Bear In Heaven rode into town riding the waves of praise from their recent release, I Love You It’s Cool. While the crowd filled the room for their set, it’s possibly many missed the stupendous opening acts at the Parish. Come on people, go to shows early!
Anyway, here’s a few words on my evening at the venue, with photos from our homie Brian Gray.
Danish bands always need a little love over here in the United States, especially when they’re on small labels like our good friends over at Old Flame Records (we’re looking at you Rob!). We’d like to give you a nice little introduction to Alcoholic Faith Mission, the newest Danish export, crafting some really elegant pop tunes that head straight for the soft spot in your soul. My personal favorite is the one below featuring Sune on the lead vocal, with her raspy vocal recalling hints of Emily Haines. That being said, the band also crafts more dynamic tunes as well, all which will be featured on the band’s upcoming release, Ask Me This, that comes to stores next week.
Download:Alcoholic Faith Mission – Ask Me This [MP3]
Occasionally you come across an inexplicable track that makes its way into your listening rotation and just sort of sticks there. That’s much the case with this new track from New Beard, a proclaimed freak rock group from NYC. But, when I listen to this song from their debut New Beard City, I can’t help but think of the early days of Architecture in Helsinki. There’s layers of non-traditional percussive elements centering around a casual vocal and strummed guitar. I can just jam this track all day long, again and again; it’s just catchy and well-written, so now you can enjoy and share with your friends.
Download: New Beard -Doom [MP3]
It’s been awhile since I’ve revisited the quite side of my listening tastes; I’ve been delving into the rock n’ roll lately. However, Portland’s Mbilly really sunk in with me today, especially listening to the following tracks from his upcoming LP, Malheur (June 5th). My favorite of the two at this instant is the soft beginning of the album’s title track, strolling along gently with pure emotion. The latter of the two tracks is more of a duet that demonstrate’s singer Helfrich’s ability to pull every ounce of his soul out through his voice. Maybe you’ve been looking for some softer music to go and get lost inside; I hope this does the trick.
Download: Mbilly – Malheur [MP3]
Download: Mbilly – All Lives Lived [MP3]
Psych Fest is going down this weekend over on the East Side of town, and I wanted to give you a few bands I think you should check out. The first band I’ve got for you is Nashville’s The Paperhead. After releasing a wonderful self-titled record last year, they’ve got a new 7″ on Trouble in Mind Records this year; this new jam displays their blossoming maturity in regards to their songwriting. You will find that it’s a lot less psychedelic than the last effort, almost coming off as the second coming of the Kinks or the Beatles (neither of which is a bad thing). There’s still hints of darkness in the sound, but the writing’s lacks some of the frills. Regardless, this a band that many have taken notice of in the last couple of years, and you should add your name to the list.
You can catch their set at 3:15 at Emo’s East on Saturday! And here’s one of their new tracks off that aforementioned 7″.
Download:The Paperhead – She Is Above Me [MP3]
Chicago’s Hollows are secretly winning me over with their recently released Vulture LP on Trouble in Mind Records. The lead single is just ridiculously solid, reminiscent of a more innocent version (and possibly less extravagant) Camera Obscura. There’s still touches of orchestration on these songs, but they’re more scaled back, giving the vocals the ability to soar as they should. I have a feeling that once you give this track a few listens you’ll get just as excited as I am by this group–if you are be sure to grab a copy of their remarkable record.
Download:Hollows – V Is For Vulture [MP3]
I always felt like Robbers on High Street were a vastly underrated band, but I’m pleased to let you know that regardless of the trials of a modern indie band, they’ve continued to work hard. Late last year they released Hey There Golden Hair, but now they’re already back with an EP titled Anything Could Happen. If you’re looking for modern touchstones for comparison then perhaps Spoon would do, but RoHS has a much more complex sound in my opinion, at least in so far as they’ve got a fuller sound. Some bands never get the love they deserve, but staying true to themselves will always reap great rewards, which is the case with this new EP.
Download:Robbers On High Street – Anything Could Happen [MP3]
Richard Hawley’s been one of my favorite songwriters of the last decade, but this time around we’re about to get an entirely new Richard. On his last effort, Truelove’s Gutter, we were treated with the smoky cool crooning that Hawley brings to the table, yet this new track doesn’t really play in the same ballpark. He’s got a full band with him, and from the tracks that I’ve heard the whole affair is going to be more rocking. You can get your hands on this new effort, titled Standing at the Sky’s Edge, on May 7th. It might be a twist on his usual style, but I’m interested nonetheless.
Download:Richard Hawley – Leave Your Body Behind You [MP3]
The last trip for Hunx in town was a little underwhelming, at least so far as the live show, so I was hoping he could redeem himself on this particular evening, backed by a strong supporting cast of openers.
Read on for my thoughts and the excellent images of one Brian Gray.
I’ve long been a fan of Malcolm Middleton, as the pages of this web site can attest, so when I heard the former Arab Strap member was starting a new project I was rather excited. His new effort will be under the name Human Don’t Be Angry, and from what I’ve heard from the affair up to this point it is going to be a mostly instrumental affair. It’s actually a pretty nice listen once it gets underway, similar to what other Scottish post-rockers have done. Of course, I’ll always want to hear Malcolm, but I’ll happily take this as well. You can get your hands on the self-titled LP next week if you dig it.
Download: Human Dont Be Angry – H.B.D.A. Theme [MP3]