Bye Mandu: Southern Girl Categories: Finland • Rock • Videos Bye Mandu: Southern Girl Travelling can result in many good things and for Sergei Vartiainen a trip to Nepal in 2012 even a band. Bye Mandu, named after Kathmandu, the city that gave inspiration to his first eight songs, released their first EP later that year, followed up with single ‘Slip Away’ last year ... (Click To Continue Reading)
A Road To Damascus: In Retrospect Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock A Road To Damascus: In Retrospect This Danish quartet first caught our attention with their quirky, yet oddly infectious cover of ‘Airplanes’, originally by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams, back in 2012. Now A Road To Damascus have released their sophomore effort, ‘In Retrospect’, and like on their eponymous debut they are not afraid to be shamelessly ... (Click To Continue Reading)
House By The Lake: Out Of The Woods Categories: Norway • Rock • Tracks House By The Lake: Out Of The Woods October 10 House By The Lake will release their debut album, ‘Woodlands’. Building up the Norwegian one man band gone quintet have released two singles, ‘Redwood’ (2013) and ‘Out Of The Woods’ this summer, which both make rather solid folk promises for the album. Here is ‘Out Of The Woods’, ... (Click To Continue Reading)
LOVE SPORT: Pink Rhumba Categories: Finland • Rock • Tracks LOVE SPORT: Pink Rhumba They formed in June, have two tracks out and available as free download, and their first ever gig is on September 30. LOVE SPORT is brand new in music but the four guys are not - they also serve duties in Black Twig, Big Wave Riders, Lady Escape and Hopeajärvi ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Hjortene: Hjortene Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Hjortene: Hjortene If you like stoner rock you will most likely love Hjortene (“The Deer”). There really is little need to say much more about the Danish trio’s eponymous debut album, sporting guest appearances by Valient Himself, Lorenzo Woodrose and President Fetch, and 60s psych and 70s punk lyrical throwbacks in the ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Erlend Øye: Garota Categories: Norway • Rock • Videos Erlend Øye: Garota October 3 Erlend Øye (also Kings of Convenience, The Whitest Boy Alive) will release his second effort in his own name. Titled ‘Legao’ and recorded in Reykjavik with local band Hjálmar as hired guns it will sport 10 most likely rather lush and soulful songs - at least if first ... (Click To Continue Reading)
RA: These Days/Prism Categories: Rock • Sweden • Tracks • Videos RA: These Days/Prism A year ago I was under the impression that Malmö post-punk outfit RA would follow up on their debut EP, ‘Bloodline’, “soon”. Now, I might’ve missed something - and the concept of soon is admittedly diffuse - but it does seem a stretch to define a year as soon. Anyway, ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Men Of Polaroids: Darkness Categories: Denmark • Rock • Videos Men Of Polaroids: Darkness The brand new Danish duo Men Of Polaroids aka Mathias Elrød Madsen and Djarn Kargin claim to be an indierock outfit in their bio, yet their first official single, 'Darkness' (out Monday), is a melancholic drop of orchestral folk. This might be a bit confusing, but it is in no ... (Click To Continue Reading)
CMBSTN: C’mon Get Up (Happiness) Categories: Rock • Sweden • Tracks • Videos CMBSTN: C’mon Get Up (Happiness) Hailing from Stockholm this quartet have released three tracks so far this year, the latest melancholic call to arms, ‘C’mon Get Up (Happiness)’, about a month ago, which along with the two previous, ‘My Friend’ and ‘One Of Us’, show CMBSTN (Combustion) move from the thumping indierock that was their ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Black Twig: Heliogram Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Black Twig: Heliogram On Monday Finnish indierock quartet Black Twig released their second album, 'Heliogram' (out in Finland back in February), in Germany with UK to follow later in 2014. Compared to the lauded debut, 'Paper Trees', they have brought down the shoegazing noise a bit here, but other than that not much ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Ívar Páll Jónsson: The Legacy Of Elbowville Categories: Iceland • Rock • Tracks Ívar Páll Jónsson: The Legacy Of Elbowville There are concept albums, and then there are concept albums that has life outside sound. 'Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter' is an ambitious example of the latter as it is no less than a book, a play, and (obviously) an album, which take you on "an ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Línt: Mierka Categories: Norway • Rock • Tracks Línt: Mierka Released back in March and sitting neatly in the inbox ever since, 'Mierka' is the first official release since Línt's eponymous 2013 debut EP. A beautiful slice of post-rock the track makes exciting promises for the full length the Norwegian quintet is said to be working on right now and ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Siinai: Supermarket Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Siinai: Supermarket Claiming a supermarket as inspiration for anything more than a spontaneous killing spree is a courageous move, but somehow Finnish prog-rock quartet Siinai pull it off. 'Prisma' might not be very supermarket-y, 'Smiling Cashier' perhaps only so by title (a bit more freaky than smiling, that cashier), but I feel ... (Click To Continue Reading)
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