Album review: Wyynona Ryyder

Wyynona Ryyder album coverAt the beginning of the month local band Wyynona Ryyder’s released their debut album ‘Bella Loon’ displaying a very British indie quirk.

The first few tracks convey a post-punk that can quickly strip back to a britpop sound and on listening further the later labelling prevails. With droning guitars, crisp drums, rumbling bass and soft English vocals, Wyynona Ryyder are a bit like a grungey four-man Jarvis Cocker.

Vocalist JP Baron displays his personality through the 10 tracks pretty well and is probably the most appealing element in terms of originality. The simplicity of the lyrics  of ‘In this House’ struck me and they really do capture that feeling of frustration you get from doing nothing and are brilliantly understated. Melodically I find this one the most memorable, but strangely the best way to describe the melody is by saying ‘it’s cute’. Maybe that’s an unusual thing to remark but it is cute!

The lyrics throughout the album have a very particular tone. There’s an edge of humour in most tracks, which is subtle and simple. Perhaps it’s the lovely connection with childhood that the content has in some places, especially in ‘G.O. Blues’. Some of the vocal delivery is nicely awkwardly British, which offsets the grungey fuzz of the distorted guitars.

Wyynona Ryyder are at their best when they consider their dynamics; ‘Perfect Uncle’ shows them at full pelt and stripped back. The build up of ‘Wasted Journey’ is both simple and compelling. The harmonies in its chorus are quirky. Which is something you could say about the whole album in all fairness.

I tried to find stand out tracks – the chorus of ‘Taff’ is catchy as well as interesting and the first track ‘What’s Wrong?’ is the best display of their songwriting abilities – but to be honest there aren’t really any, they have their sound pretty well nailed and are reasonably consistent in their songwriting. There’s enough personality and grunge sensibility in their well-trodden indie context that Wyynona Ryyder manage to come out the other side with something new to offer.

Download the album direct from the band: wyynonaryyder.bandcamp.com

Pelican Morals

Recipe: Chocolate orange brownies

Chocolate orange brownies300g cups of self-raising flour

400g cups of Demerara sugar

3 tbsp of cocoa powder

1 tsp of salt

235ml of water

235ml of vegetable oil

1 tsp of orange essence

1 zest of an orange

1 100g bar of 70% diary-free dark chocolate

 

Set oven to 200C.

Mix your dry ingredients – the flour, sugar, cocoa and salt – together. Add in the oil, bind into a paste and slowly add the water, orange essence and zest. If you don’t have orange essence you can use the juice of the orange and lessen the water added to the mixture. Mix well.

Bash the bar of chocolate into small piece and spoon evenly into your brownie mix. Pour out your mixture into a greaseproof paper-lined backing dish. Pop in the middle of your pre heated over for 15–20 mins. Check it’s ready by gently touching the top of the centre of your brownies. It should be a spongy texture. Once ready leave for 5 mins to cool.

We like to serve ours warm with dairy free ice-cream or a glass of dairy-free milk.

Mmm, bliss.

For more information on veganism visit vegansociety.com

Amy

Recipe: Dill vegetable stew with rosemary dumplings

Veg stew and dumplings

The first in our new series of vegan food recipes. This month, a hearty, autumnal stew and dumplings.

Stew

2 onions

3 large potatoes

2 large carrots

100g mushrooms

150g peas

2 cloves of garlic

Handful of roughly chopped dill

2 vegetable stock cubes

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

3 pints of water

Dumplings

130g self-raising flour (or plain flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder)

150g dairy-free margarine

500ml dairy-free milk (soya, rice, oat etc.)

2–3 sprigs of finely chopped rosemary

Generous pinch of salt

 

Heat the oil in large pot on a medium setting. Add the chopped onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until soft. Pop all your chopped veg in and add the water. Bring to the boil then add the veg stock and dill (save a little dill to sprinkle on top when you serve your homely dish).

Leave to cook on medium heat for 40 minutes.

While you wait it’s time to make the dumpling mix.

Pop the flour, salt (and baking powder, if your flour is not self-raising) into a large mixing bowl, add your vegan margarine and bined together with a fork. Add half the milk, mix well with a wooden spoon and slowly add the rest a bit at a time. You want a nice dough so it mixes into one big ball. If it’s too sticky just fold more flour into your mix. Now mix in your rosemary. I like to use my wooden spoon and a tablespoon to make the balls because the mix can stick to warm hands. I make my balls about 1–1 1/2 inches wide (they do almost double in size when cooked).

Add your dumplings to the top of the stew. The width of your pot will determine how may you can fit in. Cover your stew and dumplings for another 10 minutes and you’re done.

Sprinkle your dill and serve with warm crusty bread and vegan butter. Homely food to the max.

Amy

For more information on veganism visit vegansociety.com

NMTBullocks gig nights return to Hereford

EMPIRE PROMO1 copyOne of Hereford’s premier music promotors returns tonight with a blistering line-up of alternative rock.

Headliners EMP!RE take to the stage for the Nevermind The Bullocks comeback gig at Hereford’s Jailhouse, bringing killer melodies and virtuosic vocals to town.

This sub-genre defying band have been described by Kerrang as ‘the best new voice in rock’.

EMP!RE are supported on the main stage by three local acts: Richa, an alt-rock four-piece; Worcestershire psych-rockers Holy, who are destined for big things; and the Hereford-Bristol-based Aulos, complete the bill with an instrumental set featuring Gameboys.

Gig-goers will also be treated to a second stage of acoustic music throughout the evening, featuring Footdragger, Rope & Field, Bren Haze, Vaginapocalypse and Claire Perkins.

Founded in 2005, Nevermind The Bullocks not-for-profit gig nights have been a showcase for local talent and the best of the underground indie scene.

Doors open at 8:00pm. The first 30 people through the door will also receive a complimentary NMTBullocks glow in the dark plectrum!

Tickets: £4 before 9pm and £5 thereafter.

Gig review: Sex Pistols Experience

“The security are there to protect you from us,” snarled singer Johnny Rotter.

Ed finishes the night in his own mercurial style.

Yes 1977 made a welcome return to the Starlite Rooms on Friday night.

Paul Stevens and Steve Niblettt, better known as Nitelite Promotions, punked up Estadio Edgar pairing legendary Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle actor Ed Tudor-Pole with the Sex Pistols Experience. Some of the 180 punters on the sidelines looked nervous as old-fangled punk pumped into JLS and 1D’d eardrums. The band took disbelief in their stride, mounting a continuous sonic assault spliced with copious expletives.

Expecting a mellowed performance from Ed Tudor-Pole and his battered guitar (in keeping with the passing of Pete Seeger) I was astounded that he attacked the £ashtonbury Festival for refusing to book him because he was ‘too punk’, while others turn him down for not being punk enough.

How you can criticise a hard working family as they struggle to bale-up bank statements after £ashtonbury sells out each year, I do not know!

New century Ed has more in common with Iggy Pop than the fresh-faced actor of the early seventies. His song about murdering a girl and stuffing her in a car boot may have baffled the audience but I’m sure it had deep meaning, somewhere. Lambasting the crowd mid-set, he left the stage to take on audience members, then began an impromptu sing-along before hurtling off-stage after more numbers, taking out an expensive microphone on the way. All-in-all the brilliance factor was intermittent, spoilt by a haphazard delivery and a less than scintillating guitar technique.

All was forgiven with the arrival of the Sex Pistols Experience, who quickly spurred on mosh pit mayhem, ensuring that beer sales rocketed as pints flew all over shirts, floor and ceiling. Even those oddballs seen near a Pakistani flag on the Meadow End the next day (before it disappeared amid a cloud of acrid smoke) danced frenetically to ‘Anarchy’. The few mere onlookers wilted under Mr Rotter’s sarcastic tongue: “Why doncha slip into sumfink more comfortable – like a COMA?”

A storming set ended with Ed coming back on to sing his ‘Swords of a Thousand Men’ hit. This combination of hard rocking young cover band and an aging punk figurehead needs fine tuning (and possibly a mite less solo R&R in the green room) but no one was in any doubt that we’d like them back at Estadio Edgar soon.

Carnybull