I feel like Nap Eyes are one of the great unassuming bands out there; they’ve got a songwriting consistency that we all hold near and dear, though they often seem to go quietly unnoticed for their gifts. Perhaps that’s about to change with Snapshot of a Beginner, the band’s new LP; there’s promise of more punch and larger arrangements added to their poetic craftsmanship. It’s prevalent on the new single “Mark Zuckerberg” with a definite rocking element pushed through by the stomp of the snare and heavy riffs. Still, the greatest moment comes at the 1:41 moment with the line “transcendence is all around us;” it’s this beautiful moment that lets your mind and body drift away. The new LP is out on March 27th via Jagjaguwar/Royal Mountain.
I spent my early days slanging shirts for a pop-punk band, so listening to Little Junior almost 20 years later is sort of a trip down memory lane. The group employs similar songwriting, loud/quiet/loud, with plenty of arena ready hooks in the chorus; they also don’t shy away from being aggressive, albeit for just a brief moment. Singer Rane is said to have written to to have penned the song per the incessant request of his boyfriend; the power of love always leads to the hits! The group are hitting up a bunch of dates with Born Ruffians at the moment, but be sure to grab their debut Hi when it drops next Friday via Grand Jury Music/Royal Mountain.