Hello there, readers. Lane and I came up with the idea to do a Bandcamp Spotlight to highlight some of the bands that we have trouble dedicating entire posts to. Nothing against the bands, it’s just a time issue. So, let us proceed into the first edition of SVB’s Bandcamp Spotlight series. Continue Reading
In my opinion, there are bands you love, and then there are legitimately important bands. Often times, the two will not meet. You can enjoy a band, and if you’re a reasonable person, admit that they’re not genre luminaries or trendsetters. Most bands aren’t. There’s nothing wrong with that. For example; I love Mgla, but to argue that they’re much more than just another really proficient black metal band seems silly to me. They’re not. They’re just good at relying on tropes that others have created to great effect. Godflesh, on the other hand, is not just a band I love, but a band who actually shaped heavy music in the late 80s and early 90s. And now, they’ve returned, yet again, after the stellar “reunion record” 2014’s A World Lit Only By Fire. And with this return, made the most varied album of their career.
With their sophomore full-length Sick City, Wailin Storms’ brand of dark, swampy rock gets a tad bit darker. Continue Reading
Vancouver, BC, Canada, Noise Rock outfit MESS have launched their debut album, Silver Kidney. MESS is the latest project from Johnny Matter. Matter spent time in the well-regarded Anion and Bog, among others in the past. In addition to being a writer/performer, Matter also runs Apocalypse Sunrise Productions which is responsible for the long-running Diecember Fest Metal Festival and Taco Fest as well. Silver Kidney was recorded at Noise Floor Studios on picturesque Gabriola island by Jordan Koop.
Hello, fellow ‘terraneans. Welcome to the inauguration of Stay Trve. I got to thinking that now, maybe more than ever, there are A LOT of recordings being released. Unless your job involves sitting on the couch all day listening to music, odds are, you and I are missing out on some quality music. Big time. To help counter the audio malaise and near total saturation of the music playing field, I present to you: Stay Trve.
GROUPOEM have quite a storied history. The legend goes that from 1983 to 1986 the band cut their teeth in the Toronto punk rock circuit, went on a North American tour in 1987 and then dissolved the same year.
25 years later the band has reformed. Their new offering Dirt Church is a culmination of 9 tracks the band recorded in 1987 and 9 that were captured after their reformation. Subjectively, I wish there were more bands like this. GROUPOEM exhibit many of the tropes of punk and alternative, but the way they present it is unique and ultimately fresh. The stream of conscious type lyrics and masterful guitar playing and arrangements really set this band apart from the herd.
Vancouver, BC, Canada 2 piece stoner thrashers HEDKS are just fine with musically dismantling audiences whether it be at an impromptu protest, theater, booze can, parade, or basement. Claire Carreras (guitar/vocals, also known as Twitch) and Taya Fraser (drums, also known as Taser) are long-standing fixtures of the Pacific north west’ prolific punk rock enclave. HEDKS has spent much of 2017 touring and playing festivals and is crossing the pond for a European Tour in late September/early October. Fellow local rain forest punk rock outfit BRASS will be joining them. For Twitch this equates to two shows an evening as she plays bass in BRASS as well. Svbterranean got an opportunity to catch up with Twitch before she leaves for Europe in the fall.
Brooklyn instrumentalists Sannhet deliver a melancholic and cathartic opus with their third full-length recording, So Numb.
In 2013, the trio turned heads with the release of their brooding debut, Known Flood. It’s blending of trudging post-metal, blistering black metal and introspective post-rock was met with critical acclaim and would serve as the basis for the group’s future releases. 2015’s lauded Revisionist stayed trued to the band’s post-black metal roots, but incorporated more emotive melody and tinkered with shoegaze-esque textures. With So Numb, the band leap even further into the shoegaze realm, resulting in a dynamic tour de force that is as somber as it is euphoric.
Guitarist John Johnston (Congress, Slow Learners, Brutal Poodle) along with bassist David Graham and drummer Ben Goldberg have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming release Alternative Classics.
Johnston’s work in the past has ranged from Neurot Records-Esque doom/hardcore, to power pop. The common thread seems to be a first rate ear for writing songs. “Bridge and Tunnel” is no exception. ViewMaster is not unlike elements of American 6 string aces like Castor, or Chavez.
So much has happened in the bubble world of guitar rock over the last 17 years. Coincidentally, this happens to be the amount of time that has passed since Oxford, England, 4 piece Ride released their last album. That album, Tarantula, bore many of the hallmarks of a rapidly sinking ship: lyrical arrows aimed at band mates, further stylistic alienation, and the real kick in the shins – having the album deleted by the label that released it, one week after the initial release. It seems that time has been kind to that particular record and to the band’s discography in general. Thankfully for fans of the band co vocalist/ guitarist Andy Bell has a serious inclination for writing elite songs whether it be in projects Hurricane #1, Beady Eye, Oasis, or Ride.