Well now, how did your September go? Was it back to school, or just back to business as usual? As the summer finally died a death and caved into autumn, here are five singles that caught our eye and took our minds off it. Don’t agree? Well, come and give us a better suggestion at faceboook.com/purerawk!
Dedwardians / Sly Persuaders – Split 7
We’re always pleased to see a bit of action from our favourite glam rockabilly stompers Dedwardians, and this team up with rising pysch-garage stars Sly Persuaders is a great match. Kick Me I’m Down from the Deds packs a bit more punch than recent recordings, and shares an edge of the sinister with the Persuaders’ effortlessly cool Elvis meet Mark E Smith offering on Wild For The Night.
Out now on Roadkill Records on a genuine real split 7” vinyl, although at £8, it is a bit pricey (download options are available).
Voodoo Vegas – Killing Joke
The lead single off a new album due in November, Killing Joke represents to the first new material to be released by the new refreshed Voodoo Vegas lineup. With musicianship honed by a solid few years on the road, this single finds the guys perhaps a little heavier and slower than earlier efforts, but sounding in fine form nonetheless.
Have a listen yourself at their Soundcloud page.
Louise Distras – Aileen
Louise Distras is a name I’ve seen bandied around a bit in the last year, but one that I’ve managed to tantalisingly miss on support slots. Aileen is a life-affirming little pop rock gem of a track, which wastes no time getting your fist in the air for a party, but at the same time is no dumb dance around the handbag anthem, it has its dark side. Think a British Brody Dalle or Joan Jett, with a fine ear for a good upbeat handclap.
Watch now on YouTube.
Datcha Mandala – Anahata
It’s not often something billed as heavy blues takes my fancy, but there’s something about French trio Datcha Mandala. Side A Misery’s piano and orchestral moments are heavily reminiscent of Muscle Museum era Muse, and at a healthy five minute run time Datcha Mandala give this time to build without getting too carried away. Side B Mojoy is a bit more of a traditional swamp blues affair, building the rhythm before taking it heavier.
These guys mainly hang out in Bordeaux, but you can also find them on Facebook
Dallas Frasca – Dirt Buzz EP
Coming out of Melbourne in a cloud of dust and beer cans, Dallas Frasca are mining the same rich vein of blues rock so popular with the likes of Rival Sons, but lead singer Dallas packs a lot more soul. Things often veer more in a Wolfmother kind of direction, but if they were fronted by The Pretty Reckless’s Taylor Momsen, which sounds pretty good to me.
This one isn’t out til November, when you can catch these guys supporting Ugly Kid Joe on a UK tour. Til then, check out Wasting Time, the video single.