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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Recent Deli Mag Features: Dark Rock Rising

The first week of May provides an opportunity here to feature three bands I've recently profiled in The Deli Magazine.




Brooklyn's dark rock band Tyburn Saints released their new EP "You and I in Heaven" on March 27. Containing four original tracks, songs like "Broken Bottles" alternates bright guitar figures against synth lines evoking peak 80's era U2 and The Cure. The lyrical tone and subject matter lean more towards the later, however. "Last Time I Sing For You" positions a solid drum beat central in the mix, allowing shards of strummed guitar bursts to dance left and right through the stereo field. While title track "You And I in Heaven" reference a similar 80's pop-goth vibe, it's overall spirit leans more towards Bowie/Psychedelic Furs elements.

http://nyc.thedelimagazine.com/node/8918

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New York City quartet Vaura have just released their debut album "Selenelion" via the Wierd record label. Lead track "Vanth" combines a number of elements, demonstrating a higher than average level of songwriting and musicianship. Dark, echoed vocals over a medieval plundering beat gives way to near prog-rock interludes. "Obsidian Damascene Sun" (offered as a free download at their bandcamp) takes the propulsive drumming and hyper guitar strumming of black metal and pairs it with slower, more melodic, lyrically intelligible vocals. This is a formula that could create crossover appeal to those who find certain aspects of pure black metal a bit too harsh.





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Stepping out of their roles as supporting musicians, drummer Sam Levin (Sea Sick, R Stevie Moore) and guitarist/vocalist Indigo Street (Jolie Holland, Gregory Sauner of Deer Hoof) have a new project called Shy Hunters. Tracks which can be found streaming on their bandcamp demonstrate a keen sense of songwriting at work. "Time Bomb" emphasizes tomahawk drum stomps as rhythmic base, while alternating spoken word and sung vocals are further enhanced via multiple guitar textures. "Stained Glass House" sticks with this musical formula of a structured drum pattern providing sole rhythmic foundation, while vocal melodies soar along complimentary guitarlines, creating a lovely romantic atmosphere.




http://nyc.thedelimagazine.com/node/9011


14 comments:

William said...

always great to hear about new bands to check out!

DaveCromwell said...

Yeah, these up-and-comers all have recently released some interesting new stuff. Part of a "dark wave" that is forwarded to me from The Deli (because they know I'll get into it).

Patricia said...

Very nice as always Dave, I like so much Stained Glass House,cool song, makes me feel that i'm dreaming... :)

DaveCromwell said...

Yeah, that was the one entry that was more "dream pop" than actual "dark rock"

Good to know you like that one, Paty!

Mr Smork said...

i join william's post here. :)

DaveCromwell said...

That's what I do here (and there) - spread the word about new music. Just press play on those audio links provided, and then see if my words match up with what you are hearing.

Anouk vdM said...

Great review again Dave, I quite like "Stained Glass House"!

DaveCromwell said...

Yeah, that Indigo Street sure has a pretty voice, doesn't she?

William said...

Really loving Tyburn Saints- the whole cure/early U2 vibe is very cool- Lots of good albums/EPs with You & I in the title lately eh?? I hear a bit of Joy Division too in them (Love will tear us apart), and his voice sounds a bit like Ian McCulloch

DaveCromwell said...

Great thoughts on that band, Will. I totally hear your references. Yeah, "You & I" is on a bit of a roll, lately ;-)

And let's not forget the Yes classic from those golden prog rock yesteryears.

But yeah - Joy Division - Bunnymen - I love all that stuff.

Ivanka said...

cool review Dave!
interesting band name

DaveCromwell said...

Well, there's actually three band names there - so I can only guess at which one you found the most "interesting." ;-)

At the end of the day - a band name is only as good as the music said band plays.

Davey said...

Hey Dave...once again, thanks for introducing me to some new music. Really digging the Tyburn Saints...can definitely hear the Cure, Bunnymen, and even The National. Good stuff. The Shy Hunters song is pretty good also...liking Indigo Street's vocals.

DaveCromwell said...

Ah, very cool Davey.

Not surprised you like that whole 80-90's alt-rock sound, as we share many similar tastes. I like that you also mention a band I wouldn't think of - that being The National.