Monthly Archives: May 2011

Baddies – Tiger Face

Southend band, Baddies, have returned. Their new single is titled Tiger Face and combines wacky (and slightly angry) vocals with scratchy, distorted guitars.

Tiger Face has some rather unusual lyrics such as “I am the animal…Put on the tiger face.” Althought slightly strange, it all adds to their unique sound. Baddies have put together rock guitars and drums with electronic sounds to create a fantastic and crazy song.

Baddies

Baddies

This is a melodic tune that, although mainly made up of numerous distorted guitars, captures the essence of punk music. NME have proclaimed they are, “Piston-driven post-punk for the art yob generation – catch them before they explode”.

As the song begins, you’re tricked into thinking it may be calm and collected but don’t be fooled by the whispering introduction of “Come on, put on the tiger face…” Shortly after, all hell breaks lose and you’re left with an intense, angry, punk-infused tune.

Baddies have returned with a triumphant single which is sure to grab people’s attention through it’s unusual lyrics and catchy music. Take a listen yourself:

Tiger Face

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The Coathangers – Hurricane Video

I’m not sure where to begin with this one. I think it’s safe to say this is one of the weirdest videos and songs I’ve ever heard.

The Coathangers are from Atlanta. They are a four piece girl rock band made up of: Julia “Crook Kid Coathanger” Kugel (guitar/vocals), Stephanie “Rusty Coathanger” Luke (drums/vocals), Candice “Bebe Coathanger” Jones (keyboard/vocals) and Meredith “Minnie Coathanger” Franco (bass/vocals).

The Coathangers

Freeze frames from The Coathangers' Hurricane video

Now I’ve introduced the band, I’ll introduce the song. Hurricane is a pure rock song which combines gritty guitar with croaky vocals (vocals, I may add, that should never come from a female mouth). The vocals by Stephanie Luke are horrible. Not only are they deep and croaky, you can’t even understand what is being sung. I’m going to put it down to the fact that you don’t very often get drummers who sing the main vocals and this is probably the reason. They sound terrible.

However, Julia Kugel, the other main vocalist in the song, sings the chorus much better. This is the catchy part of the song and is actually sung really well while still keeping in touch with the band’s rock style. God knows why she doesn’t just sing the whole thing…

Apart from some atrocious vocals, the rest of the track is pretty good. Musically, it fits with their experimental punk/rock theme they’ve got going on. It’s a good track and it’s great to see four women taking charge in the rock genre. This is rarely done successfully but these girls put up a challenge. This video definitely portrays them in a light that no-one would associate women with and definitely challenges the stereotypes of girls in a rock band. To this, there can only be a thumbs up.

As much as I like the catchiness of the chorus and the rawness of the music, I just can’t seem to like the song overall due to the croaky and unnerving vocals. Maybe others will like this but I certainly don’t. Shame really.

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Barbara Panther

Rwandan born singer, Barbara Panther, is set to release her rather rule-breaking album next week.

Already being compared to the likes of Bjork and Grace Jones, this young star has certainly started to make a name for herself. And it’s easy to see why.

Her self-titled debut album plays host to some unusual sounds. With a voice that combines Bjork’s wildness and Swedish pop sensation Robyn’s tone and pitch, it makes for fantastic listening. On top of this, her strong Rwandan accent can be heard within her singing voice which makes the songs that little bit more powerful and touching.

Although being compared to some of the greatest pop legends, Barbara Panther is a step above. While being similar in some ways, she’s totally different in others. Her album challenges so many styles of music and she’s begun to rewrite the guide book.

One of the best things about this eccentric and rather brave album is that so much of her culture and upbringing can be found in the songs. She’s cleverly combined her love of Mother Earth with tasteful electro beats and synths.

Barbara Panther

Barbara Panther

When the first song, Rise Up pounded through my earphones, I was unsure what to make of it. Her voice was unusual, the mixing of the song was unusual. Nothing seemed to work. But I liked it.

Each song has the ability to place you into a trance. The juxtaposition of her angelic voice mixed with the hypnotic sounds creates music like it’s never been heard before.

With some help from house music maestro, Matthew Herbert, Panther has created some of the most extraordinary music I’ve ever heard.

Some of my favourites include Moonlight People, Voodoo, Dizzy and O’Captain. Voodoo has a strong 80s sound to it which is fantastic. O’Captain captures the essence of this strong, female voice with little musical accompaniment compared to the rest of the album.

Moonlight People (set to be her second release from the album) is plain compared with the rest of the songs on the album but after the cracking beginning track, Rise Up, it’s pleasant to hear. The uniqueness of her voice shines through as the music and drum beats are toned down dramatically from the opener.

The whole album is strange but mesmerising. None of it should work together but magically, everything does. Barbara Panther is definitely someone to look out for. She’s making waves in the music world and rightly so. Look out for her self-titled album which can be found in shops from May 16.

 

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