Heading into June, we're doing a bit of cleanup from stuff that came out late in May and new material out this weekend. --- We'll kick it off with online releases, the first being the latest from SLC rockers Lucid 8. Probably one of the hardest-working groups I've seen when it comes to live performances, these guys are regularly busting their ass at places like Liquid Joe's or hitting the outdoor festivals. The last time we heard from the group recording-wise was in January 2013, with their full-length album American Eyesore, but the crew got to work in late 2013 at Midnight Records to put a new one out as soon as possible: their new full-length, Idle Revolution. For this one, Lucid 8 stepped away from the heavy and have more of an alternative spin to the rock. You can download it for $7 off the studio's Bandcamp page.
The next one comes to use from an unknown producer going by the moniker Universe. This seven-track album, called The Universe is a Cold, Dead Place, with songs titles mostly written in Japanese kanji, crept onto Bandcamp last weekend without any real background info about who is behind it. It's actually a pretty cool album, mostly ambient drone music and noises you'd assume machines from the future would make. Plus, it's free, so it's worth checking out.
Shifting gears a little to geek rock, which we surprisingly don't have a lot of in Utah, we've got the debut release from Science Gone Wrong. This is a solo project fby Provo electro-rocker Brent Taylor, who clearly found love and influence from bands like They Might Be Giants and The Aquabats. This EP, titled The Isolator, is more of a random concoction of musical genres with a bit of a music-nerd spin to them, and many of the tracks may make you want to bounce uncontrollably. I highly suggest at least giving it a listen; you can download it for a mere $5 on his Bandcamp page.
Moving onto electronica, we've got a brand-new release from SLC producer Mkaio. This guy has been making some waves in the club circles lately as his music has been circulating through the sound systems, depending on your DJ for the evening. Recently, he did his first live show at The Urban Lounge to much success, so hopefully that changes from others sampling to him getting full showcases. In the meantime, he just released his new EP, titled The Devil Lived, which you can download for just $2 on Bandcamp.
Also out this week is a live album and surprise full-length release from the band Temples, a Provo-based instrumental-rock band comprised of members Randy Cordner, Nathan Richardson, Christopher Andreasen, Tim Ross and Malcolm Jackson. These guys (seen above, courtesy of their Facebook) have had a pretty good run since forming back in 2011. They're a hell of a live band to see, but the recording side has left much to be desired as up until now; they've released only one self-titled EP back in 2012 and a couple of singles. On Wednesday, the group released Live At KRCL, a fantastic six-track recording at one of the better live studios in the state. If you haven't seen Temples live, this is a damned good representation. You can get the album for whatever you'd like to pay on Bandcamp.
As a surprise bonus, Temples released a limited edition, full-length album called Youth during CrucialFest when they helped kick off the event on Wednesday night at Club Metro. This is pretty fucking cool to me, because it's so rare to see a band release something in limited form without an online pre-release. There's no word yet as to whether this will be available online, but there are vinyl copies on the way. If you're a physical music collector, this just became the must-have local album of the year.
And then finally, going into the only release show we have this week, Blue Wavers will put out their new EP tomorrow night at Velour. This is a Provo alternative/pop band comprised of Tyler Teerlink, Isaac Smith, Brody Macfarlane, Nick Nord and Taylor Joos. There isn't much to say about them, as they formed as recently as last summer. And unless you've seen them live, they only have one track floating around that sounds more pop than their claim of rock. We'll soon get a good taste of what they have to offer as the band will be releasing their debut EP, Blind Intentions, this weekend. You can snag a copy and see them tomorrow night as they play with The Great White Buffalo and The House Guests; tickets are just $6 and the show kicks off at 8 p.m.
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