If you do anything, it’s best to listen to your friends, which is how I stumbled across Kew (thanks Mercury Girls). I don’t think this band is easy to pigeonhole, as they have hints of all the great little nods in the realm of pop. Therearehooks in both the songwriting and the vocal notes, but really these are just refreshing new tracks that make you happy to be alive. This is just a quick little sample to turn up loud, bounce around your room and revel in great jams. Grab these songs right now for the NYOP (always pay please!).
While Mercury Girls are in the midst of wrapping up their debut, they’ll be a huge part of the Continental Drift compilation, which also features the likes of the Spook School, Tigercats and Wildhoney. One of their tunes just went up this week from the compilation, featuring the shimmering guitar work you’ve come to expect from a band with Kevin Attics; the quick drum work isn’t too shabby either. It all lines up perfectly to leave room for the soaring vocals, which inevitably hold the listener until the end. Be sure to get your copy from Slumberland and Fortuna Pop on August 26th.
My affinity for indiepop/shoegaze doesn’t ever fade, especially when one of my favorites, Wildhoney, come to mind. The band will be featured on what is already an incredibly anticipated release from Fortuna Pop/Slumberland Records…a four-way compilation featuring The Spook School, Tigercats and The Mercury Girls. This tune definitely looks more to the Wildhoney’s bouncier side, whilst still including that delightful wash of atmospherics atop. I’m a fan of the short bass solo in the song’s latter half before they blast back into infectious exuberance. You’ll have to get your hands on this when it hits on August 26th. Already pondering whether a compilation can be album of the year…on my end anyways.
So this track hit a few days ago on the Interweb, but it deserves some more space, even if we have to toss out the disclaimer that we kinda sorta know these guys. Still, the rise of Mercury Girls has been somewhat meteoric, building buzz with just a few demos. Those had great promise, but the new 7″, from which this song comes, is fulfilling all your indiepop needs. On this song, there’s a little bit of haze thrown on the vocal, making the track seemingly noisier than its A-Side counterpart. It’s the perfect foil, with one side having a little bit more darkness in contrast to the pristine exuberance. If this is the start of something, it’s the start of something good. Grab it now from Slumberland Records.
You’ve probably heard us talking about Mercury Girls…first introduced to us as one of the projects that Kevin from Literature was doing…or one of the many rad bands that played our SXSW Welcome to the Jangle party. Now, we finally get to hear some finished products from the group; it’s every bit as special as one would expect. It’s got Kevin’s signature (if you’ve listened to him as much as you should) guitar sound, while the rhythm section is driving the beat. Oh, and the infectious quality here is at least a 9.4 out of 10, maybe even like 9.6. Slumberland Records will release the new single on May 20th. Kid friendly, indiepop fan approved.
SXSW is nearing, and ATH has been working with our friends at ATX Popfest to bring you what we know is THE place to be on Wednesday, March 16th. Welcome to the Jangle! Those of you who are pop fans need to come over to Spider House on that day, starting at 12 PM. It’s ALL AGES, and will go all day and night…filled with some of the best talent coming into town. Here’s a quick list of who all is playing: Summer Salt, Hockey Dad, Pinact, Mercury Girls, Wildhoney, Brothers In Law, Beverly, Expert Alterations, Rose Selavy, Fear of Men, September Girls, Diet Cig, Spook School, Dead Stars, Hibou, Tennis System, Literature, and Ramesh.
We’ll have more details as we get closer, but wanted you to plan on taking the day off to spend it with us.