Always a fan of the slowcore style, I’m really into this new record from Gold Cage. I love how the song just feels steady, like its serving to give you a semblance of balance amidst the turmoil of your life. Plus, I’m a sucker for those meandering guitar lines snaking their way around my ears, left and right, inside and out, dropping little melodic footnotes along the way. Besides, you get the soft curl of the vocals hanging in the front of the mix, likely to leave you with daydream scars. If you like what you hear, check out their new LP Social Crutch, out today via Felte.
We’re running a very rock oriented Thursday it seems, so Sweden’s Terrible Feelings fit right in with that motif. The group recently signed on with Deranged Records to release their album, Shadows, this April. For my ears, it’s definitely got something going on, beyond stereotypical punk/pop; there’s something in the vocal delivery that harkens back to days before punk was even born, lending itself to sort of a haunting effect. Sweden seems to think they’re full of angst and darkness, and I see that, but over here in the States, it’s just good old fashioned rock n’ roll–the kind we love here at ATH.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2_Intruders.mp3]
Download:Terrible Feelings – Intruders [MP3]
I’d regret not giving a shout out to my ladyfriend who raved about The New Division months ago, and due to my need for heavier music during the Spring, I sort of put it off, until now. This Cali group will be releasing their new album, Shadows, on September 27th, furthering my belief that September is going to be a killer month for music. Hearing this first single, “Opium,” I feel as if the band is going for sort of a Cut Copy feel, but with a darker tint, rather than the sharp edges of the aforementioned. Still, you can definitely shake it to this track, or just let it wash over you, either way is acceptable.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/TheNewDivision-Opium.mp3]
Download: The New Division – Opium [MP3]
Great news out of Scotland today! We’re proud to announce the return of Teenage Fanclub, who’ve taken a bit of time off. They return June 8th with Shadows via Merge Records. Listening to this single, it seems the band are at it again with their summery power-pop that shoots straight for the heart, or my heart at least. Welcome back fellas.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/02-Baby-Lee-1.mp3]
Download: Teenage Fanclub – Baby Lee [MP3]