It’s about time for Woollen Kits to take over the US, completely. After releasing their self-titled album on RIP Society, the band is back with a fresh new 7″, this time on the great American label, Trouble In Mind Records. The A-Side is titled “Shelley and it encompasses everything I love about the band. There’s an effortless bit of swagger that has me imagining the band swinging their guitars about the stage; the usage of gang vocals gives the track a raucous feel—and then a sharp-edged guitar solo cuts through. One listen to this jam and you’ll be stomping your feet, begging for the release to come your way. You won’t have to wait too long, as the single hits streets (with B-Side “Down Your Street”) on August 7th..so hold your horses; good things come to those who wait.
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It seems like it gets increasingly difficult to discover new music others haven’t hit upon yet, so when a friend mentioned The Hobbes Fanclub in reference to Slumberland Records, of course I had to check it out. Currently the group is offering up a compilation EP on their site for the “Name Your Price” bargain deal (we always suggest supporting the artists you love!); it’s comprised of now out of print singles. The reference to SR was right on, as you can easily see this group sitting right alongside bands like PoBPaH. There’s hints of shoegaze with the knifing guitars pushing through from the background, and melodic hooks that ring true to the heart. Really glad I fell into this.
Download:The Hobbes Fanclub – The Boy From Outer Space [MP3]
I’ve been jamming this new tune from Ski Lodge that made it into my inbox over the weekend. It’s got a little hint of that surfy-guitar pop that’s really popular right now, but I like that the vocals take on a nice focus in this track. You can find the track on the short Ski Lodge EP, along with three other jams, all which are as equally as catchy as this one here. It sort of reminds me of the innocence of the Drums early on, giving you that same casual bounce that just invades your mind. Try it out!
Download:Ski Lodge – I Would Die To Be [MP3]
New York trio Grassfight get a lot of nods for their kinship to Nick Cave, having solely to do with the vocals present in their music. But, as the release of their new Icon EP 2 comes this week, I’m more focused on the music they’re creating. The work on the high-hat is solid, and the cascading guitars that continuously assault your ears are precisely what I want an indie rock band to sound like nowadays. There’s not a lot of frills, no added nuance, just straightforward rock n’ roll. If you’re enjoying what you hear, keep your eyes out for the group, as we’re sure to get more from them soon…or so we hope.
Download:Grassfight – Nassau [MP3]
I always tend to think of Hella as Zach Hill’s project, but Spencer Seim was always a key ingredient in the group’s experimental math rock. Recently Spencer united with Aaron Ross (not of UT Longhorn lore) to create Solos, a band still working on bending the traditional sounds of rock n’ roll. The guys will be releasing Beast of Both Worlds via Joyful Noise Recordings on September 11th (going to be a busy day at the record store!), and it’s going to be a pretty intense affair if this single is anything to go by. Of course, the music seems to be the main ingredient, with the lyrics coming across as secondary. I’m definitely digging the powerful drumming here, and of course the fuck-it-all style Spencer has always employed.
Download:Solos – Carpe Diem [MP3]
For those of you who missed Phil Wilson’s last record, God Bless Jim Kennedy, you can happily sink your teeth into his return under the June Brides moniker. The group’s just released a new 7″ with Slumberland Records. As always, his voice sounds quieted, seemingly taking the background to the song’s inner harmony, fleshed out with string arrangements. Personally, I love how there’s a bit of a stomp just before the 1 minute mark. This is definitely a happy return, and one I hope you’ll consider looking into; you can pick the A January Moon 7″ up at your local record shop.
I went checking in on Brain Idea, a band I totally dig, and found that some of the members had begun a new project titled Outside World. Man, I was surprised at just how great their latest single was; it’s got an old school rock n’ roll sound, filled with infectious hooks and a bit of ramshackle to it. The group’s about to release a new tape for Night People titled Seaside Nowhere, and this song’s going to feature. If you were once a fan of the Replacements and Superchunk, then this band’s going to find a place in your heart immediately.
Martin Creed is a pretty credible songwriter, winning the Turner Prize, and now he’s back with a collection of 18 songs titled Love to You, which is just now being released by Moshi Moshi Records. He definitely owns a distinctive vocal, but I’m more interested in the craftsmanship that enabled the record to come together. Every detail is intentional, every lyric placed perfectly, every note placed in exactly the right place, creating a collection of thoughtful songs that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. This single is perhaps my favorite at the moment, but there’s other more upbeat tracks if that’s your bag too. Enjoy some Martin Creed today.
Download:Martin Creed – You’re The One For Me [MP3]
I’ve always favored quirky singers who mess with the formulaic work of singer/songwriter fare, thus I’m enjoying Gregory Pepper and His Problems most recent track today. In my mind, it kind of reminds me of the lyrical playfulness of Travis Morrison, but with the musical allusion to Owen Pallett or Dent May. The new record from Greg and Co. will be coming out on August 21st via Fake Four Inc., and it’s titled Escape from Crystal Skull Mountain. Definitely enjoying the light-hearted attitude of this track right now, and I hope you do too.
Download:Gregory Pepper and His Problems – At Least I’m Not a Musician [MP3]
Lately I’ve begun to think of San Francisco as the mecca of psychedelic tunes and new age punk rock sounds, but that’s not all the city has to offer. One listen to Seatraffic and you’ll see that even dreamy bedroom pop has it’s place on the West Coast, and we’re grateful you can craft music like this anywhere. The duo has kindly let us share the B-Side to their upcoming 7″, and we’re pretty sure you’ll dig the stripped down emotional effect that remains central to the song. You’ll be able to order your own copy of the recording on August 1st if you know what’s good for ya.