Thursday has become somewhat of a weekly holiday of sorts. For most (not I), it marks one more full day until the weekend. One reason for making these recommendations on Thursdays is to prepare everyone musically for the weekend. Not everyone goes out for whatever reason so I present you with some good music to sit in and listen to for your weekend. Each recommendation is a free download and we encourage you to support the artists in any way possible by paying for a physical copy, tshirts, stickers, tickets, etc.
First up is a band from my hometown, the snowed in and sunny Chicago. The band is Verma. They play experimental, psychedelic, instrumanetal rock. This is a live and improvised session they played and recorded themselves. Pretty damn cool i you ask me. “”an epic slow burn headbanger” – Jon Graef, chicagoist
“Verma come across as a drunken, lumbering beast knocking down tress and crushing all on its path to who knows where.” – Ross Meyerson, Loud Loop Press
“…tranced out, drone-y, repetitious, atmospheric psych with some Hawkwind-esque synth textures over the top. Dare we compare them to an instrumental hybrid fo Can and Hawkwind? We dare.” – Lance Barresi, Permanent Records”
This next band’s demo has popping up all over the community lately and with good reason. It fucking rocks! The band is XII Boar and this is their 4 track demo. Funny thing though, this doesn’t like a demo. The music is some nice heavy stoner metal with some sludge elements. I’ll be quite honest, I can’t listen to them to much at one time, my neck tends to hurt. Ok I was lying but this is some fast paced music you can really get into.
*(Bandcamp only allows a certain amount of free downloads a month. Once a band goes past that, they must pay for more. Due to the sudden increase in interest in the demo, the band has surpassed their allotted free downloads. They are charging a moddest ₤0.40 GBP. Listen and you’ll see that it’s worth it. If you must get it for free, the band is offering it through other means. Simply go to XIIBoar.com to find out how.)
From Chybucca Sounds:
Five garage-rock revivalists from Novosibirsk thrash out full throttle noise-punk like its 1977.
The rhythms are simple and the riffs are basic, but the Russians unfailing sense of urgency is what makes this DIY release a compelling listening experience.
Arina’s edgy lyrics are delivered with an underlying vulnerability and swagger, as she lets her pent-up frustrations out on tracks such as ‘Problem Addicted’ and closer ‘Fucked It Up’.
Loud, heavy and brash, Whatever is the sound of snotty, youthful garage-punk in 2011.