With the quick count of a steel drum, The Official Body takes off, putting you in the passenger seat of wild, 31-minute ride through the nooks and crannies of the minds of SHOPPING. Falling somewhere between angular pop, post-punk and danceable alternative, their third album is a staggering accomplishment that does not let its guard down for a single moment. Continue reading “Shopping – The Official Body”
CHEAP TIME dropped their fourth studio album in five years in 2013 for In the Red Records. Exit Smiles is nearly 36 minutes of their self-described “progressive glitter punk.” Jeffrey Novak leads the charge with his distinctive snarl, the only constant member of the trio since their earliest singles. Continue reading “Friday’s Find: Cheap Time – Exit Smiles”
LEFT OF LOGIC is a trio specializing in a form of synth-driven technicolor rock from northeast Philadelphia. The band consists of Dan Townsend on keys, Austen Royce Goodman on bass guitar and Tim Knowlton on percussion, with each member holding down a particular element in the band’s sound. Their instrumentation is completely free of guitars, leaving syrupy synth work, grungy bass lines and crushing percussion to do the damage.
That’s exactly the case on EP opener “Subconscious,” which opens up with a trail of glimmering electronics. They offer a squishy and glossy texture, fortified by nasty bass throbs and timely percussion underneath. The synths create a constant, colorful swirl, spearheaded by vocal efforts from both Townsend and Goodman. The song continues to morph into a menacing affair with the buzzy snarl of the synth, complemented by some wild bass guitar shredding. It could almost go without saying, but it’s a refreshing sound to hear around here at SD. This EP is only a small sample of what the band has done, and there’s bound to be more on the horizon!
Genre/ Tags: Electronic, Progressive, Minimalist
Hue of Man EP: Tracklist:
2.) What Comes Next
3.) What You Have Done