As we entered October I was most excited by the upcoming release from Canadian punk outfit Fucked Up, who I have been an avid fan of for some time and treated me to what was probably my favourite gig of all time.
Their new work Dose Your Dreams saw them branch of in several different directions, including a bit of electronica, though it was still their out and out punk numbers which hit the hardest.
I also very much enjoyed the laid-back country-esque drawl of Tess Parks backed by the muscial genius that is The Brian Jonestown Masscare’s main man Anton Newcombe. Very pleaseant.
Other notable releases include a collaborative solo effort from former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, some dreamy, synth-based shoegaze from The KVB and the discordant folk-rock of Kristin Hersh.
Top of the tree for October though was TVAM. Not a collaboration from Nick Frost and Anne Diamond unfortunately, but Wigan’s Joe Oxley, who blends elements of rave, 80’s synth, indie and shoegaze into an epic work. Well worth a listen.
Top 10 October 2018
1: TVAM – Psychic Data
Standout track: Total Immersion
2: Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams
Standout track: Raise Your Voice Joyce
3: Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe – Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
Standout track: Right On
4: Kristin Hersh – Possible Dust Clouds
Standout track: LAX
5: Estrons – You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough
Standout track: Make a Man
6: The KVB – Only Now Forever
Standout track: Above Us
7: The Lucid Dream – Actualisation
Standout track: Alone in Fear
8: Donny McCaslin – Blow.
Standout track: What About The Body
9: Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground
Standout track: How Long (feat. Steve Aoki & Tim McIlwrath)
10: Petite Noir – La Maison Noir/The Black House
Standout track: Beach