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Depth & Current

Norman, Oklahoma, United States | INDIE

Norman, Oklahoma, United States | INDIE
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"Track Of The Day 19/2 - Depth & Current"

The return of My Bloody Valentine seemed to emphasise the band's true impact.

Kevin Shields needed to raise his game, with the likes of A Place To Bury Strangers, School Of Seven Bells and more enhancing the shoegaze template. Despite a majestic final third, it seemed as though extended periods in studio hell had allowed the band's competitors to steam ahead.

Those disappointed with 'm b v' could well do worse than checking out Depth & Current. Based in Norman, Oklahoma, the trio's space rock deviations have seem them spiral off into the infinite universe of reverb across a handful of sought after releases.

Always difficult to track down, dependable house of fuzz Club AC30 have stepped in to support Depth & Current's latest project. Working on a mini album, the three piece plan to release 'Transient' on seven inch vinyl - just like those nascent Hardcore releases, or early indie pop statements.

Containing eight tracks and fourteen minutes of music, the music is dark, dense but shot through with moments of real beauty. Ahead of its release, ClashMusic have been granted the premiere of 'You're Alive' - a short piece which packs more ideas into 100 seconds than some bands do into entire albums. - Clash Music


"Track Of The Day 19/2 - Depth & Current"

The return of My Bloody Valentine seemed to emphasise the band's true impact.

Kevin Shields needed to raise his game, with the likes of A Place To Bury Strangers, School Of Seven Bells and more enhancing the shoegaze template. Despite a majestic final third, it seemed as though extended periods in studio hell had allowed the band's competitors to steam ahead.

Those disappointed with 'm b v' could well do worse than checking out Depth & Current. Based in Norman, Oklahoma, the trio's space rock deviations have seem them spiral off into the infinite universe of reverb across a handful of sought after releases.

Always difficult to track down, dependable house of fuzz Club AC30 have stepped in to support Depth & Current's latest project. Working on a mini album, the three piece plan to release 'Transient' on seven inch vinyl - just like those nascent Hardcore releases, or early indie pop statements.

Containing eight tracks and fourteen minutes of music, the music is dark, dense but shot through with moments of real beauty. Ahead of its release, ClashMusic have been granted the premiere of 'You're Alive' - a short piece which packs more ideas into 100 seconds than some bands do into entire albums. - Clash Music


"Depth & Current - "Turn Me On" Video"

Depth & Current are fairly uncompromising.

The Norman, Oklahoma trio are billed as 'extreme noise' and that's fairly close to the mark. Virtually everything the group can touch veers into the red, with recent mini-album 'Transient' packing eight songs into 14 minutes.

Out now on Club AC30, it's about as direct as an iron bar to the back of the head. Depth & Current put is more succinctly: "A full-length album, for a modern attention span."

Short, sharp and arresting, 'Transient' will shortly transfer to cassette. Stripped 'Turn Me On' from the release, Depth & Current have pieced together a controversial new video. Deeply sexual in a bizarre way, there's a touch to David Lynch to their scorched visuals.

Vivid, challenging and most definitely NSFW you can watch it now. - Clash Music


"Depth & Current - "Transient" Review"

Oklahoma is probably be one of the least likely places to give birth to an industrial noise combo. Musically more accustomed to hosting ballet and theatrical events, it's difficult to envisage the combined works of Andrew Eldritch, Dave Gahan and Trent Reznor ever being placed on any educational curriculum.

Not that Oklahoma-based trio Depth & Current seem concerned by perceptions of the norm. Formed five years ago in the city of Norman just 20 miles south of Oklahoma, they've spent the ensuing period steadily honing their experimental sound into the dizzying maelstrom prevalent throughout Transient. Whereas the band's 2011 self-titled debut hinted at a bright future, Transient delivers those expectations on every level.

What's most astonishing about Transient - their first release for London's Club AC30 - is that the eight pieces barely clock in at a quarter of an hour combined. Rather than pulverise the listener into submission, Depth & Current have created a series of short sharp aural shocks and as a result, Transient seems all the more assured for it.

Mixing pulsating and occasionally jarring beats with meandering synthesized arrangements and swathes of distortion and feedback, the three-piece; Chris Harris, Derek Lemke and Tommy McKenzie; have conjured up a sound that is likely to be embraced by the shoegaze, psyche and goth hordes en masse.

Whether it be the harsh industrial surging opener 'Running', which sounds as if it were recorded in a beehive, or the heavier noise-induced 'Unknown', Depth & Current live up to their biographical description as sonic experimentalists. Obvious reference points including the likes of Depeche Mode, Suicide, A Place To Bury Strangers and The Sisters Of Mercy; the latter due to Chris Harris' baritone, if somewhat spectral vocal.

'Coast 2 Coast' could be Iggy Pop's 'Nightclubbing' revamped by the Batcave crowd circa 1982 while 'Turn Me On' turns My Bloody Valentine et al's reverb drenched blueprint inside out, instead filtering various segments of noise through an ear shredding colander.

Further on, 'You're Alive' provides a timely reminder of why we fell in love with Skywave's Synthstatic nine years ago while the poignant bombast emanating through 'Exes And Ohs' coupled with 'Breaking Your Heart''s reflective eminence render both as possibly the most brutal break-up songs ever set to tape.

A concise lesson in controlled aggression, not a single song breaking the two minutes mark, Transient keeps it short and simple from start to finish. 'A full length album for a modern attention span,' say the band, and we wholeheartedly agree. - Drowned In Sound


"Depth & Current - "Transient" Review"

Oklahoma is probably be one of the least likely places to give birth to an industrial noise combo. Musically more accustomed to hosting ballet and theatrical events, it's difficult to envisage the combined works of Andrew Eldritch, Dave Gahan and Trent Reznor ever being placed on any educational curriculum.

Not that Oklahoma-based trio Depth & Current seem concerned by perceptions of the norm. Formed five years ago in the city of Norman just 20 miles south of Oklahoma, they've spent the ensuing period steadily honing their experimental sound into the dizzying maelstrom prevalent throughout Transient. Whereas the band's 2011 self-titled debut hinted at a bright future, Transient delivers those expectations on every level.

What's most astonishing about Transient - their first release for London's Club AC30 - is that the eight pieces barely clock in at a quarter of an hour combined. Rather than pulverise the listener into submission, Depth & Current have created a series of short sharp aural shocks and as a result, Transient seems all the more assured for it.

Mixing pulsating and occasionally jarring beats with meandering synthesized arrangements and swathes of distortion and feedback, the three-piece; Chris Harris, Derek Lemke and Tommy McKenzie; have conjured up a sound that is likely to be embraced by the shoegaze, psyche and goth hordes en masse.

Whether it be the harsh industrial surging opener 'Running', which sounds as if it were recorded in a beehive, or the heavier noise-induced 'Unknown', Depth & Current live up to their biographical description as sonic experimentalists. Obvious reference points including the likes of Depeche Mode, Suicide, A Place To Bury Strangers and The Sisters Of Mercy; the latter due to Chris Harris' baritone, if somewhat spectral vocal.

'Coast 2 Coast' could be Iggy Pop's 'Nightclubbing' revamped by the Batcave crowd circa 1982 while 'Turn Me On' turns My Bloody Valentine et al's reverb drenched blueprint inside out, instead filtering various segments of noise through an ear shredding colander.

Further on, 'You're Alive' provides a timely reminder of why we fell in love with Skywave's Synthstatic nine years ago while the poignant bombast emanating through 'Exes And Ohs' coupled with 'Breaking Your Heart''s reflective eminence render both as possibly the most brutal break-up songs ever set to tape.

A concise lesson in controlled aggression, not a single song breaking the two minutes mark, Transient keeps it short and simple from start to finish. 'A full length album for a modern attention span,' say the band, and we wholeheartedly agree. - Drowned In Sound


"MP3 At 3PM: Depth & Current"

The members of Depth & Current really hit the nail on the head when they chose their band’s name. Indeed, the Oklahoma quintet’s sound is as vast and dynamic as an ocean, characterized by guttural vocals and mesmerizing, spacious psychedelic guitar riffs loaded with distortion. Download 'Don’t Go Away' and 'Calm To The Sea' below; they are the two tracks from the band’s recently released seven-inch on band member Chris Harris’ Nice People label. Depth & Current is playing a handful of shows later this fall in its home state, including one date with Stardeath & White Dwarfs. - Magnet Magazine


Discography

"Arms" EP - Nice People (April 29, 2009)
"Hiding" digital single - Nice People (November 24, 2009)
"Don't Go Away/Calm to the Sea" 7" - Nice People (September 7, 2010)
"Depth & Current" S/T CD - Nice People (December 2011)
"Transient" mini-album 7" - Club AC30 (April 2013)
"Transient" mini-album cassingle - Nice People (July 2013)

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