All 2 entries tagged Independent
August 18, 2006
Before starting this blog with the other contributors, a long conversation took place about what the aims should be. I think all of us recognise that we want to share great music with a wider audience, but at the same time we were always hoping to be introduced ourselves, through comments and emails from readers, to a wide range of independent and less well known music for our own personal benefit. This is why we push heavily for anyone with a tip to comment on entries and tell us about it, and also why we encourage bands and labels to Send us CDs for us to review and talk about. I don’t think we ever expected that it’d all be great music, but, dear outside world, you’re 2 for 2 so far.
Saturna are a 3 piece band from Portland, Oregon (apparantly, that’s not where they make Oregano. I never knew…), which is somewhere in the North West of the US. Their musical influences are mainly cited as The Jesus and Mary Chain (which is the most obvious on listening), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Doves and The Dandy Warhols, but the ensuing sound has a sense of originality that lends itself to a second listen.
Ryan Carroll’s energetic lead vocals lean the band towards a sound similar to that of The Cooper Temple Clause, but with a less brash outcome, and the stadium-rock esque guitars and drums hark out of a possible influence of old Muse – for a debut EP this is certainly a very polished effort. The one complaint that could perhaps be levered at the EP is that it is so varied in some sounds (particularly on the transition between Pop Rocks and Just For Thrills) that it perhaps implies that the band haven’t really found their definitive sound yet.
But I’m just being picky.
Enjoy your samples and buy the EP, loyal minions!
Both samples are from the ”...All Night” EP, see below for purchase fun.
You can find some more samples and downloads on the band’s MySpace
You can buy the ”...All Night” EP from the following locations:
August 17, 2006
I’m always a bit excited to hear a band for the first time, particularly one that I haven’t heard before. It’s perfectly normal to see me sitting at work with my Last.fm reccommendations radio on with the setting down to as non-mainstream as possible. Equally, when someone reccommends a band to me, I’m a little wary – sometimes you can find some real stinkers who people love – which doesn’t mean that I’m right, I’m just very picky in my taste of rock pop.
I received an email the other day telling me about the small artist Clocks, who I’d seen mentioned on another Warwick blog, and after a listen to a few of the songs that I’d been sent, I found them to be rather good. Unpolished, perhaps, but still very good and enjoyable, and – I quote from their MySpace – they have done a very good job combining “harmonies and perfect pop songs” into something dishy. Pop rock in the vein of The Coral is always welcome…
Clocks, who began life as The Rumours, got noticed when they were scheduled to play a gig in Leicester Square on the 8th of July last year. After the events of 7/7 in London, they were given a last minute gig in Camden which got them a lot of attention – and they have moved from strength to strength since. Their first single, “That Much Better” (see video below) was released this Monday through Hungry Kids Records, and we all love independent music, don’t we children? You can find a limited 1000-copy download available from Hungry Kid or try and find the limited release (100) of the single on vinyl. There’s one on Amazon right now… Go! Go! And watch(?) out for them on Radio 2 this Saturday, apparantly.
Here is the video to Clocks debut single, That Much Better, by Minivegas.co.uk
(Under the band’s previous guise as The Rumours)
Clocks – Call On Me MP3 Expired
Clocks – Down To An Art MP3 Expired