Tag Archives: indie-rock

What’s in a name? Introducing Alpha Bet

12 Sep

Alpha Bet Band

Back when we started this blog (three years ago today actually) we didn’t really think about the name too much. It was very ronseal, we were looking for bands from each letter of the alphabet so Alphabet Bands seemed like the natural choice. We didn’t Google it to see if it existed already and we didn’t consider the possibility for confusion that it may cause (we’ve been called so many things in the last three years, alphabet city being one of our favourites, and even confused with the band Alphabeat by many a European radio station (we do like getting tweets about how they are playing our new record mind you)). Nor did we consider the possibility that there would ever be an actual real life alphabet band. But now there is and the guys from Iowa dropped us a line the other day to say hi and introduce themselves to their UK based, non-music making namesakes.

Ok, technically they are actually called Alpha Bet, but while that is not exactly the same (their social media stuff is all Alpha Bet Band) it is close enough and naturally we were quite excited to virtually meet them whilst simultaneously nervous. What if they’re rubbish?

Thankfully they are not rubbish, not in the slightest and so without further ado, on the day they release new single “Clarabella” and on our 3rd Blog Birthday, we’re pleased to introduce you to Alpha Bet.

Comprised of Harrison ‘Harry’ Horgan (guitar, vocals), Skyler Gonzalez (keys, vocals), Erich Martin (bass, vocals) and Peter Weihs (percussion, vocals), the four piece met at the University of Iowa campus and now make charming alt-indie-rock. “Clarabella” is, for the most part, a gentle rocking chair of mellifluous melodies and guitar lines. We say for the most part as there are a couple of fantastic moments where the gentle ebb and flow is broken up by a crash and soft thrash of drums, harmonies and guitars. A little injection of adrenaline to keep you ticking over as the tune swoons and sways.

“Trampoline” has a little more edge and feels even better for it. There’s quirkiness to it, a wry feeling of worldly observation told on a broken TV. We love it. There are elements of TV Girl but if they had Dare Dukes as a guest songwriter and vocalist. It’s just that little bit different, like coming home and finding everything in your house has been moved just an inch from where you left it. There’s a little alt-funk bassline in there to groove to, sardonic vocals, summer breeze harmonies and delightful little guitar picks.

In short, we’re pretty pleased these guys share our name and hope you like them too.

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Blogathon: Eutony – “Spectrum”

1 Feb


Hailing from sunny Hertfordshire, Eutony is a new four piece band that may or may not be named after a method of self-development established in Denmark. We doubt it somehow. We do know that they have some of the best names we’ve seen in music for a while comprising as they do Ken Petalcorin, Jacob Cable, Callum Alder and Erin Valenzuela. And, if that wasn’t enough, they also list ‘jar of rice’ as one of their instruments.

Yes, a jar of rice.

Currently working on an EP, their debut tune “Spectrum” is a lively piece of electronic infused indie-rock, with elements of Two Door Cinema Club meshed in there for good measure. It’s full of energy like a primary school sports day, where the events are more geared to fun than competition. The guitar bounces against vocals in a sack race while the jar of rice is the egg on a bouncing spoon of rhythm and youthful exuberance. Exuberance which “Spectrum” has in abundance and which we feel a little bit low on right now (with nine hours still left to write), good job we can play it to help lift our spirits.

We’re off to dance around the kitchen while the kettle boils, you listen and donate to Cancer Research.

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Free Download: April’s Ghost – “Carlisle”

11 Sep

When last we spoke of April’s Ghost, the Ronseal-esque described ‘rock band from Norwich’, they were making our stomachs wobble with rawkus, grinding guitar lines on debut single, “Bring You Down”. Now (well a few weeks back really but who’s counting?) they have returned with another slice of straight up indie-rock.

The basic ingredients of “Carlisle” remain the same, growling guitars and pounding drums juxtaposed with softer yet no less attitudinal vocals reciting angst as if t’were poetry. The recipe has been translated from page to oven in an oh-so slightly different but crucial manner. The nuance is one of care and craftsmanship. Gone are the Darkness inspired riffs, and instead we are treated to something more structured and coherent. A solid and enjoyable indie-rock song that follows a path well tread and delivers.

There are some who may choose to complain that it does nothing new or challenging, but who ever said all music had to be different and complex? As many a baker has found to their cost, it is often better to do something simple and do it well rather than over reach and fall flat on your arse. For a young band just starting out, April’s Ghost are exactly where they should be, producing signature dishes of good music that people can enjoy. The showstoppers can come later.

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Free Download: April’s Ghost – “Bring You Down”

Free Download: Other Factors – “Spaces/Decade”

18 Jul

Bands change their name, it happens all the time, what often doesn’t change is their sound. So it (largely) is with the former Mercies of Washington DC, newly named Other Factors and newly located in Brooklyn, NYC.

If you recall, they were full of raw, gritty rock energy, discordant guitars and thundering drums. Well they’ve polished themselves up a bit following the move and change of identity (to protect the innocent perhaps?) but that wild, sweaty sound still remains, crashing and smashing all that lays before it. Notably, more is made of the choruses and the hooks feel more defined and, well, hook like. You can sense that this is a band growing in maturity and that is learning to harness their undoubted skill and power. Bodes well for the future, although they describe themselves as ‘apocalyptic fun times post-punk’ so perhaps their mission is destroy the world with sound so that they can really get their party on. There are worse ways to go.

Their debut single “Spaces/Decade” (you can hear the “Spaces” element below) is available for free download, or pay what you want as it is also known.

In Review: Marionettes – The Rightness of Blindness EP

7 Apr

Made in Scotland, but not from girders, indie five-piece Marionettes are about to drop their latest EP on the world and you know what? It’s worth catching.

The guys have been around the Scottish scene for a little while now, playing the long game, steadily building a reputation, building a fanbase, gigging and getting their music out there. Now though, the slow and steady approach could be overtaken by something a little more hectic as by rights, this new EP should bring them wider recognition and acclaim. The three tracks of The Rightness of Blindness are hook laden pieces of indie rock drawn from the same well oft visited in the past by the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and even Shed Seven.

Each of “Horrorscope”, “Dishwipe Fishwife” (great title) and “Panda Bears” (which you can stream bellow) have an inherent sing-a-long-a feeling. The arrangements too are impressive, with blistering indie rock tracks imbued with cracking pop choruses and lovely fuzzy guitar riffs. Marionettes may well be Scotland’s best kept secret. Famous primarily for oil and granite, the city of Aberdeen now has something else to hang its hat onto.

The Rightness Of Blindness is out Monday 9th April on Bedford Records and you can get it digitally here