Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tuesday &: The Burning Hell - Of Clocks and Clouds

The Burning Hell - Men Without Hats.

Background promo - The seventh Burning Hell album is a collection of eight short stories drawn from different sections of the bookshelf of the brain. A murder mystery rubs shoulders with a biography, while a romance leans against a prison diary. There’s a killer priest, a nameless band lost in Yorkshire, and Elvis and Michael Jackson moon walking their way into space and/or global annihilation. Despair and hope go hand in hand here, and although Mathias Kom’s song writing has never been wordier, the stories never stranger, and the band never louder, the essence of The Burning Hell remains constant: life is not really so bad, as long as you can laugh a little and you have something decent to read.

The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and the band has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals like Glastonbury and Dawson City to bars, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France. Musically, The Burning Hell runs the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and roll, and so the band can adapt to its surroundings like a karma of anthropomorphic chameleons, taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love.

On occasion, Mathias goes on the road as a duo with clarinetist Ariel Sharratt, and their debut album “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom: Don’t Believe The Hyperreal” came out in November 2015. More often, Mathias and Ariel are joined by bassist Nick Ferrio, drummer Jake Nicoll and guitarist Darren Browne. The Burning Hell released Public Library, a new album of distorted story-songs, in April 2016, and they’ll spend the better part of the spring and summer in their natural habitat: the tour van.

Wed 11th May - DeBarras, Clonakilty, Ireland
Thu 12th May - Start The Bus, Bristol, UK 
Fri 13th May - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
Sat 14th May (Matinee) - Eagle Inn, Salford 
Sat 14th May (Evening) - Eagle Inn, Salford 
Mon 16th May - Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, UK
Tue 17th May - The Crescent, York, UK
Wed 18th May - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK 
Thu 19th May - The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin, UK
Fri 20th May - The Hug & Pint, Glasgpw, UK 
Sat 21st May - Village Hall, Mickleton, Durham
Sun 22nd May - Spanky van Dykes, Nottingham, UK
Mon 23rd May - MIMA, Nottingham, UK  (FREE show at Institute of Modern Art www.visitmima.com) 
Tue 24th May - Oslo Hackney, London, UK
Wed 25th May - Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK 

Thu 26th May - Moshi Moshi @ Tom Thum Theatre, Margate, UK

'Men Without Hats' is a lyrical wonder, and gives a hint of what you will hear on the album. Musically it's as tight as anything and the melody will get you if the words don't. The band are a bit of a challenge for our 'family friendly' format (hmmm) but that's the nature of rock'n'roll, it's no surprise that they are getting noticed either.


Of Clocks and Clouds - She Had To Go.

Background bio - Named one of the Top 25 New Music Critiques by music Connection, Of Clocks and Clouds have been praised for their “enchanting arrangements, intensifying interludes and attention grabbing guitar riffs.”(Artsy Magazine)

Founded in 2013, Joe Salgo and Ross Procaccio were born and raised in Brooklyn, a borough that has become an international brand. The pair pride themselves on standing apart from the shoegaze indie rock scene, which has erupted throughout their hometown, crafting a sound that pays homage to the days of L'amours, CBGB's and Coney Island High.

Inspired by acts like The Black Keys, Pink Floyd, Beck and Queens of the Stone Age, OCAC combine classic and modern rock with tinges of electronic and psychedelic influences. “She Had to Go” from their forthcoming, self-produced album, Better Off, due out July 15th, - Vocals, guitar, electronics / Joe Salgo - Drums, vocals, electronics / Ross Procaccio.

'She Had To Go' is a punchy piece of Alt rock and no mistake. The power, rock duo's can create in is notable, however this pair pay attention to the detail and composition, rather than compensate with a wall of noise. The song should put the forthcoming album on plenty of folks radar.


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