Greyscale Records’ very own Deadlights have recently dropped a brand new single. The first release since their debut album, Mesma, “Bathed In Venom” is a gigantic sign that Brisbane’s Deadlights are about to take their music to the next level.
Mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Better Half, Belle Haven) the song’s production levels seem to be a step up from Mesma. A haunting atmosphere dwells throughout the entire track, as the mesmerizing instrumentals and echoing harsh and clean vocals demand your entire listening attention.
“Bathed In Venom” opens up with deep echoing clean vocals and melancholic rolling guitars. Dreamlike and sending a shiver down your spine, the verses take over with bluntly passionate screaming vocals. Guitars flow through the background of the enormous sound that surrounds you, dwelling in the shadows and shimmering like a left behind spirit. A dark bass tone fleshes out the rest of the instrumentals and keeps everything moving along at a steady pace, supported by the array of constantly changing drum rhythms that are on display.
Emotive screams and nightmarish cleans make up the chorus and are backed up in doing so by the ever-flowing maniacal instrumentals. A near end of the song breakdown features gut-wrenching riffs, scraping screams, and some of the harshest sounding snare drum fills you will find. Seriously, every time I hear this I am simply unable to stop myself from audibly saying, “phwoar”. Wow.
“Bathed In Venom” is an enormous step-up for an already sensational Australian heavy band, so who knows what is to come next. A new album? Gee, I hope so. Deadlights have shown a level of musical and lyrical maturity with this song, and have shown how far they have come since Mesma. The world is their oyster, and I’m excited to see just how far they can go after this.
Check out the song and the video:
Corridor reveal new song “Domino”
Montreal francophone band Corridor have revealed a new track from their upcoming album Junior. The new Sub Pop Records signees have been previewing new music since their signing back in July and most recently released the animated music video for “Topographe“.
The new song features the band’s trademark spirally guitars and infectious percussion work. Speaking about the new track, Corridor’s vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Robert has said the song is about the sometimes stressful effect of being a musician/creative on those around you;
“Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. Domino is about navigating just that.”
The song was also the first song the band wrote for Junior and has been a staple in their recent live sets.
Corridor will embark on a European and North American tour starting late October and their new album, Junior, will be released October 18th. You can pre-order the album digitally and physically here.
Check out the new song “Domino”:
Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”
“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”
Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has given the Kinks track “No Return” a jazz makeover in her rendition of the song. The cut comes from her upcoming new covers album Valve Bone Woe, where Hynde takes on some noted singers and songwriters including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Ray Davies. The original, written by Davies, was released on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else.
The new album was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London. In discussing the new songs, Hynde talked about the genesis of what would become the new album and how it came to be;
“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded “I Wish You Love” for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album. I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.”
Other covers from Valve Bone Woe include the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” Charles Mingus’ “Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters,” Johnny Mathis’ “Wild is the Wind,” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”.
Valve Bone Woe is out Friday, September 6th via BMG. The famed Pretenders’ frontwoman last released a solo album in 2014, titled Stockholm, while The Pretenders last studio album was 2016’s Alone.