Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Why I Love My Phony Baloney Job Some Days (An Occasional Series)

So one of the perks of doing what I do -- a big one, actually, especially given that no money is ever involved -- is that every couple of days I get unsolicited music and stuff over the proverbial transom. From people and artists I've never heard of, and hailing from (quite often) exotic geographical locations that I've never been to (and, alas, probably never will).

And, more relevantly, it's amazing how good the stuff often is.

Case in point: the following aural delight that arrived unbidden in my mailbox over last weekend.

Ladies and germs, from far away in one of the lands down under, please enjoy the quite amazing Silk Cut!!!

Or as they described themselves and their music:

Silk Cut is a four-piece rock band based in Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand.

The lead-off power-pop single "Turning The Whole World On" is from their new self-titled album [releasing today -- i.e., July 3, 2024].

Two guitars, bass and drums - the classic rock configuration. “The plan was to try and get some weaving of parts done - think Television, Swervedriver, Big Star and Ride. And, of course, when you get two guitarists with something to prove in the room, there’s going to be some sparks”

Okay, sparks for sure -- i.e., that track is pretty darned great. An instant classic, actually. Play it again slightly louder, won't you? Otherwise you'll miss that fabulous chiming riffage and the world-class harmonies.

I should add that the song is from Silk Cut's second full-length effort, and that they have been known to share stages with antipodean bands including Hoodoo Gurus, which makes them automatically cool in my book.

In any event, you can (and should) find out more about those guys, and download/order the entire album (which is equally as swell as the song above) over at their official website HERE.


Anonymous said...

It's got a bit of jangle during the verses and a bit noisier instrumental break, but I'd like it the sound rougher than than the overall smoothness of it. Still, worth checking out the albums.

Some great Kiwi bands that are all strongly recommended (you already know Split Enz and their Finn-ish spin-offs):
The Clean
The Bats
The Chills
Straitjacket Fits
The Jean Paul Sartre Experience
The Verlaines
The Able Tasmans

- Paul in DK

ChrisE said...

Paul in DK

Many years ago, one of my co-workers turned me on to the album VEHICLE by The Clean. That's a very good rock pop/rock record with some jangle in it.

Jai Guru Dave said...

Very cool!! Does the lead singer’s voice remind anyone else of John Lennon?
I like it a lot!

Anonymous said...

ChrisE, Vehicle is wonderful, as is their Anthology and “Modern Rock”. Another winner is David Kilgour’s Here Come The Cars. He’s the singer/guitarist for The Clean.

- Paul in DK

Anonymous said...

Steve any chance that you could find an additional track on the album that like?
Agree with Dave - the singers voice is reminiscint
of J/L

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