It seems like the dark, new wave pop movement is coming back in full force, and as a fan of the genre, I am in full support of the resurgence. One of the innovators of the revival is Chicago based outfit Ganser. The group creates a dark pop sound full of distorted and slick bass lines with synths and emotional vocals to boot. You should definitely check out this new single “Avoidance” to see what I’m talking about.
Ganser will release new album Odd Talk on April 20th via No Trend Records.
It’s the middle of the week, and you’re likely to need an energetic pick-me-up…and there might not be a better one than this new Bethlehem Steel tune. It toys with you at the opening, just casually riffing, building the tension. Within moments, the volume goes to 11, blasting through your speakers. They fill the track with heavy riffs, though never stray too far away from pop sensibility. Should make for a solid new album, Party Naked Forever…it’ll drop November 10th via Exploding in Sound.
If you’re looking for some straight up guitar driven rock, you need look no further than this track called “Dog Go Bark” from Brooklyn based Washer. This one is a perfect example of less is more with a simple, heavy distorted guitar and some drums. Think Wavves, but even a bit more broken down. I’m thinking this one will be perfect to take you into the last weekend of summer.
Washer will release All Aboard via Exploding in Sound on September 15th.
I’m not sure why it is, but I’ve really been in heavy rock mode recently. Maybe it’s because summer is almost over and the music releases my inner anger of having to go back to work. Woe is me right? For whatever reason it may be, I’m keeping ATH heavy with this new track “Animals” from L.A. based trio FACIAL. To me it’s a throwback song full of 90s grunge themes but with a bit more urgency and downright power. Won’t you get heavy with me?
Facial will release Facade on on September 29th via Chain Letter Collective.
The weekend seems like a perfect time to enjoy another new song from Norway’s finest Slotface. We’ve already heard a couple of raucous songs from the new album, and this new track “Pitted” delivers yet again. I continue to dig the band’s throwback pop/punk vibe similar to Cruiserweight or even the recently reunited Rainer Maria. This is going to be one hell of a fun album.
Slotface will drop new album Try Not to Freak Out on September 16th via Propeller Recordings (pre-order).
When one is struggling to find some new tunes to share on this here site, it’s always a good idea to return to simple rock n roll. Today I treat you to some great rock from Brooklyn based BIRDS with their new single “Get Away”. Once you hit play, be ready for 2.5 minutes of a fast paced, guitar driven, straight up rock song. It will be worth your time to listen to this one.
BIRDS will release Everything All at Once on August 18th via Greenway Records.
D.C. based group Queue is likely unfamiliar to most of you, but after you hear new single “Frontier”, you’ll likely want to know more. The new track is a warm bit of indie rock complete with slick and shiny guitars behind a solid female vocal performance. As I make this post, I’m delving into more of the band’s back catalog on soundcloud which is proving to be surprise after surprise of tasty tunes. Stay tuned for more information on this up and comer.
If you’re looking to bring the tempo and energy up in your mid day work week, might I suggest you listen to this new single entitled “A Wall” from Providence based rockers Downtown Boys. Seriously, this track is so full of energy and driven by sheer rock power, it has to make your day a little bit better. One can only imagine how awesome this song must be when seen performed lived. Uhhh yeah.
Downtown Boys new album Cost of Living is out on August 11th via Sub Pop.
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 continue to push songs with some energy and power behind them, I offer you today this new single entitled “Wild & Weak” from Brisbane based group WAAX. It’s easy to get hooked on this track after listening for a short few seconds. Reminiscent of groups like Joy Formidable or Screaming Females, this one is sure to guide you through the rest of your hump day. Get it.
The new Wild & Weak EP from WAAX will drop independently on July 2nd.