I am beyond pleased today to share with you a premiere of North Carolina based Loamlands new single “Soni Wolf Grandmother”. The track is a beautifully arranged, intimate, country tinged songwriter track sure to demand your attention in a subtle yet powerful way. Always vulnerable with her songwriting, lead singer Kym Register offers a personal take on her queer origin story and what life might have been like decades ago in a world with much less tolerance and acceptance. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s powerful.
Loamlands will release new album Lez Dance on June 7th via Cruisin Records.
As many of you know, The Appleseed Cast is one of my all time favorite bands. If you asked me to make a list of my top 10, or even top 5 bands that have impacted me heavily over the years, the Lawrence based legends would certainly be on that list. With that out of the way, I’m incredibly excited to share with you today the band’s first single in five years called “Time the Destroyer.” Fan of the band or not, anyone with some taste will immediately praise the beautiful progression of this song from the slow 2.5 minute build up to the extreme break down and back again. Band leader Chris Crisci has continually found ways to add new elements to his ever-progressing sound, and this track, with some loud, electronic synths is more evidence that he will continue to evolve. Epic.
UPDATE: It’s worth noting that Crisci enlisted friends Sean Bergman, Ben Kimball, and Nick Fredrickson for help on the new album.
The Appleseed Cast will release new album The Fleeting Light of Impermanence on June 28th via Graveface Records.
What’s left for us to say about GRMLN at this point? The dude has possibly earned more praise on our website than any other artist in the past. Recently, we were sent a great new track called “Half Moon Bay” which showed a move towards a more hazy, shoegaze sound. With this new single, “Do You Really Want to Stay?”, we see a delve even deeper into the haze filled, pop music world. It’s yet another hit in an ever expanding catalogue.
We are told GRMLN will be releasing a new EP sometime in June.
Not so long ago we shared with you a newly discovered Vancouver band going by the name of Counterfeit Jeans. Well now the boys have sent along their complete new album Good Morning and we are happy to share a complete stream with you below. What I dig most about this band is my complete inability to pin them down into one specific genre. At times, you can hear atmospheric backgrounds like on opening track “Osiris”, but then the band will throw you for a loop with a more noise rock sound on a track like “Medication”. This band is multifaceted with a ton of new layers to discover each time you listen to Good Morning.
If you’re into it, this album is currently for sale via Vancouver label Kingfisher Bluez.
It’s been a crazy week here and I’m looking for some nice tunes to close out the week and send me into a relaxing weekend. Oddly enough, I’ve found my weekend jam from Parisians Fiasco and their latest single “Spring Thorns”. For me the band has a unique and interesting approach to a largely overdone shoegaze/coldwave genre. The song has a nice and bright guitar, husky vocals, and this feeling of urgency as if the song might just come off the rails at any point.
Fiasco will release a new EP entitled Duel on May 24th via in silico records.
Back near the beginning of the year, we had the pleasure of introducing you to Falmouth based scuzz rock band Internal Credit. Not pleased with just the one release on the year, the band recently sent over their new EP entitled Internal Credit II. Similar to the last release, the band yet again feature their very own brand of fast paced, garage slug rock. It’s a short release with each song around 2 minutes so you have to know these guys aren’t about a bunch of BS in their rock n roll. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
||Wednesday, May 15th
That’s right ladies & nerds, the ATH crew is coming out of our DJ hibernation for an all new vinyl Happy Hour event taking place at KNomad this Wednesday the 15th. We are hoping to make this a weekly, or bi-weekly thing as we build into a vinyl DJ powerhouse. As we always do, musical styles will be all over the place with each staff member taking a turn on the deck to showcase their own style. Maybe some twee-pop from Nate Dog? Early Wax Trax cuts from BGray? Or DJ RayRay with bangers from all decades? We promise, you’ll find something to enjoy. Come say hi and make requests we’ll ignore!
Hey man it’s Austin, so are you really surprised at this point when we find yet another new band worthy of sharing with the masses? My new band smell find of the day comes from Austin based musician Brian Cyborg and his musical project known as Simian Cyborg. Based out of Austin, Cyborg has been working recently on recording a bunch of tunes in his own home late at night when the kids are asleep. A sampling of his tracks can be heard below with “staring intently at the stars”. I was immediately drawn into the music because it reminds me of the late emo, or even post-emo stylings of a band like American Football or The Promise Ring. It’s a melodic, repetitive number worthy of standing next to some of the best songs in the genre.
Simian Cyborg has a few more songs you can check out over on bandcamp.
Low Horizon is an up and coming 4 piece band straight out of our friendly neighbor city to the East, Houston, TX. The band is a totally DIY effort, recording music on their own with plans to self-release a debut album on May 10th entitled Eternal Depressed Summer. For a preview of the band’s work, we’ve been cleared to share this new single, “Eternal Summer”. For me, the band create this infectious blend of 90s indie rock with an updated, higher quality production to deliver something new and unique. Nice to meet you.
You can pre-order Eternal Depressed Summer over on the group’s bandcamp page.
Yeah so I’m a bit late on this news, but when it comes to I band I love like Operators, the news will be coming at ya no matter the timeliness. On Friday Mr. Boeckner and his band released this incredible new single called “I Feel Emotion”. The song has somehow managed to combine the driving qualities of a Springsteen song with the electronic/synth sounds from the 80s new wave movement. Basically, I love it and you should to.
Operators will release new album Radiant Dawn on May 17th. Pre-orders are live now.