In the lead up to the release of their second EP ‘Paradise In The Dirt’, Bristolians Syren City embarked on a short tour with We Are The Ocean and Orchard Hill, bands which aside from being guitar driven, don’t always seem to share a common link. But then, already having shared stages with Cancer Bats, Skindred, Mallory Knox, Syren City seem keen not to be pigeonholed.
Hoggs Bison are another of those bands that could fall into post rock or art rock categories, with the creation of instrumental canvases that are often too rooted in nineties climes to be labelled straight prog (if indeed there is such a thing). At the same time, they aren’t necessarily always busy enough to warrant a definite math rock tag, even though fans of that style could certainly enjoy this release. In other words, although their music has some obvious reference points, their chosen path isn’t always easy to categorise; but it might be fair enough to say that lovers of Slint, Sonic Youth and the quieter output of the mighty Fierce and The Dead could find a musical kinship with this Bristolian trio.
They’ve been friends forever; they’ve toured America; they’ve supported Honeyblood and released a couple of excellent EPs – a self-titled disc in 2013 and 2014’s ‘Second Nature’ – and yet after years of sweating it out, Bristol’s Brockley Forest are still very much an underground act. Their third EP, 2015’s ‘The Die Has Been Cast’ not only marks a welcome return, but also showcases a much broader musical spectrum than anything the duo has committed to tape previously.
Zero She Flies is a folk-rock band from Bristol formed from the ashes of pop-rock outfit Mermaid Kiss and although all three members had been involved with the previous band at various stages, the first recordings from ZSF feel very much like a new beginning. The band made their debut in May 2015 with standalone track ‘Small Mercy’, giving listeners a fair idea of what to expect from upcoming material. Their first EP, ‘The River, released a couple of months later, features four tracks associated with water, thus making it a concept release of sorts. That’s concept in a “linking theme” sense as opposed to carrying a definite narrative stretched out to its thinnest point over a double elpee, so those looking for more Broadway lambs, walls built from arrogance and general pomposity can swiftly move along… Stoking up the folk elements, on these four numbers, Zero She Flies often carry sparkles of Caravan and Renaissance, but always with their own twist, and it would be fair to say that listeners who enjoy the occasional folky lilt and a strong female voice will find an affinity within at least three of these four tunes.
Bristol’s Seprevation have posted a promo video of their track ‘Slave To The Grave’ on YouTube which can now be seen in full below. It comes from the band’s debut album ‘Consumed’ which is released on May 10th in the UK. The mix of old-school thrash and a touch of death metal should thrill fans of classic late 80s/early 90s bands such as Entombed, Obituary et al.