Song Review: Handsome Harlot – “Whiskey and Cigarettes”

Song Review: Handsome Harlot – “Whiskey and Cigarettes”

Song: Whiskey and Cigarettes Band/Artist: Handsome Harlot Location: London, Ontario, Canada Twitter: @handsomeharlot Date of Release: 1st May, 2014 Genre: Alt. Rock Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: They say Nirvana, but I can’t think of a band that sounds less like Nirvana. They kind of sound more like The Pretty Reckless to be honest. Why they aren’t famous: I don’t want to be THAT guy and say it’s because they have a ranga bass player….but…well…it’s because they have a ranga bass player. Also, they are average as hell but the bass player is probably a bigger crime. Well. Despite being tempted to give these fuckers a straight up 0 out of ten for not only having a ranga in the band, but him also happening to be the bass player, I decided to perservere. At this point, I’m not really sure whether I’m glad that I did. You might have guessed already that I think these guys are average from the “Why they aren’t famous” crack, but I’ll go into a bit of a further description as to why. Starting from the beginning, I’ll admit I was pretty optimistic. The bluesy vibe was nice, the accidental muted notes less so, but then the vocals come in and give it a pretty cool sleaze rock vibe, not unlike The Pretty Reckless. It just never really takes off from there, which is the problem. The chorus is sort of catchy, but the somewhat lethargic phrasing (the only obvious nod to Nirvana that I could actually find) sort of drains it of the momentum that it should...
Song Review: Archon – “Grace”

Song Review: Archon – “Grace”

Song: Grace Band/Artist: Archon Location: Boston, Massachusetts Twitter: @archontheband Date of Release: 6th October, 2014 Genre: 80’s Hard Rock Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Ratt, Dogg, Catt etc (read: 80’s hair metal/hard rock) Why they aren’t famous: Lead singer can only snort 3 lines of coke with out OD’ing. Soft Well cunce, it’s time to chuck on the tightest pair of your sister’s Lycra leggings you can find, stuff a sock down your dacks (because, let’s face it, we all know there isn’t anything impressive going on anywhere in that vicinity), flog your creepy uncle Pete’s dodgiest denim jacket and get stuck into a genre of music that hasn’t been relevant for a good 30 years (if indeed it was ever really relevant in the first place). That’s right, we’re talking Motley fucking Crue, we’re talking Dokken, we’re talking W.A.S.P…but you know…no where near as good. I’m going to start off by clarifying that I absolutely LOVE 80’s hair metal. Dokken, Europe, White Lion, hell yes. My favourite aspect of it is that pretty much every hair metal band had an amazing guitarist, whether it be George Lynch, Vito Bratta, John Norum, hell even Mick Mars was pretty decent and as a teenager especially, I would emulate their vibrato techniques as much as I could in order to try and sound a lot better than I actually was. It didn’t work, but it DID get me some pretty sweet tang, so I guess it was successful anyway. The reason I point this out is because the guitarist from Archon isn’t in the same league,...
Album Review: The Helix Nebula – “Meridian”

Album Review: The Helix Nebula – “Meridian”

Album: Meridian Band/Artist: The Helix Nebula Location: Sydney, New South Wales Twitter: @THNOfficial Date of Release: 29th August, 2014 Genre: Instrumental Progressive Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Intervals, Plini, Polyphia Why they aren’t famous: They are getting there, but I can only assume that somewhere along the line one of their members sexually assaulted a goat and people have long memories. So, it’s been a while. What have I been up to? Well, in amongst working a million hours at my regular day job of being a billionaire space cowboy, I have been doing a whole bunch of recuperating from said hours. The important thing is that for my first review back, I have a truly inspiring album for your listening pleasure. No beef here kids, but trust me there will be very soon. The good thing about Instrumental bands is that the music needs to be REALLY interesting in order to compete for your attention and beat out the vocally inclined competition. The Helix Nebula totally understand this, and have painstakingly crafted an album so chock-filled with riffs and solos that if you were to enter it in a stick-shaking contest, it would comfortably walk away with the top gong without breaking a sweat. It’s kind of pointless expending my stock of superlatives describing just how wonderfully talented every single member of THN is, because anybody with an interest in this genre probably already knows who they are and what they are capable of. Instead, I will dip into what specifically makes THN stand out, or at least sit comfortably amongst their peers....
Meet and Greets – Or Why You Should Lay Off The Bands For Trying To Make Some Bank

Meet and Greets – Or Why You Should Lay Off The Bands For Trying To Make Some Bank

Scrolling through my newsfeed recently, I’ve come across quite a bit of banter surrounding paid meet and greets, and it seems a vast majority of people don’t particularly like the concept. I’m therefore writing this article in direct response to the negative position, so if you’ll bear with me, I’d like to first establish a few “truths”, if you will, along with a form of common ground that both sides can agree to, from which we can then make the following points: 1) A band is a business 2) The music industry is a shadow of its former self from a profit POV 3) It is becoming increasingly difficult to make a living from being a full time musician alone Now, I think these three points can be agreed upon by anyone arguing either for or against, so with that in mind, let’s have a look at what that actually means in the context of this discussion. Firstly, a band is a business. We all know this, whether we like it or not. A band is a collective of musicians working together to ultimately make a living (whether extravagant or otherwise) from the fruits of their combined talents. Whether they are mainstream or not, if they want to support their lifestyle from music alone, they must, to a certain degree, keep the consumer happy. For the most part, that is done by doing what they do best … making music. It isn’t always that simple, however. Consumers want merchandise, interaction, accessibility (particularly in the digital age) and much more beyond than just the music itself. It therefore makes sense...
Erised’s Top 10 Releases of 2014

Erised’s Top 10 Releases of 2014

Aight bitches, this here is my top 10 local releases of 2014. These are the EPs/albums that have dominated my ears for the majority of the year in most cases, and a couple recent additions that really slugged me a new one. Several releases missed out by a bees dick, either from me not getting a chance to give them a proper listen (Trophy Eyes – Mend, Move On) or from there being another similar band that pipped them at the post for me (The Name Of A Ghost – Words, Fights, Liars and Life). Following will be a short blurb about each release and hovering over the name will give you the direct link to their respective streaming sites as I didn’t really want to clutter this short article up with 10 embedded players. How many of these made it into your top 10 of 2k14? Let us know in the comments! El Monstro – Parthenia A perfect amalgam of Defeater/La Dispute and more “metal” riffing. An engaging storyline that is both vague and pointed underpins a melange of tasty instrumental work to compliment the plaintive vocal styling over the top. Amazing EP 4 Dead In 5 Seconds – Bestiary: The Book Of Beasts Black Dahlia-esque Melodeath with an emphasis on great riffs and leads. Extremely consistent, yet diverse with arrangements similar to a classical score albeit with pounding blast beats and black metal/death metal style vocals. Metanoia is my track of the year. Full Code – Telescapes Dense, complex and artistic with a very unique dub bass element that gives them a sound totally their own. This...