On the latest single from Martha, the group opens up really casually, just working the approach with vocals and guitars. That segment alone wins my fandom, based on the sweet vocal tones that are present…but some people need a bit more. You can feel it coming in this track, a faint buzz in the speakers up until the 1 minute mark, and then they blast off. They bring a crashing bit of pop rock fueled by gang vocals and distorted riffs that will ring in your ears, just as you try to memorize every second of the lyrics. This track appears on Blisters in the Pit of My Heart, which will be released in July via Dirtnap and Fortuna Pop.
Do you wanna feel young? You wanna feel like you’re alive again? Then run to your stereo, get this Martha song on it, and turn it up really loud. It’s a blasting bit of pop-punk that’s as infectious as it is memorable. The riffs are huge, the drums catch and there’s gang harmonies blasting in and out of the song. I get the feeling that these guys are all substance and none of the bullshit posturing. Sounds like they’re all just having fun, and if you listen closely, then you just might do the same. Look for their album, Blisters in the Pit of My Heart to come out on July 8th via Dirtnap/Fortuna Pop.
It doesn’t seem like Mark Ryan ever quits writing songs, and his work with Mind Spiders is always high on my list. They just tossed out this brand new song from their fourth album, Prosthesis, and it’s showing the continued progression from the band. Ryan’s voice has this haunting delivery on the track, while the guitars race you towards some evil late night crash scene, swerving in and out of your speakers. I love the fact that listening to this band feels so familiar, yet there’s always something refreshing and new from them in the way the songs come to a head. The new effort hits on March 12th via Dirtnap.
Nervosas are the latest signing for one of my favorite labels, Dirtnap Records. The Ohio act is known for crafting dark-punk, similar to where Ceremony began. On this tune, you hear the guitars spinning out of control discordantly, almost as if the band is about to fall off the train…yet they don’t, as the group uses the post-punk delivery of the vocals to pull everything together tightly. Their self-titled album will be released by the label on July 10th, and there’s already a big buzz building behind it, so sample the group’s lead single.
I always thought I was in the know for the Finnish rock n’ roll scene, though it’s clear I’ve still got some things to learn, as I haven’t been too acquainted with the Splits, though they’re set to release their second album via Dirtnap Records. There’s a vicious opening, that some might even call brash. But, don’t let that set you off, as there’s multiple vocal parts, balancing out the angst-ridden punk growl with a solid pop croon. It’s an energetic tune, filled with fun times and attitude; look for II on April 21st.
If you didn’t catch the last release from Guantanamo Baywatch, then go hit up Dirtnap Records and see if they have any copies of Chest Crawl laying around. The odds are that they don’t, which is probably why the band’s been snatched up by Suicide Squeeze for their new album, Darling It’s Too Late. The band has always had a knack for building unity between punk and surf, but here they really spin it into an old school pop rock sound, the likes that had your parents (or my old folks) creating babies. It’s passionate and soulful (thanks to some help from Curtis Harding), yet it’s oh so gritty and real. Look for the record to hit stores on May 12th.
Totally bummed. Really wanted to pick up the new Legendary Wings LP at the local shop this week, but production has been delayed. But, at least the dudes at Dirtnap Records have opted to toss out another track that’ll get you pumped for the eventual release of Do You See. It’s a blistering tune with a devil-may-care attitude, with the track bounding through with an emphatic bit of energy. Beneath the grit is some nice pop-sensibility, making the song, and the future album, worth every bit of excitement it deserves. The album should be available shortly, but until then, blame Jack White.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that Legendary Wings were putting out a new album on Dirtnap Records. I loved their 2012 effort Making Paper Roses, and the first single from their new LP has me thirsting for the entire thing. It’s got an infectious hook; it’s got this bubbling bass line working beneath it all; it’s the perfect blend that I call garage-a-ma-power-pop-punk (new genre fyi). I don’t want this song to end, yet sadly, like all good things, it has to, leaving me anticipating this LP more than any other at the moment. Do You See will be out on November 11th.
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My first experience with Neighborhood Brats was that one-off 7″ they did with Dirtnap Records last year, so it’s been a short wee bit since I’ve heard from the group. But, I just got their new album in the mail, so I’m bummed I must have missed this driving new tune. It’s a pretty straight shooting number; there’s not any frills, just pure substance. The lyrics offer up a “fuck the kids, fuck the new,” giving us a glimpse at that bratty attitude from which the group derives their name. You can catch their new LP on September 29th by way of Deranged Records; it’s titled Recovery.
If you’re a music fan like me, then perhaps nothing works you up quite like huge hooks and soaring melodies. If that’s the case, then you’re going to love this new single from Sugar Stems. It’s our first listen to the band’s new album, Only Come Out at Night, and I’ll be damned if this isn’t the perfectly executed anthemic power-pop that warms my heart. Betsy’s vocals have a slight hint of attitude, but the rest of the group is just kicking out these huge sounds; it’s the most polished bit of power-pop I’ve heard in some time. You can grab their new record from reliable Dirtnap Records on July 22nd.