Need a little pep in your step? Well, then you’ve got to get into The Happy Thoughts, the newest power-pop band to burn a hole through my stereo. The band is releasing their self-titled record on May 31st with Hozac, and it’s going to be one hell of a record, as I’ve already spun it halfa-dozen times since I got it late last night. There’s good speed to this single, with a steady vocal delivery, and a little bit of grit in between. You’ll find yourself yearning to blast these tunes as your speeding down the highway on that road trip by yourself. Seriously, it’s going to be a helluva ride with The Happy Thoughts. [audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/03-Sweet-Dirty-Love.mp3]
Download: The Happy Thoughts – Sweet Dirty Love [MP3]
The time is almost upon us for the great return of I Was a King. Their new album, Old Friends, is heading your way January 25th, and while we’ve previewed some tracks, this is one of the standouts from the record, though I admittedly love it all. It’s got a little bit more exploration than their traditional power-pop, using horns to build the wall of sound behind their sugary coating. Like many of the songs on this album, it gets right to the point, hitting you over the head with pop simplicity at its best. This band definitely deserves your adoration, so go ahead an revisit their last self-titled album, then jam to this track, that way you’ll be ready to get blown away come the end of January.
Download: I Was a King – Someone is Waiting [MP3]
Seeing as it’s summertime around these parts, I’ve been creating lots of mixtapes in my head for various trips across the country. One band that always makes the cut is The Exploding Hearts. Their brilliant punk meets power-pop career was cut short by a tragic accident that took three of the four founding members. No amount of press would bring the greatness of this band back to us, but we will always have their delightful tunes to put on our mixtapes.
Download: The Exploding Hearts – You’re Black and Blue [MP3]