For those of you who haven’t heard the energetic four-piece Charmless i before: this band immediately hooks you with their fresh and yet recognizably pleasant sound. The band is the brainchild of Alex Pasveer, who has made many flight hours with his former band Steed, which released two studio albums and toured extensively at home and abroad.
Alongside Alex you may notice a familiar face on lead guitar. Alex has rudely revived the musical career of Rutger van Mourik. He is the former frontman of Britpop band Flemming who released two highly acclaimed albums on major label Warner in the first decade of the century. The rhythm section of the band is solid as a rock. Drummer Bart Klomp and bass player Auke Haaksma are a class act. They met during their studies at the conservatory in Alkmaar, therefore know each other thoroughly and are able to relate musically on a very high level.
The band name is ironic of course. They are extremely charming indeed.
The lyrics of new single Stormy Weather stay close to home. Romantic relationships can be bumpy from time to time. But they can also prove to survive bigger as well as smaller problems. So, did Alex’ spouse find out about the affair with the dominant woman or is she in fact this dominant woman herself? Or could this simply be a case of Alex once not taking out the garbage in time? Either way, the monumental Oasis like guitar riff will undoubtedly drag you into this track. The kind of odd structure of the song will initially put you on the wrong foot but you will come to like it eventually. The Russian like male choirs will make you want to grab a bottle of Stolichnaya.
Previous singles have been well received worldwide and reviews dropped in from Sweden to the USA and from Australia via Indonesia back to Spain and Germany. The band could also be seen live and played gigs in clubs, at festivals and live on radio. Speaking of radio, the band could be heard on radio stations in the US, UK, Canada, Russia, Australia, France, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Time for a new chapter in the story of Charmless i. The band recently recorded their third 5-track EP called ‘Make Me Wanna’. One might notice that debut EP ‘First Coming’ had an electro feel with organic instruments added. Successor ‘Next Level’ sort of reversed that approach, expressing more of an organic band signature, with electronics added. Now both worlds meet in a glorious way. Charmless i have found an irresistible blend of everything you like about guitars as well as synths and electronic drums from the Roland TR-808, alongside their fantastically pumping organic rhythm section. On ‘Make Me Wanna’ front man Alex proves to become more and more of a vocal blend of all the singers you enjoyed in ’90s British guitar bands. Make no mistake though: this band is firmly rooted in modern day productional sounds.
Currently, there are many worries in this world, both large and small. On micro as well as macro level. This entire spectrum is lyrically covered by this kaleidoscopic EP. It contains the last four singles and new single ‘Stormy Weather’.
2. Long Time Coming
3. Take Me Home Tonight
4. One Less Gun
5. Stormy Weather
Stormy Weather (single) & Make Me Wanna (EP) is out now on BERT music, a division of TCBYML
Writer: Alex Pasveer | ISRC: NL-C8O-20-00041 | EAN: 8720205101037