There are a lot of great pop bands out there at the moment, but I dare say there hasn’t been one as consistent and moving as Sweden’s Hater. They’ve just announced a new 7″, their first new music since last year’s Siesta. On first listen, I thought the opening two minutes were brilliant, using that sharp falling guitar line to contrast against the smokiness of the vocal delivery. But, then they offer up a little sonic exploration, releasing the tension just after the two minute mark, and I’ll admit, I was taken aback, surprised even. All of this to move towards a quiet close. The new 7″ will be out on Fire Records on September 6th with a few US dates to follow.
All about that worldly indiepop sound, and Hater have been one of the finest purveyors of the genre over the last year or so. The Swedish act allow us to continue our journey around the world (already hit up Norway and Japan), not to mention they continue to grow in their songwriting. The first of the tunes from the bands forthcoming Siesta LP offers more of what they’ve given us at this point in their career; the latter tune has a little more sonic exploration, utilizing some horns to continue with the melody. The new record will be out on September 28th via Fire Records.
Admittedly, Television Personalities are not a band for everyone, yet I feel as if they’ve informed a lot of the work I adore today. Luckily, the band’s lost album, Beautiful Despair, is being released by Fire Records on January 26th. This song, crafted after an encounter with Evan Dando sounds a bit muddied, almost like a demo, yet like all the best TVP work, there’s a beauty in its imperfections. Oh, and the lyrics, always so clever and hilarious, even when being serious…sitting here I’m just grinning. Dan Treacy was the forefather that every literary indie rocker didn’t know they loved, and hopefully with this release getting some attention, people will start to go back and fall for the band all over again.
Yep, this song rules. I think I’m in love with the direction Scott & Charlene’s Wedding are going, after offering up a pop hit from their new album…they turn to this more ramshackle ground. Now, that being said, there’s still some inherent pop sensibility, though with rougher edges…like a long lost TV Personalities track…or maybe early Parquet Courts for those just now catching on to things. This song features on the band’s new album, Mid Thirties Single Scene, which is being released by Fire Records on September 2nd.
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Time for your weekly Australia feel, and I couldn’t think of a better way to dip my toes into Oceania than to turn up this rad new track from Scott & Charlene’s Wedding. While it definitely wears the influence of the current Aussie guitar scene, my ears hear it throwing things all the way back to late 80s college rock; I can almost hear Wire in the way the vocals are delivered too, emphatically shouted at various syllables. This tune will appear on their brand new album, Mid Thirties Single Scene, which is coming out on September 9th via Fire Records.
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Admittedly, this Surf City tune slipped right by me. But, considering I’ve loved the band for quite some time, I had to make sure you guys heard this new tune. This track shows the growth the band has made since we had them play our SXSW show a few years; they used to be coated in noisy distortion, but they’ve settled into a brand of pop that offers more accessibility whilst still holding true to their style. You’ll hear this track on the band’s new album, Jekyll Island, which is being released later this year by Fire Records.
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Five years ago when we were just young bucks starting out on our site, we threw a small SXSW party at the now defunct ghost room. One of the acts we were really excited to bring in was Surf City, and I’ve closely followed the group since those early days. Through three albums, they’ve polished up their sound a little bit, bringing the excessive noise down a bit, choosing to replace it with more direct melodies. They’ll have a new album coming out titled We Knew It Was Not Going to Be Like This, which comes out August 19th via Fire Records. Should definitely be a good record to wrap up the summer.
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It’s really been a slow summer, and a lot of big singles haven’t really crept out, so as I was clamoring for good tunes, I came across Mathew Sawyer & the Ghosts (via Catbird). Ever since I came across this tune, I can’t stop playing it. Using cello atop lightly strummed guitar while Sawyer’s vocals quiver a bit gets me every single time. This track comes from his new album How Snakes Eat, which is out now on Fire Records. Hope you enjoy.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/mathew-mynah.mp3]
Download: Mathew Sawyer – Mynah Bird’s Call