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.
New single One Less Gun is the most direct indictment of developments in society. It was written on the evening of the assaults in the Parisian venue ‘Bataclan’ in 2015 in which 89 people died. In Paris a total of 129 people were killed that night by actions of terrorists. Recent assaults in Texas and Ohio make clear that this is still a very topical subject at this moment. This song simply states that every gun taken out of society makes the chances of these kinds of occurrences smaller. Prominent in the arrangement is the classic DX7 FM synthesizer. The rebellious lead guitar licks cut right through the mix again, in the signature manner which the one-off band Charmless i characterizes.
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.
One Less Gun is out now on BERT music, a division of TCBYML
Writer: Alex Pasveer | ISRC: NL-C8O-20-00017