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Video: Matchless – Voodoo

MatchlessCanadian phsychobilly act Matchless has premiered a new music video for the song “Voodoo.”  The track appears on their latest full length, Pills & Blades, available now on Falsetto Music Agency.

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Video: Matchelss – Voodoo

MatchlessCanadian phsychobilly act Matchless has premiered their a new music video.  The video features the song “Voodoo” and will appears on their latest full length, which dropped last year on Falsetto Music Agency.

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Video: Gutter Demons – Invaders

Gutter DemonsQuebec psychobilly mainstays The Gutter Demons have premiered a new music video from their new full length.

The video features the song “Invaders” and is the latest track from their latest LP, Unfinished Business, available now via Falsetto Music Agency.  

Watch the video below.  Be sure to check out our review of the disc here.

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Matchless

Matchless

Pills And Blades

Falsetto Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When Montreal psychobilly greats The Gutter Demons called it quits, Matchless served as somewhat of a spiritual continuation in local style.  Upright bassist Flipper’s legendary contributions made for an experience that helped their debut full length feel more like that of an established psychobilly act than newcomers.  For a first outing, Matchless was set to impress with Randomly Generated Numbers.  Then the Matchless camp fell quiet on new material, and front man Frank put his efforts into establishing Falsetto Music Agency.  Part of this was actually aiding The Gutter Demons in their rise from the ashes, spawning a whole new album, and reclaiming their psychobilly throne.  

So where exactly did this turn of events leave Matchless?  Ready to step out of the shadow of their idols and gass up with a brand wholly as their own!  With the addition of drummer ‘Mad Max,’ and Flipper only occasionally playing live shows (newcomer Carl Upright of The Matadors now fills his shoes in the studio), a new lineup and day has dawned for Matchless.  The result: Pills And Blades, a sophomore full length with plenty of flames and exhaust ready to tear up the psychobilly circuit.

More heavily splicing their psychobilly roots with a hard rock n’ roll core, Matchless make Pills And Blades one hell of a high octane ride.  Peppered with likenesses to Motorhead and Black Sabbath alongside their typical Gutter Demons lineage, the band makes good on their dark, distortion-heavy personae from the get-go.  “Lightbearer” opens as an eerie guitar-only intro with the slow crawling, simple country-twang of clear reverberating chords.  Transitioning directly into the hard-toothed swagger of “Afterbite,” the band lays down a heavy boot stompin tempo propped up with crunching guitar work and thunderous upright bass.  Those previously familiar with Matchless will notice the clear shift to somewhat more punk n’ roll overtones, but any initial discomfort is easily dashed upon the realization that frontman Frank’s performance and songwriting fits this shift better than ever.  His vocalizations range from atmospheric spoken word intros and bridges (“Damn Right”) to aggressive, throaty bouts of anger propped up by “woah-oah” bolstered choruses (“Voodoo”).

Pills And Blades unravels across a full spread of tempos, sustaining interest and engagement across Matchless’ dark toned tracklisting.  The band does a great job of featuring of Carl Upright’s rich bass work without allowing his thumping to entirely dominate the album’s song structure.  For instance, tunes like the title track and “One In A Billion” feel like tried and true psychobilly rompers, whereas those like “Rise” and “King’s Ransom” feature Frank authoritatively growling against a wall of mid-tempo hard rock riffs.  “You’ve got to break out of these chains son,” belts Frank, stepping back with a swagger as they transition to the bass-heavy beat of neighbouring track “Grace.”  And of course the underlying punk influences stand tall in speedily executed, toe-tapping runaways like “Anger Incorporated” and “Thirteen.”  Of particular note, a familiar underlying country twang resonates faintly as in past efforts, shaping the chords of songs like “Further Down Below” in the vein of Long Tall Texans and Raygun Cowboys.  

Pills And Blades is a familiar but very different album than 2011’s Randomly Generated Numbers.  While their debut full length owed much to The Gutter Demons’ legacy, Pills And Blades more fully realizes a hard-rockin punk-n-roll feel that Matchless can be proud to call their own.  Armed with harder riffs, livelier rhythms, and improved vocals, Matchless return to the psychobilly scene with the top down, engines revved, and sights set squarely on delivering an unforgettable ride.

Video: The Gutter Demons – Hellride

Gutter DemonsQuebec psychobilly mainstays The Gutter Demons have premiered a new music video from their new full length.

The video features the song “Hellride” and is the latest track from their fourth studio album, the LP is titled Unfinished Business and dropped today via Falsetto Music Agency.  

Watch the video below.  Be sure to check out our review of the disc here.

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Gutter Demons

The Gutter Demons

Unfinished Business

Falsetto Music Agency
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

For seven long years Montreal psychobilly kings The Gutter Demons rested in their graves without any signs of life. After releasing the career defining highlight Misery, Madness and Murder Lullabies in 2008, the trio mysteriously hung up their guitars and disbanded for what we now know was a hiatus, but at the time were led to believe was the final chapter.  And then a rumbling began from beneath.  Cracks formed in the stagnant soil and the exhumed bodies of Johnny Toxic, Flipper and R-1 sprung to life nearly seven years later.  To much delight and fanfare, the Demons are back with a vengeance in their aptly titled fourth studio album, Unfinished Business, the latest from a band that just wouldn’t stay down.

With fitting intent, “Digging Up” opens with the twangy guitar and the weighted thud of a shovel excavating the soil of a stagnant grave.  Moments later “Hellride” re-acquaints listeners with Johnny Toxic’s trademark throaty bellow and Flipper’s unmistakably rich upright bass.  With lyrics penned deep enough to craft a metaphoric multiple meaning, The Gutter Demons usher in the image of the freshly exhumed Demons rolling down the asphalt, returning to a burning urban wasteland as creatures of the night out on a mid-day prowl.  The “werewolves on wheels” reference could easily double as a reference to the band’s nightly transformation on stage into a howling psychobilly spectacle, just as much as the apocalyptic setting serves as a reflection of modern society’s decline into sin and vice.  The raucous pace and hard thumping blows of “Invaders” make for similar imagery of a society crumbling into a chaos as hellspawn and maggots overtake the city from within.  

Unfinished Business is a particularly “hard” hitting Gutter Demons record, aligning most closely with the brutal guitars and throaty growls of the serial-killer-on-the-loose drama of Room 209.  Even the boot stomping tempos of slower songs like “Gutter Kings” feel beastly in approach with thick, distorted, bone crunching distortion.  Likewise, the shadow of dark psychobilly musings towers over the vintage beats of the faintly recognizable 50’s style influence buried at the core of rough n’ tuff tunes like “Bloodfeast,” “Phantom Creep” and “Tornado.”  Generally Unfinished Business starts and ends on a raw note, with a few crisp leaning selections sparingly rationed in the middle.

When the band reaches for the clean polished notes and hip swaggering tempo and guitar resonance of “Pisces” and “Gemini,” be prepared for chills down your spine.  These are the moments in which Flipper’s upright bass takes centre stage; each slapping thump defining the rhythm in a way that so many psychobilly acts strive for but so few so elegantly master.  While the tracks aren’t as direct as some past crowd pleasers like “Playground Horror Peepshow,” they feel refreshingly light in the context of Unfinished Business’ dark mandate.   

Much has transpired in the Canadian psychobilly scene since 2008.  Raygun Cowboys ended up proving that Albertan cowpunk can make for darn good psychobilly, The Brains released five records, The Creepshow underwent two changes in vocalists, Hellbound Hepcats launched their career, and Flipper even tried his hand in The Hypnophonics and Matchless.  The very scene that The Gutter Demons helped establish last decade has taken off in full force – but the Demons’ absence made it all feel slightly bittersweet.  Now with the kings of Canadian psychobilly back in the saddle ready to unleash ten new tracks upon the world, the stage is set for a wild ride.  Unfinished Business marks a masterful homecoming and resurrection as only The Gutter Demons could achieve.  Welcome home boys, the flames are hotter than ever.

Tours: Gutter Demons / The Raygun Cowboys

Gutter DemonsQuebec psychobilly mainstays The Gutter Demons have announced that they will be heading West with Raygun Cowboys for a short tour in support of their upcoming new full length this December.  Their fourth LP will be titled Unfinished Business which is due out December 4, 2015 via Falsetto Music Agency.  

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Gutter Demons Detail Upcoming Album; Stream First New Track In Seven Years

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 9.09.41 PMQuebec psychobilly mainstays The Gutter Demons have released track listing, album art and a brand new song from their upcoming new full length.

The album will serve as their first new material since reuniting late last year.  Serving as their fourth studio album, the LP will be titled Unfinished Business and is due out December 4, 2015 via Falsetto Music Agency.  

Track listing and the new song “Invaders” can be found below.

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Gutter Demons – Invaders

Gutter Demons To Premiere First Track From New Album

Gutter DemonsQuebec psychobilly mainstays The Gutter Demons have announced that they will be releasing their first new full length since reuniting late last year.  Serving as their fourth studio album, the LP will be titled Unfinished Business and is due out December 4, 2015 via Falsetto Music Agency.  

The first single is scheduled to premiere on October 22nd on Zorch Radio.  Details can be found here.

Gutter Demons

The Gutter Demons

Showdown At Katacombes

Falsetto Music Agency
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Back in 2008, Montreal psychobilly act The Gutter Demons were duly responsible for my greatest excitement and most crushing disappointment.  They released the genre masterpiece, Misery, Madness & Murder Lullabies, and then promptly broke up in the following months.  After seven years and a global reputation as one of Canada’s premiere psychobilly acts, the Demons went out at the top of their game.  But before calling it a day the trio announced a handful of farewell shows at Montreal venue Katacombes.  But unless you lived in the vicinity, it’s unlikely you were able to take part in the festivities, and had to wave farewell from the sidelines.

Thankfully the band had the foresight to record those final late night sessions and sit on them in the event of resurrection.  After a long six years of dormancy, The Gutter Demons have risen from the grave and unearthed that legendary night in the form of the band’s first recorded live offering, Showdown At Katacombes.  The seventeen song set spans the band’s three studio albums, bookending the show with the same eerie carnival soundtrack that opens Misery, Madness & Murder Lullabies.

The band lives up to their reputation as a rowdy stage act, in many cases pumping out fan favourites with even more energy than on their studio equivalents.  From opener “Guilty,” frontman Johnny Toxic’s seething distorted guitar bares its teeth, sounding louder and meaner than ever before.  Coupled his trademark deep throaty bellow, The Gutter Demons pummel listeners with track after track of hard hitting blows as only psychobilly can offer.  Johnny’s effortless undead growl has always been a rallying point worth forming a band around, and as the live recording makes clear, there really is no substitute for his gut bursting howls.  As perhaps best exemplified by fan favourites “Sunday” and “Playground Horror Peepshow,” Johnny absolutely nails the contrast between orderly and much rawer vocals behind The Demons’ dark, brooding atmosphere.

And then there’s Flipper.  One of the most well-known upright bassists in the Montreal scene (having played in The Hypnophonics and Matchless during The Gutter Demons’ hiatus), his legendary bass slapping thumps are second to none in the studio, and resonate to soul pulsing levels on stage.  Look no further than the deep chaotic rumble of menacing “Psycho-Rama” for the absolute finger fury that Flipper brings to The Gutter Demons.  Likewise, he matches the dampened atmosphere of “Children Of The Damned” and dark, crypt lounger “Out Of Sight” with bone chilling, otherworldly precision.  

While the band mostly plays it safe by preserving the memory of the original songs, a certain level of audience participation creeps in.  Whether it’s an audience driven chorus, or cheers to a big “thank you for these seven years” from Toxic, the recording captures the sense from both band and audience that this was their final chapter and was worth savoring every minute.

The demon kings of Canadian psychobilly are back.  While Showdown At Katacombes may have taken place six years ago, the performance captures the excitement of The Gutter Demons at the top of their game.  Whether you missed The Gutter Demons the first time around or have been patiently awaiting their resurrection since their initial demise, Showdown At Katacombes is a worthy tease as to The Demons imminent studio return.

Matchless – Anger Incorporated

MatchlessCanadian phsychobilly act Matchless has premiered their first new single in five years.  The track is titled “Anger Incorporated” and will appear on their next full length, expected to drop later this year on Falsetto Music Agency.

Listen to the track here.  The band last released Randomly Generated Numbers back in 2010.