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They’re not a choir, there’s only four members and only one of them is a girl. They’ve never lived in East Brunswick and now they’ve ditched their native Australia in favour of the bright lights of Europe. Berlin is the city that now has the pleasure of housing this explosive quartet, formerly of Melbourne.  East Brunswick All Girls Choir make music that defies their name.  A pre-cursor to forthcoming album ‘Sandhurst Town’, ‘Essendon 1986’ is raw and bruised with swirling Sonic Youth-like dissonance cutting through a harassed melody, stabbing bass and drums and edgy vocals that are delivered in a fractured, bluesy drawl not a million miles from a certain Nick Cave. In other words, it’s magic. Expect to hear much more from this band

‘Essendon 1986‘ is bundled with 7 live tracks and can be bought from Departed Sounds

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to make of Londoners Shield Your Eyes on first listen.  In fact, I almost switched their album, ‘Theme From Kindness’, off after about two minutes such is its rough and ready nature.  Thankfully, I stuck with it and their incessant sound started to wear me down, for want of a better term, until I realised I was actually enjoying it, nodding my head along while trying to anticipate the next tangent the band where about to choose.  SYE possess an enviable spirit and for a trio they make one hell of an unholy racket.  Described as a Post-Hardcore/Progressive Blues outfit operating well out-with standard circles, they utilise unique, alternative guitar tunings (sometimes playing with only 4 or 5 strings) and frenetic, yet intelligent drums that are literally off the chart in terms of power, speed and delivery. The bass is seemingly there to try to make sense of it all

‘Too Little…’ highlights this perfectly, it’s raw and raucous as if on the verge of collapse.  There’s melody underneath too, buried under the instrumental wreckage and analogue scree, but there all the same.  The vocals are delivered in a strained, half-shouted fashion adding to the band’s explosive nature.  It has also been recorded in a very lo-fi fashion, with the band opting for a ‘plug in a play’ method, giving a crude, demo-like quality while hinting at their enormous live potential and telepathy.  A riotous avalanche of spiky guitar, bass and twisted, razor-edged drums.  It was interesting to read, in Exploding In Sound’s recent interview, that Shield Your Eyes list Rory Gallagher as one of their main influences and heroes; There’s certainly shades of his blues-rock power trio Taste in their sound, in that they pack a real punch.  And much like Gallagher, they’ve taken a hammer to standard blues rules and are melding it into new shapes.

One other point, the band are literally giving away their three albums on vinyl and CD.  You can purchase all three Vinyl versions for the sum total of £7.  An absolute bargain if you ask me.

I’ve been meaning to post a lot more on Zun Zun Egui than I actually have, they’re a band I’ve been keeping close tabs on ever since I saw their enthralling live performance at Fell Foot Sound in 2009. They’re a quartet that hail from Bristol, but feature a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities (Mauritius and Japan for starters) in their ranks. It’s an aspect that gives them an edge as musical worlds collide in a kaleidoscopic odyssey of sounds.

‘Praise The Waterfall’ is taken from the ‘Kass To La Senn’ 12″ vinyl EP and moves into more Komische/Krautrock territories than what I’m used to by these guys. But it’s very much cut from the same multi-coloured- sonic maelstrom- psychedelic- cloth of previous EP ‘Bal La Poussiere‘. Its 7 minutes are hypnotic and exciting, bombing forward instantly and bouncing between Zappa-esque freakouts, tropical/calypso riffs, swirling Hawkind-like sounds and carnival chants. Its bright, buoyant atmosphere is such that you can almost see the rainbow rays coming from your speaker system, before it all ends via gospel singing and furious frenzy of  discordant art-rock guitar.

One of the most original, daring and diverse acts in the United Kingdom today, Zun Zun are a band capable of creating magic at the drop of a hat.  They’re a revelation live too, so be sure to keep a look out for them.