What do you do when you haven’t written new music in 22 years? Well, if you’re the Primitives you knock it out of the fucking park. The legendary band have completed their first album in over two decades, and if you’er wondering how good it can sound then just let yourself smile as you press play below. It’s hard to see that the band has been absent, as they clearly fit right into the modern music world, which either indicates how influential they’ve truly been or how little we’ve really changed…or perhaps both. I’m grinning ear to ear over here enjoy this song. Look for Spin-O-Rama on October 14th via Elefant Records.
Yes, it’s a welcome return, in my eyes, for Cult of Youth, but don’t expect the band to sound precisely like you remember. They always had a macabre sound, which perhaps resonated more from singer Sean Ragon’s voice, but this time around, they’ve delved completely into it, crafting this hypnotic tune. It’s closer to a post-rock piece than the band’s folk work before, but perhaps that’s because Ragon has finally found the group he always dreamed he’d have, and there’s more of a full band feel to this song. We’ll see which way the wind blows when Final Days is released on November 11th via Sacred Bones Records.
The first time I caught Useless Eaters live, I was floored. There was this rambunctious quality wrapped up in a poppy punk realm. But, as time has progressed, Seth has tightened his ship and broadened his sound, leaving us this time with a sharp bit of rock that lurks in the dark. Perhaps it’s the bass line here, working beneath the shredding guitar or maybe it’s that vocal delivery that seems to come from the narrator in your favorite B-movie. Regardless, I’m always down to listen to what the group has to offer, which for now, is the brand new album, Bleeding Moon, which Castle Face Records will release on October 7th.
Alex Cuervo is probably best known around Austin for his work with Hex Dispensers, but the last year has seem him quietly making a name for himself under the Espectrostatic moniker. It’s a largely instrumental project with a hint of horror aspect (not horror punk, mind you) built into both the sonic element as well as the titles of the songs. And don’t forget the artwork; the artwork for his pieces are always visually stimulating. He’s got a full LP titled Escape From Witchtropolis coming this fall via Trouble in Mind Records, and if you live in Austin or the world beyond, it should be on your radar. The title track is alive below.
Greta Morgan has got a nice bit producer working on her Springtime Carnivore album; Richard Swift might not have sold me on his participation in the Shins, but his production value is always spot on. I think it adds a great level of musicianship to Morgan’s work here; her song is filled with little doses of ambient washes and hooky guitars. It’s a bit of a contrast to most modern chanteuses, maintaining a lurking sensation for the vocals beneath the songwriting; invest your time for maximum reward. Her self-titled album will be out November 4th on Autumn Tone Records featuring this tune below.
Long the bastion of incredible psych rock, Trouble in Mind Records has really begun to branch out over the last few years, focusing on bringing you great music all around. Their latest hits from Germ House and Ultimate Painting have really got me excited, but I’m digging this piece from Spanish producer Holograma. Press discusses the touches of Spacemen 3 and like-minded acts, and I can hear that, but I’m thinking of this weird blend where F&M meets the realm of Stereolab. Anyone else get that? The label will be releasing Waves on October 28th, with more great releases to wrap up the end of the year lined-up already.
I’m definitely a fan of Captured Tracks; they’ve tossed out some great tunes, but I haven’t quite heard anything from the label like their latest signing, Dinner. It’s the musical project of Anders Rhedin, and while there’s a definitive electronic pop attitude, this song shows the genre being spun in a different manner. For starters, the vocals take on varying pitches and tones, some of which are stretched to evoke a darkly haunting tune. You’ll be able to hear more from the producer when the Oui EP is released this fall, with a full length following early next year. Yes, we’re already thinking about next year.
From the moment this song kicks off, there’s something dangerous about this song from Dasher. You can just hear the volume turned up to deafening levels in the live setting, with the vocals screamed in your face the entire set. Your ears are going to take a pummeling, but that’s precisely why I feel like sharing it. There’s an inherent violence in the tune, and in that approach there’s also a disregard for personal safety. I’m hooked on it, so why not give it some space here. The Soviet 7″ will be released by Suicide Squeeze on October 14th…music to my ears.
GRMLN continue to grace these pages with their impressive tunes. They jump right in with distorted guitars and a rolling drum beat, pushing forth with speed into a power-pop realm, punked up. If the whole new album sounds like this, it’s likely to gain lots of tractions. The songs we’ve been presented, along with this one, have a catchy sensation, though the guitars help those who are looking to keep it real on their toes. This isn’t your emo brother’s GRMLN; they’re hear to rock a little bit harder. Look for Soon Away on September 16th via the folks over at Carpark Records.
Press. Play. Screech. Off into the wandering guitar solo that opens the song, met by another progression underneath it that slowly unwraps the song’s melody. Enter vocals. They’re laying somewhere in between the realms of T. Moore and J. Mascis, though that’s owed more to their delivery; they do have their own little touch that’s noticeable before the song’s return to instrumentation. Listening back to a song like this, I wonder why there’s not a larger buzz for Purling Hiss. Their album Weirdon will be released on September 23rd, and I’ll be one of those picking it up that very day.