Submitted by spookydirt on 28 July 2012 - 5:51pm
What's it called?:
The Following Sea
What does it sound like?:
Yes, the (mostly) Belgians are still making music, a propulsive funky alternative rock that sounds more lively than a band formed in 1991 has any right to be. For the first time they sing in French (come back, it's only the one song). I don't know if it's the speed at which they recorded it, but this has a vitality that has maybe been missing from recent releases. The opener 'Quatre Main' is driving and dramatic, 'Hidden Wounds' has Tom Barman reciting a combat report over a churning fuzz-bass riff, which is better than that sounds. The songs are often linear, texture coming more from the dynamics and melodies than many chord changes. Like stadium rock for a very small, dark stadium. 'One thing about waves' is also worth a listen.
What does it all *mean*?:
This band has almost no profile in UK, I don't think they get played on the radio, but they are still going, still mutating, and still making pretty good music. That should be enough.
Goes well with …:
I don't have any to hand to test this, but beer might go well with beer (Hobgoblin?), and turning it up doesn't hurt.
Might suit people who like …:
Kent (rather good Swedish band), Previous dEUS albums