Woods of Desolation – The Falling Tide

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Woods of Desolation – The Falling Tide
Season of Mist
Release Date: 09/12/22
Running Time: 36:25
Review by Rick Eaglestone
8/10

Australian visionaries Woods of Desolation return after eight years with brand new album “The Falling Tide.”

The Grandiose opening to this return ‘Far From Here’ sets the tone for the entire tone for the album as it’s embedded with a level of raw emotion that interweaves between relenting pace with the backdrop of atmospherics, it’s like being reunited with an old friend where although a passage of time has passed it’s immediately forgotten when they are in your company. This is followed in very much the same way with ‘Beneath a Sea of Stars’ but for me this just seems to resonate with me more which is why it is my highlight track.

No short interludes required as again shrouded in deep rooted emotion is ‘Illumination’ musically the pace is not as relentless as the previous track but it would appear that the band members have incorporated soundscapes from other projects which blend in perfectly. 

Finally, concluding this goosebump filled experience is title track ‘The Falling Tide’ which has some wonderful harmonious elements running throughout and even though much of the track is gentile in comparison, there is room for one last sorrowful farewell and hopefully it will not be too long before we are reunited once more with the Woods of Desolation. 

Bewitching levels of woefulness. 

‘Far From Here’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. Far From Here
02. Beneath a Sea of Stars
03. Illumination
04. The Falling Tide
05. The Passing
06. Anew

LINE-UP:
D – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Vlad – Drums, Keyboards 

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With Faint On Call

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EMQ’s With Faint On Call

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Mexican Rock/ Shoegaze/ Post-Grunge band, Faint On Call. Huge thanks to Bassist/ Guitarist/ Keyboard player, Cristian Hernandez, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Cristian Hernandez. I play bass, guitar, keys, and a bit of everything I can get my hands on.

The band formed because we were in lockdown, we all started writing via a program called Spire and were sending each other songs and bits. A year later we had 30 full songs and recorded in Mexico with Sylvia Massy.

How did you come up with your band name?

Tobias came up with it. We were bouncing names back and forth and Faint On Call was one that jumped out from the rest.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

Well, David (Guitar) and I are from Mexico. Metal and Rock here is very underground, but it exists. People are still faithful followers of Metal bands though. Tobias and Art are from California, Bay Area. San Francisco is one of the capitals of Rock and Metal. Lots to see there.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released our first single, ‘Pearl’, from our upcoming album, “Swoon”, October 7th. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m actually a big Classic Rock fan. As far as bass players, Sir Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and John Entwistle wrap up the basics of my influences. As far as songwriting, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, are some of the bands I grew up listening to. I guess The Police and Sting would be the song writers I most admire.

What first got you into music?

My parents, they’ve always been rockers. I grew up with their music all day, and when I chose to be a musician, they fully supported me. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Hmm… I’d have to go with Sting. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Lollapalooza but from 1992. That lineup was beastly.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

In Pittsburg, KS we got like $2000 worth of fireworks.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Practice! Get good at what you love doing.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Maybe Taylor Hawkins, because it’s so recent and we all felt his loss. I wouldn’t want any of the rock stars of old back from the dead, because that’s why they are legends. They were gone too soon and never got to get old and write old fart music that sucked. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love being creative, the process of writing and recording. I also love a crowd going crazy over my music. 

I hate editing drums!! Takes so long.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I think that question is an interview in itself. I could spend hours talking about it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pearl Jam, “Vs.”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I think the only one I don’t like is cassettes. They suck. All of the above has a purpose and is good. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Back with Onesidezero, we were opening for Adema in Milwaukee at the Rave. But we played the small room. It was packed to the brim, at least 100 degrees, people were jumping off the stage. Someone fell on my pedals and I saw all of them go flying everywhere. I grabbed my cable and went straight into the bass head. The whole show was utter chaos and just so fun. I love the out of control feel of a show like that.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d probably be some kind of engineer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Fam, I’m good with that.

What’s next for the band?

Well, we’ll be releasing a few more songs before the full album, and hopefully we can actually play all these songs on a tour next year. It’s tough being a band in two different countries.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people? Please include any links

www.faintoncall.com
https://www.facebook.com/faintoncall
https://www.instagram.com/faintoncall/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6pRtEeoRFon9UPJn0fBtcQ
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/faintoncall/pearl

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

I have no clue. I only know tacos.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

All good. Thank you for supporting us and all musicians, so we can leave a little mark in the world.

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healthyliving – until/below EP

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healthyliving – until/below EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/06/2021
Running Time: 07:34
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

It’s staggering how many post-rock, shoegaze, gloom-adjacent bands have broken through over the past few years. Maybe it’s got something to do with economic and near-societal collapse, the waves of finding out our childhood heroes are nonces and wrong uns, a globally-mishandled pandemic, or a sharp decline in human compassion in lieu of greed and selfishness. But who knows? I just review music on the internet.

Today’s offering of void-core comes in the form of cross-Europe trio healthyliving with their debut release consisting of two songs ‘until’ and ‘below’. The band consists of Madrid-born singer Amaya López-C, who also operates an experimental folk/jazz project called Maud The Moth, plucker of strings Scott McLean from Scotland who also performs with post-rock-turned-drone metal act Falloch and German stoner rock outfit Lasse Reinstroem, and Stefan Pötzsch, a German session drummer who has also worked with Lasse Reinstroem, as well as Luc Stargazer and Boozoo Bajou. The band have offered a little taste of their musical output as they work towards their debut album, currently expected sometime in 2022.

‘until’ feels like the stronger of the two tracks, a deep, bass-heavy shoegaze stomper with tinges of psychedelia and stoner rock. López-C’s voice floats over its depressing surroundings in a similar vibe to Oathbreaker’s Caro Tanghe during the quiet moments of ‘Needles In Your Skin’ and ‘Stay Here/Accroche-Moi’, creating an ethereal hold on the listener, with subtle discordancy broken up by proper gurn-face choruses.

‘below’ is a more subdued track, a gentle, rolling guitar line once again swimming along the current of those hypnotising vocals. This almost, idyllic setting created in the first half of the song makes the droning guitars of the second half feel all the more terrifying. A sudden progression of musical anxiety as a muddy guitar sound evolves into softly-backed vocals in a style similar to Myrkur’s folk outings, estranged harmonics, and a cold, imposing drum beat.

healthyliving are certainly worth your attention. Shoegaze that knows how to be heavy without treading on drone and doom’s toes, and tell a bigger story with a minimalist output. Stefan and Scott deserve full credit for such, with McLean worthy of another mention owing to his production handling of Amaya’s vocals. A soft and delicate delivery is turned into anguish and uncertainty, which could prove to have some amazing potential. BBC Introducing and Roadburn certainly seem to think so.

‘until’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. until
02. below

LINE-UP:
Amaya López-C – Vocals
Scott McLean – Guitars, Bass
Stefan Pötzsch – Drums

LINKS:

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