Day Clinic – A Mirror
Similar artists: King Crimson, Bauhaus, Wire
Genre: Post-Punk, Psychedelic Rock
I suppose that the best kind of music comes out of uncertainty. And I also assume that this is one of the reasons why most modern music is so boring, with all the familiar patterns used left and right.
It was, I am sure, easier to leave an audience in awe when far fewer avenues of expression had become visible. Even polka-rock and swing seemed to find a future for themselves for a while.
Right now, however, young songwriters have no other way of finding something exciting and unique other than by jumping into the deep end. It may all lead to catastrophic failure or to exciting new visions.
Day Clinic’s expressionist rock of A Mirror is wholly surprising as it mixes the most basic and the most sophisticated elements in the rock n’ roll playbook. The result is a would-be Dr. Caligari soundtrack if the movie was to be reshot in 2023 with a gigantic budget behind it. It’s not music where it is understood that one and one is two, but rather something where solutions are never made clear.
18Fevers – Save Your Venom
Similar artists: The Distillers
It’s the simple but great things in life that are the most difficult to find. Whether it’s a sandwich, a great song, or the love of your life, these things that should take very little effort are elusive to many for a long time.
In an era where Chat GPT and AI-powered knowledge are important issues, it’s important to consider simplicity and the human touch. The simple fact is that while most people understand how the aforementioned things are created, few can actually create something meaningful.
It’s enough to send the true lovers of life’s best experiences on a mad journey. Only the ones who’ve had the best know that volume and quantity are very rarely the same things.
18Fevers’ brand of melodic but aggressive punk-rock is one of those special finds. Save Your Venom is a song that fans of bands like The Distillers will gladly receive as a kind of heaven-sent. It’s the sound, the attitude, and the catchiness that the folks who can really appreciate it know they shouldn’t take for granted.