Pink Chameleons are a new three piece band fronted by Black Lizard’s Paltsa-Kai Salama (Vocals & Guitar) with Antti Sauli (Bass) andIiro Tulkki (Drums, Keyboards). Formed in 2016 and describing themselves as a Garage/Blues/Country Band. Those broad strokes could take in a Pink Chameleons feeling for everything from The Stooges to Waylon Jennings – with the band’s indelible contemporary stamp on proceedings.

Their debut release for Soliti is the single Religion which the band describe as “...a simple and naive country song about how money has taken over the world”. The track is a cavernous acoustic wail, with ringing guitar tones and a suitably intense performance.

Watch the stop motion video for it below..

 

 

We shared Lonesome Shack’s excellent track Past The Ditch just before Christmas, and now we have a second (top) tune from their forthcoming long player Desert Dreams.

The City Is A Desert is anchored by a country blues refrain that has a touch of something primal about it and sounds like it could almost be a lost take from the Doors’ LA Woman.

Liking this one a lot. Stream it here.

 

We’re thoroughly enjoying our first introduction to Working Men’s Club.

Named after the venues they used to sneak into, they are a new band made up of teenagers from Calder Valley – an area of old mill towns that links Leeds and Manchester.

Their jerky debut single Bad Blood fuses 70s Magazine style guitar lines with the stomp of Parquet Courts’ at their most punky. From The Knack style infectious grooves to half-spoken words with more than a touch of the late, great Mark E Smith drawl about them, it’s the feeling of a Saturday spent scuffing about in thrift stores and hanging out with friends.

Stream it here – ones to keep an eye, and an ear, on!

 

New Song From The Parrots

Posted: January 21, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Madrid’s finest primordial garage rockers The Parrots have shared their latest song Cigarette Burns, which is brought to you via the always reliable Heavenly Recordings.

Stream it here.

 

Black Country, New Road is a London-based six piece and Athen’s, France is their first single proper.

It is a journey in itself. Detailing ‘a spectacular return to bad form; a romantic encounter; and a chronic fear of intercourse’ – it is a labyrinthine slice of indie oddness that, over six minutes, changes direction at every corner with a vocal delivery that sounds like Steve Albini meets Jarvis Cocker.

We’re not sure what to make of it, other than we can make no sense of it at all. We like it. It’s like scrambled eggs in musical form and that, we think, is a very good thing indeed.

Try it here.

 

  1. Flat Worms – Shouting At The Wall
  2. Cass McCombs – The Great Pixley Train Robbery
  3. Low Life – The Pitts
  4. Weyes Blood – Andromeda
  5. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Cannot Be Saved
  6. Grim Streaker – A.D.D.
  7. Potty Mouth – 22
  8. The Cowboys – Somethings Never Change
  9. Arre! Arre! – Anthem
  10. Shana Cleveland – Face Of The Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 12th April, Native Harrow, an indie folk-pop outfit out of New York’s Hudson River Valley will release their new album Happier Now via Different Time Records.

They have shared the lead single Can’t Go On Like This, which perfectly evokes some of the classic hippy folk sounds of the late 60s and early 70s (as does the cover of the album…).

It is a gently swirling pastoral tune that calls to mind Carole King and Joni Mitchell and Devin Tuel’s gorgeous vocals offer a sweetly invigorating antidote to some of the harsher, confrontational everyday norms that we all now seem to face with depressing regularity.

Uplift yourself – stream it here.

 

Matt Shapiro’s new six song EP Fade In comes barreling out of the gate with Rockaway Girl – an ultra catchy blend of reverb, distorted synths and pulsating percussion.

It fizzes through just over three minutes of indie-rock perfection and is a perfect tune to kick off the weekend.

Go bounce around the bedroom!

 

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We’ve followed the chameleon like career of Beth Jeans Houghton with great interest ever since we saw her supporting Phosphorescent in London a few years ago. Since then she’s had the Hooves of Destiny and, more recently, the Du Blonde moniker – complete with an altogether heavier, grittier sound.

She will be releasing her second album as Du Blonde titled Lung Bread For Daddy via Moshi Moshi on the 22nd February, and it is described as a meeting in which her previous two albums, 2015’s Welcome Back To Milk and her debut Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, take a seat at the table and make amends. Veering wildly between proto-punk, psych rock and the wholesome song writing of the 1970s.

The first single is the autobiographical Angel, referencing the end of a relationship with someone who promises a lot, but delivers very little.

Watch the self-directed video for it below. Pre-order the album here.

 

Gotta love Townes Van Zandt, and particularly the news that a previously unreleased collection of songs titled Sky Blue will be released via Fat Possum on the 7th March (which would have been his 75th birthday).

The recordings were made in early 1973 with the late Bill Hedgepeth, a journalist, musician, and most crucially a close friend of TVZ. The singer-songwriter was splitting his time between Texas, Colorado, and a shack outside Franklin, Tennessee: an itinerant life that informed many of his most famous and beloved tunes. Throughout his life he would often return to Hedgepeth’s home studio in Atlanta, later with family in tow, to record, re-work, and experiment with new songs as well as some of his most iconic.

In addition to a handful of old favourites, Sky Blue also includes two new songs that have never been heard before – All I Need and Sky Blue. There are early, raw versions of Pancho & Lefty and Rex’s Blues, covers of songs by Richard Dobson and Tom Paxton, a smoky version of Blue Ridge Mountain Blues and a scarred and scarring interpretation of Hills of Roane County, an East Tennessee murder ballad from the 1880s that was popularized by Tony Rice.

You can stream All I Need below.