My friends who run Greenway Records have really been killing it over the last year or so with a slew of great albums and singles. The label is continuing their solid release run with a new single and 7″ from Queens based artist Jane Church. This track, “Rocket to the Kremlin”, is a driving rock song with swirling guitars and a quirky, almost Lou Reed style delivery on the vocals. If you aren’t, you should really be paying attention to this label and their artists.
This track appears on a new 7″ out in June via Greenway Records with a full length coming in the fall.
Our friends at Gentle Reminder Records are working hard this year; they’ve got another release added to the calendar this weekend, from Soccer Cousins. It’s spirited pop rock, and in fact, it kind of reminds me of a more casual version of the Thermals. Hooks are abundant, and the voice is definitely distinct. I go back and forth between loving “Holy Smokes” and “Small,” so maybe you can help me out and pick your favorite of the two. This 7″ will pop up on Friday, May 25th, on some super fancy green vinyl; better hurry, as there’s a limited number out there.
We’re done talking about how much we’re struggling after last week and it’s time to start rocking again! Getting you back in the rock mood is this banger called “Tough Talk” from Brooklyn based Stimmerman. The group, artistically run by Eva Lawitts, features some loud and rocking guitars with some very impressive key and speed changes. It’s sort of like some old school Cursive if fronted by a female lead singer. Nicely done Eva.
This track will appear on an EP entitled Pleasant Vistas in a Somber Place due out this April.
Drudging my way through an insane week leaves me in need of some upbeat music I can dance and sing along to. If you are in the need of the same, look no further than this delightful new track “Into Me” from NYC via Minneapolis based band Strange Names. Seriously, this thing is a fun piece of dance inducing beats with elements of electronica, disco and of course pop. I dare you need to stand up and move to the beat. Double dare.
Strange Names will release a new album of tunes sometime in 2018.
Soltero has been fairly quiet over the last several years, but you can’t keep a good songwriter down. This Friday Tim Howard will released Western Medicine Blues, and fans of literary folk will want to take note. He opens this new song with careful wordplay over lightly strummed chords; this would normally be enough to win me over, but Howard isn’t settled with just enough. Backing vocals enter just after the 1 minute mark, guitar chords become more pronounced in the mix…then we’re off with percussion rolling and guitar accompanying guitar flares. If you find this song as endearing as I, then look for the new album to drop on Friday!
Man I love when checking out things for the website I sometimes find a track that wouldn’t normally be in my wheelhouse, but it impresses me big time. Such is the case with this new song “One of a Kind” from Brooklyn based artist FRAME. It’s a full and synth heavy pop number similar to a band like Baltimore’s Kindest Lines. Whomever you want to compare this to, you have to admit that it’s catchy as hell right? The answer is yes.
FRAME will drop State of Mind on October 27th via Concierge Records. Pre-order.
Man I’m really into this new track from NYC based Noah Engel. It’s like if Ty Segall somehow managed to craft beautiful lyrics on top of his guitar driven rock sounds. Sort of a singer/songwriter who also knows how to rock a bit. Certainly unique and certainly worthy of a few listens.
Mr. Engel will release his new LP Rock Soup on August 25th via Digital Soup Records.
New York based Bloody Your Hands might be one of the tightest bands instrumentally I’ve heard in quite awhile. As a three piece, it’s crazy that these guys can produce such a loud and intricate sound. New single, “Wandering Home”, is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. The pace is intense, the timing is impeccable, and the breakdowns offer a nice emotional break from the ferocity.
New album Monsters Never Die is out on July 7th.
As I strive to prove that modern country music goes beyond Sturgill Simpson, let me introduce you to New York based band New Rose. Their take on the genre veers in more of the slacker style with slow strummed acoustics and trippy pedal steel in the background. If my description doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, check out this new single “Waiting On Me” and make your own assessment. To me, it’s as if Destroyer started a group with Sun Volt as the backing band.
A new album entitled Morning Haze will drop on June 30th via Broken Circles (pre-order).
I always love it when a band I’ve never before heard of sends me some nice new tunes to start my day. This morning I was treated to just such an event via this track “Tremolo” from Brooklyn based group No Kill. It’s a delightfully dark and heavy pop number complete with heavy, distorted guitars and just the right amount of percussion in the background. Stay tuned as I receive more information about this promising up and coming band.