“Sleep is an uncompromising interruption of the theft of time from us by capitalism.”Jonathan Crary
Anxiety abounds in this tense and compressed new track from Bristol UK shoe-wave band, Spectres.
They made NME’s album of the week and it’s about time to commend the lads for their diligent and provocative sound. For a band that has been anchored to an island, hopefully, the extra attention will garner a tour. Maybe, if the black supermoon aligns, a tour US will follow and they can anoint us all with layers of fuzz, suburban ennui and melancholy for an atrophied diaspora of guitar-centric music.
The punk rock collective, of which I provide guitar sounds for, Does It Explode, will have their live debut, Saturday Feb. 22 2014 at the Tin Can alehouse. We’ll be playing with our compadres in Flying Hyenas and Deep Sea Thunderbeast.
Next Wednesday, I’ll be playing some records at the annual Fiction International book release party.
Spinning afro-beat, avant noise, post-punk, prog, trip hop, R&B, doom, etc.
To annoy and titilate.
I’ve been working on a project with Gary, my editor for Caustic Soda, on a new musical endeavor called Does It Explode. Mark, with whom I played in Cabron is also in the band as well as my friend, Veronica. Veronica did a few covers with Awakeners, including a slamming version of Portishead’s “All Mine.”
When Gary and I began writing for this project we both wanted to do something outside our comfort zone. Gary is a lead guitar player mostly but plays bass in D.I.E. and I am a mostly rhythm guitar player, but in D.I.E. I’m playing my version of “lead” guitar.
Earlier this month we did a rehearsal studio recording with my friend and creative collaborator, Dan Maier. The tracks turned out quite well. In fact I’m really proud of it. Demos are great because they are raw and help formalize the songs as well as create ideas for refinement of what eventually, will become studio tracks. No overdubs. We did several takes and on both songs, used the third. Minimal editing. You can hear one ‘wrongstring’ flub in the pre-outro in Pink Crosses.
LISTEN at http://doesitexplode.bandcamp.com/
*Photo courtesy of Charles Shannon
Spectres – Hunger E.P. – Howling Owl Records
Spectres have crafted another set of Ballardian soundscapes with their latest E.P., Hunger. The band lamented recently (via ablog link on Facebook) the woes of sharing a name with other bands who have a similar predilection to synonyms for “ghost.”
However, sound and execution are in their favor as both their debut Family and Hunger clearly set them apart sonically.
Spectres—not to be confused with the post-punk band of the same name from Vancouver B.C.—are a band studied in the fine art of noise and dynamics. Sure, there is a template: write a great hook then add clear, sonorous interludes punctuated with breathy vocals and delay, square note progressions followed by what basically amounts to the premeditated murdering-the-fuck-out-of-guitars crescendos.
Unpacking these songs is half the appeal of listening. Once you scrape off that top layer of distortion, fuzz and delay, you’re left with a band that is exceedingly capable of writing catchy rock songs.
“Maybe You Shouldn’t be Living Here” is the standout track on Hunger. Crucial in that it draws four of the five song E.P. into sharper focus.
Each subsequent listen extends and enhances the songs. Hunger is layered and complex. Filled with wall-of-sound percussion and Daydream Nation-esque guitars, Hunger is the sound of the Mayan apocalypse in stereo. Or earbuds. Choose your poison.
Get the second pressing from Howling Owl. http://www.howlingowlrecords.bigcartel.com/product/howl19-spectres-hunger-12-ep-pre-order-ltd-to-100-cdr-download-code-release-date-11-3-13
“Rattle the Cage” by Spectres
Just ordered my copy of the second pressing from Howling Owl.
Can’t stop listening to the Spectres Family EP. It’s post-punk and shoe gaze with a healthy dose of Aderall.
This song, “Rattle the Cage” is a track from their Hunger EP, second pressing due this week.