Album Review: Lydia – Liquor

Arizona’s indie-pop lover boys Lydia have returned to the studio for the release of their latest LP Liquor. The album artwork consists of a sinister image of a figure seemingly attempting to drown themselves. Yet, whilst the cover connotes an extension of their darker ‘emo’ origins, the music contained within it could hardly be further…

Album Review: Broken Bellows – I, Kaleidoscope

Cory Brent and Will Prinzi, former members of the punk band Reckless Serenade, have announced the release date for their new album I, Kaleidoscope. After the dispersal of their former band, the duo decided to continue their music journey and create their own band, Broken Bellows. After releasing their first EP called The Card Table…

Review: Benjamin Lazar Davis – Nothing Matters

Rolling in with an immediate 1960s psychedelia vibe, replete with flute pads and affected vocals, Benjamin Lazar Davis’ latest release Nothing Matters seems at first to belie its bleak title. Opening song ‘A Love Song Seven Ways’ is a laid back and sunny track, hooks floating by like scenic clouds in an otherwise clear blue…

Review: Bell X1 – ARMS

ARMS is the seventh studio album by Bell X1 – arguably one of Ireland’s most beloved bands. The Irish trio’s latest work contrasts with the stripped back, acoustic sound of critically acclaimed 2013 album ‘Chop Chop’ which secured Bell X1’s third number one album on the Irish Album Charts, while also being their fourth consecutive…

Review: Anna Coogan – The Lonely Cry of Space and Time

Guitarist, composer, producer and singer; Anna Coogan exudes a multiplicity of musical talents. Having studied opera singing in Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Coogan brings the opera into the modern day, merging this authentic traditional sound with new age genres of indie, rock, Americana, country, folk, and more experimental tones. Brought up on the protest songs…

Review: Arthur Moon – Our Head

The new EP by Arthur Moon, the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Lora-Faye Ashuvud, contains a considerable amount more sonic variety than you might initially anticipate from the opening, ethereal minimalism. Not quite your average dream pop act, it doesn’t take long for Arthur Moon to throw her wide palette of sounds at you, first track ‘Room’…

Review: The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory

Reconnecting with their musical roots and where their love and inspiration comes from, The Molochs take the beloved sounds of the 60s and 70s and put their own personal touch and contemporary twist on the retro-indie/alternative/rock genres. Based in LA, the band, set up and lead by Lucas Fitzsimons have just released their next album,…

Review: TaxiWars – Fever

TaxiWars are a Belgian four piece led by Tom Barman, veteran of the avant garde music and film scene. Using this experimental approach, the band create a sort of chamber music blending free jazz with more rock oriented rhythms. Barman himself is undoubtedly inspired by Mark Sandman of Morphine, with the vocal delivery being almost…

Review: Hiva Oa – mk2 (part 1)

From the very start of the churning, simplistic synth loop of ‘A Great Height’, Hiva Oa’s influences are quite clear. Though on this track the vocal element of this Irish duo’s music takes a turn vaguely in the direction Tool’s Maynard Keenan, what is most readily detectable throughout new EP mk 2 (part 1) is…

Review: Circle of Reason – Faith or Theory

A fat, thick production and a meaty, heavyweight guitar tone: two factors which, when combined, are guaranteed to satisfy many a rock or metal fan. Even from a cursory listen, it is clear that Circle of Reason have these elements nailed down on their new mini album Faith or Theory, and they certainly are satisfying…

Review from the Archive: The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem certainly has a lot to live up to. The undeniable success of their 2010 release American Slang, as well as Brian Fallon’s solo effort Elsie with Ian Perkins has raised the bar to unbelievable heights. But rest assured, the New Jersey foursome have succeeded, over and over again with their new album…

Q&A: White Reaper

We Are Unseen caught up with Kentucky rockers White Reaper on their August/September UK tour! How did White Reaper come into existence? We’d all been friends for a really long time, and we played in a bunch of bands together since we were about 14, finally we ended up making a band that we decided…