The primary objective of this column is for us to take a quick look at various bands on social networking sites with the final aim of finding some rough gems, that, with some practice, and a little bit of luck could unleash their true potential. This month, we'll be looking at three unsigned bands, all of which have had some exceptionally vibrant live experiences in spite of their unsigned status.The One Day Speakers are a four-piece band, hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland located at http://www.myspace.com/theonedayspeakers. You might have heard of them as a result of their successful supporting role on the Proclaimers' recent British tour. With fans like the Proclaimers', their vigorous musicianship and vocalist Ashton Easter's overwhelmingly Scottish vocals, one would think The One Day Speakers have a leg up in the competitive music industry. They recently released an EP, including firm live favourites such as "Roll Out The Flags." Indie has been accused of growing stale, but The One Day Speakers are looking to dispel that rumour by providing a raw edge to a genre often lacking in what The One Day Speakers clearly hold in abundance: passion. Their small, but instantly lovable repertoire of originals has inspired numerous critics, including the "Edinburgh Evening News" to offer their encouragement and endorsement. Whether they're supporting the Proclaimers at sold out gigs, or just playing the clubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow, keep a close eye on The One Day Speakers' sophisticated take on the Mod-influenced indie in 2008.
Gandhi's Cookbook, a band featuring a couple of Ugers, as a matter of fact, is ready to take Dubai on with their efforts to support Carlos Santana himself later this year. Embracing a DIY punk ethic when it comes to recording their own brand of ska-punk and playing shows has often resulted in some below par production, so what does Gandhi's Cookbook have to offer? After listening to three of eight songs from the band's forthcoming EP, "In The Cesspool Of Culture," it would transpire that they have not suffered any of those production problems suffered by countless DIY bands over the years. In fact, the production is of such a standard one's first instinct is to scroll down on http://www.myspace.com/gandhiscookbook in order to discover the name of the excellent recording studio at which their EP was recorded. You can look for all your heart's desire: You will not find any names because this was all done at home, entirely DIY, with the band's earnings being used to buy their own recording equipment! With influences ranging from Dead Kennedys, to Streetlight Manifesto and Kimya Dawson, there's no limit to the intensity felt when listening to this band's work. They're becoming more and more vital to Dubai's live circuit, and further information can be found on the myspace link above, so get a move on for a skanking good time with poignant social commentaries such as "Do Buy" and "Why Is Everyone So F--king Dumb."
Scarlet Snow Prelude take their name from the opening level of Vampire Night, a seminal Playstation 2 game, and hail from the island of Cyprus. With a list of influences including Every Time I Die and Joy Division, Scarlet Snow Prelude offer a brand of emo, that, judging by the recordings will grow more refined as they progress. How long they last is always going to come into question; such is the nature of many bands in Cyprus, due to the island's status as a transitional phase of many people's lives. The band can be found on myspace and, with the release of their latest EP, "The Great Fire Of Rome," which includes some great synth-touched emo, Scarlet Snow Prelude could become that obscure emo/hardcore band that you heard about here first. With a mixture of throaty vocal screams and surreal guitar rhythms on violently in your face tracks such as "Too Close For Comfort," Scarlet Snow Prelude threaten to impress, but lack a little extra on the more melodic sections of their songs. If you like music with a front man who can growl or bark, this is a band for you to look into. T*shirts and an EP are up for sale via Pay Pal on their myspace page, which can be found here. They've enjoyed successful gigs in Greece, and now it's time to try their luck on UG.
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Enjoy your time as you run through this short list, and subject to some moderate reception, this summary shall return in February sometime. Comment with your suggestions as to how to improve this column, or even with bands that you would like to see mentioned.
|UG Underground Rating: 6.5|