Well, I’ve been griping quite a bit about my busy life and the shortage of time to spend tending the little cathartic corner that I drawed for myself here on wearethelastbeatniks , is I would like to live it on my new house, late August , with the first suns . Basically I just want to give a kick in June and to go straight to spring . Not readily withstand these months without write . Well, that be whatever…
A buddy of mine was in my office a couple of weeks ago, and we were talking music (not exactly an uncommon occurrence on me ). He asked hear some new band , and I just had found White Owl on my mail box, a new project of “Garage Noir” sorts from Bristol.
There was when we start to talk about blogs-bloggers-record labels-indie (independent) music.
I think maybe some independent record labels emerged again as a compact movement on all these last years , reduced to marginality or involuntarily converted into a kind of test box , however we can´t minimize some contribution to some people´s taste.
So blogs collect witnessed independent labels that caused the irruption of vintage sound in recent years, perhaps for be more daring, or have thinner ear than the big companies , oblivious to the rumors of large masses or large radii ears. Parents of the invention are small locals , record stores, adventurous magazines, home recording studios , amateur devotees, strong companies´s renegades, and labourious musicians , all united by the desire to let an output at extraordinary flowering of rebel groups. These are realistic financially , operating costs are minimal with tight budgets recording, contacting at your potential market , doing fuck with the finger at big companies sclerotic . Have going for them , today musical territory is immeasurable thanks to the internet , where you can establish alternate distribution networks with some effectiveness , which have enormous influence like the streaming and download sites like bandcamp , and to a lesser extent some reference blogs biased towards novelty and decentralization proposals , and where there are large curious´s minorities . Plus we know, now a friend makes you a tape and a door opens….all you have to do is walk through it. All to give a vigorous romp to underground musical world .
So there is a great fever, and blogger initiatives sprout in different parts of the planet. Each has its musical orientation, their political attitude, his method of operation, his favorite genre. Some are oscurantist , disorganized , ambitious , anarchists, professionalized , eclectic or fanatical , but their cumulative effect is dazzling. Thus, waves of brand new bands come to light with unpublished deals and there is room for madness in the conception of rock, blues and soul .
Just depend on us illusion of independence isn´t slowly evaporate , although insurgents have no muscles to recoup distribution and promotion successes , although there are races that are stuck due to lack of economic liquidity, is in us maintain the standard of independent bid although sometimes we are caricatured as a ghetto tribes locked in themselves with incompetent recordings, is in us make the concept continues working , we know that the mega success is a volatile business, and real success for many artists is a more palatable fruit than only the record´s autonomy .
Well, While we talked about all this, after our cavernous approach about independent musicians I was intrigued that we heard, sounded terrific really, so I set out to track down this tasty shell, I didn’t have to look far, because after our conversation I sent an email to Brin Davies, the brainchild behind this outfit, and three days later I was blasting the full morsel all the morning (my patients loved it, I’m sure).
Who is White Owl ? I had no idea . Only knew musician from Bristol just popped seven beautiful recordings on two EPs mode through Bandcamp . With the hull reminiscent obscurest 60`s garage ( if that’s what I think) and to advance positive and the music to be going to BJM and the new lo-fi scene type , Brin & Co. manages to convey your emotional world that enveloped his old recordings with The Moles, his earlier band . Hear , you understand . Weird thing . You feel that these fellas worked and gave a lot about them on these efforts. Seven pieces , I think a nice number for known to them , where you think that time flows more slowly while listen. Just sink in this and let go . And do not think that the words lo-fi , garage noir or obscure psych identifies something simple here . It is something much more …
Regarding The moles, I think some bands seems had cursed step. As if it were doomed to remain in obscurity. At least I have that first impression for The Moles, Brin first band. Although they have released a full lenght four years ago , ignore them until a few days ago, some blogs said they are awesome, and I’d say they are right, but if you’re late to the party, then now come with “And now it’s time to say goodbye again”, the last recorded attempt at his old love that they´re sharing on bandcamp. The “And now it’s time to say goodbye again” give us back to 2010’s best from themselves. Some songs pieces of ideas that they intended to be more, maybe a second album to go surface at some point .. maybe not, intended for a comp that never saw the light of day until now. So I just need to get let go of it and I do hope you enjoy. And by all means share it !
There is a statement from them which says: “The Moles were a band from Bristol, U.K. who released one album in 2010 called ‘The Future Sounds Of Ashton’. Nobody bought it. Feel free to now get it for free in the interworld… you have our blessing. It wasn’t ever going to buy the baby a new cot anyway.
And now, here is 17 more tracks that got left behind for your ears… enjoy & weep with us.”
As they suggests, the next minutes of your life are about to be filled with mind melting doses of obscure ’60s psych ,punk – guitar will pan from side to side and raspy men will howl with a pained intensity while a parade of drummers effortlessly bash the shit out of their kits .
Fortunately for me, I have been on the receiving end of all their stuff this time. And fortunately for you, I like to share.
White Owl – Death To Blind Owl ep
released 30 October 2013
Dan – Drums, Guitar & Bass.
Brin – Guitar, Bass & Vocals.
Sam – Bass.
1.Someone Else’s Dreams 02:58
2.Don’t Know Why You’re Talking So Much To Yourself 04:02
3.Everytime You Touch Me I Get Sick 02:38
4.Our Love Is Dying 04:21
White Owl – Death To White Owl ep
released 02 February 2014
Dan – Drums & Guitars
Sam – Bass
Brin – Guitars & Vocals
1.You Just Don’t Really Get How Much It Still Fills Up My Mind 03:02
2.What’s In a Name? 03:30
3.The Core Of The Windfall 03:21
The Moles – The Future Sounds Of Ashton
Label:See Monkey Do Monkey
Released:01 Nov 2010
Drums – Steve Dew
Electric Bass – Billy Fuller
Electric Guitar – Brin Davies, Dan Chandler
Lead Vocals – Brin Davies
Producer – Billy Fuller, Brin Davies
Vocals – Billy Fuller, Dan Chandler
1 Future Sound Of Ashton 3:51
2 Magnet’s ‘Round The Sun 3:22
3 Stuck Like Glue 2:57
4 It’s Snowing Again 3:16
5 The Combined Forces Of An Atom 3:41
6 Fuller’s Dram 3:01
7 Neptune’s Beard 4:41
8 Ginger Tom 3:44
9 Infinite Lights 4:00
10 Frontiers Of Astronome 3:28
11 Brain Garden 2:34
12 The Mysterious End Of Friend No.2? 4:12
13 Places To Go 4:19
14 Three Ghosts In My House 3:13
15 Cuckoo 2:19
The Moles – And now it’s time to say goodbye again
released 25 March 2014
The Moles were a band from Bristol, U.K. who released one album in 2010 called ‘The Future Sounds Of Ashton’. Nobody bought it. Feel free to now get it for free in the interworld… you have our blessing. It wasn’t ever going to buy the baby a new cot anyway.
And now, here is 17 more tracks that got left behind for your ears… enjoy & weep with us.
1.March of the Swans 03:20
2.There are no Stars Tonight 03:38
3.Song of a Quail 03:11
4.Octavia 66 02:40
5.Pan, God of the Night 03:45
6.A Dead Song 03:47
7.Eye Mind 01:07
8.Symonds Yat 02:52
9.Paranoia is my Only Friend 03:29
10.Catty’s Gone Away 03:07
11.So Low 03:15
12.I am Small, You are Tall 02:55
13.Limb of a Swordfish 03:03
14.Half Baked 03:12
15.Multiples of Two 02:14
17.Ruthie’s Car 02:55