Leeds based outfit Party Hardly has received several mentions on our site in the past and we’ve grown to love the efforts by the up and comers. Today the band is sharing a new single with the masses called “Rats in the Kitchen” and we are already feeling it. This one is going to be for fans of guitar driven, punk themed guitar rock complete with heavy bass and perfectly executed drum timings. Chalk this up as another hit for our UK friends.
This song will appear on a new EP entitled Modern Strife is Snobbish coming on July 26th.
I don’t really need too much of a reason to shed light on the genius that is Azure Blue, but, since I’ve really enjoyed Images of You (not to mention all the previous releases), it only makes sense to share this video from the album. I think one of the biggest joys of this song is that Tobias’ voice is really the focal point on this number…which is one of a handful of slow tunes on the latest LP. But, that’s important because it’s so easy to get lost in the hook-laden pulse of electronica he’s crafted, yet when peeled away, it’s clear that it’s his voice that has always carried the melody. Plus, it’s the perfect bookend to another brilliant release; it’s available now via Hyrbis/Matinee Recordings.
I’m not sure why this Copenhagen outfit hadn’t popped up on my radar until recently, but I’m really grateful to stumble back a few weeks to the release of Frugte EP, losing myself in the immense wall of sound the Danes have built. One of the album’s standout tunes, “Traffic,” just sort of hangs out there with this drum beat, solitary and alone; then guitars being to fuzzily drift in from the left speaker; then another guitar carefully glides in through the other speaker, paving the way for the deep deep vocal tones. If you’re one of those that fancies themselves a fan of noisy shoegaze with pop sensibility, then do yourself a solid and go get lost in the music of Why Sun.
I felt like the first 20 seconds of this song had me circling the track, watching it unfold from above as some sort of celestial being. Of course, that’s probably what Purple Pilgrims would want for any listener, as they craft this spaced pop that seems to expand beyond the realm of our own universe. There’s core lyrics, but they’re accented by this angelic haunt that sort of drifts in and out of the mix, as if that core vocal is this central force from which the whole of their musical galaxy expands. The group return to us mortals with their album Perfumed Earth on August 9th via Flying Nun Records.
I’ve always been a fan of the Golden Dregs, especially when Lafayette came out back in 2018. But, not nearly a year later, Benjamin Woods and his project are back with a new collection of songs for your ears, Hope is for the Hopeless. I think he’s slightly changed his sound, though is storytelling and wordplay always remain central to his craft. This particular number reminds me an awful lot of old M. Ward, it has that natural warmth contrasted with this underlying darkness, perhaps because of Wood’s deepened vocal tones. I’ll always stand by and support if/and you’re offering of this brand of quiet elegance; the new LP drops this Fall!
One of the first records we put out on our little ATH Records label was the debut LP from Austin’s Shivery Shakes; it seems like so so long ago, but now we’ve got something new working for you. The band have signed on to let us put out Weird Weather, their follow-up album…it’s slated for a late September release. Today I bring you one of the standout numbers from the LP, which has also been one of my favorite live jams as of late; I love the way it builds all the way, then has this huge breakdown at the end. If you’re into supporting the album, and you want a fancy copy on pink vinyl…you can grab it HERE.
Admittedly, Us Presidents wasn’t really on my radar, but when I heard Darren Frayne’s voice, I was immediately pulled right into this tune. There’s all sorts of references that spin through my mind, but ultimately, there’s just this stellar familiarity; it makes you feel the warmth of the melodies; it makes you feel like part of the texture of the song itself. Musically, there’s this sort of warped pop vibe, sort of like Coma Cinema meets the Flaming Lips, albeit, a very stripped down version of that strange union. This track appears on the new album, Summore, which drops on August 31st of this year.
I hope you’ll help me today in welcoming fresh on the scene German rock band Drens. The band has a great, garage pop rock sound best evidenced by their latest single “Curacao”. It features a blend of a guy like Ty Segall with more elements of pop rock music and beautifully constructed melodies. It’s likely we will be hearing more from this band very soon.
Last week I was off adventuring, so please excuse my tardiness to the great new single from Aussie outfit Parsnip, who’ve just recently announced their debut LP via the esteemed Trouble in Mind Records. It’s an interesting track for me; I can hear bits of casual jangle in the way the guitars come across, but they also seem to have this more rolling rhythmic stomp to them. That rhythm allows the natural playfulness to come in via the vocal delivery, and especially in the backing vocals; it’s like a busload of hip teenagers singing their favorite song as they ride back from camp. I dig it, so you can bet I’ll be picking up When the Tree Bears Fruit on August 30th.
I don’t really think I can tell you more that will turn you towards Terry if the band aren’t already on your radar; I’ve been consistently pushing the band on folks for the last several years, particularly with their latest “I’m Terry” LP. We’ve already shared one track from their follow-up EP, with this new poppy number ready for your ears. They’ve got this oddball pop styling, akin to my personal favorite Television Personalities…and it sounds like that’s right at play in this new song, particularly with some of the scuzzy moments tied into the band’s pop sensibility. In a few years, everyone will look back and exclaim how lovely this group was, so don’t miss out…order their new Who’s Terry EP (out July 19th) from Upset the Rhythm.