Do you ever get the feeling that the old hits just aren’t the same, that they don’t hit the spot like they once did? That seems to be the sentiment expressed by ex-Sweater Girl Diana Barraza on her latest song with Rat Fancy; you have to grow and find new gems to adore. Musically, the song pulls from the sunnier side of pop, with a steady bounce from the rhythm section that make the likelihood of toe-tapping rather high. Barraza’s voice has a cool summery breeze, floating through the brief song with grace as added keyboard textures ramp up the pop sensibility. Loving it? Yes, you are, so grab the band’s Suck a Lemon EP from HHBTM on May 26th.
It should come as no surprise that we’re rapping Eureka California; the group continuously graces our little blog from time to time (well anytime they release new tunes). Today we bring you their latest single in hopes you’ll jam it out, and if you’re on your way to Austin we hope you’ll check them out. This new rocker comes from their Wigwam 7″, which was just released by HHBTM. It’s quick, a touch noisy and certified ear candy. Here’s the SXSW dates for the group:
3/16 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo Cycles (day party)
3/17 – Austin, TX @ Teller’s (HHBTM Records SXSW Showcase)
3/18 – Austin, TX @ Sidebar (Athens In Austin day party)
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Boredom tends to sink in at this time of the year, as we read through an abundant list of Top whatevers, quietly disagreeing. Enter Bastards of Fate, an other worldly affair Personally, their offering up something that’s indescribable, and I mean that in a flattering sense. You’ll ear elements of classic instrumentation (in the opening moments), discordant flair, rockabilly, prog…and it’s all wrapped up in a tight little pop sensibility bow for your ears. It’s kind of reminiscent of the B-52s, if they were possessed by the devil and impervious to what’s cool. Their new album Suckthe Light Out will be released by HHBTM on February 10th of next year.
I’m not sure where we draw the line at nostalgia. For the Wedding Present, their Bizarro tour garnered tons of press, but when they kept going with more new music, never skipping a beat, folks just turned a deaf ear. It’s sad, as they sound bigger and better than ever. I mean, if I were to ever have a complaint, which I don’t, it might be that some of their earliest LPs didn’t have the same quality production their new stuff does. David Gedge has such magnificent control of his voice, as you’ll hear in this song, particularly during the chorus. Put the past behind you, and enjoy the fact that the Wedding Present are as good, if not greater, than they ever were. Their latest LP, Going Going, will be out later this year via HHBTM.
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I’m so excited to hear the entirety of this Cowtown LP; there’s such energy in everything they’ve been leaking out in its anticipation. This new single, “Tweak,” even has a lyrical nod to the Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian,” which only serves to up the hook factor inherent in the group’s tunes. But, be prepared to reach for the speaker volume, as you’re likely to have to turn it up to maximize your listening enjoyment. Look for their blisteringly fun Paranormal Romance via HHBTM on August 19th.
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Being prolific doesn’t seem to be a problem for Eureka California; they’ll be releasing their third album in three years this week! But, while some acts can just push out tracks that blend into album after album, I like that Eureka California always seems to be refreshed with each track; it’s what makes their album’s so enduring in your personal catalog. This song from the album Versus is a high energy rocker, hitting you in the face right from the start, and never letting go until the distorted guitar rings in your ears as the track fades. Feel free to have yourself some fun, turn it up, and buy the LP from HHBTM this week!
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Miss when college rock was filled with substance? Well, this Eureka California single should take you back in time, filling your ears with a heavy distorted guitar and a pummeling rhythm. My only complaint? It’s too short, I wanted this rocker to blast on forever, but of course, I can just play it again and again. There’s something gratifying in a quick blast of energetic angst, so I’ll gladly take this. The group’s new album, Versus, will be released by HHBTM on March 25th.
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Okay, so if you’ve been following our pages, we’ve covered the band before, but if not, this might be your first introduction to the promising UK act, Witching Waves. It’s hard to place them in any particular genre; they combine dark elements of post punk with catchy rhythmic bouncing from the jangling pop arena. The vocals border on psychedelia and hooky twee…so it’s no surprise they can’t be defined. Their album Crystal Cafe will be released in the US via HHBTM Records on February 26th, so get your wallets ready.
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I’ve spent the last month listening to Antlered Aunt Lord and his new record Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire). While I already love many of the songs, it was the album that really burrowed into my soul. On one hand it has the oddity and the brevity of early Elf Power, but on the other hand I want to compare it to Nothing Wrong with Love (my favorite Built to Spill) record. It’s a listen that can’t be defined, that can’t be pigeonholed, only enjoyed. I have a feeling that as much as I’ve played it already, it’s going to continue to be in constant rotation throughout the duration of my life. Yeah, I said it. You can grab the record this week from HHBTM Records.
At a certain point in your life you begin to realize you like to beat your own drum, follow your own path. This is precisely what it feels like when listening to Antlered Aunt Lord, the project of Jesse Stinnard. I don’t mean that it’s completely oddball, but rather that Stinnard just wants to do his own thing. Sure, there’s catchy tunes, even hooks in this song, but in spending time with Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), it’s become clear to me that you can forgo the modern cliches (musically speaking) and still make a place for yourself and still make music interesting. Kind of reminds me of the first time I listened to Television Personalities; I was like, “this doesn’t feel right…wait…this feels great, I can’t stop playing it.” If you get the same vibe, look for the new LP via HHBTM on November 20th.