Fred Abong was especially busy throughout 2018 and 2019. He re-ignited his on/off solo career with the excellent ‘Homeless’ EP, which subsequently saw him touring as support with his old Throwing Muses bandmate Kristin Hersh. That was swiftly followed by the equally cool lo-fi release ‘Pulsing’ which saw critical acclaim from a few indie websites which led to Abong going on the road with Hersh once more. Not just as support act, but doubling up as the evening’s opening entertainment and as bassist with the KH Trio.
One of the first bands to release music from the Red On Red record label, Berk/Lehane brings together the talents of Simone Berk (Kid Gulliver) and Dogmatics legend Jerry Lehane.
On December 1st, stoner rock band Ghost:hello will unleash new studio material as part of an excellent split release with Ohio based Melvins obsessives Night Goat.
With a maudlin heart that could be compared to The National and Elbow, but driven by a noisy and distorted wall of sound that ensures they never sound too much like either band, October Drift’s debut album ‘Forever Whatever’ was an enjoyably downbeat affair. Between a solid sound and some brilliantly constructed rock pop hooks, it was the kind of record that was broad in appeal for the indie/rock fan. The events of 2020 meant that the band weren’t able to promote the release via a mass of live dates, but their online presence and a few very vocal fans more than helped to spread the word.
A run of planned live gigs may have been off the table, but it’s been a busy year for Justine Covault. With her band Justine And The Unclean, she’s released a couple of great digital singles. She’s embraced country music with a new side project, Justine’s Black Threads. She has even hosted ‘The Mess Around’, a bunch of online live performances with friends, including power pop legend Kurt Baker and Tom Baker from The Dirty Truckers.
On top of that, Justine has just launched a brand new, independent record label. Red On Red Records will be releasing new music from Covault, but already has a few other great artists on its roster. More news on the label can be found in the below press release.