* * * * * LAMP * * * * *

2012-09-10 13:31:26 UTC

Lamp are a curious sort. Whilst having many of the musical characteristics that have come to permeate the Irish independent scene in recent years- angular guitars, irregular timings, progressive rock sensibilities and monster riffs- finding a neat definition or genre with which to categorise the band is a challenging prospect.

Initially a two-piece guitar/vocal and drums outfit, the band sought to offset the lack of a bass player and create as sonically dense an output as possible through the use of low tunings and sub-octave guitar pedals. The resultant effect has come to be LAMP’s almost signature sound.

Their first release, “Now That’s What I Call Manual Strangulation, a spilt EP with Cork grind-heroes I’ll Eat Your Face, is a blend of sludgy, swampy guitar lines, tight rhythms and clever melodic vocal hooks. LAMP later released their debut full length album “Sagittarius” (available as a free download athttp://lamp1.bandcamp.com/album/sagittarius).

Stylistically, the LP is a bit of a sonic cocktail, often seamlessly switching between genres, with elements of clean jazz-like progressions, big distorted riffs, alternative rock breakdowns, epic choruses and almost algebraic time-changes and polyrhythms throughout. The influences of The Mars Volta, Primus, King Crimson, Tom Waits, Tool, and many others can be heard, depending on who is listening.

Having recently added an additional guitarist, the band’s sound has naturally begun to take a different shape. However, more vocal harmonies and more guitar lines essentially means more LAMP. The now three-piece LAMP recorded their new EP earlier this year in Windmill Lane studios. “Trials Of Trails” will be released as a digital download on the 16th of September 2012.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ Trials Of Trials ] ~ Being the latest release of [ LAMP ] is a hardcore blend of prog, progressive and math-rock tunes with lyrics. The sound tend to get a little complex and catchy at times especially with lyrics on such complexity but it's all done beautifully and noise level is simply great. All releases by LAMP are available for FREE via SoundCloud and BandCamp. While LAMP is totally worth checking based on the quoted tags note that their sound also carries a slight vibe of grunge-core at times. It's more of a mish-mash of everything.

< < < < < [ [ BANDCAMP ] | [ FACEBOOK ] | [ SOUNDCLOUD ] ]. > > > > > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Artist - LAMP Album - Trials of Trials Release Date - 2012 Genre - Prog-rock, Progressive-rock, Math-rock, Alternative, Math-core, Noise [ GOOD NOISE ] Tracklist 01 Trails and Adders 6.23 02 Blades and Ladders 4.15 03 365 Knuckles 5.33 04 Alter for Allen 8.35 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actually This One Is Set As Private Link For The Moment LAMP - Trials Of Trials -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - LAMP Album - Sagittarius Release Date - 2011 Genre - Prog-rock, Progressive-rock, Math-rock, Alternative [ GOOD NOISE ] Tracklist 01. Equestrian Arrows 05:29 02. Hook In Mouth 01:42 03. The Mate 04:56 04. Memory Like A Fish 03:23 05. Brick Ticker 05:30 06. Taurus 01:42 07. Walking Forward Looking Back 03:49 08. Temet Nosce 06:14 09. Head Hurdle 05:14 10. Sagittarius 05:20 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LAMP - Sagittarius -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - LAMP Album - Now that's what I call manual strangulation Release Date - 2008 Genre - Prog-rock, Progressive-rock, Math-rock, Alternative [ GOOD NOISE ] Tracklist 1. The Mate 05:14 2. Golden begging bowl 08:32 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LAMP - Now that's what I call manual strangulation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: That Fucking Tank | Young Widows | My Disco | Belt Of Vapor | Coptic Light -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Recommended for musicians:

      Freemake Audio Converter

The Great Long Distance by John D. Reedy

The Great Long Distance is an audible recollection of the first 12 months of a long distance relationship, including the highs and lows and moments in between. It is a journal without words, each of the 12 tracks representing each month respectively. Inspired by the format of NIN's "Ghosts I-IV", the album is a sonic tapestry of different moods and themes, with various recurring motifs and the subtle melding of synthesizer and samples; the result something not quite classical, ambient or electronic - rather, an eclectic blend of the three. For fans of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and later Ulver

READ MORE

Review of "Burial Songs" by Palehorse/Palerider

In order to excel in the independent music industry, an act has to define itself as especially unique with a sound quite unlike anything else in the community. This is a tall order, one that isn’t easily filled by acts entering variations of rock music due to the immense amount of bands flooding the scene right now. Palehorse/Palerider, a “doomgaze” trio from Denver, has released an EP entitled ‘Burial Songs’ that does a surprisingly superb job at separating itself from the pack. Let’s delve into it.

READ MORE

Review for "I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear" by Voices from Deep Below

Even though the independent rock scene is quite inundated with new acts, there’s always a welcome place for an outfit that changes the formula enough to be consistently interesting and worth taking notice of. The New York-based alternative rock group Voices from Deep Below attempts to do just that, fusing together a variety of styles into a surprisingly coherent sound. Their new record, “I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear”, is a five song album that navigates alt-rock, experimental, and borderline metal and progressive influences all at the same time.

READ MORE

 

© 2016 - The Sirens Sound