I remember late 2014, around the time I got Sound & Shape‘s Bad Actors album for review. That was a time I was actually getting a few extremely worthwhile independent albums, specifically by the bands Black Map and Suburban Myth. All three of these bands showed potential to be major recording acts, and had (and likely still have) a much better and more professional sound than most independent bands I’ve ever reviewed. One of these bands, Black Map, has since been signed to eOne‘s label. I don’t typically pick favourites among indie bands, but Sound & Shape’s Bad Actors is probably the album I found to be the best out of the three, which is why I was thrilled when they asked me to review their upcoming EP Peasants. Continue reading
“Kick assed chilled out rock” is a quote that Free From Gravity has in their Facebook page to help describe their sound. I’m glad it’s there, I would have otherwise had trouble trying to analyze the sound on their new EP Saints & Sinners without simply calling it a rock EP. I still don’t think the UK band should limit themselves to just that description though.
Earlier this year I reviewed a self titled EP by a band called Thunderchief. The four songs on that EP were a really good display of a band that has a modern blues sound, similar to that of The Black Keys or Jack White. Both are artists I’ve never cared for, but Thunderchief took that sound and made it into something I care for a little more. You can read the full review here. Recently the band changed their name to Shotgun Sawyer and have a full album, their first, coming out shortly. That album is appropriately titled Thunderchief. Continue reading
I have found bands would change their names for two reasons: one because they just all around regret the name in the first place and they haven’t gone so far into their careers to the point where changing it could ruin everything (the way Dave Grohl wishes he named Foo Fighters something better) and the other reason being that the band just wants to start off on a completely new slate. For the case of California’s Higuera, I feel like both may have played a part in their reasoning. I mean I can’t verify either, but I don’t even know how to pronounce their former name THRDVSN, but also, listening to the one THRDVSN song I could find online, Higuera have up and changed their sound quite drastically on their new EP Always Have A Secret Plan.
Warme was given to me in a very unique way. The band recently released a song called New Man – a stripped down sombre dark melancholy sounding track – not long at all before the release of their upcoming album Council House Opera, but the song is not on the actual album, though it is a bonus track on some versions. I found this odd for an up and coming band. Regardless, the song intrigued me to take on the album, even if it’s not on the album (a fact I didn’t actually know when accepting the album for review).
Thunderchief is a power trio from Los Angeles. They have a self titled four track EP out and just like any EP should do, it does a great job at showing different sides of the band. Each song has a pretty different sound and style from each other which gives listeners reason to keep listening.
2014 was no 2013 in respect to the albums that were released. I don’t know if there are many other years that had as many amazing albums released as 2013 did. 2015 showed a bit more promise, leaving me a little more excited about writing this post about my favourite albums of 2015. Like last year and the year before I’ll be talking a bit about each album and posting a song to accompany the album, for those who have never listened to each respective album. This year sees an increase in bands which were given to me for review who I had never previously heard of. Almost half of the list as well as some honourable mentions have that in common, which makes this year’s Top 10 different from last year and completely different from the year before that. Continue reading