Started off the day with a little bit of mellow tunes on my day, so its great that this Flat Worms tune popped into the inbox with news of their new record, Antartica. I love the fact that this song hits you right from the start, blasting through your speakers after 11 seconds of toying with your emotions. The vocals come in with this sort of disaffected stalking, circling about you as a slight guitar line cascades through the distance. Throughout the song they flex their chops, bringing in this sort of classic alternative guitar sound known for its punishment on your ear drums, perhaps due to the mixing work of Ty Segall and Steve Albini. Their new LP drops on God? Records on April 10th.
Last year Japan’s DMBQ unleashed Keenly via God? Records, Ty Segall’s imprint for Drag City. As album’s never die, the band have unleashed their video for standout track, “No Things,” hoping to keep their name in your consciousness. The video is as visually disrupting as the song is sonically; it’s filled with mostly live footage, spliced with various other bits that flash across the screen. Sound wise, it’s a barrage that begins with a heavy riff, akin to Black Sabbath, before blasting off into it’s own no-holds-barred sonic exploration. Quiet moments are hypnotic, giving you momentarily respite before the band tear right through your speakers. If you dig the record, it’s out now in the States.
Been spending most of this year getting weird on my own, so I figured this new Flat Worms rocker could up the ante on my listening game. There’s a few too many seconds of ghostly sampling to begin, but when the guitars knife their way right into the track, you can feel that natural urge to run amok like a crazed fan. I’m totally hooked on the pogoing bass line here, dancing in step with the angular guitar chords walking you across a tight rope of frantic noise; it works well with the indifferent approach of the vocals, crafting the perfect juxtaposition. You’ll find their new EP on February 8th via God? Records.
Simple style and execution are sometimes the only things you need to pull off a catchy pop song, such as the latest hit from Axis: Sova. Immediately your ear will gravitate to the jittery guitar stabs, while the vocals have this clever brattiness to it; those vocals are joined by a gang vocal approach that adds a hook factor to the tune, not to mention encourages you to jump right in and join the fun! It’s short, sweet and to the point…with just the occasional guitar soloing frill. Shampoo You drops on November 16th via God? Records.
From the instant you press play on this new Axis: Sova track the guitars draw you in; you want to know where they’re going to take you. It’s a journey with a bit of a jam to it, banging out rock n’ roll chords with a haunting vocal draped across it as the drums push forward. It settles into sort of a dark stomp, yet the promise of this song leaves plenty of room for the songs on Motor Earth to freak out or rock out; it’ll surely leave a lasting impression when it hits the streets courtesy of God? Records on October 14th.
Sometimes you press play on a song, and you marvel at why it hasn’t exploded in the blogosphere…that’s precisely what I thought when listening to the new Axis: Sova. I mean, the song has this dark pop sensibility that offers up hidden hooks…that alone warrants my attention. But, further listens offer up scuzzy rock n’ roll with a modern edge, which seems like all the rage with the kids these days. The latter half of the tune even looks into the popular sounds of 70s, so I’m perplexed as to why a million people aren’t talking about it. Regardless, you can change that by pressing play below. And if not, at least look for the new record, Motor Earth, on October 14th via God? Records.
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Having been a fan of The Cairo Gang for a bit now, I think the most impacting thing I always carry with me is Emmet Kelly’s voice. There’s something familiar about it, like a Pollard-Costello blend, yet there’s still something distinctive that makes it stand out to my ears. And, on the first single from the group’s new offering, it sounds like Kelly’s voice and a heavy dosage of power-pop are going to be the standard for Goes Missing, the newest LP. It’s going to have a release date of June 23rd via God? Records, so be sure to add it to your summer listening list.
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When I first played this song from Axis: Sova, I figured, eh, sounds pretty run of the mill. It begins with this driving electronic beat and some widely distorted guitars. But…then it sort of spins off into this experimental noise, touching on vocals for various points, then jumping back into the world of experimenting for over 7 minutes. It might sound daunting, but it never wears on you, which is why Early Surf, the new LP, will be interesting to say the least; it has a release date of February 17th via God? Records.
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I probably haven’t told you how much I enjoy Wand, but now seems like the right time, especially since they just unleashed a new jam today. “Broken Candle” is the second shortest track on the record, so it’s easily digestible; it starts with a bit of a psychedelic stomp to it, though there’s a bit more of a collectivist pop bit as the tune progresses. The album, Ganglion Reef, has a great deal of fuzzy elements to it, but they walk this fine line between being noisy and radio friendly. Check out the release on August 26th via God? Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/03-Broken-Candle.mp3]
If you’ve got a record label run by Ty Segall, the chances are that you’re going to get some noisier elements in there, right? That’s precisely the case with the new 7″ offering that he’s putting out with Running. Here you’ll hear an opening that’s basically a screeching guitar line brooding over a darkened bass, while drums steadily pound away. Eventually, vocals break in with a demonic shout from what seems like a hollow metallic cavern. It’s an assault on your eardrums, especially when you arrive at the end where it breaks into what sounds like a disastrous emergency broadcast message. I dig it, and if you’re like me, you can grab the 7″ from God Records on July 22nd.
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