Who knew Essex indie could sound this good?

Apologies for the perjorative headline – Essex has never been a particularly good or place band for an indie band to come from. However, in recent years, the growth of programmes like The Only Way is Essex have give the county a bad name.

Thankfully, now comes a perfect antidote to the airheaded idiots of that particular show. The Lowriders are an indie band on the rise, proud of their hometown of Clacton-on-Sea and also, rightfully, proud of their self-titled debut album.

The track above is taken from the album, and demonstrates brilliantly the solid, chunky sound of the band. But there are quieter moments too, ones which waver and shift in front of your eyes (and ears), but in a good way. It’s hard to know from one track to the next on this album what to expect. But one thing’s for sure – all of it works.

If you like the track above, you owe it to your ears to experience the rest:

http://www.thelowridersmusic.com/Site/Home.html

Spirals set for self-titled debut mixtape this winter

Starting out on a brand new musical journey after some enforced time out of the industry due to illness, Spirals is the working title of excellent songwriter John Aziz.

His new mix tape (or mini-album) is a real statement of intent – self-written, recorded, produced and mastered. Written with the ambition of creating an epic, brilliant psych-rock album like classic Pink Floyd or Kraftwerk, Spirals draws from and blends together elements of classic song writing and musicianship with modern production techniques.

You can get a taste of what the self-titled debut release has to offer here:

In spite of his retro musical preferences, Spirals is heading down a modern route for the release, making the music available via BitTorrent Bundles in similar fashion to Thom Yorke’s recent surprise solo album.

So focussed on the music that he abandoned a job writing about economics and business to begin playing again after his enforced break, this release is the first in what looks likely to be a versatile string of music from the songwriter.

Not one to rest on his laurels, he already planning and writing his next release, an acoustic folk mixtape. Ambitious and innovative, this is the work and mind of a true music lover.

Links:

www.twitter.com/Spiralssss

https://www.facebook.com/pages/spirals/112477135447300

www.soundcloud.com/spiralsssss

http://spiralsssss.bandcamp.com/releases