I’m not sure why it is, but I’ve really been in heavy rock mode recently. Maybe it’s because summer is almost over and the music releases my inner anger of having to go back to work. Woe is me right? For whatever reason it may be, I’m keeping ATH heavy with this new track “Animals” from L.A. based trio FACIAL. To me it’s a throwback song full of 90s grunge themes but with a bit more urgency and downright power. Won’t you get heavy with me?
Facial will release Facade on on September 29th via Chain Letter Collective.
Not too long ago this summer, I shared a new song from rocking Chicago based group Absolutely Not. I’ve since become a follower of the band and have been spinning their music in the car and at home (it’s great for both). Well after having release new album Errors last Friday, the band just sent over this new video for album track “Blood Money”. It’s a lovely bit of heavy, sludgy, rock music. If you haven’t yet, get yourself a copy of Errors now.
After a slew of some heavier tunes, I’m ready to switch gears a bit with this new song called “Don’t Care Where” from L.A. via Oakland based artist Henry Nowhere. What if The Drums made lo-fi pop in their bedroom? It would sound a bit like this. You’re in store from breezy, bright, and sunshine filled pop music. Easy listening if you will.
Henry Nowhere will release a new 7″ digital EP on September 8th featuring this track and one other. Pre-order from Sleep Well Records now.
Ladies and germs, allow me to introduce you to Newcastle, Australia based outfit RAAVE TAPES and their impressively heavy sound. Their music definitely has some elements of bands you’ve maybe heard in the past, but never have you heard these elements all come together in one song. Think if Screaming Females managed to get even heavier and louder like say a Death From Above or Colourmusic, and you’d be pretty close. If you’re not one for comparisons, check out this new track “k bye” and let us know what you think. I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
The band will be doing some touring in support of this single and previous new releases this summer. Check out their Facebook page for more info.
And now for something completely different… If you couldn’t tell by my early morning song, I’m in a bit of a weird mood today and am looking to share some tracks you might not normally hear on ATH. Continuing that style is this track called “Megalophobia” from Brooklyn based artist Nomads. The song is completely instrumental and features an addictive beat throughout and some crazy rising action near the end. It’s totally addictive and continues to improve with each and every listen.
Nomads have been releasing a new song every month and will continue to do so until the end of the year. Stay tuned.
It’s Monday people and I think we could all use a little pick me up with a touch of weirdness to get us through the day. My new friends from Chicago, Tinkerbelles, are here to give us just such a song with “Cannibal Tokyo Rainbow”. Be ready for a sludge rock, psych tinged tune that’s heavy as hell and also incredible intricate and tight. If you’re looking for something a little different, hit play now homies.
Tinkerbelles will release Confetti at the Bottom on August 22nd via Brash Tracks (pre-order).
Wow. Just wow. This new song from Shelley Short is really hitting all the feelings for me this afternoon. It’s not something you would typically hear on our site, but the absolute beauty of this song is simply too good not to share. When listening to “Death”, I’m reminded of old school country artists like Dolly Parton or Emmylou Harris. One could even draw a close comparison to a local Austinite like Dana Falconberry.
Shelley will release new album Pacific City on August 11th via Mississippi Records.
Easily my favorite track from the last few days has to be this new one called “Sometimes” from Brooklyn based Hypoluxo. The song talks a lot about being lazy and wanting to stay inside, but the music offers a bit of a contrast to that with bright guitars and an almost dreamy feel. It reminds me quite a bit of bands like Beach Fossils or Real Estate, though the deep and heavy vocals offer some the band can call their own. Ya feel me.
Hypoluxo will release new EP Taste Buds via Broken Circles on August 4th.
Sometimes a song doesn’t quite do it for you on first listen, but then catches your ear more and more with each play. Right now this new one called “Used to be Cool” from L.A. based artist Prism Tats is one of those songs. It has a very old school feel to it with rocking guitars and a very anthemic, loud feel. I find myself wanting to get up and dance along, and I don’t dance…
Prism Tats will release 11:11 on July 28th via Anti Records.
Taylor Malsey, and his project know as Wilt, has been giving us some slick jams this summer. Today he’s bringing us yet another new tune for your enjoyment called “Scurried”. It’s yet another hushed, quiet track which manages to capture one’s attention despite the minimalist sound. Repeated plays will reveal more and more things to enjoy so I suggest you get it started now.
Debut album Hand Mirror is out on August 4th via Good Cheer Records.