Loose have graced these little pages a few times before, and we’d like to devote the next minute to the band as they drop another single. While this song has the tendency to lean towards trimmed down punk number, the song mostly resembles the badge of the Pacific Northwest…though perhaps more in the vein of Idaho. Even in a short span of a minute, the song bursts, recedes then bursts again, only to fade out quickly. Mostly, I love the band because they just seem to be having fun, and that goes a long way to me having fun. The trio will release their debut EP on August 17th.
California native Henry Nowhere has spent the last several years as a member of Day Wave, and while a paycheck is all well and good, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to craft his own tunes. His first single has him working over this casual bedroom beat; it’s surprising how the mere mention of his locale evokes waves in the movement/propulsion of the beats. He throws in this light guitar line, more dreamy than jangle, though perhaps meeting in the middle ground of the two. Be on the lookout for his debut EP real soon…I’d happily take five more songs like this any day.
Loose is a brand new act out of Portland, but the various members all have quite a pedigree of their own. Together they’ve just announced their debut LP, pulling in from all sorts of areas to get me excited. There’s an obvious element that definitely wears the badge of the Pacific Northwest, be it the way the melody is used or the sounds as a whole. But, they also throw in these math rock-y spasms, not unlike Pinback, though here it’s pushed much faster and angrier. Exciting things on the horizon from this act…hear for yourself.
Yesterday Emotional Response dropped a bunch of new release info, like Razz and, well, Sob Stories. The group’s debut EP should be regarded as the standard in how to kick out power-pop nowadays. This short little EP is filled with huge riffs built for loud speakers, vocal hooks that tug on the heartstrings of listeners and a bit of swagger that makes you wanna be cool. I’m partial to “You’ll Only Hurt,” but pretty sure that I could stream these six songs all day long. What do you think? You dig it, order the EP from Emotional Response while supplies last!
Oakland based outfit Club Night sent over this new single called “Rally” and it’s definitely worth your time. It reminds me of a band like Dirty Projectors with it’s spastic tendency, but also offers some really intense, loud, noise rock. As I continue to give it spin after spin, I’m finding new things to like about it and enjoy each time. I suggest you check it out now.
Club Night will release Debut EP Hell Ya in August via Tiny Engines.
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While the following PLAZA tune is just over three minutes, I feel like it covers a lot of territory; there’s a lot of movement within the confines of the song. The band pulls back, lets guitars ring out and vocals soar, only to return to a semi-stationary spot. There’s this light-hearted quality that’s central to the song too, allowing for the band’s focus on melody to enter playfully before guitars screech and squall to match the distant shouted vocal. It all ends with a huge crash to close the tune out, showing us all that the band aims to create a huge sound with the release of their debut EP on April 14th via Behind the Wall Records.
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I like a pop song that can hold my attention for over 4 minutes, like this new BOYS track. The relaxed vibe allows you fall deep into the confines of the song, washed with coats of dreamy notes from the guitars and keyboards. They’ve been high up on some lists for a few folks, and I think you’ll find room for them in your daily listening rotation. It’s a subtle beauty, quietly fading out on the back end. Look for their debut EP to land in your hands next month!
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We’ve dropped a few tunes from the debut for Finland’s the Holy over the last month or so. The most impressive thing about listening to the entirety of More Escher and Random Notes is just how polished the band seem to have grown into during these, the early years. You can hear bits of Arcade Fire and Coldplay, blending orchestration and noise with massive hints of pop sensibility. Soliti Music will be releasing the EP next week, August 10th, worldwide, but you can stream it below just to make sure you loved it as much as we do.
It’s great when a relatively new band comes out swinging, as is the case with this single from BOYS. They have their debut headed our way later in the summer, but this single should give you reason to look into the four-piece, if you love pop music. It’s got just enough angular jangle in it, with breezy vocals riding atop the song’s mix. I think the holding of notes during the chorus is what really got me stuck on this track, and now I can’t get it out of my head. Maybe it’ll be the same for you today!
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Tell your ears to hold on, the distortion level runs high with Frail. But, that being said you’re likely to fall in love with the band’s blend of melody and heavy riffs. There’s some resemblance to Teenage Fanclub (or Growl if you’re in Austin), though these guys play a bit louder, and perhaps a bit more youthful. Sounds like they just want to turn their guitars up as loud as possible and invite you have a bit of fun with them. This tune appears on the band’s forthcoming debut EP, which will be released on May 13th via Fleeting Youth Records.
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