Friday, 29 August 2014
When Belgian creative genius Tom Barman wants to take a break from dEUS he sometimes makes a movie. Or starts playing with his electronica project Magnus. They have a new album coming up with lots of guest musicians including Editors' Tom Smith. Where Neon Goes To Die will be released on September 1st and this is what it sounds like:
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Originally I had other plans and was a little bumped out that I had to miss the Thee Oh Sees at the Melkweg. I really love their energetic and creative psychedelic garage rock. At the day of the show I found out my plans were cancelled. To top it off that wild and crazy rock band traumahelikopter were playing the support. Needless to say where I was gonna be that night.
Thee Oh Sees at Melkweg Amsterdam, August 25 2014
The so called "old hall" of the Melkweg has already filled up nicely for traumahelikopter. The Dutch band from Groningen in the north of The Netherlands took our country by storm last year and played everywhere. This year they released their second album I Don't Understand Them At All, that shows the band are evolving and their new songs show more depth. On stage the three piece is still the same somewhat unorganized bunch of energy. The band knocks out their short songs in a fast pass and only slows down occasionally, while playing mostly on an almost dark stage (which explains my poor pictures). They don't forget about their new album and play a few new songs that go down well. It doesn't get as wild as some of their other gigs, but the pit in front of the stage shows they appreciate the howling rockers.
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Thee Oh Sees
The Thee Oh Sees also show they mean business tonight right form the start. The three musicians put down an irresistible groove and never let it slip for the rest of the night. Master mind John Dwyer is the only true member of the band as the rest wanted to take a break from it all, after recording their latest album Drop. Dwyer found great replacements who know how to treat his music. You do kind of miss Brigid Dawson who added subtle keyboard parts, tambourine playing and vocals.
It's only a minor detail in a rock show that is one big garage rock celebration from one of the best in this scene. It's a very strong set where the band knows exactly when to stretch their jams and when to end a song. The lighting didn't get a lot better, but except for poor pictures it adds to the atmosphere and the psychedelic side of the music. Song by song the crowd gets more excited and by the end half of the hall is one big jumping pit. In the encore both the band and the crowd give it all one more time before calling it a day. If you haven't seen them before make sure you do next time they are around, since psychedelic garage rock doesn't get much better than this.
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Thursday, 21 August 2014
Canadian psych rockers Elephant Stone are streaming their new album The Three Poisons on SoundCloud ahead of its release next week. The band is showing some real progress and of course there's plenty of sitar around. Listen to the album over here: Three Poisons on SoundCloud.
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