Describing themselves as a well oiled 5 man music machine Winding’s are quickly garnering rave reviews aplenty for their live performances. Hot on the heels of the release of their new long player I caught up with Steve Ryan for a few words about the new album and what the boys have been upto..How was the recording of the new album?The recording itself took only 4 days. We spent two days in Hotel2Tango in Montreal, and we spent 2 days in Attica Audio in Donegal. Essentially, the album is split into Side A – Montreal, Side B – Donegal. We rehearsed the arses off every single song before we went into each studio, so when we set up, it was just a case of playing each song a bunch of times until we got the take we were happiest with.We had never recorded this way before, and we weren’t too sure how it would pan out, but we’re dead happy with the resulting album.Where did the title ‘I am not the crow’ come from?Personally, i’m pretty bad at naming albums and songs, always have been. “I Am Not The Crow” is an off the cuff phrase that was used during the recording in Montreal, and we all found it stuck in our heads for days afterwards. It’s a phrase that carries no weight, no deeper meaning, it is what it is. We like that. Plus,it reminds us of our time spent recording in Montreal.For those that havn’t experienced it before, how would you describe the Windings Live experience?The windings live experience is 5 guys playing the shit out of their songs onstage, knowing exactly what each other is doing, and finding new life and ways in each and every performance, each and everytime. Yup.What were your influences on the new record?I had djed a couple of nights with my good friend Tim V. Smyth from Hidden Highways. We djed vinyl only, and put a date restriction on ourselves, so that we couldn’t play anything that was made later than the 80s. This experience got me back listening to a bunch of stuff I hadn’t listened to in a while, like Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Wings, The Cure, Husker Dü, and made me notice the attention that was afforded to the structure of these albums. They’re albums, not collections of singles, but albums in the classic sense. That influenced us when it came to the recording and mixing of our album. I personally haven’t been listening to much new music, and if I have, it’s always some modern bands skewed take on a classic rock sound, like Ariel Pink or Kurt Vile. I’ve actually been listening to a pile of Irish music this year, the quality is fuckin astounding!Whats in store for the rest of 2012?The rest of this year will see us touring Ireland, and playing our songs all around this fair isle. Then we’ll see what 2013 brings…‘I am not the crow’ is out now on out on a limb records
The Declined are a distinctly rock flavoured outfit from Philadelphia, PA. Together since 2003, the trio consists of Matt Ocharski, Avo Trigo & Jimmy Ayrer . The blurb says that they don’t readily fit into any musical genre and scene and are more interested in connecting fans with local music and musicians. Lofty and admirable ambitions indeed.
Style wise The Declined take their cues from mid-nineties grunge outfits like Soundgarden and Jane’s Addiction. There’s no denying the band owe a considerable debt to mister Vedder and co, with tracks like ‘Believe’ straight out of the Pearl Jam playbook. Other songs like ‘Hollow’ are straight up rockers. Guitar heavy and full of solos, it’s a throwback to an earlier sound.
I’ll have to admit this sort of music isn’t really my thing but personal preferences aside there’s plenty to like here for fans of all things rock, ‘Decomposer’ is a straight up balls to the wall rocker that hurtles along nicely. The band sound more comfortable on the ballad shaped number ‘Come home’. It’s a softer side to the otherwise rough edged guitar sound on show.
Overall this is a band who sounds distinctly raw, a work in progress if you like. If you’re a fan of the Seattle grunge sound then there’s definitely something here for you. They’re a band that do their own thing and that’s to be admired.
Alliance Promotions Cork presents Stoner Dublin rockers Realistic train and blackened rock n rollers Brains @ The Triskel.on the 13th October.
Tickets only 5 Euros from the Triskel.
Niall Healy | 12.09.12
The Cork music scene is in good health at the moment. There’s a lot of showcase gigs coming up and there’s a lot of local talent that is making some seriously good records. Latest to add to that list are leeside’s finest Dimitry Datus who are releasing their debut EP this month. They describe their sound as a blend of rock, ska , punk and blues with a touch of folk thrown in.
The bands influences include the Pixies and the Lemonheads amongst others and there’s a strong undertone of the Frank & Walters in here for good measure. Opening track ‘Run’ thankfully bears no relation to the Snow patrol dirge and is instead a jaunty pop-punk number reminiscent of Billie Joe Armstrong’s efforts. ‘Grand Parade’ is another highlight, it’s a well-known thoroughfare in Cork and as well as being the focal point for the city it’s also the strongest track on this EP. It is a nicely rounded number that flows along easily. ‘The Brave’ has a catchy riff that brings to mind to Radiohead’s ‘I might be wrong’, it’s a solid track. The fantastically titled ‘Nervous Badger’ is the second to last number and is slightly more downbeat but pleasant nonetheless. Before you know it ‘Wide awake’ closes proceedings in a jaunty ska fashion.
Lead singer Aidan has a distinctive vocal that is unmistakably Cork, in the tradition of the Sultans and the Franks. This release however has more than regional appeal and Dimitry Datushave released an EP of promise and maturity that shows a band with a good grasp of what ties together a good song.
The Londoners describe their sound as incorporating The Who, late 60’s West Coast psychedelia, late 70’s punk and mid 90’s Britpop. That’s general enough in itself but there are definite strong influences on this garage rock outfit. Take a hint of the Libertines, a dash of The Strokes and a snifter of the New York Dolls and you’re some way toward discovering their sound. Not a bad mix and they wear it well.
Trashing guitars, Dynamic percussion and rasping vocals all contribute to the latter day punk sensibility of this debut effort. It’s a brief encounter but they get their style across well in a raft of songs that weigh under the four minute mark as all good pop tunes ought to. Nik Down’s spits out his lyrics and has a delivery and urgency that Julian Casablancas used to manage back in the day.
All comparisons aside this is first and foremost that rarest of things, a damn fine record. First track ‘City of Angels’ hurtles along in a paean to buying green in Compton, It’s a strong opener. The California theme continues with the Excellent ‘Holly Would’, 2 minutes and 32 seconds of balls to the wall rocking out. Things slow down a bit with ‘No Saviour’, it builds and glides with shimmering guitars and is reminiscent of U2 pre jumping the shark, so far so anthemic. ‘So sexy’ is all dirty guitars and comes off as a freewheeling slice of late seventies guitar goodness. And before you know it things close off with decidedly pleasant ‘The Shakedown’.
I really enjoyed this debut from the London based four piece. It’s a jaunty affair that is a straight up enjoyment of all things guitar. It manages to sound fresh without drifting into the play by numbers mediocrity all too prescient with so many rocking wannabe hipsters these days. All I can say is that The HaywireEP is definitely worth a listen.