Saturday, November 16, 2013

This Weeks Short Bursts : Sex Tide, Connections, + Mincer Ray

In this weeks short bursts we're obliged to direct you to The Birthpace of Aviation as well as to The Grey City for three outfits who share an appreciation of earnest lo-fi pop and arresting guitar fuzz anthems. From the basements and garages of Columbus and Berlin to your ears.

With the release of Flash Fuck, rising Columbus, OH's skuzz pop outfit, Sex Tide have delivered a exemplary EP of jarring garage rock in the vein of fellow Ohioan's, Times New Viking and the sorely missed, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments. Sex Tide is comprised of standing drummer and vocalist, Aurelie Celine along with dual guitarists Chad Bad and Chris Corbin, On Flash Fuck the trio runs through 7 sludge filled art damaged garage pop in 20 minutes and not a second is wasted, in fact it's due to that brevity that has us reaching for this EP over and over. Recorded on quarter inch analog tape which gives these song considerable density and perfectly capture Sex Tides' voluminous cacophony. Volume required.

Back in June we were compelled to tell you about the Columbus, OH supergroup Connections in our debut Currently Obsessed segment. The band that features members of both 84 Nash and Times New Viking have just released their second full lenth and third overall realease of the year Body Langauage and the new set finds the quintet picking up where they left us on both the Tough City EP and their charging debut LP, Private Airplane by sharpening their focus to their artful distillation of 90's lo-fi in conjunction with intelligent songwriting, buzzing guitars and gigantic pop hooks. Connections recorded Body Lanuguage at a brisk pace and according to a recent Facebook post, the band have no plans of slowing their pace as they will be headed back into the studio shortly to churn out another healthy collection of power chord pop anthems. Check Body Language's Summer Creeps for the catchiest damn thing we've heard this year.

Last spring, Berlin based Mincer Ray issued A Magnates Reach, a sturdy and engaging collection of skewed indie pop. The trio features three distinctive songwriters, two American's and a Brazillian, all of whom contribute to the varied texture of the EP. Initially we had our doubts,was Mincer Ray another GBV retread or Tobin Sprout tribute band? We're happy to report all our suspicions were unfounded. Yes, there's an obvious Guided By Voices influence at work here, but Mincer Ray exhibits quite a bit of precision as well as unique song craft which enables the trio to distribute five diverse and exuberant songs, that will make you wish A Magnates Reach was about five tracks longer.

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