Listening to this new track from Fred Schneider & the Superions it became clear how Fred’s managed to maintain relevance for such a long period of time. There’s always an artistic approach, but there’s this childlike fun in everything he does. This whole track is simply Fred and his team saying “good day” or “how do you do” in various languages throughout the world. Musically, there’s this pulsating vibe backed by a strong percussive force and a wonky-ish organ grinding. You take it in all together, there’s an indifference to the scene and a dedication to the craft…all illustrating that Schneider is every bit as relevant now as he was when the B-52s burst forth into the world. Look for the group to release The Vertical Mind via HHBTM Records on May 5th.
I think perhaps the greatest thing one can do as a hunter of music is find a band that begs to be pigeonholed, yet you’re unable to really label them…such is my fascination with Bastards of Fate. Watching this video, you get drawn into the opening moments of quirky bedroom pop, but it soon blasts into a noisier, crashing against your eardrums while an undercurrent of pop sensibility keeps the song level. Just as you’re fixed on a sound, the band offers up a haunting bit of doo-wop, as captivating as the earlier moments, and possibly even weirder. The band’s 3rd LP, Suck the Light Out, will be offered up from the very reliable HHBTM Records on February 24th.
Fresh off the release of their latest album, Versus, Eureka California is back with a brand new 7″…featuring this rocking number below. While the song takes a second or two to get going, once it hits, it blasts forth with a riotous fury, seemingly running so fast the band can barely keep up! The new single will also feature two other songs, one being a cover of Superchunk‘s “Slack Motherfucker.” And, speaking of that 7″, the band and HHBTM Records aim to remind you that singles should be reasonably priced, offering up this release for $3, giving you no excuse other than to pick it up and support the cause; do so on February 24th when it hits the streets.
After leaving behind Sweater Girl, Diana Barraza began Rat Fancy, leaning towards creating a world where indiepop, shoegaze and emo all crash in a joyous bit of infectious pop music. The group are in the process of wrapping up their debut EP for HHBTM Records, so in the meantime, they’re giving out the free Christmas single you’ll find streaming below. You’ll hear hooks, jingle bells and attention to details that will leave you salivating for what the band have in store for us all in 2017. If you’re inclined, visit the band’s BANDCAMP to grab these single for free…then sneak them into your parent’s holiday playlist, so everyone else can enjoy your good tastes.
If you’ve been paying attention out there, you knew that Going Going, the newest album from The Wedding Present, was making its way to US shores. That’s important, as HHBTM Records will be releasing it here, but it’s also important to the narrative of the album, as the 20 songs were all written or based off a US road trip. Plus, each song is accompanied by a short film, which hopefully documents the trip itself. But, we’ll have to wait until November 18th to see, though in the meantime, jam this just released tune! It’s titled “Two Bridges,” which if you listen to the track below seems to be two wholly different bridges. Listen and find out why I say that.
I’ll be honest here, and admit that I haven’t thought about Clem Snide in ages, though I put “Ice Cube” from 2001’s The Ghost of Fashion on many a mixtape. They seem like one of the bands that impacted so many, then quietly walked off the stage. Luckily, HHBTM Records is reissuing You Were a Diamond, the band’s 1998 masterpiece. The album, and the group, were one of the first group’s that really got me to refocus on the writing of lyrics; I love Eef’s wordplay in everything he’s released. There’s also a raw realness on the record, in a time before reverb and lo-fi were reintroduced as fads. It’s as honest a collection of songs as you’ll find these days, so look for the reissue on November 18th.
Reading the release info from Skinny Girl Diet is like a dream, saying all the right things, promising all the right dreams. The three piece build off their love of punk, grunge and even R&B, but aren’t looking to be defined by anything specifically; they’re aiming to make music that’s as passionate as they are, leaving you with a message in the long run. They claim to be tired of what’s been labeled “punk,” and they aim to take back the attitude of a lost culture. Musically, you can definitely hear the remnants of grunge on this particular number, which, for me, created feelings of nostalgia along with a simultaneous promise of hope for their new record Heavyflow; it’ll be released by HHBTM Records on November 4th.
I’m a big fan of frivolous rock n’ roll…the let your hair down, turn the volume up and let yourself go. Seems like HHBTM Records is the same, which is why they’re putting out the upcoming Cowtown album, Paranormal Romance. I mean, the promo work asks you to imagine Deerhoof covering Devo in the vein of the Minutemen, so it’s gotta be something…artistic, spastic and high energy. The records is scheduled for a release on August 19th, and the video below should entice you, especially as the guitar squall closes the tune out!
Out of the ashes of Throwing Muses came 50 Foot Wave, and they’ve been blasting rock n’ roll since 2003. It’s interesting to hear Kristin Hersh amidst the current climate, especially since her voice and style has definitely influenced the work of a lot of current female artists, whether they’re aware of it or not. This track opens fairly casually, just Hersh and a maneuvering guitar, waiting for the rhythm section to join her. Soon after the 30 second mark the band picks up the energy, giving heavier riffs while Hersh’s powerful vocal performance dominates your speakers. I appreciate the fact that the surface level of this track seems so simple, yet beneath it lurks varying changes in structures and time; it should make for a powerfulalbum worth of tunes; look for Bath White on may 27th via HHBTM Records.
The last time we heard from Eureka California was back in 2014 with their album, Crunch (you should already own that one by now). They returned this week with this exhilarating rocker, fueled by distorted guitars and an earnest vocal performance. Before you know it, the song’s over and you press play again, taking you on another rocking journey from these Athens rockers. Their new album will be released on March 26th via Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records; it’s titled Versus…and it’s shaping up to be better than the last one, which is saying a great deal.