On today's NewMusicWednesday we want to introduce to you three bands / artists: Shitbaby Mammals, Monsoon Cortex & John Michael Hersey.
Shitbaby Mammals – Fire Brigade
Nobody puts Shitbaby in the corner! That said, think the fun of bay city rollers meets the energy of MC5, frenetic disco beats and fuzzy guitars. What do you get? You get Shitbaby Mammals. The godless love child of Joakim Ejdeholmand Erik Andersson. The band was formed in the spring of 2015. After a few weeks of jamming, they decided to make something of the songs and ideas that they had. After a lot of hours, just jamming and drinking beer, magic occurred. Mixing downstroke guitars up beat-beats, and the raw energy of teenage rebellion, the band was on to something. Within six months they’d released the single Swedish AntiHouse Mafia, and the EP Baptised in a Rock N Roll Ocean. The 2016 single When I'm With You was an instant underground hit and got the band some much-deserved attention. In September 2015 the band played their first live performance supporting Swedish cult band Bob Hund. Since then they've been all over Sweden giving the audience what they need: a highly energetic live show with no messin' around. Shitbaby is, without a doubt, one of Sweden’s best live acts. They hold the rare ability of turning Tuesdays into Saturdays. These party Mammals, performing as a five piece band, will transform your local scene (or stereo) into a disco-rocking mayhem. Shitbaby Mammals is the new black.
Get rockin’ and listen to “Fire Brigade”. It has all the right ingredients to make an awesome rock track: raspy vocals, sing-a-long chorus, distorted guitars and guitar solos. It kinda reminds me of Hardcore Superstar, which is absolutely a good thing since I like them a lot.
Monsoon Cortex – Ascending
Monsoon Cortex is a 24-year-old artist from Munich, Germany. After he taught himself how to play the guitar and bass in his teens he was the bass player/backing vocalist for a local party band for a few years. It was a great feeling for him to perform on stage, but in the end he realized that his need for self-expression could only be fulfilled by creating his very own pieces of art, focused on guitar-driven instrumental music. His tracks convey peculiar moods/feelings and tell stories that do not need to be put into words. The style is raw and expressive, pulling the listener right in, but still leaving them enough space to find their own interpretation. His message: Do not be afraid to do things YOUR way. Do what feels right. He feels that one of his biggest accomplishments is publishing his music while being able to say: 'This is MY sound. Perfect in its own way as it comes from the heart.' The early instrumental work of Modest Mouse and John Frusciantes guitar playing in general had a heavy influence on Monsoon Cortex, so one could describe his music as a strange mix of these two.
“Ascending” is a simple yet beautiful track. It’s the first track from the “In the Wake EP”. Because of the simplicity of the track, it makes it perfect for listening while reading, studying or just contemplating life. Well done!
John Michael Hersey – Personal Belongings
“Personal Belongings” by John Michael Hersey is an artful array of rock, pop, blues, folk and country. Hersey runs the seasoned adult alternative singer/songwriter gamut: From the confessional pop/rock of “Get Through,“ and “All My Life;” the folk autobiography of “Gig in the Street,” the soulful blues of “When It Rains,” “Hole in the My Heart” and “La Dolce Blues;” the poignant doo-wop of “Trying Times;” the straight-ahead rockers “Junior” and “A Little Lovin’;” the tender ballad “Lady of the Day;” the country two-step “The Beaten Path;” and the Irish folk-flavored “Reachin’.”
“Personal Belonging” is a diverse album with folky country vocals and meandering rhythms. It’s honest and was written with heart and soul. Have a listen below and decide for yourself.
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