in fuzz laden rock band Pet Virus. Punk, funk, doom, darkly-tinged / slightly unhinged folk… even thrash has been used as a genre to describe the Mr Ted sound by previous reviewers. Yet somehow Mr Ted have always kept that light-hearted, heavy-riffed, free spirited style which is deeply engraved into their sound to this day.
MARY BELL is not shy about what they write about, let alone how they present their music videos. While shock value is pretty much gone, Mary Bell has reached back in time to an era where bands like Sonic Youth and Bratmobile. All freely creating the music some considered hard to swallow, but that’s what makes Mary Bell contagious (in every wonderful way), they are the type of band you wish you were a part of.
For anyone that likes Babes in Toyland, Bratmobile, and The Raincoats
What first really attracted me to RawDog’s music was the song “No Doubt.” So, first of all, you’ve got to go listen to this song while you’re reading this. I don’t mind if it becomes hard to focus on the review. The music’s what really matters anyway, right?
RawDog’s sound is an engaging mix of rock, grunge, and garage sensibilities. RawDog has a White Stripes-esque setup, just a two-piece band with a female drummer and male guitarist. Some of the guitar sounds even share a White Stripes recipe, although I find the lyrical melodies feel the grunge influence more than the garage influence.
Both members share vocal duties, creating haunting harmonies that, along with heavy guitar, make this pretty perfect Halloween music. It’s moody, and spooky, and even though the subject matter doesn’t deal with monsters, RawDog really fits the mood as I look out my window into the late-October rainy gloom.
The music is riff-heavy and melodically intense, with a good use of soft-heavy dynamics. It’s crunchy, rough, and distinct. RawDog sings in both French and English, which gives them an interesting feel that differentiates them from other garage and grunge acts.
Never be a star
The video for “Never be a star” showcases RawDog’s creativity, quirkiness, and delicious rock riffs and melodies. It also shares a sentiment that I think we can all get behind. Listen for a good taste of the kind of minimalist garage/grunge you can expect from RawDog’s sound. This song is from the band’s Blurred album, and it’s worth checking out the video for the titular song off that album as well, if you’re feeling in a witchy mood, because it’s an even spookier sound (with piano and guitar played with a violin bow) and a spookier video to boot.
Great band, fantastic sound.
When people ask for a new band recommendation, one of my first thoughts immediately goes to the band Bully. I may or may not be biased to them because they have a Grunge sound. But it’s because of a nearly missed show I happened to catch in Portland, Oregon back in 2014-2015. As they played to a single red light bulb and maybe 15 people. Ever since then Bully has become a band I cannot only shake but, continues to enthrall with each new release.
Feels Like to Losing
Officially from Nashville, Tennessee the three-piece band consisting of Reece Lazarus, Alicia Bognanno, and Clayton Parker. Who as a band gravitate towards a D.I.Y. music video premise each time a new song appears on Youtube. As for a specific genre, Grunge (personally) seems like the closest call. Based on lyrical content, bass arrangement, vocally as the valley’s are harmonized until the peaks come out at top volume. Feels Like Bully’s debut in 2015, ironically in the branch of two-plus years Bully have been through the ringer. With changing labels and having a ton of material for their next album… oh, yeah and those years couples with life experience that happens unexpectedly.
Even as this year has barely made a mark, Bully is scraping the ground with their knees as they slide into home. Yes, (obvious baseball reference) however, Losing shows a preemptive strike towards innocence, life-actions, and all the strange circumstances accompanied with being a band. More effectively singer/guitarist Alicia Bognanno channels a devil may care attitude while presenting a bored attitude. It’s not that Bognanno is bored at all, rather the opposite. On a scale between “not caring and so what it happened”.
If you like The Breeders, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr. and early Flaming Lips give Bully a listen.
Now as Bully has paired with Sub Pop records, their newest album Losing came out Oct. 20th, 2017.