Love in all its forms: five new albums by young indie rockers
Everyone has long known that rock and roll is dead. However, this guy has an amazing ability to revive to life, like a Phoenix from the ashes. And he does this every time a group of young people pick up tools and decide to tell the world what they care about.
In fact, of course, rock music is not in decline, as many may decide by turning on the TV or simply going outside and listening to what sounds from nearby establishments and cars. By and large, more guitar music is being created now than ever before.Only truly talented representatives need to be able to hear over the General annoying hum, because a true young rocker-he is always somewhat underground, away from the major music moguls and cash flows. That’s why such music is called “indie” — these guys do not depend on anyone and create as their heart tells them.Fontaines D.C. “Dogrel” Five young men from green Ireland gathered and recorded their debut album, thoroughly imbued with the atmosphere of their native Dublin. And, as it is written in the famous lines of William Butler Yeats, ” a terrible beauty was born.” The great Irish poet is remembered here for a reason — it was the love of poetry that brought this quintet together while they were still in College, and it was mainly the children who were inspired to create this record.The term “dogrel” that gave the record its name is an old Irish word for a marginal form of working — class poetry. Direct, peremptory, rude and rather depressing images designed to describe the surrounding reality and your attitude to it. And this is street fights near countless pubs with advertising posters of “Guinness”, a complex history of relations with neighboring great Britain and the entire cultural context led by the main singer of Dublin — James Joyce.A truly intellectual creation, flavored with a charming and adding even more punk rock Irish accent vocalist, immediately fell to the taste of the public and the music press. If The Dubliners in the 1960s and the Pogues in the 1980s were the most important heroes of the Irish rock scene, now their place seems to have been taken by the Fontaines D.C. team. However, perhaps a lot will depend on how the guys manage to survive the success that has come to them so quickly, and what will follow this debutant.Finally, we must mention something else: in early July, residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg will be able to hear the Irish live in the framework of the music festivals “Pain” and “Stereoleto”-a rare opportunity for our region to attend a concert by a young Western band at the very beginning of their creative path.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer, Bandcamp
PUP “Morbid Stuff” These canadian guys in General can not be called newcomers — their group has been around for almost 10 years, and during this time they have managed to travel with concerts half the world and get an impressive number of fans. So many were looking forward to their third major Studio recording.After the success of the previous record “the Dream is Over”, the musicians decided to take their time with the next material, take a break from constant touring, create their own small label and, now not depending on anyone, work steadily on their best, in their own opinion, album.However, it is not so easy for PUP to evaluate its own creativity. The very name of the band translates as “a pathetic waste of potential”, and this sheds light on the nature of their creativity. Behind the fun at first glance pop-punk here hides pain and destructive self-reflection, and music in fact becomes a way to cope with constant depression and other internal demons with the help of self-irony and, of course, real friendship.It’s probably these demons and the endless struggle with them that keep PUP’s music from being standard, predictable pop-punk. Live emotions give rise to more complex, almost Mat-rock rhythmic drawings and guitar parts, and bursts of animal energy take the album somewhere in the direction of metal and post-hardcore, culminating in a frenzied “Full Blown Meltdown”.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer, Bandcamp
Dehd “Water” The new album of the Chicago trio can be called a kind of exercise in new sincerity. A boy and a girl, in a state of agonizing and painful separation, spontaneously recorded all their feelings for each other on this record.It turned out 13 songs so Sunny and pleasant to hear that sometimes you forget about the bitter personal experience behind them. No doubt, the children managed not only to survive the breakup of romantic relationships, but also to transform them into something more — what is commonly called true Platonic love.Pretty simple music that doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is, and in this case it’s a plus. Of course, you can hear the influence of classic recordings of Television or the Velvet Underground, and on one of the final tracks “Long Way Home” the guys revive the spirit of an old garage like The Sonics. But it is not possible to seriously analyze all this when we have such bright feelings, recorded in the form of long-lasting catchy and breathing youth songs.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer, Bandcamp
Drahla “Useless Coordinates” The debut record of the guys from Leeds will appeal to all fans of the strange, dark and witchy of the art world. One of these fans, by the way, was Iggy Pop, who immediately included the song “Stymulus for Living” in the music selection for his popular podcast.Musicians call the source of their inspiration art itself in its various manifestations. Love for the works of artists CY Twombly or David Hockney is mixed with Ancient Egypt and jazz. I must say that in addition to musical activities, these guys also often organize exhibitions and, in principle, try to think of art outside the boundaries of forms and genres.”Useless Coordinates” is a very atmospheric recording that really resembles some kind of magic ritual. The apparent chaos of instruments creates a sophisticated melody and a special order. That is, for all the lack of structure of the narrative, after listening to it, it becomes clear that everything is in its place.The special mood of the entire record is given by a charming free jazz saxophone, especially revealing its capabilities in the middle of the album on the song “React/Revolt”. And you can’t help but notice how well the staccato female voice fits into all this madness, reciting cold modernist poetry in the spirit of Sylvia Plath.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer, Bandcamp
Pottery “No. 1 ” the Debut album of the band from Montreal, Canada, was recorded, according to the musicians, in just a few days. And it was two years ago, but the release did not follow — the guys decided to let the material, as they say, lie down. Quite an unusual move for our rapidly moving century, when some of their colleagues manage to release five full-length albums a year.Whatever it was, finally the musicians decided to take this step, and the record was released, by the way, on the same label Partisan Records, as the debut album of the Irish Fontaines D.C. If you try to describe this record in any way, it is difficult to avoid the temptation to call it the non-binding word art-punk. In addition, the Canadians themselves in their interviews mention the band Devo, which influenced their creativity.In addition, the guys focused on the Scots Orange Juice and Josef K, which is perfectly felt due to the constant intersperses of funk and groove. The song “Spell” will inevitably remind you of the best records of Gang of Four, and “the Craft”, coupled with a charmingly goofy clip, of course, carries the legacy of legendary punk pranksters Talking Heads.However, because of all these reminiscences, the music of Pottery does not seem secondary at all. On the contrary, everything turned out to be fun and inventive against the background of often so similar to each other and without any idea of modern garage punk. A chill song “Working Up” with wonderful notes of psychedelia will be a wonderful soundtrack to the summer vacation of any lover of guitar music.