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We’ve already shared three cracking tunes with you today, and now we have another in the shape of LA based indie rockers Western Scene’s Strange But True.

It is their latest single, released via Grand Jury Music, and is a chugging, exhilarating earworm of a song that we’ve had on repeat for a while.  It recalls something of the best of Lord Huron or Wilco, with its irresistible melody and immediate emotional energy.

Give it a spin.

 

New From Meat Wave

Posted: January 15, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Chicago’s Meat Wave are back in business with the bracing one-two of new single Shame and Dogs at Night, the trio’s first new material since last year’s acclaimed The Incessant LP which arrived in March and made our end-of-year best of lists.

Both tracks were recorded during the Incessant sessions and continue to mine the more playful, dexterous elements that the record brought to the band’s sound, all tumbling drums, spidery guitar patterns and pensive, provocative vocals. Dogs at Night previously appeared as part of last year’s Our First 100 Days project (we posted it here), while the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Shame is seeing the light of day for the first time.

Listen here.

 

Another of our round-ups of songs we should have posted from the end of 2017.

Restless was a stomping single from Brooklyn-based folk rocker Common Jack. It’s anthemic take on Americana draws favourable comparisons to Lumineers, Neil Young and The Avett Brothers.

 

Swedish indie rockers Francobello shared Future Lover, which rises and falls, building to a crescendo of gorgeous harmonies and ferocious guitar runs.

 

LA-based Space-Psych outfit Tombstones In Their Eyes released an excellent Double A-side single towards the end of the year. Listen to the cavernous, post-rock soundscape of Shutting Down.

 

Family Fiction are a four-piece based in Brighton. They lie somewhere between indie folk and Americana in style and this is their most recent single, Old Money.

 

Trudy and the Romance take the good-hearted ramshackles off Jonathan Richman, punch out The Four Freshmen’s surf harmonies and scruff them up through the raw audacity of the noughties whilst tightrope-dancing somewhere between reality and fantasy. Twist It, Shake It. Rock & Roll comes from their recent Junkyard Jazz EP.

 

The alluring, ghostly folk of Waterloo Suns comes from Richmond based duo Lean Year’s eponymous debut record.

 

New York City trio Show Me The Body released 7″ single Challenge Coin back in November. K-9 is the A side, a potent mix of hardcore and punk.

 

Italian band Bee Bee Sea play a fuzzed-out mix of garage and psych that’s drawn comparisons to Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, and King Gizzard. D.I. Why Why Why comes from their sophomore LP, Sonic Boomerang.

 

Adam Barnes is local to us and Electron was the third single to be released from his upcoming album Vacancy At Nasa, which is due for release on 7th February. It tells the tale of Donald Crowhurst – an amateur sailor who quit his job to enter the Golden Globe Boat race in the sixties – and unfolds the lies and psychotic episodes as he sailed ‘the Teignmouth Electron’ to his tragic death.

 

We finish with psych-rock outfit Elephant Fire music video for the swirling Natural Heart, the title track of their recently released album.

 

  1. First Aid Kit – Ruins
  2. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
  3. Suuns – Watch You, Watch Me
  4. Alela Diane – Ether & Wood
  5. Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now
  6. Prism Tats – Daggers
  7. Public Access T.V. – Lost In The Game
  8. U.S. Girls – Pearly Gates
  9. Sunflower Bean – Crisis Fest
  10. Rik & The Pigs – America
  11. Frankie Cosmos – Jesse
  12. Kal Marks – Today I Walked Down To The Tree, Read A Book, And When I Was Done I Went Back Inside
  13. Shitkid – Yooouuu
  14. H.C. McEntire – Quartz In The Valley
  15. Van William – Cosmic Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Gallo Covers Nada Surf

Posted: January 10, 2018 in Indie, Music, Pop, Post Punk, Rock
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In celebration of the 15th anniversary of their seminal album Let Go, Nada Surf are self-releasing Standing At The Gates: The Songs of Nada Surf’s Let Go, a charity album featuring a diverse list of artists covering the record including Aimee Mann, Rogue Wave, Ed Harcourt, Manchester Orchestra, Charly Bliss, Holly Miranda, Adia Victoria, and more.

To ring in the announcement, the band has shared Ron Gallo’s cover of Happy Kid. Of his version, he says, “I first heard Nada Surf on a mix CD a friend made me in high school that was pretty life-changing. It was 20+ songs from bands I had never heard of before. It opened the door to “underground” or “indie” music for me, and also the door to actually good songs being written by weirdos in the present day, which I didn’t know existed from listening to mostly south jersey pop-punk and hardcore music. I’m pretty sure it was the song “Paper Boats” from Let Go. I really sucked at making music back then so it’s cool to have this resurface many years later and be able to be apart of the compilation.

Listen below. The album is out digitally on the 2nd February and on CD a month later.

 

We’re hugely looking forward to the release of Drift, the new album from The Men, which is out on the 2nd March via Sacred Bones.

The band have shared the album’s opener, Maybe I’m Crazy a wired, pulsating, synth-driven rocker complete with wonky sax at the end – it’s a cracker.

 

Car Seat Headrest, aka Will Toledo, has re-imagined and re-recorded his excellent 2011 Bandcamp masterpiece, Twin Fantasy, and it will come out on 16th February via Matador Records. It was a record Toldeo always knew he would return to (in fact it was part of his original deal with Matador), so far from a conventional re-recording, the follow up to 2016’s seismically brilliant Teens of Denial is a wholly revelatory, epic and visionary new work.

With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and revelatory live show to Australia, Europe, and select West Coast cities through the first half of 2018.

The album announcement comes with the release of Nervous Young Inhumans and its accompanying video, which can be seen below. It is a frenetic, anthemic, split-screen choreographed crescendo that perfectly mirrors the album’s theme of duality. You can pre-order here.

 

May UK & Ireland Tour Dates

16 -Dublin – Olympia Theatre
18 – Glasgow – O2 ABC
19 -Liverpool – Invisible Wind Factory
21 – Bristol – SWX
22 – Cambridge – Junction 2
23 – London – Roundhouse

Yep, the good stuff from last year keeps on coming…

This time, we begin with Flesh from post-punk duo Chastity, a chaotic, antagonistic and downright eerie single released way back in October.

 

Cut Worms (a.k.a. Max Clarke) shared Song of the Highest Tower, a seven minute track that combines a poignant, nostalgic Americana with classic Roy Orbison style licks.

 

At the other end of the musical spectrum is the violent, post-hardcore squall of Big Heet’s slow burning anthem Failure At Work.

 

Taking their influences from NEU and Faust, as well as the space rock of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Swedish Kraut-Rock three-piece Norma released a timely ode to seasonal affective disorder and inner demons of all kinds on their new single S.A.D.

 

Feed is a rock band from Seattle, WA. With fuzz pedals set to melted, phasers are wide and slimey, and amps that are cookin’, listen to blistering first single, Different Life.

 

Apparently Neko Case’s track Deep Red Bells is about a about a serial killer that stalked the Northwest. On his version of the track Mark Erelli gives the vocal a appropriately sinister edge…

 

The Good Graces is an indie-folk collective based in Atlanta, GA formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Kim Ware, whose plaintive, utterly appealing drawl of a voice grounds each song with raw honesty and homespun warmth. Listen to The First Girl from The Hummingbird EP.

 

Oklahoma band, Helen Kelter Skelter release their sophomore full-length, Melter next week. With vintage organ flourishes over frenetic bass lines, vocals delivered with glam rock swagger over subtle and intricate guitar work, deep in the mix, droning loops, and pulsing beats it promises to be a cracker. Listen to lead-off single Minding.

 

We loved Breakfast Muff’s track R U A Feminist which almost made it into our end of year lists. Clam is another excellent track from the uncompromising Glasgow DIY pop trio, who all switch between guitar, bass and drums in a cacophony of anxiety, celebration and creativity.

 

Lastly we have Future Tense from Daddy Lion. It nods its head to the classic new wave and the indie rock sound of the 90s,  a la REM and Bob Mould.

 

The second instalment rounding up some tunes we missed from the tail end of 2017.

Let’s kick off with Yowl’s relentless and uneasy Darkroom, a wonderfully vicious and febrile slice of post-punk.

 

Night Herons’ raw sound is a visceral blend of garage rock and chugging proto-punk – for fans of classic bands like The Stooges or the New York Dolls.

 

Norwegian psych-rockers Electric Eye’s single Sometimes You Got To Jump To Lift Your Feet sounds like a soundtrack to a movie that hasn’t been made yet, it’s villainy acid prog, it’s ethno jazz, it’s old school hip hop grooves mixed with the easily recognisable, hypnotic Electric Eye sound.

 

Grant Earl LaValley plays a haunting iteration of psych/folk – almost like a gothic Gene Clark that experimented very heavily with psychedelics and lush instrumentation to accompany a sparse guitar. Where Are All My Friends comes from his excellent October release From LaValley Below.

 

The Roseline’s single How To Be Kind is full of low key, Wilco-like charm and Harry Nilsson-ish vigor.

 

Whispertown featured at the top end of our Best of Year listings and Freefaller is another fine example of stripped back acoustic Americana.

 

Texas psych-rock vibes permeate through Birds of Night’s single, Blacklight. Recommended if you like: Built To Spill, desert sunsets, abandoned ghost town seances, drugs, and mystic rock and roll.

 

Benjamin Jones’ single Light Up The Room is a lovely slice of sweetly melancholy folk that recalls Sufjan Stevens.

 

Post-punk in origin but with overtones of no wave, psych and garage rock, The Plan has been described as ‘Talking Heads meets the Breeders’. Listen to Bright Lights from debut long player Nervous Energy.

 

Finally, back in November, The Gotobeds released a verbatim song-by-song remake of Redd Kross’s infamous debut EP – this is a great version of Annette’s Got The Hits.

 

  1. Titus Andronicus – Number One (In New York)
  2. Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker
  3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Echo
  4. Moon Duo – Jukebox Babe  (Alan Vega cover)
  5. Mind Spiders – Furies
  6. Sonny Smith – Burnin’ Up (featuring Angel Olsen)
  7. Corey Flood – Feel Okay
  8. Fidlar – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle  (Nirvana cover)
  9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Muddy Water
  10. First Aid Kit – Fireworks