Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mass of the Fermenting Dregs

It's kinda difficult for me to get into foreign music, and by foreign, I just mean non-English. It's not often I get into J-Music, but when I do, it's usually because there was something about the band that just jumped out to me. The first Japanese band I grew a liking to was The Pillows, and only because I LOVED FLCL when they first showed it on Adult Swim. After that was Mucc, but only for like a month, because I saw them at Otakon in 2005, and although it was a good show, they don't resemble the kind of music I like. Then, it wasn't until about this past July that I discovered Mass of the Fermenting Dregs.

Mass of the Fermenting Dregs is a shoegaze trio from Kobe, Japan. Two japanese gals, one the guitarist, the other the bassist/singer are the only solid members; seems like they have a different drummer every tour. Their EPs, "World is Yours" and the self-titled, feature some of the best shoegaze I've ever heard, comparable to The Smashing Pumpkins. I can't say that I'm a shoegaze contnoisseur; I actually had to look up the definition on wikipedia shortly after discovering the band.

They've actually released their first full length album on August 8, however I've yet to discover the English translation for the title. If it's anything like their EPs, it shouldn't disappoint. Here's a video for the first track on the "World is Your's" EP, translated as "After This Speed".

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tera Melos

Tera Melos released their third studio album "Patagonian Rats" this past Tuesday, September 7. From what I've heard, they have evolved their music in a direction that will embrace surviving enthusiasts and new ears alike. The whole album has strayed away from their signature instrumental sound. They've incorporated vocals throughout the entire album and the drumbeats resemble pop rock music from time to time. However, this does not pollute the sound of their stringed instruments as they thrash through endless amounts of hammer-ons and slides and seemingly random chords that fans have come to love. There's a music video for the track "Frozen Zoo" which is a neat suprise, and a joy to watch. Very trippy. I can't wait to get my hands on this record.