The Beast You Are , the new album from L.A.'s Big Business, delivers 10 doses ofuncategorizably heavy rock music. From the ominous death march of "The Moor You Know" tothe soaring "Let Them Grind" to the delicate, ethereal "Under Everest," the band continues todefy listeners’ expectations. There are hints of Melvins, Torche, and Tad, but drummer CoadyWillis (Murder City Devils) and bassist/vocalist Jared Warren (Karp) bring their own offkiltersensibilities to the genre. The two formed Big Business in 2004, and their idiosyncrasies sooncaught the attention of The Melvins. Together they recorded three albums, an EP, and varioussongs between 2006 and 2016, all while maintaining their own identity as Big Business. Theyalso picked up guitarists Toshi Kasai and Scott Martin along the way, but on 2016's CommandYour Weather , they returned to their core duo format. They remain in that lineup for this, theirsixth full length: The Beast You Are.
The annals of music history are overowing with gifted guitar players whose egos prevented themfrom reaching their full potential: rather than being content to be exceptional members of a band,they instead create unexceptional records as leaders in vain attempts to prove their worth as soloartists.Guitarist-songwriter-bandleader Chris Forsyth is the rare exception that proves the rule. Rightfullybut somewhat reductively known as a guitar player par excellence, one listen to Forsyth's latestdouble album, All Time Present, reveals that while his dazzling musicianship can always be takenfor granted, it's hardly the whole story. Forsyth's albums-presented with his Solar Motel Band ornominally solo, as here-have always been evidence of a musical mind brimming with ideas.Forsyth is joined on All Time Present by bassist Peter Kerlin and multi-instrumentalist Shawn EdwardHansen, both longtime foils; new to the group is Ryan Jewell, a sublimely talented drummer whosemusicality is seemingly bottomless. With this group, Forsyth is at the peak of his powers.All Time Present is the rare double album that goes by in a ash. Indeed, one of Forsyth's greateststrengths as a composer and bandleader is his consistent ability to sustain interest even when athis most brazenly improvisational: he drifts, but he never meanders. On All Time Present, Forsyth'sparticular drift is like that of a proverbial wallflower with a sudden surge of unselfconscious courage:toward the dance floor.
New York City duo Cults to release Offering B-Sides & Remixes, a companion release to 2017's LP Offering that includes 3 previously unreleased songs and a new remix of "Recovery" by famed producer John Fryer.
A little two-sided mean machine here! Jake Najor (drummer of The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble) brings two heaters! Both sides features members of SFSE, but the A is graced by none other than west coast funk legend Mixmaster Wolf (Breakestra) and man is it a deadly combo! The B is just a funky, nasty, mean, dark instrumental with some insanely pocket drums and a killer fuzzed our chorus. DJs need doubles!
Following their 2018 tour, MOURN and Chastity come together again to release a limited edition 7" featuring live session cuts, and a new version of MOURN's track "Sun" (off 2018's Sorpresa Familia) featuring Chastity and recorded while on the road together this past summer.
Toronto trio Odonis Odonis merges pulsing electronics andforeboding textures to create a palpable sense of doom.Drawing on EBM and industrial influences, Reaction finds theband further refining the sound they carved out on 2017's NoPop LP. Noisy synths saturate the sonic space, cut with sharp,bruising rhythms. The band offers up club fare with thethrobbing four-on-the-floor "Insect" lashed with whip-crackingdrum breaks. A heavy atmosphere layered with taunting vocalprovocations creep throughout the four-song EP, and by thefinal track "Rip," howling screams propel a crushing climax.The EP was written while the band was touring to support NoPop, and the evolution between the two releases is seamless.During this time, the band perfected the songs by testing themout live, chiseling away to the core of each piece. Recordingalso took place simultaneously while writing, and much of whatmade the cut is comprised of or structured around first takes.Produced, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves,Reaction is a concise, focused collection of songs that perfectlycaptures the band's unrestrained energy and spontaneity.
A notoriously self-reliant band, Silkworm swelled its ranks considerably on Italian Platinum (originally released in 2002). Kelly Hogan (solo, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts) contributed backing vocals on several tracks and sang the hell out of "Young," an outsized ballad that has no precise equivalent in the band’s catalog. And Matt Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year) became the band’s quasi-official keyboardist, troubling the waters with an organ bed here, a glowing piano line there, a greasy clavinet solo on "White Lightning."
Still, Cohen, Midgett, and drummer Michael Dahlquist (who did get to sing now and then) remained at the core of Italian Platinum. You can hear their damn-everything confidence as individual musicians in the drum fills that stagger through "Bourbon Beard," the Neil-Young-meets-Andy-Gill guitar solo that plays havoc with the chords of "(I Hope U) Don’t Survive," or the polluted, swaggering baritone guitar on "Dirty Air." With each record, Silkworm were committed to pushing harder against what they knew they could do. Symbiosis defined this band, and you’re better off hearing for yourself.
LA's Soul Scratch is dropping their first new material since their breakout LP Pushing Fire and they’re coming out with a bang! "America" is a tune that is driving by design because Soul Scratch is trying to drive the message clearly to the listener from the first lyric, "Hold up! Is This America??" While the A-side is sure to set dance floors on fire, the B-side is a slow burner calling for unity titled "We All Bleed The Same."
Recorded in the San Fernando Valley just a stones throw away from the infamous Van Nuys Blvd. cruising scene, it’s no wonder from beat one "Rugged Walk" hits hard and demands to be turned up loud with the windows rolled down. On the flip side RN delivers west-coast cool at it's finest. With swooning strings, breezy guitars and tough as nails drums "Take Me With You" is the epitome of mellow mood.