The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E06

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E06

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #6, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

Grenades – Primate
Ultramariini – Sointu
Rosy Finch – Vermillion
Coyote Man – Perilous
Boneweaver – Depths (feat. Sam Mooradian)
Airships On The Water – Overcaster
You Win Again Gravity – Recursive
I See Vultures – Goodnight, City Lights
No Ostriches – The Solid Lipstick Drama
[Amatory] – Нож (feat. RAM)
Wasted Struggle – Daily Abuse
NYOS – Curiosity
Bubblegum Octopus – Come Back, Beat Life
Bone Cult – Realise
Houses of Heaven – Sleep
Panther Modern – Ask Yourself
Sidewalks and Skeletons – Letting Go
Violent Vickie – Serotonin
Zombie Commando – The Thunder God
Ideesnoires – Echo
Tommy Krües – Miami Miami
Avalon Rays – Holding Back (feat. Spike C)
Dave Owen – Venom
Ash Walker – Come With Us (feat. Yazz Ahmed)
MCL (Micro Chip League) – Soft Electro Song

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10 Moments In The Last Decade That Music Made Memorable

Memories… we all have them for the express purpose of giving us something to recall in our lives, a mark of experience whether with fondness, sorrow, or regret. A particular facet or detail, of that handful of seconds, or minutes in your life can be so evocative, so powerful, that you can recall it for as long as you breathe the air you’re given. Sometimes that one detail can be a song, and science continues to prove that music may be among the most powerful of keys to unlock long lost memories, especially in those whose minds may deteriorate faster than the average human being. In such a troublesome time where everyday life has been put on hold indefinitely, it seems almost flippant to reminisce about a period that was within reach mere months ago and pine for those memories, to be free once more in that moment. Music being the almighty force it is, there were moments for myself in the last decade, undoubtedly the greatest growth period in my still short yet slowly developing life, that a song made even an insignificant event into an exhibition, from the inside of a frantically paced head. Here’s the ten most memorable of them:

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E05

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E05

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #5, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

Alexa Van and the Black Outs – Black Doubt
Demonstrations – Clang!
The World / Inferno Friendship Society – Bad Penny Blue
Vernon Jane – Over
The Post War – Bend
The Basement Paintings – Instinct
Eris Is My Homegirl – Nowy Dzień
Pogo Car Crash Control – Tête blême
Quasarborn – A Pill Hard To Swallow
Pressure Cracks – Like Father Like None
The Ditch and the Delta – Maimed
Hammerhands – Dad Sludge
Stömb – Dimension Zero
Celluloide – Si tu renonces
Kofin – Someone To See You
Youryoungbody – Cement
Bedless Bones – Limbs Entwined
DEVILNOTCRY – Energy + Ecstasy
Amy Douglas – Cities In Dust
Antisun – Nosferatu
BVSMV – Labyrinth
Ginger Snap5 – Enter The Action
Miseria Ultima – Remote Warning
R.I.P. (Roppongi Inc. Project) – Bazooka
Escape Artist – Digital Natives

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Want all the music, but with no interruptions?

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All episodes so far can be found here.

The Secret Tsunami Club thumbnail lovingly produced by Julia Klein.

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E04

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E04

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #4, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

Gaygirl – Mikkel
Thé Vanille – Philemon’s Chair
Philosophers – Caribou Island
The Legendary Flower Punk – Wabi Wu
Lattermath – Homunculus Theory
Mnmlst – Monarch (Wolf)
Vernon Of Persia – Ascend
FRCTRD – Tyrant
CLCKWS – Sheep*
Owls Woods Graves – Concierge of Hades
Devil-M – Faszination
Our Earth Is A Tomb – øne
Mantis – Tropic of Nothing
The Dining Rooms – Alli guai
Twinsanity – Raw Pressure (feat. Moderator)
SEADRAKE – What You Do To Me
Colossal Squid – Faded Acid
Imer6ia – Aeternalove (feat. Øfdream (R.I.P.))
Human Performance Lab – Terran
Vestron Vulture – Queen of Blades
UltraKiller – Death Race 3000
Restraint – Wardance
Noiger – Even If We Fight (feat. Leslie)
Euglossine – Dryocampa Messenger Service
Isolated Infants – Chapel One

*EDITOR’S NOTE: CLCKWS’ album was actually called Popular Polarization, not Polarized Population as stated. Apologies.

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Want all the music, but with no interruptions?

Here’s a playlist of this show’s music:

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All episodes so far can be found here.

The Secret Tsunami Club thumbnail lovingly produced by Julia Klein.

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E03

The Secret Tsunami Club - S1E03

‘Music can’t make waves, if you don’t know it exists’ – The Soundshark.

Broadcast #3, from a realm in time and space that has intercepted two hours of the best in under the radar, underground, and unsigned music.

This is the Secret Tsunami Club.

Tracklist:

Liotta Seoul – Paper Blossom
Dandelion Massacre – Sunshine Fade
Nikki Nailbomb & The Amorphous Blob Orchestra – G.T.F.O.
Resilia – Royal Flush
Satyr – Bird
Intronaut – Pangloss
Dystopian Future Movies – Black-cloaked
Solkyri – Shambles
BEAR – Apollo’s Heist
Neon Graves – Lost Cause
Vane – The Cannibal
Jim Noir – Hexagons
Emme – Wake
Red Mecca – Canticle
Only Child Tyrant – Solid Grey Zebra
Deer Mx – Biting A Spectrum
Nevada Hardware – Hybrid Machine
Amelia Arsenic – Deathless
Baddon – Abandonware
Vulta – Spacedrift
Tesen – Parasite
Muten & Sekev – Blue Mango
SWAG KING – Black Rays
Art of Algebra – Silent Times
YSTLG – It Will Always Rain For You

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Want all the music, but with no interruptions?

Here’s a playlist of this show’s music:

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The Soundshark Meets… Mr.Kitty

The first time Mr.Kitty graced the shores of the United Kingdom was in 2014, where for his first ever international show, he played gothic/industrial holiday camp Infest, where he also became the first, and currently, only non-headlining artist to perform an encore in the festival’s history. If that doesn’t speak volumes for the prowess and rabid fanbase that this project has amassed in nearly a decade, then there’s no swaying you I’m afraid. Five years on, this night is also a first in Forrest’s career, where on the eve I got to sit down with him, it was his first ever London show, and naturally anticipation was huge within the confines of Camden’s Underworld, not to mention performing alongside fellow witch house pioneer Sidewalks and Skeletons. Progressing through many doors and hallways bleached with graffiti and swarms of band stickers, I meet Forrest and husband Isaac deep in the Underworld’s bowels, to talk about the past, the present, and the ephemeral. Continue reading

Mr.Kitty Embraces Death Like Never Before, On Album Number Seven, Ephemeral

There has never been a time where the conversation about mental health, needs to be louder. Any loss of life is awful, and taking the matter into your own hands will never be any less tragic. But, with the recent deaths of Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, and now, the loss of Keith Flint, already very raw in the hearts and minds of musicians and fans alike, it is time to stop trivialising the matter of suicide and take affirmative action, not as a society, but as fellow human beings. Forrest LaMaire aka Mr.Kitty understands the value of this conversation, and with his seventh release Ephemeral, the exact value of this conversation becomes all the more evident. Continue reading

The Soundshark’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

As the world begins to stir, gently putting the gears back into production, and steadily adjusting weary eyes to the bright new horizon of 2019 (I mean, it probably won’t be that different, other than some cases of lingering hangovers, apparent nationwide incense about a vegan sausage roll, and more than likely international condemnation of whatever Donald Trump does next), we at least have a period longer to contemplate how good a year of music 2018 really did provide us with. However the longer it took to mull over how a good year of music it was, the more frustrating it became to whittle down and distil the ten best. It’s very safe to say EVERY album about to be mentioned was in contention for a top ten position. Tantrums happened and tears were nearly shed. An iron resolve and persistence eventually paid off, and in the settling dust, lay the final ten chosen to represent the best of 2018. Just one of them became the victor and declared ‘the undisputed favourite.’ Continue reading

The Soundshark Artist of the Year 2016 – Mr.Kitty

While this is the very first of the end of year posts for this site and officially the first time anything like this has been on the site before, it gives me great pleasure and happiness to write a piece, giving a greater emphasis on an artist that has been a constant for this year. Limitations are boring and if locking a piece like this solely to any artist’s accomplishments in one year, it doesn’t grant the necessary freedom to write something engaging enough. So take this as a love letter to the one artist or group of artists whose music has been cherished through thick and thin this year, and would like to dedicate this year’s piece to self-proclaimed ‘suicidal synth-pop’ artist Forrest Avery LeMaire a.k.a. Mr.Kitty.

If you want to talk about 2016 for Mr.Kitty, then it hasn’t been as active as past years. Despite playing numerous shows over in the States, we were expecting what was to be Mr.Kitty’s sixth album in as many years to be released in October, making him certifiably in the conversation as one of synth-pop’s hardest working artists around. Sadly but understandably, the album was put on hold until next year as health concerns became a priority into the latter half of the year. But that does not speak for the quality of the music that Mr.Kitty has produced over his six-year plus lifespan as a recording artist. Far from it.

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Channeling the mechanical heart of classic 80’s electronica and the drum machines of the great original goth movement, into chilling dreamscapes and darkened dancefloors, narrated by the oft distorted and reverb-drenched lullabies and shrieks of Forrest; the output of Mr.Kitty is an emotional outpouring of a vulnerable soul against an array of unforgettable analogue synth dialects. His first four albums form part of a quadrilogy of works known as the Dark Youth collection, spanning both light and darkness which broadcasts and touches upon many subject matters in that time frame, moving and macabre. It also serves as the perfect window or measuring post to show how much Mr.Kitty has grown and matured as an artist. But every release is its own separate universe, with its own atmosphere and a complete anthology of melodic masterpieces.

Arguably the greatest of his works is Dark Youth’s final installment Time, which although is one of the darker albums of that collection, is uncompromising in its vision, truly emanating the rawest feelings of every song, no matter how black its subject matter. How so many of these songs contain the musings of a mind much darker than you can imagine, but are entangled in some of the most memorable synth-pop written this decade is a true wonder and testament to Mr.Kitty’s abilities as a songwriter, let alone a fascinating juxtaposition. Although we have had snippets of a new album this year, how Forrest has tirelessly spun such outstanding retro-contemporary electronic webs together year after year is commendable. Each one is more enchanting and enrapturing than the next, and there is absolutely no hesitation in saying that everything that Mr.Kitty has created is consistently among the best music heard all year.

So if Mr.Kitty does get to read this, thank you so much for your music, with love and kind regards,

The Soundshark

Five Essential Mr.Kitty tracks:





The vast majority of everything Mr.Kitty has ever produced can be found on his Bandcamp page, and if it can’t be found there, then it can be found on his Soundcloud page instead. Though unconfirmed, a 2017 release window is pencilled in for A.I., to be Mr.Kitty’s next album of which this site will take great interest in. You can shop here if you are in need of any t-shirts or the likes in the near future.

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Track of The Week: Autopsy Boys – Song For Deberra

Following my original article on Leeds electropunk outfit Autopsy Boys and my over excitement to share my words with them, they got in contact and they were impressed with my musings and tipped me off about the first preview of their forthcoming new album Return Of The Acid Casualty Auto Humans. So as you might expect, I was poised waiting, and a little over 24 hours later, here I am writing about that new song. Titled Song for Debbera, in tribute to B-movie legend and now music video curator, Debbie Rochon, is the beginning of a five-part narrative depicting a day of urban anarchy, in the style of the 80’s horror flicks they so cherish. The scene and the stage are set strongly, both the Queen of Scream introducing her illustrious career and the tale about to unfold, and the band start at pace with a subtly catchy guitar hook, whilst synth throbs like the Blob below. It’s really from this point onwards, you can really marvel at the lyricism at work, billowing with 80’s references that flow off the tongue like water bursting from a dam. There’s also not so much of a chorus of sorts,  but one particular moment that a well-informed crowd could harmonise with beautifully. Moments that recall a certain Mr. Gary Numan in his prime, then again, Tubeway Army were a punk band, just not in the strictest sense of the definition. As you expect, amplitude starts to ramp up and vocals cease to focus on instruments building tension, coinciding nicely with the on-screen imagery of a party dispersing from some sort of humanoid attack, as well as insane scientist back story in the process. Furious chords play out as synths turn haywire and drums keep that panic and hysteria constantly moving, culminating in the first person camera being thrown into the boot of a car. As an introduction to the work of Autopsy Boys, this could be no more perfect. As a fan, I can no doubt imagine that they already hunger for the next instalment, as well as more new music in tandem. On the basis of this first track alone, this Leeds four piece look set to continue and build upon the already stellar synthpunk slasher sound, and with visuals in tow, only confirm their status as one of the country’s most exciting under-the-radar bands around.

Song For Debbera is out now via all good music retailers, taken from their forthcoming new album expected sometime this year.

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