In keeping with Inforty’s theme, we’ll keep this brief: it’s been a great half a decade, in which we’ve posted around 1500 reviews and countless more videos, songs, and features. If just a few people have discovered a new band due to the site, and that band have been able to afford a couple new drum sticks as a consequence, we consider it time well spent. But all good things burn out eventually – especially non-profit music zine things – and so the time has come to bring Inforty to an end. The site will remain up for now, along with the archive of past posts, before we turn off the lights for good in a month or so.
It remains to say a huge thanks to all the bands, labels, and PR folks who have inundated us with so much music over the years – more than we could ever do justice. During a typical week we would be sent anything from Appalachian-influenced jazz to Welsh doom rock, which not only made our stereos instruments of terror to our neighbours, but affirmed our belief that the alternative music scene is richer, more vibrant, and simply more fun than it’s ever been.
Finally, and most of all: thank you for visiting.
The Inforty Team, 2009-2015
Yep Roc, 2014
The long running instrumental legends return with Deke Dickerson on a clever project that unearths lyrics to many classics and obscure songs (including some of their own), filtered through the instant fun that is the music of Los Straitjackets. Their surf, garage and rockabilly ways haven’t changed much in their lengthy career, nor has their creativity and unique approach. If you haven’t heard these guys yet, this is as great a place to start as any.
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Mountains of Records, 2015
The sophomore effort from the Derby-based trio was funded via Kickstarter in only 12 days, and turns out to be a worthwhile investment: Contact Fix is 7 tracks of high-energy instrumental math-rock that the world’s a brighter place for. Expect jazz-inflected drumming and guitars as twisting and entangling as the bodies on the cover, underpinned by an emotive post-rock drive that adds (a smidgeon of) direction. Fans of Tero Melos, And So I Watch You From Afar, et al. make note of its Feb 2nd release date.
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Seraph Sounds, 2014
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Evans might only be in his mid 20s, but he plays life-affirming music like a seasoned vet. Alternating between rugged rock tunes and quieter alt-country, he’s got a distinct voice you won’t soon forget and a storytelling ability that parallels the greats of the genre. Criminally obscure, this is a fantastic album.
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From Israel to LA, the prolific band return with a 9th album of giant alt-rock where influences like folk, reggae and funk are all heavily referenced. Though they strip things back with an acoustic ballad on occasion, the best moments here are loud indie-rock with guitar solos and polished energy. You even get a song in Hebrew, too.
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A NYC indie-pop outfit fronted by Mechanic’s strong, sensuous pipes, this five song EP contains melodies that could fill stadiums with thoughtful lyrics that reveal much depth to the arrangements. Sometimes overtly powerful rock while other times keeping it more subtle, there’s an ideal mix of emotive versus playful and the keys are strategically placed for maximum memorableness.
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