Sunday, May 20, 2018

Petey's Dead - hear "Cheap" from the "Horses" Album - Punk / indie rock with intricate guitar, bass and drum interplay thoughout
















Israeli punk pop band Petey's Dead churns out heavy handed chords offset with emotional lyrics on the track Cheap off their album entitled "Horses." Formed in Tel Aviv in 2016, on "Horses" their sound runs very punk hot like on the deep proggy Love The Surgeon to the mid tempo anthemic hook laden No Future that feels like shouty punk in that Japandroids vein and sometimes their aesthetic mixes it up like on Ships and Anchors that feels like straight big punk pop until it veers into almost art rock meets Emo with intricate guitar, bass and drum interplay throughout. The musicality is superb with Erez Cohen on lead vocals/ bass,  Matan Ben David on Guitar /vocals and Oded Levi on drums / vocals.
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Robb Donker




AP: OUT OF THE NORM: Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts and the porch bluesy ragtime "mind folk" of "One Day"





























On one hand most of the music covered on American Pancake is out of the norm. I mean AP's musical taste has always veered a bit left of center and while our journey covering new bands and music started in the surf punk, avant garde, retro punk hotbox of Orange County, California and LA spots and festivals our coverage has changed into a more eclectic stew now but we still veer left of center just in more diverse genres.

From time to time AP will cover bands out of our norm if such said band has that bit of something that feels different or just totally engaging. That is what the AP: OUT OF THE NORM header is meant to signify, not music that is out of the norm necessarily but out of OUR norm.

Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts are a four piece (or more) band out of Eugene, Oregon that play this kind of old time, country, porch blues, ragtime blend of sounds that feel like an authentic time machine. Cowin Bolt plays a resomatic guitar, Josh Britton on standup bass, Jeremy Sher on Fiddle and Tim "Slim" Long on Washboard. Listen to the deep groove of One Day from the "High On The Hog" album. Oh, and they call their sound as "mind folk." How cool is this?

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Robb Donker


No Kind of Rider - multi dimensional on "Dark Ice"

No Kind of Rider is a 5 piece indie rock band whose personal tentacles extend from Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York. Their latest single Dark Ice is so musically dense it literally washes over you. I started seeing images in my mind immediately something that happens to me personally when a piece of music engages and fires those synapses in my brain.

On Dark Ice the deep groove is cut right away and the guitar tones (blending funk, blues and rock) feels almost like a secondary vocal performance. Speaking of the vocal performance, Samuel Alexander's earthy style feels introspective and emotionally tight but holds R & B tones in the melodies he aptly maneuvers through. The chorus fills out as instruments shift into double time and staccato rhythms. Dynamic playing all around by Wes Johnson on bass, Jeremy Louis on guitar, Joe Page on synths and Van Patten on drums.
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Robb Donker


Carter Vail proves songs don't have to be hard. Hear the chill "Melatonin"


























Singer-songwriter / producer Carter Vail possesses a knack for spinning stories in chill seductive ways. On the track Melatonin he waxes poetic about Jane, "Now Jane standing over in a night gown, she's got the phone chord twisted round her finger... she's a sight to see" and later, "Now Jane she's a lover like a pipe bomb.... she's got the pink sunglasses..... high heals gonna walk you out." Around the evocative lyrics the musical vibe is as cool as a coastal breeze muting your beads of sweat on a hot summer night. Vail sings with an accompanying high falsetto that enhances the tropical post punk vibe all filtered through an indie pop sheen. Vail is currently hubbed out of Miami and will be shooting a music video for Melatonin and I am already wondering what Jane will look like.
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Robb Donker



Saturday, May 19, 2018

Save Venues and Invigorate Communities- Tuckshop Community Radio Out of London Release Exploding Head Sessions 1 & 2 in Support of the Music Venue Trust

The amazing Tuckshop Community Radio Podcast / Radio show based out of London as created and curated by the exceedingly cool, congenial and thoroughly wicked Jack Francis Bacon has just released a compilation album featuring bands from the Tuckshop Exploding Head Session (1 and 2). If this isn't cool enough, all proceeds will go to the Music Venue Trust which is a UK registered charity whose mission statement includes the preservation and improvement of venues that would otherwise go by the way side. 

As Jack Bacon expresses on the Tuckshop Facebook page: "....we want to raise funds for  charity Music Venue Trust as we need to keep as many dark and dingy bars alive so we can all hang out together and enjoy gloriously loud music. Please support and share"

The compilation features the likes of Claw Marks, Brunch, Revenue, Great Ytene and Dancehall. All tracks recorded live at Exploding Head Sessions - Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney, London 

You go Jack. HIT the BANDCAMP LINK BELOW-- buy the compilation-  enjoy the bad ass music and help to preserve vital art scenes by preserving the important venues that bring in musicians and artists that in turn flips on economic switches and further development and a true sense of community. 
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Robb Donker



Stockholm's King Borneo's - psyche folk bliss in "Oreo Pancakes"

Stockholm based psyche rocker King Borneo coincidentally kind of reminds me a bit of early King Tuff but then again I also think of Bob Dylan if BD was into punk pop stuff at a young age. King Borneo is the moniker of Gustav Jennefors who was formerly a heavier psyche rocker but now his songs stray a bit more like 60's psychedelic folk / retro pop. Songs like Oreo Pancakes would feel right at home in Orange County, California in that Burger Records motif.

King Borneo is Gustav, Timmy Fredriksson, Hannes Ozolins and Niklas Bryngelsson.

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Robb Donker


Seattle Based Monitor and the artful "Memorand"

Memorand by Seattle based Monitor feels like a multi-layered deeply woven tapestry of sounds. Bass lines holding sway, counterpointed guitar lines, up front vocals and droning waves of synths on the very edge of dissonance. The band is comprised of Dave Raskin, Connor Smith and Pete Fitton. For years Raskin was primarily an acoustic based singer songwriter but his compositions found deeper pools when approached by former bandmate Connor Smith and Monitor along with multi-layering and deeper arrangements began. Eventually Smith moved to Seattle where the two would create what would eventually become the "Memorand" LP recorded in Brooklyn, NY as produced and engineered by Kyle Joseph and percussionist Rami Sticky. In order to perform these puzzle pieces of sound live Raskin and Smith reached out to songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Pete Fitton. He provided his 10 plus years of experience touring and arranging to craft a live show as compelling as the studio album. The band plans to tour and promote "Memorand" this summer (2018).
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Robb Donker


"Just Won't Stop" by The Qualia is a deceptively deep Indie rocker

Just Won't Stop is a complex indie rocker. On one had it simply jams with deep grooves and proggy tones but it also has clean pop sensibilities and (dare I say) flourishes into a slight emo sound then... then surprisingly after you are bobbing your head and pushing your gas pedal down harder shifts once again. The unbridled passion, the dynamic down beats, runaway beat and stellar crescendo falls apart in a disjointed way as the emotional bottom drops out. You can feel the unease and heartbreak somehow in this musical play and I seriously felt goosebumps. Then you feel the track dust itself off and stand tall before running full force into the fray. During this entire review I neglected to mention the vocal performance (Lars Casteen) which is quite brilliant, moving into clean indie sounds and shifting into falsettos effortlessly.

The Qualia are based out of New York and are Lars Casteen, Rossen Nedelchev, Matt Raymond and Will McCutcheon. Much respect boys.
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Robb Donker

"Sundried Mind" by the Tins Feels Like Sun Soaked Days Ahead























When I listen to dreamy Sundried Mind by The Tins out of Buffalo, NY I think of sun soaked days on some beach maybe in southern California. For you it may be somewhere else but during these recent rain soaked days in Georgia I feel like my mind is just wet and drenched and smelling of cigarette smoke. At least I have a remedy of sorts in The Tins whose harmonies ease the pain. The sound is yes, very poppy filtered through 60's psychedelia making it sound like a blend of alt folk and art rock all squished together. The sound goes down easy. It is unoffensive and I don't mean that in any derisive way.

The Tins are Adam Stanley (guitar and vox), Michael Santillo (keyboards and vox) and David Muntner (drums) and their new album drops June 1.
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Robb Donker



Sabatta - "Misfit Music" Mantra and OFFICIAL Video for "Scream of Consciousness"

Sabatta's track Scream of Consciousness shoves so much cosmic musical DNA into their sound it is a joyful heady experience. Almost all at once I thought of iconic bands like Bad Brains, Living Color, and 70's proto punkers Death. Front man Yinka Oyewole describes the sound as Grunge Soul and I can see why when you hear the heavy guitar which is dare I say Hendrix-ian in nature all fuzzed up but yet sharp and clean. 

Based out of London, Sabatta is collectively Yinka on vocals and guitar, Debbie Dee on Bass and Adriano Siani on Drums. Sabatta's mission statement of "fuck genres, fuck labels, fuck rules and fuck fitting in" is all over the upcoming album "Misfit Music" and when you hear the deep blend of rock, grunge, punk, funk, soul and metal all coalesced into their sound it all makes sense. "Misfit Music" drops June 4th. Get lost in Scream of Consciousness below and check out the Official video as well.
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Robb Donker