FatCat really has their hand on melodic noise rock from the British Isles. Not only do they have our favorite The Twilight Sad on their roster, but they’ve just picked up PAWS to release their album, Cokefloat!, on October 9th. There’s a great bit of exuberance in this track, with a youthful vocal attack dominating the song from the get-go. I like how things are slowed down just a touch towards the end of the song, giving you time to capture your breath before they blast off in an angst-ridden fashion. Definitely an exciting track from these Glasgow lads.
Download: PAWS – Miss American Bookworm [MP3]
The great thing about the Internet is that it makes discovering acts a lot easier than it used to be, and lucky for Suicide Squeeze I think they’ve stumbled upon to a real gem. They’ve just signed Peace, a Vancouver act, and plan to release the band’s album, The World Is Too Much With Us on October 16th. It has the slightest hints of Fresh and Onlys, with that heavy vocal being the focus, although it’s not exactly in the realm of modern psychedelia. I appreciate the onward stomp of the track with its crashing cymbals propelling the song forward. Congrats SS, this is going to be a great one.
Download:Peace- Your Hand In Mine [MP3]
Supergroup? I guess to many of us, Divine Fits would qualify.
Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs, Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks and that one guy in Spoon. To get things going after holing up and recording the pending A Thing Called Divine Fits due 8/28, the band decided to do a home town tour hitting Austin, Montreal and Columbus. Austin got to be first, a sneaky show a Continental Club preceded this one. But this was the first night they officially played a show.
Beerland got to host, The Young got to open.
One of the bands I’ve been into for some time is nearing the release of their next album, Love Will Prevail. Cult of Youth will be releasing this record on September 4th via Sacred Bones Records, and it’s shaping up to be an improved effort that will surely have the band on everyone’s mind. I hate to say it, but every single time I listen to the group, I can’t help but think of pirate shanties, though that’s not a bad thing in my mind. Sean Ragon’s voice sounds like he’s hurting, which provides the emotional grab, especially when the band softens the vocals up near the end of the track. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a big hit.
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One of the acts I’m really excited for everyone to catch onto this year is Nude Beach. Personally, I don’t think there’s really anything else out there like this at the moment, with a fusion of classic pop rock and lo-fi garage. Their new album II will come out on August 14th via Other Music Recording Co, which has made some great signings. If you’re looking to get transported back into the past a little bit, but hold onto a hint of your hipster credibility, then you gotta fall in love with Nude Beach; you won’t be disappointed.
Man, this band is really becoming something special. Psychic Ills have a new record that is set to come out early next year on Sacred Bones, and our first listen has me really excited. It’s almost like the group has transformed into a psychedelic version of Spiritualized, using that strummed guitar, a bit muted, and including foggy vocals that lightly rest atop the instruments; it’s all juxtaposed with an organ that haunts the background of the track.
You can check out a video of the song HERE.
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BUMP: We’re really stoked to be working with C3 this week to put on a great show over at Stubbs! Two of our favorite bands will be rocking the venue that night for the cheap price of $8; you’ll get to see Saint Motel and Races. Saint Motel just released Voyeur, which is one of the best pop rock records of the year, and Races are still out supporting Year of the Witch. I can’t think of a better show to get your rock on this week, so we’re proud to be sponsor the gig. And in doing so, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky person. All you have to do is leave your favorite Olympian in the comment section (you know, to keep with the times), and we’ll pick our winner from there. Contest runs til Thursday night, and we’ll see you at the show Saturday.
Download:Saint Motel – Puzzle Pieces [MP3]
Download: Races – Lies [MP3]
I don’t think my week would be complete here without spending some time forcing my love for all things Australia on you folks. My latest discovery is Melbourne’s Bored Nothing, who’ve just put this new track up on their site from their Bored Nothing III EP. One of the things I’m really enjoying about this tune is the slightest rise in the pitch on the vocals; you’ve got to listen closely to hear the switch. It’s a mellow tune, but it exemplifies the great scene that is currently going on overseas…be it garage rock or bedroom pop, keep it coming if it sounds this ridiculously good.
Download:Bored Nothing – I Wish You Were Dead [MP3]
Our good friends Seapony, who helped kickstart our awesome SXSW party this last year, are back again with another new track from their forthcoming album, Falling. Hardly Art will again be putting out the record on what is shaping up to be a very huge September 11th release date. It seems like the group is starting to shed a little bit of their traditional hazy guitars in favor of more straight-ahead pop moments, but, that being said, it still completely works for us here at ATH. We’re still head over heels in love with this band.
Download:Seapony – Prove To Me [MP3]
This track’s been all over the Internet today, and deservedly so. Dum Dum Girls always seem to have something going on, be it a tour, an EP or a full-length album. You’ll find this track on the group’s upcoming End of Daze EP, which will be in stores courtesy of Sub Pop on September 25th. Of course, it’s one of those drawn out tunes the band has been working towards for some time, and I love the light little touches of backing vocals that come in about midway through the track. You’ve got to love the consistency from these ladies.
Download: Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows [MP3]