Post-punk with a modern twist
1. Forbidden Kiss
2. Cities Alive
3. One Idea And A Lonely Voice
Imagine if you blended glam-pop-rockers Do Me Bad Things with Adam And The Ants, threw in some Kaiser Chief-style group chants and gave it all a 80s post-punk coating – you’ll then get St Albans’ rockers The Tuesday Club, presenting here their latest EP, ‘Forbidden Kiss’.
The second in a themed series of EPs (with a third coming very soon), the EP comprises of the title track and two new tracks, with the CD set to become a part of an eventual 4 x EP boxset. You can check out the official video for ‘Forbidden Kiss’ below. Whilst the main song is a lively slice of pop-punk, the real star here in my opinion is second track ‘Cities Alive’; easily one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in the past 12 months, having originally heard this on their Soundcloud profile I already knew the EP would be worth getting for this track. Infectious and worth hitting the repeat button for. Closer ‘One Idea And A Lonely Voice’ is a slightly edgier track with a quirky side, keeping things interesting and suggesting it’s worth keeping a look-out for the forthcoming next EP.
The ‘Forbidden Kiss’ EP is available digitally at The Tuesday Club’s online shop at http://thetuesdayclub.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=25308, and on limited edition CD at live gigs.
Their full-length debut album ‘See You Next Tuesday’ is also available as a download, CD and vinyl from the website and at gigs.
For fans of: Do Me Bad Things, Kaiser Chiefs, Adam And The Ants, Blur, 80s post-punk
New CD set from the rising Essex glampunk rockers
If you catch Essex rockers Trash Monroe at one of their live events, you’ll be able to pick up their new singles boxset. Entitled ‘Addiction of Duplicities – The Complete Collection’, this set collects both parts of the ‘Addiction Of Duplicities’ duo, and two tracks which have only previously been available via audio stream online.
The ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 1’ CD –
The ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 2’ CD –
Sexy By Proxy
The Downloads –
Bleached Edges Of My Memory
‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 1’ was previously reviewed upon its original release back in 2013, here https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/trash-monroe-aodpart1-review/. If you didn’t pick it up first time around, or you’re a newcomer to their sound, then this is a worthwhile package; blending dramatic goth with fierce punk rock and giving it all a 80s glamrock edge, TM’s sound could appeal to a number of audiences, as they’ve proven on the live circuit across the UK. The tracks ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Sexy By Proxy’ from the second single included, ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 2’, are also available via Amazon, whilst the Benatar-esque ‘Bleached Edges Of My Memory’ (below) and incredibly catchy ‘Porno Pure’ (a definite highlight) can only currently be purchased on CD via this set.
Trash Monroe have a knack for writing catchy, anthemic tunes that you could imagine appearing on Guitar Hero or on your favourite rock station’s playlist, and it’s worth delving into their catalogue to check out older material you might have missed. Here’s hoping that it’s only a matter of time before Trash Monroe catch more rock press attention.
‘Addiction of Duplicities – The Complete Collection’ can be picked up at live gigs and via the band – get in touch via links below.
For fans of: Pat Benatar, The Pretty Reckless, Tool, Skunk Anansie, No Doubt
Dance beats with a punk rock history.
1. Bad Blood
2. I Slept In The Car
3. Refugee (Grey Matter remix)
4. War Harps
5. Bad Blood (Zero Call remix)
6. Butcher – covered by ASHCAT2DANS
Mark Smith – keyboards/vocals
Rosie Allen – bass/vocals
Tom Flinders – drums
If you fancy a bit of electro-rock, then have a listen to the new EP from Hitchin-based rockers Sons of Guns. Featuring members with an extensive background in Herts’ punk rock scene, SOG are a catchy trio who are also responsible for putting on some well-received ‘Deadbeats’ clubnights in the area. Besides the title track, the EP also features two previously unreleased tracks, two remixes and a cover of their song ‘Butcher’ by ASHCAT2DANS.
Mixing bouncy beats, dashes of dub and catchy lyrics, the title track and the accompanying studio tracks are infectious and will stay with you, especially ‘I Slept In The Car’, the calmer of the three – some might recall that this track already has its own art video on YouTube. The track ‘I Was A Refugee’ (from the first SOG album, downloadable from their Bandcamp page) appears here in a remixed form; whilst it was originally the most chilled track on the album, here it’s been given a BPM boost and turned into a potential dancefloor filler. Zero Call’s remix of ‘Bad Blood’ strips away some of the vocals in favour of a robotic-like techno feel, and ASHCAT2DANS’ version of ‘Butcher’ gives the track a more raw, chaotic feel; imagine Mike Patton fronting a cyberpunk band for an idea of what to expect. You can download the entire EP for free, or for just £4 you can purchase a limited edition CD in handmade packaging, whilst stock lasts.
The video for Bad Blood (clown alert!):
The ‘Bad Blood’ EP is available from http://sonsofgunsmusic.bandcamp.com/ as a free download, or £4 for a limited edition CD.
For fans of: Hadouken, Enter Shikari, Chvrches
On Friday 14th June 2013, Gary Payne, G La Roche and those marvellous chaps at Club 85 put together a ‘Steampunk’ themed night, featuring the talents of chap-hop extraordinaire Professor Elemental, with support from two fine local acts: acoustic comedy dup Spandex Ballet, and genre-hopping trio Billy Skins 5th.
Below are some photo’s and videos from the evening. Much fun was had by all in attendance (an impressive crowd who got into the spirt of things) and all artists involved, with audience participation being just one of the highlights of the Prof’s set.
Billy Skins 5th performing ‘The Incorruptibles’ (features flashing lights and flashes of b-movie gore):
Spandex Ballet performing ‘There, I Said It’:
Professor Elemental performing ‘Splendid’, ‘I’m British, ‘Animal Magic’ and a clip of one other song, with assistance from the audience including a guest beatboxer:
A great night enjoyed by all – well done to all those involved.
For more photo’s, please check out this (more professional-looking) album of shots taken by my friend Rebecca Press of Event Horizon Photography.