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The Black Keys – ‘Delta Kream’ Album Review

As tough and brittle as a Rubber Factory, rock-blues natives from Ohio, The Black Keys are true realists when it comes to making the swampy work of blues-rock.

Known for spiting their differences about the music industry, The Black Keys – made up with Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – they are a brutal force to be reckoned with as this same force goes to great depths to deliver truly raucous works of outrage, contemplation and delivery.

Their tenth studio album, Delta Kream is a swampy dredge of traditional blues-rock that harks the duo back to their collective roots of The Big Come Up in ’02 and Rubber Factory in ’04.

Despite the differences of seeing the brutish anthems of El Camino that saw the band receive commercial success from 2011, Delta Kream is a luxurious midnight-cruiser of an album that is worth every road trip in the mist of darkness.

The twelve-track listen is a stripped-back rendition of cover songs of blues artists that continue to inspire them, that ultimately remind them to never let go of the blues.

When all said and done, Delta Kream is a showing of the blues brothers-from-another-mother truly in their element. Take a trip down memory lane, because this album yearns for candlelight.

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LISTEN: What’s on My Repeat Playlist?

Ever wondered what songs are on repeat so much, I get sick of them?

As of Sunday today, have a venture into my ON REPEAT playlist and let me know your thoughts on it all.

Have a great rest of your weekend, folks. I’ll see you in the new week for more album reviews, music thoughts and discussions. I’ll be starting a new job in the week as a Live Music Advisor, and so I may not be as on it with replying to comments as I usually am – so I appreciate all the support and discussions we’ve had over the past months. Take care of yourselves.

Not a bad list, eh?

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Artist Spotlight: Strawberry Lace

Better watch out: those guitar hooks are set to reel you in, if you’re not careful.

Alternative 4-piece outfit tapping into the workshop of indie rock creativity, Strawberry Lace are creating music that is simply fun. This unmistakable blend of genres is a showing of that with their song-writing. How each song creates a different appealing side to a band who, through each song they deliver, comes many stories to their name, craft and songwriting work. They’ve been on my radar for a fair while and since they’ve released Wake Up recently, they’ve entered my peripherals yet again and have certainly stayed there.

Their sheer numbers gathered on streaming giants, Spotify, shows just how lovable their music has become within such a short time. The music is effortless at times, with the trailblazing drums setting such a fantastic tone throughout. Dipping their toes every so now and then with indie familiarities with SUGARTHIEF and The Night Cafe, Strawberry Lace are a band you’d not want to forget anytime soon. All of it is so so clever too – from the song structure, to the tone and tempo, they are on my HOTLIST! Question is, will they be on yours too?

Ever Be – Strawberry Lace
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The Home for Heavy Rock Lovers: Music Playlist of May 2021

Welcome, my pivotal Pit-dwellers. Please venture into the list below about the newest and strongest heavy rock music in the month of May right now.

My Town (feat. Joe Talbot) – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes: Slow reproach from an otherwise chaotic sound … but new sound is fresh and promising.

The Chant – Gojira: The anthemic churns of Gojira with this song is befitting with a sense of euryopia. Raise your fists to this one.

He’s So Good – Trash Boat: Soaring choruses enthused with punk rock and post-hardcore – what’s not to love?

Dead Butterflies – Architects: Album review of this one pretty much sums up the new sounds from these lads. Greatness abound, worth every listen.

War – IDLES: Talbot and his crew joins the list a second time with their passionate, darkly intimidating work demonstrates the best in the UK scene of punk rock right now. Utterly damaging, it’s brilliant.

One+One – Death From Above 1979: Gritty configurations and dirty lyricisms, 1979’s new material is colossal and composes elements from Royal Blood’s new album, Typhoons.

NERVOUS – While She Sleeps, Simon Neil – Another cross-collaboration with Biffy’s frontman, Simon Neil, NERVOUS are redefining the works of modern metal. Cathartics matched with beauty.

Only Love Can Save Me Now – The Pretty Reckless – True classic hard rock empowered with an emphatic line-up. Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil, Taylor Momsen. Phwoar.

Whiplash – The Horrors – Electrifying horror-show by the Horrors. Hard rock at its best. See you in The Pit for this one in the summer soon.

THE PIT. THE PIT. THE PIT. THE PIT. THE PIT.

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The Influence of: Pixies

we’re weird enough, and we’re catchy enough.

In a dramatic twist of every event listening to a new music artist or venturing into a wormhole of an unknown indie playlist, I always sit, listen and come to the conclusion: “hey, this band sounds like Pixies.” In fact, now that I mention it, they all do.

That’s because I wouldn’t doubt that every one of these indie rock bands who are either settling into their music – or are yet to find out their sound – have their influence pinned directly into the heart of Pixies.

Culturally emphatic and era-defining in more ways than music, Pixies redefined the imagery of alternative rock and decorated into a reformed sense of a Pixie trick of underground garage. Cold and heartless where necessary but oddly satisfying on some cherry-pickers, Pixies‘ collection since their debut in ’87 has been consistently reinventing the alternative wheel with their inventiveness and their vivid colours, especially with ’89s, Doolittle, an album that is formally known to perhaps everyone who ventured into the oddity of alternative music and underground garage music.

The lengthy numbers of Debaser, Hey, Wave of Mutilation and of course, Here Comes Your Man makes it the go-to soundtrack for the ravished ’90s.

This monkey’s gone to heaven‘: Dolittle album cover ’89.

Even their most recent album release a year ago in 2020, Beneath the Eyrie just shows that they’ve still got it. The perfect four-set combo of squealing guitars, broiled vocals and brutal drum-lines is aesthetically available here too, with Beneath the Eyrie. It’s almost like they’ve been writing music for over 40 years. Oh wait, they have.