Our very own Savage Nomad, Cole Salewicz gives us his latest fruity offerings and flights of musical fancy from the musical apple orchard of life.

Keroscene 

West London’s Keroscene (pictured) are a terrific post-punk mixed bag of sounds: the awesome chord changes, spaced out enormous guitars and punchy rhythm section on ‘Cotton Candy’ for me recall the likes of Fugazi. Most bands who I have the pleasure of writing about trigger clear cut comparisons with a scene or a sound, yet Keroscene quite magnificently throw the whole nostalgia pull out the window. An eclectic mix of influences comprise their sound and it’s hard to believe that just four dudes make together this outstanding racket; the production on ‘Storm OK’ is a mad cacophony of keyboards/guitars and as ever a full throttle no hold barred vocal from lead singer Dave Troster. I also dug the Big Audio Dynamite-esque eerie and not quite audible vocal clips that accompanied the outro. Keroscene host their own club nights at ‘Unit 4’ in West London, the next one is May 15th: see you there!

Bang Bang Romeo

Sheffield’s Bang Bang Romeo have recently signed to MadClubOfTwo records and their first release is a re-recording of fan’s favourite, ‘Johannesburg’. Amped up to the max in every capacity: Bang Bang Romeo are operatic in scale and delivery but equally are commendable for their assiduous use of space within their songs. The tension in Johannesburg builds steadily from the first verse, bolstered indubitably by Chris Hague‘s expert production: the addition of 5th band member Joel White on hammond organ adds depth to BBR’s sound as well as this track’s cleverly implemented horn section. The effect is to give even more power to lead singer Anastasia Walker‘s towering vocal, she paints an evocative love tale in Johannesburg which serves to consistently remind us that BBR are a full blown spectacle. Thus, it is rather befitting this song’s music video is the first in a series of Tarantino-esque short films shot out in Spain that depict the band against a moody monster of a sun and desert.  The group have two dates with Manchester buzz band Blossoms as well as London shows at The Lexington and Old Blue Last on the way. See below and check out the epic video to Johannesburg.

9th May Scunthorpe @ Cafe Indiependendent W// Blossoms

28th May Sheffield @ The Plug W// Blossoms

30th May London @ The Lexington W//Dexters

20th July London @ The Old Blue Last

Early Ghost

East Sussex’s Early Ghost are a group making psych waves. Latest single ‘Devil’s Got Me Now’ showcases their acute understanding of 60s pop but I’m sure the Hollies never implemented such a wicked sax solo or quite such intricate arrangements. What is striking about Early Ghost is how many layers make up their sound without it sounding cluttered, rather it just sounds great; ‘Devil’s Got Me Now’ has the rare trick of sounding longer than it actually is but not convoluted – extremely smooth. Any band in 2015 that has me recalling Love‘s Forever Changes is doing something right and in scanning my music library at the moment I can’t think of another act pulling off this sound with such aplomb. Early Ghost had the priviliege of opening for Neutral Milk Hotel back in August but recently played The Shacklewell Arms and Brighton Dome, they are booked to play The Great Escape at Latest Music Bar on 15th May at 2PM and keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for future dates. Their most amiable drummer Hugh also informed me that there should be vinyl for sale at upcoming shows.

Tellison

Angular guitar melodies that intertwine eloquently with stop start hooky vocals: a style that never goes out fashion. Alcopop’s latest recruits have bags of energy and charm, what I like is how I sense they are holding back from going completely full throttle, like a football team in a winning position they can go up another gear at will – as such their songs have a moreish flavour, a moreish indie punk rock flavour that reminds me in doses of The Cribs and Cloud Nothings. Indeed, this ability to lead the listener craning for more is depicted wonderfully on the softer (and lyrically hilarious) ‘Freud Links The Teeth And The Heart’, a song that builds on a gentle piano progression reminiscent of Cinematic Orchestra and Broken Social Scene. It has been a long time coming, four years since their last release and I highly anticipate their third album. The band are currently on a UK tour and will be at this year’s festivals including a date at the very cool 2000 Trees Festival.

Girl Friend

Alluring pop sensibility from Girl Friend‘s lead EP track ‘Monte Carlo’ led them to being anointed as Guardian Band of The Week and receiving plays from XFM. Super polished and truly ready to grace the next pre planned scene of debauchery on Made In Chelsea. Clever production, syncopated basslines and subby kicks: Girl Friend sound like a great time, more to the point a great time in 2015. No wonder they supported the rejuvenated Kooks on a recent European tour. Second track ‘You Lead The Way’ contains some truly marvellous synth worth, recalling Hot Chip and Kraftwerk the band also do mellow magnificently and prove that they fully understand the power of the creeping backing vocal. Love it.