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Black Honey – “Teenager”

5 Aug

Black Honey

A funny thing happened to us last night, we were sent a phone number and given leave to text it with questions. The reason? Enigmatic outfit Black Honey have released a new tune online, the superb “Teenager”, and in preparation, they would answer any question we had. Given that it is clearly mystery week on Alphabet Bands, what with the secretive Eyelid Kid featuring yesterday and the ‘didn’t’ they used to be…’ Jagaara on the site morning, this was a fantastic chance to actually find something out about a band and share some information.

Embolden with this power we took some time to think about what we should ask. Clearly this was a great opportunity and not one we should just piss away by doing something stupid. Then it came to us, the question to end all questions, the one thing we and surely all mankind would want to know more than anything else. So, with our hands shaking and our brow furrowed with nervous excitement, we texted…

“If you were travelling in a car at the speed of light and you turned on the headlights, would anything happen?”*

Seconds felt like a lifetime as we waited for a response, exhilarated and anxious. Would we get a response and if so, what would it say. Then, at last, it came…

“You probably wouldn’t need headlights if you were going that fast because your car is magical evidently you also have lazer vision”.

Mind, as they say, blown. And how did they know about our laser eyes?

Anyway, whilst others may have asked about their names, background and the like, we went for a more existential route and proceeded to have a discussion about what powers we may or may not have, murder as a hobby, colouring in difficult patterns and the relative relaxation/stress merits of such an activity.

We think you’ll agree, that was totally the best use of our questions…

As for the song, “Teenager” is a fantastic blend of light and dark. Like an underground speakeasy with the light shining in from small ground level windows. Melody, rhythm and vocals all blend as one like dust particles twirling in the shafts of daytime beaming down into the bar. People will smile and laugh amongst the half-light while the world carries on unaware above. Feet cast shadows as they move along the pavement while feet create shapes as they dance freely across the floor. At the end of the bar a girl waits happily, her face brightening as her loved one approaches. Footloose and fancy free, no doubt contemplating the world and all they wonders and mysterious questions held within it.

Should you wish to contact the band and ask bonkers questions, you can text them on: +447578533359

* With thanks to the Steven Wright school of how to conduct yourself in an interview for the inspiration.


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LVLS – “Blood Dance” & “W.S.C.B.F”

2 May

LVLS Blood Dance

It seems like it was only January when the LVLS crew released their Teenager EP (because it was) yet here they are, back again and about to release another one, R.I.P Joey Fritz. They are certainly prolific and also very generous for they have already shared two of the EPs tracks for you to enjoy, “Blood Dance” and “W.S.C.B.F”.

On Teenager LVLS showed their versatility and appreciation of differing musical styles, and with these two new songs, they have gone even further.

“Blood dance” is a sinister electronic sneak through a dark, haunted house. All tingle making synths, creeping guitars and whispered vocals, it’s what we imagine The Cure would have sounded like if they’d started out in the last 12months rather than all those years ago. Despite it’s disturbing undertones though, it is remarkably catchy and lively and even as you peer tentatively round the corner, unsure of what monsters may await, you’ll find your head nodding, toes tapping and shoulders giving a little roll here and there.

“W.S.C.B.F” (it stands for ‘we still can’t be friends’ by the way) on the other hand is an 80’s infused, pop-rock tune with a very large, fist in the air at the end of Breakfast Club sounding chorus. It’s pumped up and vibrant and while “Blood Dance” pulsated with a shadowy sense of foreboding, “W.S.C.B.F” pulses with an uncontainable energy and frustrated passion. The harmonies and contrasting raw, emotive male and softer, much more cool female vocals are pretty damn lovely as well.

They are both very different to one another, and different to the tracks on Teenager, but they both share an infectiousness and fantastic musical dexterity. What will they do next?

The ‘R.I.P Joey Fritz’ EP is due for release on 12 May.



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Review: LVLS – Teenager EP

6 Jan

LVLS

The world of pop music, be it rock, dance, electro or indie etc based pop, has forever been steeped in shades of light and dark and it is no different now. Though we imagine you’d be hard pressed to find many band genesis stories that occurred anywhere darker than that of Manchester quintet, LVLS (pronounced Loveless) who, they tell us, met at a funeral. Though of course, funerals are also celebrations of a life led and happy memories, so there is that light within the dark again.

Their music is the same, with slivers of illumination breaking through the canopy of rock based shadow. Influenced by the dark tinged drama of the likes of The Cure and Depeche Mode, there are touches of more recent acts within their latest EP, Teenager.

At just three tracks and eight minutes, it is whippet quick yet still has time for a midpoint cool down. Bookended by the vibrant and frenetic “Echoes” and “Young and Cruel”, second track “Suzie Shoes” offers some respite in the form of a calm and misty walk through winding backstreets. Almost a cappella, it floats gently along, unhurried and a contrast to its siblings.

“Echoes” and “Young and Cruel” are more traditionally rock-pop with “Echoes” in particular feeling quite full on. Like White Lies with MGMT finessing played out over a Tears for Fears style sing-along, it is a pulsating three minutes of brash energy and perpetual motion that leaves you feeling uplifted and exhausted. Thank goodness then for that moment of stillness provided by “Suzie Shoes”.

“Young and Cruel” sits between its two predecessors as far as velocity is concerned and is possibly the catchiest of them all, packed as it is with head-nod-inducing riffology, ker-splashing rock rhythms and a cracking little do-do-dodo-do backing vocal behind the chorus.

It, like the EP as a whole, is nostalgic and forward thinking at the same time, perfect for January as we look back on the year gone but also look forward to what is ahead of us. After a solid 2013 and now this quality new EP, there should be success ahead for LVLS.

The ‘Teenager’ EP is out now and available from the LVLS Bandcamp page.


LVLS Live
28.01.14 Thirsty Scholar, MANCHESTER (Acoustic show)
30.01.14 The Ruby Lounge, MANCHESTER (Communion)
11.02.14 Tiger Lounge, MANCHESTER (Acoustic show)
18.03.14 The Castle, MANCHESTER
20.03.14 The Miller, LONDON

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