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.

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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

‘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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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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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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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E02

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

Broadcast #2, 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:

False Heads – Rabbit Hole
The Hypnophonics – Black Gloves
Pure Reason Revolution – Silent Genesis
Septa – New Motive Power
Elephant & Centipede – Parabole
Telepathy – Pariah
Azusa – Monument
The Callous Daoboys – Blackberry DeLorean
Igorrr – Very Noise
Drip Fed Empire – 3301
Across The Kingdom – My Colours
Lost In Lavender Town – Kermit The Hedgehog
Not My God – Fiction
Garçons – Hades
Raveyards – Pressing
N A T U R E – Awake
Meister Lampe – Goddess Rati
Mexico City Blondes – Road Noise
Julia Marcell – The Odds
Polypumpkins – Downtown Escape
Elay Arson – Switchblades (ft. The Encounter)
Dissident Noize Factory – Techno Firepit Skank
Beardyman – Every End Is A Beginning
Highlights Of A Modern World – Griefox
The Dept. Of Phantom Limbs – Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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The Secret Tsunami Club – S1E01

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

Broadcast #1, 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:

The Foreign Resort – Outnumbered
Slime City – You And Everybody That You Love Will One Day Die
Beachmasters Of The Universe – High Noon, High Tide
Steaksauce Mustache – Dance Cops
Sleep Token – The Offering
DOUX – Lousy
Zeistencroix – Wake Up
Johnny Deathshadow – Suicide Boys Club
Skullcave – Offend, Repeat
Damn Craters – Monomyth
Drip Fed Empire – Mk3
Nightlives – Ways Of Making You Talk
Fatal FE – Starshine
Capital X – In Us We Trust
Josie Pace & Sammi Doll – Perfect Replacement
Fee Lion – Blood Sisters
REIN – Closer To Reality
Sayton Spencer – Paralysis
Occams Laser – Return To The Arcade
Watch Out For Snakes – Scars (ft. Megan McDuffee)
VHS Head – Camera Eyes
Epsilonite – Lexicon
OaT – Fever
Silk Road Assassins – Familiars
Bone Cult – Feed On You

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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

Live Bite – Johnny Deathshadow/Spectral Darkwave/Lady Rage/Prescription Happiness – The Unicorn, 28/10/19

At the beginning of the working week, and as the final countdown to Halloween, the outskirts of Camden houses Halloweek, a series of gigs and events hosted by curious free house The Unicorn, a mostly modern featured, open planned boozer, with opinionated locals who very clearly voice their disdain for live music as I scrutinise the bar, and a decently sized function space and stage for where tonight’s events would unfold.

I grab a beer, perch upon one of the many stools facing dead opposite the stage, and await tonight’s openers, Prescription Happiness. The inset and outset play out as moments best described as voices inside your head, akin to the Gene Wilder tunnel scene from the original Chocolate Factory film but eerieness switched for overwhelming dread. Initially their sound evaded an immediate touch point, their music oft feeling reminiscent yet totally their own. Half of their set borrowed from modern metal staples, Sempiternal-era Bring Me the Horizon and Slipknot being immediate reference points, but the other half an eyebrow-raising concoction of Korn, Incubus and most solid hard rock bands. However on record, there’s more of a Tokio Hotel comparison and that also becomes evident frequently. Without a shadow of a doubt though, these are boys with thick tones, and their breakdowns are plenty sizeable in stature. Despite a heavy emphasis placed on the screams, the clean vocals impress far more, and draw some emo-esque comparisons into their already head-spinning influence pool. The quartet’s set ends with Quietly Falling, a tremendous groove-laden number that scratches a future radio airplay itch if it hasn’t already. Their half hour elapsed rapidly, undoubtedly heavier than hardcore, yet not quite heavy enough to tussle with the bruisers of metalcore, not that they were trying to. 

The beginning of Lady Rage’s set is regrettably missed, after an awkward run-in with the Johnny Deathshadow boys face painting in the gentleman’s water closet, so I hasten to finish my business and make it back to the stage. Very much in the spirit of Halloween, a pumpkin, Beetlejuice, Harley Quinn and whom I believed to be Freddy Krueger, though I’m reliably informed they came dressed as the drummer, unleash a wall of noise that bridges that gap between Hole and The Distillers perfectly. Unmistakeable, ferocious, scuzzy, grunge-soaked, riot grrrl punk, with plenty of melodies to back it up. That’s without mentioning a bass tone with serious clout, and their vocalist, the aptly named Siren Sycho, having terrifying power behind her screams, and being able to maintain such a formidable strength consistently. Their repetoire busts out a cracking cover of Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy too, taking on the form of the Rolling Stones or T-Rex butting heads with Brody Dalle, and that is exactly as good as it sounds. Wholly entertaining enough to watch again, their set includes a guitar-bass duel, a song titled ‘Not Joan Jett,’ and another that ravages social media, while live-streaming their set on Facebook, so while not quite as angry as face value implies, these ladies present themselves just as talented as they are self-depreciating.

While also in the spirit of Halloween, though just their regular stage attire, the misleadingly named Spectral Darkwave stepped up, masks, monocles, and sunglasses upon leather clad vestments, addressing us to what was assumed to be hurtling through the space-time continuum. A name like that, you would expect perhaps some sort of gothic metal influx atop synth. Not even remotely close. Instead, what we get is far more progressive, sludgy, almost straying into doom territory at times from this trio masquerading as Lovecraftian time travellers. Musically, their assault is airlock tight as they dive through dirges often about war and the horrors of mankind, bar the odd track about elephants or the death of a red giant, each track assimilating subtle characteristics of its era or subject matter, a very clever writing touch. They bare some sonic resemblance to Mastodon or even Opeth, with a constant growl dictating their narratives, but interspersed with some light-hearted jibes between songs. It ends up endearing towards the end, something only a British band could accomplish comfortably. Some waves of synth and programmed symphonic brushes do fade in and out, giving a sense of ethereal gloom, but ultimately this spectral entity oozes sludge and a metric tonne at that.

At one point, Johnny Deathshadow introduce themselves as Germany’s most loved party band, before announcing that their next song is about cancer, and that sums up their performance pretty succinctly. Playing London for the first time in their careers, their setlist contained an excellent variety of old and new material, of blistering and nuanced paces while squeezing most of the hits in (Black Clouds, Dark Hearts admittedly a surprising omission). Their stage presence flickers between intimidating and intimate, minor sexual frictions dotted throughout their performance, and their show itself is nothing short of masterful, light choreography alone granting gravitas worthy of a band playing a thousand capacity crowd than a small pub on the fringe of Camden. Red Rain opens aggressively, the chorus of cries offsetting the white hot intensity that rarely lets up the whole show. The skull-faced quartet scorch through four of their best from latest album D.R.E.A.M. which next to Red Rain, include a stripped back yet even more fiery rendition of Legion, and a fittingly melancholy Embers. Paying tribute to their punk roots, Under His Eye ignites with the headbanging crowd as does several of the set’s second half including Bleed With Me fan favourites, the archetypical Neue Deutsche Hart groove of Apocalypse Trigger, and the ground-stomping sway of Shadow, before concluding on the exhilarating Kill The Lights, and they even finish with streamers. Blood red obviously, but such an unexpected delight at the end of a storming set.

Johnny Deathshadow jokingly remarked that the band would be dead in the water had they started in the UK, crediting the trio of bands they had shared the stage with that night, but the Hamburg group played with such passion and zeal, and with the aura of bonafide superstars, the performance felt every part special as they had intended. Poor attendance aside, this industrial metal troupe’s ascent can hopefully be a slow-burner, German gothic circles excluded, as live and on record, they are destined cult heroes in the making and a fearsome sight to experience.

Setlist:

Red Rain
Trauma
Legion
Embers
Sleeper
Forever
Under His Eye
Ghost
Apocalypse Trigger
Shadow
Kill The Lights

 

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Track of the Week: Slime City – You And Everybody That You Love Will One Day Die

On May 6, 1988, a schlock horror spectacle was released by the name of Slime City, a gory, gross-out flick that this Glaswegian troupe have lifted their namesake from. It can be assured that they definitely weren’t named after Nickelodeon’s Slime City, that much we’re certain of. As stated in a synopsis, one of the perceived protagonists drinks an unusual liquid which gradually erodes and transforms his body into that of a slime creature. Next time your occultist neighbours offer you wine made by a dead father who also happened to be an alchemist, I wouldn’t. Anyway, it is later discovered that the only way for this creature to revert back to its original human form is to commit a murderous act, thus leading to an eventual discovery of a massacre that took place involving this creature and the dead father attempting to transfigure himself through his host. Fitting really, that a trio of existentialist punk upstarts should pen this track over 20 years after the film’s release, although death by slime creature probably wasn’t what they had in mind initially. That, and The Jam never really wrote any songs about death in their ten year tenure.

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A similar parallel could also be drawn with the demise of We Are The Physics, whom Slime City descended from, also spanning a decade long career, yet their demise was ultimately far more entertaining than The Jam’s was. The reason Weller and company are repeatedly name checked here, there’s an authority and swagger in the acoustic guitar and vocals, before the electric guitar hits the overdrive switch, and interspersed throughout that harkens back to the husky, fresh-faced mod at arguably his songwriting peak. Not to mention a distinct, poignant poetic license near the song’s climax that could rival his barbed prose. Any other resemblance to The Jam is swiftly dashed as Slime City are ultimately a fairly unique beast in terms of their sound, glances and snippets echoing former bands of new wave and punk past, but absorbed and meshed together so finely, it becomes virtually indistinguishable. Much like the transformation in the movie they’re named after.

You And Everybody… ironically is led in by a choir, inside that angelic reckoning, a voice acting as gatekeeper of that grandiose barrier asking you, the listener, why must your day-to-day inflict such malaise upon you. That is then refrained in mono briefly, in true troubadour fashion, before stereo engages, electric guitar roars with distortion, and that fleeting moment of ascending to the heavens, is sent rocketing catastrophically back to reality. Although the message is categorically transparent from the song’s title, the mantra is pelted and reprised with such glee, you can’t help but be bowled over by the charm of it all. Verses duel between a restrained, reasoned argument, gentler guitar chords underslung to accompany, and more exuberant chaos, with nuance put to bed, and slogans yelled in unison, power chords and punk snarl pressed hard into your face as they’re performed. Their chorus however, springs to life as a triumphant celebration of all that is brilliant about British guitar music, the scale utilised for its hook simply unceremoniously catchy and any attempt to beat it out of your head will prove futile. The extra prong of ‘Cling to anything,’ on this hook, only makes it that much tougher to release, so you are wished luck with that one. Those three minutes do absolutely hurtle along, with a wry momentary breakdown to emphasise the unpredictable nature of never knowing when your time will elapse, Windows XP error sound to boot, sandwiched near enough dead centre of the song. One other such highlight is the previously aforementioned bridge, where some exceptionally written and executed lyrics swatch maybe just one glimmer of hope, before joyfully snatching it away once again with the inevitability of our all one true fate. No band in recent memory could honestly make death sound like so much fun.

As self-depreciating as they are, Slime City know exactly what they are doing; steadily producing a stream of witty, yet Fort Knox-tight singles that deserve to be infamously infectious, and You And Everyone… is their current pinnacle. I defy anyone to find a better hook this year. Paced to perfection, thought-provoking yet riotous and rapturous in equal measure, and from a band still very much in their infancy, here’s hoping the Barrowlands might not be far away after all for them.

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