I love bands who work hard to perfect their sound. In doing so, that usually benefits us, as we get song after song of a band making their way in the musical world. One of my favorite acts working their way up the ladder is Velcro. It seems like they’ve always got a tune to release, and I think “Bottle Shop” really finds the band making their home. The pace of the track is slow, with Curtis taking the stage early with his vocals being placed atop gently progressing guitar chords. Then a female counterpart softly joins him just before the track fades out. If you love what these guys are doing, and I do, then keep an eye out as they’ll have a new full-length coming to you later this year.
Download: Velcro – Bottle Shop [MP3]
Sure, you can see that the Day Ravies has some allegiance to rock n’ roll history, but that stays in the name alone. This Sydney group specializes more in dreamy pop songs built around a steady rhythm section and beautiful bending guitar sounds. They released an EP last year, but this new track is our first glimpse of great things to come when the band releases their full-length debut later this year on Popfrenzy Records. This is definitely a group with a sound that’s going to attract a lot of attention as it gradually makes its way overseas. Just be glad you heard it here first.
Download: Day Ravies – Double Act [MP3]
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Flaming Lips.
…and Guards, Surfer Blood, Atlas Genius, Frightened Rabbit, The Joy Formidable, and Alt-J.
I told you all last year that I pick at least one night per SxSW to camp at a bigger venue. Last year, it was The Belmont for Jesus and Mary Chain. This year, same venue for The Flaming Lips. Other than a weird unannounced show, when would I get any where near this close to Wayne and the boys? …save for holding up the plastic ball thing as Wayne walks out over an audience. Add to that several bands on the rise or with a prize, some I have seen before, some new to me, and one that I was massively apathetic towards. What did I discover? Read.
Oh and a massive shit ton of photos to go with everything…
I first discovered the work of White Woods when The Coathangers announced that their singer Julia would be doing a little side project. I loved the first 7″ that came out, and this new one is even more beautiful, demonstrating how far she can step away from her garage rock mainstay. It’s such a peaceful track, with Julia’s voice carefully laid atop the quiet instrumentation. If you’re familiar with her main project, you’ll be amazed at such a stark contrast. The new 7″ is up for pre-order now from Suicide Squeeze Records.
Okay, so I’m starting off a new feature that will appear from time to time on our pages. It’s geared around two ideas that were spawned while exhausting myself catching as many bands as possible at SXSW: the idea of running a music web site and owning tons of music. Sure, not all of you are inundated with tons of music like I am, but in this day and age, everyone has growing catalogues of singles and albums; it’s part of living in a consumerist society. I wanted to force myself to revisit my own history, musically, by randomly going through my iTunes. Read on for more details about the process of selection, and see how you can participate. Read more
I don’t think anyone in the world works as hard as Sonny Smith, except for maybe Ty Segall. It seems like Sonny always has something in the works, be it his solo work or his band Sonny & the Sunsets. He just released a new single that will be featured on his upcoming effort with his band; the record is called Antenna to the Afterworld and will be released by Polyvinyl Records on June 11th. Interestingly, this song has less of a folk feel, changing it for that current Cali guitar sound that you find in many of the modern acts from the state (many of whom Sonny has worked with). I’m interested to see how the whole record comes together, especially if he’s mixing things up.
Kid Karate is an Irish band that I wanted to check out during a rare appearance at SXSW, but my feet didn’t get moving fast enough to see any of their sets. To make up for this goof, I thought I’d share with you a new single from the band entitled “This City” found below. Now for those of you unacquainted with the group will notice a distinct feel of Death From Above mixed in with the likes of The Rapture or similar squealing vocal bands. This tune is a fast paced jam that makes me want to pump my fist in the are while doing my best MJ dance moves at the same time. Is that even possible? Stay tuned for more information on a proper release from Kid Karate as we receive the details.
Download: Kid Karate – This City [MP3]
Melbourne is quickly growing into the new Brooklyn as a hot bed for up and coming indie bands with solid tunes. The sound is obviously a more twee influence when compared to the punk or experimental side of Brooklyn, but you get what I mean. This new song “Nothing But Nice” comes our way from the recently formed group Free Time. It’s eerily similar to ATH approved, and fellow Aussies, Twerps. You know we can dig that.
Free Time have a self-titled release coming your way in the states on May 28th via Underwater Peoples.
My SxSW overload begins with a show that happened at my favorite venue, The Mohawk. It was a limited entry kind of deal, badge and wristband only, no wristbands even got in – Iggy Pop and the Stooges with Japandroids.
I had requested access to the NPR showcase featuring Nick Cave and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. To think, SxSW has become the kind of event where seeing Iggy in a thousand person venue is a backup plan? Odd.
Read on for thoughts and pics…
There’s gotta be something in the water in Scotland that encourages the development of indie pop bands. I can name a handful of bands that are on my all time favorites list, and a growing list of acts that keep pushing exporting great pop records. My latest discovery is The Occasional Flickers who will soon be releasing their new single on Cloudberry Records. There’s definitely an homage to early B&S here, with that driving guitar line that fits perfectly with the vocal melody; you’ll find yourself hooked to this track in absolutely no time at all. Cheers to you Scotland, and your wonderful indie pop exports!
Download: The Occasional Flickers – Capitalism Begins at Home [MP3]