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Jun
19

The Demon Beat /Elephant Child Split 7 inch Music Review

The Demon Beat /Elephant Child Split 7 inch Music Review The Demon Beat – Elephant Child – Split 7 inch Record– Funny/Not Funny Records Funny/Not Funny Records ordering page Music Review by Brad Bugos -Host of SLTM (the Podcast) brad@fatrobotradio.com There are two songs from the Demon Beat on this split 7 inch with Elephant Child. Nice choice, and nothing against EC, but this is a good way to introduce a newer band to people. Give them two songs from a good established band, and give people a nice solid song on the flip side to introduce them to a good new band. What can I say about this 7 inch split? I’ve enjoyed the Demon Beat ever since I heard their LP Bullshit Walks. Did they disappoint on this 7 inch? Nope, not one bit. Although I do have to admit that I like “Change the Subject” a little better than “Teenage Wasteland”. It’s a bit poppier and straight ahead garage rock..ier, than the first cut. Both are winners though, highlighting what it is that this band does so well. Play wonderful guitar, give the songs a little edge and dirt, write a catchy rock song and put touch of pleading and sadness in their vocals. The two songs are short and catchy, about 3 minutes each. Two songs aren’t enough for me. I hope that The Demon Beat are working on some new material, no rush though fellas, even though I get the feeling that this talented band could just throw off lovely fuzzy catchy guitar rock songs at will. Now onto Elephant Child. I had never heard of this band, and at first when the song started I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know them. But, let me tell you this, there is a mid point in this song where the guitar solo goes nice and crazy and the song slows a bit after that. The singer gets a bit melancholy and broken down. The music stays right there with him, along for the ride down the hill into pity and rage. Nice touch. This part of the song really won me over to the band, and upon multiple listens I understand the first part of this song better. It’s a set up, no not like that kind of set up. A bit of a rouse, without it, the second part wouldn’t have as much weight. Nice work fellas, nice work. After listening to this 7 inch and enjoying all three songs, I’ve become an...
Jun
14

Sleeping Weather – Disconnect – Music Review

Sleeping Weather – Disconnect – Music Review Sleeping Weather– Disconnect– Bandcamp Site– Free Download – 5 Song EP Music Review by Brad Bugos- Host of SLTM (the Podcast) I have no idea how I found this 5 Song EP, I believe the group and their music was recommended to me by another band, but really I can’t remember. This happens way too often, I hear about a band, check out their bandcamp site and then forget where the hell I heard about them. So please forgive me if you are the person who passed this along. Also if you’re planning on passing along music to me in the future, please do so, I’ll try very hard to remember to give you credit. Also I take forever to do a music review, so please bear with me. I’ll get to it eventually. It’s a five song EP we have here from Denver band Sleeping Weather. Disconnect has about 16 minutes of music on it, enough to give you a good idea what this band is about. What is this band about? Well, melodic punk/rock music that is never over morose and self pleading. All the songs sound like the normal venue of loss and struggle,but they never seem to wallow in it like some other artists do. Like the guitar work on the first song, “Disconnect”. It’s nice and subtle, taking the song to it’s next break but not over shadowing the vibe. It’s a hard thing to do in a song, I would want to blast it a bit more and overdue it, but this band realizes that kind of guitar blister wouldn’t fit into this song. This band reminds me at time of the great Chicago rock band The Slugs. Melodic, with a hint of punk rock underlying and wanting to burst out, but staying put and servicing the song. Other times I think they sound a bit like Crazy Horse without all the distortion and extended guitar passages. Even though most of the songs follow the same pattern, and sound similar, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check this EP out. It’s enjoyable, the vocals fit nicely in the songs, this guy sounds like he’s been around, struggled and is trying to convey to you what it has been like and how you can avoid it. It’s a pleasurable listen, there really isn’t anything you won’t like about this EP and this band. Are they going to change the world and music? No of course...
Jun
6

The Parson Redheads Murmurations EP Music Review

The Parson Redheads Murmurations EP Music Review The Parson Redheads – Murmurations EP– Timber Carnival Records – CD/ With Digital Download Music Review by Brad Bugos (host of SLTM (the Podcast) ) Six Song EP from The Parson Redheads What a wonderful treat this EP is for listeners of fine music. What good bands do, in my humble opinion, they don’t leave their fans too hungry for new music. Especially when it’s such a tight, well put together band like The Parson Redheads. This EP contains songs recorded during the Yearling Sessions, and it’s nice to hear more music from that time period since that LP was such a winner. With wonderfully crafted pop/rock, country tinged ballads and uptempo movers, this EP really shows what a wonderfully harmonized tight group The Parsons are. You might think you’ve heard these types of songs before from the Byrds, The Jayhawks and even something that Gram Parsons released, but the difference is that this band is so in tune with each other, that they lift lead singer/songwriter Evan Ways songs above the normal well written but worn country paved road. If only all bands were this aware of all the talents they possess, that they could put it all together on every song and it would come out this good. There is so much for a listener to enjoy on this release, it’s like pie to me. I love a good home made pie, my favorites are rhubarb, Bishops and gooseberry. This band has six well laid out tracks, kind of like six pieces of your favorite pie, and they are cooked to perfection. This band could have added a dash of this, or some more sugar, but they realize , unlike other bands, that the power lies in their vocals and harmonies. To add to much to this mixture would make it over done, it would echo outside of itself. Too much fluff, with a flaky crust, know what I mean? Really all you need to know is that this band and it’s two releases that I have reviewed are what the Jayhawks should have been right after Tomorrow the Green Grass. No, I am not saying this band should be The Jayhawks, or that they are in some way the Jayhawks. What I am willing to say on the record is that The Jayhawks probably wish they had crafted two well thought out, well played harmonized gems like this EP and Yearling. Instead, when that band, The...

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