Blue Ox

Imagine Mastodon. Imagine their technical ability and prowess in all their hairy, B-movie tattooed, Star Wars fan-boy glory. Now imagine Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre shows up and you have Blue Ox. Minneapolis’ sludge quintet are unrelentingly heavy, punching hard enough to make brick walls bleed and playing fast enough to make greyhounds depressed. Night of the Technicolor Yawn is the pinnacle of this in full effect. Truly bludgeoning riffs pile up one after the other whilst vocals are screamed hard enough at you, you start melting, all at literal breakneck speed. If Blue Ox took prisoners, you can expect them to be executed with an axe as their sophomore Stray Dogs On Pity Party Island, is a savage animal on the loose.

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Riverdales

Although now defunct because of domestic violence, Riverdales was a side-project of punk legends Screeching Weasel, blending the garage roots of the punk of past with the dementia-inducing vibe of psychobilly and a little of that ol’ good time rock ‘n’ roll. Time Chaser, effectively true to its name sake, harks back to that jukebox diner period, complete with embroidered infectious patches onto the classic denim of swinging grooves and soulful serenades, something that their final album Tarantula is filled to the brim with.

The Soundshark’s Top 20 Songs of 2013

Hello there, it’s been a while since I posted on here, I got rather carried away with life and this became a casualty of neglect in the process. For no longer. One of my resolutions for this year was to maintain this blog, as I’m passionate about what I do and it would be a massive shame if I had nothing to show for it. So, what better way to kick off a new year of musical hunter-gathering than sharing with you my personal favourite songs of last year. Some of them may seem familiar as I have raved about them before, others you may have never heard before. They’re not all from unknown artists, most of them aren’t even from this year and some of them I’ve just been late to the party for, but all are in my eyes, subsequently awesome. This list is also available as a playlist on Spotify if you fancy listening to it without my commentary: Top 20 Songs of 2013

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