I was a huge fan of Scottish power-poppers The Pooches, and while the band is seemingly defunct, U.S. Highballs offer a little solace, albeit in a softer pop version. It’s a fairly simple number with roots in James’ first trip to Japan. The duo work over synthesized percussion, but it’s the feather guitar that I’m drawn to here; it works perfectly with the natural melody created in the vocals. If simple pop songs are your thing, then you’re going to really enjoy the duo’s new Think Again EP, which drops next Friday (11/9) via Lame-O Records.
Philadelphia’s own, No Thank You, will be releasing a new album called All it Takes to Ruin it All on April 6th and they have some new music to share in preparation for the LP. This new one is entitled “Dash” and features a nice play on slow build ups rising into ferocious and well timed choruses. The band could best be likened to a fellow female fronted band like Rainer Maria if they had a bit more bite and edge to their sound.
Having previously posted Hurry tunes in the past month, I just can’t get enough of the group, especially with their latest single. There’s still an element that’s playfully soft, but the guitars on this ring brightly through your speakers in all the best ways. It’s got a rushed pace, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that I hear bits of Nada Surf in the band’s approach…you know, offering the more radio-friendly version of Superchunk. Their new album Every Little Thought just puts a smile to your face, guaranteed; it will drop on February 23rd via Lame O Records.
There’s something so pure about the perfectly executed pop ditty that I find it hard to turn such tracks off, just like the Hurry tune below. There’s nothing heavy about it, and in fact, it seems the volume on distortion is perfectly balanced by the usage of acoustic guitar. Cascading guitar lines work their way throughout, cut in half by these rad little vocal harmonies; it’s like listening the greatness of Nada Surf being played with a youthful vibrance. The band’s new album, Every Little Thought, will be released on February 23rd via Lame-O Records.
The last time we touched on a single from Walter Etc, I was raving about the bands infectious guitar pop. This single illustrates a slightly different approach to the band’s sound, though every bit as endearing as their first tune. It’s built on a nice little piano backbone with steady drum emphasis and strummed guitar. You’ll probably hear folks throwing some Dr. Dog references around, but you add a horn or two and you have that Beulah vibe (something I sorely miss in the world). The group will release Gloom Cruise on August 25th via Lame O/Lauren Records.
It doesn’t take much more than being signed to Lame-O Records for me to be attached to a band. But, in the case of Cherry and their latest song, they’ve already got me hooked. The video is gritty, moving across various mundane activities (though I’m attached to the backyard soccer scene) and splicing it with members of the band. Also, it has dogs. People love dogs. In the track itself you hear earnest guitar pop, with guitar lines reaching up to the angular heavens as the drums crash down and vocals drawl across the front of the mix. It’s sonically focused, yet relaxed in the delivery…all showing promise of the band’s forthcoming record, Dumbness, out on September 29th.
If infectious guitar pop is your cup of tea, then I’m promising you joy when you listen to this new Walter Etc track. It kind of reminds me of our own Growl, leaving pop hooks at the front of the song while distorted guitars ring out in the distance. I particularly enjoy the chorus, as it doesn’t seem rushed, coming naturally with the rhythm of the song. Plus, it’s a short little blast of fun, so you get to enjoy it and return to play it again. Gloom Cruise will be out on August 25th via Lame O Records/Lauren Records.
Those in the mood for some slacker style rock this morning need look no further than this new single “April 41st” from L.A. based Walter Etc. It reminds me a lot of an old school Weezer song with a carefree, almost lackadaisical feel about it. Could be a great song for driving around on a summer day or for your next BBQ playlist. Check it out below.
It looks like we’re heading towards the end of the year with a whole bunch of great guitar pop, which seems to be what I’ve been digging lately. This time around we’ve got the new single from Dominic Angelella; he’s offering up a style that seems to hold true to troubadours of every musical cycle, though there’s more punch in his guitar. It’s a hook-laden track for sure, but I can feel the groove blasting through my speakers over the smoky vocals. This track appears on his next record, Goodnight, Doggies, which hits on February 3rd via Lame-O Records.
Dominic Angelella is a jack of all trades, working as a touring musician for various acts, namely mewithoutyou, but also does a great deal of studio work. Here we find him working his own magic, bringing in a classic songwriting structure with a few extra layers to fill out the sound. His voice is steady, though the tones remind me a little of Jason Lytle, while the music revolves around guitar and structured drumming; it’s emphatic in all the right places, with Dominic even pushing his voice when necessary. He’s just announced his debut, Goodnight, Doggies, which comes out on February 3rd via Lame-O Records.