I’ve been pretty anxiously awaiting Numb.er’s new LP, which is still a few weeks away from showing up in shops. Today the band shares another driving number, rushing through your speakers from the minute you press play. The vocal delivery has this sort of post-punk indifference to it; its as if Jeff is forced into antagonizing an invisible audience. Maybe it’s like IceAge a little bit, but spun through some industrial noise manufacturer. Goodbye is the title of their new LP, and its hitting stores on May 25th via Felte.
I’m personally really excited about the forthcoming Dumb LP, and while I loved the first single, this second one is so ridiculously good that I can’t help but play it on repeat. It shuffles in with this almost skittering version of “Birthday,” but then it unfold into this furious beast that won’t let go of you. Lyrics are delivered in a barrage, emphatically reinforced by pounding blasts of percussion and guitars; the vocals then take a sort of art-punk turn, giving into an almost spoken-word manner whilst the tension builds behind. I just want you to groove to this track all day! Look for Seeing Green courtesy of Mint Records on June 22nd.
Our Glasgow amigos in Holy Esque once played a show for me at Nomad, and I have remained a loyal fan ever since. It’s crazy that the band has been absolutely silent for about a year, but the guys are now ready to share with us what they’ve been working on for all that time. This new track, “I Am The Truth”, is to serve as a preview for the new full length LP entitled Television/Sweetwhich is due out June 8th via Beyond the Frequency. What can I say really, this is Holy Esque at their best and finest. A heavy synth, that always impressive gruff vocal, and of course the guitar freak out ending is always welcome. I say go on and pre-order the new record while you enjoy this one.
Chicago’s Deeper are just a few weeks away from dropping their debut album, and I’m anticipating heavy rotation around my household. On their latest single, it definitely has that arty post-punk vibe, akin to Omni. But, what the group uses that puts them slightly in their own realm is they brandish sparkling guitar lines; they’re not as sharp as one would hear in a jagged art punk style, giving a natural melody to the band’s sound. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t get enough of this band. Their self-titled debut will be dropping on May 25th via Fire Talk.
Austin’s White Denim have long been a staple of the local scene, and they look to secure their continued post with the announcement of their new LP, Performance. Locals might have caught a few of these tunes at a recent set, but those outside the city walls might just be getting hip to the Bolan-esque direction of the new tunes. It’s very much a crunchy glam-stomp, with flexed muscles courtesy of squawking horns in the distance. They’re sure to include a steady groove that ebbs and flows on the melody throughout, guaranteeing that hook factor. The new album will be released on August 24th on the band’s new label, City Slang Records.
Henrik Appel was once part of hot Swedish act, Kilroy (among others), but he’s just now making it out into the world under his own name. Our introduction to his solo work is a pretty straightforward adventure, but for some reason, I’m entranced. The guitars have this seemingly warped effect that craft the song in a weird manner; I think of super-early Elf Power immediately. Atop the strumming Appel makes his vocals soar, coolly letthing voice ride the wave he’s crafted with his guitar. Of course, if its awesome, it appears that its coming from PNKSLM; Burning Bodies drops June 29th.
ATH Records is really proud of this collections jams.
Feverbones just released their latest, DREAM TALK. If I were to classify this record, it would be indie pop for music nerds, but aren’t we all. There are minor chords and challenging progressions that can only really be afforded by really strong musicians. Add to that thoughtful lyrics and great harmonies, you have a recipe for one of your favorite records.
There were two lucky bands that joined on stage in Toma and Palm Daze. In the crowd, I saw members of several local bands. We had a close-knit group of local legends, venue heroes, overlapping voices and lovely friends.
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Con Davison is a very talented, Austin, TX raised musician who currently resides in Saint Paul, MN. In the past Con has typically been a drummer, supporting other songwriters, but he’s now finally ready to step out and share his very own tunes. Here today is the very first song of Con Davison’s solo career entitled “Somebody Else”. It’s a piano driven bit of pop music that is essentially playful pop music while keeping things focused with a soft guitar and expertly timed drums.
Con is currently working on a full EP of new material with no release date currently announced.
Did you love that Tres Oui LP? Well, just imagine that album, stripped of Stevesie; you’ll get a clean indiepop sound, which is precisely what Young Scum are offering us on this new single. It ends up giving the band a more spritely version of the pop the Lucksmiths were crafting, but I know these guys have a penchant for distortion, so perhaps we’ll get a mix of both to delight us. Only time will tell, as the band will release their debut LP via Citrus City and Pretty Olivia Records on July 6th.
Committee(s) have been working for a few years now, with Sean Husick organizing the group’s debut around various other projects by the members. What began as an after-show conversation between friends has completely evolved into the band’s first full-length, (Final) Flares. Members of the band have performed in acts such as Milemarker, Bats & Mice, as well as Sleepytime Trio, so it would suffice to say that noise and certain indie rock tendencies would be present. That said, the band take that history and spin it into this spinning piece of calming shoegaze. Guitar chords ring in the distance, but there’s this subtle harmony that works throughout the song’s six minutes. Boiled down, it’s a pop song, informed by the history of its members who’ve been working playing music longer than most of us have been reading about it (online, at least), crafting a style wholly their own at the moment. Their debut LP will be released by Lovitt Records on May 18th.