Foxxhound and 28 North – live at The Mint, Los Angeles, August 5

Beautiful concert, very pretty, well-constructed music. Acoustic guitar, cello, drums. It’s all gentle, all of it including the singing, with the exception of the lyrics. They carry real drama, feeling and are pretty interesting in themselves. Not as “song about absurd concept”, but as “yet another take, interesting at that, on real life stuff”.

The album linked above includes the songs they played and it’s pretty good as well.

You know, “indie”. Is it exceptional? Sorry dudes, I don’t think so. It isn’t as hard as it seems to find nice music around. Damn if it doesn’t feel good when you actually find it though. Has this band enriched my musical appreciation? Nope. But I feel glad I won’t die without listening to “When you wish upon a bar” and “Seams”, because they are gorgeous and our universe isn’t  infinite, it isn’t even the only one. There are actually many universes sitting side by side in the cosmos, the scientists are trying to prove it by finding sings from another universe sitting next to ours. You know? It’s all so big, there are so many aliens we will never meet because everything in the multiverse is so far away, we just do things and die here in this universe, what’s the point. But those songs are pretty, so I’m glad I didn’t die yesterday before going to the place.

They were very, very fun. But they don’t have bandcamp or soundcloud. Here’s their website:

http://www.28north.com/

Anyhow, as the lead singer mentioned, the 90’s were pretty awesome, and they really have their hand at the 90’s version of pure rock n roll, the Guns n Roses sort of stuff. It isn’t the most interesting music, but it’s pretty fun alright, I wish them the best. Since they have been opening for more notorious bands and actually touring the US, it kind of falls outside of the scope of the blog. This is more like a recommendation to go see them if they are in town.

Two other bands played, Gabe Rosenn Band and Lumaria. The first is one of those blues bands, you know? Yeah. Lumaria is awful.

-Carpeaux

Carpeaux – Black Magic

With the godly Carpeaux, I ensured him that I would review his album a while back so here it is:

If anyone were to listen to this album on their first take they would wonder if there was a story book meant for this epic tale.  At the same time the guitars have the feel and the sounds from a lot of early Hendrix recordings of Black Magic with some wild flaying around.  But at the same time it’s got this nice math rock you would hear out of Tool or Muse (which I’m sure he hates both groups).  Overall the album has got a single trance like feel running through the entire album.  Almost would be perfect album to listen to drunk in a dark room so then your imagination could build up and listen in depth to the album.  The Vocals are dark deep and meaningful but too deep for me.

Best track on the album:

Gilgamesh, fifth king of Uruk: Such a powerful creation that needs to be listened to either live or at 100db minimum.  With a power swinging bass line and a flaying guitar, vocals that come from the deep depths of the sea, only a king could deny his rights into a kingdom of soloist’s with this track.

Download the album for free through this link     http://carpeaux.bandcamp.com/album/black-magic

Rekapper Overall Rating: 9.876/10

Cab 20 – Cactus EP

Your healthy dose of pure Rock n Roll. This would fit perfectly in the early 2000’s scene, making company to such acts as The Vines, Jet, !!!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, White Stripes (their “Fell in love with a girl” version), to name some of the bands of the time that went a little dirtier, closer to punk, than The Strokes, who were right in the middle between these guys and others such as Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the more sophisticated, less punk, White Stripes.

It’s been more than a couple years since I have listened to the likes of The Vines and early Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but not so much for the latter bands. “Fell in love of a girl”, awesome as it was the first time I listened to it, now makes me feel kind of bored and even though it’s quite short, today I tend to skip it and go straight to the juicier tracks. BRMC and Interpol are still occasional listens though.

So this might seem to imply that I didn’t care much for these Cab 20 guys. Not true though. Chanelled through the above described nostalgic feel I get from listening to it, this Cactus EP stuff strikes me as important stuff. If I had a son stuck deep in Depressing Folk, Electronic experimentation, Post-Rock etc., I would force him to listen to this so he could grow a pair, because that’s how I felt listening to those bands after years of Radiohead and their imitators. I feel rock is more comfortable freeing people from boredom and their pedantic tendencies anyhow, and that’s why I like this EP. In short and going back to the first sentence, it’s pure Rock n Roll, and that’s fucking awesome.

Now to the EP itself. It’s very well recorded, these guys have majored in the art of distorted rock guitar riffs, but the best thing here might actually be the bass. The bassist is the shit. This guy makes everything groovier and cooler. The many instrumental bridges and solos are very pleasing, all the instruments dialogue pretty well together etc., but pay attention to the bass, it shall set you free.

And now for some unreasonable expectations. I don’t think this has the punch to change rock like all those fellows above did, at least not the way it is right now. I have just took a peak at how these guys were reviewed by other people and everyone always goes for dadrock comparisons, which makes it seem even more dated than my 10 year old references, and that’s already a lot. You really have to add something new and exciting to the pack, or else there really is no reason to listen to your music instead of just dusting off your old records. I’ll elaborate:

These guys should go for one of these two routes: they can either go straight to metal, which they already have a foot in, because metal is so fucking awesome who cares if it’s dated, or they should come up, somehow, with their own brand of rock n roll revival and become huge as the sun. As it stands now, it sounds more like it comes from guys obsessed with music, technically very competent musicians, but lacking almost completely in innovation and originality. I see nothing, absolutely nothing that challenges me here, nothing to keep me interested in the long run. It’s fun enough now, but it needs something else to be truly great.

Anyhow, Cactus, the third track, is great, don’t leave here without checking it out.

-Carpeaux