Monday, October 22, 2012

Adobe Homes - Pinata

Adobe Homes have a sound that varies from a bit relaxed and laid back to extremely harsh and intense. The low gain guitar and strained vocals take the forefront of the recording as the proficient drumming and nicely tone-shaped bass provide a nice backbone. 

I'd be interested to see how these songs are pulled off in a live setting, as their times where the guitar seems to carry a purposefully empty style to it. I'm assuming the drum and bass fill up the space a bit more live.

I found myself enjoying the structure and dynamics in "There are cicadas in the trees" the most out of the whole record.  At times I'm hearing a mid 90's influence to bands like Moss Icon, other times things are much more modern. Have a listen here

We Were Skeletons - Blaming and Aging

I've been privy to the live experience that We Were Skeletons has to offer and have always been impressed with their musicianship and song structure.  On "Blaming and Aging" you'll hear some of the band's trademark chaos, however, there's a large turn into the Hoover/Four Hundred Years neighborhood on many of these tracks. 

I find the infusion of this style to be executed quite well and brings in a distinguishing characteristic and reminds me somewhat of the first time I heard the early works of Engine Down. Strained vocals, discordant guitar and playful drums make up the large backbone of the record.

Most of these tracks take on an epic proportion, some breaking the five minute mark.  There's a lot of play between quiet and loud dynamics here that bring the listener on a nice rollercoaster ride while emphasizing the long journey you feel as a some of the parts develop over the course of the song. The production is pretty spot on for what this band is going for and I doubt you'll have any complaints about the ability to hear each instrument perfectly. 

Have a listen here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Damascus - Of Whom I Always Think

Here's some solid instrumental work from this New Jersey quartet.  There's the essence of bands like Explosions in the Sky or Caspian here, but with perhaps a bit more heaviness (which almost visits Russian Circles' neighborhood at times).

The production here is clean and gives you a nice glimpse into each instrument.  There's no slacker in this group; everyone seems to be pulling their weight to make a some pretty solid compositions.

There's some smooth transitions here that keep the longer pieces flowing and prevent stagnation.  The band can build up a part to nice dramatic payoff and not lose their intensity afterwards.  Good stuff here.

Listen to it here.

Trenchfoot - Endless Disgust

Trenchfoot has a new 7" out and it's incredible.  If you're familiar with their past work, then you know what to expect...just add a bit more intensity. 

The band's dirty, unpredictable sound wins me over again on this release as their fast changing song structure and feedback-laden guitar tracks generate eight songs of ferocious hardcore.

Each song times in at a minute or under with the exception of the last track, "Tom", which clocks in at 2:24 and keeps a more mid tempo profile.  This band just gets better and better.

Check it out here.