Gig Monkey witnesses a musical ménage a trois..

February’s column for The Ocelot Magazine  differed a little from normal. But despite the absence of a live review, 3 great bands from accross  the magazines patch fell under the critical radar of my ears. And what a great noise they all make.

nudyallsortsNudybronque are up to all sorts

A name you will have heard many times in the Ocelot is the rather unusual Nudybronque. We love them here at the Monkey Palace, although we have no idea what it means, but it does make them the most Google-able band ever! February is a big month for the band as they release their first single as a three-piece and follow this up with a tour of some of the region’s best dives that is bound to crucify even the most hardened liver.

That track, Allsorts, is a strange choice as a return single and is a bit of a departure from the polychrome coated pop vibrancy of their previous release, taking an altogether more grown-up path. Starting with a spare, vintage sound and melancholic, mellow groove that nicely suits singer Aidan’s unique baritone croon the lyrics paint vivid pictures of broken relationships, swallowed pride and jealousy ; surprising and serious poetry from a band with a reputation for the off-beat. But then it builds to a crescendo of anguish with guitars, organ and percussion churning into a frenzied climax of despair, managing to leave you feeling slightly dirty and soiled as if you had just made a poor choice of one-night stand.

So, while this does not contain the meniscus-shredding indie-disco anthems of Bottled Blonde it shows a band growing up, willing to push their sound into new territory and explore the shadier areas of their imagination.

The tour kicks off in Southampton on 5th February and includes dates in Ocelotshire at:

  • 14th Feb, Witney, Fat Lils
  • 22nd Feb, Swindon, The Furnace
  • 28th Feb, Salisbury, Music Box
  • 1st March, Wantage, The Swan
  • 14th March Oxford, The Cellars
  • 15th March, Salisbury, Winchester Gate
  • 16th march, Malmesbury, Dub Aid 3

Full tour and single details available on www.nudybronque.co.uk

middlenamekillwlfbMiddlenamekill

Salisbury noise merchants Middlenamekill are a band fast becoming synonymous with melodic, tight and loud music. Having been buzzing around the circuit for a few years they are building a strong and loyal following based on their trademark sound. So if melodic rock music like Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic or Deaf Havana is your thing then check them out. 2011 debut When Lions Fight Bears is top drawer album, chock full of tunes that exhibit both a hard musical edge with lyrical vocals, killer melodies and some flipping huge riffs. The words are meaningful and worth listening to, with Gig Monkey favourites being the considered Meet Me On the Ground Floor featuring superb guest vocals from Sadie-Lee Cooper (only 16 at the time) and barnstormer Eject, Eject, Eject. But, every track is a winner, so do yourself a favour, check them out live near you soon. Your ears will thank you.

www.middlenamekill.com

sleeproomgoneSleep Room

Hailing from Reading this 5 piece recently released their debut album through new label Superstore Records. And a sterling piece of work it is, you can easily get lost in the emotive vocals and soaring guitars, reminiscent of Coldplay in scale and scope, but with decent vocals and interesting melodies. They are one of those bands whose influences are worn upon their sleeves; you can hear the Radiohead flowing through these songs like electricity crackling down a power line. And mixing in bits of other inventive bands like Joy Division and Pink Floyd to liven up the more mainstream sounds gives an original and unique take on stadium rock. And the unusual name? Google the film “In the sleep room”. Bit of an eye opener.

www.sleep-room.com

 

 

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