PLACES TO HIDE: Almost Nothing: CD

Almost Nothing cover art

This is the debut album from this quartet out of Atlanta, GA that has touches of ’90s indie, but not the bad, pretentious crap that made you want to throw up, instead they conjure up some grooves that SUPERCHUNK would have killed for. The band is made up of Kyle Swick on guitar and vocals,
Deborah Hudson on guitar and vocals, Gavin Caffrey on drums. and Steve Valero on bass and the dual vocals make this a standout.

The male and female vocals give this a very cool sound, especially since they aren’t perfect and it gives it a feeling of being in a live situation listening to them instead of a sterile recording. The songs are all about youth, sex, drugs, and drinking, but not cheesy or contrived, just their experiences and thoughts that are catchy and a lot of fun to listen to. The band is creating a great noise behind the vocals with everything a little sloppy, disjointed and probably one of the better albums that I’ve heard in a long time by a new band. The band scores points for really making me want to go see them live and buy a t-shirt from them, not a lot of bands can pull that one off.

Possibly one of those albums that will get dragged out to all of my friend’s houses to make them hear what a great debut album this is. Their E.P. from last year is good, but this shows them getting even better and growing as a band.


Paleface Destroyers cover artThis group from the Columbus / Dayton, Ohio area has been together since 2010 and has released their new EP on FM Records. This collection of songs is two guys making a glorious racket that will definitely get your head bobbing and get you reaching to turn up the volume.

These super short bursts of energetic noise is a cacophony of aural textures that will excite you and make you play it again and hear something new that is buried in the mix. The mix of industrial, punk and noise isn’t for everyone, but it sure made a hit with me. The songs really do come at you with the force of lightning and will knock you off of your feet.

Every song flows into the next and creates more power and just keeps getting better with each listen. Grab a copy, enjoy it and drive your neighbors crazy. Fantastic!

THE PALE FACES: Another Such Strange Bird: CD

THE PALE FACES hailing from Leicester, UK are a lo-fi, experimental, noise band that mixes it all up with garage rock and runs with it. This three-piece takes a very indie feel and sound and turns the droning and dissonant sounds into a goulash of delicious delights that keep you coming back for seconds.

“Girl From The Past” has the early ’80s sound of experimentalism and noise, but creates a textured song that compels you to relisten to the sounds being explored on this track. “O Mummy O Daddy” brings out the dirty garage-rock doused in organ and a groove that forces you to move along to it in your chair and is exceptionally memorable, especially the vocals that have a ton of distortion on them and go from being kind of blase to screamed. “Eat You Alive” has an interesting keyboard sound that incorporates a little bit of gothiness with the haunting vocals that would have made a huge splash on mix tapes back in the ’80s. “No Kisses Blues” brings back a nice swaggering groove that harkens back to the ’60s and mixes it up with noise and creates a cool jam. “Sweet & Sour Sixteen” has a ’60s pop sound mixed in with the rocking groove and gets you moving along to the song and wishing that it was at least twice as long. “Island” is a very interesting slow song that has a ton of atmospheric sounds and gothy vocals that kind of make it sound like a song that would be on a horror movie soundtrack…very cool. “A Thing Called Man” has a definite post-punk edginess to its sound and then the more goth-like sound of a ’60s influenced SIOUXSIE SIOUX vocal takes over for “Soul Connection”. “Dark Lips” is a very interesting experimental track, almost trance techno-like that has some great screaming at the end. “Black Swan” begins with more screams, dissonance and noise and slips into being more melodic with returns to the sound of the beginning of the song mixed in and gives listeners a very noise filled, but complete and fitting end to the album.

The band isn’t trying to be the most proficient and technical players, but that’s the charm, noise can be just as technical as a precise guitar lick or drum fill and every bit as exciting. THE PALE FACES have given us an albums of mind-blowing textures and sounds and adds a colorful palette that should make their faces just a touch less pale.

MOONLIGHT BRIDE: Dead Language: Download

Moonlight Bride - Dead Language

This four piece band from Chattanooga, TN has put out a collection of five songs that they considered b-sides because they just didn’t seem to fit with the material that they’ve been putting together for the new album, so they released this EP on their own. They call their music haunted pop and this release really shows that that description is quite accurate.

These self produced songs don’t sound like throwaway songs, but they actually flow together really well. Piano-ballad “Open Waters” kicks things off on a mournful note, “Wild Heart” is brighter, with gentle backing acoustic guitar, MOONLIGHT BRIDE reprises “Diego,” a song that was on the band’s Twin Lakes EP, with a slower pace and a haunting vocal delivery, “It Could Happen” slowly builds to a great climax, and final song “Silver Slumbers” is a mellow instrumental. They are a fairly mellow group of songs, evoking bands like ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN’s earlier and moodier songs and the early 80’s more haunting songs, almost like the gothic overtones of some of the bands from those days, but not goth like nowadays. Really interesting playing on this EP, some very pretty guitar work, and very ethereal and emotive music on here.

I had never heard this band before, but this has made me interested in their past recordings and what their next album will sound like. I will be looking forward to hearing it.