Friday, June 23, 2017
OK, personal hopes and dreams dashed, what can we do for a promising young indie band? Well, we can tell you that their self-titled five-song record is clever, danceable, and full of attitude (but only towards guys that deserve it, we're sure). And it also walks the pop side of pop punk in a way that makes it a worthy consideration for any summer party playlist. Certainly more worthy than our Pulitzer dreams, apparently. So in our expert opinion as curators of summer tunes for decades (yes, we are that old individually and collectively) you need this little record and you need it now. And think of that great moment when it is time to cue up some music, and you say 'lets play the Suss Cunts'. You'll probably have more attention than you had the entire day up until that point. You can thank us later.
Suss Cunts are Nina Renee (guitar/vocals), Tahlia Eastman (drums), and Helena Holmes (bass/vocals). The record was originally released as a cassette, but now is available in vinyl and digital formats via Emotional Response Records.
Bandcamp for digital version of EP
Emotional Response page for vinyl
Thursday, June 22, 2017
We know that there is a lot of music demanding your attention, but ignoring Cartoons would be a loser's choice. Don't be a loser. Besides, just think of the psychic lift you'll get when the guy next to you on the bus nudges you and when you pull out your ear bud and he asks you what you are listening to, you simply answer "Cartoons", and replace your earbuds and stare into the distance with a smile on your face.
Hollow Everdaze are Daniel Baulch (vocals/guitar/drums/keys), Myles Anderson (violin), Jackson Kay (bass/keys), James Turner (drums), and Dylan Young (keys). Additional contributions on the album came from Tim Karmouche, John Lee, Zachary Schneider, and Chriss Monn. Cartoons is out June 23 via Melbourne label Deaf Ambitions.
Deaf Ambitions page for Cartoons
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Lea Porcelain is Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolaus. Hymn to the Night is out now.
In addition to Aguayo (guitar and vocals), the band is Henning Specht (keys), Gregorio Gomez (guitar), and Matteo Scrimali (drums)
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Stream a few songs below, and stream and buy the entire Slow Sailor EP at the Bandcamp link. Jigsaw Records keeps finding gems, and we love them for it.
Bandcamp for EP
Monday, June 19, 2017
Crepes are Tim Karmouche, Nick Robbins, Pat Robbins, Jackson Dahlenburg, and Sam Cooper. "Sexyland" and the debut album are to be released by Melbourne label Deaf Ambitions.
On Sugar Kisses, the second full length from The Popguns since their resurrection in 2012, the band proves as adept as ever in crafting bittersweet indie pop, and have even filled out the sound with Kate Mander adding her voice to harmonize with frontwoman Wendy Pickles. And unsurprisingly, they have added some additional maturity and perspective to the songwriting. But the album finds the band unwilling rely only on that traditional strength and listeners aiming for nostalgia. So here melancholy janglers like the wonderful showcase song "So Long" are balanced by the robust tracks such as "We Don't Go Round There Anymore", "A Dream Of Her Own", "Gene Machine", "Fire Away", and the glorious "Finished With The Past". The variety and quality of execution shows this Brighton band to be as vital, energetic and aggressive as are many new bands trying to make there way in music. The difference is that The Popguns are pros at this, and it shows. Wendy Pickles' voice still impresses with its power and range, but even more intriguing to any careful listener is her nuanced touch with the emotional content of the songs. The result is an album as strong as any the band has done, and it will serve as a summer mix tape for the discerning indie pop fan. Pop the champagne corks for The Popguns -- they have earned it!
The Popguns are Wendy Pickles, Simon Pickles, Greg Dixon, Pat Walkington, Tony Bryant, and Kate Mander. Sugar Kisses is out now via Matinee Recordings.
Bandcamp for Sugar Kisses
Matinee Recordings page for Sugar Kisses
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The foregoing doesn't mean that Another Summer of Love is a nostalgia piece. This is timeless left coast rock, and it will never be unwelcome to those who love guitar pop. The stories are vivid and true, the performances top-notch, and the variety reveals a songwriter with a comprehensive knowledge and love of guitar pop. I wouldn't have been surprised to see Chris Hillman, J.D. Souther and the Poco boys in the credits. But Brent and company are so good, they didn't need them.
Brent Rademaker's background includes Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde and in his deep past, Further, in addition to other projects. For this album, his core collaborators were Jason Soda and Johnny Neimann. Another Summer of Love is out this week on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Alive Natural Sounds Records.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Brue's style touches on folk, Americana, country, garage, and a bit of '60s retro (e.g. "Was I The Only One" and ("I See, I Hear"). One could say he's a young Dylan, but no one deserves to bear that burden. Moreover, Brue doesn't mine the political and social commentary veins, but rather writes about actual or possible relationships with a keen eye, empathetic tone, and sly sense of humor. I invite you to watch the lyric video below for "I Never Said" for a view to the young man's knack for lyrics, melody and delivery. I feel safe in saying that most musicians don't hit that level in their entire career. And to embellish the praise, I should add that Sammy wrote some of these songs several years ago (I guess one has more time when one is too young to drive). Moreover, while Brue is brilliant on the slower-paced songs, he can rock out with panache, as evidenced by "Covered In Blood" and "Control Freak" (the latter inspired by an interview with Kurt Cobain).
My favorite songs are "Was I The Only One", "I Never Said", "Control Freak", but every song is a keeper. The production is superb and ably enhance Sammy's performances. If you don't get this album, you'll see it on 2017 lists in six months and feel foolish. Don't be foolish.
I Am Nice is out on June 16 via New West Records.
New West Records