It is: Some Riot Wave Machine
The first track 'Soma Riot Wave Machine', a self release (with a 2 week promo tour no less), is quite a grungy punky little number. Quite Nirvana like with with distorted guitars and a bit of raw charm thrown in - but thankfully without the screaming 'possessed by the devil' vocals you might expect to hear after the opening wave. A completely different story from the second track 'Time Against The Tower' which is much more of a come down song. If you heard it on the radio, you would be forgiven for thinking it was an early Bluetones track, with the indie esque guitar melodies and the vocalist who could so easily be Mark Moriss - which isn't a bad thing at all. A lot of bands get critised for sounding like other bands, but how you can be critised for sounding like a GOOD band is beyond me!
Usually the chances of recieving a CD which doesn't end up getting used as something to stand your coffee cup on, are as likely as Dot Cotton becoming a lapdancer, so getting this one was a huge relief - i think it might even have won a place on my cd rack!
Rocking or Shocking?
Rocking. 4/5 It's a riot!
I don't know why, but for some reason i expected The Bed, a three-piece from the good ol' city of London, to be real full on rock, loud and pretty average. But average is one thing they're not. Their sound is much more experimental, a blend of new wave and modern indie-rock. The songs vary from the catchy and almost pop sound of track 1 'Hundred Hand Slap', to the very meldoic sound of track 5 'Always There' which is the kind of song you could fall asleep to - (perhaps in a bed, which would be quite appropriate!).
The Vocals are very distinctive. They're soft and innocent sounding and go perfectly with the mellow and chilled out side to The Bed, but unfortunately not quite so well with their more upbeat side. When the choras of track 3 'Kimberly Waves' kicks in, the vocals are almost lost.
The Bed are what you expect My Vitriol to have sounded like a few years ago. Infact they are similar to what My Vitriol sound like now - just with much more potential and a much more unique and modern feel.
Pay them a visit at: http://www.thebed.co.uk
Rocking or Shocking?
Rocking. 4/5 A raw My Vitriol with bags of potential