Division Unlimited Madame So A Place Between the Ocean and the Stars Review by David Jordan
Division Unlimited is the brain child of Floridian, Dacian Miron, ‘brain’ being the operative word as this is clearly an emo band with intelligence. It’s rare when a song captures you with its lyrics before the music and ‘A Place Between the Ocean and the Stars’ is one such song. The lyrics require thought to get at their meaning, that’s if they have any meaning. You get the feeling that the lyrics were written after the music and in such songs meaning is subordinate to sound but this doesn’t take away from their intelligence: there is an interplay between intellect and emotion. It is unusual for such a young artist to deliver lyrics of this quality. It ain’t Bob Dylan but it shows much promise. In the video for this single, Dacian exudes confidence and displays unstoppable energy. This comes through in the music which will find a place in your head in no time. If music can be measured by how catchy it is then this track is well above average. This is a band on the way up. If they can continue to deliver the goods musically and Miron can hone his lyrics, Division Unlimited might find their place on MTV. Watch out for an album at the end of march and more videos. www.facebook.com/divisionunlimited
Review by Kevin Carney
French band W.A.S.A.B.I. (We Are Savage And Badly Infected) mix hard rock with electronica, having been influenced by modern alternative bands like Enter Shikari, Lostprophets and Billy Talent. Opening song Savage Is Our Name introduces us to the band’s sound, with the contrasting sounds of soft keyboards with heavy guitars. The vocals differ with a melodic Gwen Stefani-esque female voice meeting a hardcore male growl. It’s energetic riffs and huge chorus make it a great way
The Sell By Date EP Review by Ryan Platts
“There is nothing new under the sun” could perhaps be a fitting mantra for these twilight days of rock’n’roll. I certainly believed that once. Nothing to see here, just the aftermath of a particularly grisly murder, move on to your nearest silent disco. I was wrong. My brand-new perspective is that newness is not what we should be focusing on. Anything “new” that ever was is just putting a different shade of lipstick on a stubbornly aging hog anyway. The trick is finding a shade that reveals you. This EP by “music writer” turned musician Madame So shows signs of getting there. The blurb points to Hole, Blondie and Patti Smith as influences, and that’s accurate: perky forward motion, vocals simultaneously nonchalant and committed, and worked-on lyrics are the order of the day. The band cooks up a brew that’s got enough of a kick to avoid sounding derivative, helped by a production mercifully lacking the bells and whistles often used to mask what should be front and centre – you’ll find no dreamy reverb swathes here, no extra instrumentation filling up every available space, and not much overdubbing to speak of. That’s a smart move, there’s few things worse than a great performance ruined or obscured by overproduction, except for a poor performance hidden and sheltered by same, and at the very least it shows gumption. Variation is achieved not by stylistic eclecticism but by shifts in tempo and dynamics, which reinforce the notion that the band knows its strengths and sticks with them. I’m not convinced that genre
to kick off the album. Next track WebZone is a fast-paced punk song with a keyboard riff that will get listeners moving. The gang vocal on the verses elevates the song’s energy, with the softer female voice showing another side to the song. 7Deadly is the EP’s heaviest song, with a crushing riff and a Rage Against the Machine style rap on the verses. The power rock chorus continues to showcase the band’s ability to make a multi-faceted song.
gymnastics is a fruitful game anyway, so it’s not a cause for complaint. These players ignore the current tendency towards ineffectual U2-grandfathered lead lines and plodding arrangements in favour of a meaty backbeat-driven stomp. The title track is the musical standout, a taut stalking creation, a two-chord riff used judiciously. “Dig Deeper” with its melodic, midtempo sway varies proceedings just the right amount. As for matters lyrical, it’s clear from the very first track that So knows her way around a couplet. That’s not to say the words are perfect. There are occasional verses that show signs of being overworked (“Don’t even try to save face/By removing any trace/Of your very own disgrace”), and there’s a fondness for rather academic language recalling Leonard Cohen at his least effective. “Camden Scene” goes for spiky scenecasualty commentary but flounders when it labours the point. So hits the mark when she’s writing about a character, as the unforced insight and endearing detail of “Shiner On” demonstrate. A genuinely affecting look at a girl mixed up in a downward spiral, it’s concise, witty and compassionate. As far as future directions go, my money is on this final song to lead the way. Time, as always, will tell. www.facebook.com/madamesomusic
Lost Souls gives us a taste of the bands accessibility, with a sound that can get a crowd moving, be it on a dance floor or a mosh pit. Album closer Angel does not add anything new, and it’s absence would not have lessened the album’s ability to impact a listener. With a solid mix of heavy rock, electronica and melodic singing, W.A.S.A.B.I. should have no problem getting any crowd on their feet.