We’ve got to start off Friday by putting some spirited bounce in your step, and I couldn’t think of a better way than to share this bright new Brisbane Radio EP from Stephen’s Shore. Almost immediately, you’re met with the crisp jangling guitars of the album’s title track, featuring vocals that roll so melodically like the gentle waves at high tide washing over you feet as you stare into the horizon. From there you get more joy from “Midvert,” a mostly instrumental tune working with minimal vocal harmonies in the distance to add in nice pop texturing. “Skogen” brings in more wistful vibes, though I feel as if they’re channeling a sort of paisley psychedelic vibe, akin to the Papercuts or Clientele, if you’re into that…though obviously spun through an indiepop kaleidoscope. Then they close it off with the ever charming “Up to No Good,” which might actually be the record’s standout tune. I can’t say enough about this lot, so please please please stream it below. You can grab the 7″ EP from our dear friends at Meritorio Records!
A couple of the tracks from this Pink Chameleons EP have hit our site before, kind of bringing back that dark psychedelic vibe into our radar. Personally, “Melting Face” might be one of my favorite tunes of the year, particularly when that chorus sort of drops in and courses through your veins…like the best song BRMC never wrote. In the end, however, one of the great things about Songs EP is that the band sound tight while traveling through various nods to their favorite genres; they seem to be honing their craft before your very ears, flirting with the edges of everything you love. I can’t stop listening to the delicate ballad that is “Reach Out,” which in the end might be my favorite of this batch of great tunes. “Smile” offers some sonic exploration from within the band’s sound, and then it’s closed out with “Word Out,” a tune that ends your listen with this heavy swagger that guarantees the band loads of coolness points. Songs EP is out Friday via Soliti Music.
Those of you following the Austin scene are surely aware of the talented noise rockers, Glaze; they’ve been one of our favorites for the last few years, known for incredible live performances. Today, the band release their Glaze TV EP, and I think it’ll only take one listen before you, too, fall in love with the band. “Beetlejuice” is an obvious standout, but I love it for illustrating all the things I love about the band; there’s heavy noise present, stripped back for melody, brooding energy and even a little bit of post-rock thrown in the breakdown…they’ve got all your favorites covered in one jam! I think “Moody” is another nice addition to the band’s catalog as well, giving off glimpses of the band’s dreamier side, containing the noise only when necessary; it allows for the band’s natural catchiness to shine through that blanketed feedback. Austinites can catch the band live tomorrow night over at Mohawk for the celebratory release show; you can grab tickets HERE.
Let’s just throw this out there…you have no idea how excited we are over at the ATH Records team to be working with Feverbones. Abram Shook and his old project the Great Nostalgic were one of our favorite acts when we first started this site 10 years ago. That alone makes it worth it, but you also get Chris Cox and Matthew Shepherd who’ve got an accomplished resume on their own (Adam Torres, Monk Parker, Dana Falconberry, Astrobleme, etc.). We’ll be releasing their new LP in early 2018…but why tell you now? Well, you can sample the band’s sound by listening to their 2014 EP below…plus, the trio hits the stage on Saturday night at the Mohawk, opening for White Denim. You can grab early tickets HERE.
Stream Feverbones below (also available on Spotify, iTunes):
Those in need of a quick boost to moral on this dreary Monday should have a listen to this new 3 song EP from Toronto based outfit Tough Age. The punk inspired tracks on the EP are all quick bursts of fun and well under 2 minutes long. They will surely change the mood of your Monday blues.
Those looking for a physical copy of new EP Unclean can buy a copy via Mint Records.
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Suss Cunts first caught my ear with their playful video for “Shit Friend” that ran a month or so ago. Now, you lucky friends in search of some bouncing rock n’ roll can go ahead and stream the band’s brand new EP. “Shit Friend” is definitely a stunning track, especially once the band locks into the groove, but I’m remaining partial to “Sweater Vest;” its got a slight jangle to it, but also this brattiness or fuckall attitude that really gets you…but dammit if the chorus hook of “Julianne” isn’t just as spot on! The EP is now available from Emotional Response.
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Earlier this year, Tim Chaplin released a collection of his favorite works since 1989, but lucky for you, it’s enticed Tim to write new tunes, which come to you today via his new Taxi Lights EP. It’s four brand new tracks, illustrating his studied blend of psychedelia and pop structures. I think my favorite tune is the last one, “Acid Breakdown;” I love the sound of the needle skipping in the front of the recording. Makes me feel like home. Regardless, if you enjoy what you hear, remember to give a dollar or five to Tim, as this new EP is NYOP.
Local pop music has me excited, with tons of new bands brewing about town with hits galore. Kindatheart is one such young band, bringing upbeat pop rock of the indiepop ilk, even including some trading male/female vocal harmonies to boot! Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention two of the other acts taking part; Wildfires and Rose Selavy. Rose Selavy are great friends of ours, and the band is currently in the studio working on finishing touches for what we believe is a debut LP. It’s cheap, doors are at 8 PM, and you can go home feeling good about your life. Stream this sampler EP from Kindatheart to get a feel for the night’s vibes.
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