Review: Hailing from the London rat race, MUX step forward with the first release on Teenage Father and lay their distinctive style out for all to witness. Their broad-reaching indie rock sound has undertones of electronica, grunge and a very British swagger that deserves to get them onto radio playlists and festival line ups aplenty. "MDMA" rumbles along somewhere between Soulwax, Kasabian and Queens Of The Stone Age, while "Teenage Father" ups the intensity with a punky thrum behind the raucous guitars and grinding synths, and then "Stray" finds the band mixing up the time signatures for the most adventurous cut on the record.
Review: You can almost feel "Atlas Complex" dripping with cool as it plays out before your ears. It lunges, growls, chugs and floats its way through four tracks of psychedelic tinged barroom guitar business. It wouldn't be too far off the mark to say this is where the streetwise qualities of Black Grape can be used in the same sentence as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's druggy noisiness. At least not as far as the title number goes. Those looking for more lazy referential writing might also want to check Spiritualized. Which makes sense considering Yak's second album, "Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness", which arrived just six months before this effort, was produced by Jason Pierce, of said iconic space-rockers. There's certainly an otherworldly quality to what's here, although it's less crystalline and more earthen than that nod might suggest. Digressions aside, we like, you probably will too.
Review: Cacophonies of the most wonderful variety, it's hard not to hear anything by The Hold Steady and not want to run into the nearest late-night drinking den with a piano and demand for a rowdy sing-a-long session. Not that the single ivory keyboard would ever be enough to create the kind of power New York's enigmatic six-piece manage (beautiful though the instrument is). Four tracks make up this EP, packing arty tempo changes, powerful sax, 60s psychedelic nuances, and furiously uptempo anthems (see: "Eureka") in and among the impossible to define contents. If it's musicality you're looking for, and a sound that's something like what might happen if Bruce Springsteen hit the studio on a mild strain of acid, then consider this your essential purchase of the week.