Review: A rant about The Pheramoans

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THE Pheramoans as name kinda warns listeners before they press play on this experimental psychedelic rock band for the south of England.
As a moniker, it’s just a bit too clever for its own good, a piece of smug wordplay that doesn’t really connect with anything else on offer here – it really should be the name of a militant feminist punk rock band.
Now the band have a real DIY ethic to their work on Does This Guy Stack Up?, having slogged hard to put out a slew of EPs and singles, which is to be commended – but this prolific output seems to have come at a cost of their craft.
The music here is a dirge, of simplistic drumbeats and an incessant, purvasive hammond drone which drags down any good work being done with the ramshackle jangly guitars and walking basslines into a bog of noise.
Add to this the trying-too-hard meaningless lyrics and vocals of Russel Walker, which just jar in sound for me, and it’s too much for the listener to penetrate.
There are redeeming features here – the surf rocky track Grab A Chair does stand out for instance, the bass player is called The Octogram, there’s a dragon on the cover etc. – but overall The Phermoans just don’t stack up and ultimately leave me ranting.
2/5

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View: Musicians please note – Da sound of da police doesn’t make me go whoop, whoop

THIS is just a quick note to all music makers out there – when committing your work to record, please lay off the FX.
Gunshots, I can live with. Alarm clock sounds, fine. But please cut out the sirens.
Because I’m fed up of cruising around in the SoundAdvicemobile listening to tunes that force me to check my mirrors to see where the blue flashing lights are.
That’s all, as you were.

Half-time Report: Albums of the Year so far 26-16

SO FAR, I think you’ll agree, 2012 has been a pretty good year for music.
An if you don’t, listen to each and every one of these albums, my 26 best releases from the first 26 weeks of the year.
The first instalment is tonight, the second tomorrow and the top five will be revealed on Sunday – feel free to rate and slate the countdown on the comments…

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26. Thavius Beck – Symphony Of The Spheres
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25. The Futureheads – Rant
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24. Get The Blessing – OC DC
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23. Meshuggah – Koloss
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22. Suborno – The Instrument
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21. Keaton Henson – Dear
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20. Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense
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19. Jack White – Blunderbuss
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18. Foe – Bad Dream Hotline
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17. Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet
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16. Grimes – Visions

Tomorrow, numbers 15-6…