Friday, 17 November 2017

Premiere: Bullet Girl - Post Atomic Youth

Bullet Girl Post Atomic Youth Premiere Single

Bullet Girl - Post Atomic Youth

Info: REMY is very proud to premiere the debut single 'Post Atomic Youth' from Dublin post-punk noise rockers Bullet Girl, comprised of Mark Duffy (drums / backing vox), Glenn Moran (bass), Dylan Keenan (guitars / backing vox) and Aaron Doyle (guitar / vocals). Having toured the capital under a different name for over four years before deciding to rebrand as Bullet Girl in early 2017, the North Dublin act presented their new material with two dates in Whelan's, The Mezz and Fibbers over the summer in the run up to their debut single release.

The raucous four-piece deliver exactly what's on the tin, 'Post Atomic Youth' is an ear-bleeding and blistering debut which stays extremely loyal to the central tenets of punk music. It is short, anarchic, and rebellious, with the distortion and roughness of the track already over-flowing from the first 20 seconds. The song could be viewed as a goading two-fingered salute to an establishment which views the current generation as ungrateful and self-indulgent, whilst completely missing the irony. Bullet Girl have come out swinging in such a frenzy with their debut that they must be considered as worthy of notice alongside fellow Dublin peers THUMPER and OTHERKIN straight away.

'Post Atomic Youth' is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer and other streaming platforms from today.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Single: Blurred Out - Meadows

Blurred Out - Meadows

Info: San Francisco, California indie-rock with a dash of grunge four-piece Blurred Out released their debut single 'Meadows' on the 4th of November and it is a zinger. Reminiscent of so many bands I love, it recalls a mixture of early Smashing Pumpkins circa Siamese Dream, Sugar's Copper Blue and the slightest dash of Weezer's Pinkerton on the distorted guitar in particular. So, maybe a 90's alternative rock sound? I suppose so, but who cares really what it sounds like so long as it sounds immense, and this is one track I have on loop, drawing your attention in particular to the whammy guitar on the 1:21 mark, the vocals giver it a real slacker-rock feel and I'm in love. For a different and no less enjoyable delivery check out additional track 'Betrayed By The Wind' on their Bandcamp.

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Album of the Month: Columbia Mills - A Safe Distance To Watch

Columbia Mills - A Safe Distance To Watch

Info: Following on from a trio of critically acclaimed singles this year, 'Head Start', 'This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me', and the radio hit 'Battles', Bray indietronica quintet Columbia Mills finally released their debut album, 'A Safe Distance To Watch', on Friday November 10th.

The overarching theme of the album is putting space between yourself and someone else or certain situations to avoid being influenced negatively or to avoid influencing someone else with your own negativity. Finding or providing peace by putting a distance between yourself and someone else despite the short term or long term pain it creates.

With a slow-drifting intro, Columbia Mills open their debut LP A Safe Distance To Watch via 'A Break In The Clouds, Head Start', the soft synth sounds winding their way towards the sun peeking through at the 1:30 mark. From here they kick into gear on their previous single 'Head Start', a rousing and rhythmic piece of electronic indie that nods to Interpol or White Lies. 

Another hit single follows quickly in the form of 'Battles', snapping drum pads and quick key progressions set the tone, the tribal and intent-filled beat appropriately matching the song-title. It is easy to see why this was a standout single release, the drops and rise between chorus and verse are quite invigorating and there's an inescapable anthemic quality to the track.

'This City Doesn't Feel Like Home To Me' adopts a more post-punk and new wave sound and it's quite gripping lyrically. From a personal perspective, when the single was released in July and I merely read the title, before even listening to the track, it had already begun to conjure themes in my head. A reflection of how the place you grew up in has become unrecognisable, not physically or aesthetically with the passage of time, but more to do with the ravages inflicted on the weakest, and in some ways all of us on a certain level, over the past decade. This sense is captured in the lines; "And every street 'round here has a story to tell / The poets painted on the wall look down on us in disgust"

Columbia Mills slow the pace and mood on the watery shimmering buzz of 'Alone', singer Fiachra Treacy giving us the old school crooner treatment accompanied by stark and bare guitar progressions. Following the dark electronic harbinger of 'Coldest Shoulder' we come to 'Same Shame'. It's a beautifully delivered ballad to a wrenching break-up that just won't dissipate, it's nice to have a common yet time-honoured theme have an original lyrical accompaniment attached to it, opening with the lines; "Underneath the debris / Of this silent sounding city / There’s a place where I left you / A place I dug a grave for my own heart".

One of the tracks that particularly caught my attention in the albums latter half was the graceful 'Octopus'. Again emotion abounds and the build from sombre to elation is executed very well, the electric guitar effects sound at their best right here, filling every single gap in the sound with the percussion lapping softly in the background.

A Safe Distance To Watch closes with 'We Decide', the fourth single to be taken from the album, retro-80's synths to the forefront, Columbia Mills grab all of the elements of the album thus far and pour them into one last push over the line. Searing and ice-cold guitar riffs vibrate in a frenzied manner and by the time we reach the final third of the track all 5 musicians are melding into one column of sound. 

Some elements of A Safe Distance To Watch will pop out at you straight away, others will require a few more listens, and therein lies the reward and evidence of a well-thought out collection of songs which click neatly together and musically flow from start to finish, something which seems to be a bit of a rarity nowadays on contemporary albums. As far as Columbia Mills are concerned, they can sit back with great satisfaction that patient building has produced such a highly enjoyable album for music lovers.

Columbia Mills play The Button Factory this Friday, 17th of November with support from Pursued By Dogs. Tickets are available via Eventbrite here.

A Safe Distance To Watch is also currently available on physical vinyl and CD formats at Tower Records Dublin and all good record stores.

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