Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel is a freelance script-editor and actor, but his real passion is music. He is always on the lookout for new up and coming bands that have a sound that's unique to them. The more interesting the music is, the better. You can find Daniel on the following social media platforms: TwitterInstagram & Wrequiemmusic.

 

Website URL: https://wrequiemmusic.wordpress.com

Bridging Oceans is a top-notch Gig You Can Take Anywhere You Go

Grab your skateboards and black nail polish because Bare Teeth, Down Memory Lane, Nerdlinger, and SHAMES are taking us back in time with the four-way-split punk album 'Bridging Oceans'.

The first thing you’ll notice about French outfit Bare Teeth is their combination of high-energy metal drumming and pop-punk riffs, particularly in Running Wild. This relentless high-energy track creeps into your muscles and before you know it you leg’s tapping and you’re compulsively flicking a fringe out of your face.

Next on the bill are Down Memory Lane, a Canadian band with a penchant for punchy, no-nonsense punk-rock. Their contribution peaks with The Tyler Durden Way, one round knockout delivered by snare drums as strong as a Brad Pitt punch.

Hailing from down-under is Nerdlinger, whose diverse display lifts off with the aggressive Baseballs before heading to groove-ville with a quintessential road-trip song called Pack it to The Top, before touching down with the pure-pop-punk-self-indulgence of Videotapes which has enough angst for all those who still live and breathe early 2000s punk.

It’s difficult for bands to find that level of synchronicity where everything flows with ease unless you’re talking about Japanese band SHAMES. Their three tracks glide by like seals in the ocean making their frenetic, high-energy punk rock flow into the ears with the effortlessness of smooth jazz.

This multi-national gig-in-a-pocket hits the nostalgia bone with enough individuality to keep the bands from being branded as novelty acts.

Listen to 'Bridging Oceans below!

Unpredictability is Key With Caelo’s New Single ‘Why Don’t We Just Look Up.’

Cape Town, based alternative-rock outfit Caelo’s new single ‘Why Don’t We Just Look Up’ is equal parts detached and passionate.

With its casual vocal delivery and high-energy music this song about growing as a person captures the discomfort that often comes with the territory. There’s tension as the instruments constantly try to find new ways of expressing themselves within a familiar pop-punk structure which gives a sense of unpredictability.

This is one of those songs where you think you know where it’s going or what’s going to happen only for it to go in a completely different direction, largely due to the dynamic rhythm section at the heart of the band.

Let’s not forget about the harmonies. Under-stated in nature they sneak into the arrangement at key moments bringing in a new dynamic and keeping the track alive.

‘Why Don’t We Look Up’ finds its excellence in contrast and unpredictability, using a familiar structure to create unfamiliar music.

Listen to 'Why Don't We Just Look Up' below!

 

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Warfaith’s Pint of Pils is a Mixed Bag That Fails to Captivate

Fun-loving French thrash-metal outfit Warfaith’s latest EP Pint of Pils is simultaneously serious and tongue-in-cheek. For every song about the state of the world or humanity, there’s a song about getting smashed and having a good time. It’s also an EP of two halves, with the second half doing a decent job of fixing what the first half got wrong.

This EP is proof of how tricky thrash metal can be. Opening track aside, the first few songs find themselves lacking in production value and suffering from a bad case of monotony. With guitar riffs and vocals that get stuck in patterns and the same kind of tempo used throughout there isn’t enough range to keep the music interesting.

'Night of the Drunk' marks a noticeable change in the EP’s dynamics. The rhythms change and there seems to be more freedom for the music to grow and develop. The songs that follow each have their own identity and almost sound like they’re being played by a different band. They sound tighter, more professional, and make you wonder exactly what was happening in the first half.

Pint of Pils is a Jekyll and Hyde EP and proves that when working with a genre like thrash metal you need to be very wary of becoming monotonous.

Listen to 'Pint of Pils' below!

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Josh Middleton - 'Never Give Up'

Unpredictability and originality is the name of the game as Josh Middleton deals with love, loss, and moving on through dynamic beats and passionate vocals in Never Give Up.

This album wasn’t written to be played in the background at house parties but rather, to be listened to and internalised, and to comfort anyone who’s struggling to navigate the eat-or-be-eaten world we live in.

The opening track, 'Monster', is a dark, passion-filled anthem for anyone fighting an internal battle with a part of themselves that’s addictive but oh so destructive. As the song builds your energy up before dropping you into a murky half-time tempo Josh Middleton warns us of the monster in him while also recognising and empathising with others who have monsters of their own.

With its groovy guitar and bass lines, 'We’ll Be Talking' is the soundtrack to cutting toxicity out of your life. It’s a reminder that you shouldn’t feel guilty for getting rid of people if they’re not bringing anything good to the table. If you’re in need of a re-affirming breakup song then this is it.

A few songs in the middle such as 'Need Your Love' and 'Redemption' find themselves erring on average while I Heard That It Burns and Gone show off Middleton’s versatility as he dabbles in a bit of dub-step and gives rapper Aewon Wolf the chance to show what he can do.

Things pick up towards the end as 'All I Need' works its way into your bones and gives you the uncontrollable urge to get up and dance before coming to an end with the lyrically tender Hold Me Close.

Josh Middleton’s Hold Me Close is proof that pop is moving forward and developing into something more than catchy beats and average lyrics.


 

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Review: Elle E - 'Stereo Child'

Elle E’s latest offering 'Stereo Child' is the energy boost you didn’t know you needed.

Elle E‘s latest three-track EP, 'Stereo Child' is a fuzz-heavy, cymbal-driven, foot-stomping celebration of music, happiness, and love.

The opening title track explores what it is that makes music so damn addictive. “It modifies the inside of you / never mind what the outside will do” croons Elle E in the chorus as the instruments around her drive the song forward at breakneck speed. There are moments of relative calm here and there, a chance to catch one’s breath, but on the whole, this song is a balls-to-the-walls salutation to good times.

'Happy Days' is a fuzzy, feel-good ode to those days where the sun is at just the right temperature and everything feels right in the world. Unlike “Stereo Child” this song has more of an ebb and flow to it, with softer sections that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Velvet Underground record, balancing out her trademark garage rock choruses.

Things get real heavy in 'With You' as the instruments swap out rhythms like people swap out outfits when getting ready for a night out. Proving that she’s a romantic at heart, Elle E sings about that perfect kind of love where you never want to be separated as the music moves between steady, focused verses and head-bang worthy choruses.

'Stereo Child' is one of those EPs that will have you tapping your feet long after the last notes have been played and feeling like you can take on anything that life throws your way.

Do yourself a favour and listen to the EP below!


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