You know, some days you just want to sit back and enjoy a great pop song; you don’t have to participate; you can just sit back and let the melody catch you up; this new Jack Drag single is one such track. Aside from the first 30 seconds of space beats, this song starts off like Jack’s channeling an acoustic version of Jay Reatard; the pace and the chords are definitely reminiscent of Jay. But, the chorus takes that pop sensibility and ups it a notch, matching the vocal melodies that come from Dragonetti as he works his way through the song. I just keep tapping my toes and smiling. And, while it might not be a huge piece of the track, I love the keyboard/bells at the end of the tune is a nice touch. His new album drops on September 14th via Burger Records.
Remember when Animal Collective were writing incredible pop songs that had everyone salivating? Well, I think you’ll find something similar in the music of John Dragonetti aka Jack Drag. The very first vocal entrance creates this soaring melody that immediately had me fawning for sunshine; it’s strange how a simple melody can transport you, but such is the power of this song. It also probably doesn’t hurt that Aimee Mann, a friend of John’s, had a hand in this tune, as did Dylan Gardner. Really, none of that even matters as the hook of this track supersedes everything else before you today. Look for the new LP, 2018, in September via Burger Records.
After many years fronting Seattle based band The Pharmacy, Scott Yoder stepped out on his own last year with surprising debut Looking Back in Blue. Well he’s back at it again this year with an album in the works entitled A Fool Aloof coming later this year on Burger Records (pre-order here). To preview the new material, Scott sent over his latest single “Ways of Love”. I love the throwback style of the song as Yoder croons to us over a psych themed background. I’ve already hit repeat on this one about 5 times today…
Man Toronto based outfit Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs have just killed it with this new single “Ragnarok”. When discussing the new generation of power pop music, songs like this need to be mentioned before any other. If for some reason that style of music isn’t for you, well move on and let the rest of chant along and enjoy ourselves. Epic. Fun. Carry on.
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs will release a self-titled LP on July 28th via Burger Records.
Looks like today’s going to be a day for rock n’ roll, and this poppy bit of punk rock from Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs is perfect. They kick out an anthemic style akin to our local favorites Basketball Shorts, filled with huge hook-laden riffs and lyrics to scream at the top of your lungs. What separates the group from their peers, at least in this number, is the chorus, touching up the tune with just a hint of clarity. They’re releasing their self-titled debut on Burger/Dine Alone on July 28th…and it’ll probably be filled with infectious numbers that’ll stick in your head for some time.
This tune from Roya is all sorts of wonderful. Careful guitar notes build the song’s tension, slowly taking little steps towards the introduction of the vocals. When they hit, they come in like an effortless breeze, riding atop the mix. As you move along, there’s little notes unfolding that bring in a nod towards Western psychedelia, inevitably picking up the tracks pace; I kept waiting for the song to explode, but they always hold back just enough to keep you interested here, whilst still bringing in a natural draw. Their debut self-titled LP will be out on June 2nd via Burger Records.
Trementina has two things going for them at the moment: they’re from Chile (a place I long to visit) and they craft beautifully simple dream pop. The band claim they aim to influence lucid dreaming, using the rain drenched backdrop of their home to draft atmospheric touches into their music. I love the way this song fades away in the middle of the song, only to slowly reemerge with the samples sputtering back into your ears. Luckily for me, the group will bound over national borders to make their way to Austin for a few SXSW dates, celebrating the release of their new album, 810, via Burger Records on March 24th.
A few years ago I was introduced to the music of Cotillon, so I’m happy to see that Jordan Corso’s project is back up and at it with a new LP on the way. The first minute has a pretty solemn tone, with Corso mostly working his vocals atop light musical accompaniment. After that, the emotional darkness still remains, though there’s add percussive elements and slight atmospheric feedback lurking. There’s a slight change in the tone of the voice during what I perceive as the chorus, adding an extra touch that makes me smile. Look for the new LP, The Afternoons come this April via Burger Records.
It would be easy to dismiss Tobin Sprout, not on the lack of great songs, but just as the other guy in Robert Pollard’s band. But, this brand new single is pretty brilliant, and has me yearning for a more innocent period of rock n’ roll, void of my meaningless words. It’s built around a plodding piano backbone, though I must say that I think Sprout’s vocals are what ultimately make this song so successful. Lyrically Tobin’s looking back on his own life, but he could be writing about McDonald’s for all I care, as this song’s just stupendous. Look for it on his new album, The Universe and Me, out on January 27th via Burger Records.
Earlier this week we caught wind that local Austin act Hundred Visions would be releasing some brand new tunes; I was salivating…and dare I say this is better than I expected. At first, the band seemingly trudges through familiar territory bending guitars nice with vocals drawn out atop the mix. But, hold on because they refuse to settle for the same old story, blasting off into a riotous mix of punk that jumps right into your ears! They go back and forth throughout, jolting you back and forth the whole way. They’ve got a new tape titled Brutal Pueblo coming out next week via Burger Records.