The Nocturnes – Aokigahara

The Nocturnes is another feather in the cap of Red Sparowes member Emma Ruth Rundle.  The band formed in 2007 as a duo, comprised of Emma of Daniel Yasmin, but has since reformulated itself, replacing Daniel with Dave Clifford (also of Red Sparowes), Julian Rifkin, and Paris Patt.  In 2010 the quartet recorded Aokigahara, which was released on … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper, both formerly of the Australian band The Morning After Girls, formed The Black Ryder in 2007, toured extensively in 2008 with similar-vibe bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Raveonettes, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and in 2009 released their debut album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride in Australia.  The band … [Read more...]

Interview with The Black Ryder

When Australia’s The Black Ryder caught my unsuspecting ear just a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to the band’s sound like a doomed, but dazzled moth to the flickering flame.  Pretty much everything I love about music can be found throughout The Black Ryder’s debut album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride. Densely layered textures of … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – “Sweet Come Down”

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper of Australia’s The Black Ryder showcase one aspect of their sound with the softly desolate, laconically-paced noir song “Sweet Come Down” that features Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on harmonica.  A quasi-duet is set in motion by picked acoustic guitar and the occasional pull of plaintive harmonica, while … [Read more...]

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Buried Behind the Barn EP

Slim Cessna's Auto Club's 2008 release Cipher was one of my favorites of that year. I still don't quite know how to describe the Denver band but words like Southern gothic, primal folk, old timey gospel, and Americana noir come to mind. The band's twangy songs are full of the stuff of legend - brawlers and drunkards, places with strange histories … [Read more...]

Interview with Bitter Ruin

Delusions of Adequacy:  Hello Georgia and Ben!  It’s so wonderful to be doing this interview with you.  I’ve only recently found out about Bitter Ruin, but I was instantly bowled over by your sharply intense, stirring, dual vocal acrobatics, spirited guitar sound, and, well, what can I say - bitter and bracing lyrics. You have two EPs under your … [Read more...]