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.
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.
Fishboy have graced these little web pages for some time, and they recently announced the release of their latest LP, Art Guards…out on May 19th via Lauren Records. They’ve always reminded me of the perfect mix between They Might Be Giants and The Weakerthans, filling their songs with hyper-literate lyrics. Musically, they’re blasting out these infectious pop rock licks that circle back in your mind again and again, begging for you to have repeated plays throughout the day. It’s hard to understand why these guys aren’t everyone’s favorite band, but perhaps its better if we keep it as our little secret…for now.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m struggling to make it through what has turned into a longer week than it needed to be. My spirits are lifted a bit though as I listen to this new single “Green Couch” from Portland based pop group Blowout. This one is seriously reminding me of my days with ATX based group Cruiserweight with the strong female vocals and pop punk sounding music driving the song. I’ve long been a fan of music like this and you can consider me a fan of this song.
Blowout will drop No Beer, No Dad on August 5th via Lauren Records.
Peach Kelli Pop out of LA are band of five ladies that are killing the lo-fi punk game. They’ve got a 7″ that’s due out on April 29th and have released the lead single and title track, called “Halloween Mask.” This song is the grumbling and fuzzy number that you’ve been waiting to hear all day, and its straightforward, uncompromising sound will have you jamming right along with them. I’m liking the way that the vocals are sugary, complimenting those distorted guitars and the rumbling percussion. The whole song is nice balanced, and builds to the end with some white hot guitars that will make you press play again the second that it’s over.