There was an air of familiarity when I glanced at the cover of the Jangle Band‘s debut album Edge of Dream. It seemed to recall the cover of the Triffids‘ Born Sandy Devotional with its birds eye view of a sandy coast. There was another after I played the record for the first time. The sonic dissonance of the Byrds combined with indiepop sensibility of the Rainyard. Was I insane, or were these connections intentional or innate?
I am happy to report that I’m not crazy. The Jangle Band (has there ever been a more appropriately named band?) have roots in Perth, same as the Triffids and are lead by Jeff Baker and Ian Freeman who count the Rainyard and Palisades as former bands. Edge of Dream is a wonderful album full of songs descended from The Bells of Rhymney by the Byrds. The Rickenbacker’s jangle throughout and it sends you somewhere eight miles high and sun bleached.
Edge of Dream is out on Pretty Olivia Records.
Ventura, California’s Spires know how to create space in the midst of jangle. Their latest album Eternal Yeahs is a unique melange of Byrds mixed with some Television, some Church, Tyde and a healthy dose of Flying Nun’s patented Dunedin sound. It’s a something uniquely influenced by the dust of the Southern California desert and the pacific rim. Wide open dusty spaces juxtaposed with the undulating horizon of the Pacific ocean.
A lot of jangly bands give a feeling of claustrophobia with their sound, but The Spires brand of jangle inspires feelings of wide openness. One song is a mouthful of dust from the desert and the next has you walking off of the desert sand into the ocean break. I think it must be related living on the pacific rim and having wide open spaces at one’s doorstep.
They kind of remind of Seattle’s Purrs. A west coast band that continues to put out quality albums and stay fairly close to home. They also similarly possess unquestionable knowledge of their musical roots combined with impeccable taste with the know how to employ an expert pace and sprinkle quality throughout a long player. s. Eternal Yeahs doesn’t blow iit all in its first three. It sustains over the course of of 40 unforgettable minutes and keeps a lasting glow.
You can get a digital download or order a CD of the new album via the Spires’ bandcamp page. If you’re into vinyl, I hear their is a petroleum version of the album on the way soon.
stream: The Spires – Live At The Ghost Park
Remember when the Church consistently pumped out great record after great record in the early 80’s and got little to no acclaim? Then Under the Milky Way came out and suddenly everyone was like, “The Church!”
Roanoke, Virgina’s the Young Sinclairs continue to pump out the paisley in 2013. You Know Where to Find Me is their fourth 7-inch single this year and there is no let-down in quality found here. One of these days they’re going to release their Under the Milky way and everyone is going to be all, “The Young Sinclairs!” The songs are there, but they don’t tour much and they’re from the backwater or Roanoke so consequently not very many people hear about them.
You Know Where To Find Me is a near perfect four song single from the band. Records like these seem to roll off their backs like water from a duck, and by my count they’ve got at least three Under the Milky Ways already. I think that if they decided to really start to tour extensively people might start to take notice of this Roanoke band hiding out underneath the stars in Virginia.
A a small tour of the East Coast is in the works for fall 2013, here are the dates. No Seattle date yet. Bummer.
Sep 13 – Bazaar Consignments, Roanoke, VA
Sep 20 – The Well, Richmond, VA
Sep 21 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
Sep 22 – Cake Shop, New York, NY
stream: The Young Sinclairs – You Know Where To Find Me (you can buy the single from Darla)
A few of you probably remember the Pop Art Toasters, the one-off project where Martin Phillips and David Kilgour made an EP that showcased the brilliance of the Dovers, West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band, the Who and the Squires. Paul Messis is an obvious fan of these bands, but instead of doing covers, he’s creating his own future classics.
Mr. Messis hails from Billingshurst, West Sussex, 2013 but he sounds like he’s from some time-warped 60’s town. Back then guitars jangled more brightly, harmonies mattered and a turntable was in every home. Case Closed is Messis’ s second solo album. He’s also a member of the Higher State, has released a slew of other singles, collaborated with the Sufis as the Market Squares and has a single he released with Jessica Winter. The guy is prolific with his 12 string jangliness, but the quality of Case Closed doesn’t lead you to believe he’s spreading himself too thinly.
Not only does the guy write tons of songs, but he has his own label as well. It’s called Market Square Records. The excellent Market Squares 7-inch was the label’s first release earlier this year and their next release is a 7-inch by Roanoke, Virgina’s Young Sinclairs who are every bit as jangly and Who-loving as Mr. Messis himself.
stream: Paul Messis – Cased Closed (available from Paul’s bandcamp page)