MUSIC REVIEW – FourCulture Magazine // CATCH ON: Why London, UK’s Blockhouse Bay is a great catch

ISSUE #9 of Four Culture Magazine // October 29 | Catch my ‘interesting’ feature Interview here with London, UK’s Rhys John Hughes of indie-electro new group Blockhouse Bay.

Blockhouse Bay

Music lovers today are inundated with new tunes through the convenience of quick digital access where bands shoot to fame with a solitary single; to hell with the rest of the LP. But London, England’s electro-indie newcomers, Blockhouse Bay, pack its debut album, Duality, with “hit” after hit, deservedly earning a “you gotta hear this!” rating.

They are at once reverent and innovative: the retro-tinged throwback of nostalgic dark pop, New Romantic and 80’s synth takes flight throughout, as the group, looking ever forward, mixes in up-tempo keys-driven dance beats, supercharging the tracks with a futuristic feel. Some may call it “indietronica” – blending indie with electronic, pop and rock. Plays nicely with Madonna and Pet Shop Boys, and if you also like NIN or Everything But The Girl, while fitting audibly next to Sweden’s playlist of Kate Boy and Miike Snow. Still, as its own brand, Blockhouse Bay is brand new. It’s disco-noir intense, not downer. Uplifting: but, never flighty.

~ Sylvie Hill (Four Culture Magazine, ISSUE #9, Oct 29)

MORE ON BLOCKHOUSE BAY: Catch my next review of the band in new-electronic music on-line magazine Vader Evader coming up, mid-November!