Bad News – The Gala

“Part garage-punk, part glam, part pitch-black rock’n’roll ferocity, The Gala is the party you’ve never been invited to but always dreamt of; a swirling kaleidoscope of debauchery and decadence that you probably wouldn’t survive.  But you can handle a song, at least.” – Sleazegrinder / Classic Rock Magazine

That was my introduction to The Gala following an introductory message from band member Chris Kenneally (guitar).  A little bit about The Gala – they’re a 5-piece garage punk group from Boston, MA, signed to record label Dead Beat Records..  Their latest release is Bad News, which has been out since March.  I’ve listened to the album, and as the quote describing them suggests they are a bit of everything to be sure – punk, glam, and rock.

Bad News by The Gala (US)

The lead female vocals from Emily Doran are super powerful and are fantastic.  I really liked the subtle touches throughout the album – like when the organ cuts through just a little bit to create a fuller sound.  This group really takes me back to some of the indie music we used to play on our college radio station almost 15 years ago. 

Another cool thing going for the band – they’ve released ‘Bad News’ on cassette!  I’m not sure why that’s a thing bands do these days, but that’s how I used to consume my albums growing up, so it’s awfully tempting to buy some more.  I wonder if tape players are becoming popular again – they’re definitely not in cars anymore.

I can’t say enough good things about this group – I’ll definitely play one or two of their tracks on an upcoming podcast episode.  In the meantime – you should check them out live!  Chris told me about a May 10th show at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, MA.  Details at their website, or direct link here:
https://www.bandsintown.com/e/100831617?app_id=WIX&came_from=267&utm_medium=api&utm_source=public_api&utm_campaign=event

Weekly Airwaves – You Could’ve Been My Queen – Lower Loveday

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.   
This week’s track: You Could’ve Been My Queen by Lower Loveday.  This great indie track brought me back to the early 2000’s indie scene with great British bands like Arctic Monkeys, or The Fratellis.  Lower Loveday is indeed a British group, and got their start in a school talent show.  They’ve been all around the UK and the world, and are making some great music.  Aside from this week’s track I also recommend Is It Right, currently one of their more popular tracks on Jamendo.  You can find them online at http://www.lowerloveday.com
Be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for more podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time. 

#113 – Dime and Sea Lillies

Welcome back to another full length episode!  This time around there are two listener submissions, plus many cool tracks recently featured on Jamendo.com.  Full playlist is below!

  1. The Halt – Kind of Right
  2. Pure Mids – Don’t Quit
  3. Banana Cream – We’ll Shine
  4. DIME – White T-Shirt (Bandcamp)
  5. Kinematic – Let’s Go Out Tonight
  6. Plants – Misery Business
  7. Sadme – Mourning Day
  8. Final Round – Angel of Darkness
  9. Sea Lillies – Materials (Bandcamp)
  10. Above Envy – Steady as the Rain
  11. The Spin Wires – Girls Like You

Weekly Airwave – Don’t Wait by The Halt

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.

This week’s track: Don’t Wait by The Halt. What do you know – another track out of the US. This time, The Halt: a rock group that formed in 2017 featuring Neil Matharoo (from the band Soundstatues) and Andrew Schwartz, both from Brooklyn. They don’t have any albums on Jamendo, but they do have four singles at the time of recording. Don’t Wait is a good mix of alternative and grunge, leaning more on the alt rock spectrum. You can buy their music at the halt dot band camp dot com.

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Review: Jordan Max Only One Is King

Artist: Jordan Max
Album: Only One Is King
Year: 2016

“Only One Is King”, an EP by Jordan Max released 2 years ago, is an artist/album that has shot up my personal charts. 

Some background on Max – he’s a British artist and recently signed to Danger Mouse for publishing.  He’s got a new single out (“War” – check out the video here), but Only One Is King was released independently. 

Actually, the story behind the album is kind of cool.  From a press release for his single “War”:

Jordan Max made his debut in 2016 with his EP Only One Is King, written and recorded in the bedroom of his childhood home. Lead single “Hell” showcased his unique sound and earned him a spot on Complex’s “10 British R&B/Soul Artists To Watch in 2017,” in addition to praise from Consequence of Sound, i-D, Pigeons & Planes, Fader and more. 

His sound reminds me a lot of Alt-J, but a bit more on the bluesier side than rock.  There’s quite a bit of darkness in his music as well, which at times seem to follow what I see as a bit of a trend in the alt-rock scene.  Still, blues & soul permeate through the tracks to make a unique sound. 

Keep your ears open for more from Jordan Max, it’s worth a listen.  I give this EP 4/5.