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Jump Back :: The Week in Review

Patrons of Punk re-embraced a re-post of an article written a few weeks back…before the meltdown…about a band from Phoenix called Moovalya. I felt a bit bad as it was our technical difficulties that caused the article to disappear for a bit. More post-hardcore punk followed on Tuesday  with Thurdeen’s review of Sleep City’s debut EP entitled Still Breathing.  News of The Joy Formidable’s Spring Tour landed on the front page mid-week as the band begins final preparations to support their debut album entitled The Big Roar which is due to drop early next week…March 14th to be exact.  We also got some good news out of the Criminal Records camp when we learned that The Exits were, in fact, still very much alive and heading back into the studio to record some new stuff. I’m not sure who pissed Thurdeen off this week but it’s clear that he has been dialing up the punk to get in touch with his inner angry child. The theme continues with his review of Kesshin, a french al-rock/punk band from France whose new EP entitled For Too Long Now has us all quite smitten. The music of Byzanite closes out the week for us as we learn that chiptune is not actually created by chipmunks (sorry Alvin) but by a step-sequencer hooked up to a GameBoy. What? Exactly. But ’tis good my friends so check it out.

– Drago

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The Exits Re-Enter

artist: The Exits | genre: electronic, alt-rock | label: Criminal Records

Many moons ago, our friends at Criminal Records contacted us about this band from Portsmouth, England that we just had to hear. Had to hear? Well, to be frank, I’ve heard that before and, on more than one occasion, have been duly unimpressed with what it was that I just “had to hear.” However, such was not the case this particular time as I was quite smitten with both The Exits and their debut single “Neon City.” As I soaked in their intriguing and energetic sound, I was nearly convinced that big things lay in store for this band…but I would need to hear more to be certain.  I anxiously awaited their debut album to drop.  I waited…and waited…and then waited some more but, to my dismay, no album.  Not only was there no word of an album, there was no word of anything.  It was like they had disappeared.

Fast forward to the present.  Apparently, what I didn’t know was that there was a reason for the radio silence.  Tension and in-fighting had taken its toll on the band and so, as a result, they took a bit of a hiatus. We recently received word, however, that they are very much back in the mix and, more importantly, headed back to the studio to record some new material.  Hooray! At the time of this writing Froglix is still awaiting confirmation from their label, but it appears that there are (4) demos posted on their MySpace page.  “Dead On Arrival” and “Broken Smile” trip the light electronica with pulsating synths giving way to Manchester-like vocals.  While with “Romancing In Paris” and “Black” they tone it down and a slow it down for chilled-out sound lies somewhere between Oasis and Pink Floyd.  The contrast is excellent.  Again, even though these tracks appear to be “demo” versions I’d say they are back on track.

Welcome back gents…for what it’s worth, we’ve missed you!

– Drago

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The Thumbs Up For March

The votes have been tallied and the choice of the people…err the Froglix Faithful anyway…is quite clear.  The top 10 artists as selected by the listeners for March 2010 are (insert drum roll here)…

Tenpenny Joke

The Sky Life

Everything Zen

Ring of Truth

Black Knight

Hand Painted Swinger

Killer Godzilla

Rude City Riot

The Exits

– Drago