What’s old is new again, amiright? Lucky for us, Manufactured Recordings are reissuing some greats from classic power-pop, and boy are we lucky. You’ve got Aussie act Manikins reissuing From Broadway to Blazes; you have Jersey’s The Modulators tossing out Tomorrow’s Coming; and, you’ll get a collection from Smart Remarks, titled Foreign Fields 1982-1984. I don’t have a favorite of the three, as they all sound great…you pop fans will want these releases. They’ll hit stores on February 17th!
While this track may have already gotten tons of Internet love yesterday, it’s just too good for me to pass up. Middle Children are an Indiana outfit, apparently intent on just bringing in huge hooks of the guitar sort. The driving energy of this particular track is immediately apparent, with a slight hint of attitude coming through the vocals. It all adds towards a power-pop fans delight, rolling lyrics to match the emphatic drum beats. Wasn’t sure where power-pop had gone this year, but it looks like it’s alive and well here. Look for the group’s Earth Angel on March 3rd from Lets Pretend Records.
It’s Friday, and I’m thinking you’re probably looking for that extra push to get you through the day, into the weekend. Well, if that’s the case, or you just like good tunes, then blast this new one from Private Interests. In under two minutes you get fast paced hooks that ring in your ears (in that good way!). You’ll find the drums steady and pushing the group forward, even leaving an opening for a quick little guitar solo. On October 21st the band will be releasing their brand new Only For a Moment EP courtesy of Forged Artifacts. Enjoy your day!
Dean Wells writes jams. He wrote jams as Capstan Shafts and Rare High, among others, but now he’s working under the name, The Astounds. The group quietly released their self-titled LP earlier this year and I completely had no idea! But, now that I’ve found it, and see it’s streaming, I’m going to play the shit out of it all day long…I hope you do. It combines bits of lo-fi with classic guitar pop, and always leaves you with memorable hooks you won’t be able to pull away from. Seems like the perfect way to spend this Hump Day…join me?
Are you tired of the emo revival? Tired of all those beats and blips? Well, then get ready to turn your speakers up and listen to classic power-pop from Kleenex Girl Wonder! Graham Smith and his project are ready to bring you a hook-laden record of the most literate piece of pop you’ll hear in 2016, filled with over 8,000 fresh lyrics and spanning over 70 minutes. The Comedy Album is a statement piece of art that surpasses its peers in this calendar year, and frankly, any of those in the past (I’m looking at you John Darnielle!). But, ultimately, a record’s only as good as the music, and if you don’t find your speakers begging to have the crisp guitar pop of this track coming through again and again, then you might need to take them to the shop.This brilliant collection comes your way on October 28th via Reesonable Records.
Fans of guitar pop should have a pretty good year, you know, with the next Teenage Fanclub LP heading our way soon. But, there’s still some great power-pop brewing out there that might be a little lesser known, like The Persian Leaps. The Minnesota trio is about to release their Your City Underwater EP via Land Ski Records, and I wanted to give folks a little sample of what’s to come. Think about huge riffs echoing through your speakers, melodious vocals and the sort of pop sensibility we’ve come to expect from bands like Nada Surf. The new EP is being released on September 16th, so you’ve been warned!
Sometimes the world gets it right, the hype machine goes exactly where it should…in this case it’s the support of Connections. I’ve written about the group many times before, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting their new effort Midnight Run. Their first single falls somewhere in the vein of garage punk meets Teenage Fanclub; it combines gritty recording/attitude with a penchant for melodious power-pop hooks. If this is your first time listening to them, then do yourself a favor and go back through their whole catalog and try to find a bad song…because you can’t. Look for this new record on Anyway Records on July 22nd.
I haven’t found a band quite like Dot Dash; they’ve worked incredibly hard and steady through the last five years, putting out album after album…and each one worthy of your time! They just put up their fifth record in five years, Searchlights, and I figured you needed a heads-up. I love how the band’s been able to really work in so many sounds for all their releases, via Aussie tendencies, punk, or, in the case below, delectable power-pop. Filling their records in such a way keeps your listening experience moving/changing. You’re not going to get bored, with each song turning into something different for you to love. Enjoy this sample, and go spend your day listening to the rest of the new LP, out now via The Beautiful Music.
Alliteration aside, I think I found my jam of the week, well, one of them anyways. This brand new track from The Person & The People came in via a friend yesterday, and I couldn’t think of a better way to head towards the weekend. If you’re like me, you’ll likely hear remnants of the landscape left by Teenage Fanclub. There’s warmth in the guitar sound, solid vocal harmony and it turns corners at just the right spots; it’s spot on perfect. This is the first single from the band’s new record, Dark and Low, which will be released by Land Ski Records on April 22nd.
There are some labels you stand by, no matter what, knowing they’re going to succeed more often than not. Cozy Catastrophes looks to be another musical success for the ever-solid Jigsaw Records. The Indiana outfit have just complete their album, Have You Heard of Cozy Catastrophes, and this lead single is a pretty solid glimpse at why the record could be a winner. You’ll hear a warm tone on the track, pushing it into the realm of delectable power-pop hits, though I also find touches of casual indiepop. It just makes me happy that their are tracks like this still being made all the time.