While the Pacific Northwest has always been a hotbed of great music, I feel as if Seattle has been picking up the Portland slack as of late; lump La Fille in as just another hit-making pop act. Just recently the group dropped this crunchy pop tune, part college-rock and part power-pop; it probably doesn’t hurt that Michael Lerner of Telekinesis recorded the act. If you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, then you’ll feel right at home with this cranked up loud in your stereo…just beware of those huge hooks. The band release Alright Already March 15th.
I’m trying to listen my way out of what’s going to be an incredibly horrible day. At this moment I’m at a real loss for words, so all I can do is turn the tunes up really loud. The Regrets are doing me just a little bit of a favor, at least giving me some escapism with their hook-laden riffs and anthemic stylings. There’s a little bit of swagger and pop sensibility lurking, especially if you spend a few minutes “Under a Sideways Moon.” The group just released their stellar sophomore EP via Jigsaw, so listen below.
I know that at some point, it was fairly sacrilege to say you listened to the Dead…mostly because that led to worse things like Phish or even Leftover Salmon. But, there was a period from the band that I still think upon fondly, mostly as its rooted in the way rock n’ roll grew up in America; it seems like Seattle’s Advertisement were taking note. Their latest track will trick you from the start, almost coming off like a discordant angular guitar tune…that’s just a few riffs. Soon, that all fades away for a deep family band feel. Guitars trade lines back and forth, piano tinkers throughout, yet it’s all so tightly structured that you cannot help but to be captivated. For my two cents, I always appreciate the family style approach to songwriting…and its pulled off excellently in this number. Look for the track to appear on a new tape for Smoking Room Records, with some October shows to celebrate across the States.
Seattle based artist Matt Berry has long been making a name for himself on the West Coast with a variety of musical projects such as Happy Diving and Big Bite. Never satisfied with the status quo, Matt has a new project called The Berries with a debut album coming out soon. The premiere track from this new work is called “Security Blues” which features much more of a slowed down, country inspired sound in sharp contrast to the usual rock n roll vibe from Berry. This song certainly has some rock tendencies to it, but I like the veer towards the Americana genre.
The Berries will release Start All Over Again on October 26th via Help Yourself Records.
It seems like in this day and age, everything is old and new all over again. For the most part, I’m okay with that, giving me a chance to unabashedly shed praise on Scarves. They’ve got a new LP in the works, and I’m freaking in love with it, can’t stop listening to it today. It wavers back and forth between being an homage to classic Weakerthans sound and something you’d find on Jade Tree. While those are some obvious emo nods, and Niko has a distinctive voice, they brandish their lineage with such bravado that you can’t help but be won over by the entirety of what they bring to the table. Tune in, turn it up and don’t forget to grab the Dinner Dates for the End of Days via Good Eye Records on September 28th.
I have been a terrible human over the last week or so leaving Nathan Wanklord to do all of the posting and I apologize for my absence. If you will have me back on a regular basis, I suggest you check out this new song called “Green With Envy” from Seattle based artist Say Hi. When I say fun, this track is obviously full a lot of joy with it’s bouncing acoustic guitar and upbeat tempo throughout the track. For those of us back to work after a long layoff, it sure is making my work week better.
Say Hi will release Caterpillar Centipede on September 7th via Euphobia Records.
Wild Powwers description of their new single is quite fitting, calling it ‘a tsunami’ one is trying to escape…except just like they exclaim, you can’t escape it; it sweeps you up. The drums have a hard roll, while ominous guitar lines slink in and out of the front of the mix; there’s a haunting howl from below, like a siren’s call. Then they jump into a heavy stomp, bubbling with hints of sinister pop undertones. The group unleashes their pow[w]ers upon us in the song’s closing minutes, reveling in the tsunami’s final destruction. The group will release Skin on October 12th via Nadine Records.
With my age getting into the higher numbers, it sometimes seems quite difficult to find a new band that excites me as much as Seattle based Spesh. Take this new single “Teflon” as an example of a band’s sheer talent and tell me it doesn’t spark a fire in you in some way. From my first listen, it sounded quite a bit like some of the earlier work from The Cure if the lead vocalist wasn’t so damned depressed all the time. Maybe it’s inspired by bands from the 80s new wave/pop music, or whomever may inspire them, the track will surely delight.
Spesh will release new album Famous Worlds on September 28th via Killroom Records.
As just about anyone knows about me, the slow burning, emo genre has always held a truly special place in my musical heart. With that said, you’ll understand my love of a song like this one called “Gone Away” from Seattle based rock band Dismal Thinkings. It reminds me of some of the best old school stuff from the genre like Mineral or Sunny Day. If you’re compared to bands such as these, RayRay is going to jam it all day.
Dismal Thinkings will release blanketfort on July 20th. Pre-order.
Admittedly, writing about music consistently for the past 10 years occasionally wears you down; it’s never forgiving, and you run across the same sound more often than you’d like to admit…depending on the current trends. Then you stumble across something like Nicholas Merz, who spent a lot of time writing music in Seattle outfit Darto. Now he’s out there on his own, crafting this brand of literary rock n’ roll that’s far too uncommon; it’s like a spirited version of Leonard Cohen, empowered by the song’s arrangement. This track makes me think of tons of references to other great artists too, be it the National or Patrick Wolf; it just creates this sounding board for my life at the moment. This tune will appear on his album, out June 1st via Aagoo Records.