Ye with timid ears should look the other way, as Hard Left isn’t here to play any games. They open their brand new Economy EP with the pummeling title track, offering up stuttering licks while Comrade M growls atop; a little emphatic backing vocals doesn’t hurt the tune either. They follow it up with a slightly gentler call-and-response piece of catchy mod rock. You can flip the 7″ over and get to hear the band backing their friend and poet Tim Wells. Oh, and every song has a message, so you’ll likely leave your listening feeling smarter, angrier and focused on the world.
While people reading the press release for Flat Worms will gravitate towards “members of Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall,” the reason I caught onto this was that it features Will of Dream Boys. It’s always interesting to see how people that can play wonderful jangling pop songs can turn on a knife’s edge with some pummeling punk, like Flat Worms. It sort of sounds a little bit like a murkier version of the Spits, in my eyes, so that gets an additional nod in my book. The new project will release the Red Hot Sand 7″ on April 29th via Volar.
Off kilter chords matched with a propulsive rhythm section capture your ear almost immediately on this new tune from Puff Pieces. The vocals almost set the whole song off the rails, seeming to work in an odd way against the song’s structure. But, soon the song’s over, and you’re left thinking “what the fuck was that,” and “was it as good as I thought?” It was my friends, which is why the group’s new album, Bland in DC should be on your radar, not only for it’s musicality, but also for the political bent it’s proposing in both album and song titles; it’s out via Lovitt Records on March 25th.
This new tune from Surfin Mutants Pizza Party came in the mailbox yesterday, and I really thought it would be a good ditty to share with you midweek. It’s quick and to the point, but even more remarkable is that the entire project’s been done by one man, Julien Maltais. To create music alone that’s so well structured (tight even) while working alone is quite a feat, especially considering you don’t have anyone else’s ears to bounce the tune’s off when writing. It’s the first track off his new album, The Death of Cool, which will be released on May 19th by Fleeting Youth Records. Fans of punk rock in the vein of Social D will definitely find themselves loving this tune.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/06-Brain-Avenue.mp3]
Download: Surfin Mutant’s Pizza Party- Brain Avenue [MP3]
The punk history books always look towards the Ramones or The Clash, but the one group I always gravitated towards was Wire. Sure, Joe Strummer brought in some Jamaican influences, but I always felt that Wire were the one group that really pushed the boundaries. 30 years and more later, they’re still crafting music we can find vital to our daily listening lives. This new single has the band working with their anxious angular guitar cuts, but the vocals provide a softness that offers the song a strength that very few, if any, bands can master. It’s a tune from their forthcoming self-titled album, which is slated for a April 13th release…and just another reason why music nerds will look to the band as one of the best constants in history.
Honestly, there wasn’t an Austin label that kicked as much ass in 2014 as 12XU…they had three of our Top 10 Austin LPs. So, anytime the label offers something you’ve gotta take note, especially when it comes to local act Xetas. If you’ve caught their live set then you’ve probably been warned, but this single from their upcoming The Redeemer LP is one of those tracks that manages to capture the band’s live fury, whilst still boasting of solid production value. It’s a track with a breakneck pace, with slaughtering guitar riffs that cut through your speakers. I figure there’s only a matter of time before a band with such tenacity and killer licks breaks into the consciousness beyond Austin. Look for the LP in stores at the end of February.
Yesterday was new release day, and before the hellacious Tuesday of next week, things were slim-pickings. So, if you’re a nerdy record store regular (I hope you are), you should have picked up this new cassette from Milk Dick. They’re standout track on the release begins as sort of a folk song: gentle strum and vocals. But, then they get sloppy fun, offering good times in a fashion that seems to blend modern rock tropes with Violent Femmes. It’s a blast, so I hope you either grabbed it already, or pick it up from Infinity Cat.
Spaceships is an L.A. based band who create some interesting power pop melodies with a hint of punk/grunge rock to give their music more of an edge. Below you’ll find new single “Good Gradez” to give you an example of what their music sounds like. It’s easy to like music and I’m sure you’ll be singing along in no time.
Spaceships have a self-titled EP due out November 4th via New Professor Music.
Local label Fleeting Youth has been blowing our minds lately with all of the stellar bands they’ve been picking up on their roster. Today the label has a new track for us from already somewhat well known Austin band Basketball Shorts. Our new jam is called “Candy Boys” and you can expect a short, fast, in your face sort of pop-punk tune. It’s a promising track for one of Austin’s fastest up and comers at the moment.
The aforementioned Fleeting Youth Records will be releasing a split cassette featuring more tracks from Basketball Shorts and several others from Canadian based Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party. Pre-order that one now and expect a ship date of July 22nd.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/02-Candy-Boys.mp3]
Download: Basketball Shorts – Candy Boys [MP3]
Last month Mr. Lankford shared a new song with your guys from Creative Adult and we all enjoyed the raw punk sound that the band could bring. This new joint, “Far Out”, is more of the same gritty, screaming, punk rock n roll sound that most of us at ATH enjoy on a regular basis. Stream the track and let us know what ya think. Don’t forget that the band will be stopping in for SXSW and they are not one to be missed!
Psychic Mess will be available on February 25th via Run For Cover Records.