Look, I’m not here to tell you how to live you life, but when it’s halfway through the work week and you’re dragging along, one thing that always refreshes me is some good old fashion face melting rock and roll. Fuzz, another outfit from Ty Segall and company, are here to aid in that refreshing process with the announcement of their second full length album called II, and with the gift of two new tracks from that upcoming record. This new album will be out October 23rd via In The Red Records, and while we await that record, we can taste what’s to come with “Pollinate,” and “Rat Race.” While both of these tracks bring the psychedelic rock and roll to your ears, they do so differently: “Rat Race” is more of a straight up rock track with punk influences, while “Pollinate,” is a grungey psych rock slow burner. I’m digging both, what are your thoughts?
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The first single off Wand‘s newest album was an all-out rocker, displaying the band’s live energy in a recorded manner. But, their new single has a different side to it; it holds onto some of the heavier edge of the live setting, but the band explores some of that negative space in their own way. There’s a darkly driving pulse to this tune, but it brings out that experimental attitude along the way, which should make Golem one of the album’s you’re most looking forward to come this March (In the Red, 3/17). You can also check the band at SXSW, and read this rad interview I did with them a few weeks back.
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One of the more surprising efforts from last year was the debut from Wand, Ganglion Reef. It was an album filled with a great deal of modern tropes, from psych to garage, but it looks like they’ve focused more on the garage side, only they’ve turned up the volume a touch. Their latest single has the band blasting in furiously, thought it slows down around the 2 minute mark for a nice walk in the park, all before smashing everything to bits as the song draws to a close. In the Red will release their new effort, Golem, on March 17th of this year; it should be another great listen if we’re judging one song.
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King Khan and his many projects have long been talked about on this website since our inception. Today I’m pleased to be sharing with you this awesome new track from his work with the BBQ Show called “Alone Again”. It’s a pretty typical KK&TBS tune with its garage like feel and upbeat tone throughout. Can the man ever do wrong?
Pick up new album, Bad News Boys, on February 24th via In the Red Records.
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I’ve had a pretty stressful week here; back to school night, moving from one house to another…you know, dumb adult stuff. So, I needed a pick me up, and this new track, not to mention album, from Meatbodies is freaking right on. The recording has this grittiness to it, but in a fitting fashion, not one that makes you feel like a bunch of amateurs recorded it. This particular song has this crazy breakdown near the end, demonstrating the band’s willingness to bring you songs entirely on their own terms. You want to get amped up and enjoy your rock n’ roll right? Get ready for the band’s self-titled debut via In the Red on October 14th.
I felt like I hadn’t really offered up anything brash and rocking in a bit, so when this new track came out last Friday, I knew I’d have to fit in for you. This is the first single off the new release from Zig Zags; their debut effort already has the seal of approval from Ty Segall, who handled production duties. The guitars offer a heavy rock lineage, while the vocals reach into that punk meets metal realm. And, just look at the rad artwork that’s associated with this single; I can’t wait to see what’s on the cover of their self-titled debut. That record will be released on June 3rd by In the Red Records, but you can jam this one all day long.
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Those of you who’ve been on the Ty Segall rock n’ roll bandwagon have to love what you’re hearing from his latest project, Fuzz. He’s teamed up with a couple of friends (one who’s in his regular band) to bring a shredding, noise filled act to your ears. On the latest single from Fuzz, the slow building tune gradually makes its way, erupting into a wall of noise at the chorus. I actually really dig the mellower moments on this tune, offering us a look at the softer-side Segall’s been brandishing of late…but dammit if that’s not a chorus for the ages. In the Red Records will be releasing this self-titled album on October 1st. He’ll also be in Austin on the 4th.
Download: Fuzz – What’s In My Head [MP3]
Over the last few weeks I’ve found myself immersed in the dark album soon to be released by TV Ghost. They’ve titled the record Disconnect, and In the Red Records will release the album on September 3rd. I think a lot of people are going to be really impressed, especially if they have the patience to let these tracks unfold. On the latest single, there’s a stabbing guitar pulse that ends up providing a rhythm for the track, while the cymbals carefully shake in the background. I think, for me, the most interesting thing about listening to this track is that the band is able to maintain your attention with each track, even though several tunes span over the five-minute mark. Here’s a new one to enjoy.
Download: TV Ghost – Siren [MP3]
The Detroit explosion brought on by Jack White and Eminem seemed to have overlooked The Dirtbombs, or maybe the band preferred it that way. Regardless, they’re back in the fold with a new LP that pays homage to a more polished version of rock n’ roll. They’ve titled the new album Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey, and it’ll see a release by In the Red Records on September 17th. This track below seems so simple you might overlook it at first, but I suggest you play it three or four times on repeat; you won’t be able to stop playing it after that point.
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Listening to this new track from TV Ghost, I’m reminded of what I always expected Interpol to become. Haunting vocal performances haunt the track, and the guitars cut in and out of the forefront of the song, often lurking back into a cave of distortion. There’s this driving tension that holds the whole song together; it almost seems to have this beautiful insanity wrapped tightly beneath a blanket of crashing cymbals. The fact that the song sprawls over five minutes long only adds to the feeling of impending doom, which, oddly enough, you’ll find yourself enjoying. Embrace it when the band release Disconnect on September 3rd via In the Red Records.
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