Not to sucker punch over bands, but when you come across a band with an interesting sound added with an even more interesting vocalist… you can’t pass it up. Wildermiss offers a different take within the Indie atmosphere. In no time, you’ll want to shout along as if already booked to one of their shows. The energy is parallel to that of dramatic, eccentric shows yet solely by the wavering vocals and instruments stirring the pot to greatness.
In the face of turbulence, a simple promise planted the seed for GLASS DOVE. Before Josh Benus assumed this musical identity, the Nashville-based indie rock artist found himself faced with a series of challenges.
In 2012, an emergency surgery took a dangerous turn that left Josh in critical condition. He encountered severe complications that led to an unexpectedly arduous recovery. After some agonizing months of healing, he taught himself how to sing again. Lucky to be alive, the next five years twisted and turned at high speed. Josh’s health, as well as relationships, would further deteriorate before the storm finally passed.
“After my experiences, I made a pact with myself,” he admits. “I decided there was no plan B — It became clear to me how quick this could all disappear, and that there was no better time than now, to seriously pursue my art.” After a hiatus from music, Josh commenced writing. Serendipitously, producer Owen Biddle [The Roots, John Legend] approached him in early 2018. They then retreated to the Smoky Mountains for a week of writing and recording. “All of these things were about to boil over,” he admits. “The only way I could deal with them was to immortalize them in song. There was nothing more cathartic for me than being able to distill the bittersweet nature of the past five years into something uplifting.”
Debut single ‘Cigarette Sunset’ featuring Liz Cooper highlights glitchy percussion bristles against the reverb of a heavenly harmony between Liz and Josh, as the track climaxes on an elegant and entrancing hook steeped in intoxicating nostalgia.
Latest release ‘Terrible Secrets’ is about those in power who divide us to maintain their privilege and how our inaction gives voice to “terrible secrets”. Benus reveals, “I’ve given up counting the number of mornings that I’ve read the news and come away feeling helpless. I had no plans to write a political song, but I knew I had to do something to engage in the conversation and be a voice for those who don’t have one. This song is about those in power who divide us to maintain their privilege, and how our inaction gives voice to ‘Terrible Secrets’”. Produced by Owen Biddle along with Josh Kaler [Butch Walker] ‘Terrible Secrets’ features powerful lyrics, melancholy instrumentation and soaring ethereal harmonies, creating a deeply thought-provoking release.
Benus continues his path towards new personal and musical adventures. As a meditation on life’s shadows, as an example of rock-solid craftsmanship and freewheeling imagination, he’s bringing listeners along with him as Glass Dove. ‘Terrible Secrets’ is currently available worldwide.
New Age Indie Collaborators…
Whether it’s for good or for the season, Okey Dokey is the product of that natural reformation that occurs when musicians part ways. Fronted by visual artist Aaron Martin and The Weeks’ guitarist Johny Fisher, the live band features a shifting cast including members of The Weeks, Sol Cat, Desert Noises, Diane Coffee, and Wild Child.
Check out their newest single ‘Thick and Thin (Ft. Dent May)
My first Russian entry for Musigator, Hell Bruizes is a hard-hitting sexy soundwave of gooey rock ‘n’ roll goodness. I was first drawn to the band after seeing the cover photo for their latest release, Ideal Villain. The band sits around a nice apple pie they have thoughtfully baked for the viewer. So thoughtful! Until you look again. With sinister lighting, a stack of bones on the table, and one of the bandmates forcefully thrusting a glass of something (is it wine? Why would you think otherwise?) in your direction, it would be my recommendation for the receiver of that pie to not eat it.
Not that I’m a suspicious fellow. I just don’t trust this pie.
However, while I can’t necessarily speak to the band’s cooking, I definitely recommend listening to their music.
In particular, I recommend listening to the band’s album On Your Knees for the freshest pie in Hell Bruizes’ musical bakery. The riffs are scrumptious, (with some octave pedal goodness and general grungy hard rocking licks) an enticing vocal display (a little bit Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a little bit The Kills), and a bass that’s fit to taste. It’s killer stuff.
This is a band where I’d recommend checking out the Bandcamp before their YouTube, just because most of the videos are live videos of the band playing. That being said, Hell Bruizes does have an excellent collection of live recordings, so if you don’t plan on booking a flight to Moscow anytime soon, you’ll still be able to experience the fret blasting abilities of Hell Bruizes face to face (more or less).
What else needs to be said about this band? Great sound, great aesthetic, high energy. Does hell bruise? Of course, it does. But hell bruising certainly seems to feel good on the ears.
When you hear a band and know that everything is right with the world. Beechwood finds the Garage spectrum of the music sphere and plants their Rock n’ Roll Punk lips on the right notes. Bring out the best to fuel the worse chaotic circumstances, Beechwood is the band that makes everything feel a bit more… dirty and ready for action.
At the end of 2018, this three-part band changed their name to Dea Matrona who have been collectively known to busk around playing epic classics such as Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin. Now anyone can cover a great song when it comes to the technicality of knowing your instrument. However, Dea Matrona has passed that bar by allowing their wild creative love for music to lead the way.
For only 1000 yen, you can be the proud owner of PROCYON’s latest album, Ruby, a psychedelic, catchy, and popping new release. This is my first review of a Japanese band, and I’ve been looking around for one for a while. I’m even a fan of the band’s cover art, in particular Ruby, composed of what is basically just a three-colour palette: yellow, red, and black. It’s a red landscape, with a yellow sun, and a bunch of black posts leaving shadows across the ground. Nice, clean, and simple.
PROCYON is a four-piece indie rock and psychedelic band that can both rock and calm. Music-wise you can expect some soothing harmonies, head-bobbing drumbeats, and crunchy guitar that ranges from straightforward (but memorable) indie rock to trip-inducing psychedelic mantras. At times the harmonies even have a bit of a fifties/sixties doo-wop feel to them, which is a pretty cool choice. You can hear this on the last track of Ruby, in particular. I’m not sure how much 1000 yen is, but I bet you it’s a steal for what PROCYON offers up on Ruby.
If you want to skip right to the trippy stuff, though, check out the video for “A-ho.” Besides having an insanely catchy main melody, you get to watch trippy, distorted clips of everyone’s favourite thing: Japanese game shows. If you thought those game shows didn’t make much sense sober, prepare to watch them through the lens of neo-psychedelia. Japanese game shows and psychedelic music make very good bedfellows, and with PROCYON’s soothing and catchy tune playing alongside, you might just reach a higher state of consciousness while watching a guy with a giant piece of sushi (I think?) strapped to his head, while breaking out his sick dance moves. It’s an excellent time.
see night is something different, and their latest release YOU ARE US has an excellent grasp of what makes indie rock work. Trippy, intense, and soothing all at once.
‘Slowfast’ is Ward’s newest single and the song instantly stuck out after the first listen. One aspect that has been lost when it comes to producing music is the ability to be a decent songwriter. This is where Ward comes in, songwriting seems to imminent from the root of his existence. There are words I want to throw out there “refreshing, new, etc” yet, they don’t seem enough when it comes to describing exactly where Ward is coming from, let alone hold the presence that is available while listening to ‘Slowfast’. The song acts as a subconscious conversation with the entity that is life, and without fail, Ward goes far and beyond to conduct an exact response. If you’re not listening, I’m not asking you to but, you should. I’ll leave you with this, know you’ll be missing out on something great that only comes along every decade or so if you don’t.”