This was a very pleasant surprise. Virus is, perhaps, not the best choice of band name only because there are so many great bands (including a legendary Austrian one I whose album I was listening to today) who share the monicker, but because it is about as far away from the music as possible.
The music claims to be influenced by bands like Sigur Rós, but I hear elements of New Order, some 80’s funk and pop, and a nearly shoegaze-meets-Gospel music feel.
We beg your pardon for the long delay in posting. Dealing with a long and brutal quarantine both in China and now the Inland Empire has worn your scribe out a bit. Thankfully, the music resumes. Enjoy a brutal piece of work by Hüsker Dü this evening.
Very sad news today. Andrew Brough, guitarist of one of New Zealand’s coolest indie bands, Straightjacket Fits, passed away today. His guitar work can be heard on She Speeds, perhaps the band’s masterpiece.
Flying Nun Records announced his passing on their Twitter feed.
2020 is shaping up to be a brutal year, isn’t it?
Syrenomelia offer a slow, relaxed metal out of Belgium. I generally enjoy low, non-melodic voices, and Wim Lankriet, who composed these two tracks, does a fine job maintaining the gothic rock flame.
Some happy news today. It looks as if the majority of Nick Lowe’s back catalog has been reissued on Bandcamp.
I featured Jesus of Cool because it was my introduction to his work, and still holds up as a classic power-pop album.
A real tragedy. Sparklehorse, led by Mark Linkous, were indie rock darlings, collaborating and touring with artists as wide-ranging as Fennesz and Radiohead. Unfortunately, Linkous also suffered with drug addiction and ensuing health problems for years, and took his life in 2010.
How on Earth did I miss out on this one? Ian Astbury must have been on haitus from The Cult while making this track for the electronic music group U.N.K.L.E. His voice is in very good form here, and U.N.K.L.E. provide a perfect backdrop for it.