And we're at the 12 month mark! At this rate I'll be cancelling my subscription by the end of the summer, or sooner if I keep getting more than five discs dealt with at a time.
Whilst typing the above the scarlet 7" by Ten Tonnes has been spinning. The stage name of Ethan Barnett, 'Cracks Between' is decently listenable '90s indie, albeit I'm not grabbed enough to play it twice. 'Lay It On Me' is equally Radio 2-friendly but not for me in the long run. You can order the debut, self-titled Ten Tonnes album, out May 03, here.
Hatchie also has a '90s feel to her sound but there's a catchier element to 'Sugar & Spice' without it descending into pop dross. 'Sure' though starts off rather too slowly for my taste and then becomes formulaic. The best part of £20 could be mine according to Discogs so it's on the list. Hatchie has just finished a tour of the USA and UK dates for the summer can be found here.
Husky Loops I've already heard of but have no recollection of hearing. 'When I Come Home' is a pretty slow and ponderous semi-acoustic effort, with a kind of crap rap in the middle. 'Daft' is apparently the sort of song they more usually do. It's a bit like Arctic Monkeys on their third album, if a bit slower. Not a good advert for seeing them live. On to the Discogs inventory for this clear disc too. The band's website seems to indicate they've not much going on at the moment.
For four lads to all agree that The Old Pink House is a good name for a band is pretty amazing. The Geordie quartet have a bit of the Maximo Park about their sound on 'Jaded' whilst 'Black Hole' (very topical at the time of writing this review) plods along easily enough at a reasonably upbeat pace but neither song's that exciting and they don't sound like they'll ever make that much of a splash. Like Husky Loops there's little seemingly going on with the band online just now.
Calpurnia are signed to Transgressive and there seems to be a trend that the discs co-produced with that label end up on Discogs for sure. Then again I've got rid of nine of the ten I've been playing tonight so that statistic probably means little.
'Greyhound' has quite an AOR-ish guitar solo at one point and 'Louie' also manages to sound far older than the combined ages of the four band members. It's in fact very good. And, now that I've re-read the booklet I remember that one of the quartet is the lad who plays one of the main characters in Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard (the lads from Newcastle might want to appropriate that as a better band name). Keeping it for now but it's also listed as future plays will no doubt never happen. Again they seem to have not much in their diaries for the coming months.