As a band with a legendary past, it’s not always easy to live up to expectation. The Chocolate Watchband, largely intact with only a new bass player, maneuver around this by at first doing what come naturally, 50 something years after their 1960s heyday. “Secret Rendezvous” is an uplifting anthem of sorts with the signature tambourine always present under the mix. The gritty voice and harp boosted country-western vibe underlines the present day social reality of “Judgement Day.”
Iconic California psychedelic-punk legends THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND are touring to celebrate the release of their new album (soon to released by Dirty Water Records), led by founding and current members, vocalist David Aguilar and guitarist Tim Abbott, plus Gary Andrijasevich on drums. Second generation fans, guitarist Derek See and bassist Alec Palao (Grammy-nominated producer/ historian ), bring their enthusiasm and love for the music to the table to help weave their sound which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as giving a rare edge to ￼new material that is a logical progression to the bands legacy.
The title track of The Chocolate Watchband’s upcoming release This Is My Voice is among many protest songs on the album. As a California psychedelic rock band formed in 1965, it’s not unfamiliar territory. While things have changed since the band was in their heyday, the sound of late ‘60s psychedelic rock is timeless (sitars included). This is the revival band you’ve been looking to add to your rotation.
These frenetic Spanish punks moved to London to further their careers and get closer to the edge since their first album. There appears to have been some line up changes since then. “Hypnotise Me” rolls over you like a bad rash of barely contained enthusiasm and desperation, as if singer Sebastian Melmoth can’t make up his mind if he wants to be Lux Interior or Iggy Pop.
Canadian garage cult hero and occasional King Khan collaborator Mark Sultan returns with his new solo album, Let Me Out, and produces a wonderful blast back to the original purveyors of that US garage rock sound.
If you haven’t heard Mark Sultan’s new album, Let Me Out, don’t worry, I gotchu! Here’s a taste with the opening cut, “Coffin Nails”. I know whatcha thinkin’, picking the opening cut sounds like some lazy writer shit, but hear me out, this album is not a bunch a cool tracks thrown together willy-nilly. No, no, no! Let Me Out is a moody, cinematic, psychedelic garage soul album that demands to be experienced in its entirety.
Quatuor fougueux aux potards souvent réglés sur 11, Johnny Mafia a secoué toutes les scènes découvertes de France – tel point qu’ils ont fini par se faire entendre par Jim Diamond, producteur américain ayant (entre autres) œuvré pour les White Stripes.
The Jack Cades deliver a throwback 60’s garage rock that is clean, simple, fun and unfiltered. These mostly two to three-minute tracks don’t contain anything that you have not heard before and that is the best quality of The Jack Cades. The scorching guitar during “You’ve Seen It All” will keep your volume turned up while Elsa Whittaker shows off some swagger on “Identity Crisis” when she asks the question “why don’t you be yourself?” and lets out a scream. This kind of fire and strum is what you will find on Music For Children and will make The Jack Cades your favorite new listen.
Portugal’s blues-punk superstar Legendary Tigerman returns for his sixth album, Misfit, and finds himself on a desert-set road trip tale of one man’s search to become nothing. Dirty Water Records score a coup with the UK/US release of this fantastic modern-day concept album.
Who: Archie and The Bunkers are the Cleveland-based duo of Emmett and Cullen O’Connor, brothers who have been playing music together for as long as they can remember. Songs From The Lodge is the groups sophomore album.
Two brothers, Emmett and Cullen O’Connor, unleash a unique juxtaposition of jazz, blues and punk with nothing more than a four-piece drum set, an organ and a set of savage vocal chords. The Cleveland duo draws influence from jazz stalwarts such as Jimmy Smith and Richard “Groove” Holmes. Combine that with punk pioneers The Stooges, The Dead Boys and The Screamers — and you have Archie and the Bunkers.