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THE UNSWEPT-The Unswept Today

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the unswept1Although it was released over 1 year ago, this album by The Unswept, deserves some recognition. So, the story goes, the 3 O’Brien cousins from Sheffield, England, were playing in local bands together. Following a hurriedly hushed up pre- international incident, they headed to Chicago and well, the rest is history. The album, The Unswept Today, released in April, 2015, contains 11 tracks of power-pop dynamite, filled with great melodies, choruses, and unforgettable hooks. The distinctive 12 string guitar is an exciting addition to the sound. There are wonderful changes, cool riffs and solos, and hand clapping. I am certain that I the unsweptalso heard some whistling on “Mellow Doubt“. The band has an insane feel for writing catchy pop songs with addictive melodies, and a gift for lyrics that are sung over some wonderfully simple arrangements. It has been told that the entire album was recorded on an analogue reel to reel, which only enhances the feel of the music. Favorite tracks: “Another Bubble“, which is reminiscent of early The Zombies; “Peace Of Mind“, with its Rockabilly vibe; “Get Away“; and “Surf Song (I Wish I Was A Beach Boy)“, a way cool tribute to The Beach Boys. A wonderful summer patio album. Play it loud. Play it often. Invite the whole neighborhood. A wonderful party. Check it out on their bandcamp page, and order your copy today.

 

 

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PAPERWOLF-Been Five Years

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paperwolf1Colin Marshall, ex drummer of The Toniks, has found himself in a new band, Paperwolf. The power trio from Bromley, England, recently released  “Been Five Years“, a 4 track ep filled with wonderful melodies, and some cool changes. The guitar centric sound, at times reminiscent of The James Gang, delivers powerful drumming, strong bass lines, and power chords, interspersed with great licks,cool solos, and unforgettable riffs. Wonderfully heavy, straight ahead rock. Definitely something you need to check out for yourself. Pay attention to Paperwolf- a way cool power trio with heart & soul. Favorite track: ‘Jenny‘. Listen here.

 

 

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NADINE SHAH- Fast Food

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I wish that I had discovered Nadine Shah sooner. The London, England singer/songwriter released her 10 track album, Fast Food, in April 2015, and it is simply amazing!

ns2The songs contain wonderful melodies, great changes & transitions, and a wonderfully heavy rhythm section. I heard the sound of horns, acoustic guitar, organ, and piano. There are cool effects, great harmonies, and some way cool guitar throughout. There is a great Parisian Cabaret vibe to ‘Fast Food‘, and a wonderful mid-east sensibility to ‘Matador‘. The album offers changes & transitions that seem effortless. The vocals are insanely good, darkly emotional, smoky & sultry. The instrumentation is wonderfully simple within a song that is complex, and the production is exceptional. Favorite tracks include ‘Divided‘, a beautiful song with a dynamite melody sung over acoustic guitar and tom; ‘Big Hands‘, with way cool keys, and a melody that delivers Nadine Shah’s devastatingly wonderful voice; and ‘Stealing Cars‘, with its unforgettable riff, is as addictive as any song I have heard!

 

 

ns1Nadine Shah has a style all of her own. Unforgettable and unmistakable! Beautiful & sublime. The songs are wonderfully written, and have been driving some to move uncontrollably. I dig this album. It is wonderfully eclectic. It is alternative. Alternative cool. Alternative wonderful. You can pick it up for the ‘name your price’ fee on Bandcamp. Pay what you can. Get it today!

 

 

 

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2014 INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

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With a significant number of quality Indie releases this year, narrowing a list down to 10 albums, worthy of I Can’t Believe My Earz‘  2014 Indie Album Of The Year, was no easy task. There are some honorable mentions: Neverfriend-‘Evolve‘, The Everywheres-‘Habitualism‘, Harbour-‘Grade School Summer‘ & Social Strife-‘With Friends Like These…’.  We listened to them all, and here is our pick for the top 10 Indie Albums of 2014.

 

#10     DRUCKFARBEN————–‘Second Sound’

druck I am not certain why Druckfarben has been a mystery. These Toronto based musicians are insanely talented. It is an impressive work.   ‘Second Sound offers wonderful musical themes in an array of movements that are woven together in layers to create an incredible musical journey. This is way cool arena rock, out of the 1970s, with a 21st century bite. If you like Progressive-Rock, Druckfarben is the real deal.

 

 

#9     THE RED RAILS———-A Living Fiction

theredrailsno2The Red Rails offer ‘A Living Fiction‘, a classic rock sound immersed in blues.  The Ottawa band has a sound that reminds me of Cream meets The Black Crowes. With a 21st century edge. I like it! This is not background music. This is an album you play in its entirety. In your car. While taking a 40 minute drive down a highway. Make sure it is a highway. You cannot drive slow while listening.

 

 

 

#8     THE SATISFACTORS——–‘The Satisfactors’

the satisThe Satisfactors self titled debut album. It rocks from beginning to end with a wonderful garage groove. The songs are amazing. They are wonderfully crafted, and played with a beat that just doesn’t stop. Bruce’s vocals are great. Cool to hear from  Jersey’s Fantastic 4! The bass lines, and  guitar riffs are insanely good, and I like the less is more approach to the drumming.  This is rock ‘n’ roll the way it is meant to be played! This is Rock Til You Drop! This is The Satisfactors!

 

 

#7     SOUTH OF BLOOR——‘The Street’

south of bloorThis Toronto band has re-generated my lust for pop with the release of ‘The Street‘. The songs are exquisite 2-3 minute masterpieces. Their ability to write wonderful bridges and changes has me almost awe struck. The vocals are spectacular. The melodies, wonderful. This album delivers 5 terrific pop songs with alternative rock influences. And it works. A wonderful album. A fun time.

 

 

 

#6     TOXIC MELONS———‘Bus Therapy’

tm ‘Bus Therapy‘ is my kind of therapy. This album by Northern England’s Toxic Melons is inspiring, soul touching, and mind altering. The album plays like a journey through a toxic mind, but that’s ok. The songs are pop heaven, with shades of folk, blues, electronic, and some western influences. This Paul Fairbairn can write songs. The melodies are out of this world, and the harmonies, well, remind me of The Beach Boys. The music is wonderfully eccentric.The album is insanely addictive. It has me singing along and I haven’t figured out all of the lyrics yet!  An amazing compilation of great songs that has been placed on my must have list. Very cool.

 

 

#5     THE MINNOWS———‘Live At The Belfast Barge’

the minnowsAside from Yessongs, Waiting For Columbus and The Last Waltz, I have never been a big fan of live albums, but I have to add this Irish band’s ‘Live At The Belfast Barge to the list of great live albums. The songs are as wonderful as I remember them, and they stand up to the passage of time. The band is insanely cohesive, and the musicianship, extraordinary. I have spent the better part of the year immersed in The Minnows and I can tell you that swimming with the fishes is not a bad thing. This is a must for your collection.

 

 

#4     THE CORSETS———–‘Are You Lonely, Are You Scared’

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Are You Lonely, Are You Scared is a wonderful adventure. Toronto’s The Corsets manage to harness their individual talents into a harmonic whole that is indeed the sum of its parts. Each is easily identifiable, yet needs the other parts to be heard. The energy level is wonderfully exciting, and the songs well, incredibly creative. Add this to your collection. It is that good.

 

 

 

#3     XPRIME——–‘The Album’

xprimeXprime should be big. Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, they write incredibly melodic songs with amazing harmonies and unforgettable hooks. These are talented musicians who seem to be having fun with every note played. ‘The Album‘ is a must have album. Give it 4 or 5 listens. At least. Pay particular attention to “To See You Here“, a 70′s pop-folk tune that reminds me of Poco, “Feels Like I’m The Only One“, a way cool song with R & B overtones, and “Early To The Sun“.

 

 

#2     THE AFTER HOURS——-‘Shaken, Not Stirred’

the after hoursI really like Los Angeles’ The After Hours. I am a fan! They cite among their many influences The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Zombies, The Hollies and The Turtles. Is it any wonder their music has wonderful 1960′s melodies, harmonies and riffs?  The vocals and the guitar work stand out. ‘Shaken, Not Stirred captures the essence of 60′s music. The songs are wonderfully written, and demonstrate a remarkable ability to integrate all of their influences into one cohesive and coherent sound. This is a must have album.

 

And, finally, the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album Of The Year for 2014…

 

#1     THE HOT SPROCKETS——‘Brother Nature’

hsBrother Nature‘ by Ireland’s The Hot Sprockets. 13 tracks, and not a bad one to be found. I have listened to this album over and over, and it just keeps getting better. The songs are insanely good. The production, wonderful. These guys can write. These guys can play. The album has a ‘live off the floor’ feel to it. I haven’t heard this much energy in an album in a long time. The Hot Sprockets refer to their music as ‘country dirt”. I prefer to call it Irish Soul! Brother Nature is one of the most powerful albums I have heard in 2014, filled with the unusual, and the unexpected.

 

And there you have it. 10 exceptional albums. The I Can’t Believe My Earz picks for 2014. Give them a listen. Purchase them. Support Indie Music, and Indie bands.

 

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Psych’d Out In The U.K.

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The British Empire has always managed to export groundbreaking music that transcends not only international borders, but cultural barriers as well. After tracking the wonderful wave of British Pop for the past year, I have wandered into an amazing array of psychedelica that is guaranteed to blow your mind! Some of my favorite mind altering music makers are shared below.

 

 

l&lLois & The Love

This London band delivers a hybrid of rock, ska, and psych. There are great vocals, and way cool harmonies drifting across a driving rhythm section. The songs are well constructed, and wonderfully melodic, and there are way cool keyboards. Performing what they refer to as dirty, psychedelic sleaze, I really like this band. Check out “Eye Of The Storm“.   https://www.facebook.com/loisandthelove

 

 

bbBlonde Bunny

Best described as psych-funk, this band delivers an interesting take on the genre. The songs are uniquely wonderful, with heavy bass, nice guitar effects, great changes, and wild transitions between musical themes. The vocals are originally divine, and divinely original. A wonderful blend of psych and jazz influences. I am particularly fond of “How Do You Cope, Hope?”.  https://www.facebook.com/blondebunnyband

 

 

Purple Heart Parade

php2Hailing from Manchester, this shoegaze/psych/fuzz rock band professes Cosmic Love. There are great guitar effects, and I really dig the dreamy, distant vocals. The songs are beautifully melodic, with great changes and transitions. The guitar is cool, and the drums, heavy. Check out the organ on “Star**cker Blues“. A wonderful blend of psych with pop melodies! My favorite tracks: “The Room“, and “Painting Pictures“. Dynamite psych with pop melodies!   https://www.facebook.com/PurpleHeartParade

 

 

Loaded

loadedThis London band offers some very cool guitar effects, with great vocals layered beneath the insanely melodic instrumentation. There are nice changes and transitions, heavy bass and drums, and a free flowing jam at the end of the songs. A raw, edgy take on psychedelic rock, a kind of Velvet UndergroundLou Reed thing. Check out the reverb on “Little Girl” .  https://www.facebook.com/thebandloaded

 

 

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I was only able to find 1 track to listen to, but this London band delivered a pop song with punk-psych elements. Raw with nice changes and transitions, sweet guitar, and a wickedly great melody. “You Look Like Something I Killed” is a wonderful song. I really like what I heard, and can’t wait to hear more.  https://www.facebook.com/feelmytangerines

 

 

 

Black Market Karma

BMK1Another London band, these guys have recently released their 5th album on Flower Power Records (yes, even the label name is cool). “Upside Out, Inside Down“, self described as supersonic psychedelic, has great effects, and wonderfully musical melodies. The vocal effects are dynamite, layered beneath the instrumentation, and the guitar solos are amazing, with a whack of reverb. There are cool transitions and changes in tempo. I hear sitar and tabla. Not your traditional songwriting formula, a sort of psych free for all. A consistantly good psych album, heavy on the psych. Like being on an 11 track acid trip. Pay particular attention to “Semper Fi“, “I Am Life“, and “The Whites Of Your Eyes“.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Market-Karma/29367551190

 

 

 

So, there you have it. Way cool. Lay back, turn on, and tune in!!

 

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PETER MURRAY-On Druckfarben, And More

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pm4I set out to do an interview on the progressive-rock band, Druckfarben. As I sat down with Peter Murray, bassist, I instead found myself immersed in his story. Not a bad afternoon at all.

We began by comparing notes about progressive-rock bands, from Yes, King Crimson, and Flash, to Rush and Kansas. We taked about Gentle Giant. We talked about music. We discussed the lack of airplay progressive-rock received in the 1980s and 1990s and how it could be considered underground. We talked.

Peter is an easy interview. Ask a question and he will talk. He has stories to tell. Stories from his days with Surrender Dorothy and the major label deal; stories of his singer/songwriter solo album; stories of his pm3learning the bass line to Yes’ Close To The Edge, for the first Druckfarben gig . He is animated, and energetic. He has strong opinions on music, and the music industry. He is a musician, but foremost, he is a music fan. His interests cross all genres. If it is good, Peter appreciates and enjoys it.

We discussed The Beatles influence on progressive-rock, and queried whether Sgt. Pepper could have been the 1st progressive-rock album. As Peter sees it, progressive-rock is not so much a genre of music, pm5but an attitude. An attitude that encourages experimentation. An attitude to do something that is not usually done. An attitude that impacts not only the song writing, but the instrumentation and arrangements as well.

We delved into bass players, and I asked about his favorite. In true Peter Murray style, he couldn’t or wouldn’t identify one. Instead, names started swirling around the table: Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Mark King, Robbie Shakespeare, Stanley Clarke, to name a few. Paul McCartney came up, and it was agreed that he is perhaps the most under rated bassist around. It was here that I saw the true passion for music in this man. He told a story of how, as a writer for Bass Player magazine, he traveled to England to interview Colin Moulding and Mark King. With his face ‘lit up’, he spoke of spending an afternoon at Moulding’s farm house, drinking tea, and listening to the as yet unreleased ‘Apple Venus’.  Very cool.

pm6We talked about Druckfarben, which grew out of  Classic Album’s Live. All of the band members have a love for progressive-rock. They enjoy playing and performing. Peter looks like a man who is having the time of his life. Bassist, song writer, teacher, author,  producer. This is an accomplished man, a Renaissance man, who shows no signs of slowing down.  Despite his impressive resume, there was no name dropping. An incredibly talented guy, who is kind, humble, and grateful.  Peter Murray is simply, a nice guy. A nice guy who just loves music. Hard not to like him.

 

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PINK LIZARDS

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pl2I came across Pink Lizards out of Brighton, England, quite accidentally while venturing out into uncharted areas of various music streaming sites. The name caught my attention. I could not find a lot of material, 3 songs to stream and a few live performance videos. I listened and I watched. The heavy psych-rock sound totally captivated me.

I did some research on the band: Martyn Nash on drums, Ben Buckley on bass, and, guitar and vocals pl3by Daisy Coburn. Daisy Coburn? If any of you remember Daisy Dares You, well, this is her. A deal with Jive Records (Sony) and a top 20 U.K. single. Pretty impressive. But this is not the same Daisy.

El Torro“, an acoustic track, breathes psychadelica. The guitar effects are incredibly surreal, and the pl1mood, ethereal. The Spanish flavor  fits wonderfully, and the vocal track, superb. The powerful bass and drums of “Sold Your Soul” emphasize the vocals that are placed somewhere in the distance. The great changes, and way cool fuzz sound make this track an interesting journey into psych-melancholia. “Here I Sear“, continues with the great bass lines evident in all of the tracks. There are great effects, and a dynamite vocal track. There are some sweet guitar licks going on amid all of the goings on, and the guitar solo rocks. Listen for the cool changes, and the Floyd like laughter.

 

 

 

While there is no album to stream or purchase, keep an ear on Pink Lizards. I anticipate great things from this trio. In the meantime, check out their music on Soundcloud, and visit their facebook page.

 

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