Friday, June 22, 2007

A Very Civil People

It's been literally ages since I or any of us updated the site, and seemingly for no good reason either other than being desperately lazy. Especially in the light of all the wonderful sounds that are floating around in our collective ears in 2007, so in a genuine attempt to redress the balance, without further ado, etc etc.....

Dan Heywood's New Hawks are one of those instantly familiar bands whose songs seem to strike a chord almost immediately when I saw way back in the frozen arctic months earlier this year. It was a weekend centered around a very special Panda Bear performance in a frankly quite tiny little venue somewhere in wildest Manchester, but that's another story altogether one which you can read about HERE. Anyway back to the point the following evening there was a big choice to be made enjoy the hospitality of Dunk Le Chunk and his fireside warmth down at the Red Deer Club or venture further out risk not being able to find a venue deep in the heart of Salford (not that deep as it actually turns out). So in the end after much coin flipping, it was decided to take a trip into 'the other city'. After a few wrong turns and some rather worryingly poor advice from a passer-by the venue was found and everything was ok.

Anyway back to the point of sorts, Dan Heywood's New Hawks are a semi fluid gathering of like minded wanderers led by Heywood himself. Who far from curating in a Billy Shears mentor way actually directs the the flow of the music through his West Midlands meets Lancastrian vocal stylings. Dan formerly a member of aspiring alterna-rockers The Puma Sutras, is originally from Stourbridge but relocated oop north because circumstances wanted him to, and that's as good a reason as any really isn't it? Drawing from Hebridean folk music and putting it through the cosmik mangler by way of the seventies commune led Krauts is what this bunch of fluid artists do best. Sometimes when you see them you might hit on a seven piece at other times more or less dependent on who is free to play. The time I saw them supporting Starless & Bible Black and The Lightshines we were subject to the aforementioned seven piece show. A band featuring amongst others Trish Stanish on Violin, Paddy Steer on wayward Timpani, legendary Nashville player Gary "GT" Thistlewaite on Lap Steel and Heywood himself leading from the front.

Currently enjoying a symbiotic relationship with host label Timbreland Recordings DHNH are said to be possibly considering recording an album, rumored to be an epic 29 tracks long and possibly in the great tradition of commune styled bands released only on gatefold double vinyl. Or possibly not, the one constant thing about Dan Heywood is that more often than not you'll be able to find both him and the New Hawks somewhere in Lancaster. Meanwhile enjoy something direct from them,,,

Kopper Kettle (MP3)

New Wool (MP3)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Phonographers Union: The Preserving Machine

I've decided that 2007 is going to be a year of firsts for the venerable monks here at Throwaway Style. By way of validating that let me introduce you to the first in a (possible) series of compilations for your aural satisfaction. Mix-tapes and compilations have been the bed rock of my listening tastes and its quite often through that process we are introduced to musics that excite us enough to warrant writing about them and sharing them with you. The last few years in music have seen a rich and fertile land of music develop in the knotholes and crags of the surface of popular culture and its there where often the best noise come from.

So ahem yes on with the show or something; where possible I will provide links to the artists in question for your further investigation:-

  1. Pink Mountaintops - Lord Let Us Shine
  2. Raccoo-oo-oon - Diamonds In The Dune
  3. The Polkadot Sunflower Bed Orchestra - The Sun Reflects Straight Off Your Eyes, To My Heart. How Enchanting.
  4. Animal Collective/Kocani Orkesta - Oi Bori Sujie
  5. Drakkur Sauna - Very Much Alone, Part 4: Oh Fuck, I'm Fucked, Fuck
  6. Maths & Physics Club - La La La Lisa
  7. Miracle Fortress - Hanky Panky Nowhow
  8. Elephant Micah - Saint Lucy
  9. Feathers - To Earth His Own
  10. Flying Saucer Attack - Come & Close My Eyes
  11. Wood & Wires - Canes Venatici
  12. Eric's Trip - Blinded
  13. Faraquet - Sea Song
  14. Treepeople - No Doubt
  15. Dragon Or Emperor - Your Success
  16. Jah Division - Heart & Soul Dub
  17. Handsome Furs - Dead & Rural
  18. Mort Garson - Symphony For A Spiderplant
  19. Plants - The Mind
  20. Flying Canyon - In The Reflection
The Phonographers Union: The Preserving Machine

*please support the artists where possible

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Disfunctional Elements

Brooklyn seems to have it all in terms of music output, having spawned countless armies of the most critically lauded bands/musicians in the last seven years. A direct line which can be traced backwards through all and any mutation of music you or I can possibly imagine be that the twisted folk cum electro freak punk of Animal Collective or the sepia tinged bedroom symphonia of Grizzly Bear. Blues Control are the newest band in this lineage to have gathered already in their short lifespan an exited air of expectation. A nom de plume for Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse of established outer limits explorers Watersports. By no means is Blues Control's oeuvre a completely unexplored subject (Royal Trux have been there done that in all its faded day-glo glory already) but the panache with which they move around in the sphere of lo-fi splattered blues exploration is something to behold.

To term this 'blues' in the traditional sense is perhaps a little bit misleading, the tag instead comes from the band's choice of instrumentation. Guitar, keys, harmonica and vocals (treated) are the traditional elements that sit quite well alongside less obvious drum loops and found sounds. Sometimes sludgy loping rock sitting neatly alongside more intricate detailing allowing the project to almost plot a direct line of ascendency between drone lords The Dead C and more open experimentation of the likes of No Neck Blues Band or Mouthus.

With one self released and now out of print cassette to their name, Blues control aim to completely take over the known world this year with a new cassette "Riverboat Styx" on Fuck-It Tapes and a limited vinyl release on offshoot Woodsist to date. A release heavy schedule to follow this year with a début proper due on Holy Mountain in May and further releases on Not Not Fun and American Grizzly to follow later still. All fit together to make Blues Control one of, if not the most interesting prospects to pile-drive its way into the collective concious this year. File under interested definitely...

Purchase Blues Control merchandise from Fusetron or direct from the labels listed above.

Losing Game (MP3)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Designed To Float On....

Often when it comes to writing these blogs I find myself musing for some time looking for inspiration and quite often a central focus to an article. Sometimes that inspiration can be drawn from seemingly inconsequential sources. Anyway enough psychoanalysis as it gets me nowhere really other than a couple of sentences into this and besides that's not what's on my mind. Right now I'm thinking about the forthcoming All Tomorrows Parties curated by Dirty Three. The festival widely acknowledged as one of the best events on the Uk festival circuit this year has swapped its old home of Camber Sands in Rye and relocated to a newer facility in Minehead. As previously mentioned the first of this years bi annual (not counting the Nightmare Before X-Mas) is set to be curated by Australian trio Dirty Three. Artists already booked for their weekend include a rare solo show from Nick Cave, Joanna Newsom, Yann Tierson, Einsturzende Neubauten and the début performance from Grinderman (described as dirty, hairy and damn well old enough to know better on their website.)

Anyway to the point along with all the more well known names there are also a peppering of the less well known, even a selection plucked from the relative obscurity of the Australian independent scene. Which got me around to thinking what else is going on over there, that doesn't often pierce the outside world beyond the odd good word in select publishing in the later otherwise rest of the world.

The Boats are an instrumental rock trio from Melbourne who formed in mid 2003 when a meeting of minds took place between two old school friends and two prospective drummers. Within 15 minutes of the ensuing jam, Paul Guseli (Drums), Jona Byron (Guitar/Loops/Bass) and Nick Connelly(Guitar/Bass/Piano) knew that they were at the beginning of something quite special. Over the course of the next six months the trio formalized both recorded and improv material into a collection of demo's, which were released as four track CD EP. The boats played their first show at Good Morning Captain in early 2004, with long improvisational jams that captured the ears and curiosity of many punters. The good press garnered off the back of these live shows opened up the bands profile to radio airplay and interviews and a second independently pressed three track EP of material entitled "Live & Rare". Around the time of recording this EP work also began on laying the foundations for their début long player (due for release in 2007). Reference points for the band as they enter into their forth year of being and after a period of self imposed hiatus range from looped phased guitar/bass quiet loud dynamics of Mogwai to the deep brooding of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to the dustbowl dramatics of composer Ennio Morricone whilst at the same time stamping their own definitive stamp on proceedings. Often being described as surf-rock, punk, alt country, indie alternative, post-rock and even 'the new jazz'. Quite simply put they could be one of the most interesting instrumental rock bands to rise in recent years and should be listened to as suggested in the liner notes of their "Perennial Love" EP should be listened to in a darkened room preferably with a plentiful supply of tobacco and red wine on hand!

Warmth From A Window (MP3)

Perennial Love [live improv jam May 2006] (MP3)

International Karate formed way back in the ether of 1997 in the shadow Calder Park Thunderdrome (which their handy bio informs me is in the flat wastelands of North West Melbourne.) Initially a two piece but grew to four piece over the ensuing years, beginning in the garage of core members Andrew "Poly" Polydorou (Guitar) and Mark Mascia (Bass). A year later the line up was bolstered with the addition of drummer Aaron Pepper and then later on again by Callan Fox (Guitar/Keyboards). The four piece as was drifted in and out of a hectic live schedule, culminating in an opening slot for revered post rockers Labradford in 2001. Sometime in early 2002 IK decided it was time to record an album. An interminably staggered recording process began and stretched out over 12 months, with dates booked here and there over a whole year. 2003 saw the release of "Weapons Of Mass Protection" on Sensory Projects
records. Featuring the collaborative vocal talents of Daniel Brownrigg the album garnered pleasing reviews focussing on the bands ability to draw deeply from the twin wells of Krautrock past and Post Rock present. The generally pleasant reaction to this album spurred the band into immediately returning to studio to record the follow-up. "Monster In The Soul" released in September of 2004 again on Sensory Projects. In February 2007 the band are set to release their third album of ambient blurred post rock, this time with the addition of vocal talents from folk singer Laura Jean. Extracts from the new album can be sampled at the band's Myspace page.

I Will Hurt You (MP3)

Aries (MP3)