Naming your Italian death metal band after zombie horror’s infamous Italian director is pretty ballsy, but Fulci back it up. The Campania three-piece play thundering gore metal that combines the hum and punch of classic Mortician with the updated rhythms and gang vocals of later genre legends like Nile. The result sounds inherently gross and old-school but never like something you’ve ever heard before. As satisfying as the wood-meets-eye scene (you know the one).
Icelandic synth-punk trio Kælan Mikla formed in Reykjavik in 2013, initially as part of a poetry competition which the Reykjavik Library hosted. The band, comprised of singer Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir, bass player Margrét Rósa Dóru-Harrysdóttir and Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir, initially on drums but later synthesizer, won the competition, and were encouraged to continue making music. By 2014, Kælan Mikla was playing shows around Reykjavik and was asked to perform on the official roster of Iceland Airwaves.The trio has released three albums, all with Toronto-based Artoffact Records, the most recent of which, Nótt eftir nótt, made #14 on Revolver Magazine’s best albums of 2018 list. Kælan Mikla has toured Europe several times, notably with King Dude, Drab Majesty, and as headliners in their own right. The band was hand-picked by Robert Smith of The Cure as support on several festivals in the UK and in the US.In 2018, the band won the prestigious Kraumur Award in Iceland for best album of the year, and in 2019 The Reykjavik Grapevine awarded them Best Live Band at the Grapevine Awards.
Rolo Tomassi have spent 17 years leading the pack rather than following and their upcoming sixth album Where Myth Becomes Memory, sees them lead with more poise and determination than ever before. Where Myth Becomes Memory serves as the final part in an unintended trilogy that began with 2015’s Grievances and continued with 2018’s Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It, the most critically acclaimed album of the band’s career to date. Every Rolo Tomassi album shows signs of growth but Where Myth Becomes Memory serves as a culmination of a period of creativity that has exalted Rolo Tomassi to legendary status, a singular vision where the most savage, unhinged sonics can co-exist harmoniously with epic cinematic elegance and grace. Expanding on the trilogy thesis, vocalist Eva Korman says ‘those records are where we really found our stride. They felt like a departure from what we had done before, so we approached this one as a kind of closing statement to this collection of work’. Certainly Where Myth Becomes Memory takes several ques from its predecessor, expanding the grandiose piano soundscapes and melodic sensibilities that were hinted at on Time Will Die … into grand sweeping statements brimming with assurance and self-confidence. Whilst the Rolo Tomassi that released debut Hysterics in 2008 would have been predominantly influenced by the heavy-hitting disarray of Converge, The Chariot or The Dillinger Escape Plan, Where Myth Becomes Memory expands the band’s palette to its broadest point yet, with flutters of Steve Reich and Ólafur Arnalds as much a part of the Rolo palette as the chaotic mathcore that first inspired them. Keys player / vocalist James Spence sites the song Closer as an example of their expanded focus. ‘In the past, songs like Closer felt a bit more calculated, whereas this time it was more organic. We’re a lot more confident about what we do; we can really put our best foot forward and not be afraid to show that side of ourselves. Whereas before, we might’ve had to find the space to put a song like that on the record, this time we were confident that the quality of the song writing would shine through and that’s what gives it a place on the record.’
The shimmering star of Alex Cameron continues to shine bright from the gutters of show business four albums into his prolific career as an entertainer. And yet, people still have questions. Is he really 6 ft 4 inches tall? Why do none of his suits fit him properly? If he really is Australian, then why does he speak in a strange sort of European world news accent? And while the answers to these questions may or may not be of any interest to anybody – there they remain – shot into the sky like flares as red hot as the notes from his business partner and horn player Roy Molloy’s alto saxophone. Maybe Alex is the one looking for the answers. Maybe he’s the one who asked the questions. One thing is for sure, the person writing these words is not the man himself. And I can assure you, I was compensated fairly for the work. Don’t believe me? Just ask his band – the sultry six piece (Cameron and Molloy included) of exceptionally multi talented musicians with whom the business associates tour. Juice, Henners, Kramer and Parsons. A dynamic force equal parts hip thrusting rhythm and tongue tantalising tunes. Fresh off the world’s biggest stages – Roskilde, Primavera, Laneway. This act has seen it all. Now it’s your turn to see them. Catch Alex Cameron, Roy Molloy, and their band of perpetual freshness in your town soon. They sell out shows. Don’t find out the hard way.