De Wallen is a dirty rock ‘n roll band that reminds you of the phrase “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll”. They’re raw and rough and cut to the bone, with dirty, rich, electric guitars, rocking loud and fast.
Crackerjack, the first single off the EP, is a powerful rock track with fat guitar riffs. It’s a fun, exciting and upbeat track that sets the energetic tone for the whole EP. The arrangement is neat, guitars are unreserved, and the vocals sound like a relatable tough guy. You know: The slightly intimidating guy with the stubble and tattoos who turns out to be the nicest guy you’ve met. Plus, in one of their publicity stills, his microphone is literally on fire. Continue reading “De Wallen amps it up with 2.0”
Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but few can argue that Shake it off is one of the coolest, catchiest pop songs of the last year [technically released just over a year ago]. I’ve never heard of Screaming Females … Continue reading Screaming Females covers Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off”
After a self-titled debut, Thomas Krane’s crowd-funded sophomore album, Bone Tower, is here. No, it has nothing to do with Tom Waits’ Bone Machine, but rather claims to be “a collection of left field pop songs about loving someone a bit too much.” I’m sure most people can relate.
Just like on the first album, Thomas Krane (band name/nom de guerre of Dan Hampton) makes beautiful, electric guitar based poem-songs. While this one is a proper studio production rather than the product of bedroom recordings, it retains the simplicity and cut-to-the-bone emotion of the previous release. Especially tracks like Dark Corners and Ode to Divorce respectively reminds me of Does that make you feel weird? and (ironically?), A song for our wedding day. Continue reading “Thomas Krane’s Bone Tower is a wonderful, rare find”
It’s been 3 years, 9 months and 29 days since Philadelphia Grand Jury broke up. During their one quick visit to South Africa a few years ago, they established their firm, high position on my list of best live acts I’ve seen. They were exciting, dramatic, punk-rock, emo with a touch of shoegaze, all rock-and-rolled into one. Two years later, the band broke up, frontman Berkfinger moved to Berlin and started a side project called Feelings, and the “Philly Jays” were over. But now they’re back. And to celebrate their reunion and upcoming album, they dropped a new single titled “Crashing and Burning pt II”. Continue reading “Crashing and Burning pt II – Philadelphia Grand Jury”