We picked a whole bunch of tracks we’d been sent over the past few weeks from new bands (to us anyway) and stuck them on a playlist to see what would jump out at us.
First to make a showing was the infectiously catchy, but dark-hearted indie rock of Seattle’s The Young Evils with a couple of tracks from their new EP Foreign Spells.
There is a mixture of sunny 60s pop, noisy guitars and flat out percussion that drive the songs along at a whiplash pace. Then as the perfect counterpoint to all this unadulterated upbeat enjoyment are the lyrics as Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer gloomily intone “Dead animals is what we’ll become” from the EP’s first single.
Take a listen and to the equally persuasive Darker Blue Bayou too.
The EP is out on the 10th July, more details from their Bandcamp page here.