Posts Tagged ‘Popstrangers’

Popstrangers - Distress

New Zealand’s Popstrangers deal in a tripped-out, urgent brand of rock that nods its head to the classic Antipodean guitar bands, as well as having echoes of the halcyon days of the 1980s, when the UK’s indie scene was at its height.

The nervy, propulsive Distress is the third single to be taken from their latest album Fortuna and gallops along with nary a backward glance.

Listen below. Fortuna is out on the 27th May via Carpark Records.

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1. PAWS – Owls Talons Clenching My HeartFive Songs You Should Have Heard This Week
2. Popstrangers – Don’t Be Afraid
3. Young Widows – The Money
4. Hamilton Leithauser – 11 O’Clock Friday Night
5. Dub Thompson – No Time

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Videos of the Day

Videos today are Popstrangers hard driving Antipodean indie rock, a gorgeous acoustic performance of California Bound by Jemez Mountain Hawkz frontman D. Lee Waggoner  and the reverby surf guitars and loose percussion of Hit Me Up from Sean Bones.

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MM Shorts 191: Popstrangers.

In Some Ways sees unusual New Zealand trio Popstrangers, muscle into new sonic territories and deliver another catchy, albeit warped, pop song.

Rusty guitar twangs, discordant drones and jarring rhythms diverge into hooky bridges filled with washes of hazy riffs that buoy languid, disaffected vocals.

Download it via Soundcloud.

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We’ve been trawling through a whole mass of videos recently and here are some of our favourites assembled for your viewing and listening pleasure.

First up is Crybaby’s video for excellent debut I Cherish The Heartbreak More Than The Love That I Lost, shot in the gloomy surrounds of Bristol hospital and is a noirish loveletter to the exquisite pain of a broken heart.

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Hotly tipped Essex 4-piece The Milk’s new single Broke Up The Family is a stormer of an anthem.

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Death Hawk are new to us, and it isn’t the greatest video to be fair, but the pounding psychedelia and Sabbath like riffs of new song Shining has been a real treat and makes it worth sharing.

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By Contrast, Saint Motel’s At Least I Have Nothing is a introspective work made up of a combination of 16mm, Super 8, Flip-Cam, Video, Cell Phone, and still photography that they’ve accumulated throughout the years. It fits the upbeat nostalgia of the song perfectly.

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Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. With influences from the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr to Bill Callahan and Tom Waits, her sparse arrangements and chain gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.

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Hindershot make unusual, complex, catchy indie-pop that calls to mind everything from Soft Cell to T-Rex. The video for Curse Us All is a colourful one of wanton destruction.

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Brother Gruesome have featured a few times on MM and are established faves of ours. This is the video for the pounding Cut It Out, a song off their cassette tape that was released by Slanty Shanty Records in 2010.  A little late coming, but it is a great song with a cool video featuring street artists from Oklahoma.

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You & I Belong is the first single from Simone Felice’s debut solo album. Another great song, fun video.

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Danish sextet Alcoholic Faith Mission has debuted a new video for Running With Insanity from new album Ask Me This. Watch it and download it.

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We take a considerably more rustic turn with Max & The Wild Things video for the excellent Wind Through The Window. Just the feel of a barn-dance stomp and that banjo lead was enough to remind me of the halcyon days of the Cropdusters.

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Popstrangers hail from New Zealand and make a most edifying racket from a cauldron of grunge, shoegaze, psychedelia and noise pop. The video for What Else Could They Do comes heartily recommended.

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We’re hoping for big things for Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny this year. This is a live session recording for the new single Sweet Tooth Bird. Like sherbert filled with razor blades.

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Beirut have just posted a new video for Vagabond from last year’s excellent The Rip Tide.

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Sweet Lights have this beautifully animated video for Endless Town – the new single out on March 5th via Highline.

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The Skints are about as close to rap as we get, but this hybrid of rap, ragga, rock and ska beats on Ratatat is undeniably infectious. Like the Selecter crossed with Senser…maybe.

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Short is sweet, with this 90 second video for Pillow Talk’s rootsy Faux Fur, the lead track from their new EP of the same name.

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Gently harmonious five-piece Good Dangers feature a stripped back version of their song Abigail, filmed in a skate park. Download the full version too.

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And lastly, new MM faves Town Hall have produced their own unique take on Ja Rule & Ashanti’s Always on Time. Watch it and download it.

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Download Town Hall – Always On Time mp3 (Ja Rule & Ashanti Cover)

Here is the best of our November posts, a perfect mix tape to kick off the festive seasons and a nice reminder before we all get immersed in all those end-of-year top tens/twenties/fifties etc. And as always a couple of new ones too. Twenty five great tracks. Enjoy.

Download Outer Minds – Until You’re Dead mp3

Pristine nugget of 60s inspired garage rock, twangy rough-cut harmonies, a perfect hook and wall of sound noise.

Download Secret Colours – In The Absence mp3

Chiming guitars, hypnotic percussion and spaced out vocals.

Download Derek Pritzl – His Words mp3

Unhurried, thoughtful, raggedy old country soul.

Download Whole Sky Monitor – Freakshow mp3

Brilliantly discordant, energetic rock ‘n’ roll blast.

Download The Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know mp3

Twangy, country infused singalong.

Download Loch Lomond – Elephants & Little Girls mp3

Chamber folk gem that ebbs and flows beautifully.

Download My Teenage Stride – Message mp3

Knocks the spots off most post-punk / garage rock we’ve heard this year.

Download – Joe Pug – To Ohio (Live)

Excellent version of the Low Anthem classic.

Download Popstrangers – Happy Accidents mp3

Chiming guitar, frantic drumming, great vocals.

Download Glass Owls – Griffin Boy mp3

Well crafted, intelligent indie pop with swaggering attitude and studied nonchalance.

Download The War Crimes – The Cost mp3

An insistent low-key refrain overlaid with lyrics as good, and as dark, as any we’ve heard in 2010.

Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3

Hypnotic, wistful and otherwordly. Freak-folk at its finest.

Download White Buffalo – Oh Darlin’ What Have I Done mp3

Fingerpicked guitar and sparse percussion soundtrack searingly honest and sometimes uncomfortable folk tale.

Download Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Rejected mp3

High octane garage rock ‘n’ roll.

Download Airwaves featuring Sharon Van Etten – Waters mp3

Warm, inviting and a little bittersweet folk.

Download Emily Reo – On The Beach mp3

Classic Neil Young given a gossamer coating and let loose on the wind – a swirling, hazy gem.

Download Iowa – Lose Yourself mp3

Sleazy, grimy, fuzzed up delight – so cool it could wear sunglasses indoors.

Download My Disco – Closer mp3

Dark, pummelling tribal noise with a repetitive intro riff, rumbling drums and sonic interference.

Download Wade Williamson – Uncle Sam Don’t Give No Damn (‘Bout Me) mp3

Foot stomping, anti-war folk protest song, like being in 1968.

Download And The Wires – Lines mp3

The gothic deep South combined with the rhythms of South America, barroom jazz and avant pop.

Download Wayter – Cheese Sandwich mp3

Repetitive, melancholic guitar licks and strained poignant vocals.

Download The Moviegoers – Avalanche mp3

Understated and coolly elegant indie-pop.

Download The Luyas – Tiny Head mp3

Echo-drenched space-age pop song.

Download School of Seven Bells – I L U Mp3

Our favourite track from the electro pysch-popsters album.

And a couple of new ones. We love the ferocious garage jangle of the Jacuzzi Boys and their new single Coral Girls, while the Secret Sisters offer a lovely blend of traditional and timeless harmonious country heartbreak.

Download The Jacuzzi Boys – Coral Girls mp3 (from Jacuzzi Boys / Nobunny Split 7″)

Download The Secret Sisters – Tennessee Me mp3 (from The Secret Sisters)

Introducing…Popstrangers

Posted: November 14, 2010 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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We got a short e-mail from Popstrangers, a three piece from Auckland, New Zealand. It said little other than asking us to listen to this track, Happy Accidents, which comes from a new EP of the same name that will be released later this month.

From the opening bars, from the moment the chiming guitar was joined by the frantic drumming and the vocals kicked in, we knew Happy Accidents was a song we’d be hearing a lot more of in the coming weeks. Download it and we reckon you will too.

Buy/download from their Bandcamp page here.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Popstrangers – Happy Accidents mp3