What We’ve Been Listening To This Week…SUUNS, Yammerer, Magick Mountain, The Heads, Osees, Roscoe Roscoe, Bobhowla, Tempesst
By Jon Milton
We start this week with fuzz rock, Leeds style and specifically Magick Mountain. Having been dormant for a couple of years since their debut single ‘Zodiac’ came out via Come Play With Me the band have been busy working on their debut album ‘Weird Feelings’ which launches next month. New single ‘The Creeper’’ is the third teaser track from the album and is a mid-paced number with a kind of Hendrix vibe about it. According to the band there are a couple more tracks on the way before the album drops which we’ll definitely be keeping an ear out for.
Staying with fuzz, Ian reviewed the new album by the Heads this week which is a bit of a cracker from a live performance at Thekla in 2001. Its fair to say he’s pretty enamoured with it, and you can read his full review here. Similarly noisy is Protean Threat, the new album by Osees, as they are known by now. After the psychedelic experimentation of Face Stabber, Protean Threat is full of short-ish in your face tracks. It’s a little too early to pass judgement for me as their albums tend to be growers but early impressions are very favourable. The band also have an album of outtakes out next month ‘Metamorphosed’ and have released a track from it this week ‘Electric War’.
Also on the blog this week we featured Boa Constrictor, the excellent new single by Yammerer which you can read about here and ‘Midnight Fears’ from Bobhowla, which you can read about here.
Spotify suggested the debut single by Roscoe Roscoe on Monday ‘Brain Retrieve’ which was a very good shout. Within just under 5 minutes ‘Brain Retrieve’ manages to straddle grunge, psych rock, shoe gaze and prog rock, which should be incentive enough for you to give it a listen. It’s a great tune from a band that we know very little about. Spotify also suggested ‘High on My Own’ from the similarly unfamiliar to us Aussie band Tempesst. Good tune this, and another that reminds us of the Bees with its psychedelic touches and harmonised vocals. They have an album on the way.
Last up this week is ‘Pray’, the new single from SUUNS, taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Fiction’ out next month. I first came across this band earlier this year when one of their tracks was played on a Boogaloo Radio show as part of a selection of songs picked by Human Pet. They in turn had been put onto the band by the Eskimo Chain. Pray is a slow burner that builds nicely, in keeping with a lot of this Canadian bands stuff. The EP is on pre-release here.