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#MusicMonday Review - August 2023


#MusicMonday is the hashtag I've been using for quite a while to share music recommendations from up-and-coming artists. Always fresh, and always different, trying to look for trends before they become one. You can check July's review for more music.


Life is hard, and music can be an escape, regardless of genre. Have a listen to what reality brings to this month's bands, with a word from the artists themselves. 🎧


Great Wide Nothing – Blind Eye To A Burning House



The hourglass is running out
Against complacency and doubt
Infernos close that must be doused
Don't turn a blind eye to this burning house
The time is now, the time is now.


Our journey begins with a Prog Punk band from Atlanta, GA, who knows it's not only a question of your understanding, but your empathy too. No circumventing this, you just can't walk away:

"It’s primarily about climate change and what I feel is the ongoing failure of those in power to take adequate action.


It’s especially aimed at figures like Joe Biden and others in the Democratic Party here in the US who have - particularly in recent years - frequently made promises to address climate change in order to win elections, but failed to deliver or outright broken them once in office.


It’s a challenge to folks like that who have the capability to enact large scale change but choose not to. It’s a demand for integrity and seriousness in the face of the threat of ecological collapse."




DULL – The Problem


DULL.jpgSigns of depression
I wanna cancel everything

I’m up to absolutely no good

I’m up to absolutely nothing If I get to choose


Lack of D-vitamin like a modern caveman
Mood is beyond bad, you won’t catch me smiling

I know what I want, I know exactly what I need

Bon voyage, I see you in the tropics


In certain seasons of the year, living in Stockholm, Sweden leads to not getting enough sunlight. This Indie Punk band knows exactly what it means to be sleep deprived like a zombie, waking up just to get back to sleep:


"The song is basically about the very long, cold and dark winter season here in Sweden. And how it can affect people (mostly in a bad way). So I guess that’s the story of the track!"




The Ferocious Few – Only Time Can Tell
TheFerociousFew.jpgDrifting right through these memories of you
And in my dreams tearing at the seams
And in my mind found a soul that was kind
In my heart we'll never be apart

Time can tell
If this is heaven or it's hell
Time can tell
I've been underneath your spell

And get a grip
And just your heart just slip
Into this place I'll see you


This Luxembourg based band gets us on the road searching for a home, lifted to a world that's not our own with its Punk influenced Americana Rock:


"Only time can tell is about questioning choices in life and being in love not knowing what the next step is. It kind of has to do with me moving to Luxembourg and finding a home, here in a foreign land.😁"




Berkeley – Suits


The days just started and you fade away
No thrills you’ll find, you’re smile don’t shine
Anymore, cause it’s too late, if I’m to stay
Take off your shoes, put on your suits


Enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the bay at Geelong, Victoria, Australia with a dose of cool Indie Rock can make you wonder if suiting up will get you far enough:


"When I wrote the song it came from a place of almost being forced by exterior forces into a 9-5 job, where I'd have to buckle up and out on my suit. Suits is the way to just live life freely and avoid the 9-5."




Dead Anyway – Life Is Brutal




One knock for no.
Two knocks for yes.
Zero knocks is no f's given.
No sudden smell of lilacs here.

Just a light that’s too light,
noise that’s too noise
and people who are
too people
One last stop takes us to Gloucestershire, UK for some soundscapes of electronica with dark lyricism inspired from losing someone truly close. Life can be brutal when you're suddenly on your own:


"The album the track was written for is a collection we were writing as Kate’s Mum, Daphne came to the end of her time with us. We put the collection together from a few months before and a few months after her death. Daphne was Kate’s best friend and guiding light and lyrically it’s Kate’s reflection on not just the grief suffered at the death of a loved one but also about your view of the world in the aftermath."




Listen to them and much more on the complete Playlist




See you next month!