Awkward Ears

What’s this? Two posts in one day? That’s unheard of.
This will be a very quick post , but an equally good one. I know, at the moment im kind of stuck in a rut with bands from the UK, it’s all good i will right this soon. Don’t be hasty.

Moleck or Wally?

Where's Moleck?

Moleck are a brilliant four piece who were formed in the spring of 2006, and have only recently sought to release a CD.  “Our objective is to create catchy dynamic music which we both love to hear and play and contains an element of originality which is individual to ourselves.” Couldn’t have put it any better myself. 

I’ve uploaded a sneaky little 3-track CD of Demos. Also, look out for a little surprise gift at the bottom… sorry if you’ve dug it up already.

Genre: Indie/Rock/Math-Rock

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/moleckband
download: http://www.mediafire.com/?m0gdddkmnnc
gift: http://www.mediafire.com/?y4z3agiowjq

Awww Yeahhh.
If you enjoyed that last post, then you will certainly enjoy this post. I’ve been trying to track down these guys music for a good year. Perhaps i wasn’t trying very hard. Apparently they were only being distributed by a label in Japan called Rallye (knock around there, they have some pretty interesting music). But anyway, all beside the point.

The point is this band displays some truly dynamic music. Having been around for a number of years now, The Great Eskimo Hoax have been creating music that has only now started to grab the limelight and appraisal of independent music lovers. Before Foals, even before The Edmund Fitzgerald this band could be said to have pioneered the soft angular rock that permeates the UK at the moment.

The Great Eskimo Hoax

The Great Eskimo Hoax

The Great Eskimo Hoax depict a very strong melodically demonstrating the absolute power of effective guitar “noodling” and a effects pedal. I think their greatest strength musically however is their ability to play off each other: guitar off guitar, guitar off drums, drums off glockenspiel, etc. The vocals are good too, harmonized during a slow breakdown, poignant through versus and always relevant. I do really hope that enjoy this band as much as i do.

Probably no need to say this but please show this band as much support as you can. Here’s a little taster, a more recent track with the help of Foals front man.
Plank Tonne Town Master (you can right-click this shizzit to download, or control click if you’re with a one-button mac)

Genre: Indie/Math-Rock/Electronic

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/greateskimohoax
download: http://www.mediafire.com/?mnwz5mtnywm

Guess who’s back, back again, Shady’s back, tell a friend.
Which is indeed true, the real Slim Shady is back, but that is not who I was talking about. I was merely referring to myself; back to a fully functional computer with a nice big, fat pipe o’ Internet. With me I bring a little treat, hopefully. I guess you, dear reader, will be the ultimate decider of that little fact.

Minnaars is their name, making extremely danceable, slightly angular music is their game. Based out of Leicester in sunny England, the five-some recently embarked on their first escapades across the western lands of the Europe. Which is good, these guys deserve to get some extensive coverage.

Two 'N's Two 'A's

Two 'N's Two 'A's

 

There is a new resounding sound coming out of the UK’s exploratory and experimental bands, a sound that essentially pins the bass track as the instrument carrying the melody forward leaving the guitars to play off each other looping and spiraling wonderfully complex licks in the background. Vocals, drums and anything else slightly percussive (cow bell) keeping a very danceable rhythm. Of course, there is always room for that occasional melodic breakdown, the marriage of all instruments in one dramatic movement. If this sounds like I’m just spurting shite, I’m sorry, it’s been awhile and i chose to just let the juices run.

In any case, the Minnaars boys have been kind enough to make their first EP completely free and e-available. For lover’s of Foals, This Town Needs Guns and The Great Eskimo Hoax.
‘ Tis good to be back.

Genre: Indie/Math-Rock/Electro

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/minnaars
download: http://www.mediafire.com/?mng2xzwgehm

I’ve realized I’ve been paying a little too much attention to the bands in the U.K. I haven’t branched out. So, here’s a band you may have been able to dig up yourself, and if not here it is. Again, i don’t know very much about this band. I do know that they reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania. A friend of mine was from Pennsylvania, i say friend, i didn’t really like him he smelled of salami, ’twas odd. Anyway, as important as that all is, it doesn’t have much to do with Little Kingdoms.

Little Kingdoms

Little Kingdoms

So, what else can i tell you about this band? Not much really, they are very much a band that is still finding its feet. I think honestly that they are really trying to make music with what resources they have. There used to be three guys in the band, but that has apparently shrunk to two. When they do have the resource, the time and an idea, the music they produce is very becoming. Enjoi, and sorry for the hold up. There’s more on the way.

Genre: Math-Rock/Indie/Smooth

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/littlekingdoms
download: http://www.mediafire.com/?ytnjzdtnntd

Oh gosh.
Want to know which band has the hardest fucking name to write in the world? Look no further, its right here. I should get a medal for being able to type the name of this band without using cut/paste. Fuck, try saying it – you will poo yourself. Apart from that though, this band make very very listen-able music, and put on fantastic live shows. Dananananaykroyd are Glaswegian – that means they’re from Glasgow in Scotland which probably explains their name.

I caught this band supporting for Johnny Foreigner the other night and they put on a righteous show. Instead of the Wall of Death they introduced the wall of love – instead of a fist in the face, you get a cuddle.

Cut & Paste, "Dananananaykroyd"

Cut & Paste, Dananananaykroyd

Dare i say it, Dananananaykroyd sound a lot like the band i recently featured – Wintermute. Fantastic. So i don’t really have to say much, just check it for yourselves – and if you haven’t already go grab the Wintermute stuff.

BYE XXXOOO = wall of love

Genre: Indie/Progressive/Hints-Of-Math

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/dananananaykroyd
download: http://www.mediafire.com/?njegtz2djtz

Time to get back to business.

Who likes music you can dance to? ME! and hopefully you, faithful readers, like it too. I’ve been tracking this band for a little while now, waiting for them to release an EP that i could grab. They finally did so in early august bringing out a little golden gem called Fun With Wizard Stencils.

I got onto Wintermute through a little band called Hot Club De Paris, who i will eventually address and do a write up about – just not today, today is Wintermute’s day. Wintermute are from Leeds in da UK which is cool because it means i’ll eventually get to see them play live.

Wintermute - Get It?

Wintermute - Get It?

So what is wintermute bringing to the musical chairs? Shitloads. I would say this band was comparable to the kind of music Hot Club De Paris, Blakfish, Minnaars and bands like that play – notice they are all UK based. I was trying to figure what kind of US bands sound similar. I guess bands like Brilliant Red Lights, and Javelins perhaps. Anyways, you make the decision and post a comment. I’m genuinely interested. You know what to do.

Genre: Indie/Math-Rock

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/wintermuteband
download: http://www.mediafire.com/?ullwkzxhuty

Holy shit, two in a day.
I’m not sure whether i like youtube or not. I mean sure, it hosts a plethora of vids that i like to sneak a peak at, namely: dis one, dis one, and dat shit right thurr. But apart from those few, i hate everything else. No, hate is a strong word. I dislike vlogs. Blogs, fine – vlogs, no thank you. The reason people read this blog is because they don’t have to look at my face. I don’t like watching people pout for 5 minutes because they stuck something in their anus that was just that bit too big.

What’s it all mean? Well, the only reason that I and about 500000000000 other people found this artist was because of his orgasmic youtube videos. Andy Mckee has been the idol of every guitarist who has ever seen his videos. Maybe im making him out to be better than he really is. But fuck it. He plays some very good stuff.

Mckee

Mckee

The surprising thing is, i feel he would strike a good chord (get it) with the visitors to this blog. He has an ability to be both technical and extremely creative. He is kind of like Trace Bundy and other such acoustic guitar past masters, but he brings more to the table. More soul and more story and more math.
Anyway, check it, don’t wreck it. I think you’ll like it.

Genre: Acoustic/Progressive/Instrumental

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/andymckee2
download: http://www.mediafire.com/?n1lkr2481y8

Hey There

Welcome to Awkward Ears. This is a blog that is musically focused on bands that are technical, angular, awkward and fucking awesome. I buy records, CDs, etc. listen to them, and decide whether I like them. Then, if I do like them, I write about my experience and share the music. If you feel that you'd like my uploads taken off, please let me know. I don't want anyone hurt :) Be My Friend, because i have none at http://www.last.fm/user/breakorbit Follow me on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/awkwardears Just like a politician. Enjoy.

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