It’s another blistering day here in Austin, TX and I need some music to inspire me through the next two days before the weekend. Helping with my “it’s only Thursday?” blues is this new track “Labour Like I Do” from London up and comers Doe. Many listeners will be reminded of bands like The Breeders but with a more modern, fleshed out indie sound. In the end, it’s a beautifully constructed rock song.
Doe will release new album Grow Into It on September 28th via Topshelf Records.
Portland based group Alien Boy has slowly been growing a buzz about their debut album coming out at the end of the week. Thought I haven’t posted any of the band’s latest singles, they’ve already released a few prior to this solid jam today. This new track “I Just Can’t Feel It” blends some of the popular elements of shoegaze with a more goth-pop sound which gives it something fresh to offer. I think I shall spend the rest of the day with this song and album.
Alien Boy will release Sleeping Lessons on August 31st on Tiny Engines.
I have been a terrible human over the last week or so leaving Nathan Wanklord to do all of the posting and I apologize for my absence. If you will have me back on a regular basis, I suggest you check out this new song called “Green With Envy” from Seattle based artist Say Hi. When I say fun, this track is obviously full a lot of joy with it’s bouncing acoustic guitar and upbeat tempo throughout the track. For those of us back to work after a long layoff, it sure is making my work week better.
Say Hi will release Caterpillar Centipede on September 7th via Euphobia Records.
My apologies for the lack of posts from RayRay over the last couple of days. As Nate and I get back into school mode, I often forget how to juggle the real world with the fun of ATH. That said, yesterday I really enjoyed this new track “This is My Cue” from London artist Eliza Shaddad. It’s a very personal, driving song similar to a slower ballad from Cat Power or Best Coast. I think you will be hearing A TON more buzz about Eliza Shaddad in the very near future.
Eliza will release her debut album Future on October 26th via Beatnik Creative.
If you’re searching for something new and unique to listen to today, I suggest you check out the new single “Sanctuary” from Baltimore based band Super City. What I love about this song is it’s total inability to be pinned down to one genre. One commenter on YouTube called it “freak wave” which seems fitting as the song blends equal parts rock n roll with fun, danceable pop music. Call it what you will, you can’t deny those guitars are super badass.
Super City will release Sanctuary on September 7th.
As you probably know by now, I am frequently looking for solid rock n roll, fast paced music in a sea of what seems like nothing but slow burner music. Today my friends in Brighton based Strange Cages have this new song entitled “False Prophet Death Waltz” that is fulfilling my rock needs. This song doesn’t mess around as it kicks things off from the moment you hit play with a swirling lead guitar, banging drums and a screeching vocal delivery. Imagine if QOTSA had a more 60s psych rock sound.
Strange Cages will release new EP Silver Queen in September via Vallance Records.
It’s Thursday on another hot as hell day here in Austin and I think we need a solid, head-banging rock song in our lives. You’re all in luck, as this new track called “Avoidarama” from Albany based Drug Church is sure to fulfill all your rock n roll fantasies. It’s sort of like if a 90s alternative band had a bit more modern sound like earlier Cloud Nothings or QOTSA. Though the track is a bit on the hardcore/punk side, it does still manage to have just a little bit of pop influence to keep everyone interested for repeated plays.
Drug Church will release Cheer on November 11th via Pure Noise Records.
Leeds, Massachusetts based songwriter Paul Bergmann has received an enormous amount of praise on our website over the last few years. Seriously, Nathan and I love this guy’s music. After releasing his Night, Unfold EP last February, Bergmann is treating us fans with this new one off single called “Death of Me”. In simplest of terms, this song is absolutely beautiful.
Wow, it has been close to 6 years since we heard any new music from our neighbor in Austin David Thomas Jones. In November of 2012 he released a stellar little collection of tunes called the Comfort Creatures EP which proved to be a promising debut from a young, local songwriter. Fast forward to present day, and David is working a new album with this new single “In Springtime” serving as the work’s first preview. This one is a lovely piece of playful indie pop music worthy of being mentioned with just about anything else in the genre. Welcome back to the scene DTJ.
David Thomas Jones will self-release a new album called Occult Years on September 7th.
Those in the mood for a quick hitting, in your face punk rock number need look no further than this 1 minute track from Quincy, MA based band Art Thieves. You surely don’t want to hit the restroom or take a coffee break when hitting play or you’ll miss this short and ferocious number called “Proxies”. It’s about as punk as you can get nowadays. Looking forward to hearing more tracks as they come in.
Art Thieves will release the Russian Rats LP on September 14th via State Line Records.