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Tragic Fixation – Dancing Bones, Cannibals & A Mysterious Watermelon Man

I have to admit I visit Amie Street only on the odd occasion, usually just to check up on the latest releases for anything that might take my fancy (the rec system leaves a bit to be desired – I have no idea why, when it’s based on my previous purchases as well as the top 50 artists in my Last.fm library, I keep getting rec’d Patsy Cline, and today, for some reason Pavarotti is up there on my home page. No disrespect intended for either of those two artists, but they’re just not my style…)

Anyway, the point is the above artist – Tragic Fixation – caught both my eye and subsequently my fancy. I don’t really need much more encouragement to download a few songs when they’re tagged industrial & gothic rock (or industrial devil music, according to the artist bio) – the fact that they’re practically being given away right now just makes it a bunch easier. Having had a few listens I think there’s some nuances of punk/post-punk in there, too.

Three tracks are currently available to download via Amie Street – Alchemist’s Broth, Oversized and Cannibals Anonymous – which are all pretty nifty and worth the effort to go grab (you need an account as well as either a credit card or PayPal account to add a minimum of US$5.00 to it before you can start purchasing, but at least it’s rather quick and painless and there’s no reason for begrudging the current price of $0.31).

Just for a frame of reference, at various points I was reminded in part of one or all of the following, to varying degrees: Big Black, Public Image Limited, The Sisters of Mercy, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies; as well as somewhere in the realm of the influences listed over on their MySpace: Nine Inch Nails, Lacuna Coil, Bauhaus… eh, stuff it, better to just let the music speak for itself, methinks. Take a listen to Oversized.

Thanks to that song, I now have an overwhelming urge to find out the name of the watermelon man. (Herbie Hancock doesn’t know, just seems to be a little hot an bothered by it all, The Gun Club don’t seem to know much at all except “he no dead“,  Dick Curless claims to be the son of a watermelon man named Dan, but it’s another name for The Night the Sun Came Out, according to Answers Encyclopedia… Stupid mysteries – I’m now on a quest for a definitive answer).

Oh, and click here to go get Tragic Fixation’s tunes from Amie Street.

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The Liar Script – Days Like Minutes, Minutes Like Years

I’ve mentioned elsewhere recently that lately I seem to be having a bit of a bout of old skoolism. More specifically, I’ve been digging up a bunch of old albums and rediscovering all those great songs I remember from the 80’s and 90’s. Which might be a little obvious to anyone who recognises at least a few of those album covers over on the left.

These things are generally cyclical, I presume, and has less to do with a disenchantment with current music and more that sometimes you just suddenly remember how great all that stuff was and need to hear it again. I mustn’t be the only one, considering the recent shoegaze revival.

If, like me, you always leant more towards the gothic, post-punk and/or new wave side of things, then chances are that – also like me – you’ll dig what San Francisco’s four-piece post-punk outfit The Liar Script have been up to. Relatively new, at least on my radar, The Liar Script give an assured dark and broody nod to all the classic elements that made gothic post-punk bands like The Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division and Bauhaus, well, classic. Offering consistently solid tracks that are fresh-sounding with touches of the familiar, the current 6-track album-to-be Days Like Minutes, Minutes Like Years is a sure-fire cure for old-skoolism if you’re suffering from it, or a perfect addition to your library if your’e a post-punk fetishist still revelling in it.

Take a listen to one of my latest favourites, Ghosts.

The Liar Script and Days Like Minutes, Minutes Like Years, as well as a two-track EP titled Twisting the Way (which features a cover of The Sound‘s Winning) can be found on Bandcamp. Pay no mind to notions of  new or old  school music, just pay them a visit and check out some great music. 😉

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Low Sea – Las Olas

When it comes to music purchases, there’s a few things I can’t resist and will inevitably cause me to spend my hard earned $$ with hardly a second thought…

  • Low and/or one-off production runs
  • Nifty packaging
  • Self-released CDs

Any one of them may pique my interest, combine all three and it’s virtually guranteed I’ll be suckered in.  Well, assuming the music is to my liking. Recent purchase Las Olas by Irish duo Low Sea gets bonus points for the artwork on their awesome debut, released a few months ago.

Las Olas by Low Sea

It might not be the most elaborate packaging around, but for my money (a very modest €9.95 which included P&H) it sure is nice and effective. 😉

But enough about the pretty, Low Sea create some great music, too.

Las Olas is a swirl of lo-fi shoegaze, new wave, post-punk, dream pop and electronica, with a bit of ethereal, fuzzy psychedelia added to the mix, and for the most part the combo is measured just right. Influences, or camparisons to, have included such artists as Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3, but I’d like to add in a smidge o’ The Cure and – every now and then – some old school Transvision Vamp.

Leading track for the album is Never Yours (which, if you’re so inclined, can be downloaded for free via Pitchfork), a track that builds slowly, steadily and distantly – a bit like you’re listening to the song underwater, with the sound gradually rising from the depths until it near smacks you in the face with the disdainful tone of the lyrics – it’s cooler than it sounds, trust me. Other notable highlights for me are Couldn’t Help Myself, Save My Soul and Sidewalk.

All in all, I think Low Sea have chosen a particularly appropriate name – I urge you to immerse yourself  into their slightly murky depths where you can drift happily on waves of etheral, dreamy noise, all the while bobbing your head to the consistent rhythm, and every now and then you’ll get rocked. 😉

Visit their online shop to buy that nifty, limited edition CD version.

Or buy the album in MP3 format from CD Baby. (Also available on iTunes).

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