I’ve been all on board with the latest tunes from Dig Nitty off their forthcoming Reverse of Mastery. You’ll surely find a natural joy in the way the song’s constructed up front; Erin and Reggie trade vocal lines with one another, almost in a child-like manner; Erin even claims it kind of “came out like a nursery rhyme.” But, as with all things from the group, you get to find these little breadcrumbs of joy. For instance, here you get a little bit of fuzz underneath as the two trade lyrics, eventually sort of erupting into this cacophonous wall of noise, leaving the childlike wonderment behind, thought not out of your memory. Lucky for you, Reverse of Mastery is only a few weeks away, dropping September 18th via Exploding in Sound.
After a slight delay in production, Dig Nitty‘s Reverse of Mastery now has an official release date with Exploding in Sound, so it only seems fitting that we get another tune to tease the LP. In the first 22 seconds, it’s all about the angelic tones of Erin McGrath’s vocals. But, a quick introduction of percussion adds more spirit to the guitar, and to the track; it feels like Autumn to me, like driving through the East Coast as the leaves on the trees begin to turn colors, sort of lost in the natural wonders of the world. There’s this isolated guitar note too, something that feels heavy, almost ominous…it adds this perfect little contrast to the lighter feel that works with McGrath’s vocals. The LP is slated for release on September 18th.
Feels like cheating offering up two Dan Francia tracks in one week, but I’m super stuck on Dan’s vibe. It’s part collage, at least in the actual recording, with Dan culling his friends to record with him. But, for me, the draw is the huge emotional pull that flows through the speakers. He teases the listener here for the first minute and half, offering up vocals and lightly strummed guitar…it builds with percussion and electronics…then it bursts exuberantly through your speakers, stretching your lips into a huge smile. Sometimes you want the music you love to make you feel good, and this song definitely strikes that note on my end. Come Back to Life is out on January 25th via Exploding in Sound.
I feel like RayRay should be writing about Rick Rude (the band’s named after Ravishing Rick Rude, right?), as he’s our resident wrestling guru, but I just love this new single the group dropped before the release of Verb for Dreaming on Friday. It hits you write from the start, jumping in with this rolling drum beat before the guitars completely envelope the listener. The vocals seem almost as if they’re gang vocals, giving each note this added dose of emphasis; they’re begging to be screamed en masse, however, feel free to sing along on your own! If you dig it, the LP drops Friday via Exploding In Sound.
Ah yes, the city of Brooklyn. That glorious New York City Borough will many a musical dream has come true. Continuing this dream of rock star fame is fuzz rock band Baked and their new track “Hope You’re Happy”. It has a nice throwback, almost alt-rock sound to it with some nice, slacker style lead female vocals. Welcome to the game.
It’s the middle of the week, and you’re likely to need an energetic pick-me-up…and there might not be a better one than this new Bethlehem Steel tune. It toys with you at the opening, just casually riffing, building the tension. Within moments, the volume goes to 11, blasting through your speakers. They fill the track with heavy riffs, though never stray too far away from pop sensibility. Should make for a solid new album, Party Naked Forever…it’ll drop November 10th via Exploding in Sound.
If you’re looking for some straight up guitar driven rock, you need look no further than this track called “Dog Go Bark” from Brooklyn based Washer. This one is a perfect example of less is more with a simple, heavy distorted guitar and some drums. Think Wavves, but even a bit more broken down. I’m thinking this one will be perfect to take you into the last weekend of summer.
Washer will release All Aboard via Exploding in Sound on September 15th.
There are some bands that don’t have to do too much to win you over, and I’ll admit that I don’t think Tall Friend are really crafting anything brand new. That being said, the execution of their style makes this new tune simply irresistible. At first, the bubbly bass grabs you, then drums and guitar slowly trickle into the show. Something about the vocal work of Charlie Pfaff has my head spinning; how can no one love this song as much as I love it right now! And, just wait, as the guitars build and build against each other, ending in an abrasive closing moment. I can’t wait for Safely Nobody’s to hit onAugust 11th.
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Man Maryland based Two Inch Astronaut make me feel really nostalgic when I listen to their music. Bands like Juliana Theory or Hot Rod Circuit immediately come to mind. If the band knew me, they would consider that a huge compliment. For a taste of this style, check out the band’s latest single called “Can You Please Not Help”.
New album, Can You Please Not Help, is out June 2nd on Exploding in Sound Records.
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Stop. You’re going to need a few minutes here. 8 to be exact. But, that’s precisely why you’re going to listen to this new J&L Defer once, then come right back to it. A synth pulse drives the songs first 1.25 minutes, before the voice of Gabriele de Mario begins to echo in the distance, coming into the front of the mix as chords dance in and out of the foreground. There are some careful little notes added in such as what I believe are some barely audible female vocal bits. There’s such focus on the extension of this track, that it encourages the listener to focus in their own way. Look for this song on No Map, which comes out September 2nd via Exploding in Sound.
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