NOW HEAR THIS
ALEX BAKER gives us the hot tips in our guest-hosted new music round-up!
hen I am out Djing I absolutely love blasting out upcoming bands to see how their tunes sound on massive sound systems.
I stuck Blackpool’s Ravenface on while I was working at a gig recently, and was absolutely floored by how enormous they sounded. Their tune Fighters is a tech-metal fan’s dream. It’s got riffs that are so unbelievably complicated, yet so effortlessly played, that it sounds like the guitarists are playing them with mind rays. Add a lead vocal provided by the lungs and larynx of James Denton (of No Sin Evades His Gaze fame) and these guys land squarely in the camp of Ones To Watch. Embrace the ‘Face, people.
It was actually during the demolition of a pizza, while watching Thunder videos on Youtube, that Jack Ormondprout, the guitarist from Ravenface, introduced me to my next band, Crystal Lake. They’ve got really strong While She Sleeps vibes, and a techiness that reminds me of Howard Jones from Light The Torch/ Killswitch Engage’s old band, Blood Has Been Shed. One moment you’re floating away on an ambient metalcore cloud, the next you’ve got a furious blast beat being forced down your gullet. They are genuinely surprising – check them out at this year’s Tech-fest in July.
Experimental electronic two-piece San Scout may not be a rock band in the normal sense, but bloody hell do these Londoners rock! These guys grew up reading Kerrang!, and there’s an intoxicating thread of achiness within their ambient sound that only people who truly understand the dark side could create. See if you can hear it for yourself – find them on my brand-new Allow Me To Introduce… playlist on Spotify right now, light some candles and go for it.
Talking of alt.electro vibes, have you checked out tillie yet? Her music is so goddamn cool it sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack to the movie Drive. Unlike some artists doing this sort of thing, however, it’s 100 per cent not try-hard. Partgwen Stefani, partcyndi Lauper, tillie creates music that’s so catchy your nan will be singing it while you tear through her wardrobe trying to find some snappy vintage pieces to go along with the music, you great big icon, you.
Finally, I just cannot stop listening to moody solo guitar bloke Kryer. His bluesy, swaggery instrumentation is only matched by a vocal that leaves you asking yourself, ‘How is this guy not a household name?’ It’s surely only a matter of time before he is, given how rapidly his star is ascending online. When people get hold of what he’s doing, they’re all going to fall in love instantly. Jeff Buckley for a new generation? Time will tell. And yep, that is big talk, but I really do think he’s that good.
“SAN SCOUT TRULY UNDERSTAND THE DARK SIDE…” ALEX BAKER
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Not crying. Come on, mate, get on brand Ravenface: Sadly not actual ravens Kryer: