Big Troubles: Romantic Comedy

Big Troubles from Ridgewood, New Jersey, formed somewhere in 2009/10 after being friends since high-school and been in several bands together, currently signed to Slumberland Records brought out their second full-length Romantic Comedy after a number of 7” and EPs. They are currently touring with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Young Prisms and Real Estate and you can locate their sound somewhere in this edge. It’s a style of lo-fi dream pop with lyrical themes such as romance, as the title of the record says, loss of love and things like that. But enough informations, I’ll give it a spin.

Romantic Comedy starts with a lovely opener called She Smiles For Pictures. I like the guitar melody and the keyboard effects and already took the voices from Alex Craig and Ian Drennan to my heart. Misery let me even think of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart again which is definitely not a bad thing because I loved Belong and can’t get enough of stuff in the same musical style that want to bring the Billy Corgan-feeling back to life. Make It Worse is in the same shoegazy style and I love it, as well as Sad Girls. You can call it a rip-off of something and you could be right with that argument but I simply like it so why should I criticise it. And about vocal lines like ‘Love is in the air, but I don’t care, ’cause I don’t want to love anymore’ you just can smile about it and don’t judge them. You’ll Be Laughing is a mid-tempo style with a remarkable background guitar-line to break-up the first half of Romantic Comedy.

Second half starts with one of my favourites of this record called Minor Keys and for the first time played a more straight-forward style of Shoegaze in the third minute that lets me think of Loveless. It is followed by Softer Than Science which is as the title says again calm and peaceful but still likeable, though one of the unspectacular songs on Romantic Comedy. Time Bomb, again as the title says more noisy and experimental. Succesfull, another highlight on this record in my opinion. We have already arrived at the last two track, Engine and Never Mine. The first of the two is some relaxing mid-tempo dream pop where the roots are clearly somewhere Pavement- or Dinosaur Jr.-like with the pinch of originality. Never Mine, like the most on Romantic Comedy is a nicely done closure, stroke the guitar for the last time, aspirate into the mic for the last time and leave the listener in a pleased and entire mood.

I really liked Romantic Comedy and there were almost no bad songs on this. I would really like to see them blowing up in the upcoming weeks and want to recommend it to a fan of every artist I mentioned in this review, you can’t do something wrong by listening to Romantic Comedy. So what are you waiting for, do it!

  • 8.3/10

Tammar: Visits

If you want to find out who or what Tammar really is, you won’t find much, just some reviews on Pitchfork and other blogs. Whatever it is real, it’s out on the market and the cover artwork looks good so anyway I’ll listen through. Seven songs, pretty long running times, Tammar, Visits.

Album starts with Heavy Tonight, a strange but catchy experimental rock opener with nice guitars and keyboards but turned out to be too monotone though for its nearly seven minutes. Next song is called Summer Fun and like these song-names they usually sound like summer. Not bad song and with four minutes not too long either, good riffs, good post-punkish chorus, succesfull highlight. The Last Line has also some nice ideas in it and it kinda reminds me of U2 somehow but they could have wanted to listen like some 80’s post-punk, quite well done. Deep Witness, next looong song with about seven minutes starts well with a groovy guitarline and echoed vocals, it’s a nice track too but you also would have seen the whole thing after five minutes.

Next opus Arrows Underwater is nearly nine minutes long, excited what this turns out like. It starts ambient, guitars tune in after a minute. So the whole thing has nice melodies in it but they just made all the songs a bit too long which makes this album very long-winded which tempts the listener to skip. Anyway after five minutes Arrows Underwater turns out quite enjoyable with a nice building-up. Yung Jun is not too long finally, good riffs that won’t get boring until the song ends. Frost Meter, already the last song on Visits is peaceful and chill, ending in a orgasmic spiral of kind and beautiful soundscape.

The album is truly not bad but as I already said before the songs are a bit too long to keep the whole thing really interesting. There were nice ideas and the instrumental work vocals and stuff is well done but I would have prefered ten shorter songs than these seven. Try to change it and something’s going to happen with this band.

  • 6.8/10

Remember: My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine are an influental dream pop/shoegaze-band from Dublin, Ireland. Former members were guitarist and vocalist Kevin Shield and the drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. They played together since their childhood in the seventies in several other bands. My Bloody Valentine existed from 1983 to 1997 and now they’re active again since 2007. They took their name of a 1981 horror movie with the same name and name influences such as Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground and Cocteau Twins.

They have released two groundbreaking records, Isn’t Anything in 1988 and especially Loveless in 1991 who is often described as originator of modern shoegaze. Loveless was recorder from 1989 to 1991 in nineteen different studios and several artists name this album as an influence for their music.

It is said, that the production costs for Loveless range up to 500’000 $ and nearly bankrupted Creation Records, their label at that time. Shields said, that they worked longer on the lyrics than on the music but they are often difficult to understand because they recorder in the night and so Bilinda Butcher sounded sleepy. They signed to Warner Bros. to publish their music in the United States. Then finally in the late 1991 the record appeared on the market, wasn’t a great success in the UK though it ranged #24 in the charts. But music magazines like Rolling Stones or Pitchfork name Loveless as one of the best if not the best record of the 90s. They supported Dinosaur Jr. on their tour in the USA but the incomes for Loveless were too less to cope the debts of Creation and so they were dropped.

After the release 1991 they got signed by Island Records and went into studios again to record and later release their third record. But after they dispenced about 500’000 $ without any results they got kicked out by Island. After that distanced more and more from each other and so they broke up in 1992.

Isn’t Anything” was good enough to inspire an entire scene of My Bloody Valentine soundalikes, but “Loveless”‘ greatness proved that the band was inimitable (Heather Phares)

Yuck: New Tracks and upcoming Album

Yuck will release a deluxe edition of their self-titled debut record. It will be released on October 11 through Fat Possum. They already released one out of six new songs on the expanded edition. See the new tracklist and listen to Cousin Corona, Milkshake and Doctors In My Bed below.


Disc 1
01. Get Away
02. The Wall
03. Shook Down
04. Holing Out
05. Suicide Policeman
06. Georgia
07. Suck
08. Stutter
09. Operation
10. Sunday
11. Rose Gives A Lilly
12. Rubber

Disc 2
01. The Base of A Dream Is Empty
02. Milkshake
03. Coconut Bible
04. Cousin Corona
05. Doctors In My Bed
06. Soothe Me

Blood Orange: Coastal Grooves

What we have here is Coastal Grooves, the new work from Blood Orange, better known as Lightspeed Champion or under his real name Dev Hynes. He is famous for his works for artists such as Chemical Brothers or Arctic Monkeys. But he also makes music on his own and is able to play cello, guitar, piano, violin, drums and bass. He brought out his third record on 8th of August. I don’t really like the cover artwork but I made the mistake to not listen to records because of the artwork so I don’t really argue on that.

There are 10 tracks and a running time of about 40 minutes. The music is very experimental and funky and full of electronic elements. You cannot really categorize it but that is a great thing which makes it more interesting to listen to and you cannot name much similar artists also. It is a mix of funk, rock, shoegaze and dream pop and he all makes it by himself while his voice is very soul-ish. I very like this combination of various genres. There are many effects in style of 80’s new wave and it is like he combined a bunch of great ideas in every song. I especially love the middle-part of The Complete Knock or the guitar-part at Forget It. His voice really fits into the style of this record.

I really had my fun to listen to this record and want to recommend it to everyone out there who loves funky and experimental music. Also check out his other projects, they’re awesome as well.

  • 8/10

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