The Audacious Art experiment are releasing some absolutely essential music as of late. Every release they bring to the table seems to be exactly to my taste. This one is an upcoming split cassette release between Amorous Dialogues and Pjaro.

Amorous Dialogues fly through eight highly energetic, make you want to be there slices of hardcore gold. As you’d expect, it’s fast and shouty. At times there’s a slower, more sedate opening to a song which just feels like a chance for the band to grab a breath before they throw themselves back into the speed dirge which they’re known for. Eight songs in just as many minutes. Blink and you might miss it. Seriously can’t get enough of this band. I loved their previous split with Etai Keshiki and this just adds to that visceral, hardcore punk vibe that feels so fresh and intense.

On the other side we have a different story. Pjaro offer us two slightly less intense yet still as inviting tracks. A perfect example of alternative/math rock done right. It’s not overly complicated and it’s not pretentious but it sounds fantastic. Guitars aren’t overcooked so still have that slight bite and vocals have that ‘i don’t care, but secretly I do’ atmosphere to them. Not a step wrong. Apparently the last two songs recorded as a two piece as now they’re three. I’m treating this release as a sort of sweetener before their new album that they’re currently recording. Yep, my mouth is watering, now I just want you to stuff it with more beautifully crunchy guitar and raspy vocals.

The split cassette is due out on 1st May via The Audacious Art Experiment. I know i’ll be getting myself a copy. For now though, you can listen to both sides through the wonders of the world wide web.




Cowtown are a band based in Leeds and their new record, Dudes Vs. Bad Dudes is out 1t April on the wonderful Audacious Art Experiment. It’s a label I have great respect for and, as such, tend to be interested in anything they’re doing and whatever music they’re putting out. So I thought I’d give my two cents on this new offering.

First listen through and I wasn’t convinced. It just didn’t have much of an impact on me. But, after listening to it numerous times I’ve begun to like it more and even understand it. It’s a mess of an album in the sense that the influences are vast. I can hear bits of Devo and even Deerhoof in here, amongst a selection of nods towards countless other styles. Understandably, a record with influences from different ends of the music spectrum may feel lost or unsure of its purpose but for Cowtown it works to their advantage. It gives me the idea that this is a band that spends all their time entrenched in music and they’re combining all of these influences and discoveries into one fantastic record.

It’s a really enjoyable listen and a fairly short one at that. At just under 30 minutes, it isn’t exactly the longest record I’ve heard. That being said, it makes good use of this time. Not once did it feel rushed or under ambitious. Just right I guess. Standout tracks for me are ‘Animals’ and ‘Love is a Lie’ which present their highly diverse and influence rich sound just perfectly.

Seriously, check it out. It’s up for streaming now on the Cowtown bandcamp.

It’s being released as digital download and Vinyl. Just look at that artwork too. I bet it’d look great squeezed in amongst your other record.

Nope – Revision

April 29, 2012

The band Nope first came to my attention through their association with instrumental rock legends That Fucking Tank. That being because Andy Abbot is the guitarist in both bands. Therefore, my opinions of Nope cant help but be influenced by and compared to my opinions and experience of That Fucking Tank. Each have their similarities, but each also have their blindingly obvious differences. In basic terms, they’re both largely instrumental and feature great, complex guitar work. Other than that, they’re an entirely different beast.

I was recently introduced to the debut album, Revision, by Leeds/Bradford based band Nope and decided to share some thoughts on it. From the outlook, it has a fairly obvious but unique tone to it. It could lazily, and wrongly, be labelled as Krautrock but that’s sort of understandable. It has similarities and contains some of the Krautrock staples, but I think it’s better to say that it’s INFLUENCED by Krautrock. Fairly long winded yet always fresh. The lengthy guitar riffs never seem to let up, even in songs stretching past the 7 minute mark. While they are based upon repetitive structures, it’s the small details that really give it depth. It definitely has that improvised feel to it. It’s done so well though that it always feels coherent.

The long, driving guitar lines are that of dreams. When you listen you just want to sit back and air guitar to it. Or at least that’s how it made me feel the first time I heard it. Add to that the never ending beat of drums and frequent outbursts of effect laden, half spoken verses it really makes for a great album. I particularly like opening track ‘Black Mask’ which I feel could be an ‘alt disco’ anthem. I think the true masterpiece here is album closer ‘Crooked Staff’. Sitting at just over 18 minutes, this mammoth of a track is brilliant. Starting with the unmistakeable drone of guitar feedback, plenty of cymbals and a few drums, it soon meanders into a wonderfully creative psych rock jam. It seems as if though all of the different ideas the band have shine through on this track. It explores every different angle of the music and really is a pleasure to listen to. In fact, the whole album is. But you can judge that for yourself.

The album is due out on June 1st 2012, released through Obscene Baby Auction & The Audacious Art Experiment. It’s definitely a date to pencil in your diary. Get some industrial, krautrock influenced, psychedelic rock into your life now.